Thursday, December 27, 2007

Countdown to 2008 ....

I am so lucky today. Found the perfect calendar for my laundry room:I saw this on the V&A web site & was thrilled to find one at Barnes and Noble [earlier today]
link here

Each year, the boyz and I go over to Barnes and Noble to select a 2008 wall calendar. This year, we picked Tiffany for the Kitchen:
link here

I was stash diving, looking for some linen. I'm thinking I don't have a good enough cut for the Happy Hearts Sampler by BOAF. This was going to be a fun SAL with (so far) Chelle and Cathy B. Perhaps I'll find something in the next day or two ... or will have to purchase some!!!! I really thought the 32-count lambswool linen would be ok -- but, honestly, it dulls out the overdye fibers. I'll have to get some 32-ct sand or something to compliment the fibers : ) The pattern calls for 36-count linen; however, no can do!!! So, ladies, go ahead and start without me. I'm sure I'll catch up the first or second week in January : )

Wishing everybody who stops by my blog a Happy New Year!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ann Holewll 1699 - 2008 SAL

Ann Holewll, 1699

Frieda: Thank you for your comment re. the 2008 SALs. You had asked several questions and I do not have your e-mail address to respond directly to you.

For more information regarding the SAL, follow this link:

With My Needle and Pen. The group leader, Ann, can be reached thru a link on the newsletter. Kits for this sampler are available via emai, contact Joanne at The plan is to order kits & receive them sometime in January -- set up the linen, sort fibers, read chart/directions ... be ready to stitch February 1st.

(Q#1)According to the information, in the kit,This reproduction measures 9 3/4" x 22" on 35-count linen and 8 1/2" x 19 1/2" on 40 count linen

(Q#2) The stitching is over a different number of threads thru the project. The first section is over 3 threads, followed by the next section over two and 4 threads, third section I'm not sure about ... last part over two and 3 threads.

(Q#3)I purchased a 40count, cream new castle. I am using silk [I think it is needlepoint silk - tho not certain] from the kit. I think there are 24 or 25 different colours.

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Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "2008 SALs":

I love Ann Holewll Sampler. Hope to see your progress in the future.

I would like to have more information about Ann Holewll sampler such as:
1. What is the size of this sampler?
2. Is this stitch over 3?
I saw your WIP pic, it looks like stitch over 3.
3. Did you stitch it on 35 ct or 40 ct linen? in silk or DMC? Thank you for your help.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thx Marjorie : )

Look what I found in my mailbox? A beautiful card and fibers from Marjorie. If you have not stopped by her new blog, check out Moonsilk Stitches. IMO - the Crewel project (offered by EGA)she completed is outstanding. Imagine the talent & patience for beautiful crewel work!!
A close-up of the fibers. Aren't they festive??? I would prefer to do a stash hunt -- find something to start; however, we celebrate with Mom, In-laws, and friends tomorrow. I gotta house to get in order.
Note to Kendra (The Stitching Hour): I scanned the (English) translation from your Aunt & put it on the reverse side of card (which has the German poem). I cannot thank you, and your Aunt, enough : ) I will give them to my Mom, MIL, + SIL tomorrow.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thanks for the translation!!!

Angel purchased for gift : )

I am grateful to have a rapid reply to my question (previous post). This is so beautiful : ) Thanks a million Kendra for contacting your Aunt with my question. And please pass along a heartfelt thank you to your Aunt for coming up with this:

Like gentle winds and warm rains
That make green the valley's gray,
I'm here now as your angel
To wrap you in strength and warmth today.
In the night you've found new courage
And your Spirit quickens like new grass.
May you find bright fields of flowers,
And may the sweet scent of spring
Surround you with its healing power
And blessed renewal bring.

My plan is to scan the original card I have & include the translation. How special : )

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Would anybody be able to help?

Earlier today, I took the South Shore into Chicago. I visited the outdoor Christkindlmarket. It was delightful to see all the wonderful booths. I bought four beautiful angels (gifts for family -- tho, I'd like to keep one, too!!!) from the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL.

One angel has a card attached, which reads: Wie der Wind, der mit dem warmen Regen die grauen Taler grunen macht, so will ich heute als dein Engel um dich wehen mit Kraft und Warme. Uber Nacht hast du vielleicht schon neuen Mut gefunden und deine Lebensgeister regen sich wie friesches Gras. Vielleicht entdeckst du bald auch bunte Blumen, und Fruhlingsduft umweht dich, der genas.

