Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Holiday Weekend Post - Part I

GR&DF I was totally having computer/Blog withdrawals yesterday - it was not a normal Monday in the least. Now don't get me wrong I loved having the day off - but it was certainly an odd Monday. I thought about today and the Blog and I think I will break up the weekend into two separate postings, with today's being all about the stitchity stuff....... and tomorrows will be all the extra stuff - and I have a ton of snaperoos!

Let me start off today with a finish - As you may remember I organized a RR about a year ago and it is winding up this month. I finished up Deb's piece and it is going into the mail this morning. Here is a snap -

Deb chose a pretty pink linen and various floss' to stitch with. The chart we all stitched was "An Emblem of Love" from With my Needle. This is a wonderful chart and I would recommend to anyone.

I was at a sort of stand still for a few moments as to what to stitch on next - if you can believe that!! - I really wanted to start off something new but then I saw a piece floundering there in my work basket - so forlorn and not a stitch put in for months. The piece was Ellen Birdseye from Goode Huswife - So I pulled her out and got to stitching and just couldn't stop until I finished her right up - Here is a snap

I loved this piece to stitch!! I didn't love the colour choices. I had converted the recommended floss from NPI/DMC to HDF silk. It just isn't hitting me just right. I even threw in the red bird (not part of the chart) - this is stitched on 28ct BOF Sandpiper. I will at some point re-stitch this sucker but shift all the colours to some that I like better.

After finishing up Miss Ellen - I looked into the basket of despair and there was another beauty I hadn't touched in months and months..... the Beatrix Potter Companion Quaker - so I hauled this lovely out and got to work on her..... here is a snap as it stood last night -

I finished up the three half medallions in the upper right corner and then started up the big circle with morning glory. I forgot how much I loved stitching Quaker - I think I will work this one until it is finished. It has certainly lingered long enough. I am using Belle Soie - "Moss" on a piece of 32ct mystery linen (or at least it's a mystery to me).

The last piece of stitching from the weekend was not my stitching but a wonderful gift that came in the mail. I jumped in an Angel stitched up a little something for Miss Joan a while back and she sent me a lovely pyn pillow as a Thank You. Here is a snap -

Such a dear sweet thing to do and send and I was overwhelmed - Thank you so much sweet Joan for the thoughtfulness!!! I have this beauty sitting by my stitching chair with my "working needles" just waiting for me. It looks great!!!!

I think that about wraps up the stitchity things for the weekend. Thank you for stopping by do come by again tomorrow for more about the weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

18 comments:

Tracey said...

Beautiful finishes!! You had smoking needles this weekend! And a lovely gift as well. :)

~Judy~ said...

Beautiful stitching pieces. I finished up Miss Ellen a few months ago but haven't framed her yet. Love the gift....how thoughtful!

Mama Joan said...

Glad to see that the pyn pillow made it safely and that you are happy with it. I so enjoyed stitching it for you. Thanks again for being a stitching angel for me. I always look forward to visiting your blog--although I am not so good at leaving comments. I hope you have a great week.

Catherine said...

Your stitching, as always, is lovely! And that pin pillow from Joan is great!

Margaret said...

Oh my! Love Deb's RR piece and the little pillow from Joan! And your Ellen Birdseye finish! Beautiful! I love the colors myself. And your Beatrix companion is gorgeous too -- that fabric! Wow! Love the color you're stitching it with too!

Jules said...

Beautiful stitching as always!

Berit said...

As great as it all is, my favorite is your quaker color combo of Moss n' Mystery! :D

Carol R said...

Beautiful finish on Deb's RR. Your BP Companion is looking good and I just love the red pyne pillow from Joan!

Ruth said...

You did indeed have a stitchy weekend and everything looks beautiful! No picnic?

Cari-in-VA said...

Edgar, what beautiful stitching! Beatrix is quite stunning - so glad you chose to work on her. It looks like you had a fun and productive weekend!

Enjoy your week.

Raven/Missy said...

The RR looks wonderful! Your stitching looks great as well. I love the Quaker and the pin pillow you received is beautiful!

carol fun said...

Oh Edgar, seeing all of your productivity is motivating me to get some pieces DONE -- I too have a Beatrix Potter that is still in progress. I should post a pic on my blog to push me to finish it. And the RR piece is wonderful. I've seen some other versions on assorted blogs and I need to add this to my list of things I want to stitch. I love your blog - thanks for sharing all your beautiful work.

Kielrain said...

Wonderful finish. I can't wait to see more progress on your Beatrix Compainion.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Great finishes, Edgar! Can't wait to see more of Beatrix. Sounds like you had a wonderful, restful, stitchy weekend.:) looking forward to part deux!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

wonderful RR! I know it will be happy to get back home. Great finish on Ellen, Edgar! I just love that sampler and will do it one of these days. your quaker wip is lovely as well and what a great pyn pillow!

Nancy said...

You were an ambitious stitcher during the holiday weekend! Everything is just beautiful, and a lovely gift you received!

Luned said...

What lovely work!
I'm curious as to why you're not happy with the colours of the Ellen Birdseye though, which I have to say they look beautiful to me. When you converted them, did you go with the closest to the pattern? If so, was it the design rather than the overall effect and colours that you went for when you bought the pattern? What appeals to you most?

Ellen said...

Hi Edgar,

I'd love to show a photo of your RR sampler on my blog! Very, very nice!!