Monday, December 5, 2016

And The Finishing Becomes A Frenzy

I took a few days off stitching for my husband's surgery and post-op care.

But the mood is still upon me and I hope to get all the flat ornaments in the finishing basket done before it dissipates.  Who knows, I may even get all the pin cushions done as well!

I have moved on to The Celtic Beasties.

2 Snakes [No Heads] - Positive.  This can do double duty as a Celtic Knot for St. Patrick's Day.

2 Snakes [No Heads] - Negative.  This can do double duty as a Celtic Knot for St. Patrick's Day.

                                                               Polybus. aka Octopus


                                                  Celtic Cross - Halloween Colorway

I've prepped the boards for 5 more ornaments, as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Giveaway Winner

Calamity Jr. is this month's winner.  I was pleased that her name came up as she is a frequent commenter on the blog.  I feel we have become cyber-friends.  I hope she enjoys the charts as much as I did.

I'll be e-mailing her later today.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little More Finishing

A few more Prairie Schooler Year Rounds:  Unless otherwise shown. backing fabrics are solid colors  matching the design.

January: Crescent Moon and Star.  Finished as a round flat ornament with a beaded edge.

February: Heart in Hand.  Finished as a flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

March: Shamrock.  Finished as a flat ornament with a beaded edge..

April: Rabbit and Tulip.Finished as a flat ornament trimmed with home made cord and beaded hanger.

May: Bird on a Branch.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with home made cord .

June: Flower Basket.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

July: Patriotic Quilt Star.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

September  School House.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

October.  See previous post.

November.  Turkey.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

December: Santa.  Finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

And Homespun Elegance Country Spirits.

And, I prepared the boards for three more ornaments.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Gathering all those smalls charts for the giveaway put me in the mood to finish a few of the little suckers.

This is Country Cottage Needleworks Sunflower Sampler finished as a flat ornament trimmed with chenille.

Morning Glory Designs Friendship Tree finished as a flat ornament and trimmed with home made cord.

Crossed Wing Collection Hummingbird finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with dark green and lavender beads.

Prairie Schooler Year Rounds: October finished as a round flat ornament trimmed with dark green ans dark amber beads.

I also prepped enough discs to assemble 6 more Prairie Schooler Year Rounds tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Procrastation ...

... is my besetting sin.  I have finally gotten my last two giveaways packed up and ready for mailing and my husband will take them to the post office tomorrow.  So, naturally. I had to fill the void with yet another giveaway.

I often think of winter as the season of smalls.  I am not entirely certain why.  We had our first snow early Monday morning and I was inspired to put together another giveaway: this time all smalls.  Most of these are commercial charts but some are ancient freebies while a few others are exclusive bonus charts from classes I have attended.  To enter, leave a comment explaining why you like smalls. One winner will take the lot, 18 charts in all.

Here's the list:

Beary Merry Christmas 2013
Bent Creek Swirlygig
By the Bay  Slow Down
Country Cottage  Sunflower Sampler
Crossed Wing Collection Sept 1999 free chart: Hummingbird
DMC Valentine Heart
Morning Glory Needleworks Friendship Tree
Morning Glory Needleworks Buttoned Heart Pincushion
Flower Thread Mini Sampler
Jeanette Douglas Christmas Tree
Prairie Schooler American Primitive
Prairie Schooler Prairie Year Rounds
Rosewood Manor Deep Roots
Rosewood Manor  Welcome to Spring
Samplers and Such Bitty Baskets: ABC Sampler
Sue Donnelly The Best Ship
Sue Donnelly Kindred Spirits
Sue Hillis First Steps

Monday, November 21, 2016


I have been working pretty steadily on Follow Me.  

I will be frogging the first line of text and moving it three stitches to the right.  I realize one doesn't expect symmetry in a primitive design but this is way too off center for me.  I thought I'd leave it while I stitched the wings and seen if I could live with it.  Alas. I can not.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


First, the winner is Bea.  She revealed that she has discovered the joys of Halloween stitching only recently.  As a result, I am inclined to legitimize her status as a Halloween lover with a reasonable stash.  I have even thrown in a bonus chart in addition to the 10 listed, Stacy Nash Primitive Hallows Eve.  Enjoy, Bea!

I also need to apologize for not participating in the Halloween Blog Hop as planned.  I spent the morning at the opthamologist's office where I was given a needle in the eye - not quite the Trick or Treat activity I had expected.  The rest of the day was spent in dim light with cold compresses and regular applications of artificial tears.

I started my last Halloween project of the year today: Primitive Needle's Follow Me.  At present I've just stitched the base, one side border and a bit of the inscription..

I did finish Hallows Eve which I stitched on Belfast linen in natural Flax, using Pure Palette silks.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Small Finish and a New Start

                                              Brightneedle's The House on Boonerry Lane

                                                    Stacy Nash Primitive's Hallows Eve

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Latest WIP

The House On Booberry Lane
The damp chill in the air still has my hands sore and arthritic.  So I am continuing to amuse myself  with very simple cross stitch pieces for the moment.  [Sorry, Martha!]  This whimsical little Halloween piece from Brightneedle fits the bill.

For the most part, I have used Pure Palette silks left over from Primitive Needle's Black'd Skie.  I consulted my handy dandy DMC color chart to make sure my substitutions remained true to the original concept.  I made a few changes, replacing the charted upper story windows with one more to my liking.  If I had it to do over, I'd eliminate that odd little cat flap [?] in the lower left corner of the house.With only the border to finish and some leaves, pumpkins and a black cat to stitch, I'll need another project soon.

If the damp chill and the accompanying stiffness in my hands subsides, it'll be back to the Lady Washington Sampler.  If not, I'll probably work on Primitive Needle's All Hallow's Eve.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trick or Treat

Actually, it's more a case of performing a trick to win treat upon treat upon treat.  I have put together a package of Halloween and Fall charts that I have stitched.  I will mail the entire package to one lucky reader.  The drawing will take place on Halloween.

The charts included are:

Brightneedle's House On Booberry Lane
Counted Illuminations' The Goblin Market.
Cricket Collection's The Great Pumpkin Conspiracy
Fanci That's Fall Friend
Hands To Work's Harvest Blooms
Homespun Elegance's Country Spirits: Birds and Bees
Homespun Elegance's Country Spirits: Season's Retreats
Ink Circles' Celtic Beasties: Halloween or Knot
Jeanette Douglas Designs' Halloween Acorn House
La-D-Da Something Wicked

Please leave a comment noting why you enjoy stitching Halloween projects.  I will choose the winner based on the comment that tickles my fancy the most.  Hints:  I am a former English teacher, so eloquent prose always impresses.  But, then, I have a quirky sense of humor, so doggerel rhyme also pleases.    I also spent a few years teaching art, so imaginative use of graphics would be interesting.  I am something of a people watcher, so  write something that displays your personality to best advantage.  Unleash your imagination.  Express your inner flower child.  Go a little crazy.  Please.

I know it is rather arrogant to demand to be entertained in this manner.  But it has been a dreary week both on a personal front and on a weather front.  Like Emma at Box Hill, I need diversion.