Friday, December 16, 2022

A Little Stitchin' and a Note.....

Gentle Friends, sooooo... I've been quite absent lately and I'm sorry about that, let me start off with the pitiful amount of stitching I've done (as I didn't stitch for about 5 days)... here's a really bad snaperoo....


just stitching across the top portion.  It's still fun and I always love the color palette in Deborah Thorpe's samplers.
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I will be away for a few weeks so this is the last post for a while.  
  Thanks for stopping by the ole Blog.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, December 5, 2022

A Little Finish and a Little Start

Gentle Friends, over the last week or so we had a lovely Thanksgiving with friends and family... and now we a quickly moving toward Christmas...  I finished up the Winter Floral Sampler and here's a snap...

"Winter Floral Sampler" from Knotted Tree Needle Art
11/5 - 11/27/22
30ct WDW Tin Roof - Called for NPI Silk

I recharted the right-hand side from about "w" to the right edge, and am very happy with the results.
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The next piece that I started is one that's been on the back burner for years.  Another stitcher helped me out with the chart as I had misplaced it but had my copy without a key...  here's a snap of where I've gotten so far...


"In Memory" - Midsummer Night Designs
40ct LL Vintage Buttercream -  Belle Soie and NPI Silks

It's called "In memory" from Midsummer Night Designs.  The chart has only ever appeared in Just Cross Stitch magazine that I'm aware of. I've made a pretty good start on the border.  I'm stitching this as a piece for my mom who's been gone now for 10 years.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, November 25, 2022

A Little Break

 Gentle Friends, just taking a break from the Blog for a while.  

I'll be back...  look at the cute Chi in the meantime...

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar

Monday, November 21, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, still stitching my way across WFS... here's a snaperoo...

... the snap is craptastic as the linen is really more grey than yellow, but you get the idea.  Only the last third left to go and then on to my next project waiting in the wings.
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edgar


Friday, November 18, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends..... here's a sampler for the Thanksgiving season from about 10 years ago...

"Feast of Friendship" designed by Blackbird Designs - 9/18 - 11/3/13 - 36ct Barn Owl
Using mostly recommended overdyed - changing GAST "Piney Woods" for CC "Baby Spinach and adding CC "Sassy Brass" to the roof tiles.

I remember this as a really fun stitch and it's framed and hung up on the sampler wall so I can see it every day.  It's amazing that almost ten years have gone by since this was stitched... Tempus fugit!!
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edgar

Monday, November 14, 2022

A Little Stitching

 Gentle Friends, I'm stitching away on WFS, and here's a snaperooo...

I'm really enjoying this piece and is stitching up quickly.  I am however not happy with the chart.  As I said before the chart and pictures are significantly different with missing parts of the project.  Now working away on the piece I find that there is a missing symbol and incorrect symbols used almost indiscriminately.  So as I stitch along I compare the color image and the chart and then decide what might work... not the best option but it's my only option at this point.  It'll get done but it would have been easier on me the stitcher if there was more proofing done before going to press.  Whatever, it's a lovely little piece and the different poinsettias are going to work out fine!
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edgar

Friday, November 11, 2022

Friday Flashback

 Gentle Friends, today is another smaller sampler from the sampler wall...

"Flower Basket" - from La-D-Da

I couldn't find the linen type, but I am sure I used the called-for floss.  I know this because even after all these years later I still remember that the lite blue floss used is a linen floss that, for me at least, shred all over the place as I stitched and was a nightmare to work with.  I swore then and there when I finished this piece that NEVER again would I use linen floss again... and whenever I bumped up against it being used I will always substitute cotton or silk to achieve the color and keep my sanity.

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edgar

Monday, November 7, 2022

A Little Fall Finish and a Little Winter Start

 Gentle Friends, I finished up AGW over the weekend, and here's a snaperoo...

