Hello, dear friends! I just love reading your comments and some of the comments on the last post just made me howl with laughter! Some people are SO sensitive about the weather!
Joanie - Spring bulbs!! SPRING BULBS!!! Listen Missy, you just come right down to Upstate NY, the frigid capital of the entire Northeast!! RIGHT THIS MINUTE! You need a good dose of sub-zero temps and a ton of snow. LOL!!!!
KarenV - Wait...just back up a second. You live in Canada, right? Where it snows, a lot, generally, right? And I live in the middle of the UK, where we get a light dusting of snow every 10 years or so, yeah? So how come I'm sitting looking out at 3 inches of the stuff and my poor garden birds are wondering what the heck is going on and you have spring bulbs?!!!! LOL ;)
Hence this picture...hark, is that snow I see?
Yes, that's a heck of a lot of snow ... last winter! We had a wild winter last year, totally out of character for this area of the country. It was a frozen world for weeks on end and that appears to be what's happening in many areas this winter. (Hey, at least I'm not torturing you with pictures of the little spring bulbs sprouting greens!)
There were other comments too responding to my query about the French General fabrics - thank you!
As you know I have some free time from work right now, which has meant going through that long wish-list of things we all want to get done! To that end, I haven't been stitching so much. Here's a bit more progress on My Bethrothed Sampler. At least the rider has a head and the horse has a behind (I'm sure there's a funny joke in there somewhere...)
Not a great photo. It's been dark days full of rain here. I've been experimenting with the colours to finish off the tips of the flowers on the border. The design calls for 2 stitches of Dried Thyme tipped with one stitch of Deep Sea. If you click on the photo and look on the left border, you'll see that I am experimenting with putting in either 3 stitches of Pumpkin Patch, or 3 stitches of Deep Sea. Not sure what I'll do till the end I think. The intention was to bring a bit more colour to the flowers. What do you think?
In the process of tidying up I found a couple of old things:
The framed piece is by Cricket Collection. I don't even have the chart any longer. It was probably stitched sometime in the early 1990's as I used aida and hadn't discovered linen yet! I am pondering whether this is 'me' anymore and whether to re-use the frame for other things and do something else with the stitching like making it into a pillow. In the photo the aida doesn't look too bad but IRL it's a cream which is pretty bright compared to other linens of my framed pieces so it almost stands out like a beacon!
This next one is from a Leisure Arts leaflet called Old Samplers II. It was stitched on aida. It's not 'finished' as in framed or making it into a pillow. I am not going to do anything with it. Does anyone want it? I'll give it to the first person who tells me they want this and I'll send it as-is.
OK, we've come to the end of the post. Thanks for hanging in there with me. For that, you have early notice that there will be giveaways coming up soon as a result of my tidying up efforts, so watch this space!
Have a wonderful week and I hope the weather behaves better soon for my friends in the snowy deep-freeze! Happy Stitching!