Monday, January 31, 2011

New Offerings on TDIPT!

Sampler Heart
9 1/2" by 7"
 Felicity Ann
26" folk doll
Check out these great new finished pieces at TDIPT Mercantile!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 28, 2011

2 new cross stitch designs

These are available from Hoffman Distributors right now, ask for them at your LNS or ONS. (local needlework store or online needlework store).
Flag Day
House #3 in the Quilty Neighborhood series
DMC on 32 ct. Flax Linen
I Will Love You
DMC on 32ct Sand Linen
I finished mine as a pillow, but it could easily be framed.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What I did last weekend

Was to join over 300,000 protesters on the capital mall in Washington DC. This is a picture of my daughter and I. We chaperoned 2 busloads of high school students. It was awesome!! Please don't be offended if you don't agree with my view. I hope you will just respect it as I respect yours.

Block 2 of Days of Advent

We are having another snowstorm here today-it really is pretty. I would like it so much better if I didn't have to drive in it.  :^)
  Here is my second block of Days of Advent. I messed it up and it is like 2 stitches to the right-I just left it and compensated, because I would have had to rip out so much. Hopefully it is not too noticeable. I really love the colors in this piece.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Needle punched heart

Here is my finished heart. It turned out to be too big for my needle punch frame, so I had to put it on my rug hooking frame. I love the colors in this one! Thanks Lori for another great design-it was super fun to punch!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some needlin' and some punchin' !

This is what I'm working on today:
Its a needle punch heart pillow. The design is by Lori Brechlin. I love everything she does. Its fun to work with her prim colors. I spent a 12 hour work day yesterday packing pattern orders for my 2 new cross stitch designs-coming soon-and finishing up some other things. So today it was nice to have a clean slate and be able to pick up a project just for fun.
I also finished up a doll order that was sent off today. This is another Jane...

I enjoyed working on her. In fact I started a new doll just to keep the doll mojo rolling. I used my Elizabeth pattern, but I will embellish and she will not look like Elizabeth when I am done. Its nice to be in the studio(ok, bedroom corner) again!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Days 12,13,14, and 15

We are having a huge snowstorm here today. I am so glad that it is MLK day, a school holiday. I don't have to try to figure out if school is closed, and then find out it is NOT closed, because of course, this is Chicago and they NEVER close school! And then go out in the storm and drive, white-knuckled,  the kids to school over slippery scary roads through blowing whiteness! Every time this happens I think to myself, I am just going to keep them home and spare myself the scary experience. But then I feel guilty and so I man up and head on out. LOL! So I am happy its a holiday today!!
 On to the challenge! I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge! The variety was great, and even though I sometimes wanted to continue with a certain piece, I really enjoyed starting them all. I think the preparation was just as much fun, deciding on charts, kitting them up, visiting some local LNS for supplies (always a treat!). So here are the final starts for me:

Noah's Ark Sampler by The City Stitcher
This one was actually a WIP if you can believe it! Ha! Ha! I had like 3 stitches in it before. I have to admit I wasn't feeling it, so I didn't get much done on this one.

In March and In April by The Goode Huswife
This is another WIP. I worked on the grass and the house a bit. I really do want to finish this one this year, I really like its primitive and drab colors.

No Bees No Honey by Birds of a Feather
And finally, I worked on this one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I did have to enlarge the chart on my printer so my olde eyes could see those tiny darn symbols. This is being worked in Gentle Art sampler threads(which are one of my personal favorites) on 32ct. pearled barley.
 Are you noticing that that is only 14 new starts? Well I worked on this one again on Day 15, because I really like it!.
  So now that I am able to work on what ever I like, it will probably be Days of Advent and I'll pick a small one to work on to keep myself from feeling bogged down(big projects can do that to me sometimes!). What a fun time, and I have really enjoyed seeing all of the other starts around blogland!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Days 10 and 11

On Monday night I worked on Fancy Peacocks by Stacy Nash. I am stitching it on 32 ct. antique white Belfast, which I tea dyed to a nice creamy brown color. I am using 1 strand of DMC. This should be a quick fun stitch, and I should definitely be able to finish this one this year.

