Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So long 2013! Don't let the door hit you in the ...

What a year!  I had a shockingly painful illness, major surgery, and a sibling pass away.  I thank God for His blessings and know it does me no good to dwell on sorrows but I guess it's human nature to look back today, the last day of the year, and I'm relieved to see this year go.

Needlework and books helped me get through, as always.  I finished two major projects, The Serenity Prayer and Rose Quaker, both started prior to 2013, and My Needle & My Floss, a little project I worked on straight through from beginning to finish.  I'm happy with these accomplishments.

On my Goodreads account I listed 33 books I read this year (not including the many I re-read or gave up on) and gave 3 of those books 5 star ratings.  They are:  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy,  The Lessons by Naomi Alderman, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  The novel and hand work are enduring life-long loves of mine and now, with the marvelous audiobook format, I can do both at the same time.

Since I stitch wherever the wind blows me, I don't have any specific plans for 2014 other than to try to stitch everyday and follow my heart.  If I start to feel compulsive about something (very easy for me to do) I hope I'll remember I'm stitching for love and enjoyment.

I hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for stitchers everywhere!    


Friday, December 27, 2013

We Love Dogs more

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

I have a few days more progress to show you on We Love Dogs  Monochrome projects are great because they're soothing and easy but then I get bored and crave color.  I was enjoying this so much  I thought I might just work on it to the finish, but no.  Other projects are calling.  It's so fun to stitch by whim.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

We Love Dogs

I can't imagine living life without the friendship of dogs.  It's hard to admit it but sometimes I'm more comfortable with dogs than people.

Here is "We Love Dogs" by Stickideen von der Wiehenburg.  It's another monochromatic Quaker style I like so much.

I'm stitching this on 32ct dark chocolate Belfast linen with DMC ecru.  For some reason while working on this my eyes start to blur.  I think there is eye strain involved with working on dark fabric.  The stitches sure do pop though.  I bought skeins of ecru by the handful for "The Serenity Prayer" and had quite a few left over so I decided to use them up on this project.

The pattern:

My progress:


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Netherfield Progress

Netherfield is progressing as I work on the park.  The trees and stags feel like they're in tune with  this Christmas season.  There is a tiny alphabet under the house that I stitched over one thread of linen with one strand of floss.  Doing things like that remind me to be grateful for short-sighted vision!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Ball at Netherfield

It's thrilling news when Charles Bingley rents Netherfield Park!  Mr. Bingley possesses a good fortune so he must be in want of a wife.  Things are pretty complicated by the time he holds a ball at Netherfield but don't worry, it all works out wonderfully by the end of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Here is my start on The Stitching Parlor's "A Ball at Netherfield."  I'm using 32ct Wichelt-Permin linen in Lambswool and Crescent Colours floss.  This is my first time using these hand dyed and softly varigated threads and I love them, especially the muted colors in the Cottage Colours collection.

The pattern:

My start:


Monday, November 18, 2013

Olde World Map Progress

My goodness, I can't even remember when I started this, but it has been several years at least.  It's time for an update.  I'm approaching, but haven't quite reached, the half way point.  I love working on this now and then but am apparently in no hurry to finish it.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Serenity Prayer Finished

This took me about a year and a half, working off and on, rotating with other projects.  I'm really happy I've finished it!  It's hanging above our family Bible illustrated by Rembrandt on a library stand.  This is a very meaningful prayer for my husband and me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm Craving Color!

Monochromes are soothing and easy to work on and this has reached 70% complete so I thought I might push through for a finish but then my eyes got greedy for some glorious color!  So, I'll pause this project here for a while.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Serenity Prayer Update

I'm at the halfway point!  This project is profoundly meaningful to me.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Comfort Cross Stitching

This little cutie from Waxing Moon Designs provided a sweet interlude between my long term WIPs.  It was fun to do, quick, and makes me smile.  I'm refreshed and raring to go back to my long term projects.  I used the DMC alternates provided except for her skin color which I tried to match more closely to my own pale complexion.

Rose Quaker In Situ

I've placed my Rose Quaker next to a burgundy velvet drape in our home library/office.  It's satisfying to see it finished!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rose Quaker Finished

I'm happy and sad at the same time.  This project has been comforting to work on and I'll miss it.  On the other hand, it's great to have another finished project and makes time for more!

Here's a close-up of one of my favorite motifs: