Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shrove Tuesday is a thing of the past

I feel nostalgia for those good old days when I could have done the traditional indulgent eating on the day before Lent began: pancakes with syrup, bacon, desserts, candy. But age and type II diabetes have made that impossible. So yesterday seemed like Lent had already started: oatmeal for breakfast, half a veggie wrap for lunch, soup for supper. But at least the stitching was sumptuous: The Sweetheart Tree's Holly and Hearts Sampler's specialty stitches and beading. Rhodes Hearts and Stars, the Amadeus stitch, and lovely pearl and garnet beading! And the result of all that sumptuousness: another finish, the first from the class project list. My next class project, the matching Holly & Hearts ornament, should go relatively quickly since I am already in the rhythm of the design elements in these two pieces. I am really enjoying the specialty stitches and the tracery stitching. The projects are just so lovely and delicate and elegant. It's one of the reasons I really enjoy working with The Sweetheart Tree charts. I have several more in my stash and look forward to stitching them as well. I anticipate a second finish from the class project list before the end of the month. I also got in a bit of stitching on my next [March goal] project from the WIP list, Primitive Needle's Black'd Skie, during my lunch hour. All in all, I feel pretty good about my progress on the February goals.


I'll be sharing my pleasure in this design by offering a PIF of the chart. Just leave a comment on this post. I'll choose a winner on Sunday.

17 comments:

CalamityJr said...

What a beautiful finish!

Vickie Niggemann said...

Hooray Riona! Good for you. It looks great. I have always wanted to stitch a Sweetheart Tree pattern, but never have. This one is beautiful. Can't wait to see your next finish then. :)

stitchesnscraps said...

It's lovely! Well done! You have been on a finishing spree lately! I admire your perserverence! I tried Sweetheart Tree ornament from the JCS ornament issue and put it down in disgust because I was having trouble with the Rhodes Heart! Thanks for sharing your lovely stitching!

Rachel S-H said...

Congratulations Riona! Love the finish! BTW, I got the kit in the mail. Thank you for gifting me with it.

Sandy In Montana said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching, Riona.
Take Care & Happy Stitchin'

Edgar said...

A really lovely finish!! Congrats!

Karen said...

That is a beautiful finish!!! I love her designs, I have several of the smaller ones. Just beautiful work!

Anonymous said...

That's gorgeous! I love SHT designs, and I've stitched a few myself. Nothing nearly as nice as hti sone, though, I love it :)

Not entering, but had to pop in and look.

Deb

Anonymous said...

Wow, simply gorgeous! Well stitched you!
I love Sweetheart Tree designs too, they're so delicateand really lead you in to the design, don't they?
I'd love to win the chart - how generous of you to offer it like this.
Maureen

Kim Demaree said...

Hi Riona - Nice work on another finish. I would really like to stitch this for my mother so hopefully your random pick is me! :-)

Karen said...

Nice finish! Very pretty and dainty. Makes me think I really need to move this one closer to the top of the basket!

happy stitching on your next project....

Asha said...

Wow this is just beautiful - you have done a great job! And I love hearts, so would love to enter the draw to win this.
Thanks!

Chiara said...

hi Riona! well done!!
I'm stitching the same project and absolutely love it!! ;D

..maybe it's me (all these vines are challenging both for my sight and my mental health..!) but I don't see four paillettes on row 2, inner part (between blossom and leaf) and diagonally above those leaves pointing upside..

happy xxx!
Chiara

BarbH said...

Beautiful job, Riona. I love the look of specialty stitches. I'd love to stitch this - thanks for the chance.

Blu said...

Gorgeous finish! SHT designs really are very pretty.
Sitting out of this one, thanks!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Damn you for having such good taste!
I stitched on a Sweetheart Tree RR last year and loved the designs. This is so beautiful and I'd love to be in the draw.
I was secretly relieved that someone else got the Tracery Dragons chart! Is that strange of me? LOL.

Kimberly R. said...

Such a gorgeous finish, I love this Sweetheart Tree pattern and would love to enter your giveaway!

BTW, I received the lovely quilt pattern you recently sent me :)

Thanks so much,
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com