Sunday, 23 February 2014

Snowy Sunday

Hello! It's a wee bit of a snowy day here today. I'm sure the skiers are delirious with joy as we haven't had much snow in our local mountains this season. Pretty.
I love a snowy Sunday! 

This is where I got to with my Weeping Tree Sampler a couple of days ago but I had to take a break. I was not loving it and was frogging too much.
Thank you for your lovely comments about my finishes on my last two posts. They have encouraged me to stitch (and later finish) more smaller designs! Since I needed a break from the sampler I decided to stitch some smalls, starting with  gifts for some well deserving friends.  Hopefully next week I will have a couple of non-gift smalls to show you too.

Now while it's snowy outside I have a couple of small orchids blooming inside! 

And here's another character quite content to be inside today! Julius is checking to see if the snow will stop soon! 
I think we are all waiting for Spring!

Well, I'm going to head back to stitching my gift if I am going to get them out in the mail soon! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Two birds with one post!

I thought it a good day to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day and also post the rest of my finishes. 

We shall start with the theme of the day - this is" Love" by Birds of a Feather. 

On the back I decided to first glue down a heart with some leftover blue chenille trim then secured it with thread, followed by the little heart charm. Fun!
This is "Love of Myn" by Barbara of Mainely Stitching. I stitched this a few years ago when Barbara was selling this design via PDF. It's so cute. I'm so glad I finally got around to finishing it! 

This is "Comme un Oiseau" by Tra La La. I finished it with a pretty purple silk ribbon from Nina's Threads.  She had sent me this piece when I bought some threads from her a couple of years ago. Perfect complement to the purples in this pillow. 
The backing is, once again, fabric gifted from my friend Ann of Beadlework

Here is my disaster piece. I sprayed this with walnut ink and I haven't done much else with it. The floss is not colorfast so I wasn't sure what more I should try! The design is Bluebird by Blackbird Designs. 
See here, how much nicer it looked before the disaster? Oh well, live and learn. At least it was a small piece and can be re-stitched. 
Finally, here is the 'bowl' of pillow finishes:
That's it for this post. Sorry, but now I have to rush off to my yoga class! Have a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Finishing - Part I

Greetings on this dark and rainy Monday here! I spent time last week finally doing a lot of finishing - eight pieces to be precise. Here I will show you half of them, all by Blackbird Designs (surprise, surprise!). I will show you two photos of each, the first one as finished, the second showing the backing fabric.

To start, Summer Iris. I just adore this piece.

Wild Garden. (Just noticed a piece of floss that unintentionally sneaked into the photo!)

Woodland Berries from the Loose Feather "Summer" booklet.  Here I added a couple of jingles to the finish. 

Prairie House Sewing Case, from "A Stitcher's Journey" booklet. Here I used two different colour chenille trims. I quite liked how that turned out!  I love that backing fabric too which the lovely Ann from Beadlework sent me (thank you!) - it was perfect for this finish!

I realized doing eight finishes in a row is not a smart thing for me to do. It meant that I just wanted to zip through them with pretty much the same finish (pillow) and didn't use that much imagination.  However, I did want a "bowlful" finally of pillows and now I have accomplished that goal! 

I will show you the rest later this week. I am still working on fixing one last finish. You know when sometime you'd wished you'd left something alone? Yup, I wanted to trim to "prim-ify" a pincushion by spraying it with walnut ink spray. Now it just looks like something the cat threw up! Argh. So, we shall see what I end up with in a few days. 

Meanwhile I also started The Weeping Tree sampler by The City Stitcher, an oldie that I've wanted to stitch for a long time. I am substituting some hand-dyed cotton floss as I go. I can't say I am loving this one right now. Hopefully I will stick with it instead of putting it aside for another time, which usually means it will disappear into a big, black hole! 
I want to tell you about a couple of great books I have read recently. The first is Cartographer's of No Man's Land by P.S. Duffy

The second is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
I won't go into details as this post is long enough. Both reads are thoughtful and paint beautiful pictures of people and places. 

Are you enjoying watching the Olympics? Which sport do you enjoy watching most? I love the skating - specifically the partner dancing.  If you are in the Winter parts of the world, you are likely happy to stay inside! Stay warm and dry. 

Have a great week and thanks so much for visiting!