Friday, June 22, 2012

A Wonderful Exchange

Hello everyone,
Now that our Stitched With Love Exchange  - My Favorite Things Exchange is  over, I can show you the lovely package I received from my talented partner Melissa. She stitched me this gorgeous pillow. What an amazing job!









This is the rest of my fantastic package. She spoiled me with lots of treasures, including these lovely hand dyed threads (ice burg blue and antique blue). I can't wait to try them. I think I have the perfect project picked out for the variegated Ice Burg Blue. 


My partner was Christina. I chose to stitch this Blackbird Designs for her, but instead of finishing it as a pincushion, I chose to make it into a stitcher's wallet.

Small Token Reward of Merit Pincushion ©Blackbird Designs 2009
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Sand Dune (Lakeside Linens)
Threads: Crescent Colors
Stitch Count: 49W x 69H, 2 over 2

Inside front












Inside back
 Here's the rest of Christina's package.I'm so glad that she liked what I chose for her.

These exchanges are so much fun!





Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Monday, June 18, 2012

Playing with silks & A HAED update

Hello everyone,
After finishing the stitching for my upcoming patriotic exchange, I dug out a few of my newest hand dyed silks, a mystery piece of 28 ct evenweave (close to DMC 3072), and a freebie pattern called Mini Chocolate Truffle Collection by Kathryn Drummond of Gingerbread Girl Designs. This is what I came up with. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope image. I plan to finish as a pincushion. Colors used are Dragon Opal and Dragon Hoard. I stitched the corner motifs 1 over 1; and the center motif is 1 over 2. Stitch count for each motif is 21 x 21.


And here is an update on HAED SAL SK Forbidden Doorway  - now 5400 stitches completed !

Have a wonderful day.
Lisa

Monday, June 4, 2012

My feathered friends and a bit of patriotic stitching

Hello everyone! If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? June bugs... and lots of them! It's been a rainy few days here - so I've been stuck indoors. At least that gave me some motivation to do a bit of long overdue cleaning up in my craft area - I still have a bit more to do. After some stash diving, I finally decided what patriotic design I'm going to stitch for my partner in the next Stitched With Love Exchange - but it turns out that I needed a few supplies so I'm waiting for my online order to arrive (hopefully at the end of this week).
Meanwhile, I found this lovely freebie American the Beautiful  © 1999-2011 Tonia Pappen - Oakhaven Designs at CyberStitchers. I used a scrap of  32 ct lambswool and DMC threads. Stitch count 43W x 52H









Last week was filled with dental appointments, so while I was waiting I worked on this design from the Rosewood Manor booklet Something Old Something New - 10th Anniversary Book of Celebration - Designs by Karen Kluba. Land That I Love © 1999 Karen KLuba. I used a scrap of 32 ct vintage sand dune and DMC Threads. Stitch Count 38W x 46H

I hope to get these finished up soon.


 I have also been working on my HAED, but I am waiting for some sunshine to get a better picture. Maybe later this week. I just love how she is progressing.

We have been seeing quite a few woodpeckers at our feeders this week. The young ones are learning their way around.














 This young one prefers to perch on our deck railing and wait for mother to bring some pieces of suet.

Blogger has been difficult to use lately - it doesn't like my browser. I've made several attempts to post over the past few days - some of them never even showed up as drafts. I think the good side of all this is that I fixed the comments to make it easier.

Have a wonderful day!
Lisa