Thursday, August 19, 2010

English Cottage

At times, I can be a sneaky devil. ;-)

My in-laws left town right before our county fair began. I have a key to their house. I decided that I was going to enter Miss Hathaway's Garden in the fair. I stitched this for my mother-in-law. On my way to the fairgrounds with 2 other pieces I was going to enter, I stopped by my in-law's and "borrowed" the English cottage picture.

My results from the items I showed:

  • A blue ribbon and best of section for the crocheted doily
  • A blue ribbon for the cross stitch sampler I designed
  • A blue ribbon, best of section and first place rosette for Miss Hathaway's Garden

Last night, I returned the cottage picture to my in-law's house. This time, I really felt like a burglar because the park they are in only had 1 or 2 houses with lights still on! ;-)

When I re-hung the picture, I left the ribbons hanging on it. Ron and I are waiting to see how long it takes for either of my in-laws to notice!

Happy Stitching!


Wild Menagerie update

Well, I've finished pages 2-9 on Wild Menagerie. That leaves 4 pages to go. Page 10 is almost a full page of stitching but the rest of the pages are considerably less.

Here's a picture of my progress thru page 9:

I have rolled the scroll frames and made a few stitches on page 10.
Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my!

Ok, my WIP doesn't have any bears. There is a tiger and a lion though.

Saturday night, I finished a page in the pattern for my Wild Menagerie WIP. I had already made working copies of the next 2 pages (I highlight my progress and destroy the copy).

When I started to double check the area for the next page, I saw a nose on the pattern that wasn't fitting in properly. I had to sit there and stare at it for about 5 minutes before I realized that I had already stitched that page! It was great to realize that I had 1 more page done than I had thought!

That means that I have pages 9-13 left to stitch. I made some progress on page 9 last night but didn't bother to take a picture.

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, August 7, 2010


Well, now that I've finished the Rune Sampler, one of my UFOs is now a WIP. The project getting my attention now is Wild Menagerie. Here is a current picture:

The reason that it's sideways, is because that's how I'm stitching it. The material wouldn't fit horizontally on any of my scroll frames, so I rotated the fabric and the pattern 90°.
You can't see it because it's wrapped around the top scroll frame, but I have the tiger completely done. As you can see, I'm making good progress on the lion. The confetti stitching at the bottom of the photo will eventually be a leopard.
Happy Stitching!

Rune Sampler finished!

Yeah!! I finished the Rune Sampler on Wednesday night. Here's a picture:

I've already picked out the mat that I'm going to use when I frame it. Now I'm just waiting for some frame samples to arrive so that I can pick out the perfect frame.
This project was started on 1-1-2010, so it took me 8 months to stitch. There were other projects that I worked on since the first of the year, so really, not a long time to do this one.
Happy Stitching!