My Time Stitching

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Something New

Good morning.  A few weeks ago I picked up an issue of the Cross Stitch Collection magazine.  It had a beautiful fairy on the front and I just had to take a peek inside (that magazine obsession again).

It turns out it is a Joan Elliott pattern and I picked it up thinking I would give her a try.  I haven’t stitched any of her patterns before and thought this fairy was sweet.  So dear hubby took me to a small LNS where we found the perfect hand dyed 28ct Lavender Sunset fabric.  And I found a beautiful 28ct Summer Sky that would be perfect for any Angel or Fairy.  And the best part…hubby purchased the fabrics for me.  What a sweetie.

So now I have yet another project to add to my over-flowing collection.  And I now have 3 beautiful hand dyed fabrics that I can’t wait to stitch on some day.

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Eye Candy

Good morning my blogging friends.  I don’t have a stitching project to share just yet.  I am hoping next week to show some real progress on my Angel.  Last weekend I visited my LNS to put Mediterranean Mermaid in to be framed and I picked up a few things.  Here is what I found to add to my stash:

I picked up Nora Corbett’s Maidenhair and bead pack.  I love the the way her dress falls into leaves at the bottom.  So pretty.  The fabric is a a hand dyed Jobelan that caught my eye.. er my hand.  It is a stiffer fabric and you know how I like  my fabric to be stiff to accommodate my tight stitching.  I have to admit, I am getting better at relaxing my stitches.  It is 28 ct Stormy Gray and I really like the feel of it.  The hand dye is subtle and I know I will find the perfect pattern to stitch on it some day.  The other thing I purchased is the recent and last issues of Stoney Creek magazine.  I am a magazine freak!  I am better than I was a few years ago and don’t buy every one, but I LOVE magazines and have to look at them all.  So while flipping through the recent issue I came across this:

In case you don’t know, I LOVE FROGS!!  Not the nasty ones that wreak havoc on your stitching, but all others.  And this is just too cute!  And I love the stand that it is displayed on and will have to order that.  Probably won’t get it done for this summer, but had to have it.  The last issue of the magazine featured Spring.  And the next 2 issues will have the Winter and Fall banners.

Enjoy your holiday weekend and remember all those that have served to give us the freedom we have today.

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Galatea

Hello.  I’m obsessed with wanting hand dyed fabric right now.  I see other stitchers blog posts showing some beautiful hand dyes and I want some.  My local shops don’t have much to offer and maybe deep down I am really looking for some hand dyed Aida.  I have only stitched on hand dyed once and here is what I stitched:

She is Passione Ricamo’s Galatea mermaid.  I stitched this piece in 2009 on  28 ct Griffon from Sugar Maple fabrics.  I believe that Sugar Maple is no longer in business and I remember it taking about 3 1/2 months to get my fabric.  I recently told someone I thought it might be Silkweaver, but I just found my info on this piece and it was Sugar Maple fabrics that I had so much trouble with.  So I have been a little leery about ordering hand dyes ever since.  But I see so many beautiful fabrics on-line and I’m really itching to get some. I love the colors on this fabric and I am pleased with how Galatea turned out.

Last weekend when I visited my LNS, she recommended Picture this Plus as a good place to find some really nice hand dyes.   I checked them out and they do have some fabulous lovelies!  I’ll have to start making a list.  I did pick up a piece of hand dyed last weekend and Hubby was so sweet and purchased 2 pieces of hand dyed fabric a couple of weeks ago.  I will post them this weekend.

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Fairy Flora

Good morning my stitching friends.  I am afraid I have been missing in action for the last few weeks.  It’s just been a busy time for me with my son just finishing up track, the end of school nearing, and catalog transition for Stampin’ Up!  So I am afraid that I don’t have any updates to my stitching projects as I haven’t been able to stitch much.  I did put the Mediterranean Mermaid in to be framed yesterday and will post a photo when I get her back. I also picked up a few things and ordered a few things, so I will share those later this week.   Today I thought I would share another one of my finishes from a while back.  She is Fairy Flora:

I finished stitching her up in 1995.  She is stitched on 28ct Jobelan, a pretty shade of blue.  It was the first time I stitched on 28ct fabric.  Well, it’s going to be a warm one here in Michigan today, so I need to finish the laundry before it gets too hot in the house.  I’m hoping to pick up my needle tonight and add a few stitches to something.  I lhope that your needle is gliding through fabric today, too.

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Autumn Time Snowman

Good morning.  I am getting ready to go to the Great Lakes Mega Meet Scrapbook Convention and wanted to share my latest stitching project.

This one has been in my rotation for over a year now and I had to give him some love last night.  He is Autumn Time Snowman and was featured in the September 2010 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine.  This is for a friend who loves snowmen and I hope to get it done for Christmas this year since I missed it last year.  I would also like to stitch the other 3 seasons in this series as they are so cute.  I am about 1/2 done with this one.  Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  Have a great day!

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Mediterranean Mermaid is finished!

Hello.  I finished my Mediterranean Mermaid last night.

She is beautiful and sparkly!  I didn’t think I would ever get done beading her.  She is stitched on 16ct Aida Star Saphire.  I am not sure when I will get her framed, but when I do, I will post her again.  Here are a couple of close-up’s of her:

This mermaid was the first piece that I put into rotation January of last year.  After a couple of months of rotating out several projects, I decided I couldn’t have a bunch of un-finished projects.  So I have been stitching between this one and the Angel of Grace.  Now that mermaid is done,  the Angel is my next project.

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Angel of Grace

Hello my stitching friends.  I had to give this piece a little love last night.  It is one that has been in my “rotation” for over a year now. It is Angel of Grace by Lorri Birmingham Designs.

She has not been a fun stitch. I had her stitched about down to her hands and realized that she was too far to the left.  I was going to add a Bible verse, but I realized the ribbons on her dress were going to be too far to the left edge.  So…I spent  a lot of time ripping her out.  I had to put her away for a while before I re-started her.  I haven’t stitched on her in a couple of months and thought she needed a bit of tending to last night. She is stitched on 28ct Salmon/Gold Linen banding.  And I must say it is the most UNEVEN fabric I have ever worked on!!!  It was a very expensive piece of fabric and the pattern says that the linen was spun in Ireland and woven in Germany on a 150 year old wooden loom.  Well, it has good history, but it is not fun to stitch on.  I probably purchased this pattern back in 2000 and wanted to stitch it for my Mom.  I was hoping to get it done for Christmas 2011, but now I am hoping for Christmas 2012.

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