Monday, May 23, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, stitching away on the lovely Miss Quertier... and loving it to pieces!!  Here's a snaperoo...


... since I am not doing a "repro" stitch I am really liking the dark blue, green, and purple of the silk floss that I chose - let's hear it for stash!!  I often wonder when I just arbitrarily buy lovely overdyed floss either silk or cotton when or if I'll ever use it in a project.  I have quite a few skeins of stuff I've bought over the years that languish in the pile... oh well those are projects for the future.
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edgar

Sunday, May 22, 2022

A Little Remembering

 Gentle Friends,  today would have been my parent's 67th wedding anniversary...

... from the wedding album, my favorite picture of that long ago rainy Sunday.
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edgar





Friday, May 20, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, how's about an oldie but a goodie.... this was a chart I hunted a long time to find and eventually won one on the Bay of Evil...  I loved stitching this piece and it now languishes in the box of completed stitches...  here's a snaperoo...


"Plantation Sampler" by Canterbury Designs - August 8th - November 13, 2016
My Conversion of Belle Soie (Classic Colorworks Silk)
36ct PTP Wren 
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edgar

Monday, May 16, 2022

A Little Finish and a Little Start

 Gentle Friends, I finished up the HA sampler, and here's a snap...

"Heaven Above" - Midsummer Night Designs
40ct LL - Pearled Barley
Recommended Floss
4/11 - 5/12/22

A fun little stitch that seemed to work up quickly and now it's on to another sampler... I think I'm going to keep on stitching from stash for the next two projects.  The next piece I'm stitching came straight from my stash pile...  and was pulled entirely from stash.... I've had this chart sort of hovering in the background for years.  I always enjoy stitching Quaker pieces so here's a snap...


"M. Quertier 1799" from The Scarlet Letter
36ct Hot Mess from WDW

The 2 main silk colors I am using are Gloriana "Seaweed" and Silk 'N Colors "Tapestry Green"
I am also going to spot stitch in some Gloriana "Dried Pink Roses" and Elizabethan Green" - The sampler was originally stitched in all Black... but I'm not trying for a repro look and I choose my own path and colors.....
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edgar

Friday, May 13, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, today is a two-for-one flashback...  the first piece I stitched for my Mom and gave to her for Christmas 2011...

Months of the Year by Little House needleworks
Mostly the called for floss on 36ct something...

... she had seen me working on it and loved it, it was very much to her taste, she also wanted to have it framed herself... so the frame is one I wouldn't have picked.... but whatever, it made her happy.  I then stitched this as a companion piece over the Spring of 2012...

Months of the Year by Country Cottage Needleworks
Some of the called for floss and mostly my conversion
36ct Something

...and was all prepared for Christmas 2012, but she passed away at Thanksgiving so into the "box of stitched and yet to be framed" pieces it went and when we broke up my Mom's house I took the framed one... it now hangs in the "stairway gallery."  I still like the framed piece and when I see it I think of my Mom.
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edgar

Monday, May 9, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I've finished up the top section of the sampler... and here's a snaperoo...

... now it's on to the verse beneath.
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edgar

Friday, May 6, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle friends, I've decided I need to post more about stitching... so I landed on the idea of a Flashback Friday where I'll post a snap of something from the past I've stitched.... this week I'm posting something I see every day and just love...


.... from Sheepish Designs, my version of Alpha Bird, Alpha Menagerie, and Alpha Sheep.  I combined the three charts into a single sampler and to get them to work together I charted the spacer sections between them.  Long out of print these super charts were hard to find back in 2010 and I had to borrow one of them from another stitcher just to get my sticky paws on it for the complete set.  I loved stitching this piece and as I said before it hangs where I see it every single day.  For these posts, I'll probably toggle back and forth between framed and unframed pieces.  I frame my stitching under glass so you'll have to forgive the reflections.
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There you sports fans.  Have a super weekend and thanks again for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, May 2, 2022

A Few More Doo-Dads....

 Gentle Friends... still stitching away on Heaven Above... here's a snap...


... you may notice that the once Plum Paisley harp has now gone Apple Cider ... the symbols are very close and so I frogged the plum and stitched in apple!! I do like that there is a dog and kitty angel.
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The text of the bottom half of this piece comes from the hymn by Isacc Watts written in 1709  "There is a Land of Pure Delight."  Only the first two stanzas are part of the piece.  Here's a really nice choral version of the hymn from whence (how often can I use the word whence) it came.... enjoy...

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edgar

Monday, April 25, 2022

A Few Little Doo-Dads

Gentle Friends, instead of actually moving the old q-snap I just started in on the bits that need stitching in the up section... here's a snap...

... all these little bits are fun to stitch and much different than my usual so I'll just keep moving across and down with the "bit stitching" to the bottom part and the quote from Isaac Watts.
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edgar

Monday, April 18, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, just plugging away on the newest stitch... here's a snap...

