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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP, Framing and Tusal

Rubie is coming along and I just love her. Love the fabric, love the colors and really love the design! Paulette's designs are so great. Going slower than normal because of the color changes but still...
I had October stretched and I put it in the frame I use for all of them. My blogging buddy Cathey wanted to see the back of the frame, so the picture below is the back. It has these little things that move so you can change out the pictures. This frame also has a stand up on the bottom of the frame. These things are great because you don't need stands. Frame stores have them and places like Michael's. Hope this helps, Cathey.

I had this frame from an old picture that I no longer wanted and it fits Give Thanks perfectly. Below is a close up of the frame. Plain and simple just like the design.

Here is my TUSAL for the month. I keep pushing them down. You can see all the lovely fall colors from Rubie. Thanks for all the comments on my last post. I appreciate them. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I Love Fall!

First, I need to thank everyone who commented and e-mailed me about my last post. I was so touched by all your kind words. They warmed my heart. Thank you all. This is a table runner that Cheryl and I made last year. We have made many different kinds of runners but this is my favorite. Love the colors and the design of the fabric.
I finished Give Thanks and I am so pleased with it. The company that produced the design is the Imaginating Inc. It's a 2005 design. I used 32 ct Ant. ivory linen and the called for DMC floss. I have a frame that I will use to frame it with.
This gem is the October Word Play by With thy Needle and Thread. It's bigger than you think. I will make it into a door hanger. I did purchase the rusty bells for the bottom. I used 36 ct V Buttercream by LSL. I am really going to enjoy these word plays.
This is my latest start. Rubie Owl's sampler by Plum Street Samplers. I love Paulette's designs. I am having so much fun stitching this one. The fall colors are fantastic. The material is 32 ct Days Gone By lugana. This fabric is so beautiful. The picture does not do it any justice. It has wonderful staining on it. You would never know that it is the end of September here in MA. It finally stopped raining for a few days but it was very humid and quite warm. Did get some outside work done. Made a pot of soup and watched TV and stitched today. All in all, it was a great week-end. Hope yours was good, as well. You can click on any of the pics for a larger view. Until next time....Happy stitching! Deborah

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What an Honor!

I couple of months ago, I was contacted by Jessica Franchuk the editor of Cross-Stitch and Needlework regarding a possible blog mention in the magazine. Well to my my complete surprise they picked my blog for a mention on the fab finds page of the November issue. They said some very king words about the blog and even showed a picture. All I can say is WOW! I love the magazine and they have some great designs. This month is Fall and Winter designs. Very cool. One of the cutest designs is Snow Capped Trees. It's a very cute sampler design and they also have some great ornies. So, thanks Cross-stitch and Needlework magazine, I am honored to be in your wonderful magazine. Everyone check out this great mag, you will not be disappointed.
I put down the Lord's Blessing when the last 3 DT designs showed up in my mail box. Love this one. It's my favorite so far. The colors are great. I used 32 ct Willow Green fabric (green toned fabric not brown like the pic shows) and the called for NPI, Dinky Dyes and SNC silks.
This was also in my mail box this week. I won a quilt top and backing fabric from Kim at Threadheads, Unite. This woman does everything, she stitches, knits and quilts and collections great stuff. This will be a project for Cheryl and I when she gets better. Again, the colors are way better looking in person. Thanks for all the great comments on my last post. They mean a lot. Got some serious stitching to do this afternoon so until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some Framing

Before I had a little eye surgery, I picked up 2 pieces that needed framing. This is Autumn Basket by BBD. I did this in February of 2010. It was time to be framed. Please forgive all the darker pics. It's been raining all day. This picture is very long but the colors are beautiful. Below are 2 more pics that show it closer. The frame is a dark cranberry color. There were 2 pics there and now there is only one. I have no idea what I did. Sorry.

This Breath of Autumn by Chessie and Me. I am loving her designs! Will be getting more. Loved all the specialty stitches. You can click on any of the pictures for larger views.
A view of some of the over one stitching. I have used this frame before. It's very wide and rustic.
I am slowly working on the Lord's Blessing. I really am enjoying this design. Love the basket. Thanks for all the comments on my last post. I appreciate the time you all take to read and comment on my blog. It means a lot. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Monday, September 12, 2011

Some Finishes and a Winner!

I am still into the fall stitching season, so this was something i did last week. I would like to say that I go and pick apples every year but in reality, I go to the orchard store and pick the apples, apple cider donuts and cider. The picking thing is fun with kids and I don't have any. Cute design. I used 32 ct Luna linen, which is a pale yellow with a peach color. Looks wonderful with the colors of the design. I used the called for floss. When Cheryl is back to doing more normal things, this will be a pillow. You can click on any of the picks for a better view.
I love the hares. Sorry for the wrinkles. I used 36 ct butter cream linen and DMC floss. This will also be a pillow.
Sammi hasn't made an appearance in a while,so here she is. Still going strong in her 17th year. She is trying to be cute so I will give her some treats. Works every time.
This what I started over the week end. It's the Lord's Blessing. I am using 32 ct ant. ivory linen and DMC floss. It was the perfect week end to give thanks. On to the winner by random number thingy .....Siobhan!! Please email me with your snail mail address and I will get the books and stuff off to you. Thanks to everyone who reads and comments on my blog. I have had such fun blogging. I do love all the feed back. I need to thank everyone who told me to go to google chrome. It works well and I can see mine and everyone else's follower's. Until next time....Happy Stitching1 Deborah

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Finish, Finishing, TUSAL and a Giveaway.

Hope everyone in the US had a great holiday week end. The weather in southern MA was beautiful. Did a lot of yard work. Finally, the yard is cleaned up from the hurricane. Yeah! Went with friends to see The Help. I loved it. it was very well done. I would recommend it. Then we went for lobster. I love to end the season with a wonderful lobster roll. Yummy. On to the stitching, I finished The Breath of Autumn by Chessie and Me. I loved this stitch. It had many different stitches and a lot of over one. So pretty. I will post again after I get it framed.
I framed these over the week end with frames that were in my stash. Enquiring minds wanted to know what floss I used for the squirrel. It was Apples and Oaks by Silk 'N Colors.
I am crazy for Fancey Blackett! This one I took to the framer. Got a very wide old looking frame. I am pleased with the outcome.
Close up of the frame, which isn't as bright as the picture shows.
With the power being off for so many days, I lost tract of the TUSAL report. Better late than never. I just keep pushing them down.
Here is what the giveaway will be. Kind of. I will be adding fabric and floss for 2 of the projects. I just love the Schoolgirl's Work. Great reading and wonderful projects. With Needle and Thread also has some wonderful projects. The rules are the same as always. Be a follower, if not, join up. If you post the giveaway on your blog you will get another vote. Leave a comment on this post only. I will draw a name on September 12 th. Good luck to all. As always, thanks for the feed back. I love all the comments. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah