Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's all in the eyes.....

Hi everyone! While the weather here is very much autumnal I have to admit to still finding it a little unbelievable that we’re into October. Where is this year going too?!?!?

Time to share a finish.....Chartmakers Crows, Corn and Cats. I enjoyed stitching this one.

Chartmakers Crows, Corn and Cats
using an unknown overdyed & suggested threads apart from WDW cadet for the house

Those cats eyes though!! I have to admit to having been taking the option for a while of using beads when french knots have been called for in a design. Much easier just to attach a few beads! Well, this one didn’t shout ‘beads’ to me, french knots seemed more appropriate. I just had to see if I could still remember how to do them!! The black cat on the corn stalk? The chart shows just one french knot but no matter how I tried this one just kept looking like a one-eyed mutant cat. The other cat is slightly better but, to me, it still looks like its eyes are pretty quirky!!

I’ve just started on this one….


La-D-Da’s Live Laugh Love. I’m stitching it on LL Light Examplar. I didn’t have the Gloriana silks and when I pulled the DMC alternatives I wasn’t that taken with them. Instead I’ve opted for CC Red Currant, English Ivy and Blackbird. While I’ve only really started on this so far I’m happy with my colour choices.

Well, I didn’t manage to blog before the end of September but let me share my September Christmas ornament. Not only stitched but I actually managed to finish it too!!! This one is a freebie by Brightneedle from a number of years back.

Brightneedle freebie Holiday Stars
32ct cream using suggested DMC and beads

Have a good weekend! The sun is shining here, the leaves are starting to change colour and sometimes there’s nothing nicer than an autumn morning. Given the amount of rain we’ve had this week, it’s lovely to see. As always, thanks for dropping by and I hope all is well with you and yours.

Until next time……

28 comments:

Catherine said...

Great stitches!

Margaret said...

Oh I hear you on the french knots! lol! I always have trouble with them, especially when they're eyes! Yours look fine though. Love your finish! And I love your ornament as well. It's so great that you've kept up with that every month!

Jackie said...

My french knots rot! They're always wonky. I can't see that yours are anything other than perfect. The corn stalk with the cat and the bird is my favorite part of this piece.

I need to learn to finish ornaments. There are some great tutorials out there in blogland, I just need to take that step and trust the process.

natalyK said...

Love your Ornament finish and autumn finish. The La D Da design is coming along nicely. The colors choices look great and it makes it your own. Lovely!

Chris said...

beautiful stitching Lois :)

Deb said...

I don't like those french knots either - if I have to do two of them like for eyes, they never come out the same! LOL Love your new start - I think you pulled perfect colors for it, and your finish is wonderful. I honestly need to get up the nerve for making ornaments. They look so cute.

Tracey said...
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Tracey said...

I love your finish!! So cute!

Mary said...

Two more finishes - welll done. I love the look of your new start - colours looks lovely.
Mary

Bertie said...

Great finish Lois, the beads have my preference LOL, but did manage the French knots on my sheep:)
Good to see someone finishes an ornament every month LOL
Have a great weekend.

Elaine said...

French Knots! You get put on the naughty seat in my house if you mention those words..lol! I;ve tried for years but I just can;t do them.
Just love your latest finish Lois. Lovely new wip and beautiful ornie.
Happy Stitching!

KarenV said...

Love your September ornament, that's a sweet one :) Your Chartmakers finish is cute and I think the FKs look fine ;) I don't mind doing them, but I agree that trying to get a pair of "eyes" to look equal is a challenge!

I love your colour choices for the LDD piece - I recently bought a skein of Blackbird for the first time and think it's a great black substitute. English Ivy and Redcurrant are 2 of my favourite CC threads :)

Melissa said...

Fabulous, Lois! I like your latest finish - lovely colours. And I like the colours you've chosen for the new start!

Your ornament is lovely. I wish I was in an ornament stitching mood so I get some new ones but I'm still in sampler stitching!

I'll be in touch via email this weekend!

Denise said...

Lois,
Love those cat's eyes! I know exactly what you mean about French
knots. Sometimes I do them over and over until I am sort of satisfied. As usual, your stitching is amazing!

Sadie said...

Two beautiful finishes Lois :-)
I think the cats look fine just as they are x
Love the new start too.

Andrea said...

Oh my heck. I love, love, love your finish Lois!! I have to go see if this chart is in my stash!! It's so adorable and so me, I must do it!! And your French knot on that kitty looks just fine! I started doing Colonial knots and have never looked back. My French knots always were pitiful, but for whatever reason, the Colonial knot is easier for me and they always come out perfect. But that said, yours are just fine, don't worry!

The ornament is too cute!

Yes, the year is certainly flying by! I wish it would slow down just a little bit!
xox

valerie said...

Beautiful finishes! I love the colors in the Chartmakers design and the ornie is so pretty!

I think I'm one of the weird ones that actually likes french knots.

Lovely new start...great choice of colors!

Katrina said...

Cute finishes!!!! Love the both and the new start is so pretty. La D Da does the cutest pieces.

Cari-in-VA said...

French knots - I think that's a bad word(s)! I think beads are an excellent substitute! Love your finish and your new quaker piece is wonderful.

Congrats on not only stitching your September ornament, but finishing it yourself - it's lovely!

Myra said...

CC&Cats looks great. I love all the cats. :o) The ornament is very pretty and that La-D-Da piece is going to be gorgeous with the flosses you chose.

Lee said...

You have some great things in the works here, Lois! I'm thinking of starting that La D Da chart, too. I have it all ready to go, and seeing your start kind of gave me a kick in that direction.

Annie said...

The Crows, Corn and Cats is such a cute piece. You did an excellent job. My French knots never come out the size and shape I'm looking for. Colonial knots are no better for me. Your kitty looks very cute though!

Nice colors for La Di Da.

And the ornie is just perfect!

Carol said...

Two wonderful finishes and a lovely new start! I feel the same way about French knots, Lois. Really wonder if I'm doing them correctly as mine often pull through to the other side of the fabric.

So glad you are having a nice autumn--our days have gotten so much cooler with a lot of rain. More like the end of October than the beginning... Hope you have a great week, Lois :)

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching, Lois! Congrats on the finish. I think the eyes look great. I always end up with googly eyes--I can relate to the troubles! Love the new start, and your ornament is fantastic!

Shari said...

wow, I love the crows finish! I love anything with the alphabet in it....too cute...of course, in doing a search, I see it is an OOP pattern! Go figure!!!

Natalia said...

Lois, I love your La-D-D !! I think your choice of colors is great... I have it in my stash to stitch someday :-). You need to teach me how you write the name of your blog on your pictures. I've been trying to figure that out and I just can't !!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finish, the colors are wonderful. Love the ornament too-very pretty.

Mary said...

Hi Lois,
Great finishes! The La-D-Da will be gorgeous. Your color changes look lovely. I really like the Brightneedle ornament. You did a beautiful job on it. I don't mind french knots but I do agree some can be wonky looking. It's all in the tension when you make them(more like the tension they CAUSE us,right?)
I can't believe it's October either. My summer flew. The weather here has been rainy, damp and cold. Leaves are changing and the days and nights are much cooler (YAY for that!!)