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Sunday, August 20, 2017


I worked here and there, once in a while on this sampler.  It is Sleeping Beauty Awakened by Lauren Sauer. It can be worked in all white or in colors.  I chose colors.   I've changed a lot of the colors though.  Most of this first section is to be all green.  Not a green girl.  I am getting lots of practice doing the Montenegrin stitch as the dividing bands.  I am about one fourth done.  I think the bands get more interesting as I go along.  This is what it looked like at the end of June:

Overall progress:

I finished the stitching for the corner gauge holder on I Dream of the Sea.  I hope to get it all sewn together today.  I'll show you tomorrow.
Have a happy Sunday.  I get to talk to Claire and Evan today!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Another Match

I finally finished altering the second set of dresses for Claire and her doll, Natalie.

The pattern shows a doily thing in the middle of the waist but I don't think it needs it.

I'm hoping it fits Claire.  Fingers crossed.

I've been walking and to the Farmer's Market.  Besides all the vegetables, I got all the bad things today, a turtle (only one!), a cinnamon roll (I only ate a little bit of it - so far) and some Herbed Havarti cheese.  Yum.

We had a good time at Stitching Bits and Bobs yesterday.  They had even more threads than I remembered.  And we got 20% off!  Can't beat that.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coverlet Tray

Sometimes designs just appeal to me.  I don't know why, they just do.  I just liked the Coverlet Berry Scissor Tray design.

 I think I got it at Stitchville along with all the threads.  It is stitch on 40 count.  I like how it turned out and it wasn't too hard even on the 40 count.

 The package says that she got the tray at Hobby Lobby.  I went looking at Hobby Lobby and couldn't find it.  If anyone knows where the tray is in Hobby Lobby, let me know.  The designer altered the tray by taking off some loops or hooks and then painting it.  I'm hoping I can do that - if I find it!
It includes a pattern for the strawberry which I think adds a lot.  I'll have to see if I have some red wool in that rat's nest of a closet.
I'm hoping to make a road trip up to Stitching Bits and Bobs this morning with BFF#2.  I just need a couple of threads, and boy, do they have a selection of threads there.  Maybe we'll do lunch and hit the quilt store too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Surprise Package

I was surprised the other day when I got tracking for a package I didn't remember having ordered.  A while ago (the end of June?) Mary Corbet talked about some metallic threads that were easier to work with.  They were available from Needle in a Haystack.  I ordered some.  It took a while because some of the threads were out of stock.  I had totally forgotten about them until I got the tracking number.  I got them this week.
They look like lovely threads.

There are several different sizes of braids, from 4 to 32.

  I haven't tried them out yet so I don't know how they are to work with but the colors are very nice.

Speaking of metallic threads, I found the metallic braid from the Amy Mitten kit that I had misplaced.  So I was able to finish up the rose with stumpwork petals.  Now I can start the next step which is the top row.  I need to iron (carefully!) the petals so they lay nicely.

We are expecting rain today but I was able to walk outside this morning.  It was 71 degrees.  Warm!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I Dream of the Sea

I was so happy when the border matched up yesterday.  It is done!

It was really easy to finish.  It was laced on a board that was included in the kit.  I used Stitcher's Tape to stick it onto the tray.
Only one more piece to go in this kit, the corner gauge holder.  It has a wreath stitched on the front.  Cool.

BFF#2 came over and stitched yesterday afternoon.  What fun to talk!  I'm not sure we got much stitching done.  Just her visit motivated me to clean up the floor of my sewing room.  These summer days are going too fast!
Yesterday was Claire's first day of kindergarten.  She is growing up too fast.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Little Birdie

I is quite rare when I find something I want to stitch in the cross stitch magazine that I subscribe to.  In the last issue I found a cute bird.  I have a thing for birds.  I even like ugly birds.  This one stitched up in about a day.  I think he turned out cute.

I'm not sure how to finish him off.  Frame?  Pin cushion?  Bag?  Ornament?  Don't know.

I have a dentist appointment this morning.  I am so almost done with the I Dream of the Sea main tray.  That is my goal today, get that all done.

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Name Is

  When I was in 4th grade, I liked imaging that my name was "Amelia Josephine". It sounded fancier. But now I really like having a short name. I finished this up in July.

 It is a Cricket Collection chart for "May"  but I changed things around to make it say "Amy".  I left off the two girls on the end.

 I think it turned out fine; there were times I wasn't sure it would look okay.
I'll probably frame it and hang with my other "Amys".

The bathrooms are clean, the walking is done.  The goal for today is to clean off the old stitching chair as BFF#2 might come over to stitch tomorrow.  I'm also expecting a package from Needle in a Haystack today.  It is always so fun to get a package.