I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Salem Remembered, Ann Pegg framed, WIPS, 2 Upcoming New Starts

 I did manage to finish stitching my Salem Remembered (Primitive Needle) piece but not sure how I'll eventually FFO it.


I picked up my Ann Pegg 1877 (The Scarlett House) and we finally remembered to go outside yesterday to get a beauty shot.  (I like to photograph them outside under natural light so I don't need a flash that would reflect off the glass.)  The framer told me this was the nicest needlework he's framed and further said he could hardly tell the difference between the front and the back.  It made me feel good.  I've printed off the lyrics to the hymn from which the "motto" (on the sampler came) and will put it on the back of the framed sampler along with my name, the name of the design, the designer, and the date I finished it.

I finished one of the models I've been stitching.  It has arrived "home" and the designer is happy with it.  Now I just have 7 more  models (one is small-medium sized and the others are small) to stitch.  So fun!

I've been working a bit this weekend on one of my pieces, J. M. Gardner by With Thy Needle and Thread.  It's a small sweet sampler and I'm enjoying it very much.

I'm joining a SAL starting Nov. 1 with one of my Facebook stitching groups.  We're all choosing a design by Carol Manning.  My choice is Ruby from her Shooting Star Collection.  I've gathered up my reds and will probably use a piece of fabric from my stash.

Another project I'd like to start is a turkey by Teresa Kogut that was in one of my stitching magazines.  (While looking for a picture online, I see that she's released it as a pattern since then.)  I'd gathered up the overdyed threads when it first came out but finally ordered some fabric for it today.

I feel like between all the Facebook stitching groups and watching Flosstube that I want to stitch "all the things".  I've also decided I should always have a sampler wip since there are so many I want to stitch.

Our city's water crisis is almost resolved but the county told us they found some mosquitos in their traps with West Nile virus.  Mosquito spraying has been more frequent.  There's so much ragweed pollen outside now that I can't spend much time outside anyway...although the weather has been gorgeous lately.  Oh well--more stitching time.

Stay safe and...

Happy Stitching

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Model Stitching so Not Much to Share...and 2020 Strikes Again

 I can't believe it's already October!  You'd think with less travelling and group activities during COVID precautions that time would seem to go more slowly.  That hasn't been the case largely due to my watching more Flosstube and getting excited about stitching "all the things".

I'm also busy model stitching so I don't have much to show.  I did pull out my years-long wip of Salem Remembered by Primitive Needle and started PS Miss Fortune to stitch when I give myself some time off the models.  I really enjoy having something seasonal to stitch during the actual season whether I finish or not that particular year.  

For Salem Remembered, I'd waited on buying the third silk floss needed for it and find now that it's not being dyed anymore.  I have some silk in my stash that will work though although it might not be exactly what the designer had in mind.  I may even finish this project this year!

Just last night I started PS Miss Fortune.

Our most recent 2020 challenge is that our city's water system is contaminated with naegleria fowleri (aka a brain-eating amoeba).  Tragically, a local little boy died from it last month.  While we're dealing with the big inconvenience of using bottled water and boiling water before using (and being very careful when showering not to splash any in our noses), we have nothing to complain about when we think of that poor family who lost their child.  We're learning a lot about municipal water systems and the amoeba now.  Our city and state is working hard to find/fix the source, flush out and eradicate the amoeba in the water system  (and also providing bottled water at a drive-through POD) and we hope it's cleared sooner rather than later.  (Could take 60 days, give or take.)

Ann Pegg is still at the framer's.  I think I'll give him a call Monday in case he got busy and forgot to call/text me that she's done.

Be well and......

Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Sampler September and New Toy

 I was almost sorry to finish Ann Pegg so started another sampler....then another.  Well, it IS Sampler September after all!

First to answer a question....I stitched Ann Pegg one strand over 2 (using called-for floss) on Flax Edinburgh 36 count linen.  I just started using this linen and really like it.

The first new sampler start is Red House Sampler by Brenda Keyes of The Sampler Company.  This one has been sitting kitted with floss in my stash for several years now and it's time has come.  I was thinking of changing the red but, in the end, just stayed with the called-for DMC flosses.

For my repro Sampler for Sampler September, I chose another one that's been in my stash for a while...JM Gardner by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I just worked on this one for a couple of days and already love it.

