Hot off the needle is my latest finish. Actually put in the last stitch about 30 minutes ago. The picture is not very good. It was difficult to get a good photo. This is sort of my own design using several designs. I took 4 designs from The Workbasket-Quaker Odds and Evens. They are actually 2 different patterns, one being the even months and one being the odd months.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
One day the owner of LNS and I were discussing how we could put more than one of the designs together into one big piece. There were only 4 designs that were the same size. Each of the ones I used were 65x65 stitches. The designs in order left to right, top to bottom are January, June, October and November.
28ct Mulberry Cashel
Needle Necessities -170 - Mauna Loa
Each design had a place for the year and initials worked into the design. I didn't want my initials on it four times, so I incorporated the initials of my 2 sisters and my only niece. The stitching of this piece was not without incident. When I was about half done with the fourth square, I begun to realize that one 20-yard skein of NN was not going to be enough. So had the LNS order me another skein. When it came, it looked almost like a different color. I even tried using it and it was way too dark. I decided I was going to have to contact another shop, etc. to see if I could get some more thread. About that same time was when I started hearing the reports about Needle Necessities going out of business. Ended up calling an order into Nordic Needle for 2 skeins plus others too. (Now trying to horde NN floss). When I received them they were a perfect match to what I had been stitching with. That was a relief!!!!!!! Who would have thought it would take more than 20 yards to stitch that piece. Neither I or the LNS thought it would. We have learned a big lesson.
Over the weekend, I had another finish in my Christmas stitching. No picture until after gifts are given. This makes 2 of 4 done. The frame has been ordered. I also have done some rethinking of what I am doing for one of the presents. Changed my mind on one of the gifts. Went to my stash of WIPs and found a piece I had started for one of the persons a couple of years ago. Didn't get it done in time for that particular gift, so now I will get it done as a Christmas gift. Taking care of two issues at once, a gift done and a WIP out of the mix.
The VOHRH SAL has grown by one in the last few days. Welcome Wanda!! Marie P. has a list of those in our SAL on her blog side bar. ( I have not figured out how to do links within my post yet. I will leave that for another time.) Am making some progress on my Block 2, but put it aside the last day and a half to finish the Quaker thing. Maybe a picture later in the week.
Last weekend was a fairly productive stitching weekend considering that I had a football game that took up a lot of Saturday. Fairly good game, just not the end result I wanted. Boo!! Hoo!! Not sure how much stitching this weekend because I am going to a cousins reunion at my dad's place about 2 1/2 hours away. There will be some in car stitch time, but don't get a lot done when there is a dog on my lap too. More about the reunion in the next post.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is afternoon stitch therapy session at the LNS and then I work there on Thursday. So many temptation when you spend all day around all this stuff. LOL!!
Looks like I still have a little time to stitch before going to bed. Hope everyone is having a good week and thanks to all the stop by and for the very nice comments.
Keep on stitching!!!!!