First, before I forget to announce it – the Farmhouse Christmas Block 1 that I had purchased a duplicate of, random generator of the 3 people interested in receiving that picked Dotti so I have emailed her that she has won it. Congratulations. There will likely also be future give aways of patterns I have finished stitching. Some of them will be given to a friend, but the ones taht are not her style or she already has I will offer up here since I have no need to keep a pattern after I have already stitched it so stay tuned.
Second – exciting news! Some of you may remember my hunt for the large Foxwood Crossing sleds, similar to the smaller and medium size (but way cuter! – as you can see from the only one I was able to get that that time) to put perforated paper cross stitch on and will be using for holiday gifts. Due to supply issues they went out of stock about Christmas and likely wouldn’t be restocked until April. I had an order I placed end of January for two of them which has been waiting for them to come back in stock. There was one or two other items I had in that same order but told the shop owner I wasn’t in a hurry for those so just ship it all when the sleds came in. She called me this week to let me know she was shipping it out! Hurrah! I will have to get back to sled stitching in between other projects.
Speaking of projects I just put the final stitches in this one this morning. It’s Handtuch Sampler by Threadwork Primitives. I stitched it on 16 count Picture This Plus Aida in the color Fog which I think I got at 123Stitch. It has just a bit of sort of tea dyed mottling which I love. I used Weeks Dye Works in Oscar, which was called for in the pattern, but replaced the other two called (which I didn’t have) with Blue Jeans (Weeks) and Rose Garden (Gentle Art).
I absolutely love everything about this little sampler. It was a delight to stitch. I made a couple changes by design and a couple by accident (darn that counting!) but it’s all good. This is a small sampler – it will fit in a 9″ x 11″ frame (which I have just ordered today after checking my framing supply to make sure there was nothing that size).
The frame arrived for this one. Love it. I think this will be the first one I work on later this month to actually get it in the frame and fully finished.
In that frame order was also the frame for Dog Rules for People. I love this frame too with the two-tone back and brown. It’s funny because I took this one outside to try to get a true color photo of it. The fabric is printed with sort of a hand dyed look and some little darker splotch places that weren’t really showing up on indoor photos. Indoors, it looks dark tan shades, and much to my surprise (and I love it even more) outside in daylight it has a very slight pinkish cast which shows up a bit in these photos.
I still need to add year and initials to this one before it can be framed.
And this is what I plan to work on this afternoon – the cube finish for this. I fought my way thru the sewing room to the fabric shelves and I knew I wanted to use purple fabric to go along with the shades of purple in the words. Batik fabrics are my all time favorites and that darker piece is just the perfect size for the foam brick I am using and there happened to be a jelly roll sitting on the shelf with purples and I stole the lighter strip from there. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to show you a finish of this.
And since I finished Handtuch Sampler, I need a new project and think I will do this one – Sit and Stitch – which was a recent release from Little House Needleworks. I’ve already pulled my fabric (and ordered a frame for this one too since it will take the same size as Handtuch) and will have to pull threads. I doubt I have all the Classic Colorworks ones called for so will just substitute. I love the little row of houses and the Dr. Seuss-like rhyme just makes me smile.
It started raining a little while ago – which we really need – so all those little leaves that popped out in the last couple days on the trees should love that and it makes for a cozy day of movie watching and stitching. Speaking of movies, I recently watched The Magic of Belle Isle which was really good. It’s an old one, from about 10 years ago I think; I had never heard of it but totally enjoyed it, especially since I do love a good Morgan Freeman movie.