Alas!  The samplers will be playing second fiddle for a while because I'm model stitching again.  I'm enjoying model stitching as always though.

Happy mail:  Vonna Pfeiffer did her magic on Louis' stocking and it arrived last week.  They know I've been working on a stocking for Baby Callum but didn't know that I've stitched stockings for mom and dad too.  I'll send the three of them a little before Christmas so they can hang them up with our granddaughter's stocking that I made a few years ago.  That is, IF I can wait that long. 

My son and his GF hinted about stockings for them so theirs will be next.  I was having trouble deciding what style stockings to make so talked to them about it.  They will be Scandinavian-looking with white floss on red fabric.  I found one pattern I liked and then thought about how to make the other similar but not the same.  I decided to look for similar pattern repeats and plot it on the stocking size/outline of the design I have.  I think that should work out.

I've been thinking about getting a stand up paddleboard to use on our lake for some time but never found exactly what I wanted (that didn't involve borrowing a truck to go pick one up) and wondered if spending the money was a wise idea.  Then I got to thinking about how our traveling this summer is on hold because of COVID restrictions/precautions and thought I should really be enjoying the lake more.  Recently our neighbors' son (who lives across the lake) paddled over and I asked him about his board that looked like what I wanted.  Amazon!!  There was a little snafu with the delivery (Amazon customer service was superb!) and my board arrived on Monday.  I've been out on the "maiden journey" but haven't had the time to use it again.  I look forward to going for a paddle this evening.

Happy stitching (and paddling)!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ann Pegg 1877

I have a finish!  I loved every stitch of Ann Pegg 1877 by The Scarlett House.  I stitched her one over two on Flax Edinburgh linen (I love the feel of this linen!) with the called-for colors. 

As always, I have another project "going"...Country Cottage Needleworks' The Nativity.  I'm using a scrap of linen with a little subtle mottling (I think 32 count) from my stash and the called-for colors and stitching 2 over 2.  
Sorry for the wonky picture.

Because I think I should always have a sampler going, I'll be deciding which one to start next.

We almost had an unwelcome visitor yesterday.  We were expecting tropical storm strength winds and some rain from Hurricane Laura.  We prepped for it to hit with the exception of boarding up the windows because the outlook for our area kept getting better and better.  (Boarding up is a lot of work!)  The storm veered to the east as the day went on yesterday and we hardly had any effects...just some nice breezes that made it nice to sit down by the lake in the evening. 

As relieved as we are to have been spared, we're heartbroken for the people who were slammed by this monster storm.

Be well and...............................................................

Happy stitching!

Monday, August 10, 2020

A Fall Finish and a Picture of a Framed Finish

Last week I felt like stitching something with a fall theme so I perused my stash and chose LHN's Autumn Sampler.  It is a thread pack that includes Belle Soie floss.  Loved stitching with the silks.  It's stitched one over 2 on Edinboro 36 count cream linen (also found in my stash) and I altered the design just a bit.  I omitted the word sampler, centered the word autumn, and filled the space with vines/leaves.

We finally remembered to go outside (to avoid glare) to take a picture of my framed HATS Jane Marshall sampler.  No glare but you can see my DH's arm.  lol!  I really enjoyed stitching Jane and have another HATS Little Gem waiting in the wings to be stitched.

Now I've returned to stitching Scarlett House's Ann Pegg sampler.

Happy stitching!

Monday, August 3, 2020


It's too hot to do much outside here in SE Texas and, since we're trying not to leave the house very much (thanks to COVID precautions), I've been stitching a lot.  Actually I've been enjoying getting to stitch so's like building all this stash over the years was preparation for sheltering in place!

We're both healthy but have heard of some family and friends who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have had mild symptoms.  I hope and pray that this pandemic will go away soon...but I think it will be with us for a long while yet.  My fall stitching camp was cancelled as has the International Quilt Show that was to have been held in late Oct./early Nov.

My stitching priority was to finish the stitching on our son-in-law's stocking and send it out to Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher so she can have plenty of time to work her magic on it.  The design called for white buttons on the snowman but I thought black buttons would more resemble "lumps of coal" like in Frosty's song.  Besides, I had some black buttons here already that would work.  I wasn't sure I liked the design but it was the one I liked best from the rest of the series that I hadn't already stitched for them.  Once I finished, I found I really liked it.  Often the pictures on the designs don't do the designs justice and I think that's what happened with this one.

