Every year, Diane Williams from Little House Needleworks and Lois from Elegant Stitch get together and design a piece that benefits breast cancer research. When I saw the one for this year, I immediately called Lois and ordered it. It's called "Remember Me" and it stitched up very quickly. If you ordered this and haven't stitched it yet, be aware that there is not enough of the floss included and you will need to call Lois, she has more in the same dye lot. The finish of this intimidated me for a while. I let this piece sit for quite a while before I attempted it. Once I got started though, it wasn't hard at all, it's just those beads that make it look a bit imposing to start. I love the colors in this piece and I love that it benefits breast cancer research.
I have been in the Halloween stitching mood lately. Here is Lizzie Kate's "Halloween" from "Halloween Thrillogy." It's stitched on Willow Green Cashel. I didn't want to spend the money on the sterling silver spider charm so I improvised and used a button instead. I thought it turned out cute.
Here is Sue Hillis's "Black Hat Society". It's stitched on an aida, I can't remember what the name of it was. I stitched it years ago and just now got around to finishing it.
This Mary Garry witch is from one of the Seasonal Mementos patterns. I just think she has some great character. I'm thinking she's a good witch.
I did Lizzie Kate's "Welcome Fall" from Autumn Things then put it in this great pillow by Stitch a Gift. Thought it matched nicely. I did change a couple of the colors to more closely match the pillow. I have another finish, Summer Line Up by the Trilogy but I want to try my hand at making another pinkeep before I post it.
I've started another Lizzie Kate design too. I chose "Halloween" from Halloween Thrillogy. It's stitched on a great Willow green fabric. It's a fun design.
I sent Wendy Jo's exchange out quickly because I wanted her to get it before she left for Denver and I forgot to take a picture of it. She kindly offered to let me use the pictures from her blog to show you what I made for her.
This shows everything that I sent her. Since I live in Kansas and the state flower of KS is the sunflower, I went with that theme. I made a pouch with a sunflower button, a sunflower scissor fob and included some other goodies in the pouch.
And I made my very FIRST pinkeep. I was so nervous putting this baby together, but it was MUCH easier to do than I thought it would be. This is an old L*K freebie that I did on a Silkweaver lugana. I thought it turned out pretty well, especially since this was my first pinkeep. I'll definitely be making more pinkeeps. They turn out so nice!
Early this year I got to stitch my first ever model. This model was for Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery. "Remember Me" was released last Friday so I can finally share with you what I have been stitching on. She bought a frame from a thrift shop and framed it herself. I think she did a lovely job on it. I can never find a frame that works just right for my stitching. Beth has designed some lovely samplers, check out her etsy shop or ask at your LNS. This one is stitched on 35 ct Weeks Dye Works Cappucino linen. It was a dream to stitch on, I'll have to check on getting some more of their linen.
Wendy Jo and I decided to do a summer exchange. This is the lovely package I received from her. I just love it all! She stitched the new freebie from Waxing Moon Designs "Summer is Sweet." She went with a watermelon theme and sent the cutest watermelon ornament too! It's just darling. She also made a scissor bag and sent a package of cute Mary Engelbreit nail files and some yummy Country Time Lemonade candy that my son has been stealing from me! I am still working on her package and hope to mail it soon. Thank you so much Wendy Jo! I love it all!
I have a few finishes to share at some point in time too. Hopefully I can update again this weekend.
Here is the finished piece of "Spring Violets" by Hands to Work. I did this on a piece of Shadow Cashel by Picture this Plus. I changed several colors and the shapes of several of the letters to make it easier to read. I've been doing a bunch of sewing too and have several finishes in that regard. The above are by The Sampler Girl "Dash Away All." I've added a rusty bell to each one because reindeer should jingle when they dash away. Up next is "Merry Winter" by JBW Designs. This was a secret needle night kit put out several years ago by The Silver Needle. I've had him finished and in a drawer for several years. Here is "A Very Merry Spring" by JBW Designs. I have the Summer and Autumn ones to do but haven't stitched them yet.
I am still alive and stitching! I have been very negligent in posting to my blog but I have been stitching. Here is an ornament from Country Cottage Needleworks that was in one of the JCS ornament issues. It was a Christmas gift for a coworker. She loves snowmen.
On New Year's Day I decided a new start was in order. This is "Spring Violets" by Hands to Work. I'm stitching it on Picture This Plus "Shadow" 32 ct Belfast. I've had to make some changes to some of the letters because they were hard to read.
Next up is another Christmas gift. This too was for a coworker who loves to shop for shoes. So what could be better for her than JBW's "Shoe Shopper." It's done on 25 ct cream Lugana.
This was my latest finish. Blackbird Design's "Union Forever" stitched on R&R Reproductions "Antique Cotton." The color doesn't show really well in this picture, it's a lovely linen to stitch on.
I hope to be back in a couple of days to update you on some other finishes that I've had in the last few months. I've got my sewing machine out and want to finish them before I show them to you.