Monday, April 20, 2015

Traveling Pattern Winner, Decorative Thimble Exchange CLOSED, Lady and the Unicorn "Smell"

The winner of the Shakespeare's Peddler pattern is

Jamie from Cricket-bug Corner

I've e-mailed Jamie for her address, the pattern will go out as soon as I hear from her. - CONGRATS, JAMIE!!

The Decorative Thimble Exchange is now closed. We have 18 participants from all over the world! I'll be sending out emails today to everyone so they can get their thimbles packed up and shipped off to their partners.

** PLEASE NOTE**  I had several responses from 'no-reply bloggers'. I tried to reach out to them, but was unsuccessful. If you responded you wanted to participate, and didn't receive an email today from me with your partner's name, I'm so very sorry I wasn't able to accommodate. 

Have you heard of the Cluny Tapestries? The Lady and the Unicorn? They are gorgeous - and I've always been drawn to them. Of course, I find the history or story behind why they were created intriguing, which make them even more attractive to me. Unfortunately, it remains a mystery, but there's a great write up about each tapestry here.

In short, there are six tapestries that tell the story of the Lady and the Unicorn and they now hang in the Cluny Museum in Paris. Each tapestry represents each of the 5 senses - Taste, Touch, Smell, Sound and Sight. The sixth tapestry is known as "To My One Desire" because of the words woven into it.

This one is known as "Smell".  It's from a Dimensions kit. Measuring 16 x 20 inches, it's now been blocked and in my hands to finish off.  I have two complimentary pieces, "Sound" and  "To My One Desire" that need to be blocked - I'll post when they're off the blocking board.

"The lady is making a bridal crown of carnations, the flower of betrothals. This lady must think she is sure to catch her unicorn if she was already making her crown." (From Tracy Chevalier's website here).

Please pop over to Super Mom - No Cape blog to take a peek at her Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party. LOTS of creative ideas.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I'm So Embarrassed!!!

Remember when I hosted the 4-H group in my studio to teach them cross stitch? Well, in order for them to have table space, I cleaned up, packed up, filed and sorted through all my projects. The place never looked so good. That's not the embarrassing part.

This is: I finished the Lizzie Kate Traveling pattern, "Love is Best When you Give it Way". I had all intentions of posting a "Who wants it next?" post after the weekend of the 4-Hers. Well, I have torn my studio apart, looked EVERYWHERE and cannot find the traveling pattern!  AUGH!!! I'm a bad Stitching Sister!!! BAD!!! BAD!!! BAD!!!

Anyway, I ordered a new one so it can go off on its travels. I really hope someone will want to continue the cute little pattern's trip around the world. I am SOOOOOO SORRY I misplaced the original. I hope that doesn't put me on any "Naughty Lists".

If you're interested, please make a comment on this post. If more than one person would like to stitch it, I'll do a random draw Tuesday morning. Thank you.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow, Lioness Canvas, Thimble Exchange Reminder

Yesterday was a very emotional day for me. I drove my dear, sweet grandson and my daughter to O'Hare International Airport. They flew off into the wild blue yonder to Singapore. Sarah's husband, Efrem, has a business there. He has been there for about a week preparing for the arrival of Sarah and Ronin. I must say, I held it together pretty well on the drive up, at the airport and the drive home. Home is where I fell apart.

Ronin was so bright and alert at O'Hare - he wore himself out:
They will arrive in Singapore in another few hours. I've been so spoiled with them here for these past weeks. I miss his smile, his happy shrieks, his funny noises, the way he held onto my fingers. I can hardly wait for our first FaceTime session!

I found this canvas on Ebay. It was 98% finished and came with the silks to complete it, which I did. The stitches were a bit unconventional - I assume whoever started the lioness wanted to create texture and I tried to honor this as I completed the project. It needs to be blocked - I really like the eyes - they really grabbed me.

OH! I made this bag to hold the vintage wooden blocks I found for Ronin. He LOVES bright colors - when I showed it to him he immediately gave the bag his seal of approval by putting some of it in his mouth.

Don't forget - I'm hosting a Decorative Thimble Exchange and it's open world wide. Please see my previous post with the details or email me with any questions.

Here's one more picture of my handsome boy -

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Brownie, a Cookie, Count Your Blessings Traveling Pattern

When I saw these needlepoint confections, I couldn't resist purchasing the kits and making them up. "WHY", you ask? Just because they seemed to appeal to me at the time and involved stitches I wasn't familiar with. A little challenge for me.

