Tuesday, 30 October 2018

October WIPocalypse

Happy Halloween everyone! I love fall and in particular, Halloween, and it only seemed fitting to continue stitching on Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. Time was not kind to me this month though and life left little time for me to sit with needle in hand. Unfortunately this sweet design will be not be completed in time for the holiday this year. Instead I get to enjoy the journey for a little while longer. 
What time I had for stitching was taken up in filling in the bottom landscaping of hills and grass. I've posted the before pic where I left off last month followed by this month's progress.

At this point I can finally start on the border of the piece which is stitched on the remaining three sides. The bottom remains as is. 

Perhaps it's the time change and the colder weather but I'm having a hard time to get motivated this month. This hasn't helped in my stitching and I'm also a bit behind in my Halloween preparations. Usually by now I have my little handout bags all ready to go and my Jack O' Lanterns are carved and ready. I'm almost finished preparing the candy bags but I have no motivation to get started on my carving. I usually carve more than one but this year I only purchased the one pumpkin. Who knows, I might even cheat and go for one of the lazy man pumpkins. Have you seen them yet? Apparently they have minimal carving however for me it's the cleaning out of the pulp that is the worst part.

Here's a few pics of my carvings from the last few years. 

The carvings are fun but are a lot of work. I just might take a break this year. Stay tuned to my next post and see whether or not I cave, lol! Until then have a safe and Happy Halloween!

October Smalls

The celebration of all things spooky is upon us and I chose to stitch a new design for my small finish in honour of Halloween.

Meet Vintage Jack.....a new design by Tina Woltman of Early Workings. Tina has lots of small designs which are perfect if you love primitive stitching.

With all that solid stitching Jack took me a lot longer to complete than I expected. I'm hoping to finish him into a pillow tuck but with a twine hanger. I would love to hang him from the door of my dry sink cupboard.

That's all that I had time to stitch this month. My nephew's wedding which was out of town, followed by our Canadian Thanksgiving, took up a good chunk of my free time this month. I do love fall weddings!! I leave you with a few pics: the first is the table decorations at the head table of the wedding I attended and the second is to celebrate the first anniversary of my son's wedding which took place last October on Friday the 13th. My son is a writer and a horror film aficionado. We knew that there had to be a spoof from some horror film showing up somewhere, lol! (Photos courtesy of Shawn Descarie)

Sunday, 30 September 2018

September WIPocalypse

 Although it's officially only the start of fall, the chill in the air here along with overcast skies tends to suggest.....dare I think it!..... that W word! The forecast for next week however looks like a typical fall thank goodness. 

In keeping with the fall theme I brought out a WIP from last fall hoping to complete it. Last weekend I was successful. This is a really cute design by With Thy Needle & Thread called Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll. The first pick is where I had left off when I dug this out on Aug. 22nd. 

I intend on finishing it as a sewing roll as the pattern calls for.
This is what got me to thinking about this design and pulling it out again. I spotted this little fella when we stopped for gas on a drive into Ottawa.

Next I decided to continue working on another WIP, also started last fall. This one is an OOP design by The Primitive Needle called Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. 

I've spent most of the past month working on this piece. There's a lot more work to it than I expected. The grass under the houses is taking me forever. I've only got 3 lines in and still have about 6 more to go. After that point I can begin to work on the border. It's a detailed border and covers 3 sides so it should take me a fair amount of time.  Then I still have a few more lines on the bottom to be added to connect it to the border. With the amount of stitching still left there is a good possibility that this won't be complete by Halloween but I'll just be happy if it's done by the end of this year. Plus I tend to get bored working on borders and often put it aside in favour of another piece.

I have a few other designs by the Primitive Needle that I'd like to get started on over the next few years. I love her designs!

I'll leave you with a few pics from one of the Ottawa markets. My favourite time to visit there is in the fall!


Friday, 28 September 2018

September Smalls

As of last week our temperatures have taken a plunge and the colours, scents and foliage all indicate that autumn has truly arrived. On my evening walks I smell the smoke from the wood stoves and a definite chill has lead to my bringing out the sweaters once more. I still have a hard time giving up my sandals though and most days I can still be found in them....at least until it's so cold that I break down and cover the toes.

Cooler days bring out an instinct to cocoon with stitching in hand. That's exactly what I've been doing although I've concentrated on some larger pieces this month. The only small that I managed to complete is by Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives and is called Autumn Greetings.

I have several other fall and Halloween smalls that I want to get started on and I hope to have at least a couple completed by next month. Tomorrow I'll be found at my sewing machine doing the final finishing on a number of previously stitched smalls including the above finish. I'll have a post next week on my larger autumn pieces that I've been spending all my time with. See you then!

Friday, 31 August 2018

July and August Smalls and Stitching Friends

I really don't know how I managed to miss my July posting other than the fact that I've been on the go so much this summer. I was only home for about 10 days during the month of August as well so it's amazing to me that I got done any stitching at all! All of the following pillow finishes were completed in July.