Last night I started Sarah Spurr. I can already tell I'm going to love this one, just by the floss colors.  I have recently been totally inspired by Nancy Sturgeon's work on the Prairie Schooler ABC series, where she has incorporated lots of needlepoint stitches into a cross stitch piece. If you haven't seen Nancy's beautiful piece be sure to go here to see it-you will be drooling. So I am going to try to do the same here with Sarah Spurr. Today I am off to the library to get a book on needlepoint stitches(I can't believe I don't have one!) and see what I can do with this idea.
 If I make it to the cross stitch store tonight, I will start another Birds of a Feather piece tomorrow-"No Bees, No Honey", but I need a lot of sampler threads for it that are not in my stash. Otherwise I will be working on one of my WIPs. I promise...I will.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Days 7,8, and 9

Well it was a busy weekend, so I only got a moderate amount of stitching time. My fabric for AED 1746 came on Friday, so I got started on that Friday night, when I was supposed to be taking down Christmas. :) I took my Christmas decorations down on Saturday instead. Here is what I did, not much at all:

AED 1746 by Scarlet Letter
DMC floss on 35 ct. Tea dyed linen
The reason I didn't get that much done is because I came across this piece in my stash, and I started it! It wasn't even on my list so I totally cheated!
Needlepoint Christmas Light Ornament
by Susan Porta
Various needlepoint threads on canvas
This was super fun and very fast moving. I enjoyed working on it.
  But then on Saturday I was busy most of the day so I didn't really work on anything at all. I think I did a tiny bit on Days of Advent.

 Sunday I went to the Lake Michigan Sampler guild meeting and I took Days of Advent to work on there, so that what I worked on the rest of the weekend. I signed up to take 2 workshops given by Joanne Harvey of The Examplerary in April. One is called Betsy Morgan, which is a little school girl piece by an 8 year old, who later stitched one of the Balsch samplers, and another repro called Elizabeth Taylor-which is gorgeous! There really are no pics online so I can't show you these gorgeous pieces, but later I am going to go through my Examplerary catalog and see if I can find them and then scan a picture. I am excited about these workshops, because I have never taken a class from Joanne Harvey and I have always heard such wonderful things about her.
 So back to the challenge, I think I am going to start a Stacy Nash piece today. I have my regular MMonday night meeting, so I'm not sure how much I will get sone. I am loving this challenge though-it has really got me motivated to stitch!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Day 6

 Yesterday my new start was actually a WIP. I pulled out "Days of Advent" by Mary Beale. I haven't worked on this for at least 2 years, maybe more. All I really had done on it is block 1 and a little of block 2. Here is my before picture:
And here is my after picture:
 All I really got done was the rest of the globe and the grapes on the left hand side. I had another meeting last night which lasted 3 hours! Wow that was a long one. By the time I got home I had a splitting headache, so I had to be content with what I had gotten done yesterday afternoon.
 Days of Advent was not originally on my list, but I decided to swap it out with Paradise Lost. I love Paradise Lost, but it is another huge one and I didn't want to start too many really big ones this year. I still have a lot of BAPs in progress, so I wanted to finish some of them first. I really want to finish Days for a Christmas gift for my brother next year. He is one of those "impossible to buy for" types and I know this will just touch his heart. He's the kind of guy who is generous to a fault, but isn't into "things", so its hard to find anything for him. You end up going the practical route, like socks, and then you just feel lame! But he is a catholic priest and one of the few things he does buy is classical religious art. I know he will love this piece.
 And the other big project that is really calling to me is AED 1746 by Scarlet Letter.

I am hoping the fabric for this one will arrive in the mail today, and if it does that will be my start for today. I could really continue happily on Days of Advent, I was really feeling it yesterday while I was working on it. Its so hard to stop and go to a meeting when I would rather cozy up with a good project!! But duty calls!  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crazy January 2011 Challenge~Day 4 and 5

On Tuesday I was going to work on a WIP, but...I decided to pull out "A.Elizabeth" by The Goode Huswife and start that instead. (I haven't worked on a WIP yet. Hmmm...) I tea dyed a piece of 32ct. antique white linen for this and I'm stitching it with DMC. I love how primitive this piece is, and when it is finished I have the perfect spot for it!

I didn't have much time to stitch because my hubby and I had a wonderful date night planned! We went out to dinner at The Melting Pot, which is a fondue restaurant. If you have never been, you should go-it is so much fun! The food was delicious and for two people it is actually very romantic! Then after dinner we drove into the city to see Wicked! It was wonderful and I loved every single minute of it. We had pretty good orchestra seats and the Cadillac Theatre is beautiful. I was only able to get one picture inside of the dragon over the stage, and I got yelled at for it!

