Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
This masterpiece is Barb's "Hummingbird with Flowers " from Kustom Krafts. Barb is an great stitcher and has produced some fabulous pieces. She has a gorgeous HAED on the go.
While I was browsing through some blogs late last week I happened on an amazing one where the stitcher is working on , I'd have to say, at least 6 HAEDs. She had pictures of them in progress with all the parked threads and I was in awe. My problem... I found her through someone's blog and now I don't know how to find it again. Are you that amazing stitcher? Is that amazing stitcher known to you and linked to your blog? Can someone put me in touch with her? so I can re-visit her blog and this time bookmark it.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I e-mailed Melinda Medeiros yesterday about ordering some stuff and in the course of our e-mail conversation discovered that Melinda is now blogging also. Here is a link http://www.onceuponathread.blogspot.com/
You may find it interesting to read about stitching from a designers point of view.
Below is one of Melinda's designs and you may remember that she is also the designer of the alphabet blocks that I showed on a previous blog in May.
Monday, June 18, 2007
This is one of my current works in progress. She is Molly one of the Carriage House samplings girls. I think she is very sweet.
I worked on David's Christmas stocking and will post a pic soon. I have added his name to the top and actually think that will be all that will go on it. All my designing and planning is going out the window. It wasn't that good anyway so I am thinking less is more and will be looking for suggestions and comments once I iron it and get a picture. That will be forthcoming sometime this week.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The next stitcher is Beatrice, her daughter, with her Celtic Banner. While Adriana has been stitching for 30+ years, Beatrice has only discovered the joys of cross stitching in the last 3 or 4 years. But boy has she jumped into the passtime with enthusiasm! You should see some of the beautiful designs she has stitched!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
I just finished reading a really good book called The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. It was another lovely story along the lines of The Friday Night Knitting Club which I have mentioned in an earlier blog. I enjoyed both books immensely and actually finished The Knitting Circle all in one day yesterday. Both books extoll the theraputic, soothing, calming aspects of knitting and the value of friends who gather to knit and learn together.
My question is why aren't there similar books out there that extoll the virtues of our hobby? Cross stitch offers all the same wonderful calming effects but the only books I have found about it are the Betsy Devonshire books. I enjoyed them and they are a fun lightweight read but somehow are not enough for me.
Quilting has the Erlene Fowler books and the Elm Creek Quilters. There is even a series about China Bayles who runs an Herb shop.
I wish there were more cross stitch novels...does anyone know of any?
Friday, June 8, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
These two wedding pieces were stitched by Barb, who is one of the Thursday stitchers . It is obvious though that Barb does not confine herself to stitching on Thursday's only!
One is Michael Powell's Wedding Sampler and the other is Seaside Sweethearts by Lanarte. I had not been a big fan of this design but Wow when it is stitched up and the names added to the bottom and framed so beautifully, it really is stunning and I am having to revise my opinion.
I have always been a fan of Michael Powell and it is great to see the wedding design stitched up. Barb has opted not to include the hearts around the outside of the piece.