Monday, June 29, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party

I purchased these Elizabeth Bradley kits on my mother's and my first trip to London in the early 90s. Actually, I purchased all four panels and a ribbon border to make a carpet, but when my husband and I moved to our new home in 1999, two of the panel kits were lost. So, instead, I made these up as pillows for him.  He loves being outdoors. When we purchased our small farm, we made a promise to keep the land such that it would be a refuge for wildlife - and we've succeeded.

"Meadow" 16x16 inches

"Woodland" 16x16 inches

Pop on over to Super Mom - No Cape! to see what others are stitching and enjoying.

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Wee Little Tea Cozy

It's finished! The Berlin work tea cozy (kit from Janet Granger).

Berlin work miniature tea cozy 1.5 inches wide by 1.25 inches tall


Mini teapot:
Miniature teapot .75 inches tall, 1 inch wide

Teapot nestled inside the tea cozy:

Oh dear - what to work on next??

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Smalls SAL Check-in and Surprise in the Mail

Here is my Smalls SAL for this month. It's called "Little Irish Sampler" from The Sampler Girl. It was a freebie. The blog has moved, I couldn't find the pattern, but I know it's posted on Pinterest.

Little Irish Sampler on 32 Ct Linen - 6x7 inches

I received such a nice surprise in the mail - from sweet Jacquie. I had commented I rely loved the sparkly fabric she used for one of her pieces. She surprised me and sent me some - along with beautiful lace and a wee-small pillow she stitched.

Here's the back of the pillow - 
It's so - JACQUIE, isn't it?  And - yes - it made me smile. Thank you, Jacquie!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party

Good morning! I can't believe it's Monday already! It was kind of a wild weekend - we had our hay cut and baled, trying to get ahead of the rain. Looks overcast today, storms coming - which means it will be a great day to stay in and stitch!

I wanted to share the scissor fob I made at a seminar taught by the Royal House of Needlework.

Scissor Fob - 1 3/4 inches square

It was so much fun - and, of course, I needed to show it off on a pair of scissors in a Limoges box (another one of my passions).

Pop on over to Super Mom - No Cape to see what others have stitched as part of the Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

1:12 Miniature Footstool

Another miniature done! This is from a kit by Janet Granger. The design is a Berlin work design.

Now - off to stitch a miniature tea cozy!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

HoE, Two Finishes, Four Miniature Portraits

I just got word the Christmas ornament I sent to my Hooked on Exchanging partner, Gabi, arrived.

And here's the cutest little fox ornament I received from Rosa - THANK YOU, Rosa!!
Last year, I participated in a Round Robin swap hosted by lovely June. I have been contemplating what do do with some of the stitching I received and stumbled into some miniature frames in my stash. Here they are -
These are proudly displayed in my sewing/painting studio.

While wandering around Pinterest this morning, I found some beautiful 18th century miniature portraits and it re-awakened my passion for these little things. You know how I ADORE miniatures - well, I thought I'd share some of the ones I've painted on porcelain:

 3.25x2.5 inches.

If you look closely, this young lady is holding a locket in her hand. 

I painted this from a Christmas Card using the Old Master's method, called "grisaille". You can see it has a different look to it from the girl with the locket:

Madonna and Child - 2.75 inches in diameter

Grisaille is a term used when a painting is done in monochrome, or grays. Here's what a painting would look like after the first fire, before color is applied:

2 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches

Last, but not least, here is a little angel:
2 1/8 x 3 inches

I've got a few more to share - but I'll do that in a future post.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Father's Gift

I had a close relationship with my father.  An only child, he encouraged me to be adventurous, to explore.   Not realizing it at the time, his words “March to your own drum” gave me confidence and taught me to listen to my inner voice.

The year I was pregnant with our only child, my parents moved to California from Iowa.  We kept in touch by phone, but rarely saw each other.  Four years later they decided to come back home for Christmas.  Elated, I started planning festivities and making special gifts.
Mother was easy, Father challenging.  I reflected on his mantra and decided to immortalize it by transforming it into a cross-stitch pillow.   I painstakingly, lovingly, stitched the words  “When you are troubled and don’t know where to go, talk to your heart – Listen with your soul.”   
He died a few weeks before Thanksgiving that year.  I never had the opportunity to give my gift to him, to see his eyes light up.  I know he would have fought to hide his tears.  I missed the chance to tell him how grateful I was, how much his words have guided me time and time again.  His gift is burned into my heart and soul.   It is eternal and enduring.
Thank you, Daddy.

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