A couple of friends and I have stitched Christmas ornaments for each other this year. While I was in South Bend, IN in October we met for lunch and did the exchange. Over the summer I had found the perfect little tree to display them (and hopefully future ones) ... along with a moon ornament that reminds me of paper lanterns we had in Germany when I was a kid.
On the left is my collection of scissors (no, I do not have enough, yet!)
On the wall is a hanky my great-grandmother crochet the lace on.
Nothing like power stitching. I had ordered the fabric over the summer but it wasn't till about 2 weeks ago that it finally arrived. Wanting to give this piece to my son for Christmas (AND take it to Indiana myself in 2 weeks) I had to get out the power needles and put other projects aside to get it done.
As usual, I had to adjust the pattern slightly. I used some variegated threads I had in my stash (the DMC colors given in the instructions were too crass) and some stitches are done in glow-in-the dark DMC thread. I added 2013 to the topper and hid my initials in her skirt (only visible in the dark)
I will take the piece unframed and leave with the framer in Mishawaka for Christopher to pick up later ... just not sure if the framer here can get it done in time.
It's been a while since I worked on this piece ... 40 ct. linen is just a tad bit hard on the eyes. But, I had picked it up this week to work on it for a while. I noticed that I never posted a picture of the second panel. I am making good progress on the 3rd part, so I figured I better post a picture of part 2. So, here it is:
With our pool season at an end, I'm guessing I'll be spending more time stitching.
Here's a picture from earlier this summer from our back yard:
oops, sorry ... wrong picture, not MY backyard, but the garden at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Hubby and I had spent a few days in NC celebrating our 25th anniversary. Glad, I don't have to tend to those flower beds ....
very plain - unfinished and undated with the initials CLF
I sewed it to muslin fabric and will lace mount it to acid free mounting board before I take it to the framer (if it gets messed up it's MY fault, not because of someone that doesn't know how to mount needlework).
You just got done with a cool project and your stitching sisters are all admiring it. "Where did you find the pattern?" "Can I borrow it?" "will you make me a COPY?"
It is so easy ... you don't even have to go to the copy shop anymore to accomplish this ... my home printer also is a copy machine. BUT ... think twice before you do it. Remember how much time the designer of that cool project that everyone loves put into creating the chart, color choices, instructions. Do you really want to cheat her (or him) out of what little they already earn on each pattern?
Be kind and support your favorite designer and only tell your friends where they can purchase their own copy instead of making one for them.
A couple of weeks back I posted a sneak peak of the sampler I came up with for David & I's 25th wedding anniversary in June. I stitched it while he was working in Kansas. Originally I was going to give it to him ON our anniversary, but then I didn't :-)
I found the pattern in old issues of Sampler & Antique Needlework magazine; it is made up of two bookmarks with some alterations to fit the occasion:
I am itching to get a BIIIG project started but can not decide which one - several patterns are pulled and in bags with fabric and threads, none has jumped out, yet, and said "STITCH ME". So, in the meantime I am keeping busy with little projects. I had just finished a Hardanger bell pull so I was still in the "5 stitches over 4 threads" mode and found Zweigart's "Hardanger Kostbarkeiten" which I had bought a while ago. It's a quick piece:
AND I started a little something for someone special, therefore only a small picture of it:
... sure took me long enough, but I finally figured out why I could not get back onto my blog ...
I hadn't really done an awful lot of stitching in the past few months, but I finished a few little things. Somehow I don't have the "mojo" to get started with a large piece; instant gratification is where it's at for the time being.
I found the pattern for this pumpkin on a blog a few years ago but never got around to actually stitching it. I wish I could give credit , but my print-out does not have enough info to get me back to the design.
These cuties were featured in NEEDLEPOINT NOW, Nov. 07
Our chapter offered this project for our July luncheon project. I had so much fun making them, I got a bit carried away and made 3 :-) ... I call the Santa on the right my "Mexican Santa" since I accidentally used the wrong DMC for his face and he ended up being "tanned".
This is an adaptation of a Burda magazine pattern, which originally was a 3 x 3 squares sampler. I only had a small piece of fabric and again needed instant gratification, so I picked 2 of the 9 patterns and finished it off with two pieces of wool felt to hold a few needles ... maybe for the next Hardanger project.