I haven't posted for a long time - more than a year. I am going to be more diligent about this - I am still stitching almost every evening and have MANY WIP's but lately can't seem to finish anything. I am starting to work on some small things - Christmas ornaments and pin cushions...I like to have these things to give as small gifts. I am finally finished with all the Christmas stockings I made for my grandaughters and my nieces and nephews children. I will find those pictures and post them here. Stay tuned
I can't believe how long it has been since I wrote on the blog - shame on me. I finished most of my Shepherd's Bush stockings for Christmas and have since worked on and finished Prairie Schooler's Christmas Eve. It is really beautiful - done in Vikki Clayton silks - it is for my sister-in-law for Christmas (or maybe birthday) next year. It feels good to have something finished that is not a Christmas stocking. I also started (twice) Plum Street Sampler's Paradise Lost. I love this chart but it does not love me. The first start was on 32 count fabric that I absolutely hated. When it came I hated the color and when I stitched on it I hated the softness of it. I stitch in hand so I like a bit of stiffness to the fabric - this had absolutely none. I finished the first two pages of the pattern and just quit. I looked for another fabric I had in my stash that I liked better and used a piece of 35 count that still wasn't the color I wanted BUT I liked the color and the texture of the fabric. I finished the first two pages and was working on the third when I kept thinking that it didn't look like I was going to be able to fit everything I had left to stitch on the fabric I had left......soooo I measured the fabric and I had cut it wrong....three inches too short! Arghhhhhhh! So I am going to order the fabric I really want in the color I really want and start again.
Meantime I finished two Mill Hill kits I had (Santas's); I also have CHS My Home Town as a UFO (I've been working on it for at least 5 years) that I think I might get out tonight and start working on again. Funds are low so I need to wait until payday to order my fabric. I have tons of fabric at home but never seem to have the right size/right count/right color for what I want to stitch....I need to stop buying something just because I like it and then never use it. I also have many small cuts of fabric from when I belonged to a monthly fabric club.....I swear they sent out the fabric no one else wanted to me.....I don't like bright colors and I probably have 50 cuts I will never use. Since I had my eye surgery (cataracts) my vision is so much better and I like to stitch on the smaller counts - before my surgery I could only stitch on a max of 28 ct.
My daughter in Ohio told me today my grandaughter is going to have tubes put in her ears in March - scares me to death for her to undergo any kind of surgery. She said it would only take three minutes but Gramma is very nervous about the whole thing!
I'm working on 11 Shepherd's Bush Christmas Stockings; I've been working on them non-stop in the evenings for about three months and I am on the seventh one. I'm making them for my nieces and nephews children and I want them all finished by 12/1/09. I haven't sewn them together but the ones I have finished are all stitched with the charms in place...I am so sick and tired of stitching on that awful scratchy 18 count linen I could scream and there are so many new things calling me to be stitched. BUT, I can't give to some and not the others....soooo I'll keep on stitching!
I have been working on the same sampler all this time and it seems there is no end in sight. I am about 75% finished with Marie Lucee 1920 from the Muriel Brunet book. I love the sampler, love the fabric and floss (VCSilk) but I am growing weary of working on the same piece. I did take a short break and finish the small pincusion from Blackbird Designs website but I'm back at the sampler again.
My daughter and granddaughter are here this week from Ohio so I won't get much done on it but I know if I start something else it will never get finished. I will try to take a picture to post here.
I will leave you with this darling smiling face until next time!
Edgar over at Blacksheep's Bit of the Web is having a drawing for his copy of the OOP book containing the pattern for "Lo" if you are interested you will find it here. Great chance for a beautiful pattern!
60 year old retired from career but working at a less stressful job to survive. Wonderful husband of 38 years, 2 beautiful adult daughters and two amazing granddaughters! Can't forget my great son-in-law either! Love to cross-stitch but never enough time!