Sunday, February 22, 2009

Valentine, Garden Marquoir, and Ornament 2

I seem to be running on a monthly blog update schedule. So, here's a summary of my February stitching. I stitched this heart for Valentines - I used HDF silk and mystery 36 ct. linen. The pattern is a freebie, but I can't locate it now, and so I can't give credit to the very talented and generous designer.

Here is Garden Marquoir - I wish I could take a good photo of it. The colors are so spring-like. I love it when a new installment is published so I can pull it out and stitch on it. I'm using HDF Luteous Green and Rose Quartz shades. I love it!!!

I also wanted to show you my February ornie for the 2009 Christmas challenge. I stitched it with mystery HDF silks on mystery linen. This is my first attempt at at heart shaped finish. Before I start the next one, I will try to find an online tutorial. The pattern is here.
I noticed that they have started updating the Celebration of Needlework website with this year's classes. Every year, I tell myself that I won't go crazy and sign up for a bunch of classes that will later turn into PIGS or UFO's. We'll see how my will power is this year.
We have had a few days here in Maryland that would make you think that spring can't be too far away. I noticed my daffodils and allium are poking their heads out of the ground. I can hardly wait until spring really arrives!
I think I will go and pull the threads for the new BBD March stockings - they are just too cute; and not a lot of stitching involved!
Happy stitching! Margaret


Kathy A. said...

I love the colors in your Garden marquoir - they are just so delicate. Nice finishes for Valentines and Christmas too

Craft-i-leigh said...

I am new to the world of stitching and have been browsing various blogs to try and gain some knowledge and get some tips / ideas. I originally started with a stamped, then counted “kits”. I’m working on my 2nd chart and have noticed some big differences in floss types and quality.
My Cross Stitch Mentor has told me that I’m ready to graduate from Aida, but I really like Aida. Maybe it’s just beginner’s comfort???
If you could answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

Von said...

Your Garden Marquoir delights my spring-starved eyes. Love those colors! :)

Jeanne said...

I saw your ornament on the Ornament Exchange blog - love the peaceful look of it in blue & white -great finish! I have tried HDF on some 36-ct linen I have and it appears a little sparse in coverage but maybe it depends on the brand of linen.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your Garden Marquoir! I'll bet that's just stunning in person. Congratulations on your Valentine's finish. The fabric and thread combination for that is fantastic!