Friday, March 20, 2015

Dyeing to Stitch!!!!

It's been a long time since I have posted.  With that being said I have been busy stitching and sewing,  while I have taken pictures of what I have been up to I do not have access to them right now.  So what I am going to post about is an adventure that I am on.

Last summer I met another stitcher from Facebook and we developed a friendship over the last few months.  So my new friend Stacy invited me to spend sometime with her at her beach house in The Outer Banks.  After a little thought I said why not and I booked a flight and off I went last Wednesday.

 Now our children had concerns about us meeting up.  They were afraid that one of us could be an ax murderer since we had never met in person.  Alas we both have been safe!!!!

I flew into Norfolk and met Stacy at the airport and our adventures began!!!

Our first stop was Dyeing to Stitch.  Here I am out in front of the shop!  I could hardly believe where I was.

So this adventure started Wednesday and I will be posting more about it.  Just let me tell you I am having a great time.  It has been fun getting to know Stacy and we have so much in common it's scary!!!!

Stay tuned for more updates:)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great Mail

Look at what a great package I received today from my Facebook friend Stacy! Since last summer, Stacy and I have been exchanging emails and sharing our love of cross stitch and quilting.  Our friendship really blossomed after Stacy had ordered some pouches from me.
We really seem to have a lot in common and our tastes in stitching and quilting are alike, too!
I sent her a package earlier in the month and she put together this great package in return...

Stacy sewed the cute vinyl pouch and a fabric envelope that holds some stationary. There are two boxes that are waiting for something stitched to go on top of them, a nice thread winder and needle case from  The Attic along with a round box with a very cute wool piece on the top, some fabric and charm squares and a few cross stitch and quilt patterns.  I am excited about it all! Thank you, Stacy!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First stitching start and finish of 2015

Started the New Year with this ornament.  I think this is the design I will be stitching for the Grandchildren.

The Prairie Schooler book No. 118--Mittens.
Stitched on 32 count Lambswool with DMC.
Started and Finished 1-1-2015.

Hope everyone is having a great stitching New Year:)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Stitches for 2014

Last Saturday I received the latest Ladies Prim Soceity kit which is a Blackbird Design.
The pattern is called Noel and is made into a stocking.
I just finished putting in the last stitches.
This will be my last finished stitched piece for 2014.

Blackbird Designs--Noel Stocking stitched on 32 count sheep's straw linen with overdyed threads.
Started 12-30-2014
Finished 12-31-2014

I stitched a total of 57 pieces this year.  Let's see what next year will bring.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End of Year Post

Well again it has been awhile since my last post.  I have decided that I am not going to feel guilty or make excuses for not posting sooner, the reality is life is busy.  Besides I really do this blog as a way to track my stitching for myself.  So with that being said here is what I have been up to in between all the things that happen in life:)

 One of the things I needed to get done was this stocking for our newest grandchild.  Finnegan was born last March 5th and I have started the tradition of making Christmas stockings for each of the grandchildren.  This one makes number six.  I was very happy to have this done before Christmas.
This is a Bent Creek pattern called Christmas Eve.  Stitched on 18 count linen with DMC.
Along with the stockings I also stitch an ornament for each grandchild, plus I like to stitch one for each of my children, that is 12 twelve ornies.  I will say that I don't always get them done in a timely fashion for my children.  So far for the last 7 years I have gotten the grandchildrens done:)

Next up are some things that I have stitched for myself but just the stitching is done.
These are Plum Street Samplers Thanksgiving stockings.  They were stitched on 36 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.  
Started 11-2-2014
Finished 11-6-2014

Threadwork Primitives--Give Thanks.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen.
Started 11-14-2014
Finished 12-1-2014

 Threadwork Primitives--Christmas Fruit Basket.
Stitched on 32 count linen with DMC.
Started 12-3-2014
Finished 12-16-2014

Threadwork Primitives--My Work.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC.
Started 12-12014
Finished 12-20-2014

Plum Street Samplers--Count Twice Stitch Once.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC.
Started 12-20-2014
Finished 12-26-2014

Country Cottage Needleworks--Snow Love.
Stitched on 32 count Petit Point Raw/White linen with DMC.
Started 12-26-2014
Finished 12-28-2014

Little House Needleworks--Season's Greetings.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 12-28-2014
Finished 12-30-2014

 This is a Lizzie Kate Stocking that was stitched last year.  Just finished it a couple of weeks agol

This is a Homespun Elegance ornament I stitched earlier this year for our oldest daughter as she lives in Tennessee.  I also stitched and finished one for daughter number 2 who lives in Georgia, also got it finished.  Can't remember if I got a picture of it but I did give it to her for Christmas!!