"A Ghoultide Welcome" - Plum Street Samplers
40ct LL Pecan Butter
Called for NPI Silk

I still think I'm not doing the fill around the motto ..the other change I made was in the wording and I added a pumpkin by the tree.  "A Yuletide Welcome" is on deck at some point in the future.
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The Christmas sampler I picked out has been knocking around in the "to-do" charts pile for a very long time.  This is the year... here's the beginning of this small piece...


"Winter Floral Sampler" from Knotted Tree Needle Art
30ct WDW Tin Roof - Called for NPI Silk

It's been soooo long since I've worked on linen with such a low count that I forgot I would need to use two strands of silk to get decent coverage. I do like how the colors look against the grey linen.   

This chart dates back to 2007 and I didn't notice until I started getting the silk and linen together that the stitched image of the completed chart on the front is very different from what's actually charted.  There are significant differences with missing bits - but it is what it is and I think I chose this sampler for the cardinal in the center anyway!!  It'll be a fun piece to stitch up!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay safe!!

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edgar

Friday, November 4, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends...today's flashback is a smaller sampler that seems to fit the season...here's a snaperoo...

"Harvest Blessing" by Mary Beale
from Pocketbook Needlework No. 8  Fall 1990
Stitched on 28ct  "Fresco"  Recommended DMC

 I framed it up in an antique frame I found at an estate sale and I think it worked out pretty well and looks nice on the wall with my other stitching.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, October 31, 2022

A Litle Hallowe'en and a little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, just a quick wish for everyone to have a sane, safe, and wonderful Hallowe'en... and here's a little sampler for this fun Holiday...

"Thine is the Trick or Treat" from Prairie Moon Needlework, with my little changes.  A fun piece I've shown before.
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Here is a current snap of where my stitching is on AGW...
...I made a mistake just before I turned the upper right corner and had to go back and frog quite a bit...so instead of nail-biting to see if the border was going to hook up correctly I went ahead and pre-stitched up the line...and bada bing bada boom she matched up so now just going back over and stitching up the rest.  There's a tree a moon and some stars left, a little grass fill and she'll be done.  I think I've almost decided to not do the fill-in around the words... the companion Christmas piece... "A Yuletide Welcome" has no fill I'm leaning towards the "no fill" camp.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, October 28, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, with Hallowe'en upon us I thought I'd pull a piece for the Holiday.  Sherry over at Celtic's Lacing and Whimsical Thoughts and I traded some emails regarding Round Robins ... which got me thinking about a Hollwe'en one I was in a while back... here's a snaperoo...


It was way back in 2008 that this was making the rounds.  I love the Hallowe'en RR, but I must not have ever put any info about the linen or the floss I used...  lost to the mists of time.
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edgar

Monday, October 24, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, so, finally, I have finished up the house... I am now ready to move on... here's a snaperoo...


I just poped it out of the Q-snap and there she lays in a crumpled state... this piece is a really heavy "fill" piece for using up the silk... but I  knew that going in so I'll trudge on.  I made a decision on my Christmas stitch and ordered up some of the missing silks for that.  They should arrive in the next week or so... I'm a happy camper!!  Now on to more border stitching!

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Thats about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, October 21, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, I do love the series of Hawk Run Hollow and have stitched a few of them... let's start off with probably my favorite one...

 "Shores of Hawk Run Hollow" - by Carriage House Samplings
8/14/10 - 4/29/12
36ct Vintage Autumn Gold, Called for NPI Silk

I remember this was a piece I stitched off and on for a year and a half, although I loved the stitch often these HRH pieces I'll hit a square that will just burn me out.  When that happens I pop it in the old WIP basket until later.  I made one major change to the "In Memory" square and recharted to stitch in an 18th-century ancestor who was an actual sailor.
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edgar

Monday, October 17, 2022

A Little Stitchin' and a Little Stash

Gentle Friends, although I worked some on  AGW I was down for the count over the weekend and did next to no stitching for two days.  I felt like crap and did 3 separate covid tests thinking I had finally been struck down, they all were negative and I started feeling better this morning so I'll just post where I left off...

