Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Stitchity Post

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends I really missed my daily Blog "fix."  Although sometimes I think I drone on and on about practically everything - I find it cathartic to sort out my thoughts and put many of them here.  Don't get me wrong, not every thought gets out and on the Web, but quite a few do!!  :)
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I think today I will devote to some stitching stuff - since that is what binds us to each other - those thin gossamer threads of silk and cotton.

There are three pieces I wanted to talk about....  first up would have to be the surprise waiting for me when I came in the office yesterday.  There was a big box from the Sweetheart Company waiting for me.  Here's a little background- a while back Dena had posted that she was looking for a completed "Christmas Rules" by Lizzie Kate to create a frame - I had my finished piece and it wasn't framed so I agreed to let her do her magic and work up a frame and use it as a model for her site (her site is just darling by the way).  Here is a snap of the wonderful job she did on my piece....


If you remember I stitched mine on 36ct linen so there is tad more "white" space than would be when using the recommended 32ct linen - but what a stupendous job she did!!  All hand done and just too cute!!  Here is a close up shot to show some of the detail...


I couldn't be happier with the finished piece and will treasure it for years to come!!!  Thank you so very much Dena. On the Sweetheart Company site it is in the "New Releases" area.
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Another framed piece I wanted to show is a piece I gave my Mom for Christmas.  It is the LHN's "Sampler Months" - here is a snap...


The frame she picked out is a great blue coloured painted one that fits really well with the piece. My Mom was super happy with the framed piece and that's what counts!!
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The last piece I wanted to talk about today is the ongoing stitching on Mary Ann Hutton....  It was one of the two projects I took with me last week, but it was the only one I got a chance to work on -  here is a snap of how it stands at the moment...


.... it is just bee-bopping along not very fast but steadily.  I am not sure how I am going to handle the name and date - as I don't usually stitch the original stitchers names and dates when I stitch an historic sampler, but with this one  - it's like a banner across the lower part so it will be hard to loose it or stitch something else in it's place....  I have lots of time and quite a bit of border before I need to make a decision, so I won't worry about that at the moment.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for all your kind comments and for stopping by, do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

35 comments:

BrendaS said...

Christmas Rules looks fabulous and your framed LHN monthlys look fantastic in that frame. So glad your Mom like it.

Nice progress on your sampler. It really is moving along.

Lynn said...

Dena's framework on your Christmas Rules is so precious!! She has done an amazing job and you must be so thrilled with the results!
Your mother has also chosen a lovely frame for the monthly LHNs. You did a great job on it Edgar!
Mary Ann is a new design to me. I'm enjoying your progress on it. I'm sure you'll figure something out for the last banner.

riona said...

I love the Hutton sampler ... such nicely muted colors. I have no doubt that you will solve your problem replacing the original signature line ... you always come up with such creative personalizations.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Cute frame for Christmas Rules and the frame for your mother's piece is perfect. Mary Ann is looking wonderful.

Nan said...

The frame is cutie, cute, cute. I love the Christmas sampler. I'm not sure I've seen that one before. Now its on my to do list :-)
Take care!

ROSELLA69 said...

LAVORI STUPENDI, COMPLIMENTI UN ABBRACCIO FORTE FORTE.

Akila said...

Very pretty framing, compliments the stitching so well. The months sampler looks beautiful in the frame too. Am glad your mom liked it :)

Margaret said...

Oh what fun! Love how that hand-made frame came out for the Lizzie Kate piece! Love the frame for your mom's piece too. And Mary Ann looks grand! You're zipping along on her!

Rita said...

Everything looks great!

Sometimes when I'm stitching a sampler, I'll stitch the original name/date but then either stitch my name/date somewhere where it will be hidden under the framing or attach my info to the back.

Mary said...

What a beautiful frame to compliment your LK piece. Even the inside is striped she is very talented. Moms are great ,they love anything you make ( no matter how old YOU are )...in your case it is beautiful.

Deb said...

That frame is just the perfect for your piece. I just love how it came out. It really goes so well with your stitching. And wonderful piece you did for your mom. I'll bet that it was fun to work on with al the different blocks. I'll bet your mom was just tickled to receive it.

