Good Sunday morning to you all! We had a blustery day yesterday which seem to have brought us some sunshine this morning. The weather has been wacky and will continue to do so but on this fine morning we will enjoy what we have!
I have a few things to show you! First, my Red Exchange.
I received this beautifully stitched piece from Hazel - stitched over one! Exquisite! For someone who is "over-one" challenged, this was a real treat!
Here is what I stitched for Nancy. It's a design from Tante Zolder. I stitched it using AVAS 3025 on a piece of HDF linen. I used HDF's Earth Stars 5211 for the initial and 3 little hearts on the back. While I didn't want the red to be detracted by other colours, having that grey that fades into the fabric was something I imagined would have an "embossed" effect (I used 2 strands of the grey to get that effect).
It's been quite awhile since I have made a pinkeep. My fingers felt all thumbs but it was fun to get creative again with the finishing.
Next, ahhh, a very pretty piece - Woodland Berries. It is from the Loose Feather "Summer" leaflet by Blackbird Designs. I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this one. I used all the recommended silks on a piece of linen I had hanging around - 36ct "Celtic" by Sugar & Spice.
I made a small change in the upper right hand corner. In the original Alma's initials and date were done in green and filled the area. Instead I chose to do one initial with a different script, and using the same floss as the border so the initial fades into the linen. I'd wanted a bit of breathing space in that corner of the design.
Now I am in search of the next project, very likely another Blackbird Designs. I'm going to stitch smaller projects for the next while, I think.
I am always inspired by what you stitchers bring home from yard sales and such. I never run across anything remotely interesting like stuff that Terri finds related to stitching, but one day I found this stool at a charity shop. The lid flips up to allow for some storage. It's not remotely antique but I bought it for the cats. You see, they like "perching".
Even though the next photo is without flash, it is such a lovely one of Mr Julius and somehow just captures the right mood, I had to share it!
Well, we've come to the end of another post. Thank you so much for visiting. I am looking forward to seeing the new releases from the Nashville Market in the next few days. Of course I will get the book from Blackbird Designs, that I have no doubt!
What new releases have caught your eye?
For you lucky folks in the States who can see the goodies in person, have fun!