Monday, November 23, 2009

Quaker Heart finished & getting a little Christmassy

Hi everyone! I can’t believe Monday has rolled around again and we’re into another week. First off ….. the last stitches have been put in, the button and beads have been added and SB Quaker Heart can be reported as a finish. I am in two minds about how to finish this one, I probably will err on the side of caution and just have it framed but I’ve also seen it finished as a heart-shape ornament and like that too. However, me finishing something in a heart shape?!?!?!?! I am very much finishing-challenged. I can just about manage a passable attempt when something has straight lines and corners but head into other shapes and well, my blood runs cold! I see me taking the easy option on this and just having it framed.

SB Quaker Heart on 32ct Irish Creme linen using the suggested silks

Up next? Well, I saw this on Staci's blog and it reminded me that I had this pattern in my stash but had never got round to stitching it last year. I reckoned this would be the perfect one for the Cranberry Belle Soie fix I was looking for. So, a little taster on how this is turning out, it’s almost done, I only have the reindeer left to stitch on the far right hand side and then I shall be putting my finishing skills to task. My Christmas stitching mojo is in full flow so once this is done I’ll be picking something else that’s Christmassy.

Homespun Elegance A Quaker Year: Merry Winter
on 32ct LL light examplar using CC Belle Soie in Cranberry

Thank you to Melissa for awarding me my first blog award! I know I’m meant to pick 5 blogs but please consider yourselves all as recipients of this award from me as a thank you for the warm welcome and your wonderful blogs that I love to visit and where I see far too many things that I know will have to make their way into my stash!

Last but not least, may I wish my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Until next time……

Friday, November 13, 2009

The latest stitching goings-on around here

I can’t believe Friday has rolled round again. Where do the days go too? Below is a picture of my progress on SB’s Quaker Heart. I only picked this up again yesterday afternoon but it is stitching up so quickly that this should be a finish by the next time I blog. It’s the first SB kit I’ve worked on in a while and I’m loving stitching this. I love the design, I love the colours, I love the fabric, but, most of all? I love the silks. It’s made me realise it’s been too long since I stitched with silks and I’m not ready to stop stitching with them just yet. Christmas ……. ornaments ……..Cranberry Belle Soie …….think that’s the direction I’ll be headed once Quaker Heart is completed.

Latest progress on SB's Quaker Heart

The only other stitching news is that I’ve finished the ornament I was working on for the exchange but I’m keeping that under wraps for now. I’ll share a picture at a later date as I was pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my framed EE&F Love Letters. I definitely think this framer is a keeper and, aside from doing a great job, she didn’t charge me the earth! Another very definite plus! And, after my complaining about the rain last time? This week has been somewhat better. We’ve still had rain but it hasn’t felt like it was incessant and there have been several mornings that once it was daylight there was blue sky and sun. Makes such a difference! Have a good weekend everyone and hope all is well in your part of the world.

Until next time…..

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rain, rain go away .....

Seriously, I’ve had enough of rain. This certainly has been a wet autumn so far. I suppose I should look at it that here we are into November and the temps haven’t dropped that much but, I’m starting to feel like we’re all going to start growing webbed feet around here soon! Through this past week we’ve had a couple of blinks of sun and blue sky but most days you get up, look out the window in the vain hope that the rain won’t be falling only to have those hoped dashed. Dull, dreary, damp days. Ugh!

News on the stitching front isn’t that much. I’ve been working this week on a Christmas ornament for an exchange so don’t want to share pics just yet. I have a little more stitching to do on that and then I’ll be putting it together. I did finish the Ninth Month of the PSS Quaker Calendars . Now, when I say finished ..... I’d love to tell you that it’s completely and utterly finished and put together as a pinkeep but no, I just mean I’ve finished the stitching! I’ve everything gathered together for the Tenth Month and will start that when I finish this Christmas ornament.

Earlier in the week I had a phone call from the framers to say my piece was ready to be collected. I’d left EE&F’s Love Letters in with her and here are a couple of pics. I stitched this earlier this year and did change the piece slightly, in the design the year is stitched under the wording ‘be kind’ to the right of the large heart in the middle but I decided not to put that in and stitched another heart in its place. This is the first piece I’ve given to this framer and I’m really pleased with what she’s done. I haven’t had anything framed in several years, good framers are few and far between in my part of the world, and have quite a few pieces that I know will now be heading her way.

Ewe & Eye & Friends Love Letters using 32ct Permin lambswool and the recommended DMC threads

Close up of frame

Thank you all for your continuing lovely comments and visits to my blog. May everyone’s days be ones that are not rain-filled! Until next time……