Monday, 6 September 2010

Please welcome - Betsy and the Wooley Girls

...and one bad boy black sheep
As you can see, I did make some changes with Betsy but she's ever so pretty! Here's what the other side looks like.

And the entire piece dancing ever so happily together.

Betsy by Sheepish Designs
Stitched on 36 ct R&R Straw, using HDF silk conversions

While I am very happy with the finished piece, the stitching experience was not so good. I have used HDF silks before and R&R linen before but never together. Somehow, the two do not seem to mix well together. The silks seem to snag on the linen a lot and I had far more knots than I ever remembered when I stitched these silks on Lakeside linens last year. I will just have to remember that in the future.

I have had the last week off work so it was great to finally have some time to sleep in and also get my home life more organized! I think we never really realize the mess until we dive in and put things right, and in my case it was baa-aaa-d (as the sheepies above would say!).  But never mind, a few days of chaotic reorganizing and all feels much calmer! I also got the time to do something I've been meaning to do for awhile - take a photo of all my unframed work. 

That was fun! I've seen other stitchers do this with their unframed work and I've wanted it to do the same for awhile. 

It is a rainy Labour Day Monday here. The weather has been lovely up until last night when the rains started. Tomorrow, back to school for the kiddies, and back to work for me.  I am feeling more rested, which is always a good thing, and this almost feels like a new year starting! 

Later this month will be my second blogoversary so watch this space. I'm also looking forward to seeing what new goodies will come out from Market this month. More fun.  

As some of you have noticed and mentioned, my stitching mojo seemed to have returned. Yes, true! There is a direct correlation between my capacity to stitch and my workload at my job, but I've noticed that I seem to stitch more too when the weather is cooler! ( We don't need a scientific study to tell us why, do we?)

I used to loathe September when our son was in school, only because of the chaos of school schedule and activities schedules AND the fact that my DH coached a soccer team so there was coordination to do and the phone ringing a lot at our house.  Now, many years later and with none of that to contend with, I like September a lot. Is it a sign of getting older, mellowing out?  It feels like a sign to "batten down the hatches" so to speak and snuggle inside and do cozy things like stitch and read!

Tell me, what does September mean to you? 

Well, time to go and get more done for my last day of "rest".  Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the lovely comments! Have a wonderful week!


Glenna said...

Hi, I love, love, love Betsy! So wonderful--all your unframed beauties. To me, September is the new year, so it's time to clean up, pitch junk, sign up for classes and buy new charts!

chris_stitch said...

Dear Melissa,
Your Sheepish finish is beautiful. Congratulations on this finish.
It sounds like you had a good week. I hate organizing but it feels so much calmer when it's done.
Your finishes are lovely, you have accomplished a lot. Will you frame most of them?
Enjoy September. We have had a reprieve from the heat this weekend but there are 5 90 degree days coming up this week here!

Have a good week!

Patti said...

I love all of your finished but unframed stitching. It's just gorgeous but most of all I love love love Betsy and if you want to sell the chart I would love to buy it from you please.

What I have always loved about September is the smell. Even here in the U.K. you can smell when Fall (ok Autumn) is coming and my body so likes the Fall better than the Summer. Me? I actually like the Summer much much better because it stays light for so long and i really hate the dark nights when my house looks like a Christmas Tree with all the lights on.

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

valerie said...

Yay, Betsy looks fabulous! Sorry to hear about the struggle with VC and RR. I'm not fond of either...I may have gone berserk! Good for you for your perseverance!

Love all your finished pieces...there are some in that pile that I would like to finish for myself!

To be honest September isn't too special to me. It's usually Indian Summer here and can be hot as all heck and it's the month of my parents' birthdays. For me, October is the month I really feel that things become fall-ish, cooler and time to hunker down and nest.

Enjoy the last day of freedom of the weekend!

Anonymous said...

Betsy looks wonderful Melissa, such a lovely finish! Sorry you had trouble with the silk/fabric combo - I hate R&R linen and never use it, so I guess I've never had that problem ;)

All your finished but unframed pieces look wonderful - what a great display!

Le blog de marylin said...

Hi all these embroidery they are magnificent! You made some beautiful work
Embroiderer's best regards marylin

Catherine said...

