I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Random Thoughts of Winter

Hey Blog Buddies,
How have you been faring this winter?  Do you like snow and cold, or do you prefer to be in a warmer clime?  Here in the Chicago area, the winter has been really strange.  The low here this morning was around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, I believe the coldest of the season--which really isn't that cold for January.  We have yet to get more than one inch of measurable snow in any of our infrequent snow storms.  Not that I'm complaining--I'm not a fan of snow and cold, but I know people who are.  I'm sure that we'll get a blizzard eventually--this is Chicago after all--but every day without snow gets us one day closer to Spring.  And the weatherman said little or no snow for the coming week, too.

All this was leading up to my latest finish:  Random Thoughts of Winter by Erica Michaels which I started on New Year's Day:

This was stitched on 28-count Amsterdam Blue linen,
with DMC 762, which is a very light gray.
The linen has a greenish tinge in real life, too,
but it's a few shades darker than the photo.

I changed a few of the motifs in this piece:
a mitten replaced a Christmas stocking,
two snowmen replaced the words "fa la la,"
the word "snow" replaced the word "peace,"
the diamond motif replaced a bell,
and I omitted the entire bottom row
of Christmas trees.
This was because I wanted to make the
piece more "winter" than "Christmas."
You'll notice that the piece still has
a reindeer, a present, a sprig of holly
and a star!

Below is a photo of the piece as charted:

She gives you two choices,
along with a suggestion for an ornament.
I think she'd be fine with my tinkering.

I'm really happy with the piece.
It got finish-finished so fast
because I found that white frame last week.
This is my first 2013 finish
from a 2013 start!

Hope your weekend was enjoyable,
with maybe a little stitching, too.
Thanks for visiting!


cucki said...

So sweet x

Rhona said...


Emma/Itzy said...

Your changes work perfectly! Well done :)

Linda said...

Congrats on the finish. I love the changes you made and the frame is great.


Giovanna said...

What a lovely combination of linen and thread colours - perfect for the wintry theme. Congrats on the great finish.

Karen said...

Congrats on your finish! It turned out great and I love the changes you made. The frame you picked out looks great with it too. :)

Carla said...

Beatiful finish! I really like the changes you made :)

Anne said...

What a lovely "Winter" piece. You're starting 2013 with a bang! I look forward to seeing more of your stitching in the months ahead!!!

Siobhán said...

Ooh, fantastic changes! I love the finish--great job.

Chris said...

Wonderful finish! Love the colrs that you chose to stitch on and with.
The weather is really strange this year!

Carol said...

Love the way you've changed up this piece!! Such a beautiful winter finish :)

Happy Baker said...

Really came out nice and the frame goes great with it (I saw it in person before the framing), a job well done (as usual!).

Julie said...

Your changes look wonderful, a truly lovely piece of stitching.

Sara said...


I really like your Winter piece. I have never stiched on linen. I shall have to try it this year.