Saturday, September 27, 2014

Four Fresh From the Finisher!

This needlepoint piece languished in my finishing drawer for over a year.  Doesn't it look great as a tote bag?   The lining fabric is a small blue print.  It is lovely!

Plum Street Samplers
Betsy's House
Finished as a stand up.

Jardin Prive's Joyeux Noel aux Rennes
Also finished as a stand up

The Scarlett House
Maddie Button
Finished as a frame weight.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Three Finishes, Two Starts & Some New Stash

I'm back from another weekend at the Pacific Ocean!  It was 3 days of stitching, eating, stitching, eating  & more stitching!
Here is what I worked on-

Start #1  Jeannette Douglas My Stitching Treasures

This is what it should look like when I'm finished.  This project was a gift from a very generous stitching friend and it is turning out beautifully. And yes, the box was included in the gift!


Start #2-Northwest Sampler Guild Huswif Needleroll
This is my band sampler project for the round robin starting on Oct 1st.  It's not a typical band sampler, but it is constructed in the same basic style.  It is just smaller.  I don't think any of the participants will mind a smaller project :) 
I already changed the pattern and used my own monogram instead of the sampler guild monogram.
(This was actually started before I left for the weekend. )

Finish #1-Renaissance Designs Eight Candles Glowing

Finish #2-Renaissance Designs Nine Stockings Swirling
These two Christmas pieces are off to the finisher tomorrow. Now I have only 3 more pieces to stitch to complete this series.  There is a 13th piece that says Merry Christmas, but I don't have it.
 Please email me if you know where I might be able to find it :)

Finish #3-Dinky Dyes & The Cat's Whiskers Winter Wonderland Biscornu
I used a scrap of misc linen from my stash and some Gloriana silk overdye thread-don't know the name (something Garden, I think)
I just need to assemble this one and it is ready for the EGA retreat exchange in Nov.

Now for some new stash-

I received the pre-stitching for this Jeannette Douglas class I'm attending in October.  Isn't it adorable?!

And I signed up for Patricks Woods Mr Button's Souvenir Satchel class thru Shining Needle Society.  Love this one, too!
 I even have a finish-finish to report!  I found a frame at a garage sale for this finished piece . It was included for free because....

I bought this sewing machine too! $50  I thought it was a great deal.  It is the Singer centennial edition-1851-1951.  Is this considered a featherweight?  No accessories or case.
It runs great, but I'm thinking about taking it out of the table and using the machine as a decoration in the house???

That's it for now.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my 400th blog post giveaway is #6--

(I had to take a photo of the random generator on the computer because I couldn't get it to show up otherwise-what a mess!  Trust me-it does say 6!)
I have emailed Thoeria and told her about her win.
And I also promised a "little extra" to the winner.
Here it is-

A Pine Mountain Christmas pillow kit!

Enjoy Thoeria, and thanks to everyone who takes the time to follow and comment on my blog :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3 Finishes!

I finished GD#2's Christmas stocking!
Here is what it looked like before-
Here is what it looks like now-

Shepherd's Bush Sadie stocking on called for 18 ct natural linen and stitched using called for threads in perle cotton.

In case you have forgotten, this is GD#1's Christmas stocking (Shepherd's Bush Mary stocking).  I added the embellishments and took a new photo.  They are both off to the finisher!

Here is Finish #2 WAY before-

Here it is before-

And here it is now! 

Crabapple Hill Sunflower Stitchery Folder-
now I just need to finish-finish it.
And last, Finish #3 before-

Here it is now-

Blackbird Designs Land of the Free
From Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine July 2011
It called for all Belle Soie silks.  I pulled threads from my stash. It is also on the way to the finisher. And the linen is an overdyed pale yellow scrap in my stash.
In honor of my 400th blog post, I am giving away the magazine that this design is in. It is not in my post title as this is for my faithful followers who read this blog. :)  I will also be including a little surprise. 
Please leave a comment on this post and I will draw the winner in one week on Sept 10, 2014.
Yes, this giveaway is open to countries outside the USA.  Please be a follower or become a follower.
I am feeling the pressure to start 4 new items :)  A Christmas biscornu exchange, a Christmas series piece, Elizabeth doll pincushion and the sampler guild band sampler round robin.  More news to come!