Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Stitchy Update

Sarah Salter is framed. I love the simpleness of the frame and the little nicks and scratches on it.  Just like an old frame that an antique sampler might be framed in.  No, not from a thrift store this time.... a garage sale :)  There were actually 2 matching frames and Amber's birth announcement went into the other frame.
I spent last Saturday and Sunday at a 2 day stitch-in with my sampler guild. It was held in the meeting room at a local police department.  We didn't see any dangerous criminals, but the price was right (free) and the family-owned pizza shop across the street turned out delicious product!
Here is what I worked on-

Crabapple Hill's project from my July class.  I made a lot of progress.  Taught myself how to do the cast-on stitch and put the centers in the pansys and the petals on 3 of the forget-me-nots.  Next is a couple of large daisies up next to the "Sweet" sign marked by the 2 X's. Then the borders and some beads.

Sisters freebie from Bronwyn at Red Brolly
This went really quick! I can tell I need some practice at tracing patterns.  There are several lines that I couldn't cover up with thread :(  Maybe a pillow or a flat-fold finish.

Carre d'Abeilles
Jardin Prive
32 ct evenweave
Called for DMC threads
This was one of the projects I started at the retreat in June.  I still have the bottom and the last 2 sides to finish, but the hardest part is done.

My work so far on the third class with Merry Cox in AZ in November-Sweet Little Blossoms.  This is the outline for the prework only.  Funny, I finished all the stitching pieces on the first project. The second project I was getting a little burned-out and only stitched the required class pre-work.  Now I am feeling a lot burned-out and struggling to get this one done.
I am not too enthused with the buttonhole wheel flowers on this project (and there are a lot of them!).  Am thinking I might substitute spider web roses (not sure if that is the right name, email if you know the right name) or maybe more of those cast-on forget me nots from the Crabapple Hill project?  Any ideas?
I signed up for a beginning quilt class. It meets 4 of the Tuesdays in Oct. I loved the idea of not having it drag on thru the winter. 
Some wonderful teachers are heading to the Pacific NW next year.  Amy Mitten, Debbie Stiehler, Diane Clements, Sherri Patrick, Terry Dryden and more!  More reason to say goodbye to the Crazy January Challenge next year :)


Barb said...

I agree, that is a perfect frame for that sampler!

Tatkis said...

Your framed sampler is adorable, and stitched flowers and ladies are so cute!
Good luck with other processes!


Chris said...

Sarah looks fabulous! Great job on the frame.
lovely class projects. You get a lot of great teachers, lucky girl!

Giovanna said...

Great find for Sarah's framing, and the WIPs are all simply gorgeous.

cucki said...

wow sarah salter is looking so lovely in that sweet frame..
your embroidery projects are so lovely..
love x

Vickie said...

Beautiful stitching! Just wonderful.

Maggee said...

Sarah Salter is quite lovely in that found frame! And the Jardin Prive piece is quite beautiful so far! Your pre-class works are coming along nicely, even if you are not totally finished. The embroidery pieces look challenging--have fun! Hugs!

Margaret said...

What a treat for the eyes! I love your framed Sarah Salter! Your embroideries are wonderful too! I'm sure with practice the tracing will get better -- I bet no one will see the lines you see either. Love the Jardin Prive piece -- the colors are wonderful! And the Merry Cox piece -- I'm so envious that you're taking all three of the classes! I'd love to take even one. She's a wonderful teacher. That's so neat about all the teachers coming to your neck of the woods next year. Lucky!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You found the perfect frame for Sarah S. Love your embroidery... they have the most wonderful patterns. The Jardin Prive piece looks fabulous too. Enjoy your Merry Cox classes... she's a wonderful teacher.

dixiesamplar said...

Love the frame for your sampler finish...perfect complement to the piece!

Your WIPs are coming along very nicely and seem to be keeping you very busy indeed.

Hope you enjoy the quilting class...quilting is nearly as fun as cross stitch :o)

Carol said...

What a perfect frame you found, Teresa! I need to start hitting some garage sales, I guess!!

Sounds like your future will be filled with classes and new hobbies--enjoy :)

Deb said...

That is the perfect frame for Sarah. She looks beautiful framed. I have found some frames at garage sales too and I always feel like I've hit paydirt because you can get them for a great price.

I love your embroidery work. Very pretty!

Gabi said...

Love the frame for Sarah. It fits her perfectly.
All your stitching looks gorgeous. Carre d'Abeilles is my favorite. Love it.
And I know that feeling, having a little burn out and still "have" to stitch something. Crossing fingers that you find the mojo back for this piece, and may be changing the stitch will do the trick. :)

Meari said...

Sarah looks great in that frame.

Nice WIPs. I like the Jardin Prive one.

Christine said...

Lovely work, Sarah looks quite at home in her frame

Lorrie said...

You have been really busy - with some beautiful results. The frame looks great and what a bargain. I love the Jardin Prive' piece. I have that design as well and I keep putting off stitching it as there is finish work to it. I admire your diving right in to stitch those projects and actually accomplish the finish work.

SoCal Debbie said...

What a wonderful frame and great stitching! Your embroidery looks lovely. That is so much more difficult than cross stitching.

Brigitte said...

Framed Sarah Salter looks gorgeous. And so do your embroideries. I have never done embroidery or hardanger and I think I will stay away from them but I always love the look of them.
Merry Cox classes - something I've always dreamed about. I'm completely in love with her designs and have a couple in old magazines. I hope that your mojo for finishing theses pieces will be back soon.
I can easily see why you won't do the Crazy Challenge next year, lol.

Anne said...

Sarah Salter looks lovely in that frame! I love the simpleness too..more attention on her! Very cute project you are working on. It's very sweet! Oooh, that Jardin Prive piece is one I've been meaning to purchase since I adore bees. Good luck with your quilting class! I'm sure it'll be so helpful!

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog through Daffycat.
Your framed piece is beautiful.
I love your embroidery too.
The Jardin Prive is very pretty too.