.. still working on the house, and making a little progress.
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I'm still on the fence about the next piece to stitch and while I was pulling things together from the old stash pile a while back I noticed how limited I was with the linen I have.  Or I should say the lck of choice from the 40ct pieces.  So I decided to do something about that.  I usually check out a few of the online Stitchy stores and saw that Drema at Needlecraft Corner in Baltimore was having linen of the month subscription so I called joined up and now my first piece has arrived...  

wrapped up all cute and festive in Hallowe'en garb...

"Sand Dunes" - Seraphim Hand Dyed Fabric by Laurie. Included in the package were a floss threader, two beading needles, and a short needle (like I like them) in a little tube!! Fun Stuff! It's really lovely linen and I can't wait to see what comes next month. 

I had ordered back in February some other linen that I had heard and read great things about on social media and wanted to see for myself.  It took quite a while to come but eventually came a few weeks ago...

... from Needle and Flax, these lovely pieces arrived.  I know the supply chain was wack so it took a long time, but well worth the wait.  The three colors I chose are, on the bottom "Dolly Madison", on the top left "Eastwick" and on the right "Brea."  The photos do not do them justice so you'll just have to take my word for it...
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Sfae1

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edgar



Friday, October 14, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends, a piece from the wall of samplers...

... from Just CrossStitch Magazine.  I must have worked on this during the last part of 2008 but finished up in 2009, I think this one is called "This is the Day" ... at least I'm pretty sure it is... I stitched it on 36ct Meadowlark using my own conversion of floss and I framed it in an antique frame I picked up somewhere.
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edgar

Monday, October 10, 2022

A Little Stitching

 Gentle Friends, here's an updated snap on AGW...


... just fill stitching for the time being and with the old thumb slowing me down it'll be another week at least on the house before I can move on...  but them's the breaks.

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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, October 7, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends, looking way back before the Blog even I stitched this...

BBD  "Quaker Garden"
RR Linen 30ct Garden State Java
Called for WDW & GAST

...  I found a reference to this piece in 2007... it's an oldie, "fake" quaker... so to speak.  I think it was even my first Quakeresque thing that I stitched...  but from this was born a love of the Quaker Sampler and I have stitched many since.  Those quakery bits are scatted about the house and in homes of friends and family that I have foisted on as gifts.  When I took it off the wall I could see it is also an early framing job of mine.  Since this was framed I have found I prefer my stitching framed tighter without so much "white" or empty space... but I'll not change it and back up it goes.  

The old thumb is getting better but I keep snagging the healing wound on the silk floss when I push the needle up, but I keep going.  So, Monday's update on AGW will be smallish for sure.

Have a super weekend and thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar


Monday, October 3, 2022

A Little Stitching

 Gentle friends, here's a snaperoo of  AGW...


... got a start on the house and am still moving from West to East.....  I think I would have been quite a bit further along but I was chopping up some stuff making chicken salad and stupidly cut the crap out of my thumb...then proceeded to bleed like a stuck hog - oink!!.  This mishap has slowed down the old needle considerably....  but I carry on - slowly but surely!
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edgar

Friday, September 30, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends, I've always loved stitching Quaker pieces, but none more than this piece...

1798 Quaker Sampler by Goode Huswife
40ct Barn Owl by Linens by Design
Using the called NPI Silk Floss
1/30 - 3/18/2019

 I do enjoy the Goode Huswife pieces I've stitched and pieces I have yet to stitch...this is probably my favorite of them all.  It hangs in our living room and I see it all the time.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A Little Fall Music

 Gentle Friends, a lovely song sung by the incomparable Nat King Cole.......

Autumn Leaves - 1945 -  by Joseph Kosma, English translation by Johnny Mercer.  
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That's about all for this evening sports fans.  
Keeping those Floridians in harm's way in our thoughts.  Stay Safe!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Words!
edgar

Monday, September 26, 2022

A Little Stitching

 Gentle Friends, stitching away on AGW, and here's a snaperoo..