  On Wednesday I started The Miniature Monogram Hornbook by Kelmscott, and I finished it! BUT... I am a complete idiot because for some reason I grabbed 28ct. instead of 32ct., so it doesn't fit on the little hornbook thingie!! Doh! And it turns out I don't have a piece of 32ct, in this color-which is like a mushroom color- and I really like the way the Brethren Blue sampler thread looks on this color, so I just finished it anyway. I will use it somewhere else. So I have a bonus finish, or and anti-finish, I don't know which. LOL! :^)

  And last but not least, I have a sneak peek of my new chart to be released very soon, hopefully in time for the Nashville Market. It is called "I will love you forever". I should be done stitching the model today.
  So today is another busy day. One of our cars(my car) has died an untimely death and that means I get to use the teenagers car AND drive everybody around again. I am not complaining (much), at least we have a third car. But it will be a couple of months before we can replace my car and its going to be a drag!
  Anyhow, today I think I will work on a WIP. Mary Beale's "Days of Advent" that has been neglected for far too long. I would love to finish this one this year.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crazy January 15 Challenge~Day 3

Well I had a meeting last night at church do I didn't get much done at all. I was going to work on a WIP, but I decided to start Noah's Garden by The Goode Huswife instead. So here is what I got accomplished-its a start anyway!
Today I need to work on dolls and do some model stitching. Tonight my hubby and I are going into Chicago to see Wicked at the Cadillac Palace! Whoo-who! It was a Christmas present from my hubby to me-I was totally suprised! He knows I have wanted to see Wicked forever. What a sweetie! First we are going to dinner at The Melting Pot, which is a fondue restaurant. I am excited to try it, we have never been there before. So, unless I am able to put a few stitches in late this afternoon, OR maybe in the car on the way into the city (which could be an hour or more depending on traffic), I may not have much to show tomorrow. I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge. Even though I may not get everything completed in a year, I feel good about getting things started that have just been languishing in my stash for so long.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Crazy January 15 Challenge~Day 2 and I got something framed!!

First of all here is my start on Noah's Stocking by CHS. I am stitching it on 36 ct pearled barley using a Vickie Clayton HDF conversion. This is something I have had kitted up in my stash for quite some time. I am not sure about the HDF conversion-some of the silks may be too light for my taste. I may end up substituting some NPI as I continue to work on this. I WAS stitching right along at a good clip and then the family decided to watch Horatio Hornblower(which was a Christmas gift-the whole set of 6 movies!! Yippee!), and I got caught up in the action and kept catching myself not stitching at all! For shame! LOL!
And in other exciting news! I finally got around to finishing the framing on This is the Day!! I had the frame made at Joann with a 60% off coupon so it only cost me about 20 dollars. Then I followed the tutorial on framing by Vonna at The Twisted Stitcher and Ta-Daa!! It turned out great! Thank you Vonna for so generously posting your tutorial!

And this morning I hung it in my living room along with a punch needle piece done by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. I am so happy! These peices are hung directly across from where I sit in the morning with my coffee and Bible.
I bought this piece from Lori a couple of years ago on ebay. I just adore the way she did the frame! One of my goals for this year is to learn to make and paint my own primitive frames. It is a punch needle heart with the words "Wahre Liebe" in German, which means "true love". I adore this piece. My grandparents were both immigrants from Germany, and my father spoke fluent german. So whenever I look at this piece I think of my Dad, who I miss so much! Its a really special piece to me. And I just love Lori's work-she is so talented.
Today I will be picking up one of my WIPs for the challenge, not sure which one yet. Come back tomorrow to see which one and what progress I have made. Isn't this challenge fun!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Crazy January 15 Challenge~Day 1

I started out with Happy Hearts by Birds of a Feather. I am stitching it on 35 ct. cappachino from Weekes Dye Workes, using my own conversion from GAST to Crescent Colors because I have a lot of CC threads in my stash.
This is what I was able to accomplish in one day. Not much but I was interrupted quite frequently. I really really love this design and would love to keep going on it. It might be the first one I come back to on Jan.16th! We'll see...

Now onto the next start, which for me is going to be Noah's Stocking by CHS. Tune in tomorrow for an update on that one!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Workes by hand in 2010

Well it was really fun to go back over my pictures and look at all of the things I created in 2010. I really made more dolls than I realized, as I didn't really begin to focus on cross stitch again until about September! 
Here is my collage of needle workes:
And here are all of the dolls I created:
So I feel like it was a productive year.
I have so many more things planned for 2011. I want to work some more with wool, and hopefully even get my rug hooking out again. I actually have 2 more cross stitch pieces finished that I m making into charts right now. I didn't want to include them in the collage as they are not yet published. 
So I feel actually a bit ahead of the game for 2011, something that I can assure you has NEVER happened before. I have to attribute it to the fact that most of my kids are grown and I actually have a little more of that most sought after commodity,