Sunday, March 8, 2015

Shores of Hawk Run Hollow finished


I have so many things to catch up on but I thought I would start with my first major finish of 2015.  I started this piece January 1st 2013.  There were many times I worked on it steadily and then set it aside for another project.  As many of you know we have had LOTS of snow which means lots of stitching time for me.  It is stitched on 40ct Lakesides Linen and Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fiber silks.  In hind sight I would have preferred working with NPI silks.  I opted for the less expensive and I can honestly say you get what you pay for.  HDF fibers are more slippery so you have to have patience when stitching with them.  They didn't fray at all but where staticky so they clung and twisted. Also they are thinner and don't cover quite as nice.  I hope to start Autumn at Hawk Run later this year but need to save up for NPI.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back soon with more. Happy Stitching!







Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 SALs

I have two SAL that I have joined for 2015.  Both are giant projects and I am looking forward to seeing the progress.  The first project is by Heartstring Samplery called His Eye is on the Sparrow.  I chose 36ct Lakeside Linen Navy Bean with called for WDW and GAST threads.
I only stitched on this one New Years Day.  I will continue to work on it once I finish Shores of HRH.  It has motivated me to get it done since I want to get back to it. 
 
The next project is offered from By the Bay Needlearts and will be delivered in 12 parts.  It is called Serenity Harbor and I am stitching it on Pearled Barley 36ct by Lakeside linens with called for DMC fibers.  I finished Part 1 and the next part will come Feb 3rd.
 
Are you working on any SAL?  If so, what?  Back to my stitching nest.
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hard to believe a New Year has started.  The last few months have been hectic but I made it through.  Holidays were lovely but I am ready to start anew.  No resolutions for me because I don't usually follow through but I do plan to do more of what makes me happy.  Time with family, friends, fur babies, and of course stitching.  I have two finishes two share.
This is a Just Nan design called Sherry's Scissor Pocket designed exclusively for Country Crafts.

The next is Bittersweet September by Blackbird designs.  It was a club kit from the Ladies Prim available at Dyeing to Stitch.
 
 
I am hoping to get some stitching time in this winter.  Usually the cold and snow drives me inside but so far we have had mild weather so I tend to spend more time outside.  I haven't updated all of you in a while and wanted to share a picture of Maggie and Daisy.  Maggie will be one this week and she still behaves like a puppy.  Chew, chew, chase, chew, snatch, chew.  You get the picture right.
You can see that she isn't quite finished growing usually top off at about 18 months but I do believe she will remain on the smaller side due to her earlier growth problems.  As you can see, bright sunny day, mild and perfect for a walk.
Thanks for visiting.  I will be back soon with SAL 2015 updates and I feel a finish coming soon...stay tuned.
Happy Stitching,
Nataly

Monday, November 17, 2014

Catching up

Time seems to escape us when we are busy.  Work and planning a bar mitzvah gave kept me away from my stitching and blogging but I do have a few finishes to share.  First is a beautiful finish from my stitching twin ,Carol.  This was from our summer exchange.  I believed it is a Homespun Elegance design done in my favorite color blue.

This piece is from Hand on Design.  It was a limited kit with all the finishing supplies. Quick stitch and easy finish.  I need to live by the saying...Just Be

Next, a patriotic finish.  I got the chart at the dyeing to stitch retreat from Threadwork Zprimitives and finished it in time for the 4th of July.  Love the ribbon tag that I found at Michaels.

Here is the LK LE Little Boo kit.  I finished it into an ornament for Carol as our Halloween Exchange.  Isn't the pom Pom trim perfect.

This is the ornament that Carol stitched for me.  Love the ricercari trim and the owl is perfect as we have a couple of resident owls on our property.  Just last night he was hooting away.
Thanks for stopping in!  I hope to be back soon to share a couple of more finishes. Until then, Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Season, New Starts


If you have followed my blog you may have noticed that I am not really a seasonal stitcher.  I am not fast enough to stitch and finish something to enjoy for a particular season so I work on whatever catches my eye for the moment.  I recently finished Block 10 of Shores of HRH so I rewarded myself with this little Just Nan Exclusive.  It is a Thread or Scissor Pocket and I am enjoying working on the opalescent fabric. 
Just Nan Thread Keeper

I also started Son #3 Bar Mitzvah sampler.  He has been asking when I was going to get to it and I figured I should get it done before Son #4 is called to the torah on 12/13/14.  Yes it has taken me 2 years.  What took so long you may ask. Well problem #1 is finding a bar mitzvah sampler when you have already stitched two of them and second I had to tweek the design I did find and that took some doing.  Then of course color choices and doubt about color choices.  Putting all of that aside I have started it and it is stitching up quickly. 
Bar Mitzvah Sampler

I am so busy with the start of school, finalizing plans for a bar mitzvah and working that I thoroughly enjoy putting needle to thread.  It doesn't happen often but when it does I don't want to move from my nest. I will leave you with a pic of the Danes who bring me joy, laughter and frustration on a daily basis. Have a great week and Happy Stitching!





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Have you joined any SALs?

Do you like SALs? Do they motivate you or stress you out?  My problem is that I am involved in too many.  It's somewhat of a challenge and I try my hardest to keep up but often get side tracked by something new.  Some may call this stitchers ADD. I call it enjoying my much loved, often addictive hobby.  Here is the Halloween Mystery SAL from The Primitive Hare.  I have manage to keep up with this one but this isn't to most up to date photo.  It is stitched on Old Salem linen with DMC threads.
I have many more new starts and a few updates and now that the boys are back in school I hope to be back with regular updates.  I would love to hear about any SALs you are working on just in case I missed any!   Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Celebrations Stash

Another belated post but better late than never.  These are pics of my stash enhancement from Celebrations of Needlework.  The next show is in St Charles Oct 8-12.  If you are in the area go an check it out.  
Jeannette Douglass always has a fab booth and here are my goodies.  Lot's of patriotic designs.  I had to have the floss keep.  It is a great size for the larger projects in my WIP pile.

Olde Colonial Designs always has a great display.  I picked up some new releases and a cute frame for the Erica Michaels piece. 

From Inspired Needle I picked up a show exclusive kits from Lindsay Lane and The Purple thread.  Gotta love a kit.  Ready and waiting to be stitched.

Lastly, Summer House had a booth and I picked up some of her new items.  Sometimes a chart viewed on the internet just doesn't grab you and then you see the model and BAM! you must have it.  I loved viewing all of these models in person.  One of the best features of a show or LNS is touching and feeling.
Well, I am off to stitch and look forward to the next time.  In closing, I leave you with a picture of Miss Maggie and Miss Daisy.  Maggie is now 6 months old and Daisy just turned 4. 

Daisy 4 years old

Maggie 6 months old
Thanks for stopping by.   I am busy stitching Shores of Hawk Run.  I have completed block 9 and now I am in "just get it done" mode.  Wish me luck.
Happy Stitching