I received my Easter exchange from Terri's (Dixie Sampler Blog) Spring exchange. The parcel was delivered from New Zealand. - I have a new friend to introduce you to and if you have not visited her blog before I hope you get to. Clare from Craftlady in Kiwiland blog sent me some very lovely gifts.
I was so surprised at what Clare made for me. A beautiful Easter pillow, stitchers bag, needle roll keeper, chocolate bunnies, and a beautiful skein of floss by Cottage Garden threads - color 705 Burgandy.
It's exciting when I get to see a new thread brand I have not ever seen before. And all these gifts came from all the way from New Zealand. Lets have a closer look at what I received shall we?
The second gift I opened from Clare is this pretty spring quilted stitchers bag. The cover is all embroidered and shaped like an egg. I just love it. And can you see the darling flower buttons?
What till you see the inside!
Then I opened up this long gift and it was a needle roll keeper. Isn't this wonderful! This is something I had been really really wanting. I have heard of needleroll keepers and now I have one. The needleroll helps keep & store your linen. Here is one of my latest samplers that I used to show you how this works.
I unrolled the needleroll and placed my linen right on top of the flat fabric.
I absolutely adore everything Clare made and sent me. Thank you so very much Clare!!!
"Forget Me Not" BBD
Fabric - I think its 30ct linen
I started stitching "Forget Me Not" by BBD last Thursday. I am hoping to get this done soon so I can hang it up for display before Spring is over -LOL. I substituted DMC 472 for GA Cornhusk or DMC 370. I wanted a brighter green. In person it looks great but hard to capture the color in a photo. There's a mix of the recommended threads I used between Gentle Arts & DMC. Trying to use what I have in my stash but when I ordered the chart & linen I did order the 2 blue threads of GA because they are soo pretty.
Here is my progress as of right now - Monday. Not bad progress for 4 days of stitching on and off.
Have to share with you all the current blooms of my roses. Because too soon they may wilt.
I added my initial "A" in the vase. geez I may have to change that light green thread. The test will be when I hold it up as if its on display on a wall.
"Autumn" by BBD as of March 17th 2014
Martha Washington rose bush
"Cross Stitcher in Residence" by Lizzie Kate
30ct Woodlawn linen
Here's a small that I started and finished since my last post (but before I started Forget Me Not).
Mary Jane (no blog but you know her as Clamity Jr when she comments) sent me this darling chart with a beautiful floss "Peoria Purple" by WDW which I used it for the lettering for "in Residence". The peach or pink floss I used for the large X's and the door was given to me by Linda of Stitchin with my Furbabies blog. I really do like to use the threads that I am gifted from other stitchers. It gives my stitched piece a added warm feeling to me. Thank you Mary Jane and Linda!
Needlepoint "Snow Geese" by Elizabeth Bradley
10ct or 13ct mono canvas & all wool yarns.
WOOHOO!!! Another finish! This is a very old wip from over 12 - 14 years ago. I think you can tell by the masking tape all around the canvas. I knew nothing different at the time back then. This project reminds me when my mom and I first went to Madonna Needle Works store located in Moraga Hill. I had needed some Appleton wools and they sold the wools there. That was a very fun trip. To finish this project - I had needed to fill in all the white on the bottom. Didn't take a before photo but its all done now. Next step will be to block it. That will be interesting -lol. I'm so happy Snow Geese is ALL DONE!
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With my love and appreciation - Annette