The kits are from the Little Shoppe Canvas Company. The Peter Pan Cookie is stitched using a Reverse Scotch stitch and French knots make up the light colored squares. It's 3 inches in diameter.

The Willy Wonka Wafer (aka, Brownie) uses a Reverse Continental stitch, Giant Reverse Scotch stitch over 5, cross stitch is used around each section of the squares. The top is stitched using a Satin Stitch using long stitches (some overlapping to crate a thick layer) and them the beads are added for extra pazazz.  It's 4.25 inches long and 3.25 inches across the top.

I made my own cording when I put it all together. The backing material is a scrumptious chocolate colored cotton fabric.

Thoeria from My Little Corner of Cyberspace blog sent me the traveling pattern "Count Your Blessings" by Shakespeare's Peddler. Here it is - not sure how I'll finish it off yet, but have some ideas.

I'm ready to send this gem of a design off to a Sister Stitcher. If you'd like to be the next stitcher and agree to pass it along when you're done, please place a comment and indicate you are interested. The only guideline is you must have an active blog. I'll select the next stitcher April 20th.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Decorative Thimble Exchange

Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was quiet, but sunny.  I'm starting to yearn for warm weather and getting outside a bit.

I know many Stitching Sisters want to participate in exchanges, but find the postage to be prohibitive. I've been trying to think of something we could exchange that wouldn't take too much postage or time from our stitching. The thought hit me - how about a decorative thimble exchange? They're small and light - it wouldn't cost too much to send to someone.

Please note: my idea is the thimble isn't a stitched thimble - something pretty - made out of porcelain, ceramic, whatever. What you send is your choice.

If you're interested -

- It's open to everyone worldwide

- You must be a follower of this blog (yes, I'll check)

-  Leave a message on this post or send me an email indicating you'd like to join the fun

 - You don't need to have a blog, but I must have a way of contacting you. Some are 'no reply' bloggers so if leave a comment and I can't reach you, I'm sorry, but I won't be able to add you to the

-  If you prefer to exchange with someone in your own country, please indicate so in your comment. I will do my best to match you up as you wish.

- If you'd like to include something other than a thimble for your exchange partner, that's fine. I'll leave it up to you

- Everyone loves something pretty - select a pretty, decorative thimble you'd like to treasure - and send it to your partner

 - I'll take sign ups until April 20th. 

  - Please mail by May 1st and  notify me when you slip it in the mail so I can cross your name off the list.

 - When you receive your gift, please email me, as well, to I can track who-gets-what-when.

If you have a blog, I'd appreciate it if you'd post about this exchange - the more, the merrier!!

I look forward to hearing from you - let's make this FUN and EASY!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I was a Winner!

The lovely Lynda Ruth from the blog Purple Pixie Dust celebrated her first blogiversary and had a give away.  I won!!

I couldn't believe how much Lynda Ruth spoiled me. Look at this cute, colorful box.

Here's what was inside - Cinnamon Candies (I haven't had these for YEARS!!), pretty tissues and a LHN pattern - complete with floss and linen.
The bookmark made me burst out laughing. There was beautiful stationary and a marshmallow Easter Bunny and lolipops.
And here's the cutest pillow and pin cushion - made especially for me.

 Lynda-Ruth - THANK YOU!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March OPAMs

WHEW! Hard to believe another month has gone by and I managed to finish these OPAMs (One Project a Month) hosted by Kris and Peg.

I mounted a cross stitch piece that was given to me in the Round Robin hosted by June and stitched for me by Gracie.

This design is a freebie, but I can't find the link for it.  I painted 22 Ct canvas with gold gilt creme then stitched the design in DMC floss in a basket weave stitch. It's finished with hand made cording, a tassel, irradescent black beads topped with  Swarovski gold pearls. The backing is a beautiful black fabric with gold dots. I finished it to be hung as an ornament or placed on a stand. It reminds me of my daughter and grandson.

Here's an ornament from Little House Needlework's "Proverbs" series. The back is pink moire.
Last, but not least, my Smalls SAL finish - a kit from  Janet Granger called "Cluny Women", as mentioned in my previous post.

I also finished  two other pieces, but they are gifts and in the mail to a stitching sister. I'll post those photos when I know she has received them.

WHEW!  "April - Here I come!"