Since it's too hot to garden, and I'm caught up on Game of Thrones and Hell on Wheels, I thought I would update my blog. Here is a sampler that a French designer/stitcher graciously shared as a SAL last year - I have lost my notes so I can't give proper credit. I used HDF silks, and used the blues and reds in different places than the designer intended:
This is a little ornament front from 2015 JCS Ornament issue. It was my first time to use the dotted linen - it was not difficult once I learned to stab stitch rather than try to do a sewing stitch:
Here is another ornament front - this is Cherished Stitches Winter Garden. I used the threads that came with the kit; but exchanged the linen for a 40 ct and used one strand. The over one portion was done with Tudor silks (date). It doesn't look as garish in real life.
I am also continuing to work on my sampler - I just finished part 8. The rest of the stitchers are on Part 12, I believe. Not sure why this picture keeps flipping 90 degrees.
I am also posting some pics of my yard. These were taken in May. The first is the front of the house - the decorative alliums and the koi pond:
One of my Itoh peony bushes (a Costco special):
Siberian irises in the side yard:
And DH with a fawn he found while mowing - the fawn had become trapped in our old garden space - the space was originally fenced to keep out the deer - but now we don't use the space - and it has been taken over by miscanthus (and deer apparently.) DH turned the fawn loose in the edge of the woods in our back yard - we haven't seen it, so we assume its mom found it.
OK, better go and pack - we're off to Sydney, New South Wales next week - I get to see DS in a few days!
Happy stitching, everyone!