Your pieces look fabulous Melissa!!

Irene said...

Betsy looks terrific. I love that it cools down in September and you can start to smell Autumn in the air, well at least when it's not raining :)

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Beautiful finish, your unframed pieces are treasures for sure, nice pics:) Sept. for me means cooler temps....

Beth said...

Betsy is so pretty and I love the sheep, especially the bad boy!! You have quite a collection of unframed pieces, and they do look pretty together like that. Usually I "finish" or have finished my pieces whenever I complete stitching them. That is probably because it takes me forever to stitch so it is a real happy dance - LOL

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, can you say LOVE on your finish? Well, I can - I love it. And all your unfinished pieces have me drooling. You know that it was you that made me buy my most recent BOAF piece and I have the other one in stash. It's because of you that I HAVE to do them!!! Well, I have to blame someone, don't I? I can't wait to see all your framing on these great pieces.

Ann-Marie said...

I do love anything that includes a black sheep -- they're my kind of people! We've had cooler weather here in SE Michigan recently, so I understand completely the renewed joy in stitching.

You're right, it's probably us mellowing (SO much nicer than 'getting older'), but I feel in my heart that New Year's should come in September. The air smells subtly different, it's cooler at night and so much better sleeping weather, and baking is a real joy again. It's the start of so many lovely things -- harvest, candy (!!), snow, family gatherings, and the lovely warm hunkering-down before spring.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your finish. Your Betsey looks wonderful.

Lisa V said...

What fantastic work Melissa, I love Betsy!
September to me is my Dad's birthday month and Father's Day here in Aus, its the last family birthday before Christmas.
Happy stitching

Margaret said...

I love your Betsy!! Bummer about the HDF and R&R not mixing though. And your finished stitching -- beautiful!!! Wow! Don't you love pics like that? Now you have to tell what they all are! :D What September means to me. Hmmm. Well, definitely the US Open coming, school and routine starting up again. And cooler temps! Can't wait till I can use my oven again! lol!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finish! Your other unframed pieces look wonderful there!

Carol said...

Betsy and her sheep are so sweet, Melissa--I just love this piece's cheery colors and all the little creatures. And your unframed finishes are glorious--hard to pick a favorite.

I'm glad your "mojo" has returned--you do such lovely work :)

MyLifesAStitch said...

LOVE Betsy!!! Great finish! Sorry it wasn't the most enjoyable stitch for you. :(

I looooove fall. I think it's because I was always a freak as a kid and was always happy for a new school year - fresh starts and all that. So, I'd have to say that September is the month of new beginnings for me... far more than January ever has been. Things just seem so fresh with the hint of crisp air on it's way, you know?

Have a great week!!

Deborah said...

All your finishes are beautiful. September is a wonderful month for me. Cooler, fresher, the colors of the leaves start to change. Even the food you eat starts to change in the fall.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing Betsy! It's very charming. I also really like the pics of all your unframed finishes. They look so pretty all grouped together. What a good idea for a photo shoot.

Fall is my favorite season, so I love September because it means things are starting to cool down, the nights are getting longer. Even though it's been years since my school days, September still makes me want to stock up on stationary supplies. Also, September means State Fair time! I love seeing all the needlework entries, not to mention eating crazy fried foods on the midway late at night.

Jane said...

Love how Betsy has turned out. What an amazing effort stitching this one up in what seems a short space of time. It's wonderful to see you're putting that time away from work to good use. :) Such a shame about the thread knotting up though. I really hate it when that happens. Slows you down and is very frustrating.

Wonderful pictures of your finishes awaiting to be framed. I too like seeing this on other blogs. A real feast!

September is the start of Spring here is Australia. Though where I live the weather can be pretty unpredictable during this month. Strong winds usually arrive and temperatures can still be a little cool. Daylight starts to grow longer so it's a reminder that Summer is on its way.

Thanks for keeping in touch, Melissa. Hope your working week is a good one.

Joy said...

Wow...what wonderful finishes! Just goes to show, you don't need to have them framed to admire them.

September is the beginning of all things fall, pumpkins, bittersweet, long walks in cool fresh air.

Happy stitching!

mainely stitching said...

How did you do that so fast?

