Sunday, January 31, 2016

Amazing, but true - another post!



HI,

As incredible as it might seem, I am actually posting again while I can still recall what projects I worked on the last couple of weeks.  I didn't do much stitching - most of my time was spent traveling and visiting family - but it is all good.

Here is Part 2 of the SAL Folie that I am working on:




And here is my Valentine small for 2016.  It was a kit from Periwinkle Promises called Hearts and Flowers.  A fun stitch, although I ran out of the red silk ( as evidenced by the skimpy tassels) - reminding myself once again not to purchase kits unless I am sure I can get more thread.  



Well, that's all for this post.  Happy stitching, everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 SAL

I've started a new SAL - Here is the first part completed:



I'm using HDF in Black Iris and 36 ct Vintage Country Mocha linen.  I'm loving this so far!

Right before Christmas, we visited Den Haag for a week and a half - we arrived home about 9 pm on December 23 - with our internal clocks in complete disarray - we had one day to frantically wrap presents, get groceries, etc, etc.  to be ready for Christmas.  We survived, but it was not particularly elaborate.

We found the Netherlands to be a fabulous place!  The people are friendly, the museums are great, and the food is excellent!  I would highly recommend it.  Here are some pics of our trip.

First up, here is the living room, dining room, sun room and kitchen area of the apartment we rented:







We visited Delft and the Royal Delft pottery place (after that visit, our bags were significantly heavier!)




We visited Van Kleef distillers in Den Haag (which put our bags right at the weight limit).  Their most famous client was Vincent Van Gogh.




We went to the Royal Christmas market.  I didn't get a lot of photos, but here is one of several groups of Christmas carolers that were performing:


And, of course, we took the obligatory photo in The Hague:




We also visited several other places:  the Louwman Car Museum, the Madurodam, the Peace Palace, Museum Mesdag, and the  Mauritshuis.

Happy stitching!  

































Monday, January 11, 2016

Annual update!

My blog posts are turning into annual updates, rather than a way of keeping track progress on my projects.  I'm still stitching - many new starts and a (very) few completions.

First up are my 2015 additions to my ornament collection.  I did not get pictures of the lovely ornaments stitched by my dear friends Carol and Marie (Christmas was very rushed this year)- but I did get photos of the ones  finished by Claudia, finisher extraordinaire.
















And, here's a few that are not so fancy, finished by me:







Finally, here is the iStitch annual SAL - I don't enjoy stitching with white (although I love the way it looks) and so I shamelessly copied Claudia (intending sincerest compliments) and used HDF Garnet thread:



My tree is beginning to have a respectable number of ornaments on it!




And here is my four-legged fur baby with her Christmas bone!



Next post, I will share my photos from travel this year.

Happy stitching everyone!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Christmas 2014


Once again it's been much too long between posts, but I thought I would record a few things before my Christmas stuff gets packed away for a year.  Above is the iStitch 2014 Sew Advent.  I used the same fabric that I used for the 2013 version - 36 ct. Raw Edinburgh with HDF White silk and random red, green and brown silks.
 
I also finish-finished a Just Nan satin box from 1999 - it was almost done, and only took about an hour to complete - the poor thing had been languishing in my drawer for years!

Here is the adorable ornament my stitching buddy Carol S.  made for me.  Her work is so beautiful and the finishing is just perfect!  The ornament looked lovely on my tree.

I see that blogger is still up to its old tricks of turning photos sideways :-(  This is the ornament dear Marie P.   stitched for me.  This little angel is just as sweet as it can be and looks so nice nestled near a companion angel.
 
These are the ornaments I made this year.  I stitched and finished the Flora McSample stockings from 2013 (?).  The finishing came out okay - at least I learned quite a bit so that the next batch should be better.  The little ornament is a small freebie that I stitched with leftover fabric and silks.

2014 was a good year.  I finally made it to Christmas in Williamsburg, and had a great time.  I had to leave early, so I did not get to do everything I wanted to, but I plan to go again next year.  I roomed with another avid stitcher, Shelly, who did not complain too badly about my snoring - so we have plans to go together to Salty Yarns next June for some Betsy Morgan classes.

Not stitching related, but in September we spent a week in Munich - such a lovely city.  I really liked the people, the food, and the beer.  It was very easy to get around using the trains, and everything was sparkling clean.  I would jump at the chance to go back.

I have been working steadily on And They Sinned - I am almost done with Page 3, and still loving it.  I took a few of my things to be framed at Total Framing in Fairfax VA  and got to meet the famous Sheri Burkman, who is also a stitcher and framer extraordinaire.  Paulette Stewart at Plum Street Samplers is always raving about the shop and Sheri.  Their work is top notch - and I have found them to be much more affordable than other places in Maryland and Virginia.  

Well, at the risk of rambling on and on, I will close and return to my stitching.  Happy New Year, and may you have limitless stitching time!




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Before I get further behind.....

Hiya,


I thought I had better write some of this down, before I forget it!

