Monday, August 19, 2013

Two posts in two days, this one is a stitching one!

Hmm, best intentions and all that - only kept up with Sunday Selections and nothing else so...... what else has been happening by the lake?

Airborne August
What's that soaring through the air with the greatest of ease? It's the things with wings on your WIPs!

Shamelessly imitating the shoehorning going on over here I'm going to begin by lulling you all into a false sense of security showing you something that DOES have wings, albeit very small ones!

Birdneck Sampler

See?  Bird, just to right of the B!  So, I need advice - well first I must point out that the sawtooth border was giving me fits - fifteen stitches then a colour change and lots of them.  I bought a Needle Necessities instead (and yes, my yarn shop that sort of pretends it's an LNS is still selling NN thread) and am fairly whistling along now, just need to remove the border on the left.  Where was I?  Oh right, advice - well, I really don't like the orange that is separating each of the sections.  To my mind it is a much brighter colour than the rest of the palette and I want to substitute something.  A friend suggested the old gold shade that's in the *new* border.  What do you think?

Now for more wings, sort of.....

Elizabeth's Designs
l to r
Little Green Plot (adapted)
Sweet Honey
Songbird Cottage

My tastes have changed considerably which is one of the disadvantages of finally finishing a WiP - it's a struggle when you are not so crazy about the design, lovely though they are but a bit *twee* for me now.  Anyway, these are getting shoehorned in, well two of them are, Sweet Honey has bees, well go on, just imagine you can see them and Songbird Cottage......well it's all in the name and the little charm on the top right!  I made all three into tiny quilts, the fabric was perfect.

Well, with these three is where it definitely gets a bit shoehorned!  Blogger is not letting me put captions underneath, it shoots the first one further up the post so phooey!  The top one of the three is Ally's RR, Christmas Memories by Helen Phillips from our Friendly Stitchers' Round Robin, I stitched the ivy but there IS a robin (wings again) on it.  There's a blackbird on the LHN Woodland Winter that I sent to Marjorie in an exchange, third time of stitching, I really need to stitch it for ME, lol!  The third is a Joan Elliott piece that was Niina's choice in the Round Robin.  Have to say, not my favourite, so many colour changes and usually only for a few stitches.  That one doesn't have any wings on it, I don't think but...... all of the above were sent to the recipients by plane!  So, wings
This is what we have to look forward to in September.......

Sampler September
Whether you're stitching the alphabet over and over (and over), starting your own band (sampler), or marking some spots, this is your month!
What else have I got to show you?  Oh yes, another exchange - a July 4th one on Friendly Stitchers.  I was paired with Nancy in beautiful San Diego and this is what she sent me, a beautiful pin keep, I really like the patriotic edging on it.


and I sent her this, I took a small part of Betsy's House by Plum Street Samplers.
 Not only is Blogger not letting keep pictures where I want them, it is also not letting me align to the left, drat it! I liked this little ornament but not sure if I will stitch the entire piece.

Well, that's enough for now, I will leave you with a picture of evening light on our lake.

Hope all is well with you, leave me a comment and if you are new to the blog, thank you for visiting and tell me how you got here! 



  1. Lots of lovely piccies to see in this post Gillie, you've been busy. I have those Elizabeth Designs (and the others too) in my stash, they've been there forever since they were released!!
    Old gold sounds great for the border, the orange does looks a bit too bright, but of course colours are never true when you look at them on the computer, i'm sure you'll come up with something perfect for the next update pic.
    Stunning view, perfect!

  2. Lots of lovely stitching but its the picture of your lake I like most.

  3. wow! You're on a roll, Gillie.
    Lovely finishes and such an amazing view of your lake!

  4. I cannot believe how much intricate stitching you get done, Gillie!

  5. Such lovely stitching Gillie! I think a old gold border would work well too. Would fit with the other colours. That last photo of the lake is spectacular!!

  6. Oh my , so much wonderful stitching to admire here. "Wings" is also my theme and I always feel attracted to charts that have at least one little bird in them. I also stitched the Birdneck Sampler quite a while ago and as far as I remember I stitched it with the indicated threads. Also the border - and you are right there's a lot of colour changes in it, lol. The NN thread is a great solution for the border.
    Great ED finishes and great exchnage pieces.


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