Sunday, April 30, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching...something finished and something started

Hello ... well another week whizzed by me but as I sit here on Sunday I do have something to show for my time... which feels good.  I hope that everyone has survived the wicked storms yesterday and the night before. We had torrential downpours here in southwest Ohio and the loudest longest thunder I've ever heard... kinda frightening. Glad it is over. And on Wednesday of last week I tried to do myself in with a marathon planting session. I planted over 100 petunias and several flats of assorted filler items... geraniums,  salvia, dusty miller, nicotania, snapdragons... and then on Friday night they were pummelled into pulp by the rain. The  wind was vicious too and about midnight I realized my beautiful rose tree was probably toast. I ran out in my pajamas and it was sprawled on the driveway with its lovely Queen of Hearts petunias tossed about. I uprighted it, tucked it into my back entryway and plopped the petunias back into the pot... still looks bedraggled today but it is alive. A couple of days of sunshine would help but the forecast still has a lot of rain in it ... Mother Nature is not to be messed with...

So lets move on to more upbeat stuff... I FINISHED my Little House Needleworks "Needlework ABC's"... here's the arty picture... this was hard to get into one frame...

and here is another look...

a little blurry...sorry... but here are individual pics which show my changes..

First I made the buttons more "mother of pearl" ...

then I made the house yellow... 

and the bee threading the needle got a yellow thread...

and that meant the spool of thread had to be yellow, and of course the lady is sporting a yellow dress with auburn locks... love me!!!

This measures about 2.5" wide and 19" long... I'm envisioning a white wood frame and I'm hoping to hang it right by my front door. From start to finish it took me a little over a month, but there was at least one week where I didn't touch it at all.  I was worried that I might run out of thread with this piece as I purchased it as a kit. My first worry was the white but I had plenty of it, What I did just have enough of was the brown that is used for all of the letters and assorted accents. At about the letter M I got panicky that I would run out of the brown so I went ahead and stitched all of the letters. At that point I had one piece of floss left, about 6" in length... I change the hair color of the lovely lady and when I stitched her shoes there was NOTHING left...not a single ply.  Now that is cutting it close. I don't know if perhaps I lost some of the thread or it just took that much but glad I made it work.

And because I finished something that gave me permission (like I need it...LOL) to start something new...and this is what I chose...

Blackbird Designs Garden Borders, the 12th part of the Abecedarian series. And here is how far I've gotten in two evenings... moving right along...

I love all those green threads... CC Camouflage and Avocado and GA Dried Thyme. I'm stitching this on the called for linen... 30 count R & R Korty's Blend.

As for the Abcedarian series I have stitched 4 of the 12 and I'm not sure if I will ever do all of them. Something new BBD always seems to call my name. I've got a small start on last years  Garden Club series and this year's offering of Loose Feathers  have captured my heart too... lots of birds... I LOVE birds.. sigh... so many pretties I want to stitch. 

Perhaps there will be a little stitching time today... right now I'm off to a birthday lunch for my youngest son... how did he get to be 27??? I'm not any older...  but  I'm  certainly delusional ... 

I'm linking up with Kathy Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow... have a lovely Sunday and I hope you stay dry!!

happy stitching-
carol fun 


  1. Carol, the ABC piece is adorable and I love your changes..definitely suits you! Oh how I wish designers would give us ample threads--I'd rather pay a bit more and not have to sweat it! I recently did a La-D Da kit and literally only had 2" of one color left and I was VERY careful with it.

  2. Love the stitching and your changes. Sorry about the weather hurting your poor new plants! We may see rain again in October but are likely done til then. Our youngest turned 27 last month, yikes.

  3. Beatiful finished. Have fun stitching the new sampler.

  4. Love, love, love your project! It will be so beautiful all framed and hung!

    Lots of rain here in my corner of the world, too. The weeds like it. Ha, ha!

  5. So sorry about all your flowers. We had that storm come through and it gave us more snow. I lost all but one Wisteria blossom. I'd have to count but I think there were about 20 out there. It would have been such a lovely display. The cross stitch piece is really cute and I like the long rectangular pattern.

  6. Oh no to your flowers!! Your ABC piece is sooooo darling!!

  7. Lovely x stitch and your new one is going to be gorgeous too!

  8. Oh gosh, your ABC sampler is precious! And you've already got a good start on the next project! I hope y'all were/are able to get in some slow stitching. :)

  9. I love the way your LHN alphabet sampler turned out. It will look wonderful hanging by the door. I have that borders chart and have seriously given it thought about using it as my next design. I really like that one and the little blue house intrigues me. I hope all your plants are good. I am afraid to plant annuals yet. We have had such a cold wet Spring. Last week we had a threat of frost!!!!!

  10. Love the abc's and the changes you made to personalize it. You have made a good start on your next project too.

  11. I bought the neatest looking petunias today...night sky petunias. Purple ones and some pink ones...prettiest ones I have ever seen.

  12. I love this piece... it might be my favourite of yours so far!
    All the special touches you added are perfect!

  13. Needlework ABC's changes are very 'you' Carol! We are so lucky here that spring weather is generally mild and pleasant. Glad you and your plants made it through okay.

  14. Your Needlework ABCs turned out simply lovely!

    And you've made really good progress on your new project.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back. Aloha hugs!

  15. Hi Carol, thanks for your comment on my post about this design and for sending me the link to your finish - it certainly gives me hope that I am making the right choice - oh, how I love the yellow, it really makes the design pop. Great choice on your part. Thanks for the heads up re the floss and the letters - I will try to be extra frugal with my stitching so that I don't run out. hugs, Kaye xxx


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