Both of my granddaughters had requested a small stitched finish. You may recall from a post last year that I stitched a hamster for Oceanne at her request. Due to unfortunate cirmcumstances that pillow finish was lost and so I restitched the hamster and a sweet hedgehog for her sister, Summer. 

Here are the girls showing off their pillows along with Oceanne's real hamster.

After I finished stitching these and sending them off I realized that I had two remaining birthday stitches to be completed before I left for a visit to Sudbury with my stitching friends. I only had 2 weeks remaining to get both stitched and finished before I left! I don't know how I managed to do it with everything else that I had going on but when I left for Sudbury they were packed and in my suitcase. These two stitches are from the 2017 Fragments in Time series by Summer House Stitche Workes.

I like how these turned out so much that I've just finished purchasing a few more from this series and the 2018 Fragments in Time series so that I can do a few for myself and some other gifts.

As I mentioned, I spent part of my holidays in Sudbury, Ontario gathered together with my stitching buddies from Canada and the US. We were hosted by Cathy Tonelli and family and we had the most amazing time! It was a first visit to Canada for several of the ladies but it certainly won't be the last. During the day we went on several road trips throughout Sudbury and to Manitoulin Island. In the evenings we spent our time stitching and gabbing. On one of the afternoons our friend Theresa or Tee as we call her, gave us a tutorial on how to use our stitching to cover tape measures. Tee is a very talented stitcher and finisher and is the designer behind Dulaney Woods Treasures. We each chose a design to stitch which she provided and with her excellent guidance we took our finishes and wrapped and sewed them onto tape measures. 

I ended up finishing mine at home because as it turned out, the fabric I had chosen for the edging of my tape measure just wouldn't stick. We figured that there had to be too much sizing in the fabric. So I took it home, washed and dried it and tried it again. This time it worked like a charm! So my finish is not in the group photo but this is my small finish for August.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. As I mentioned in the previous post, Cathy and her husband are also bee keepers and showed us their hives.

Cathy's hubby Wayne, with Nan and JoAnn

Cathy's sister-in-law Donna also joined us on several days. Donna cross stitches but much prefers punch needle. She does excellent work as evidenced in the next pic of her recent finish.

I was very fortunate to purchase one of Donna's finishes from her. She finished this on an antique brass candlestick holder.

He is just so cool and I love him!!

When we first arrived at Cathy's we presented the American girls with some Canadian visors to designate them as honourary Canadians for the week.

My friends Nan and Tee

Bev, Jo and Jenn

No trip is complete without a visit to Tim Horton's or Timmies as we refer to it.

Bev, Tee and yours truly

We also paid a visit to a lovely shop which sold soaps, candles, linens and lavender. I stocked up on the lavender which I use when stuffing my pillow finishes.

Pam, Donna, Cathy and Jenn

All in all it was a fabulous trip, one which we hope to repeat next summer. There's nothing better than spending time with good friends, unless it's family of course. Next post I'll have a few pics from my trip to Lake Muskoka and home for my mother's birthday celebration. 

So all in all, lots of small finishes over the last two months. Now I'm on the hunt for some smalls for the upcoming fall season. 

Sunday, 26 August 2018

July & August WIPocalypse

The summer is just flying by! I only just realized that I missed my July postings. I was so busy that month and then I was on vacation for most of this month. The end of summer is just around the corner but I managed to get the pieces I wanted finished by the summer's end completed.

In June's post I showed you that I was working on Heartstring Samplery's All The Pretty Flowers. Finishing was complete by the end of July. I love this one especially since I have very few summer pieces stitched.

Continuing on the summer theme I started next on Threadwork Primitive A Bee's Gathering. This one is to be finished according to the instructions included as a needlebook.

During early August I travelled to Sudbury to spend time with my stitching friends and I stayed at the home of my friend Cathy. Cathy and her husband are beekeepers and make their own honey so it was only fitting that I worked on this piece while I stayed with them!
Here's a pic of the group of us. I'll have a few more pics on my next post including some of the project we completed together.

 Following my visit to Cathy's I headed to the cottage with my hubby and I had my new stitch complete within a few days of my arrival. Dockside stitching is the best!

A few cooler days brought thoughts of fall so I decided to pull out a WIP that I had actually started a year ago this weekend.

This is Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll by With Thy Needle & Thread. I'm stitching it on 40 ct Picture This Plus Legacy and I'm really liking how it's shaping up.

Rather than starting a new, larger project I'm going to continue working on this and another WIP from last fall, Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon by Primitive Needle. I'll also be starting some new smalls for my Smalls SAL. 

It's been a whirlwind month and I'm still celebrating while visiting family in Windsor for birthdays this month. On my next post I'll have a few pics from my vacation activities as well as my smalls I completed over the last two months. See you then!