.....it all began with one thread....

Monday, March 31, 2008

Souvenirs - The Lady

wip(e)Here she is, just about halfway done. I changed her arm a bit (the one on her lap). The chart had her arm just hanging down with a hand that looked like a hook (well, at least to me, it did). The arm seemed out of proportion to me, too. I am much happier with this one.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Alphabet is Done!

I finished the alphabet for Souvenirs de brodeuse:

WIP 3/30/08

I stitched the letter "M" with a lighter color threadLetter M Close up...

I may use the lighter thread for a few accents in the lady and the girl.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fly Away Home

Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home....
ladybug, ladybug(a)

I made a big mistake on this one....I used a scrap piece of fabric I had....and did not calculate right for the amount I needed....so....a little adjustment was made on the design. ;}

I was looking for some thread in my Little House Needleworks kits, and came across this one. It only needed the bottom border and the ladybug on the leaves to be finished.

Swans and frogs and border...

I just have one more little bee to stitch over one for the hardanger heart band to be finished on my WSG. I put a piece of fabric behind so that the hardanger and hemstitching would show a little better.
WIP 3/29/08 (a)

(the little scissor charm does hang straight, I just did not see that it was crooked before I took the picture.)

and a little more border (on the sides and the bottom leaf border) on My Needles Work. This one is getting very close to being finished. I just have that border to finish and fill in her apron.
WIP 3/29/08 (a)

Friday, March 28, 2008

It's Friday!!

....and here's a little more of what I have worked on this week:

Little House Needleworks, My Needle's WorkWIP 3/28/083

Victoria Sampler's Where Stitchers GatherWIP 3/28/083 (a)
(I am going to change the color of those little "floating" satin stitch blocks to the same color thread as the heart, which matches my fabric a little better)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Victoria Sampler and AMAP

wip 032608 I stitched just a bit more...the first line of the alphabet and the zigzag line below it. I really like the simplicity of working with the one color on this one.

WIP 032608 (a) The flower band is finished....getting ready for the hemstitching and hardanger!....and yes the year is supposed to be upside down. When the pocket is folded, it will be right side up.;)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Where Stitchers Gather

A little progress...a few specialty stitches as well as the rest of the green, and a start on the next band.

WIP 3/25/08

Monday, March 24, 2008

Forgot my bunnies!!

Here's what I have done on the top for my Sampler Garden Casket. I sequenced stitched the bunnies. Takes a bit more time, but now they look identical!

WIP (a)

Souvenirs de brodeuse

I finished the top portion on Souvenirs. Onto the alphabet!!

WIP  032408

Friday, March 21, 2008

Souvenirs - a little more

WIP (c)

I worked on this one for quite a while last night. I am enjoying using just the one color thread for a change.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Souvenirs de brodeuse

I have loved this design since I first saw it. I started this as soon as I got the chart. Somehow or another, it got put on the back burner. I brought it back out again last night and worked on it for a bit. Using one color thread is a nice change of pace from all the colors of my Chatelaines.

Here's an overall picture:wip-souvenirs de brodeuse

and a little close up:WIP(a)

(Please excuse the hoop marks - I did not press it before taking the picture.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Needles Work and My Needlebook Cover

WIP from Little House Needleworks.

Here's my little needlebook cover for Where Stitchers GatherNeedlebook Cover

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Little "Pretty"

What a quickie! This is the scissor fob portion for the Where Stitchers Gather set.

Scissor Fob (a)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Where Stitchers Gather

WIP 3/16/08 Almost finished Band 2. Have a few cross stitches to cross and three more specialty stitches to do.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Apology and Accolades

I have a very dear friend who has made me incredible gifts. During a time when I needed a "pick me up", she made me yet another beautiful gift. At the time I received it, I did take pictures (I found them), but neglected to post them here for everyone to enjoy. This is a stitcher's portfolio. It was made by Isabelle with bright, cheery colors to make me happy during a trying time. No excuses...my fault for not showing this wonderful gift. This portfolio can hold your chart (it has a magnet under the top bar, so it doesn't slip), your threads (in the side pocket, as well as a small WIP. It folds like a small portfolio so that you can easily carry it. In addition, to making the portfolio herself, she also sent me a heart chart, some beautiful green fabric, some overdyed threads and some lace, which is gorgeous. Take a peek at my gift:
isabelle's gift (front) and another view of the inside pocket: isabelle's gift (pocket)
the center portion to hold your chart:isabelle's gift (interior)

Here are the gifts she sent me in additon to the portfolio:isabelle's gift(a) and isabelle's gift(b)

Beautiful gifts from a sincere and wondrous friend across the miles. Thank you so much, Isabelle, for everything. I sincerely apologize for not sharing your generosity sooner.

Pretty, pretty

vs wip 31408(Band 1)
I got this in the mail yesterday and could not resist starting it. This is the first band on Victoria Sampler's "Where Stitchers Gather"(WSG) needlework pocket. I decided to use 32 count Pear from Lakeside Linen, with only one strand of silk floss.

Here's my finished corner on the Celtic maze (that I made myself finish before starting WSG)wip part 3 (d)

Friday, March 14, 2008


Well, I worked on this one most of yesterday. At least there is a little more to show:
wip part 3 (b)

Thursday, March 13, 2008


It just doesn't seem like I am making much headway on some of my projects. Here's one:
(Little House Needlworks)

And my Celtic Mystery. This Part 3 is just BIG!! I don't know if I will be able to keep up with this mystery for the year, if I cannot force myself to work on this part. There is a LOT of stitching....anyway, here's what little progress I have made on it...wip part 3

Thanks all for taking a peek and for your comments! I really do appreciate them.:)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sweet Treats and a Toucan??

toucan (2) Well, here's the Toucan. He's has a little bit more to go before he's finished. This is by Chatelaine Designs for the Rain Forest Quilt.

This is Sweet Treats by Country Cottage Needleworks:

sweet treatsThere are five more designs to be released for this one.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Ta Da!! Here's my tryout for Christmas Mystery 3, all done up as an ornament. I used some Artic Rays thread I had on had and twisted it with the floss to make the cording. It really sparkles;)

tryout ornament(2)

Ribbit, ribbit...

Block 1-Poison Dart Tree Frog
here's my version of the Poison Dart Tree Frog for the Rain Forest Quilt by Chatelaine. This is another one where I have purchased nothing, so far. Taking all the threads and colors I need from what I already have.

I just placed a few fabrics next to it, to get a few ideas about what I would like to do for colors.

Something finished - sort of...

tryout picture....it only needed about six Rhodes stitches and twenty beads to be done....duh....so as I was going through all my Chatelaine kits looking for threads...I pulled it out and finally (only two years late!) finished the stitching on it.

(This is the tryout for Chatelaine's Christmas Mystery 3.)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Provence Garden - Fabric and Floss Toss

Here's the Mercendes fabric from Picture This Plus with the threads and a few of the beads I have so far...

floss toss floss toss (3) and floss toss (2)

I still need quite a few NPI's (which I will substitute with DMC), one or two SNC's, Waterlily, and some braids.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Here's just a tiny bit more on my Dragonfly Casket:
WIP (4) and also CHS Shores:

Not too much accomplished the past few days....but I did organize a bit of my thread collection~notice...I said a bit;)....there is still plenty more to go!