Friday, 29 November 2019

November Smalls

With Christmas just around the corner I pulled out my Christmas stitching and got started with a few ornaments. None of the final finishing is complete yet. I'll do them all at once when the time comes. 
I started with the ornaments for my granddaughters. These two ornaments are part of a collection by The Little Stitcher called the Twelve Days of Christmas, Part 1 and Part 2. They can be purchased separately or as one booklet and can be found on her Etsy shop


 The Day of Snow and Ice

The Day of Folly

These ornament designs are so sweet and took very little time to stitch up. I've picked my backing fabrics and will finish them both as tree ornaments.


Two by Two Deer is designed by The Prairie Schooler and is an oldie but a goodie! The chart can be found in the Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament issue from 1998. I've been meaning to stitch this one for quite awhile. It's about time I got around to it!! 

Those are my three Smalls finishes for this month. I hope to have a couple more next month but often time runs out as we get closer to the holidays. I really only need to stitch one more gift so keep your fingers crossed! See you next month.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

November WIPocalypse

With the arrival of November comes Christmas stitching. So for now I have put aside my Pennsylvania Dutch Sampler and started on stitching gifts as well as some Christmas stitching for our home.

Several of the pieces I've completed are smalls which I will be showing later this week on my Smalls post. 

The two other pieces I started are slightly larger than what I consider a small and are gifts for my granddaughters. The first, which I've completed, is Plum Street Samplers Tired Trio.


I loved these adorable sloths as soon as I set eyes on them. I originally planned on giving this to Summer for a birthday gift as her birthday is tomorrow. However her sister Oceanne loves foxes and I knew she might feel left out so I'm stitching Foxes Few for her and will give them both at Christmas.


The linen in the latter pic appears warped but I was lazy and took this shot while it was still on the Q-snap and I only had 3 sides of it tightened. As you can see I'm not quite finished the foxes yet but they are sooo cute! I love this series that Paulette has designed and her latest release, Rack Stack, is one that I plan on stitching for myself. I love it!!

I haven't decided yet on a pillow finish or an ornament finish for these cuties but I don't have time to waste so I'll be making my mind up quickly once I've finished the second one.

I have several choices to stitch for myself once the above two are completed. I browsed through my stash and pulled out a number that are candidates. The final choice will be decided on whether I have linen and floss handy for the design. The list includes:
Country Stitches Peppermint and Holly, Stacy Nash Gathering The Greens, Heartstring Samplery Morning Star and Plum Street Sampler Yuletide Welcome. I would be more than happy to have any one of these lovlies decorating my home. I might even try to fit in an ornie for my twig tree! 
There are two more new releases that I would love to stitch at a later date: Chessie and Me Peace and Goodwill Sampler and La D Da Merry Christmas Sampler.

We've already had our first snowstorm of the season which took place on the evening of Remembrance Day, Nov. 11.  We had a received a small amount on Nov. 7 and the temps remained cold so we ended up with a total of about  20cm ( 7-8 inches) on the ground. All of our leaves hadn't even finished falling yet!  Milder temps this past week have melted all of that away now and there is no snow forecast in the immediate future. 


See you all soon with my Smalls posting!

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

October WIPocalypse

For the first time in quite a while I didn't work on a small finish this month. I actually started one but quickly lost interest because my WIPs were calling to me.

The two WIPs that I'm referring to are The Primitive Needle Witches Nine and Willow Hill Samplings Pennsylvania Dutch Sampler. The Pennsylvania Dutch Sampler occupied most of my time early in the month. I'm stitching this on a lovely piece of 40 ct Silkweaver Burmese Beige and I'm using a Gentle Arts Limited Edition floss, Cardinal. Here's my progress for the month.


I am loving how the floss looks on this fabric but early on I realized that I might run out. I'm only using one strand of floss to stitch with and I've already gone through half of a skein. I only have two skeins of this Limited Edition and I'm only halfway through the first page of the design. There are a total of 2 1/2 pages of stitching so it stands to reason that I'm going to run out. I wondered if there was some way that I could alter the pattern to accomodate the remaining floss? While I was thinking about it, a dear friend mentioned how much she loved the floss in this piece. I proceeded to tell her my dilemma. That's when she told me that she had purchased about a dozen of the skeins and offered to send me some as a pay it forward offer. I was thrilled!! So now I will be able to complete the entire design without modification.

I started Witches Nine towards the end of last month and picked it up again mid-October. It didn't take me longer to complete it. I've always loved all of Lisa Roswell's designs and I'm so very sorry that she is no longer with us. She loved designing for Halloween and added a touch of whimsy to all her pieces. If you recall, last year I stitched Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. This year it's her Witches Nine. This is stitched on Picture This Plus 36 ct Earthen linen using the called for Weeks Dye Works floss.


I am fortunate enough to have several of Lisa's designs in my collection and hope to get them all stitched at some point in time.

My hip is progressing well. Yesterday I received the nod from the surgeon to ditch the 6 wk protocols and I won't have reached my 6 weeks post op until Halloween. So that means that I can now get into a car in the normal fashion without laying the seat back and I can lift my leg to get into the bath/shower without using a shower bench. I am grateful that we already had one of the higher toilets installed in our home which makes all the difference when you are dealing with joint issues. I am slowly increasing my physio and my walking although I do find that I tire easily. 

I have enjoyed the extra stitching time that recovery affords but I'm also glad to start getting back into my normal routines. Christmas stitching is on my mind and as well I'm currently working on a small piece, Plum Street Samplers Tired Trio, for my granddaughter's birthday. If it's not complete at the end of November then it just may become a Christmas gift instead, lol!
See you all next month and happy stitching!!

Monday, 30 September 2019

September WIPocalypse

For the most part September has been an absolutely lovely month! The weather has been comfortable with cooler evenings and my favourite season is here.
I also love samplers which is why I decided to stitch along with the #samplerseptember group, started by KittenStitcher also better known as Theresa Venette. I knew I wanted a smaller sampler that could be done before the month's end so I checked out my stash and decided on Blackbird Designs Blooms for Sarah. My fabric was Vintage Buttermilk by Dixie Sampler Hand Dyed Fabrics and I used a gorgeous Silk 'N Colour Chocolate Caramel for my floss choice. It was a most enjoyable stitch and I completed it this past Saturday.


The picture really doesn't do it justice. Lighting was a real problem when I tried photographing it. After it was done I decided to tackle another sampler I've been wanting to see on my walls. This one is by Willow Hill Samplings and is simply called Pennsylvania Dutch Sampler. I'm stitching it on a lovely piece of 40 ct Silkweaver Burmese Beige using a Limited Edition Gentle Art Floss called Cardinal.


This is a fairly wide sampler and may take me a bit longer but I love the look of the floss on this fabric already. It should be really pretty!!

I had another new start the week before my surgery. This one has been waiting many moons in my stash for me to pull it out and get started. I'm fortunate to have quite a few designs by The Primitive Needle and this one was calling to me.


Witches Nine is being stitched on 36 ct Earthen using the suggested WDW floss. I love how it's stitching up!! My kids all love the Halloween designs and have already told me to hang onto them because they love them so much!

Speaking of my sons, the weekend before my hip surgery we all got together for our first dinner in Chris and V's new home. It's a rare occasion when I have all three sons together so I took the opportunity to snap a pic.


Chris' cats, my fur grandbabies, Nibs and Beldar got in on the action. Beldar wasn't too polite though baring his backside for the camera!

Here's a pic of all of us minus my hubby. Beldar graced us with his face for this one, lol!




That's it for this month. In keeping with October, the temps have started dipping down a tad more the past few days in anticipation. Cozy throws are appearing on the couch and I've stocked the cupboard with some of my favourite fall teas.Wish you could drop by for a visit!

Sunday, 29 September 2019

September Smalls

I'm a little late in posting this month. Following my hip replacement surgery I found it difficult to sit for long periods of time. Things are coming along slowly but surely and as of this weekend I am a bit more comfortable and able to devote more time to my computer and stitching.

This month's small is a fall design by Stacy Nash  called The House on Pumpkin Hill pinkeep. It was a sweet little stitch which I quite enjoyed. The original called for fabric was Charcoal Gray linen which almost looked like it had a bluish tinge in the photo. I didn't have anything similar but upon delving through my fabric I found a Picture This Plus linen that I thought would work. Here's a pic of The House on Pumpkin Hill stitched on Picture This Plus Barnwood with the called for Gentle Art floss.


This will indeed be finished as a pinkeep once I'm able to sit at my sewing machine again.

My recovery from my surgery is going well. This is my second hip replacement so I knew what to expect. However the muscles in this hip are much weaker so I'm having to exercise it quite a bit more. When they got me into the OR they discovered that the hip was much worse than the xrays showed and had actually fused so that there was no rotation left in the hip. No wonder I was having such a difficult time moving it!!
 I had the surgery done on a Thursday and was back home again by the next evening. Very little pain this time and I rested for only a couple of days before I got moving again. Once again my trusty little sidekick stayed by my side and kept me company during my recuperation. After looking at this pic I realized just how much swelling I had in the legs. Things are better now.


Now that I've picked up my needle again I'm working on three different stitches and I still haven't picked out a small to do for next month. Of course it will probably be a Halloween stitch. I love putting out various pinkeep displays throughout the house. 


The signs of fall are all around us now and I'm trying to get out and enjoy the emerging colour. 


Now I'm off to enjoy my pumpkin spice coffee. See you soon!

Friday, 30 August 2019

August Smalls

I finished one new small this month but I also managed to get my smalls from last month finished into ornaments for gifts. The first is a name tree which I gifted to my cousin Sheryl and it's designed by M Designs.









The second gift was for my friend Nan who will be moving to Hawaii once her home in the US is sold. This is Aloha Tree by Nouveau Encore Designs.





I'm so happy that they both loved their gifts! It makes me so happy to see their faces when they open them. I'll be making more of these in the future. I've yet to complete one for each of my sisters.

My small finish this month is courtesy of my friend Nan. Nan is the genius behind Threadwork Primitives Designs Recently I got together with several of my close stitching friends at the home of Cathy, in Sudbury. Nan brought each of us a small design she had created for fun. Along with the design she provided a piece of linen and floss so that we could each work on our project while we were all together. 

