Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I'm enjoying working on these smaller projects. Traditionally I've been attracted to those BAPS (big-a$$ed projects) that take a year to do. I love the results, but tend to lose interest in doing them. Another thing, with two busy children, I tend to do my stitching between 9:00 and 10:00 at night - not a lot of time to spend when you have larger projects). One of my favorite BAPs was And They Sinned by Examplar Dames (excuse the picture, it's hard to get the whole thing in the camera frame, but you can click on the picture and it will come up larger):
Another was Alhambra by Chatelaine Designs.
Close up of corner.
Close up of beaded center:
I enjoyed working on Alhambra so much, but trying to cram all those beads in the center (which I was positive would never fit) warranted a lot of expletives on my part (of course, under my breath so other members of the family wouldn't hear me). But for all the aggravation, the results were really stunning.
Both of these took me about a year on and off. I currently have another Chatelaine in process, Convent's Herbal Garden, but again, I get so far along in it and I want to get something done quickly.
Friday, September 26, 2008
There are pictures to be found and decorations, but I hesitated buying anything until I saw what the furniture would actually look like in the room. I'm so happy with it. This room was almost the death of me or the end of my marriage - I'm not sure what came the closest. My husband wanted Laz-y-boy!!! AUGHHHHH! We had that before - been there, done that. I'll admit that it is comfortable furniture, but it's so.....Laz-y-boy looking. I just couldn't take seeing another piece of reclining furniture in my (okay, our) family room. He actually ended up picking out the sofa and ottoman and as a concession to him, the chair in the foreground on the left is a reclining chair. I think that he's sat in it once - go figure. Also I saved an incredible amount of money on this furniture. A lot of calls to North Carolina did the trick. Once I got my prices from NC, I went to my local furniture store and dickered with them! Things are so economically bad, that they honored all the prices. Wasn't quite like shopping on a shoestring, but I did save a ton of cash!!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This is my latest accomplish. It's Sampler of Stitches by The Drawn Thread. I loved working on this because it wasn't just cross stitch, but a combination of that and speciality stitches. Once I started working on it, I couldn't wait to keep going, but it came out in nine installments over a period of a little over a year, so I had to be patient. Now I'm working on Sail Away by Shepherd's Bush. That is a fun stitch also because of the combination of cross stitch and specialty stitches. The colors are wonderful in in (a lot of blues - my favorite) and I'll post a picture of my progress next time.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Let me introduce myself. I'm a stay-at-home mom of two very ACTIVE children. My son is a 10th grader who swims, plays football, caddies golf and just took driver's training. I get a little worried. My daughter just entered middle school and that too is scary!
I decided to enter the world of blogging after seeing so many interesting blogs from people across the world. It is truly fascinating to see their worlds, their hobbies, the pictures and to hear their opinions. I always wanted to do this, but it's finally now that I've been inspired to do so.
I am passionate about needlework. Any kind, whether it be cross-stitching (my first love), needlepoint, knitting, quilting - I love it all. And that is what started me on this attempt to blogging. A friend sent me a link to a Neighborhood Round Robin that was starting up. Traditionally, one person will decide on their theme, and then pass her fabric around (sometimes around the world) for people to enter buildings, trees, etc., to create their town. When the piece comes back there may be up to a dozen different houses, buildings, etc. And they are truly stunning. This particular Round Robin is done totally by the person who wants it. They are to graph out and design their Town. Then they stitch it entirely themselves. As I've wanted to do one of these forever, this seemed like a good opportunity. I don't believe stitching actually begins until December, which gives all the "town builders" sufficient time to plan and draft out their towns.
So, that is why I started this. Also to share my love and enthusiasm for the craft and pictures of what I've done.
I've attempted to put in a picture of a sampler I recently completed. It's by Handwork Samplers and is called Flora Virginia's Holmes' Sampler. It was so much fun to stitch.