Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Hopping We Will Go....

Well, I can finally show you a picture of the Shop Hop Sampler that I worked on for so long. Actually it was a fun stitch and Anita did the words, webs and beads. It is on display at the LNS-The Sunflower Seed. We are one of 5 shops in the area that is doing a Shop Hop later this week. Starting Thursday, May 1st, 9-6, Friday same hours and Saturday 9-5. At the first shop you visit, you get a passport and then have it stamped at each shop and drop off at the last shop for a chance to win $250 in gift certificates. Each shop designed one motif on the sampler and then for the 6th motif there is to be a "wild card" from each shop. So by going to all the shops, you get all the pieces for your sampler. The only way you get all the designs is to go to stop at all the shops. The Sunflower Seed designs are the black cat one and the bottom right one. Anita also designed the border. The bats and spiders have purple and orange beads for eyes. So many people love stitching Halloween, I figure this will be a popular sampler. If you live in and around the Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka areas, be sure and try to join us for the hop. Contact me through my blog and I can get you additional information.
For the most part, I have been working on Quaker Christmas. I still love working on this design. It is hard to work on anything else. I did not write down when I started this, but I think it has been about 4 weeks. Pretty much have page one done. The page below Page 1 is only about 1/2 a page and I am down to the bottom of it. That bottom piece by the "u" had be frogged this afternoon, but I got it back in. So I have used 13 yards of the green silk.
Still trying to get into stitching over 1. The latest thing I stitched is tiny. It is Bent Creek's Uncle Sam of "The Littles Series". Stitched on 20-ct Natural Brown linen with the recommended fiber with 2 strands over 1 thread. At first, I was going to make it into a fob, but Anita said we would just put it in a frame until after the hop and then I could decide if I really wanted to make it a fob. I could not decide whether to put it in a blue or white frame. Took a photo of each. What do you think?

BLUE ???

WHITE ???
Got Spring Snapperland back from the framer. I think it looks great. It is on display at the shop. We now have 3 of the 4 seasonal Snapperlands done for shop models. They still are very popular. I was never going to stitch them all, but after seeing how they work up, I was hooked. Now I only have Summer and Autumn to do.
You probably won't be hearing from me for a week or so. After spending 3 full days at the shop later in the week, I will be too exhausted to even stitch. I will come home and crash to get ready to go do it another day. Plan on working also on Wednesday to help put the finishing touches on things before Thursday morning. Anita also does a small design, related to the hop theme, all kitted up for sale too. We usually sell out on the first day and have to take orders after that. It is hard to know how many to make up.

Hope everyone has a good week. Keep those needles flying.

12 comments:

Kim B said...

I love that halloween sampler! The Poe quote on the bottom right is great!

Vonna said...

Oh...that Halloween Sampler is really, REALLY cute! And I love your Uncle Sam Little...I think I like the blue frame best....
I wasn't hooked on those Snapperlands either...but seeing everyone's done up...I get itching to get one! (at least....)

Marianne said...

I'll see you at the HOP. The Sampler does look nice this year! I think the Blue frame makes it pop out. Love your Quaker Christmas.

Ranae said...

The shop hop sounds so much fun, wish I lived closer. And that Halloween Sampler is a must have.
QC is coming along nicely.
And Snapperland is beautifully stitched and framed.
I like the blue frame.

Itching To Stitch said...

Your Quaker Christmas is just stunning. Spring Snapperland came out great framed. I vote for the blue frame ;)

Michelle said...

Kathy,
I LOVE the Halloween sampler! I so wish I could take part in the shop hop..have a wonderful time!

I like Uncle Sam in the blue frame :)

Michelle

Danielle said...

Your quaker piece looks wonderful, and I think you should go with the blue frame.

Hazel said...

Some grest finishes here Kathy! I think I like Uncle Sam in blue. xx

Brenda said...

The Shop Hop sounds like fun and the sampler is cute. I like the white frame best for the Uncle sam piece, it just seems to set the picture off well.

Jennifer/OH said...

Ok, SIX local needlework shops?!! Need I say more........

Lana said...

Quaker Christmas is really coming along beautifully! And I Love the blue frame for your Uncle Sam Little!

Sonda in OR said...

I bet the shop hop will be fun! You did a great job on the six designs!! Your other finishes look good, too!