.. I popped it out of the Q-snap and it looks a bit bent... but I did finish up that potted plant ... there were a lot of starts and stops with this as I do not like to trsvel floss too much on the back, but it's done, and on to the little motifs and the big-black-house!

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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, September 23, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends, today is a Christmas piece that I stitched about 10 years ago...


... from Blackbird Designs, "Blessing be Thine"...  of course, I did it my way and I converted it from GAST and WDW overdyed cotton floss to Belle Soie overdyed silks...  stitched on 36ct Meadowlark from BoF - WDW Havana to BS Chocolate, GAST Cranberry to BS Red Fox, GAST Dried Thyme to BS Collard Greens, GAST Oatmeal to BS Oatmeal Scone.  I loved doing this and had planned to stitch it again... and may still get another one stitched up and made into a pillow.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Thursday, September 22, 2022

A Little Autumn

 Gentle Friends, with the autumnal equinox upon us here's a little Vivaldi...


... this is my favorite time of year and this lovely music really puts me in the mood for those crisp nights and my mother-in-law's apple cake!!!  Time to Bake!

Be Well!!!

edgar


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Little Movie Watching

 Gentle Friends... here's a movie list I made up long ago...and I still stand by my choices...

15 Movies to watch again and again!!  In no particular order......

1. - Summertime - 1955 - It is because of this wonderful movie that the first place I went to in Europe was Italy and especially Venice!!

2. - The Emperor's New Grove - 2000 - I love Disney Movies and am the first in line when a new release comes out (Pinocchio is coming out really soon!) This one has it all!!
3. Marie Antoinette - 1938 - Gorgeous if unrealistic version of the Queen's life with Norma Shearer in top form - I also love the 2006 version with Kirsten Dunst.
4. Giant - 1956 - There are so many great Elizabeth Taylor films I love but I picked this one.
5. Now Voyager - 1942 - There are lots of super Bette Davis films I really love and her career was so long - she is in top form in this one.
6. Trip to Bountiful - 1985 - A lovely small film at the end of Geraldine Page's glorious career.
7. Mildred Pierce - 1945 - There are lots of great Joan Crawford films but this sums up her great career.
8. Stalag 17 - 1953 - I love WWII films and this is both a great William Holden performance set in WWII.

9. Meet Me in St Louis - 1944 - A great nostalgia film and a super Judy performance
10. Goodbye Mr. Chips - 1939 - A super movie - and I needed to include a Greer Garson title- this being her first Hollywood film and super performance.
11. White Christmas - 1954 - One of two Christmas films I can watch over and over
12. Scrooge - 1970 - The second Christmas film I could watch over and over - Not the best interpretation of the Dickens classic, but in my opinion a great musical.
13. Dames - 1934 - One of the many super Busby Berkley confections I love.
14. Witness for the Prosecution - 1957 - A great suspense mystery film.


15. The Women - 1939 - A stupendous ensemble film from that golden year of 1939.


There you go - my top 15 - Everyone has favorite films - what would yours be??? 
Think about it as it is very hard to narrow down a list!
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Although I made the list up over a decade ago these are still films I watch when they pop up on TCM or I feel the need and grab the old DVD or Blu-Ray...an old film is like a good friend, always there!

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edgar

Monday, September 19, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends and the heavens opened up and there was rain... quite a bit here in the Bay area... as we left Mass yesterday morning it started up and on the drive over the hill into Noe Valley, the 5 minutes it takes to get home it whipped up to damn near torrential!!  Then it was off and on all day Sunday.  On the stitching front I'm still plugging away at AGW... here's a snap of how it is shaping up ...


...sorry about the Q-Snap and wrinkles but you can see that it is a bit on the slow-going side...  
I do love the color palette!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, September 16, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, I picked another piece off the wall to showcase today.  " Le Jardin des Arbes" - A Garden of Trees...  here's a snap...

