Thursday, February 7, 2013

Settling in for a blizzard (with stitching)

Here in the Northeast, we're being bombarded by dire predictions of a major Nor'Easter. We could be getting 16-24 inches of snow in my area, along with howling winds. School is already canceled for tomorrow. I've done the obligatory grocery store run, and only hope that we don't lose power so all the food I bought isn't for naught. What I really wanted to do was run out to my LNS and stock up on charts and floss, but I couldn't make the timing work. Not that I don't have plenty of stash, so I think I can make it through a few days of being housebound.

Since I blogged last (where does the time go?), I've been fairly prolific, at least for me, a slow stitcher at best. Nothing fancy, but I've enjoyed the pieces I've worked on a lot. So here's the rundown...

First up is the second in the series of Less/More by Lizzie Kate. I only liked two out of the four designs, so this will be the last one. At the very end, I lost my skein of WKS Purple Haze to finish the last motif in the design at the bottom. But Plum came to the rescue! The shade is so close, I can't even tell where I used it anymore. Can you?

Talk Less, Say More
Lizzie Kate
Mocha Cashel

Next I stitched this lovely little design by Helga Mandl from The Gift of Stitching Magazine (I can look up the issue if anyone is interested). I used Hand Dyed Fibers Bewitched, and love the variations in the color it gave the piece. I have the perfect fabric to make it into a little pillow.

Autumn Pinkeep 
Helga Mandl (TGOSM)
Peach Cashel
HDF Bewitched

After that I found a very old freebie I'd printed out years ago by a French blogger named Dominique. I've meant to stitch it for years and finally got around to it. I changed the color scheme a bit and used GAST Rose Garden, WKS Blue Spruce and CC Bean Sprout and Whatley Woodlands, along with a pink floss from the Lizzie Kate design for the flower, but I can't recall its name. I believe the translation is something like "nothing comes of running" but of course we know it as "slow and steady wins the race."

Rien ne sert de courir
Dominique A.
Cashel scrap

While looking through my freebie files I found one with a message I really want my son to take to heart, so I stitched it for him. As the Cowardly Lion would say, "ain't it the truth?"

Doing Right Quaker Sampler
Nancy Woodson - Liberty Primitives
Lambswool Cashel
DMC 3768

After this one I wanted something really quick, so I stitched up this cute little chart from The Sampler Girl from Kitty Kringle's Pattern Book for Christmas (Tanya might have offered this as a freebie on her blog at one point).It's done on a small piece of linen that I won from a giveaway by Carol of Stitching Dreams - I'm still thrilled that I won it more than a year later. I use the little red scissors she included all the time. The threads were WDW Schneckly (what the heck is a schneckly?) and Collards, GAST Old Red Paint, and CC Queen Bee.

Little Fir Tree Ornament
The Sampler Girl
Unknown linen

Finally, here's another ornament pattern I just finished - I couldn't help but think of Michele W., reindeer lover extraordinaire! Threads were WKS Havana, GAST Grecian Gold, and CC Spinach and Bandana.

Star Reindeer
Sharon Bennett (Daffycat)
Linen scrap

So what do all these stitched pieces have in common? Yes, you're right - none of them are finish finished. But since I'm going to be snowed in, I will have no excuse but to do that. So stay tuned...


Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching.

Siobhán said...

Wow, you go girl!! All of your finishes look great, Michele. Enjoy the storm--I'm jealous--though it's nice to hear the birds arriving and chirping. Still, the magic of snow--ahhhh. I hope you don't lose power! I can't wait to see your finished finishes!

Chris said...

Be safe this weekend!
I wouldn't mind being snowed in right now. LOL.
I can't wait to see the finishing on all these wonderful pieces.

Ranae said...

All the finishes are fabulous
I wish I would get snowed in :)
I need some good stitching time
Stay warm, dry and safe

Carol said...

So nice to see a new post from you, Michele--you sure have been busy!! I love your little finishes and am so glad you're making good use of some of your giveaway wins :)

Please be careful and stay warm and safe in the predicted blizzard. I know my sister in Boston is very concerned...

Susan said...

Stay safe and warm. DSon lives in southern NH and had made arrangements to stay with a friend rather than try to drive home in the middle of it all. I do have to say that I miss that kind of weather. Here in VA we haven't had more than 2" of snow TOTAL in the last two winters (now that I've said that we're going t oget clobbered). Very nice finishes. I especially like the Liberty Primitive one.

Sharon said...

Pretty finishes! Congrats!