Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Project

Last spring, in 2008, I posted about wanting to start Strawberry Fields Farm, a design by Victoria Sampler.

I decided to purchase the thread package from Vikki Clayton's Hand-Dyed Fibers website. Although I love her silk thread and it is a joy to stitch with, I was not happy with a few of the color conversions, and this had kept me from starting this design. It is hard for me to match colors from pictures on a website, so I finally decided to just replace the colors that I didn't like with threads from my stash. So, after a couple of missteps here and there, I have finally arrived at my own unique conversion for this design. It is mostly HDF silk, but with about 4 GAST threads as well.

So, here is my start on Strawberry Fields Farm. I stitched my first Queen Stitches on this section as well. They were not as hard as I had been led to believe, which leaves me with the uneasy feeling that perhaps I did not do them right.

Also, I also received this blog award from Lynn this week. Thank you so very much! I am supposed to list 5 different addictions, so here it goes:

1. Stitching

2. Coffee (McDonalds and Dunkin' Donuts being preferred)

3. 24 (the television show with Kiefer Sutherland)

4. Internet (stitching forums and blogs; news sites as well)

5. Baking (bread, cakes, cookies, muffins...)

I'll pass this award on to the following enjoyable blogs:

Kendra at the Stitching Hour
Stephanie at Stephanie's Stitching and Musings
Cathy at No Sampler Left Behind
Debby at The Stitching Wizard
Stephanie at In Stitches

It has been a long time since my last post, and the main reason behind this is we have been experiencing internet connection problems. It seems to be intermittent. Sometimes we can connect and be on 30 minutes or so before it disconnects and freezes, but other times we can't even get it to connect at all. My husband has been working at it, downloading updates and such, and it has improved, but it is still not as it should be. I am ready to get another service provider (being as this is an addiction and all). But anyway, it stayed up long enough for me to make this post :-)

Enjoy your stitching, one and all!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Well this week I had a much more normal HAED stitching day, as I couldn't stitch all day and all evening. I went with my children on a field trip to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Fort Worth where they make all our money...well the paper kind anyway. It was a fascinating trip, and we learned all kinds of things about how they make the greenbacks. The employees who actually run the printing presses work in fenced-in locked areas, kind of like cages, and they can only be involved in one part of the process and can never go into any of the other "cages". The security precautions are amazing. The most interesting part to me was the area where they showed how they "reclaimed" damaged damaged by fire, flood and even explosives. I was surprised to find out how many people are storing stacks of bills in their homes. Unfortunately no cameras at all are allowed inside the Bureau, so I have no pictures to share.

And, I was gone most of the day, so I was only able to stitch in the evening. I got about 400 stitches done last night, and then I got another 200 stitches done this morning before everybody woke up. I just love those early morning hours when everything is quiet and peaceful.

Here is a picture of my progress on Santa's List:

I also did some stitching this week on Mon Beau Chalet, a design I am working on from the De Fil en Aiguille magazine. I finished my January goal for this WIP.

Here is a closeup picture of the motif that I stitched.

I have also been working on my Engelbreit, but I don't think I'll post a picture on that one again until I have it finished.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Last week I read about a new HAED SAL on Cindy's blog. They were going to work on their HAED projects on Fridays. I have a couple of HAED WIPs which had not been worked on in a long, long time, so I decided that this might be a great opportunity to work on one of them. So I joined the SAL, and yesterday, Santa's List by Ruth Sanderson came out for some attention. I got a tremendous amount done for me, and there is a reason. My husband and son left on Friday morning for a campout, and so I just stitched and stitched and stitched. My daughter and I went out to eat at Chili's last night and then we watched National Treasure II and I stitched some more into the night. It was very enjoyable to work on a HAED again, and I will hopefully be back to it next Friday.

Click here if you want to see what the design will look like when completed.
Then here is my before-SAL picture:

And here is the after-SAL picture:

I also wanted to explain a little bit about the LHN Dear Diary sampler that I am working on as well, because there were some questions regarding it. The patterns are each sold separately and they are not really intended to go together into a large sampler, but I saw a picture of a Neighborhood Round Robin project that was using the Dear Diary charts in two straight columns of four. I thought that it was beautiful. (sorry, I couldn't locate this picture online) Then I read that an informal SAL was being begun by Cheryl and Vonna as they were inspired by this same Round Robin. I played around with the patterns until I decided upon a layout that I liked, and the rest is history. It will make a large project completed (243 x 317 stitches), but it doesn't seem overwhelming because I think of each separate little chart as a finish. I am stitching it on a full yard of 32 count Lakeside maple sugar linen.

And, finally, here are some stitching posts from around the web that inspired me this week. The stitching web is abundantly full of new starts in honor of the new year this week, but I found a few lovely finishes to highlight.

Penelope in Italy finished this adorable hornbook. I am not familiar with the design, but I like it very much.

Silvia in Barcelona, Spain has finished a beautiful redwork Bienvenue
heart with roses.

And Loreta has a gorgeous wintry finish of CCN's Forest Snowfall.

Until next time....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lizzie Kate SAL

This is just a quick post to show my progress on a new SAL which I have joined for the new year. It is a French SAL organized on the Les Copines forum for the Lizzie Kate Christmas Double Flip-Its, and they are calling it the 12 mois de noel or 12 months of Christmas. I have completed the January portion as you can see below. I used the DMC threads rather than WDW, and I am not going to attach the charms until the end. I think this is going to be a fun, easy stitch.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dear Diary Progress

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful stichy start to the New Year. For my part, I was glad to see the end of 2008. It was a difficult year, and I even had trouble getting into the holiday spirit in December. But now it is past, and we have a whole new twelve months to contemplate and make stitching plans for.

I have been stitching some. Not as much as I would prefer, but enough to finish the Mary Heaton section of the Dear Diary Sampler.

And here is a picture of the whole sampler to date.

Also, about a week ago, I purchased a skein of Crescent Colors Apple Fritter. I usually just buy the threads that a design calls for, but when I saw this one, it just called to me. I wanted to try it out on something small. Anyway, when I got home, I searched through some freebie patterns, and chose to stitch this Noel design by gazette94 . I love the color and I think that I am going to use it on a larger design that I have plans for later in the year.

Till next time....enjoy your stitching and families.