I have been stitching, and I actually finished something!!!!!!!This is Lavender Blue, by Angie Designer.  I think I started this in 2010 (?) or so.  I used Lakeside Linens 36 ct Buttercreme and Hand Dyed Fibers.  This will really be pretty once it is pressed.  This designer does these pieces every year for free, but you have to show your completed part before she sends you the next one.  I am too easily distracted to do well with that :-)


 In March, we spent a week in Paris.  We rented two apartments near the Opera House.  DH was in meetings all day and DS and I visited museums and other attractions.  It is quite a challenge to keep up with a 18 YO boy!  They have unlimited energy.  We got to ride in a hot air balloon - what fun!  We stayed across the street from Annie Bouquet Tapisserie de France.  It is a lovely shop, mostly hand painted canvases - that's one expensive hobby that I don't need to start.  I also visited Les Brodeuses Parisiennes - so many pretty things, so hard to choose!

In May, I attended Celebrations, and got to spend some time with my stitching buddy Carol - we always have the best time.  I took several classes, too.  The kits are now safely residing in my stash - they haven't been touched since I got home.

This last weekend, I attended two classes by Betsy Morgan at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD.  What a fabulous weekend!  The ladies at Salty Yarns made the stitchers feel right at home - and they served up some of the best food you can imagine.  Betsy Morgan is a great teacher, and quite talented.  If you ever get a chance to take a class from her, or attend an event at Salty Yarns, I would highly recommend it!

We have had rain, rain and more rain here in Maryland this spring and summer.  The weeds are as high as an elephant's eye - I suppose we will look back fondly on this in August when it is hot and dry.

Bye for now, Margaret




Sunday, March 09, 2014

Wrinkles in Progress

Hiya,

This is an update on my active WIPs.  After I looked at my photos, I decided that the "W" should stand for Wrinkles - I stitch in hand, and am too lazy to iron my pieces just for a photo - so I hope no one is offended by the messiness...

First up is one of the first sampler charts I ever purchased:  It is the Time and Season Sampler by Moira Blackburn.  The price sticker is dated 2-99.  I am using 36 ct. Vintage Examplar linen and good old DMC.  The colors are a bit funky - they remind me of the colors that were popular back in the 80's and 90's - I waffle back and forth on whether I like them or not.  I estimate that I am almost 25% done with this one.

 And here is my progress on And They Sinned.  I am using the charted threads and 36 ct Autumn Fields linen. This is so much fun to stitch, with all the bright colors and little motifs.  I will not like it so much when I get to the massive amounts of green on the lower parts of the design.  I am almost done with Page 1 of 4.
 And this little charmer is Les Quatre Saisons by Isabell Mazabraud-Kerlan, using the charted threads and linen.  The chart is in the Summer 2011 issue of SANQ.

I am sorely tempted to start something new, but I am trying to wait until I finish at least one of these!  Once spring arrives, my stitching time will disappear in the flurry of yard work that has to be done.  I noticed that my Lenten roses are blooming; and buds on my camellias are getting fatter.  D*** deer ate all my buds from 3 of my camellias and the Gumpo azaleas planted nearby.  It's not enough that their ticks gave me Lyme disease; they have to add insult to injury by eating my flowers that are right up by my house!

Oh, I am now definitely jealous of my little brother - he just became a grandpa for the cutest little girl you've ever seen.  I can't wait to see Sophie, hopefully this summer.  I am hoping I get grandchildren before I get too old to enjoy them!

Well, that's it for today.  Off to watch more Netflix drama series.

-Happy stitching!  Margaret

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Enough snow already!


I love a good snow day as much as the next person - especially if I don't have to get out in it, but seriously this is ridiculous!  Fortunately DH is a hardy Mid-western stock, and ventures out regardless of the weather - perhaps he just can't face the idea of being cabin bound with me if I don't have milk for my coffee!  This is my house after the first wave of snow last Wednesday night - we received another 4-5 inches in the next few days.  It's beautiful today - the white is a nice contrast to the blue sky.

Here is the fearless Labrador  - Emie loves the snow, despite finding it difficult to plow through!



One great thing about the snow is that I had a chance to finish my Valentine smalls for this year - this is a chart I found in my freebie notebook - I can't provide proper credit to the designer, but it is a very cute design.

This is Garden of Love by Citrouille's Designs.  This was a project from the 2013 Year of Smalls blog.  The fibers are Belle Soie and the fabric is a 36 ct Shale from PTP.  The linen has a lavender cast to it - it's sweet in real life.

My ornament for February is Tis the Season, a kit by Shepherd's Bush.  The ribbon and beads came in the kit, with instructions to do a wonky trim.  After I got the hang of it, it is really easy to do and is a perfect finish for this project.

And the last pic for today is my stitching helper Athena - this is the reason my twisted cords have extra fuzz!

I have been enjoying the updates on the new releases at Nashville - I wish I could have one of everything.  This is a banner year for new designs.

Until next time, happy stitching!  Margaret