I tried using AltaVista Babelfish & not sure it is quite right. It translated as:
As the wind, which grunen with the warm rain the grey Taler makes, then I want warm ones today as your angel around you blow with strength and. Night you found perhaps already new courage to Uber and your life spirit to move itself like friesches grass. Perhaps you discover soon also multicolored flowers, and Fruhlingsduft umweht you, genas.

If anybody reading this would be interested in helping me out with the translation, I'd appreciate it. Photographs of the front & back of one angel:

Monday, December 17, 2007

check this out!!!

My stitching friends, oh joy, a new blogger on our block!!! Check out Moonsilk Stitches.
I've put some awesome photographs from her Flickr Album in this post. (Yes, I got permission FIRST!!!)
Crewel Work on biscornu
more pics of top/bottom in flickr album

Totally cute!!!

Comfort Dolls**

Her album has more pics of her crewel tuffet ... and other needleart / fiberart projects: scissor case, ribbon 'stuff', jewelry, dolls, crazy quilting, hardanger, beading, mountmellic, drawn thread ... and the list goes on - and - on. What talent! How creative : )

**If you are not familiar with the Comfort Doll Project, see Link Here or Here

Saturday, December 15, 2007

What holiday are we celebrating??

Enjoyed stitching a bit more on this last night .... errrr, earlier this morning!!! Have a few more motifs to stitch: a basket, an egg, and a bunny rabbit. This is stitched on 14-ct hearthstone & I chose to use 3 strands of floss for the cross stitching (instead of the 2 strands recommended). Quickly ran out of a few dmc colors - from this kit. Whew ... I had the skeins of floss needed in my stash. I will miss the 24-hour Wal-mart for those emergency floss needs!!!

I'd like to finish this one up later today:

Hip Hop; alphabet edge sampler
c2001 Pine Mountain Designs

Friday, December 14, 2007

Gifts from my Mom : )

The Decorator
Designed by Lynda Watkins of Full Circle Designs
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2007
Stitched by Mom for my husband & I

A Merry Kitty Klaus
Designed by Valerie Danish of Val's Stuff
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2007
Stitched by my Mom for Alexander

Designed by Nancy Boyarsky of Glory Bee
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2007
Stitched by my Mom for Nicholas

A Stitched Insert ....

c.1993 DJV Designs
Designed by Dorothy Van Kalsbeek

Insert stitched for my wooden needlecase. (more info HERE) Design size is 29x67.

I used Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads: #40123; 42024; 42029. DMC Floss: #451; 501; 502; 503; 712; 3722; 224; 223; 951; 3752; 3756. DMC Perle Coton #12 ecru. Stitched on Antique White 36-count Edinborough linen.

Stitches/techniques: Cross Stitch; backstitch; long arm cross; plait; pulled thread ring stitch; drawn thread with latice openwork (I've never seen openwork like this -- no hemstitch or reinforced edge -- just "gather" the fibers!); queen stitch; double running stitch (substituted beads for the french knots!!!).

I admit looking up the stiches in books [from my closet]. I didn't think the diagrams/instructions were easy to follow. AND there was a special note saying "these instructions are written for those who are familiar with cross stitch and have experience with linen." For such a smallish project -- there was quite a variety of needlework involved. I'm going to look at this during daylight -- for errors, or whatever, before I lace it to the board [came with kit] and tape it to my needlecase.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

slow moving ...

I added a few petite beads [mill hill] & rows of stitches. I had to look up the pulled work, plait stitch, and even the drawn work (next section). OK -- I guess I'm rusty in the specialty needlework!!! Looking forward to finishing up the rows : )

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Our Dog


I forget who asked, but here is a better photograph of our pet. It is difficult to get pictures of him. He tends to move around a lot.

Insert for needlecase ...

Thank you to everybody for your e-mails and comments re. the needlecase and La-D-Da pillow. How very kind of you to leave compliments AND to share your tips and thoughts! I bought some double-sided tackie tape from Michael's and plan to give it a try once the linen is stitched.

I started & didn't get far. I took out the cross stitches in the 2nd row & added beads for dimension. There are a few beads charted in this pattern & I figured I'd experiment by adding more!

Perhaps I'll get more stitching in tonight.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Now I Lay Me ...

Now I Lay Me ...
Copyright 2003 Lori Markovic

Pattern suggested Sampler Threads -- design size 104w x 144h. I stitched this on 28-count (packaged linen by DMC). DMC flosses used: 317 & 318 [greys]; 782 & 783 [golds]; 3051 & 3052 [greens]; 221 & 3722 [reds]; 310 & 3799 [dark border]. The buttons in the corners were Mill Hill [I think]. They were given to me by a friend & were an excellent embellishment on this pillow. The fabric was from my stash -- had multiple blue & grey shades plus sparklies.

