I am so happy to have some time off. In fact, I have already been off one month. Time is passing quickly.
The last several months have been busy and full of happy events, with some stitching thrown in from time to time.
Some time in spring I was fortunate to be able to attend a Lizzie Kate Trunk Show at our local LNS. My dear friend and I had lots of fun oohing and drooling over all the fabulous patterns and models.
I had to purchase something, right?
Here is what I selected:
While in the shop, I saw this one stitched up as a model and just had to purchase this Plum Street Sampler pattern. It is gorgeous in person!
Back to Lizzie Kate, I started stitching up one of the ornaments right away. Despite having collected scores of ornament patterns, I do believe this is the first one I have ever stitched!
I usually stick to large projects that take me forever, but I finally decided to do some smaller projects so that I get a sense of completion.
Here is Jingle, which was a nice, fun quick stitch:
I am not sure how I will finish this one. I have been watching Flosstube videos for quite some time now, and love one gal's (Yvonne- Dough Bowl - Night Owl Stitcher Yvonne) dough bowl idea of displaying various seasonal smalls in a beautiful antique dough bowl. This is something I might pursue down the line. I found one dough bowl while on vacation recently, but it was too rustic for my taste. The hunt continues...and I must stitch items for this bowl. The finishing is the tough part for me, and I may have to call upon my finishing friends for help in this project. I move slowly, so who knows when an actual dough bowl will be ready for display.
In June I purchased some plain tea towels at a discount chain store. They were just crying out to be stamped and embroidered. I thus went ahead and stamped one to stitch. Much to my dismay, I found that the weave was way too loose to be of much quality for stitching. Just the same, I had already stamped the towel so I decided to go ahead and stitch on it. The weave was SO LOOSE that I couldn't do french knots but instead had to improvise a funky sort of stitch for the center.
I have collected way too many iron-on patterns for years, and I decided upon Aunt Martha's Colonial Girls and Puppies. My stitches are very poor, but I did finish it. The towel is of such poor quality that this one will simply be a decorative towel. The good thing was it was done in just a very short time.
Besides working on Jingle and the tea towel, I have been working on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. Progress IS being made, ever so slowly. Here are a few photos:
Photo from April
June and July Photos:
I am enjoying this piece, but it is slow going. There are twelve total blocks, and I am on just the third one after over a year of stitching. Perhaps I will just stitch four squares? We will see.
We recently returned from a road trip that took us to beautiful places around the USA. In our travels were able to visit a fantastic needlework store. Oh, to live close to that mecca! I will share more information on that journey in an upcoming post.
Thanks for stopping by today.