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!


Margaret said...

I can tell this crazy 15 challenge is going to be bad for my health. lol! Your starts are both on my todo list. Wonderful! Great choices, and great starts! I love Lori Brechlen's work as well. That punch needle piece is gorgeous! And I love your TitD too!

Hazel said...

Your new start looks great and I love the framed piece too. Great job! x

Jan said...

Love the new start, Annie!!

Also love your framed This is the Day, congratulations on the wonderful frame job too!

Anonymous said...

Your new start looks wonderful! Both framed pieces are lovely, but I particularly like the heart. What a lovely piece to remind you of your Dad :)

Vonna said...

Oh golly...that's just a gorgeous start, a beautiful framed piece and a delightful punch needle piece too! You've gotten your new year off to a really great START! And today is only the 3rd!!!

mainely stitching said...

I will be pulling my Noah out, too. :D

If you email Vikki Clayton with your concerns, she does a GREAT job of tweaking the conversion. I did that recently and was really pleased. :)