Your unframed finishes are gorgeous. You have EXCELLENT taste (wink, wink).

You asked what September means to us. In Holland, it meant the heavy rains. Ugh. The beginning of short, dark, wet days that would stretch endlessly till spring. It was a very opressive month. But now that we are back in Maine, it's like someone gave me an energy injection! September means crisp days, blue skies, bright foliage, wonderful smells. It means hours in the kitchen making things that taste great and nourish the people I love. It means the start of autumn, which always used to be my favorite season. :D

Lois said...

Betsey is one of my favourites and yours is just gorgeous! I haven't tried stitching on R&R with HDF so I was interested to hear how you found it. I really enjoyed seeing pics of your finished pieces so much so that one has caught my eye and I'm going to go dig through my stash to have a new look at it!

What does September mean to me? I definitely didn't start to like Sept until I was done with school (!!) but now it's a month I really enjoy. While autumn is definitely approaching often there are times when you can have the nicest of days, the leaves are starting to change colour and there's just something nice even in the smell of the air.

ohiofarmgirl said...

I have a stack of unframed pieces!!! Love your little sheep.
September means the beginning of fall...I am always ready to be done with summer by then. Blessings, Dianntha

WoolenSails said...

Love all your new pieces, you do such beautiful work.
I am enjoying cooler temps, it means I have more energy to create.


Brigitte said...

Love, love, love your picture of your unframed finishes. Whenever I see such a picture on someone's blog I try to detect the pieces I know or have stitched myself. And wow, Betsy is finished. I'm happy dancing with you, it's such a loevly design, one of their best in my opinion.
September is a month that I love weatherwise, as up here in the mountains the autumn winds start blowing and usually there is a change of windy, rainy and sunny days. And the summer heat is gone for good. I love that. The only "negative" thing is the fact that school starts again, lol.

Suzanne said...

I love your Betsy finish, it's beautiful. Look at all those lovely finishes, you certainly have a lot.

September to me means a whole lot of spring cleaning, yuck!

Paisley said...

Gorgeous work on Betsy! Congrats on the finish! I love the photos of all your samplers together, too!

Paisley said...

Gorgeous work on Betsy! Congrats on the finish! I love the photos of all your samplers together, too!

Blu said...

Betsy looks amazing! The fat sheep are too cute and the black one is adorable!

To me September is the start of school and cooling weather. A rotten reminder that winter is fast approaching and that I shall soon be turning into an icicle.

Mary said...

Betsey is beautiful! Your stitched goodies look great..can't wait to see the finished pieces. You are one talented stitcher, Melissa!

September is one of my favorite months...I finished my Master's, got married and had my second son.. all in different years, but within a 3 day span! Life seems to take on a slower pace once Fall comes.
Wishing you all the coziness and restful times it brings :)

Loraine said...

Seriously drooling over all of your beautiful samplers! You have the best taste in samplers. I'm glad you stitching mojo is back. I hope mine returns real soon! This summer was a real disappointment as far as projects go.
Hugs to you!

Karoline said...

Betsy is gorgeous, congratulations.

September means birthdays here! We have my birthday, my dads and then my husbands on consecutive weeks.

Anonymous said...

All of your stitching is beautiful!

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching, Melissa! Betsy looks fantastic, and I love the sampler spread. ;)

September used to be the most hated month for me, because it meant back to school. I still feel ambivalent about it, because it's the longest time away from when we might go back to the US for a visit. I do like it now, though, I suppose because I love the autumn weather and the few changing leaves we get here.

Nicole said...

I love Betsy!! It turned out beautiful. I'm definitely pulling this one from my stash, so I can stitch it soon!

Lennu said...

Hi Melissa! I just love your finish, so beautiful! The colours are wonderful.

September is THE month for me. I was born in September (my dad was born in September too) and I think that's why I love it so much. When I was a child I just loved September. Even though school began already in August, in September all the routines had took place and I loved it.

Also I love all the autumn colours, pretty trees, misty mornings, chilly mornings, autumn rain, autumn sunshine, squirrels gathering winter stash :)

September is like a new start to everything, I feel like anything's possible! I'm bursting with energy. This is the beginning of the best time in the year, Christmas will soon be here!

Have a happy September dear Melissa!