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Sunday, 23 January 2011

January Rose

Hello, all you winter bunnies! I hope you are keeping warm and dry. We've had such cold, chilly weather that we all started to get the sore throat this week. So far the bugs are being held off with garlands of garlic (not really) but not sure how long will last.

I have my first finish of the year!
Lo, how a Rose
by Brightneedle
from the book "A Cross-Stitch Christmas - Celebrations in Stitches" 
by Better Homes and Gardens

I'm very happy with how it turned out.  It's stitched on 35 ct WDW "Linen" linen, with recommended WDW floss but I threw it a few odds and ends colours from my stash. The colours in real life are actually brighter than what the photo is showing.

Now, because you were all so kind with your compliments about my sampler wall, I'm going to torture show you another photo which I was able to take without all the glare. I didn't realize the previous shots I took were also a bit fuzzy too. 

That's a bit better! 
Now, I just started my next project last night, not much to show. I will do that next week. I won't even tell you what it is because I might change my mind!  I'm thirsting for colour though! And the colour I want is RED! 

Red Samplers I heart:
  • Ann Rayner - broke down yesterday and ordered it, complete with silks from Attic
  • Ann Grant - waiting for the release from Nashville Market
  • Jane Tindall - have the chart, now I got to get silks and linen together
  • Sarah Elizabeth Brookes - this is one that the talented Tanya showed  as the lovely early Christmas she got and may be reproduced one day soon! Yes, please! 
Yes, you can see a common theme here, can't you? Tanya, a very talented stitcher indeed and now that she has gotten into reproducing old samplers, aren't we all the better for it? Check out her latest - Maria Tilley.  (I just realized that sounds like a marketing plug or something but it isn't!)


Anyway, dreaming of these Red samplers keeps me going through the dull days of winter! 


Now, a couple of photos of cuteness.



For some reason, Julius always go on the man-chair, and Daisy, my chair!  Oh, I need to learn how to relax like those kitties!


Thanks again for stopping by! Enjoy the last week of January!!!

45 comments:

Tanya said...

Great finish and adorable cats!

Tanya

Margaret said...

Love the pics of your cats! Isn't it great how they can just hang? I'm looking forward to when Mia starts mellowing a bit. lol! She does get good naps in though, I have to say.

Love your finish! Congratulations! It is, of course, on my todo list, as is everything you stitch. I love your list of red samplers too! btw, be forewarned when you order the silks for Jane Tindall, get 2 skeins of 3734. You'll need them both. (I'm very glad Tanya is reproducing too!)

KarenV said...

Beautiful finish Melissa! I loved stitching this and yours is so pretty :)

Gorgeous photos of the cats too - they both know how to chill, don't they? ;)

Sylvia said...

Your finish is just lovely.

Ohh, and I heart Ann Grant as well. Can't wait to get her.

mainely stitching said...

What a fabulous finish! And I just LOVE your kitties!

Catherine said...

Lovely finish!

Natasha said...

Melissa, I LOVE your finish it turned out freat. I can't wait to see it framed :) Can I ask what fabric you used for this? I have this in my to do basket I am thinking of Maritime white linen from lakeside.

staci said...

It's beautiful! I started mine so long ago and abandoned it...maybe I need to pull it out and get cracking on it!

Meadows08 said...

Congrats on the finish! Your kitties sure look comfy on the chairs, love the fabric on yours by the way! Thanks for the info your framer, I'm going to check them out.

lynda said...

Your sampler looks beautiful...congrats on the finish. That is one of my favorite pieces...still have to frame mine though!

Irene said...

Great finish ! Love how cats can nap anywhere and look so comfortable.

Barb said...

Lo is lovely! And I always appreciate a bit of cat love. I really like the fabric on your chair! Very unique print and luscious colors.

Theresa said...

Congratulations on your finish~~~ It is gorgeous!!!!!!

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish, Melissa! Lo looks great. Love the sampler wall, too!

I hear you on the samplers! I've been jonesing to start Ann Rayner for awhile. Hopefully this year, once I get a few other things done. Good for you on the stash enhancement!

Love the kitty pics. :)

Beth said...

