I have been busy charting my next design, so meanwhile I have time to stitch for pleasure. I have been working on Joanne Harvey's The Embroideress. This is an old chart from the 80's that I have always loved. I bought the kit a few years ago and finally decided to start it as my one and only "stitch May-nia" start for 2017.
In other news, my youngest graduated high school! Wow! I cant believe my kids are now all out of school! We have had kids in school since 1992-so it has been a long haul. They all went to parochial schools, so we won't miss that tuition either! LOL!
Here she is with the son of one of my best friends. They have been in school together since 2nd grade!
It was bittersweet having her graduate without my dear brother there. If he hadn't passed away in 2015, he would have been leading the ceremony as he was the superintendent of her high school.
Here she is with our close family friend we jokingly call our family priest!
His presence always makes these bittersweet occasions better for us!
I have just discovered a charting error on NW-25 Count Your Blessings
Anyways, if you happen to get one of the charts with these symbols:
! should be: 0 Cidermill Brown
should be: # Old Blue Paint
*All of the white double diamonds should be the color " Old Blue Paint" by GAST. All of the black double diamonds should be "Cidermill Brown" by GAST. **on some formats the double diamond symbols do not appear correctly. If you don't see the black and white double diamond symbols on the correction, please refer to the written explanation above.
And the chart says that Cinnabar is a Gentle Arts color (GAST), when it is actually a Weeks color (WDW).
I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you!
We are really pining for spring around here. Our new grand daughter was born on the first day of spring, but it has been dreary and cold and rainy every day this week. I keep looking out at the backyard and longing for sunshine to come out and dry up all the mud. I cant wait to get out there and start planting!
We will be bringing home new chicks pretty soon, I plan to try Rhode Island Reds this year. Its always so much fun to get the new babies, and watch how fast they grow.
On the needlework front, it has been 6 months since I picked my needle up again after a 3 year break. Since then I have about a little less than a dozen finishes, and I have published 4 new patterns!
To celebrate, I have designed a little spring bunny pattern for you!
Thank you all so much for your support and kind words, especially on Instagram!
I hope you enjoy this little stitch!
Here is what I used, but feel free to use your own colors and beads as desired:
Model stitched on 28ct. Twilight Blue linen from Wichelt, 2 over 2.
Finished pinkeep approx. 8'"X 5 1/2".
This little pinkeep is proof that no matter what is happening in life, you can still cross stitch! LOL! My daughter stitched this for me while on semi-bedrest for the last 6 weeks of her pregnancy, but still caring for a 3 year old and an 18 month old! I have been on gramma duty all that time and loving it!
But I confess, I'm not as young as I used to be so I am glad to get my life back!
Here is the wonderful reward:
8 lb.11 oz.
And here are the girls meeting their baby sister:
Amy Ren is 3, Hideko is 19 months, and that is my wonderful son-in-law Bo. Love that guy so much! They are a such a sweet little family.
Amy Ren and Baby Mei
Have a wonderful weekend friends, and I hope you gets lots of time to stitch!
I've been working away on some new pattern releases,
hopefully for the end of March and then another one in April.
My daughter is having a baby in a couple of days, and for the last several weeks she has been on bedrest for a condition with her pulse.
She has two little ones, Amy is 3 and Hideko is 1 1/2, so I have been at her house almost every day on mommy/nee-nee duty!
It has been wonderful!
I am having so much fun with the girls!
But, there hasn't been a lot of time for my business.
So now she has an induction date of March 18, and I will be getting back to my regular schedule. Through all of this I have tried to keep up with my pattern models. One is done and just needs to be fully finished, and I am working on the other one,
its almost there.
I don't work on Sundays, as I try to keep that day for the Lord and family. If I do cross stitch, I work on personal projects, not pattern models. So i have gotten a little bit done on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow:
I'm on the 5th block, second row. I would dearly love to finish this in 2017. This is one of my oldest WIPS.
I also started working on A & E by With Thy Needle and Thread. I just love this one and I think it will go quickly.
So that's my update!
Hopefully the next time I post we will have a new little granddaughter who is happy and healthy!
In order to support the wonderful local needlework shops around the country who work so hard to keep all of the patterns, threads, fabrics and needful things available to you, I have made the decision not to offer my newest cross stitch patterns as PDF downloads, in my Etsy Shop. From here on out you will only be able to purchase them from your local needlework store, or from the many wonderful online shops that offer supplies for our hobby. Please support them!
My older designs will still be available at Etsy, and I look forward to offering some other enticements in the future!
So I'm starting to get into a groove, and I've worked out a 2017 rotation of sorts.
I confess, I have a lot of big WIPS, or I should say UFO's. I want to get these projects finished so I have started a rotation-lets see if I can stick to it!
Here is my list of stitchy goals:
1.Santas Village-Country Cottage Needleworks. I started this the year it came out, got 1 house done and then never took another stitch until the end of 2016.
This is where I was as of Jan.1
Here is where I am now:
I finished house #2! So I want to try to finish one house a month, at the beginning of the month, and then work on another WIP from the 15th until the end of the month.
So this month I am working on:
2. All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana Designs. This was my Christmas day start, as it was a gift from my husband. Here is what I got done Christmas Day:
And here is where I am now:
Of course I have many many more WIPs. I plan to work on other things intermittently. But these two are a main focus.
I still need to finish Hideko's stocking, and I would LOVE to make progress on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. And of course all of this is in addition to designing and model stitching so...LOL!
But hey, its all good!
And I have a small finish!
Prairie Schooler Santa-Old St. Nick
This was a fun and quick little stitch. I am also going to try to do at least 1 ornament a month.
So thats what I have been working on! I received the proof pages of my article that will be in Kindred Stitches magazine-it looks wonderful! I can't wait for it to come out, its so exciting!! I think it is a June release.
I don't think I even had the tree down before I already began to think about all things red and white!
I have had a long, long love affair with red and white. In fact I have just recently decided red, white and gray are going to be the colors in my living room (hopefully this will be happening in the spring).
So I pulled out some woolie hearts and began arranging them just so.
But then I sold the lot in my
2017 Stitchy Plans
I pulled out my Santas Village (Country Cottage Needleworks) and have decided to try to do 1 house a month. I had the first house completed when I started it back in 2013? I think?
I was on automatic to receive the charts when they were first published, so whatever year that was.
Anyhow, I still love it, and I decided to focus on Chritmas a little more this year, so it is in the rotation.
I also really want to do an ornament a month, so I started a Prairie Schooler Santa from the chart Old St. Nick. He is the blue one in the chart below.
I found myself all alone on a Friday night (which I actually enjoy) so I binge-watched The Crown and made pretty good progress on my Santa!
I borrowed Vonna's method of mounting my fabric on needlework stretcher bars, and it works wonderful for those smaller bits of fabric.
It is cold and dark and nasty here today, with a howling wind that is knocking over garbage cans and blowing things all over. So I will leave you with a little ray of sunshine!
On Sunday "Cinderella" came over to help me stitch! We try to take my two granddaughters on Sundays when we can to give their momma a break. This is Amy, she is 3. Hideko is 18 months, and their momma is preggers with #3, due in March. So she needs a break!
I have been busy, busy, busy, with holidays and family and new stitchy projects!
Coming in 2017!
I am doing a design for the digital magazine Kindred Stitches, which will be published later this year. I'm very excited about it and honored to have been asked.
New Design: Cold Hands, Warm Heart!
In the midst of all of the holiday merriment I have also been working hard on my next design release! It is a snowman done in overdyed sampler threads, called Cold Hands, Warm Heart, I love how he turned out, and he will be finished into a cushion to brighten the dreary winter months! He will be ready in two shakes of a lambs tail!
Goodbye Designers Desk.
My favorite LNS is closing, and I am very sad about this. This place was in business for at least 20 years, probably more, and was a treasure trove of supplies, charts, inspiration and collective knowledge. So sad.
So in the spirit of final support(wink!) I helped them out by reducing some of their inventory!
I found a bunch of Prairie Schoolers and actually forced myself to put a bunch back. That blue Belsnicle from Notforgotten Farms has been on my list, and the sled pattern was actually in my cart at 123 Stitch! I love Heartstrings Samplerary, and who can resit anything from With Thy Needle and Thread!
My love affair with Carriage House continues, and I added 4 new charts to my stash!
I will never turn down BOAF or Goode Huswife, and at 75% off these were a steal!
And last but not least, who doesn't love the Mill Hill kits, and chickens, well, you know.
And the Victoria Sampler little houses chart I bought mainly for the finishing instructions, which are excellent.
On the Home Front:
I also squeezed in a little Christmas ornament stitching and finishing.
Here are some ornies from past years:
I had this bowl out on display and Isabel, my youngest complained that there were no ornaments for her. Now before you think she is neglected, she is the only one who has 2 cross stitch Christmas stockings! But I knew I had stitched her an ornament before, so I looked in my box of shame and sure enough there was a stitched but unfinished ornament for her from 2010. So I finished it, along with 2 ornaments I made for my 2 grand daughters:
Isabel's ornament is adapted from my Angels Among Us pattern, The sled is a Lizzie Kate design, and the mousie is from Brookes Books Publishing and is a freebie on her site.