Sunday, November 28, 2021

Well, I Finally Switched Projects

 I realized that I was no longer enjoying stitching on Springhill. I spent time swiping on my phone, walking around the house, etc. So I decided to move my painted canvas upstairs.

Here is where Springhill currently is:

I think the leaves on those big trees finally got me! I had hoped to add another color to them, but that will have to wait until I bring it out again.

Here is where I am on my painted canvas:

Well, not really. I started to do the basketweave as my background when I realized the yellow I am using is too bright. The background needs to be the background! So I ripped it out and will start again.

Monday, November 22, 2021

IHSW for November 2021 Wrap-up

 Well, my weekend started poorly with the discovery that I stitched Pour Ta Fete in the wrong orientation:

I ripped out the few letters and left it for another day. Oh well. At least I didn't stitch all the way across the piece.

Blue Larkspur got some attention, put not a ton:

I put some stitches into Springhill:

Lots of starts and stops, so I feel like I made some serious progress although I have a lot of hill left to do.

I also stitched a little on More Than A Rose. Here is where I started:

And here it is at the end of the weekend:


Friday, November 19, 2021

Beginning of a Hermit Weekend!

 Well, I almost forgot what the day was, but remembered in the nick of time! What is the Hermit Weekend or the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW for short)? It is the third weekend in the month where we try to take extra time to stitch. Won't happen for me as I have college kids headed my way. Yipee! But they always come hungry for home cooking....

Anyway, I plan on stitching a few things:

A new start that I haven't even shared on my blog! Pour Ta Fete by Lindsay Lane Designs on 56 count Sycamore Seed pod and Soie Surfine. I must be NUTS! (I am further along than this photo shows, but this is the only one I took.)

Here is what it will look like when I finish it:,h_457,al_c,q_85/ce3da4_5087538f92f34004820d11dc1b2ad566~mv2.jpeg

Avlea Folk Emboridery Blue Larkspur:

And some on Springhill:

That should keep me busy! Now off to dig up my peanut brittle recipe as I need to get a batch made before my kids show up.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness November 2021

 I have another finish! Well, two actually!

The first one is for my mother. My sisters told me not to send it as a table runner as my mother would frame it and there is no room on the walls for another picture. They suggested the pillow which she could use in her living room or bedroom.

I added the tatting which I found a couple of years ago at an antique store.
I tried tatting once-lots of work!

The second finish is Marion Lang from Sassafras Samplers. It will be a gift from my sister-in-law:

If you want to see how it was laced, FiberTalk did a video of it HERE.
 If you want to know more about Gifted Gorgeousness, check out Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching

Friday, November 12, 2021

A Finish and A Start

 I took some time and finished Byzantine Rose by Avlea Folk Embroidery.

It was a fun stitch and perfect for taking in the camper or to my mother-in-law's. We go to visit her every Sunday and I need something portable and easy to stitch while we visit.

I was going to start Bushland Quaker by Mojo Stitches as my new start. I mean, look at these threads!

(Excuse my helper, Gimpy!) 

I decided against starting this piece because I did not have fabric prepped and I wanted to stitch the piece on 40 count linen. This would make it difficult to stitch at my mother-in-law's house!

So I decided to start Blue Larkspur from Avlea Folk Embroidery. I mean, why not? It came fully kitted with everything but scissors and hoop!

The fabric is 30 count Legacy Linen Victoria Spongecake which I didn't think I would like. WRONG! Love it! This will take a bit to finish, but I am enjoying the time I get with it.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

More Progress on Springhill

 This piece really calls to me right now. I was exercising and thinking about what I want to stitch in 2022. (It's not too early, is it?) But I kept thinking, "I want to finish Springhill!" 

This is what it looked like last time I posted:

And here is my progress:

That tree is a lot of counting! Next I need leaves....

Saturday, November 6, 2021

A Needlepoint Fully Finished

Very excited that I managed to get this totally finished. Lots of fun and a really fast stitch.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Closing in on a Finish

 This is so close! I need to add some more beads. Then comes the "hard" part of fully finishing this:

It is made into a bowl shape. I'll share it with you when I finally get done.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

TUSAL for November

 Well, it is a new moon so it is time for my favorite SAL-The Totally Useless Stitch a Long. It is a day to show your orts and post photos on social media. 

I have gone back to my blue ball jar. Why? To be honest, it is the easiest for me to hit with my orts...

So now you show your orts! Full disclosure:I keep my orts for the entire year before I dump them. Sometimes two years....

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Avlea Designs

 I really enjoy stitching this piece:

I enjoy Avlea Designs and if you get her newsletter, she is having a sale during the month of November. Sign up to get the information. Hmmm. I may need to add to my stash!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A Bit Off But....

 I am not thrilled with my outline on More Than A Rose:

My rabbit has a very odd eye and I am not so sure about the stem on the acorn. But I am going to keep going. I think it will be fine in the long run. It is, after all, a learning piece.

Monday, November 1, 2021

A Hill!

 I have been spending a lot of time with Springhill by Rosewood Manor Designs.

The fact that I have started on the hill shows how much time I have spent on it.

I realized I never showed my Book of Days from September:

I have blank squares from the days we were traveling.

Here are my pages from October:

I like keeping track of what I stitch each day. I don't count stitches, nor how long each day, but I like seeing what projects are calling my name.