I recently bought the Cross Stotch Christmas Celebratinos in Stitches book so that I could have "Lo, how a Rose" - love your stitch and fabric and fibers used - great way to start 2011!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Ahh... such sweet kitties. Love your finish... it's one on my To-Stitch List. Congrats!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Gorgeous finish, Melissa! I love it and you have done it again... another stunner! Love your sampler wall- I missed your original post. I love red too which is what immediately drew me to Marianne Wenn. Stay warm. I am freezing!

RuthB said...

Oh beautiful ! Rose is a lovely. lovely finish!!! But darn you, now I want Sarah Brookes.... and all the other samplers.

Congrats on a beautiful finish.

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish! love the sampler wall.

Peggy H. said...

Love your sampler wall. I love samplers and have a wall as well. You might want to visit my blog to see mine - Finished projects.

Peggy H.
http://memoriesgardendesigns.blogspot.com/

valerie said...

Beautiful finish! Congrats!

Blu said...

Congrats! It looks beautiful!

Jane said...

How gorgeous is this finish? I love it!!! Well done, Melissa:)

Katrina said...

Gorgeous finish!!!! And I do love your sampler walls. What a fun list of red samplers, they are all on my list too :-).

Cute kitties!

Lee said...

Wonderful job, Melissa! It's just gorgeous. And I love your sampler wall, too. Each one individually is beautiful, but the impact of having them all together makes them even more beautiful.

natalyK said...

Love the finish! Brightneedle is one of my favorites, although What year was the book published??

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your finish is lovely as are your kitties. I enjoy seeing photos of them. The BOAF sampler really stands out on your sampler wall. I have this one sitting and never thought it would look as good as yours does. I may just get round to it after all.

Andrea said...

A wonderful finish. Your sampler wall is a work of art in itself.

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish on Lo! And who can pass up a red sampler - lots of beauties in your list! Can't wait to see what you're starting on.

Julianne said...

Melissa,

Congratulations on your Lo finish. It is just lovely! I can't wait to see it added to your wall which I must say is a really a treat to behold.

Love the pictures of the cats doing what they do best!

Ranae said...

Congrats! on another beautiful finish and the first of 2011.
I have to go check out the sight for repo's. I tried to fins one this weekend, with no luck, nothing really caught my eye.

Linda said...

I broke down and ordered the book from Amazon (the one that Lo A Rose is in)... I got the book - got my fabric - and have put the first few stitches in it! I'm using Vintage Maritime White linen for it... and DMC threads.

Linda in VA

The Scarlett House said...

Another fabulous finish for you! You're filling up that wall really fast now...wow, I think I might need to hire you to do the PR for Sarah E when I get her charted, lol. I hope to start her soon.

Carol said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous piece, Melissa! I was just looking at my book the other day and thinking I should add this to my 2011 line-up. I love how you stitched your initials, too.

Thanks for showing us another photo of your samler wall, too--never get tired of seeing it :) And how sweet are your kitties--they both look well-loved and oh so comfortable!

Karoline said...

Congratulations Lo is gorgeous

Natalia said...

Beautiful finish !! I was finally able to find the book that has that chart and I am excited about stitching it...
Thanks for showing Ann Rayner, I am pretty sure I am going to break down and buy it too !!!
Your cats are adorable !!

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Melissa!! I love your sampler wall!!

Barbi said...

Congrats on your new finish! The cats are adorable! They look awkwardly comfortable. LOL
You sampler wall looks amazing! I can't even pick my favorite, cause I love all of them.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your finish, and such a beautiful sampler to have as a first finish! I just love this one.

I want to hug your kitties! They like doing the same thing ours do!

Lois said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous finish! Another bit of drool time spent looking at your sampler wall. I hear you on the red and you're going to be having some lovely WIP's coming up that I know I'll be so tempted to add to my stash!!! Don't your cats looks so comfy!

Suzanne said...

This is such a beautiful finish! Love the sampler wall and you have a nice list of samplers you want to stitch.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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Kellie said...

Beautiful finish, Melissa! :)

Marsha said...

I bought that book just for that one chart. You are inspiring me to get it out and kit it up. Yours turned out beautiful!