Actually, the colors in the photo [below] are more accurate. Cameras and lighting seem difficult, today!!

Still snowing here. It should end sometime this afternoon/evening & sounds like we are in for another rain-sleet-ice storm Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Snow Day

view from the deck

Buddy eating snow!

I hear we are probably getting a couple more inches this a.m. before the storm moves on.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Counted Cross Stitch Bear

Per request, a close-up of the small bear [from yesterday's photograph]. Somebody has to explain to me how I can get an e-mail, make a reply, and have it bounce right back to me. It is spam because I attach a photograph??? I'm confused.
Stitched by my Mother
  • Nicholas and Friends, Counted Cross Stitch Bears
    c. 1986 by Liz Turner Diehl, Inc.

    This bear was made by my Mom. My Mom made oodles of cross stitched bears a few years back. When I visited her, I told her I liked the one [in photograph above] best -- next thing I knew, it was mine!!

    She gave them away to friends & family as holiday gifts. She made stuffed bears, and also stitched the motif on a square aide cloth which she created pockets on the outside of pre-made tote bags. She'd stitch the design & with sewing machine, add it right to the tote bag.

    Web link HERE for specific info re. the pattern.
  • Inquiring Minds ...

    Since I received more than one comment & e-mail re. this ... I'm posting photos. The interior is large enough for scissors -- has magnetic sides. The top is wooden & the idea is to stitch the project, center it & lace it around the cardboard [matboard?] and glue in place. I am not the most craftie person & wondered what glue stitchers would use to keep it attached!!!

    Monday, December 03, 2007

    Hip Hop & Magnetic Needle Case

    Hip Hop
    More progress on my pillow case edge. I think it is easier stitching the center section. : )
    What a MESS!
    I don't have a spot for my teacup. I need to clear off some of this mess. But, I don't want to put anything away!!! I feel like I need some more space for my stuff on my desk. Actually, I wish I had a craft table to spread out my junk doll & stitching supplies. I pulled out a couple clothespin dolls & soft dolls (getting ready to create some comfort dolls) ... it is quite freaky having all these extra eyes on me ... LOL

    Heirloom Quality Magnetic Needlecase
    DJV Designs c 1993
    If any stitcher reading this, has one of these ... has stitched & got the top glued on the wood ... could you share with me the type of glue you used to get the board to stick to the wood?? If I can find some linen in my stash, I'd like to get this one finished up - and use the box for intended needles : )

    Sunday, December 02, 2007

    Hip Hop

    Hip Hop
    alphabet edge sampler
    c.2001 Pine Mountain Designs

    This is just one of those kits I had to stitch. It is 14-count in the cross stitch area. The kit is a nice one - IMO. Only trouble I'm having:
    my left hand gets stiff + sore holding the pillow case. I just don't do well stitching in hand. So, I think I'll do this a little at a time : ) The Honey Bee pillow case kit looks equally charming!!

    Did the sweet elfin reveal herself yet? Seems there is a lot of fiber being mailed around : ) Blessings to you!

    Saturday, December 01, 2007

    Satin Stitch

    cDesign by Thea Dueck
    Beyond Cross Stitch, Learning Collection

    This is a lovely kit -- and I used fibers from the kit & my own stash -- dug out some beads, too. Here is the heart with a few changes : ) I used: DMC perle #8 225 & 223; DMC perle #12 white; DMC floss #814; Kreinik Silk Mori 4206; Mill Hill petite beads #40479 and #42042; Kreinik #4 Braid #002 - metallic gold; butterfly charm from kit. Stitched on 25ct white Lugana.

    Stash hunt

    c Elizabeth's Garden 2000
    Liz Mathews

    I may use the beautiful blue fiber [from our Secret Santa in Belgium] on this pattern. All of these pincushions are beautiful : ) Just need to do a linen stash hunt!

    Christkindlemarket in Chicago, IL

    [pictures from the web site] LINK HERE
    Found this in TheTimes or online newspaper:

    Date posted online: Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    Holiday briefs

    Christkindlmarket | Chicago

    Experience a traditional German Christmas at the Christkindlmarket, inspired by the Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. This outdoor market offers handmade gifts, ornaments, rare European fabrics and textiles and German delicacies like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, cookies and Gluhwein (a warm spiced wine). Christkindlmarket hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23. It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is free.

    FYI: Visit

    My kids have gone to this event in the past - with the French and German Clubs [from the high school]. I really should get out more!!! Doesn't it look like fun??


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