Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday stitching...but TGIF!!!

Lets see - should I babble about movies or stitching first...... lets do movies....

Yesterday on the eve of the end of 31 Days of Oscar on TCM it was a 2 and 1/2 feature.... Since I don't get home until about 3:45 in the afternoon I often miss the first half of most movies. This held true yesterday when I walked in on the last part of "Fiddler on the Roof" - 1971. Such a nice musical with great songs. This was followed by "A Man for All Seasons" - 1966. The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. Wonderfully acted and a superb movie. Wendy Hiller as Lady Alice Moore was never better!! Then it was "Dr. Zhivago" - 1965 rounding out the evening. This is one of my favorite movies. Not only because David Lean directed it (a favorite director) but it is a monumentally sweeping epic that is gorgeously photographed and backed up by one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. As you can see I sort of like it. In fact there is a list of his movies that are super: "Blithe Spirit" - 1945, "Great Expectations" - 1946, "Oliver Twist" - 1948, "Hobson's Choice" - 1954, "Summertime" - 1955, "The Bridge over the River Kwai" - 1957, "Lawrence of Arabia" - 1962, "A Passage to India" -1984. All wonderful movies and well worth watching!!! Enough film stuff -

Stitchy stuff - I did work on and finish the first alphabet for "Forgiveness" - here is a snap

I also did a bit of the border and it will be a much easier one than "Serenity." This border is only two lines and a broken Greek Key, where "Serenity" was filled in solid with leaves. I also said I would get a picture of the way I hold my q-snap. Now I don't know if I am holding it or even using this thing correctly but it works for me.... If you can imagine I sort of slump with my knees up and the stitching is braced on my right knee underneath...

I keep the extra linen rolled up either beneath, when working at the top of a piece or on top, if working near the bottom. You can see in the background my working copy. Since this chart is broken across six pieces of paper, which I would surely loose count and mess up, I have made copies of everything and tape it together so the it is only three large pieces.

I think I will leave off today with a snap of the Peach with her crazy eyes.....

I think she wants a cookie!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Take care,


  1. Congrats on finishing the first alphabet, it looks great!

    I think you're using it correctly if it works for you, which it obviously does by all the stitching you accomplish! Looking forward to seeing what stash follows you home, have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks, Edgar! Sometimes I think I am more interested in being a stitchy busy-body and seeing how everybody stitches than I am in actually stitching. I think a coffee table book showing stitchers in their stitchy areas would be fabulous. OK, so now I know not to get too wigged out about extra linen around Q-snaps -- it just happens, eh? Have a fabulous weekend! I'm off to start "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow"! Kiss Kiss from Coni in Indiana.

  3. Look at that sweet pea's pink tummy! She's a cutie!

  4. Forgiveness is looking super. You are zipping right along on this one also ;)

  5. Dr Zhivago is also one of my favorite films. It's gorgeous!! And I'm a sucker for Russian literature anyway. ;)

  6. Oh, but you've been busy whilst I've been MIA Edgar!!! Forgiveness is going to be spectacular! I love the fabby... which one are you using? Have you ever tried those big clip thingys {you know the silver and black ones... Binder clips or some such} for rolling up your extra linen to keep it out of the way? Anyway, that's what I do with mine.

    Dr Zhivago is one of my all-time fave films... I so love the TCM channel! lol I'm a flim buff anyway, and rarely watch regular shows on the Telly... lol

    Love your Spring photos... it's still drab around here, although I have seen a few Buttercups here and there...

    Oh, and Peach is such a sweety-pie!!! Do give her a cookie from me! :-)

  7. Hey Edgar, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It is so cool that there is another guy stitcher out there. YAY!!! Your work is Wonderful too. TCM channel I totaly forgot I have that channel. They sure don't make movies like the classics. I added a link to you on my blog, hope you don't mind. Hope your staying warm and not like the cold Mid-West I am in. Well I do like the snow. :) It's cool that your SO is Sioux in my online photo album I have a Sioux Warrior I stitched. I put a link on my blog post this week. Oh I am part Cherokee. YAY!!! Take care.

  8. Dear Edgar,
    Your work is so beautiful. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I've been 'lurking' since New Year's and you've inspired me to take up my stitching again. I'm halfway through one sampler and have become totally hooked on Quaker cross stitch. I'm pretty sure I can 'blame' you :) I bought the chart for Quaker Christmas and just need to decide on thread colors and buy my linen.

    Thank you for all the time you take to post your pictures and write about your life. I'm a stitcher again!

    Now I have to start working on my blog...

  9. Give that pooch a cookie! she needs one! FAST! I'm starting my rr tonight!

  10. Alphabet looks great! I have several sizes of Q-snaps, but find that I use the 8x8 more than any size. The larger ones make my hand/wrist hurt because they are so heavy to hold for a long time. When I have lots of extra fabric, I too, use binder clips to keep it rolled up and out of the way. (but not too tightly rolled up)
    Looking for pictures of new stash on Monday!

  11. Edgar, you are just so busy :) Everything you have been sharing looks SUPER!!

    Enjoy the weekend :)

  12. What a great line-up of movies to enjoy! I caught a few of them this month, but there were so many more I wanted to see. Maybe next year? :D

  13. Thanks for sharing your q-snap pic Edgar! You're totally using it right! Hmmm, huge binder clip could work if I put felt in between the fabric and a clip. That Lizzy had a good idea.

    Have fun at NiaH today. Say hi to Mary. So jealous you get to shop for stash! No more stash for me for a while.

  14. Your alphabet looks great, as does Pretty Peach. I had 2 chihuahuas when I was growing up, such cuties!

  15. Forgiveness is looking lovely Edgar. It looks like it's going be another big project.

    I finally ordered A Quaker Christmas yesterday! Seeing yours and Carol's I just couldn't resist it anymore!

    Peach is so cute!

  16. Hi Edgar! I sent you an email last week but didn't hear back, maybe it's in your spam folder?