Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Some Sampler Stitching

I did these rows of stitching awhile back on a round robin piece and said I would use them again.  Well, here they are!
As sometimes happens in the best of families, occasionally a round robin goes awry.  This is what happened last year in a round robin..  One of the participants failed to forward another's piece home to them and after a year of pleas, it appears the original piece is lost for good.  This does not happen often but when it does, it breaks my heart.  It has happened to me and I know how much it hurts.
So, to console the owner of the piece and make it up to her we have started another piece around the rotation again, duplicating as much of the original stitching as we can.  I was not in the original rotation so am stepping in in place of the person who failed to send the piece on.  I really enjoyed doing this lovely bit of sampler pattern again.

Little Butterfly

It seems like I am getting a few little things done lately - very small things!  This is a little cross stitch butterfly stitched onto perforated paper.  It is part of a larger project that a group of us are collaborating on.  The photo does not show that it is done on gold perforated paper so it has a bit more bling factor than it appears here.  I can't help thinking they would make nice little pins.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Round Robin Work Finished

 The counted thread round robin I was in on EAC Virtual Threads is done now.  I did my work on the last two pieces and received my piece back.

These butterflies are what I added on this one.  I was a bit disappointed in my contribution to this one.  If you click on the photo of the entire piece below you can see all the really lovely techniques that had already been added.  Obviously, the theme for this piece was butterflies!

This piece had a theme of things you would find in a garden and we were leaving space in the centre for a favourite quote.  I added my favourite flowers to this one - a couple of sweet peas.

Last but certainly not least, I received my piece back.  My theme was Hallowe'en and I was looking for a sampler style piece I could use as a bell pull in my holiday decor.  
I am very pleased with all the fun motifs everyone embroidered for me.  I asked for some space to be left at the top and bottom so I could add some more myself when it came home - have to make up my mind now what to add.  
It was an enjoyable round robin - challenging at times but I think everyone is happy with their finished pieces.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

This Year's Resolutions

Well, my resolutions are very different this year!  Here goes...

1. To buy no more stitch supplies unless I need them to finish an ongoing UFO.  This may be unrealistic, so I will make a backup - no more than one purchase a month.
2. To work exclusively on UFOs - again slightly unrealistic but I will finish two UFOs at least for every new item I start.
3. MAJOR DE-STASH!  This one is already started and there are currently about ten boxes sitting by the front door waiting to go to the Salvation Army Thrift Store when I find someone who will take them for me.  I have done in my shoulder so can't carry them myself right now.

You know this is serious stuff because there are no photos in this post.  I don't believe in posts without photos so if a post is words only they are hopefully words to live by.
As I finish the UFOs I will post lots of photos and also ones of works in progress - as soon as I figure out how to stitch with only one arm while hopped up on painkillers.  Always something isn't it?!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Upcycling a Bit of Stitching

 I found this cloth at the local thrift store and was charmed by the hardanger motifs on it.  I think it was a cloth napkin but not entirely sure.  It had stains on it but nothing near the motifs so it was fair game for upcycling in my eyes.
 One corner had the larger hardanger motif - very nicely stitched.
 Kitty corner to that motif was this smaller one which was a nice compliment to the other.
 The edges of the cloth were nicely finished and fringed so I decided how large I wanted it and added nun stitch to the unfinished sides to create a stable fringed edge all the way around.  A bit of felt and silk ribbon from the stash and I had a nice needlebook.
I used the smaller motif and more nun stitching to create a scissor fob using stash threads to create the twisted cord and the tassel.  It made a nice little gift for a stitching friend!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Another Round Robin Project ...

Believe it or not, I am finally catching up here!  The advantage to having given up on housework during the renovations seems to be more stitching time - yay!
So, another round robin project caught up and mailed off.  I found some 17th century stitching patterns from an old issue of Linen Quarterly, part of a sampler there, and used those so here is what my addition looked like...
 It was a lovely stitch and I actually think I will do the same bands on another sampler round robin I am involved in - I liked stitching it that much!
This is how the round robin project is shaping up so far.  The eyelet border was started by the person whose project it is and will be completed by her at the end.  Do check out the lovely band of needlewoven trees someone added at the bottom - they are to die for!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Renovation H-E-double hockey sticks

 I wonder if it is only Canadian kids who say that - H-E-double hockey sticks?  Anyway, one way or another, it has been renovation hell around here the last couple weeks!
Here is "the Man" taking up the original flooring in the great room downstairs.  Since the church was built in the very early 1900's, these boards have seen over 100 years of use and they didn't owe anybody anything.  We had them refinished about 20 years ago but there wasn't enough wood left to sand them down again.
 So, up they all came...then the paper lining under them, and all the dirt that had seeped down over 100 years.  So, if you ever gave any thought to where all the topsoil blew away to during the Dirty Thirties, wonder no more - it was all under my floor boards!  After this was done, the Man laid the new subfloor down.  The plan now is to wait until the walls are all repaired, washed and painted before the new flooring goes down.  Hopefully this will all happen during this month of December.
Now, here is the hell part of the renovation.  Working on one side of the great room at a time everything from had to be shoved over to the other side, then moved back when he worked on the second side.  Two bookshelves had to be emptied so they could be moved, the poor fish in the aquarium spent a week in barely enough water to cover their fins, china cabinet emptied and moved and all my stitching paraphernalia and paperwork shuffled back and forth before ending up on the dining room table for the duration.   Now of course it all has to be sorted and sifted through and find new homes, only to have to move it all again later in the month.  I think I am giving up on housework until this project is over!  Good idea - stitch instead!