I need to figure out which stocking designs to stitch for our son and his girlfriend.  I figure by the time I chose/stitch the designs that it will be too late to get them done for this Christmas.

Next, I finished stitching the PS Santa that I want to mount in a cute sled frame I found at Kohl's last year.  (I really hope they have those sleds again this year because I think they'd make great gifts for my kids.)

I decided to stitch Strawberry House for a SAL with the Littlehouse Needleworks/Country Cottage eedleworks group on Facebook.  I was in a hurry to start this one and, since I didn't have the buttons or one of the floss colors, I made do from my stash.  (Isn't it nice to have a big enough stash to be able to do that?)  It was a fun, little stitch.  I'm not sure what I'll do with it but I'll think of something.

I decided that the occasion of my birthday and an approaching tropical storm/hurricane (It turned  and mostly missed us.) was a good "excuse" to start a new sampler.  I'd had Ann Pegg 1877 by The Scarlett House kitted up with floss for a couple of years but just hadn't started it.  Well!  I'm enjoying this one so much that I can hardly put it down!  I'm quite a bit further along that the pictures show after stitching last weekend.

In the spirit of finishing up some of my wips, I'm stitching a few floss lengths on BBD Home of the Brave.  When I picked it up the other day, I had already stitched the alphabet, the house, and a little more.  I've been working on the flag for a couple of days now.  I haven't taken a picture yet of that wip.

I've found myself watching a lot of Flosstube lately.  It can get me into trouble as I'm seeing lots of things I want to stitch.  If only I could figure out a way to function with no sleep!!

That's all for this time.

Happy stitching!

Monday, July 13, 2020

July Already!

I'm not sure how this works but even thought we've been staying home more because of COVID-19 restrictions (and it's really spiked here in our neck of the woods!) and staying inside more because of the heat and humidity, the time has really flown by! 

One of our sons came for a visit but only after having himself tested for COVID-19 before risking bringing it into our house.  It was nice to spend a couple of days with him as we hadn't seen him since Christmas.

I've been reading/listening to the old "Irish Country..." series by Patrick Taylor which has been comforting in this crazy time in which we live.  While stitching, I often either listen to books or watch Flosstube.  Watching Flosstube is going to get me into trouble because I want to stitch everything my favorite Flosstubers are stitching.

I finished another model so I'm now working on my own things.  (The model I stitched before this one is about to be released so watch on Little House Needleworks for that one.)

Bent Creek Snowman Stocking is for our son-in-law.  This will finish up the stockings I'm making for their family although they've only seen the one for Paige so far.  I love sending them to Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher for finishing.  She does such a great job!  I'll post pictures of the finished ones here too.

I'm working on PS Santa 2008 that I hope will fit in a cute sled frame I found at Kohl's.

I've made a little progress on my True Virtue sampler:

I was in the mood to do some patriotic stitching so stitched Miss Liberty by Shepherd's Bush.  I'd had this kit in my stash for several years but didn't like the fabric included so I pulled out some from my stash that made it stitch up small enough to finish as an ornament or bowl filler...if I ever get around to FFO'ing it.  I also stitched a patriotic freebie by Cherished Stitchers (available exclusively to members of the FB Star Spangled Stitchers group).  I didn't have the called-for overdyes for this one so just pulled some colors I liked from my stash.

I'd also like to work on finishing up LHN's Melicent Turner (I'm so close!) and, since joining the FB group of One Nation Stitchers, I pulled out my languishing wip of that one.  I'm not even sure one of the colors I was using with that one so I'll have to figure it out.

I need to get back to work on Baby, It's Cold Outside and Lucy Redd sampler too...and I'm itching for a new start.  So, see?  I have plenty to keep me busy while staying home/inside.

Janet asked me about my color conversions for CCN's Liberty Lane, so here you are, Janet:

 Old                               New (DMC)
B5200                          3865

GAST Liberty               3750
GAST Rhubarb            3777
420                              420
640                              3031
937                              3051
3023                            611
3031                            3371

3347                            3052

Be well, stay safe, keep cool, and most of all..............

Happy Stitching!