Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 15 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends! My new start for today - "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Blackbird Designs.
This is my last new start for Debbie's Challenge SAL! I planned only to have 15 new starts for this sal and I have. Thank you for cheering me on and for your lovely comments.


32ct Confederate Grey by WDW linen
Threads: Gentle Arts, WDW & DMC

It's been very cold here with fog. Temps in the high 30's & low 40's. 
With love and appreciation - Annette

Day 14 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends! Today's new start "Needlewoman - busy as a  Bee" by The Primitive Hare.
This lovely kit I received from Shirlee this last Christmas for our private exchange. What a treat to have everything all ready kitted ready to stitch. I want to Thank you for all your wonderful comments and cheering me on for this sal.

 Included in the kit was this beautiful thread holder - a Hare.

30ct Old Salem Linen
DMC threads
Thank you very much for visiting me and for your comments. With love and appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 13 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends!
New start for today - "Tapestry Heart" by The Sweetheart Tree. This chart was gifted to me from Frances.  I am stitching this beautiful heart as a remembrance of Nannie and plan to add her initials.




 With love and appreciation - Annette

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 12 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends! Well so far so good! I've managed to keep up with this sal  in memory of Debbie.
And Thank you for your lovely comments.
Today's new start "Sizzle" by Just Nan. This is a kit dated 2008 which I acquired last Spring from an online phone search (a needlework shop) - and it was half off. This kit has 3 parts to it: a double sided pin wheel and the topping for a round tin.
I am stitching the pin wheel first which has 2 different motifs - one for each side. Also a cute tin is included in the kit.

2008 "sizzle" by Just Nan 
28ct Monaco evenweave hand dyed by me pale blue, DMC theads

This requires 28ct meadow mist linen. I did not have it. I looked through my stash and did have 28ct Monaco evenweave but it was white. I decided to hand dye it.

 I used a color blue dye and as soon as I dipped the fabric I took it right out. Results gave me a hint of blue colored fabric. I am very pleased. I took this photo without flash so you can hopefully see just the hint of tone change. Oh and I had dyed another piece of fabric that didn't turn out but I will definitively keep in my stash. It was 28ct Irish linen (tea colored looking) and dipped that in blue dye and got a grayish tone - kind of like confederate grey linen. But moving on...

My progress of stitching for the evening. Not bad considering I also hand dyed my fabric late tonight:)
Thank you so much for your visit. With love and appreciation - Annette

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 11 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello again beautiful friends! Thank you very much for all your lovely comments on my last post.
Today's new start "Floral Fifteen" by Just Nan.
I was gathering all the threads (DMC) for this project and discovered I didn't have one color. URG!!!
Off to Joann's I went. I get there and go all the way back to where they have the threads. I thought okay grab the one thread and leave. The bin for #603 was empty. oh no!! Of course I picked up some items on my way out, lol! Then I headed off to Wallmart. They had only 2 skeins left - YES! I got them both. Well I did finish kitting up this project. Then I got to stitching the border which is the light green color. I kept making mistakes and had to frog. It wasn't matching. Off to church services in the early evening. It was a special service in remembrance for Nannie and it was also a teen mass! The teenagers got to give the readings, help with communion too, very special.  The church was still decorated for Christmas - beautiful. It turned out this was the last Sunday for Christmas so they left all the decor up. Came home and got right back to stitching. I only needed to frog 2 more times then got it right. Whew!!!

 30 ct Off white linen. There are 15 motifs to be stitched for this pincushion. 2 linens - one off white and one beautiful 30ct Mist Green. I started stitching on the off white linen. I need to stitch 10 motifs on that one.

First motif all done and the backstitching is also done. With love and appreciation - Annette

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 10 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends! Today's new start "Twilight Pearls Leaf Ball" by Just Nan.
I thought I would have had more stitching time today but I didn't. I spent most of the sorting/organizing threads, pins, ribbons etc. Still not done sigh....
Then I had to read and re-read the instructions -LOL before placing my first stitch! This is one design that requires 24 leaf motifs & 12 flower motifs on 2 different linens.

 32ct Wandering Ivy linen by Zweigart

The leaf motifs are stitched on a pretty variegated light green linen and later for the flower motifs are stitched on Dusk which is a pretty lavendar/blues variegated linen (not shown).
Thank you for visiting me. With love and appreciation - Annette

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9 - Debbie's Challenge

Hello beautiful friends! Today's new start "Topiary in Bloom" by BBD. The threads for this design happen to be the same colors in "English Garden" by BBD. Nice that both designs will go with one another.

 32 ct Vintage Porcelain Linen

Closer look at the border!
Thank you for your visit. With love and appreciation - Annette