Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
A lovely day today, sunny and in the 70s, perfect. I took the train downtown to visit Sharon, have lunch and stitch together. A water taxi along the Chicago River and then hopped off at Michigan Avenue and walked the rest of the way to her flat. What a delight this was, little bits of stitching EVERYWHERE interspersed with antique bits and pieces. A delicious lunch, good conversation and some stitching - I am set up for the week! Dear Sharon, thank you!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Today, having had the very best of intentions to clean the house, I've enjoyed a happy time with my passion - cross stitching! I've nearly finished a Just Nan piece that is late for an exchange but I'm *excused* by the moderator! I'm enjoying the piece much more than I thought I would, having never been particularly drawn to one of Nan's designs before. It has a lot of beads, some of which I will save for another project, I think.
My Mary Wigham from Needleprint came out of the basket too! I'm not sure how old she was when she stitched this wonderful piece in 1790 but I would imagine somewhere in her teens so she was probably born just around the time of the birth of the new country of what was to become the United States of America! For some reason, the picture won't rotate, it's the right way up in My Pictures but something happened to it on the way to the blog! I think the pale pink (on what should be the left side) has to go but perhaps I'll leave it for a while and see if it grows on me.
Drum roll, please....I give you the floss tag! Yes, I know, what was the fuss about, such a small piece of stitching! I still can't say I finished it, Himself did the deed and put in the eyelet while I cowered in the corner. Well, as usual I was late, no time to stitch another one, blah blah, but Lynda was gracious enought to say she loved it!
I've had these lavender plants for about four years now and I am always amazed and delighted when they survive a Chicago winter once again. I'm sure it is because they were grown in a greenhouse with excellent light and air. I took a horticultural class on green house production and had to grown ten different flats of seeds. these being among the most successful.
A couple more pictures of the garden, the monarda is out and the bees love it!
Goodnight everyone, sweet dreams!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I haven't made a terribly good job on catching up with posting pictures of exchanges and other stuff over the past few months so tonight you can see a floss tag I received on Friday from my friend Mouse in the UK along with two threads, one a Stef Francis and the other from Gloriana, quite yummy! My floss tag is supposed to be winging its way to Oregon. So what's the problem you may ask? The problem is that I am a WIMP and scared to make the hole! The stitching is finished, I've chosen some threads to accompany it and there you have it. Nerves, complete panic, I've looked at all the tutorials and still can't bring myself to do it! I'll get thrown out of Friendly Stitchers at this rate! Mouse made the card with the elegant lady on the front too!
Lest we forget (Winter 2009, north of Chicago).......~
This is a shrub that I never see unless I walk out of the back gate and onto the common land behind our house since it's hidden by the conifers. It's the most wonderful bright green with small, slightly scented flowers in the spring. I think it's a currant but should look it up.
Sweet William and I can't decide if the picture need rotating - I don't think it does, I think I took it from a funny angle!
Enough already, I'm ready for bed. Off to Milwaukee in the morning!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
A little more done tonight, so far I have stitched in two counties, McHenry and Lake, Illinois!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have lots of photographs of this and that so here we go! In completely random order -
This was my first ornament for the 2009 Christmas Challenge but as you can see all did not go according to plan, serves me right for using a directional fabric! Out came the seam ripper and all was made good.
The ornament is resting on an ancient rocking horse that has served three generations and now sits in our dining room in state. The chart is a freebie and I think it's called Four Fat Friends from The Drawn Thread.
I am stitching a nine part SAL on the Stitchers Heaven Yahoo Group. The designer is Pelin Tezer and the piece is called Alla Turca, the motifs being based on those in Turkish carpets, Turkey being Pelin's native land. It's a peaceful stitch, especially when the world seems a little unfriendly. I'm using an unknown piece of evenweave in a shade of clay/putty and a Waterlilies silk, Navajo. Pelin suggested earth tones and this one just seemed the right one.
However, if you look on Pelin's website under "With my Compliments" you will see an array of colours, all quite different but all quite wonderful!
It's time for bed so I shall continue "catch up" tomorrow. Tonight with the help of Himself I learnt how to insert links, I'm so proud of myself! Sleep well, see you tomorrow!