... it doesn't look like much but it took quite a few days to fill all that dark blue in... 
now on to all the bits and the big angel!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Sunday, April 17, 2022

A Happy Easter

 Gentle Friends, just a quick post....

... bringing everyone a basket of Happy Easter greetings!
edgar


Sunday, April 10, 2022

A Little Finish and a Little Start

Gentle Friends, so I have finally finished up the stitching on a Deleware Inspiration... I made some big changes along the sides... here is a snap...


"A Deleware Inspiration" - Heart's Ease Examlar Workes
1/1/ - 4/6/2022
40 ct LL Vintage Navy Bean
Recommended Belle Soie/Classic Colorworks

The changes I made are pretty substantial... I added to the lower part of the center box - the over one grapevine on the right and the lower vine of red flowers which replaces and box for the name and date.  I also replaced the bunches of goldenrod made with french knots that would have appeared on either side of the box with the ladybugs and holly.  I initially stitched the bunch of goldenrod on the right side, I really hated it, so "knotty" and just not how I wanted this piece to look... so I frogged and snipped all the dozens of knots out and extended the roses into the space left open.  I am MUCH happier with the result and wish I had made the decision to stitch roses in the first place. Oh well, live and learn.
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And... my start is on a sampler piece I've had in my stash for years.  Here's a snap...

"Heaven Above" - Midsummer Night Designs
40ct LL - Pearled Barley
Recommended Floss

Not much of a start but you get the idea.  It's a small piece so should stitch up fast.  Already looking ahead and have narrowed things to a few choices - just need to see if I have a piece of linen that I'll like and will fit and what floss I have or will need to get.
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edgar

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

A Little Spring in SF

Gentle Friends, after Mass on Sunday we made our annual trek to the far end of Golden Gate Park near the ocean to see the lovely tulips in Queen Wilhelmina's Garden... here are some snaps...


... named for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands the great-great-grandmother of the current King... every year it is replanted with colorful tulips and flowers...



... in addition to the tulips, there were mounds of marigolds and then there was also some spectacular orange poppies.... really beautiful!!

.. the display of tulips lasts for a few shorts weeks in the early spring so if ever you are in SF make the trip out to the Great Highway and visit the Garden.
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edgar

Monday, April 4, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I finished up the over one section, thank goodness.  It seemed to take the longest time, but whatever, it's now done, and now to finish up the rest of the central block.... here's a snap...


... I think that not only the blue chickens but the motto or verse is what really sold me on this sampler...
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edgar

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A little Something New

 Gentle Friends, just updating the old blog a bit.... here's a little something "new" I picked up recently...


... a cased glass paperweight vase by Daniel Salazar, of Lundberg Studios... 
it reminds me of dogwood flowers...

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edgar 

Monday, March 28, 2022

A Little Bit o'Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I slugging through all the over-one section and not moving fast at all... here's a snap...


... I'm even too lazy to pop off all the Q-snaps... oh well, you get the idea.  I like my recharting of the grapes on the right and once the over-one is all done this area will look nice.  Then I will get to the recharted band I created under all this and hope for the best...
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edgar

Monday, March 21, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends - I've finished up all the satin stitches around the edge and now I'm just pluggin' away at the over one in the middle...here's a snap...

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edgar

Sunday, March 20, 2022

A Little Spring

Gentle Friends, once again the year is fleeting and we have arrived on the first day of Spring...


Thanks for stopping by!

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edgar


Monday, March 14, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, I've made a little headway on the over one and the "changes" in the center box...  here's a snap...


... after stitching away on the grapes and leaves and I couldn't take any more "over-one" I moved over and started on the satin stitch fill around the border and got a bit of that done...
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Not much else go9ing on around here.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, March 7, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up the hen, and the rest of the roses...now I think I'll tackle all the over one in the center box... here's a snap of my blue chickens...


 ...  all the over one is going to kick my butt as I am not fast to stitch such small bits, but it has to get done and will look nice once it's finished.
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edgar

Monday, February 28, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, more ADI, and here's a snaperoo...

... one rooster down along with the strawberries and basket... now on to the hen!
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edgar

Monday, February 21, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, still stitching away on ADI and I've started a bit near the bottom... here's a snaperoo..


I don't think I've ever given voice to the fact that within the middle square space - where the bands are that I was never fully engaged with that part of the chart or this sampler.  That was what kept me from getting this project a long time ago.  I am all for the blue chickens - woohoo!!!  ... and that's what pushed me over the edge and me now stitching away on this sucker, but the part just under all the over one grape arbor and motto... not happy with that in the least.  It looks and feels clunky and that extra box with my name - me no likey!  So... all this time I've been thinking about what could I stitch or re-work or just chart to fill this space and it's a pretty big space.  I've looked a literally 100's of samplers from the late 18th and early 19th centuries - nothing from anywhere jumped out as a fix.  However now I think I've figured it out and have a solution....  I'll ruminate on it a bit before I let loose and just keep stitching away.  BTW that space between the two ladybugs and that bit of holly....  that's for goldenrod - all french knots - not my favorite - so I'll let that go for the moment also!!
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edgar

Monday, February 14, 2022

A little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, still stitching away on the Deleware Sampler... here's a snap...

