Monday, January 31, 2011

Jonah and the Whale

This is truly a must see if you haven't seen it before.  The story of Jonah and the whale as told by a young girl named Mary Margaret.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4VrujheblY&feature=related

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Finish number two!

A Secret Garden
Forget-Me-Knots in Stitches

This was part of a larger project, a needlework necessary, but I loved the front panel so much I just wanted to stitch and frame it.  The Waterlilies color that she had used didn't seem to work, but I found another instead that was absolutely perfect.  Notice the drawn pins around the border.  The green was perfect and blended into pink on the corners beautifully. 

On to Number Three!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

STORING NEEDLEWORK


I ran across this blog by Smiling Stitcher as I was surfing in the middle of the night.  This is an excellent tip that I had to share.

 

TIP TO SHARE: Storing Projects

Before putting your stitching project away, instead of rolling or folding, try hanging it on a skirt or pant hanger that has clips on it. If indentation marks from the clips are a worry then fold a fabric scrap (use a neutral color and make certain it is colorfast) over the project edge to pad and cushion the project’s edge against dents. I try to clip the project as close to the end of the fabric as possible to avoid this.
I’ve had as many as ten stitched projects on one hanger. If the project is over-sized, then loosely fold the east-west fabric edges toward the center making certain the fold doesn't crease when clipping. If I put an unfinished project away and know I’m not going to get to it for a while, I’ll put the chart, fibers, and any embellishments in a plastic bag and clip it to the hanger, also. That way everything is together. Don’t cringe – but I’ve even put clear plastic bags over stitched pieces stored like this and have never had a problem (knock on wood). The bottom of the bag is left open so there is no moisture trapped. I'm sure there are 'experts' who would say this is a 'no-no' but I haven’t had any projects become discolored or damaged in any way. An old cotton pillowcase or muslin bag can be used if you prefer fabric to plastic.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Why I Can't Win an Argument

I have a 20-year-old daughter who has always been quite determined when it comes to our "discussions."  A few years ago we were having one of our deep discussions when she blurted out, "Mom, if you are going to express your opinion can you just be vague about it!"  Yeah....Now you have an idea of why I never win an argument around here!  LOL

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Shepherd's Bush

My friend and I took the hour-long drive to Ogden, Utah to Shepherd's Bush today.  I just had to show her what a fun place it is.  It never fails to amaze me how they can take a design that has never interested me and change the fabric and thread colors to create a fabulous new design that I can't resist.  They have been using a lot of overdyed fabrics to stitch their shop models along with changing plain colors to overdyes and it is unbelievable what a difference it makes. 

I have really liked Carriage House Sampling's chart, Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow, but when I saw it today done in overdyed floss I HAD to have the chart so I could get the floss changes as well.  Such talented women!

They have stitched Lizzie Kate samplers in overdyes floss along with overdyed fabrics and it creates a whole new feel from the bright colors to a bit more subdued and even more elegant. 

If you haven't been there, the shop is very nondescript outside, but you walk into a place packed literally from ceiling to floor with models.  There is not one space that is empty with models even stacked up against each other and stitched pillows piled in the corners.

Also, for any of you looking for the Blackbird Designs Quaker Sampler pattern, they had several there at $8.00, less than anything I have found on ebay. 

They don't have an online shop for other designers, but you can just get online to get their phone number and call, as they have lots of items that you might not be able to find anywhere else. 

Their new charts that include small bits of Quaker motifs are stunning as well, giving their designs a bit more substance and structure that I REALLY like.  Am going to have to get Oh, Beautiful and Sail Away as soon as my pocketbook will allow.  As for today, I spent my money on the Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow as well as a simple pattern by Silver Creek Samplers titled "Count Your Blessings" that I must admit I would have never looked at twice, except the ladies at Shepherd's Bush had stitched it on a gorgeous piece of olive green overdyed linen calld "Kudzu?" that made the sampler simply stunning.  Will have to post it when I get it done.  Amazing little piece.  They had changed one of the floss colors as well, so if you call for the pattern and fabric ask for the floss change as well.

Had a GREAT day today and excited to get some WIP's done so I can start these new ones. 

Have a super day!  Peggy

Monday, January 10, 2011

FABRICS FOR SALE

I have a number of fabrics for sale and will be adding those.

I will specify the total amount available and you may purchase in the increments that you want.  1/4 yard is minimum unless I list a piece that is smaller.

FOR SALE:

36 ct. Natural linen  11" x 15" @ $5.33 (-15%) $4.53

36 ct. Summer Khaki linen (similar to DMC 613, but paler)
      12.5" x 19" @ $7.68 (-15%) $6.53 SOLD

36 ct. Summer Khaki linen (similar to DMC 613, but paler)
      17.5" x 37" @ $20.93 (-15%) $17.80  SALE PENDING

40 ct. Ivory linen (have 1 yard, similar to DMC 712)
      1 yard @ $66.00 (-15%) $56.00
      1/2 yard (28" x 36") @ $33.00 (-15%) $28.00
      1/4 yard (18" x 28) @ $16.50 (-15%) $8.25


32 ct. Dapple Grey (similar to DMC 451, but paler)
      14" x 18" @ $8.32 (-20%) $6.65
32 ct. Evergreen/Dark Teal (similar to DMC 500)
      14" x 18" @ $8.32(-20%) $6.65





32 ct. Blue Wing (similar to DMC 3768, but a bit more blue)
      14" x 18" @ $8.32 (-20%) $6.65
32 ct. Bonnie Blue (similar to DMC 762, but a bit more grey)
      14" x 18" @ $8.32 (-20%) $6.65

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Works In Progress

Strawberry Border Sampler by Cathy Livingston
Winter Hearts by Shepherd's Bush
The Garden Sampler by Ramsgate
Random Thoughts by The Drawn Thread
Exampler by Kingsland

Miniature Whitework Sampler from The Sampler House


Hannah Colby Sampler


Charlotte Sampler from The Drawn Thread
FINISHED!!! January 16, 2011
See my Finishes.


Sunshine and Shadow by Prairie Schooler

Noah's Ark from a magazine


Four Seasons Sampler by Patricia Andrle


Morning Star by ?


Bless Me Lord by The Heart's Content


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Finishes

It is always fun to show off what you have done, especially to others who appreciate the time and workmanship.  Often people come to my home and I proudly show them "The Wall."  It is most of the collection of my framed needlework.  Most people stare blankly and politely compliment me, but I can see it in their eyes...they just don't get it.  I have to accept that not all people see it like I do.  It comes down to the fact that I do needlework because I love it and nothing else matters.  I do it for my sheer pleasure and enjoyment and I proudly pat myself on the back as I stand and relish in my accomplishments.  Maybe some of you will enjoy them as well.  I will add design name and designer if I can remember.  (Yes, I do need a better camera.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.)  Will be continuing to add more as I have time.  (Clicking on any image will bring a larger view.)

3/23/11  Thought I would throw in photos of some more of my past finishes.

Prairie Schooler

 Shepherd's Bush
Gloria and Pat


Shepherd's Bush

Drawn Thread 
(I have had this to the framer's twice and they
cut the mat wrong both times so needless to say, it is not framed yet.)

My own design
Memories' Garden Designs

Drawn Thread

My own design
Memories' Garden Designs

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 Sweetheart Tree

Shepherd's Bush

Shepherd's Bush


 Drawn Thread

Drawn Thread

Drawn Thread

Shepherd's Bush

A Secret Garden - Needlework Necessary
by Forget-Me-Knots in Stitches
Finished 1/28/2011

Charlotte's Sampler by The Drawn Thread
Stitched with DMC Medici wool
Finished January 2011!!!
(Only 9 years for this tiny thing, but look what I did in the meantime!)

Love these colors.

Love these colors as well.  I very much like rich reds.

Liked these colors as well.  (Guess I say that a lot.)

Sterling Sampler by The Drawn Thread


by The Drawn Thread


Please don't look at the date.