Thursday, March 31, 2011

PurlSoho Loot

Last Saturday I took a train from Upstate NY to meet my daughter and her husband who were already in NYC for the weekend  - We had an awesome time,  visited the Bodies Museum which was totally amazing and will definitely go again .  My daughter is in nursing school and will be graduating in May and taking her Boards - her goal as an RN is to work in pedes in a local hospital .  Quite proud of her.

Onto the real deal of visiting the city - yes I wanted to be with my kids but planning a trip to Purl/Soho was an absolute must!  So I had it all mapped out and how to get there and everything from the Museum.  It was so crowded down in the city on Saturday (I should have known)  So much to do that by the time we actually arrived it was 15 minutes to closing time.  Ugh!  Good thing I knew what I wanted.  It is a small shop but packed with such goodness I couldn't even begin to describe it.

My daughter walked away with a yard of  "Innocent Crush" by Anna Maria Horner - Westminster Fabrics
a bit expensive but she fell in love with it and wants me to make an apron out of it for her.  So pretty!

Here is the little card I walked away with from the counter:

If one has never visited their webpage or their shop - One must!  I have no affiliation with them whatsoever except that I am a happy customer.
This is what I walked away with:

Sashiko Anyone???

A couple of Sashiko panels to work on - never done this before but I have done hand quilting and embroidery and cross stitch and love the look of Sashiko - so I am willing to play with this and make them into pillows for my bed.  Someday!  Hopefully soon.  Maybe a nice summer project.  I have all the threads and special needles that help make this project a success

The threads on the left will be for my birds and flowers and the two medium blues on the right will be for the design on the right in the above photo.  I am not a blue person - I prefer green but I think it will be a nice change and the color blue in person is so pretty.  Hard to depict in the photo the true color.

Anyone else enjoy doing Sashiko - any suggestions or comments ??  Please post :)

Thanks for coming and visiting me at my blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rose Hill Plantation = Finished!!

I am happy to say that I worked out the chart for 2010 and stitched it all up this morning!  Quite easy !

I am super happy 


I am super happy with the way this turned out!  The fabric is just a little darker than what the photo shows and it is hand dyed linen - 32 count - 
It really did not take long to stitch up.  I had started it back in Sept 2010 - ran out of one of the specialty threads and when I went to pick it up the shop was out of it.  Then I finally picked up the thread and didn't have the time.   Now that my daughter has been married three months I figured it was high time to focus on this project and get it completed.  So glad I did!  I already picked out the frame from the LNS - now all I need to do is give this a good pressing - - using a towel on the back side of the stitched piece and no water in the iron as there are dyed threads in the work and I don't want it to bleed  - patience will get me through the pressing .  Hopefully by Friday I can bring it down to the LNS to have it framed - .  Cannot wait to show you the final piece.

Next up:  I started the LHN  "Love One Another"  - moving quickly - quite cute - 

Isn't he sweet???? - Since there is no back stitching , I was afraid the little lions face wouldn't show up but it does - soft and sweet.  Cannot wait to work on the lamb - (sheep) since I am using Wisper - for the soft wooly look!  Stay tuned!

Also started a HUGE - project - it is a freebie I found on the web - by HAED  called "Dreaming" - will post a photo as soon as I put some stitches in it.  I also have all kitted up another freebie by HAED - called "Stolen" - done in mostly blacks / greys / .  I have the notion of changing the pointy ears so it is more human - I am not into elves - or things of that nature - to each his own :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cross Stitch Update and Stash

Hello again,
Yes I have been busy but I have caught up on my "Rose Hill Plantation" piece by LHN -
I had to graph out the chart so that I can put "Smith Hill Plantation" - and I still need to graph out the chart for 2010 which is the year my daughter got married - Dec 2010 - she went from a Jones to a Smith now! Gotta love it.
All I have to do is finish the flower in the lower right hand box at the bottom and to graph and stitch 2010 in the upper right.  I went to my local cross stitch shop and picked out the frame - it is gorgeous - it has roses carved out in it - cannot wait to have this framed - It is a surprise - my daughter has no idea I am making this and she never ever checks blogs  .  Not even mine :)  That is good I suppose!  I am really happy with this piece!

While at the shop I picked up a few things :  My next project will be "Love One Another"  also by LHN
This will be done on 28 -ct  Cashel linen - in natural - which I purchased today along with DMC 3865 which is winter white and Wisper - which will give the sheep a wooly look and feel.  Excited about that!  I love sheep!

Here are two new charts I picked up as well  

I couldn't figure out how to rotate the photo  - if anyone knows - please tell me :)  Thanks in advance
Anyway this is Just Nan - Bluebird Alphabet = and I purchased the two specialty threads that was needed - I just love greens - this is greens and blues.

OOoops!  Here it is again - turned sideways - cannot figure out how to change that...bummer.
these are really cute charts by LizzieKate - I fell in love with this one as it has a retro feel to it with that mushroom  - sweet!

I sure do hope you have a great weekend - I will be spending the day in Newburgh, NY at an all day Bible Assembly - cannot wait!