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

Monday, October 14, 2013

October Ornament ... and Stash!

Hey Blog Buddies,

Halloween is almost here (17 more days as of this writing!), and I've finished my October ornament...

This is Prairie Schooler's Night Owl,
from the 2011 JCS Halloween Collection,
stitched on a random 28-count linen,
one over one.
I used Gloriana India Ink silk for the black
and the recommended DMC for the rest.
I love the way the owl looks annoyed
and the moon looks worried.
Ten down and two to go...
Last week I met a friend in Lemont for lunch.
Lemont happens to be home to Inspired Needle,
and all I was looking for was this:
Caron Watercolours Quicksilver,
which is called for in my latest SAL,
Needle Delights Originals' Winter Logs.
I was happy that they had it.
They also had this:
The chart for Autumn Logs.
...but isn't it gorgeous?
And wouldn't you know that Cathy,
the thoughtful owner of Inspired Needle,
had made thread packs for this series:
(double uh-oh)
So, of course, one went home with me.
And over the weekend
DH, Molly and I went to Knox County, Illinois,
for the Scenic Drive
(think lots of food and flea markets).
There was one vendor, in Maquon, with
a lot of old books and I found this:
This is a book which originally came out in 1936.
I'll have lots of fun perusing chapters
devoted to Florentine, Hedebo,
Jacobean and Moutmellick Embroidery,
to name a few.
Here are a couple of pages
from the Drawn Thread Work chapter.
That's it from here.
Hope you had a great weekend.
And thanks for visiting!


cucki said...

Aww very sweet ornament and very pretty stash
Hugs x

Julie said...

This ornament always makes me smile, I love the owls expression.

Nice new stash, good job you went!

♥ Nia said...

wonderful ornament! congrats on your finish :)

Chris said...

Love your Halloween finish!
Love your new canvas work chart too. Those colors are so wonderful. Great book find!

Rhona said...

Beautiful ornament and I love your new stash...enjoy!

Melody said...

Lovely ornament. Wow, Knox County Scenic Drive is close to where we live. We would have been on the drive had we been home, but we were away in Missouri this past weekend.

Linda said...

Congrats on finishing the adorable ornament. I love the way you finished. Great new stash.


Jackie said...

Your Night Owl finish is gorgeous. The simplicity of the finish really makes the stitching itself pop.

I'd love to visit the Inspired Needle in person one day. Cathy is just delightful!

Faith... said...

I love your ornament!

What pretty new threads you have there...Cathy is a great person and I love her shop too.

Carol said...

Such a cute ornament and I love that you stitched the owl over one :) Autumn Logs looks like a perfect project for this time of year--stunning colors!!

Anne said...

Isn't it amazing how looking for one thing can lead to another . . . and another . . . and maybe even another??? Enjoy!

Sally said...

Love your ornament! So cute.

Lovely new stash.

Deb said...

Cute finish!
Love the autumn and luscious threads!