Sunday, September 19, 2010

So many options

How has the week been going for everyone?  School has officially been in for a few weeks now, things are starting to pick up and time continues to fly by right?!  Amazing that Fall is almost here and the weather is still beautiful.  Well, at least where I am, it has been getting cooler in some spots, I have seen leaves starting to change color already (and I think it is way to early for that, but sometimes I loose perspective!)   I enjoy the Fall season, alot of wonderful things have happened in the Fall time, and I am sure will continue to do so :)

On Thursday night of this week, I went into the basement and wandered through my stash.  Looking for yet another new thing to start, and perhaps finish and so on and so forth.  I found a few things and I am so excited to share.  First of all though, I havent been stash diving in what seems like forever, and it was SOOOO MUCH FUN.  I just love doing that once in a while, not feeling quite so guilty this time for 'wasting' stitching time.

I pulled out several things, and added them into the pile of 'WIP' I plan on stitching the next few weeks.  Sometimes I get easily bored with projects that I have started already, and I really like them, just for some reason they are a cramp in my stitching style......

First up (the top picture), I finished a small on Wednesday that had been started oh so briefly this summer.  I added a little bling to it.  Not positive the pattern, but I know it is my first use of the Weeks Dye Works Linen 40ct Straw.  Now, nothing negative to report on this first attempt and finish,  I must say I am still a Lakeside Linen lover.   But, why did I stitch on WDW linen?  I am always about color.  I have my limits, but choosing the perfect color for any of my projects is one of the most important things.  I used Acorn Woods Silk n Colors thread, 1 over 2.  Mill hill beads, etc. etc.

Next up pics are the color ring of Sanctuary by Drawn Thread.  I chose 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Pear for this piece with a variety of Silk threads,  and yes, they were adjusted accordingly.  I have put the top row in, a few more stitches until I turn the corner, but I was eager to stitch other stitches besides the traditional 'x'.  I havent really done much with stitches outside the box, yet, I have a few in the works, I thought this was a great choice and I was inspired with the color of linen from my friend's completed piece.  She did an abolutely gorgeous job :)

Saturday morning I started working on Birds of a Feather Christmas Memories ornaments and got 3 out of the 4 done.   Super cute and super easy.  I chose Lakeside 32ct Vintage Autumn Gold with the called for Weeks and Gentle Arts threads.  I added a Crescent Color, but thought the Christmas Tree needed a brown stump, not a red one :).  I have to finish the 4th one and get some stars for the corners of them.  Sew them into ornaments and put them in a box for future use on my tree.

2nd to last, my updated Rosina Payne pics, I have not worked on her to much this week, too busy with real work, but I was anxious to show you how she was coming along.  I couldnt find a quarter, so I used a dime instead to show perspective in her size.  She is still so fine and dainty isnt she?  I can hardly get enough time on her.  I did start the letters above and will give you updates next week.

Last but not least, I have kitted up (several weeks ago) a sampler I have wanted to start for so long, and now have the opportunity to do so.  2 actually, but the picture above shows the color palette for 1.  It is from Mary Beale- Her Sampler.  Andrea from Deep Fried Cupcake is actually stitching and almost done with this gorgeous sampler.  What are the odds of seeing this beautiful sampler at the same time I was interested in it??!!!!  WOW!!!  What an inspiration, she is doing the most incredible job on her sampler.  Looking forward like most of you, to see her finish.  Stay tuned for the start of this beauty, she is going to be worth it for sure!!!!!!!

Enjoy your week~!


  1. LOVE your little acorn piece! And Rosina! Rosina Rosina Rosina! Lovely!

  2. Everything is so beautiful. I have not had much time to stitch but your pictures have me inspired.


  3. Love your acorn finish! And all your WIPs!! Gorgeous!!! Since you're going to start that Mary Beale piece, do you know the name of it? I figured I'd email Mary and ask her if she would sell it to me. Or at least tell me which pocketbook it's in! :D Beautiful! Love Rosina so much!

  4. Pretty finish! And you have some great projects in the works. I've always like the Mary Beale sampler. Stash browsing is a lot of fun! I adore my stash.

  5. Aw, you are too sweet! I can't believe you're going to stitch the Mary Beale sampler in SILKS!! How exciting! WOOHOO!! I will LOVE watching your progress, it's going to be gorgeous! I'd already started mine in DMC several years ago, before discovering yummy silks, so when I picked it back up this year, I just stayed with the DMC. But it's been wonderful to work on! Watching your progress will be a blast :) your stitching is wonderful!

  6. Nice WIPs!! I think your best photo was that row of NPIs spread out in a row, though. Be still my heart! For a Mary Beale sampler, no less. I can't wait to see your progress!

  7. What a great post! Full of stitchy eye candy for sure!! Love your BOAF ornies!!! And Rosina is absolutely STUNNING!!! Just beautiful! I have to agree with Siobhan, too... your fiber pics made me drool a little bit. Beautiful!! Did I ever tell you I followed your lead on the Annie's Thread Keepers? I just love that system! A bit of a pain to get the threads on the little clippies, but so beautiful to look at when done, and so organized and easy to use, too!

    Can't wait to see more progress on your projects!! Have a great week!

  8. Wow - you came up with lots of pretty options after your stash diving. Love all the beautiful threads you've chosen!


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