Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blackbird Designs

I kind of went off track this last week. Did I stitch on my beloved Dear Diary Sampler? No, not a stitch. Did I then work on my Anagram Diffusion sampler? No, it is still folded away. Perhaps I went back to the Mary Engelbreit piece? But alas, no, that was not the case. What then happened? Well, to put it succinctly, I caught Blackbird fever while surfing around the glorious worldwide web. Are you familiar with this malaise?

It all began when I came across Keka's beautiful picture of her completed
Beneath the Sunlit Sky. It is gorgeous! While still recovering from seeing that stunning image, I then ran across Nivaira's Awake the Dawning Day. I then found that I could not shake the beauty of these two finishes from my mind. So in the persuing days, I found myself hunting the web for other pictures of Blackbird WIPs and finishes. I found plenty to feast my eyes upon! It is strange, I had looked briefly at Blackbird Designs before and dismissed them as not quite my taste...disportionate foliage, somber colors. It must have been before I got glasses ;-).

So now I am in happy possession of three Blackbird charts as the picture below testifies. And I have Awake the Dawning Day and Moonlit Garden on order.

And I already made the plunge and started House on Acorn Hill. I started this one because I had all but two of the required threads on hand and some fabric that I have had forever and not ever found the right project for it. The fabric is actually darker and more yellow-toned than this photo depicts.
And now, that I have started one, I feel the Blackbird fever abating somewhat and I think I might be able to return to my Dear Diary sampler for a couple of days.

24 comments:

Annemarie said...

Isn't it funny how your taste changes? If I look at what I liked to stitch ten years ago and what I'm stitching now... well. I really wonder what I was thinking :o)
I love your BBD stash. Great start, too!

staci said...

It's amazing how many other things one can find to stitch by looking at blogs!!! I think my list has grown ten-fold!!! Great charts and start!

Carolien said...

What a lovely fever! Better than the fever my DH and 2 kids had the last days ... (flu) :)
I hope you will have lots of fun with your BBD, they look lovely!

Greetings, Carolien

tkdchick said...

That's a lovely new start?

Sally said...

Beautiful start on your BD piece and your other charts are gorgeous:) I can't wait to see what the second Loose Feathers chart is like. Apparently it's out soon.

Ranae said...

Ohhh! You caught the Blackbird fever too.
I have loved them for along time and have so many charts in my possession that I want to start.
Nice start.

Itching To Stitch said...

I love Blackbird Designs. You're off to a great start ;)

Lynn said...

I finished my first Blackbird design last year, Country Garden. I loved stitching it and can't wait to try one of the new ones.

Beatrice said...

What a great start. Love all the new charts.
I must look into the Blackbird fever!

Pumpkin said...

You know what? I don't feel bad. You know why? Because you were a BAD enabler and now I have three of the Dear Diaries already with a fourth on the way!!!! ;o)

They do have some lovely patterns though and I am slowly collecting a few as well. Now get back to your DD!!!! LOL!

Glenna said...

I've been bitten by the Blackbird bug also, but maybe it's also because those designs are evolving a little also?

lena-lou said...

Thank-you for visiting my blog, I have enjoyed having a look at yours and will be back again soon :)

Have a Happy Easter weekend.

Wendy said...

I am hooked on Blackbird Designs and I even have a nice fat 1/4 stash of their fabrics too. Just can't get enough LOL!

Michelle said...

I just love Blackbird Designs - I've been on automatics for the Loose Feathers designs for a couple of years now. Beautiful new start!!

Cheryl said...

I love BBD too but havent stitched any yet! I have got one of their books.

Hazel said...

I love Blackbird Designs. I have all their loose feathers from last year but am not collecting this years which i know ill regret. I havent even started one of them yet but they are there for a rainy day - oh look it's just started to pour down lol. xx

Dani said...

Laura,

Your squares are on their way to TX :)

Lili said...

BBD is becoming a firm favourite among stitchers these days... I am stitching Beneath the sunlit sky (the design, not live... Lol!) and I'm enjoying every stitch...

Sue said...

It was fate! I discovered your blog and I'm sold on the BBD now too. Thanks for sharing the other's work. What an inspiration.

Glenna said...

I like Beneath the Sunlit Skies much better on the blogs I've seen than in the pictures I've seen on needlework stores' sites. I'm tempted...

And isn't it funny how starting something new sometimes acts as a pressure valves or something. I know that when one of my projects feels stale, if I start something new, I'll wind up going back to it usually.

Shari said...

Hi Laura,
I found your blog via a google search. I am looking for the Moonlit Garden pattern. Would you be interested in selling yours after you are finished!?!?
Thanks in advance.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Bxrlovr said...

I love the beneath the sunlit skit pattern, but understand its long been retired. Does anyone out there have this chart, and be willing to share?
Thanks desparate in California

Bxrlovr said...

I love the beneath the sunlit skit pattern, but understand its long been retired. Does anyone out there have this chart, and be willing to share?
Thanks desparate in California