Friday, March 30, 2012

Works in Progress

I went up to Amy's for a day of stitching and chatting yesterday. It was so nice to get away! I worked on Christmas Garden while I was there.

40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar, CC & GAST (1 over 2)

Earlier in the week I worked on Elizabeth Mears.

Elizabeth Mears

I'm now working on the eyelet alphabet row...

40 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue, NPI (1 over 2)

And last, but not least, I got a little bit of stash while at Amys. I couldn't resist getting another fat 1/4 of the pretty dye-lot of Vintage Lt. Examplar that I'm using for Christmas Garden.


I can't wait to stitch this sweet little Adam & Eve design by Little House...


Well, next week is going to be very busy. The kids have field trips, egg hunts and dentist appointments. We are also going to be heading down to Florida on Thursday for spring break. We'll be down there for over a week, so I'll post when I can. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your families and friends.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Elizabeth Mears Progress

Here is a little progress on Elizabeth...

Elizabeth Mears as of 3/24/12
Progress as of 3/24/12

I finally finished the castle! After I finished the bottom half, I put the sampler on a scroll frame in order to do the specialty stitches a little easier.

Elizabeth Mears as of 3/26/12
Progress as of 3/26/12

The queen stitch band seemed to take forever. Mainly because I had to rip out parts of it twice and it still isn't quite right (it's up a stitch), but I wasn't going to take out again.

EM close up
40 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue, NPI silks (1 over 2)

Close up of horizontal queen stitch band.

Thank you for all your kind comments about my framed Sarah. I haven't hung it up yet - I have it setting on a small dresser near my stitching spot for now. I can't stop admiring it! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Almost there....

I'm almost finished with the castle on Elizabeth Mears. I just have to add a chimney and a few other things on top. I'm sure those things have names, but I'm too tired to think of or search for what they might be. :)

Elizabeth Mears as of 3/20/2012
40 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue, NPI silks (1 over 2)

I also got a new pattern in the mail the other day...

Jane Pattison by Shakespeare's Peddler

It's "Jane Pattison 1806" by Shakespeare's Peddler. I have decided to use the cottons instead of the wools on 40 ct. linen. I think I'm going to go with Lakeside Linens Lentil.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Elizabeth Mears

I decided to get Elizabeth Mears back out yesterday. I really would love to get it finished up sometime this year. The castle is what made me put it away. It's huge! This is where I left off last year...

Elizabeth Mears progres as of 5/6/11

And this is where I'm at now...

Elizabeth Mears as of 3/12/12
40 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue, NPI silks (1 over 2)

I also worked on Christmas Garden a little bit...

Christmas Garden
40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar, CC and GAST (1 over 2)

I'm almost finished with the border. It really is such a fun sampler to stitch.

Another sampler I've wanted to stitch for a long time is Shakespeare's Peddler's "Spanish Mystery Sampler." I decided to kit it up after seeing Natalia's beautiful finish!

Threads and linen

Not sure when I'll get to it, but I love it! Well, I'd better get going - I have a date with the copier at my son's school. :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Christmas Garden Start

I started Blackbird Designs "Christmas Garden" last week. I wasn't sure if I was liking the colors, but I think they're growing on me now. :)


40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar, CC and GAST (1 over 2)

This sampler is so much fun to stitch. I have a little bit more stitched now and will share another picture soon. I asked Katrina for her permission to copy her idea of using the alphabet on the bottom instead of the words "Christmas Garden."

Another sampler I really want to start is "Mary Roe 1808" by The Scarlett House. Check out Margaret's beautiful finish!!


I was thinking of using the same linen for Mary Roe that I'm using for Christmas Garden - 40 ct. Vintage Lt. Examplar. It's a beautiful dye-lot.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ann Grant Finished!

I just put the last stitch in Ann Grant. Wow, I can't believe I got it finished!! I love how it turned out. See my Flickr album for more pictures of Ann.

Ann Grant

Ann Grant

Ann Grant

Ann Grant
Shakespeare's Peddler "Ann Grant 1829"
Fabric: 40 ct. Summer Khaki over-dyed with Tan Rit Dye
Threads: Belle Soie, Thread Gatherer, Gloriana, AVAS and NPI
Started: 3/9/2011 - Finished: 3/6/2012