Sunday, January 29, 2012

The bird, the bear & the peacock....

 Thanks everyone for all your encouragement to just knuckle down and get stitching that bird.  Ta-dah!! It's done. Mind you, I’ve realised that I’m not that into stitching larger areas with GA Maple Syrup.  Maybe it’s the dyelot I have, but it sure didn’t feel like there was much variation when I was stitching with it (does look a little bit better in the picture) and, truth be told, I found it a dreary colour to stitch so much with.   You can guess I was one happy camper when I put the final stitches in (I’ve just realised that I still need to stitch the eye so technically it’s not quite finished yet!!!).  I like this bird better now that it’s done but isn’t that always the way. 

My one stitching commitment this year is to stitch something Christmas-related each month.  My aim is to have a selection of PS santas and some ornaments by the end of this year.  This month I started off with a PS santa…..
From PS booklet #88 Old World Santas II.  Stitched on 32ct natural light linen & suggested DMC
The only thing that is slightly freaking me out is the bear’s eyes!  Can you see the crazy bear stare?!?!?!?! Of course, now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t stop seeing that every time I look at it!  The fabric in the background is what I used for the backing.

I recently won a giveaway that Sally was holding on her blog.  I’m one of those people who rarely win anything so it was the loveliest surprise when I heard from Sally to say that I’d won the BBD chart, Peacock Pinkeep.  It arrived a couple of days later and showing huge self-control I resisted  putting BBD LF Autumn to one side  but did allow myself to plan what threads I would use to stitch it and now have it all kitted up and ready to go.  I want to stitch it with more of a red so I’ve pulled out Belle Soie Poison Apple to go alongside the Tortoise Shell and will see how that works. Thank you Sally and, if any of you aren’t familiar with her lovely blog, click here or follow the link for Stitchyangel’s Treasures in my blog list on the right.   

Okay, enough ramblings from me for today.  Stitching plans this coming week include working on Christmas Garden again. I’m itching to get a bit more done on this one.  Seems like quite a few of us are stitching it and I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s progress.  Other than that, enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

Until next time……

25 comments:

Katrina said...

Very pretty!!!! I really need to get my loose feathers out. I love the Peacock piece too!!!

Bertie said...

Well done!! I must admit that I did not fancy this bird much, but looking at yours it's better lol
Lovely Santa, big eyed bears are scary!!
Congratulations on BBD Peacock, always lovey bbd:)
Have a great week Lois!

Deb said...

Your BBD piece is looking wonderful. Every time I see those I wish that I was working on them. Love the idea of a Christmas item a month. Those PS Santa's are the perfect choice. And I love that peacock piece too! Can wait to see your start on it.

Catherine said...

Love BBD!! Your bird looks great!
I just finished up my first monthly Christmas ornament today! Hopefully I can keep up with one a month!

Chris said...

I love the Prairie Schooler Santa. I love his green coat.
Loose Feathers is looking great.
Congratulations on the win, you have chosen lovely floss.

Giovanna said...

Wow, that's great going on the Loose Feathers, and it looks fab! Cute Santa, and congrats on winning the draw.

Lesleyanne said...

Your BBD is looking great. Love your PS Santa. Congrats on winning Sally's giveaway - look forward to seeing your progress on it.

Nancy said...

BBD is looking awesome, makes me want to go ahead and get mine kitted up and start! Gotta love those PS santas, they are my favorites! Congrats on winning that chart, the colors you chose are so pretty!

Myra said...

That bird is fabulous! I know what you mean about stitching with a drab color. Your PS Santa looks great - I too am trying to stitch an ornament a month, so far so good.

Elizabeth said...

Really loving all the pictures I'm seeing of the BBD sampler! I too have been trying to do two Christmas things a month to make an Advent Calendar but haven't done January's yet!

Margaret said...

Wow, your BBD Loose Feathers piece is just gorgeous! Glad you made it through the big bird. Love your PS Santa too! The bear is cute -- who's staring? lolol! Congrats on that win too!

Melissa said...

Lois, congratulations on getting done with that big bird, and the PS Santa too! You're stitching a lot. What a lovely giveaway to win as well. I love those 2 colours!

You're doing way better than me on the stitching front. I have not picked up the needle this past week at all! boo-hoo. You stitched for the two of us!

carol fun said...

Love the BBD piece! I haven't started mine yet but it is soooo tempting! Congratulations on the giveaway win. You've picked such pretty colors! Happy stitching!

Christine said...

Great work on the BBD, and your Santa is lovely even if the bear is staring at you.
Congratulations on your giveaway win

Siobhán said...

Crazy bear stare?! ROFLOL!! I stitched that ornament and am going to have to go look at it and see if it strikes me the same way. LOL You are too funny. Great finish!

I love how your BBD is coming along! I think stitching with brown is just dull anyway you do it, but it does bug me when the overdyed thread doesn't have much variation. Then again--you can always go /// and \\\ without feeling too bad about not crossing each stitch as you go!

Congratulations on the win! I want to stitch that one so badly but as usual, it's the finishing that holds me back!

Carol said...

Of course I love your first Santa finish, Lois--crazy bear stare and all!! Yes, his eye does look a bit big and bulgy-- I've stitched this one myself and given it away. I wonder if the recipient noticed the crazy eye :)

So glad you persevered with the big bird--too bad the color wasn't more enjoyable to stitch with. But, your piece is looking lovely and that is what matters in the end.

Congratulations on your win from Sally! Lovely colors you've selected--enjoy!

pat said...

very beautiful your pillow...
ciao Pat

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I absolutely love that BBD's pinkeep. I really admire your restraint!!! Have to agree with you, Maple Syrup is not the most uplifting of colors, however, you piece looks beautiful!!
Linda

Lynn said...

Beautiful work on your BBD! I have these in my stash and would love to get moving on them but I have too many others on the go right now. Congrats on winning the peacock design! Don't you just love BBD?
Well done on your PS ornament! I've just finished the stitching on a PS too but I'm not too motivated at the moment to do the final finishing. Eventually!

Kathy Ellen said...

BBD 'Autumn' is really beautiful. I often get bogged down with a particular design once in a while, not sure I like the way the colours look, etc. But, if I can persevere, like you, I usually end up feeling much happier with the finished results:)

PS Santa is really nice too. What a great idea to stitch one Christmas related design each month. Lovely BBD pinkeep, and I love the threads you chose to use.

Blessings in Stitches!

Sharon said...

Love your PS Santa! Lovely! Nice progress on your Blackbird piece. I like your choice of colors for the Peacock pinkeep.

Dona said...

Your BBD piece looks fantastic! Brown can be dreary to stitch with, especially if there's a lot of it! The seasonal colors in the design really stand out nicely next to it, though.

Congratulations on your giveaway win! I love the colors you've chosen for it.

Funny about the bear's eyes! I find that to be so with a lot of the PS critters, but they are still cute.

Sally said...

Love your Loose Feathers Autumn. I find that with GAST dyelots and the variation.

Lol @the bears eyes! It's cute though!

I love the colours you've chosen for the BBD pin keep. I can't wait to see you stitch it but I promise I won't nag you to start it lol!

Brigitte said...

You must be so glad that the bird is finally stitched. I often have this problem when I stitch big houses - it seems like never-ending brickwork, lol.
This little PS Santa is just adorable. I must pull out the book you found it in and include him in my wish-stitching.

Berit said...

Oh, I adore your freaky-eyed bear and santa! Isn't the motion of the candle's flame wonderful? Really supports the impression that Santa is walking forward.