This piece I stitched about 12 years ago.  It comes from a French Magazine called "Mains & Merveilles Broderie Creative."  Even at the time I first saw this on another Blog post the issue was OOP. It took me a while to figure out from whence it came and then was lucky enough to borrow another stitchers copy so that I could stitch this sucker!!  Originally the sampler used only DMC but I converted all those to GAST floss and then stitched it on a piece of 36ct? PTP Heritage linen.  The saying in the middle translates loosely to "Each tree Welcomes its way to Spring."  It's a piece that I really loved stitching and see it all the time and still love seeing it hanging on the wall.  It is a shame that there wasn't a Fall piece to go with it but thems the breaks I guess!

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That's about it for today sports fans.  This Sunday/Monday we're expecting our first rain here in the Bay area for months, not much but we'll take any drip or drop that falls at this point!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar

Monday, September 12, 2022

A Little More Fall Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've started the second Hallowe'en piece... not too much to show but here's a snaperoo...


A Ghoultide Welcome - Plum Street Samplers
40ct LL Pecan Butter
Called For NPI Silk

This is a great piece for the season and since I had already started "A Yuletide Welcome" (about a decade ago...)  this will be a super companion piece...  now I need to find the YW piece, see where I left off, and pull that sucker back into shape.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks again for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Friday, September 9, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, I was putting some of the finished pieces into the"box" of finishes, basically a box full of rolled-up unframed cross-stitch, and saw this great piece...


"And They Sinned" - by Examplar Dames Design Co.
5/1/2011 - 1/14/2013
Stitched on 36ct Vintage Sand
Using mostly the recommended GAST Floss

Thinking back, this was a piece I stitched mostly over 2012 - although I started it in 2011 - I did next to no real stitching on it for months and months... so this was really a piece of 2013.  Sorry about the snap but to get it all in the same shot the daylight makes it look oddly dark at the bottom, it isn't... but you get the idea.  I really did enjoy this piece immensely.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay safe!

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edgar




Saturday, September 3, 2022

A Little Finish for Fall

 Gentle Friends, I finished up Salem Remembered this evening, and here's a snaperoo...

Salem Remembered - The Primitive Stitcher
8/13 - 9/03/2022
36ct Barn owl - Birds of a Feather
Silk Floss - some called for and some I chose

I loved finally checking this great piece off my list of things  I wanted to stitch.  There's another Salem/Witch piece I'm thinking about that has landed on my list now... but that's for later...I started my second piece for Hallowe'en and if what I get stitched looks interesting enough I might post a snap on Monday.  
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That's about it for tonight sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay safe!!

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edgar

Friday, September 2, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, I was dusting up the things in the stairwell where the wall of stitchin' lurks and noticed this sweet little piece from long ago...

"Hetty Child" The Sampler Company
10/18 - 11/14/09
32ct Fog - My conversion from DMC to Belle Soie

I remember seeing this on another blog and was really drawn to the great border and the squirrels.  I framed this in an old frame I had gotten from an estate sale and still like how it turned out.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  I'm having a long weekend and hopefully will get some serious stitching done.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay safe.

Good Thoughts!  Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, August 29, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, moving along with SR... here's a snaperoo...

...moving along the list of victims should go quickly...
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again.  Stay Safe!!

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edgar

Friday, August 26, 2022

Flashback Friday

 Gentle Friends, now that we are quickly heading to Fall, my favorite time of the year, I have really started thinking abut the upcoming Holidays.... and Christmas is at the top of the list... so here's a piece from about 10 years ago...

Lizzie Kate "ABC's of Christmas"
36ct BoF "Meadowlark" using the included floss
5/1 - 5/25/2013

Although not my usual type of stitching project, this piece resonated with me then and still does as it hangs up year round and I see it just about every day in the "gallery."
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There you go sports fans. Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

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edgar

Monday, August 22, 2022

A Little Stitchin'

 Gentle Friends, slow but steady stitching on SR... without a "real" chart the counting has been very tedious and there has been quite a bit of frogging... here's a snap...

...  no matter how slow it goes this will get done.  
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay safe!

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edgar

Friday, August 19, 2022

Flashback Friday

Gentle Friends, today I pulled a compilation piece of cute sheep...  here's the snaperooo..