Mary Ann is looking wonderful!!

sand said...

Hi Edgar, Somehow I missed the LHN sampler I love yours and must do this one can you tell me what linen you used. I'm going to order the pattern soon and start it. Mary Ann is another one I would love to do she looks beautiful - your getting me in trouble!lol Thanks for any info you can give me. Debbie

Barb said...

All the projects look wonderful!! Lucky Mom!

MarchAnn58 said...

It all looks great and made even better with a one of a kind frame designed for your piece. Your framing choices alway work with your peices Edgar good job.

Peggy Lee said...

Some gorgeous stitching here Edgar! Love that last sampler. I go nuts for that sort of thing.
Beautiful gift for your mother. She's one lucky Momma.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The frame for "Rules" is really cute and will be a perfect little piece to brighten a special spot at the holidays! The LHN piece for your Mom is just wonderful - I can totally see why she'd be so thrilled; you did a beautiful job stitching (as you always do, of course) and the frame looks great with it. Finally, Miss Hutton is really beautiful! I'll be anxious to see what you decide to do with the signature area but I have no doubt that whatever you decide will look absolutely FAB!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your mum must have been so pleased with her lovely stitched gift.

mdgtjulie said...

You've made a lot of progress, Edgar. Grats! And the frames really compliment their respective pieces. Awesome!!

Nancy said...

Such beautiful framed samplers! Your Christmas Rules is just so pretty and cheerful! I'm sure your Mom loves her sampler months - it's lovely. Enjoy stitching on your sampler.

Karen said...

What a great finishes. I love Lizzie Kate and that frame is just darling!

happy stitching...

melodyr said...

The frame for Christmas Rule is beautiful. I will check out her site and see what else she has. I have to say that I missed your posts last week. Glad you had a vacation even if it was rainy.

Ellen said...

Beautifully framed, love them! Mary Ann is progressing well, your stitching is gorgeous!

Hugs,

dixiesamplar said...

WOWZER, that is a gorgeous frame for your Christmas Rules piece...absolutely perfect finish!

Love your other pieces too, so very pretty...bet your mom loves hers :o)

P.S. Missed you while you were gone, and am so glad you're back to blogging...hope the whohounds are doing well...Hi Rico!!!

marly said...

Great finishes, fabulous frame, Mary Ann is looking good!

Christine said...

The frame for Christmas Rules is fabulous!
Your sampler is looking good too

Julie said...

Stunning frame for Christmas Rules. Your motoring along on the Sampler.

Kielrain said...

Wonderful frames.
Your Mary Ann is coming along fantastically as well.

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous designs and frames - all of these have gone on my 123 stitch wishlist. Thank you so much for sharing.

Edgar said...

Hi Debbie - Thanks for the kind words - the linen I used on the LHN Monthly charts was - 32ct Picture This Plus Earthen. I went with this for three reasons - I had it in my stash already, it was big enough for all the charts stitched together - and - I liked the slight pinkish cast that this particular piece had. I do remember that I used mostly the recommended floss choices - however I did change quite a few of them in the last six months - sorry I didn't keep a list. let me know if you would like any other info -

edgar

Shirlee said...

Everything looks wonderful!

Stitchinowl said...

What a fabulous post filled with eye candy galore! I love the frames for both of your finishes. Your mom's finish is particularly pretty. Very nice choice of fabric.
Carolyn

Elisa said...

Wow that frame frame is magical...lucky you! Great WIP piccies too xx

Catherine said...

What an adorable frame! All of your pieces look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Edgar,

Miss Hutton is wonderful! Have you changed the floss colors from what it called for? I have this parially started in my stash, but it's not nearly as pretty in color as yours - would you share your changes if possible? Thanks so much.

Ronda - Ohio

pj said...

GREAT framing ideas...Christmas Rules is really nice with the extra touches. I will have to look at her framing ideas as some are hard to match with so many colors used in the piece. I love your gift for your mom! How precious! And Mary Hutton looks fab....can't wait to see what you decide to stitch in the name spot...maybe just a Christmas Greeting since it is a Christmas sampler? Or December 25th!!!! pj in iowa