Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Spring...sort of

The weather has been all over the place here on the east coast.  We have had 70's one day and snow the next.  Last night was near 20.  I am hoping that the colors of spring jump out of hiding soon.  I have been busy with work, bike shop, house and the dreaded tax day deadline.  I have done some model stitching this month and enjoyed a few stitches for myself as well.

A quick pic of the back yard as the storm was clearing.  I love the contrast of the blue against white but don't be mistaken I don't like the snow.

I finished the box top to Shepherds Bush the Fold.   I may have already shared this but I love that the colors are so cheerful.

Worked on my Jackie Du Plessis Class project.  Queen M's Pomander.  Making progress, a bit slowly but progress is progress.

Added a roof to Ms Baxters House

Quick stitch design by Lizzie Kate

A club kit finish.  Design by Heartstring Samplery.  Exclusive club kit for Ladies Prim Club provided by Dyeing to Stitch.  Gotta love those club kits.

I hope you enjoyed the photo walk.  
Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Back to Blogging

I have noticed a trend in people heading back to blogging.  I love it!  I miss blogging but have found it difficult because the easiest place to blog is on my pc and I am rarely home to use it.  Life has been busy.  We now have chickens that we have added to the madness.  The hens are sweet but the roosters make me crazy.

I have been stitching on and off.  I am trying to work through my WIPs but get bored pretty quickly so I end up putting my stitching down.  Here is what is in rotation
Miss Baxters House by Stacy Nash

Valentine Quaker by Stickiden Von Wiehenburg

His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery

Would love to know what you are working on.  Have you joined any SAL??  I haven't.  I have too many started so I am trying to work through them instead of starting new.  I finished stitching a Chessie club piece and Purple Thread class.  They are on the finishing table so I will post the final result soon.  Hope you have a wonderful day and Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 25, 2015

A New Season

As the fall descends upon us I am feeling quite melancholy.  The colder temperatures are starting to set in and the atmosphere of the homestead has shifted.  I am still doing the same old things, working the pharmacy, helping at the bikeshop, mothering, cleaning and a bit of stitching in between.  The days have gone from crazy hectic chaos to a very serene quietness.  My oldest son, Aiden left for his 3rd year of College, Austin works daily at his bikeshop, and the two younger boys are at school.  It gives me lots of time to catch up on household things that have been neglected.  I find my days filled with purging closets and cleaning windows.  I have also had some more stitching time so I have a few finishes to share.  I do post most things regularly on instagram so if you want to follow look me up @natalysneedle.
Woodland Forest Olde Colonial Designs

Long May She Wave by Barbara Ana

Rebecca by Kathy Barrick

Remember Me by Blackbird Designs
That's all the stitching I have to share today.  Stay tuned for more!  Until next time Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stitching Retreat Recap

I recently had the pleasure of attending a stitching retreat hosted by Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  Kim and Pam were our wonderful hosts and the featured designers were Jeanette Douglas and Paulette of Plum Street Samplers.  Both designers provided wonderful new designs for us as well as a collaboration piece which is delightful. 
    I had the pleasure of meeting lots of new stitchy  friends and visiting local shops.  Each had wonderful things to peruse and loved how friendly everyone was.  I will definitely head back to this area.  It was fantastic.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Serenity Harbor SAL progress

I started working on this SAL in January and was able to keep up with the first three parts but as they are released the sections of stitching are becoming more dense.  I am working on Lakeside Linen 36ct pearled barley with Called for DMC threads.  I am enjoying how the colors are playing out but need motivation to keep at it.

I would love to know if you are stitching this.  What color linen did you choose and which threads?  How far have you progressed?

Thanks for sharing and Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 12, 2015

It's been a long's what's happening

Snow melted and gave us these colorful crocuses
Some finishing...
Some stitching...
Spring flowers...
Fragrant lily of the valley...
A little stitching...
Some finishing for a friend...
Thirsty kitty...
A little more stitching...
We also had awards banquet, a broken wrist ending my son's baseball season early, and a graduation.  Throw work and family life in and you've got a full plate.  I wouldn't change a thing.  Be back soon with some more tidbits.  Until then, Happy Stitching my friends.

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!