"Little Sheep Virtues" by Little House Needleworks and 
"Sheep in the Meadow" by Country Cottage Needleworks - 2/11/2018 - 4/7/2018 
36ct Lakeside Lines Vintage Sand Dune - using my overdyed floss conversion
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I remember seeing this on the internet as a finish and immediately went out and bought up all the charts and got to stitching.  It was a fun stitch and it turned out really well if I do say so myself.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts!  Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, August 15, 2022

A Little Stitchin' Finsh and a Little Stitchin' Start - Fall I

Gentle Friends, I finished up Mary Ann, or I should say I finished up my version of Mary Ann,  as you might remember it was an exclusive kit from a Facebook Group I belong to... here's a snaperoo...

6/30 - 8/9/2022
The Mary Ann Aldred Sampler - Needlework Press
40ct LL Vintage Pear
Recommended CC Floss

Although I had originally planned and bought the whole shebang to stitch on the called for 40ct Vintage Country Mocha...when I started stitching I REALLY did not like the linen...so the Vintage Pear came from my stash...I also "adjusted" bits here and there I wasn't happy with in the sampler.  I know it's a "reproduction" and all that  - BUT - it's me that's gotta stitch and be the one happy whilst doing the stitching... and some of the wonkiness just was NOT going to fly...so I fixed, moved, and did it my way.  Sorry, it looks a bit wavy, but I didn't notice it when I was taking the pictures and I didn't want to pull it out from the box of finishes in the closet to re-take...   I do like how it turned out and although I'm not a "pink" person, I do like the pink in this.
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My first Fall piece is... Salem Remembered by The Primitive Sticher by Lisa Roswell who died back in 2011.  This has been on my list of rare, HTF, and elusive charts for years.  I've chased them all over the place and have never been able to acquire a copy.  I guess I could have a copy, but I'm just not willing to pay over $300 for a chart that consists of a list of names with a few bits and bobs in a box!!!  Nope, not doing it... so I put on the old thinking cap and got to work.  

There are many pictures of SR in various stages of stitching and lots of completed ones on the Internet.  I found all the pertinent images I needed to basically recreate the chart myself without stooping to a bootleg copy.  Lisa's family made a statement years ago that there would be no re-printing of charts so that was always going to be a brick wall I would hit.  I think I've come up with a good solution, I'm smart enough to stitch it from the pictures I've got and I can count and I even found a list of the silks used.  I've had to adjust the silks also as one of them is no longer available...  
so here's my small start...

Salem Remembered - The Primitive Stitcher

36ct "Barn Owl" - Birds of a Feather

Various Silks

You might notice linen I'm using is a wonderful piece of older BoF Barn owl.  Quite a few years ago Birds of a Feather were linen dyers in Oregon that made the most gorgeous linen that was a dream to stitch on in beautiful colors.  All the linens were named for birds and this was my go-to linen!!  They have long gone and this is my very last piece of linen from BoF.  It's kinda bittersweet using this last piece but it had to go at some point and I'm happy to use it for this stitch.

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That's about it for today sports.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again.  Stay Safe!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

edgar

Friday, August 12, 2022

Flasback Friday

Gentle Friends, today's stitch is one from the Hawk Run Series from Kathy Barrick... from quite a few years ago... here's a snaperoo..


Village of Hawk Run Hollow
9/5/07 - 9/14/09
Lambswool 32 ct Linen     Recommended NPI Silk

This was a WIP for a few years which is unusual for me as I'm really a mono-stitcher and stick to a piece until finished.  With that being said...I must confess that I do have a few WIPs lingering in the background... I'm not sure why but there they are and at some point, I'll get back, but not anytime soon as my Fall stitching lineup is calling me.  Now, back to this VoHRH, I still love this series and have stitched a couple but the rest are just charts waiting for stitching.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by have a super weekend.  Stay Safe!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
edgar

The Village Square Border

Gentle Friends, I finished up the border for the central square and a bit on the right... here's a snap... ... there's a tree/bush t...