Here's my finish:


  Nan has already made her finish into a drum and it looks fantastic! I'd love to give this a try but I'll first have to obtain some sawdust for the stuffing. Fine sawdust is very easy to compact and make a firm drum. I have an example of a beautiful drum to share with you. This was given to me as a belated birthday gift during my visit with my stitching friends. This particular drum was created for me by Theresa Meloon who designs under the name Dulaney Woods Treasures.


Isn't it beautiful? Theresa, or Tee as we call her, makes the best drums! She has some very clear directions in her patterns and I hope to be trying a finish soon because she also gifted me with her latest design along with some Victorian Motto floss I had admired when she was stitching with it.



Cathy also gifted me with her latest design release for my birthday. Her chart also contained the fabric and floss neccesary for the final finish.




After all this, each participant received a gift from Tee and one from her sister Jo along with their mom Bev and friend Shelly.

 Tee designed the needleroll from an antique one that she picked up. Each needleroll was made from leftover fabrics and contains a thimble and pin cushion ends in addition to the felt for your needles. Brilliant!! 



Jo, Bev and Shelly combined forces to create the sweetest ort jars. Each jar was wrapped in a piece of needlework with the Canadian and US flags, our inital and a charm. The lid of each holds a magnetic needleminder!! How cool is that!


I am indeed blessed to have such wonderful, generous friends. 

Autumn is knocking on the doorstep and I'm in the mood for some fall stitching. Time to raid the stash again! See you next month.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Giveaway!

Check out the latest giveaway at Victorian Motto!

Nancy is giving away a lovely collection of her newly dyed Autumn floss! Love it!


Monday, 26 August 2019

August WIPocalypse

Warning: Picture intensive!

August has been a very productive month for stitching and finishing. On my post this coming Friday you will see the smalls which I finished and stitched for the month.  I spent the remainder of the time concentrating on Mary Ann Farmer in the hopes of nearing a completion. I'm happy to report that the end is in sight! Here's a pic of my progress after returning from my vacation 2 weeks ago.




As you can see, I had the remaining mirror image to complete. Since that time the weather has cooled down and the temps are much more conducive to some gazebo stitching. I've been out here just about every morning since we returned for a couple hours. The result is that I'm very close to completing the remainder of this beautiful piece!



Stitching was involved in a good portion of my vacation. We started off with a trip to Toronto, Ontario to visit the Tapestry of the Spirit exhibit. This is the Torah project which I became a part of 6 years ago. A group of ladies from the Jewish community, with an idea by Temma Gentles, decided to stitch the Torah which is the first 5 books of the Old Testament. The project was too large for them to tackle on their own so they put out a call for more stitcher's. There have been over 1500 stitchers of all faiths from over 28 countries who have participated. I was fortunate to have been one of the first 100 who answered the call. It has been a long process which you can read about if you follow the link here but the first 2 1/2 books are completed, assembled and displayed for this exhibit. The remainder are nearly complete and the entire project should be assembled by 2020. In addition, a portion of  the scriptures in Greek and the Qur'an in Arabic on the theme of creation were stitched and on display. My friend Kathryn who is an Anglican priest served as an advisor on the Greek text.
































I am so thrilled to have been a part of such an amazing project! It is hoped that they will be able to take the entire project on tour in the future. Donations and sales of their book will be used for this purpose.

After Toronto we visited with family and close friends in Windsor and along the route there and back.

with my Mom


with my cousin Sheryl


 with my sister Laurie
 my BIL Marty and my sis Lana
 with our highschool friends!
 with my highschool boyfriend Peter & his family 
who brought some bricks from my family 
home which was torn done
at my nephew Patrick's new home


On the way back we took a side trip to Sudbury where my hubby left me for a few days to hang out with some very dear stitching friends at the home of Cathy. While we stitched and gabbed he drove on to Sault St Marie to visit with a number of friends he made during the 17 years he spent working there. 

I had an awesome visit with my friends! We visited a quilt shop, stitched, visited Pam's home on Manitoulin Island, toured about 1/2 of the island, stitched some more and enjoyed many meals together.  It's always wonderful to share your passion with like minded friends. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of fun. My hubby shared two nights with us and enjoyed the company of Cathy and Nan's husbands. Next year I'm hoping to open my home for our visit and share some fun times in Ottawa with them! Here are some pics from our visit.



Jo and Tee 
 Jo and Tee's mom, Bev
 Pam
 Our host Cathy
 Tee
 Nan
 Shelly

 Donna


 The view from Pam's home on Manitoulin

The gang, all in our Canada gear!


The whole group minus my hubby
It was just a little windy, lol!

I also received some amazing stash and finished items from my friends, some of which were delayed birthday gifts. Nan brought with her a little design for all of us to stitch. I'll have a picture of those on my smalls post this Friday.

All in all it was a pretty amazing month! I hope the fun times and this wonderful weather we're having continue. Next month I'm scheduled for another hip replacement on the 19th. Thank goodness I'll have my stitching to occupy my time as I recuperate.





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