Thursday, 25 February 2016

February Small and a new start

Although Valentine's Day is over for another year, I chose to stitch another small along that theme to add to my bowl of small finishes next year. 

This is Key To My Heart, designed by Shelly Auen of Primitive Stitichin'.

A sweet little stitch which is just perfect for a pinkeep. I'm looking forward to displaying this next year in my bowl of smalls.

Having just completed a larger finish it was time to sort through my stash and decide on a new start. Yesterday morning we woke to a snowy day which quickly turned into a mess of freezing rain. I was dreaming of spring on such a day and decided to start on a design which would get me thinking of better weather ahead. This design is a beautiful collage of spring tulips and is appropriately called Dreaming of Tulips. The designer is Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor. I'm stitching this on 32 ct antique white linen.

 I love Karen's designs and I love the way that she always charts smaller vignettes that can be stitched from the main design. There are so many different small finishes which are the perfect gifts.
I should have a few more progress pics in the coming days. I know I'm going to enjoy my time spent with this.

A week or so ago my husband and I travelled to the city of Kingston, Ontario to meet up with my brother-in-law and his wife for dinner. We decided to check out some antique shops in the afternoon prior to our meet up. There were several shops in the area but I found one in particular that had a lot of what I was looking for. It wasn't in the budget for any large purchases but I did come home with a few choice items.

 A wooden spool, some antique lace and a small heart baking tin. I love to use these larger wooden spools to display some of my small needlework finishes on the top. I look for ones with a smooth surface as seen in the pic below. You can then wrap some of the antique lace around the spool. I use the lace for decorative purposes and also to add to some of my finishes.

If this tin had been just a little larger I would have used it to display a needlework finish within it. As it is I will use it for display purposes in a bowl with some of my smalls. 
I'm definitely planning a trip back to this shop. There wasn't enough time to check out everything. There were lots of antique sewing items...... lace, buttons, fabric, ets. I'm looking forward to my return visit! 


  1. Nice finds at the antique shop, the spool is beautiful. There is something so lovely about wood.
    Lovely tulip design.

  2. I really like the key as I have collected old skeleton keys for years.

  3. Your finish is great - and will be a perfect addition to your Valentines Basket. I do love Rosewood Manor - the tulips are perfect.

    Your trip to the antique shop was a great success. You saw so much beauty in such small things.

  4. Sweet stitching. I love antiquing.

  5. Great Small finish and in plenty of time for next year!
    I love that Tulip design, you'll be able to stitch the word tulip with your eyes shut by the time you finish! The colours are gorgeous too.

  6. Anything designed by Karen is awesome. I love your little antique finds!

  7. Great start on Tulips, can't wait to see more.
    You found some cute treasures.

  8. A pretty finish for SAL and your new start is lovely.

  9. Such a pretty little Valentine for stitching lotus SAL!

  10. A very lovely small that you finished for the SAL. I think you can stitch Valentine projects throughout the year, the rare always fun to so.
    Stitching spring flowers when there is still snow outside is the perfect means to think of spring. These tulips look so great. I also have to pull out some flowers to stitch as we also still have snow and I am so longing for spring.

  11. I'm not familiar with many of Rosewood Manor designs. This looks like a lovely start to the project you are stitching. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress. The Valentine is also a beautiful small. A great addition to your display for next year. Some wonderful finds too.

  12. It's so lovly tulips! Happy stitching!

  13. Lovely stitching, I like the Tulips designs. What lovely funds too :-)

  14. I love they key design!

    Your antique finds are fabulous, too.

  15. What lovely finds at the antique shop. I like be the spool. The key to my heart design is so precious. I must find the pattern and make one...or two...

  16. Such a cute Small finish!

    The tulip design is going to be so pretty.

  17. Lynn: What a sweet finish, I love tins, lace and spindles, you can do so much with them.