... this picture makes the piece look very tan...  I guess the lighting was a bit odd... oh well, I finished up the mirror bit on the right, and now am just working towards the bottom of the piece.....
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edgar


Monday, February 7, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, still stitching away on ADI... here's an updated snaperoo...

... I've gotten some more alphabet done and a bit more of the flower border.

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edgar

Thursday, February 3, 2022

A Little Brunchin'

Gentle Freinds, after Mass on Sunday we met up with some friends at The Wooden Spoon on Market Street.   We've been before and it was quite tasty...again this time it did not disappoint...let me start off with a snap of the menu...


... and here's some "food porn".... yummy...

... I checked ou the menu the night before so knew exactly what I wanted even before we sat down,  Sweedish Society Pancakes, so good, just thick crepes, and the lemon curd and lingonberry added just the right amount of zing!!



... everybody else got The Big Spoon, eggs, any way you want, potatoes, a little fruit, biscuit, and bacon....  this is a great place and we got there just as the first wave of "brunchers started to arrive.  We love meeting up and brunching so that when we are done and get home all that is left to do is take a nap!!  It was a super Sunday for sure!
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edgar

Monday, January 31, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, stitching down the sides now and another bit of alphabet... here's a snap...

... getting the holly and the peach blossoms stitched was a nice bit to accomplish this week...I made a huge counting error on the right side with the top two blossoms... which in turn caused quite a bit of frogging but eventually got back on track!
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edgar

Monday, January 24, 2022

A Little More Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, now I've moved on to the middle section and started to work on the alphabets and "decorative" stitches.  I remember when I stitched the Califonia sampler how much I enjoyed the decorative stitches in the breaks between the alphabets... and once again the breaks are fun to stitch... here's a snap...


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edgar

Monday, January 17, 2022

A Few More Roses

Gentle Friends, I finished up the top row of roses and carnations... here's a snap...


... now on to the middle and the alphabets...

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edgar

Friday, January 14, 2022

A Little Sumo Season

Gentle Friends, you may know or not about me that I can become obsessed with some things in my life.  One of these things is Sumo Citrus Season.  It's a short season from about mid-January to the first of April... that these delicious oranges are around.  I started stalking the produce at the two Safeways we go to and even the fruit vendor I get things from over in the Richmond District... well they came in this past week and we got some this morning...  here's a snap...

.. they are big and juicy and without seeds (usually)... a little pricey but so worth it!  Off to lunch at Patxi's Pizza with some friends today ... a super way to start off the weekend!
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edgar

Monday, January 10, 2022

A Few Little Roses

Gentle Friends, starting in the upper left corner, as I am wont to do... I got busy stitching the bunch of roses... there are roses like this in each corner of the main body of the sampler ... here's a snap...


...  Belle Soie is great silk to use and I have always liked using it to stitch.  I know the name was dropped but I'm pretty stubborn (surprise, surprise) and will continue to call it that.  Now on to the next bunch of flowers!
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edgar

Sunday, January 2, 2022

A Little Start for the New Year and a Last Snap of Christmas...

Gentle Friends, I had kitted up a few projects anticipating a start once I finished up the SAL and my Christmas piece...I started one of them and got a bit stitched and became less enthused with the linen with every stitch...so I frogged that sucker all out, put the linen back into stash, and couldn't come up with a replacement from the pile, so I moved on to the next piece... I'll get back to the first one, after a trip over the Bay to Needle in a Haystack for a piece of linen that will work for the piece... here's a snaperoo of the piece I did start... a sampler...


"A Deleware Inspiration" - Heart's Ease Examplar Workes 
40ct LL Vintage Navy Bean
 Called for Belle Soie Silks

I've gotten the border structure in, the fill for triangles is Butterscotch and I'll get to that later on...  I really enjoyed stitching "Sojourner" the Califonia Sampler from HEEW... and who can resist the blue chickens that are on this one!!
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On New Years Day Rico and I headed over to St Ignatius Church to get a look at the Christmas decorations before they come down... it's a lovely church and was once again beautifully decorated for the Season!!  Here's a snap...

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That's about it for tonight sports fans.  
It's back to the grindstone in the morning so I'll sign off for now.  CYA next week.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, stitching away on the lovely Miss Quertier... and loving it to pieces!!  Here's a snaperoo... ... since I am not doing ...