Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Super Mail stuff, stitching and finally the reveal.....

Yesterday was super duper mail day for me!!!! First off I received from Barbara Ana a great Fob from the HoE group. She reads this blog and found that I really like the Quaker things. So, she designed a Quaker inspired fob and included and super chart of her own design AND the floss to complete it!!! Here is a picture....

Now, the next exchange is a Biscornu one and I have never made one before....so the fear factor has me hesitating as to joining or not..... what if the biscornu I make sucks and is super wonky.....I couldn't send that..... I have until February 15th to decide..... I just don't know????

I also received an order I placed with Picture this Plus for some linen and an order came from Drema at Needlecraft Corner. These I got because I am processing (in my mind) the Carriage House Samplings "Alphabet," and re-charting the colours. I want to do this next after I finish VoHRH (you've not seen that for a long time here) :) Here is the completed "Alphabet" I lifted from CHS so show a re-charted colour scheme - this was done by Kathy from Needle Delights in Florida - I really like the way the different colours look with the letters... She did a super job and I was totally inspired to re-chart the colours.

The linen I got is called Relic and you can see the various floss' that I am working with to decide colour combos. Here is a snap of the toss/haul -

I worked last night on Quaker Christmas as I am getting ready for my trip tomorrow to New Orleans. Here is a snap of the progress -

As you can see I am still in the corner. Sorry about the darker area to the left, it was late when I took the picture.

Now, I have been keeping an eye out for the new Hawk Run Chart from Carriage House Samplings and yesterday I saw that finally Shores of Hawk Run Hollow was revealed.
Here is a picture -

I am so in love with this piece I am beside myself!!!!!! I was really worried it would have a beachy feel to it and then I wouldn't want to do it, but it is just GREAT!!!!! All 19th century and with a whaling / sailing feeling to the whole thing I think is well, GREAT!!! I may even do this before I do HoHRH. Could that seagull be any more fabulous!

Thats about it for today, Thanks for stopping by!!

Take care,


  1. You can so do a biscornu. It's not brain surgery! The first one I ever did won a prize. The important thing is to keep stuffing it past the point where you think you should stop. Otherwise, the secret is a little backstitching--you can handle that!

  2. Wow you did have a great mail day! I love that new chart also. It is going on my wishlist!

  3. You can do a biscornu and if you have any problems I will talk you through it! Nice exchange. QC looking really good.

  4. Wow, so much fun to recieve mail like this! It looks really great too. I hope I get to see it in person sometime. You are so right the seagull is FAB. I am tempted to get this one too. Really. The Biscornu finnishing is not magic. I sew all the time and would love to help you with it.

  5. A biscornu sounds a bit intimidating, I know, but it's really not bad. If you can make a scissor fob, then you're more than halfway to making a biscornu! Same concept, just the shape is different.

    The first ones I ever made were given as gifts...I was so nervous that they'd turn out wacky! But despite an odd stitch count (that makes for an extra stitch at the corners, which required some close attention) and the fabric on one being not quite square, they turned out OK. The receivers loved them, and that's all that matters. :-)

  6. I'm also wondering about doing Shores before Village. I also really like it, even though blue is usually not a color I particularly like stitching with.

    You've had a great mail day! Love that floss toss!

  7. Lovely things in the mail! Just by seeing the pics of your other finished pieces, I know you'll be able to master the finish on a biscornu! (I haven's done one either, but hope to soon) Have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear about it when you return.

  8. Don't be at all intimidated about making a biscornu. I'm finishing challeneged, and a biscornu was the very first thing I finished myself. It was so much easier than I thought it would be.

    You received a fantastic exchange, and some nice stash. I've been thinking about doing the CHS Alphabet as sort of a birth sampler for my friend. I figured it was something she could have hanging up all the time, and it would be fun to teach Madeline her letters with it.

  9. Cool! Now I'll have to have Drema put me down for this one. 20% off if you reserve now.

  10. You are right! Kathy's colors for CHS Alphabet are amazing!

  11. Great mail day Edgar. Dont' worry the biscornus are pretty fool proof!