Wednesday, August 25, 2010
His hair is gone now. And I've put on more than a few pounds. But our 5 year old grandson still recognized us in this picture! He is so smart :)
Happy Anniversary, honey! Here's to 31 more years!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I have been stitching and here is the latest-Jardin Prive Christmas is my bedtime stitching and it is coming along nicely.
One more update-I am participating in 2 Christmas exchanges this year! I know that is nothing to most of my wonderful readers, but they will be my first ones ever! So I am already looking, planning, well, you know....
Monday, August 23, 2010
As promised, here is a photo of my finished Genny Morrow's 9 Patch Sampler. I used a combination of DMC floss and #5 perle cotton. The perle cotton didn't cover the canvas to my satisfaction on straight stitches, so I used floss .
I changed the "look" of the piece from solids and calicos (as called for in the instructions) to more of an Amish-look using only solid designs. I also changed the 4 corner blocks in 2 ways-1)they were supposed to be solid color navy blue and 2) they were supposed to be a variation of log cabin. I like my "Ohio star" better. :) Can you make out my initials and date on the bottom row?
P>S>For those of you interested, I have this pattern for sale on ebay right now-click here.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I told her I would never have chosen this pattern because there is too many X's to stitch :) I am developing a real appreciation for the strategic placement of empty space!
DD1 is planning to start not 1, but 2 new projects-hmmm, do you think her mom is rubbing off on her?
Great job, Les!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
This is one of the colorways Genny provided in her instruction booklet. It is all DMC cotton floss. Can you see my initials and date on the bottom edge? The instructions for this are actually in the 9 Patch book. It uses floss just 1 shade off the color used in the border.
This is another good example of framing on a budget. I actually "framed" this myself. It is on stretcher bars that fit the dimensions of the design. Then I hot-glued trim along the outside edges to cover the canvas. I could have used fabric on the edges and tied it into a bow at the top OR many other variations.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Then last night I took Berlin Woolwork Sampler fabric off my scroll rods and put Paradise Lost fabric on it. (BSS has been ignored so long, it has stopped calling to me.)
I even put the first few stitches into Paradise Lost. It was only about 20 stitches. But I still don't like scroll rods, the tension is just too loose for me. AND I noticed that the original was stitched on 36ct fabric with 1 thread over 2. So, I don't think I have enough silk to use 2 strands over 2 on my 32 ct fabric.
After much more consideration, I have decided to wait for my Dazor to arrive and I am going to switch fabrics to 36 ct. Yes, the Dazor has a 5X magnifier and the smaller count fabric shouldn't be a problem for me to see. The size of the fabric will decrease to 23" X 10.5" (plus margins). And I can switch to 1 thread over 2. I think I have a plan!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Isn't it fantastic? I am SO pleased with the results on this project! A big hello and thanks to Edie for welcoming me to her home for a "stitcher's weekend"! I had a wonderful time and the result is above--a finished bargello piece. Be sure to click on the pic so you can see it in more detail.
So, now the question is --how to finish this? Hmmm...feel free to make some suggestions below!
As I mentioned before, I have a whole new respect for DMC cotton floss-and it has turned my thoughts to Genny Morrow's Nova project. That is a DMC floss extravaganza! (OK-I'll wait and include it in my next poll of what should I start next :)
I had one other very small finish and a new project start--but more about that tomorrow. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend-I certainly did! Thanks again, Edie!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I would never have bought this pattern for myself. I traded for it in a giveaway. (Yes, I know that sounds bizarre. But I won something different and one of the other ladies won this and she traded with me :) It came with 40ct silk gauze and the design already started. Well, these "mature" eyes couldn't see to finish it, but on Congress cloth using tent/basketweave stitches--- it was a go! I can honestly say that every stitch was a joy! Wish I could say that about every project. Know what I mean?