 I have about five other items that I stitched, but haven't taken pictures of them. I finished stitching them between October and now.  I will have to track them down.

 This last picture is of my new sewing space.  Our oldest son put this work station up for me.  I am so excited to use it.  Still getting things organized.  I had been sewing on the dining room table.  I am so glad to get my projects off that table.  As if I don't have enough to do as far as crafting goes I also want to quilt and sew, plus crochet and make jewerly.  Good thing I don't work!!!  But I do take care of the grandbabies alot so I don't just craft:)

Have a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Barbara and a finishing frenzy

I was at my JoAnn's store today with a friend and we came across a new Gingher Designer series scissors:)

This scissors name is Barbara.  I was happy of course to score these!  It seems like JoAnn's does not carry as many of these designer scissors as they used to.  There where only 3 eight inch scissors and 2 four inch scissors.  I assume that there was 3 four inch scissors too. JoAnn's use to get at least 6 of each size but that number seems to have dwindled.

This Blackbird Design stitch is Give Thanks Sewing Box. 
This was stitched on 30 count coffee dyed linen using DMC.
Started 10-17-2014
Finished 10-21-2014

I painted a paper mache box amd mounted the piece on top.  I trimmed the edge with some coffee dyed chenille trim.  I really liked how it turned out.  This piece was suppose to be mounted on a Lone Elm Lane wooden box, which I would love to have but I went with a little more cost effective way of a finish.  Someday though I think I will buy a Lone Elm Box!!
This is one of the things I finished yesterday.

Then I got on a roll with finishing.  I stitched these two ornies last year.  They were just waiting to be finished.  So now I have an ornie for two of our grown children.

Thses two ornies are for our Granddaughters.  I stitched them earlier this year.
This is a Little House Needleworks design--Happy Hearts stitched on 32 count Cameo Rose with DMC threads.
Both were stitched back in January.

I stitched these ornies for 3 of the 4 of our Grandsons.
Lizzie Kate-Tiny Tiding XIX stitched on 32 count tea baked linen with DMC.
I stitched two of these in August and one in October.

Since this will be Grandson number 4's first Christmas I stitched up this cute little bonnet ornie.
I stitched this ornie for our youngest son and he is now 26!!!!  Where did that time go?
So I have stitched this for each of our grandkids for their first Christmas.

This is just another view. 

 And here is the back of the bonnet.  Sorry about the picture.  I am just not very good at picture taking.  Should take a class on that!!
I decided to stitch one ornie for each of our grandkids every year.  I should have really thought about that because now we have 6 grandkids and I am sure we will have more since 3 out of our 6 children haven't had amy children yet.  Someday I maybe spending all my time just stitching ornies!!!
Well at least I have all my ornies done for this year and I am thankful for that.

I just finished stitching this piece on Monday and started the finishing process but ran out of time to get it done.
With Thy Needle and Thread--House of Blues and Browns stitched on 32 count Natural with Sampler Threads.

Well Folks that's it for now.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another one bites the dust...

A WIP that is.  I just finshed another WIP and started and finished another piece from my stash.

White Willow Stitching--Tribal Pumpkin stitched on 28 count coffee dyed linen with Classic Colorworks-Colonial Copper and a Threadwork thread, but not sure of the color number.  I started this piece last October and for some reason stopped working on it.  Probably sidetracked by a new project!!
Since this piece was for my daughter I dragged it out and got it finished in a couple of days.  I was about a third of the way done when I picked it back up.
Started 10-21-2014
Finished 10-26-2014

 Next up is Shepherd's Bush 2014 scissors fob.  I needed to get this one done before the end of the year and I did.  It really was a quick stitch and finish.
Plus I had the scissors which is Julia.

Shepherd's Bush 2014 scissors fob stitched with materials in kit.
Started 10-27-2014
Finished 10-28-2014

Well just a quick update need to run and get somethings done before the grandbabies wake from their nap!!  Have a great week.