Wednesday, November 17, 2010

O Birdy, Tylers Lion and a Gift

The time is flying Ladies and Gentleman.  Thanksgiving is almost here already and I think there are less then 40 days till Christmas?!  Amazing the amount of stitching that has not occurred this year.  Sad, I know, but there are a few positive things that happen in a case like mine. 

When you get together with some of your best buds, miracles do happen and stitching must get done right?!  Starting 2 very cool projects last week, not just 2 started, but several others kitted up and on the starting line up ready for the green light to fly down the fast track. 

Several of my favorite designers have continued to put out such super cute patterns, it is hard sometimes as I often say, to choose which ones to really sit and stitch on.  Right?!  I mean lets get down to brass tacs here.  We all, have every intention of stitching everything in our stash, because we are going to live at least 10 life times to get what we own now in our stash stitched, but in the 10 lifetimes that we do live, there are going to be like a billion new patterns we are going to want to stitch.  So clearly there is a tiny problem on ALL of our hands.

There are a few, rare and in between days that I think, do I really want to stitch this?  The rare answer is 'no'.  So I have to have it.  But, in all seriousness, (especially the rate I am stitching these days) am I going to get much of this stash tackled?  Now, not that I am going to even come close to putting the kabash on the stash enhancing, but perhaps, like at the beginning of this post, gathering up some of your best buds and really getting down to the nitty gritty of stitching, things might actually get accomplished.

So, without much further babbling, first up is Harry Tyler's Lion from Heartstring Samplery, stitching on 40ct Vintage Lentil with SNC thread- Blackened Grass maybe?  Either way, it is not the 'called for' items.  (Yes my friend, Of course I did :)). 

I have to laugh, this La D Da 'O Birdy' choice was such a fabulous impulse, and so much crazy laughing, and fluttering around,  that I will always have memories with this piece.  A few more then others.  Every piece has something special along with it right?  I can-- tell you that every piece that I have stitched, I can honestly tell you some of the best things about that time, but, good luck with that :) 

O'Birdy is finished, and stitched on 40ct Vintage Autumn Gold with some of the finest new silk threads one can stitch with.  You have done it again Ann, and we all THANK YOU for it!!!!!  Florimell silk hand-dyed threads are simply fabulous.  The colors are outstanding and it glides through the Linen with such ease.  Beware, with this thread and a certain type of speedy stitchers, we might find more progress!!!!!  LOL.

I chose to stitch my red bird in Florimell Antique Black, and the subtle color change is exquisite.  The variety in the greens is fabulous and the gold so rich.  I highly recommend trying this silk for sure, even if you try it in just 1 color, I can promise you, you will soon have a variety.  (And if you have enough patience, some might just fall into your lap.)

I finished stitching my bird last Friday, in the car, while thinking about the great times that came with this now priceless piece.  Thank you all involved!

Last but not least, my Husband surprised me with this DOVO sewing scissor case, in burgundy leather with threads, needle threader and a classic pair of DOVO gold scissors.  The best in the world.  This piece is such a great addition to my scissor collection and it is so small!  Less the 4" long the entire case.  I am so thrilled with this gift, I had to share it with all of you.  How thoughtful is he?  Adding to my scissor collection.  He truly is a keeper :)


  1. Wow! Both pieces are just wonderful!! I need to get my hands on that Tyler's Lion piece. Already have the Birdy, just need to stitch it. lol! And your DH -- definitely a keeper! Wow! I love Dovo!!

  2. I love your "Oh Birdy" is OH so lovely :) And your Lion is looking roaringly good! Dovo scissors and case from a man...he IS a keeper, my husband doesn't know paper scissors from embroidery scissors - Dovos and a case would be like speaking Spanish to him and expecting him to understand! :)

  3. Wow, your finish is gorgeous and I love your Dovos with the scissor case! What a wonderful gift from your dear husband!

  4. Wonderful finishes and wonderful husband - Dovo scissors and case to go along with them what a treat!

  5. Both pieces are lovely, and I'm so happy to hear they are bringing you such joy. I'll have to give the Florimell silk a try immediately!

  6. Your bird is beautiful as always. I was going to stitch mine in antique black, but as I walked out my door a few days ago, the stellar jay in our vine maple was talking to me. So, mine is blue with charcoal wings. I've now started the wreath. I had to start this last weekend in AZ and talked someone into "sharing" some linen with me so I could start stitching it right away. You know how those moods strike you. It's turning out great. AND, we always knew your DH was a keeper. Hope to see you soon. L

  7. Beautiful stitching! Both are lovely, but I really love that bird. I am sure I've seen it before but having seen your finish, it's a must stitch for me. Great job to your DH on the scissors! Alas, my husband is in the same category as Vonna's, and wouldn't know a pair of embroidery scissors from garden shears!

  8. I really like the Lion design from Heartstrings. Now I am going to have to call Drema and order the bird now too. I really like the colors you used to stitch the bird. Who doesn't love Dovo and a case to boot!


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