Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SAL, Christmas and Halloween Stitches

Hello stitching friends:) July has gone by too fast. Thought I would get this post in before the end of the month. I sometimes wonder that I don;t have enough to share with you then before I know it I do have lots for show and tell. We've been in a heat wave here ranging from the 100's to 99. Tomorrow 102 or so they say. So grab something to drink and hope you enjoy my post....

 Elizabeth half doll project progress. I finished all the bottom row of vines and flowers. The other ladies who are stitching this for our SAL: Grace - has her kit in hand now. Amy - finished all of page one. Clare - got a good start too. When you click on each name you will go directly to their latest progress post for this SAL. I am in awe of their interpretation for this project!

 Elizabeth half doll pincushion by GPA
 32ct  Cream linen  by Zweigart / silks & DMC threads

(Before)

(After) 
Fairy Hill  - Cut Thru Bothy Threads

 Yipee!!! I finished another page for this chart. AND I also completed the backstitching! 
The gold broach pin is Peter Pan's "Jolly Rodger Ship" by Disney. 
Tinkerbell patch & Pinocchio's fairy godmother pin.

The upper crown of the bed, pink walls, tree truck, flowers, pond, clothes line, butterfly and cute mushrooms not to mention all the green grass &&& I had left off 3 stitches all the way down the right side. That meant that I had to pull those charts and stitch them & pull the charts for the backstitching too. If you have stitched a Bothy Cut Thru chart - You know what I'm talking about. I did at times get confused, walked away and came back. Now 3 pages left for this chart (plus backstitching). Felt so good to get this done. 


 Wicked by The Primitive Needle 
Kit by Needlecraft Corner
Terri - Dixie Sampler blog had mentioned this chart on one of her posts. I looked it up and knew I wanted to stitch it. That lead me to thinking who would still perhaps still have this older freebie chart? Needlecraft Corner in MD I called and Drema actually had a kit that had the frame, linen and silk threads. Dream come true for me. I think she still has some or one left too. 

 Finished in a few days. This was a fast design to stitch. One over one, silk thread, 30ct Parchment linen WDW. I only needed a half cross stitch or tent stitch on the bands and I chose to stitch full cross stitches on the motifs and lettering. I love how it turned out. The top of the pendant frame has a tube that I can thread a cord thru. Just haven't decided on the cord or chain yet.

 I participated in - Christmas in July thru EMS Forum. Angele from Germany had my name for the exchange and she sent me a beautiful stitched card, lovely fabric and this gorgeous book.  Thank you so very much Angele! I have to share some of the projects that are in the charted in the book with you.....




The person who I sent my gifts to is in Germany. I mailed her parcel on 6/18 and she has not received it yet.
I am praying that she does get it.

 Speaking of Christmas, I completed an ornament that I had stitched last year. Peppermint by Little House Needleworks. 28ct Pink Peppermint Candy stripes linen by Fabric Flair. The fabric you see is what I used for the backing on this ornament.

 Thanks to Vonna's tutorial  I made a little tag for the back - Inital's and year.

 Lizzie Kate Flora McSampler 2012 ornaments
Needed to get a jump on some Christmas stitching. These were a great weekend project (okay maybe 2 different weekends).
 Lizzie Kate Flora McSampler 2012 ornaments

                                               Lizzie Kate Flora McSampler 2012 ornaments
Good thing I had these photos because I can't find my linen that these were stitched on. Have the chart, threads but must have put the linen in too good of a place. All 3 ornaments were stitched on 28ct Milk Chocolate linen by Wichelt, WDW threads and one DMC (for the angel face, hands and feet). For some reason the photo of Believe looks tan but its not - its Chocolate!
Sending you Happy Summer Best Wishes! With love and appreciation - Annette

22 comments:

Marilyn said...

Oh, the 1/2 doll is looking great, what pretty colors.
GASP! Fairy Hill is an intense piece, great progress.
Love the Wicked piece, are you making it a necklace?
What a great book you received, looks like some great projects in it.
Cool ornament, love the striped fabric.
You've been busy!
Marilyn

Lee said...

well done with all your stitching projects specially the skirt for the doll
your new book looks exciting.

Annie said...

Wonderful stitching!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Goodness, gracious, that needle of yours has been smokin' hot lately! Everything looks so pretty. Your "wicked" reminds me I have that kitted up somewhere. Hmm...maybe I should go stash diving! LOL!

Vickie said...

Zoom, zoom! You have been busy!
I love your mother's Disney pins, so unique.
What fantastic gifts! That book!
Love the peppermint finish on "our" fabric. ;)

gracie said...

Yes I finally have my kit, just need to sit and start it. I must have missed that sweet Peppermint Ornie pattern! Will have to look for it. You did a lovely job with it.

Shebafudge said...

Gosh, look at all that beautiful stitching! Everything is looking fab! Your half doll project is coming on beautifully and the colours are wonderful.

Hazel said...

There's so much for you to share! Wow lots of stitching. Love the ornies and that candy stripe fabric is unique. Great progress on all your wips. X

Jackie said...

You've been busy! Loads of progress on Fary Hill. Love the Wicked pendent too. I'm looking forward to seeing the doll come together!

Linda said...

Congrats on all the great finishes Annette. Fairy Hill is gorgeous. I love the colors in that one. Stay cool.

Linda

miek said...

you are working on beautiful projects,Annette!
And i love to see Christmas ornaments all year round!
This week i`ll send you a
postcard ;-)
greetings Miek

Annie said...

You are one busy stitcher. What a lot of lovely things. Lucky you to get a kit of the Wicked pendant. When they are gone, they are gone. And you did a great job on it.

The Bothy cut-through is super. Someday I'm going to try one of those.

valerie said...

Lots of progress Annette! I just love the colors for the doll's lower half. It's going to turn out beautiful! Lots of progress on Fairy Hill and your ornie finishes look great. The Wicked pendant is pretty cool too. I have the pattern but not the pendant. Great idea! Looks like you got some fun goodies in your Christmas in July exchange!

Carol said...

Wow! So much lovely stitching in this post, Annette!! I don't know where you find the time...

Send some of that heat out east--we are having record lows this week... Only 52 yesterday morning when I woke up!!

Barb said...

This is a wonderful post with so much beautiful stitching!

Margaret said...

So much eye candy in this post! Wow! You always make such beautiful pieces! Can't wait to see more of that half doll.

Ali said...

Great progress on your half doll project, love the flowers and the variegated border - stunning. Well done on completing another page of Fairy Hill this looks like a complicated piece to stitch. I can see why you were bowled over by Wicked it's a fabulous wee piece. Ooooh what a lovely swap you've received, the book looks great. Fingers crossed your swap arrives very soon and has just been taking the scenic route! Well done on all the ornament finishes I really like the peppermint backing fabric :0)

Beth said...

The Half Doll is amazingly beautiful so far - I can only imagine what it will look like finished. You got a wonderful array of gifts with your exchange. Too too hot isn't it? I'm suffering with day after day in the low 90's.

Shirlee said...

So much pretty stitching! I really like those LK 2012 designs. I should stitch mine : )

Brigitte said...

For me July also went by like a whirlwind, mush too fast. But you got some great stitching in.

Elizabeth is coming along great and it's so great to see how everyone else is stitching along on her. Thanks for all the links to the other stitchers' blogs. I'll follow your progress closely.

Great progress on your Cut-Through piece as well. I think it's better to stitch the back stitches as you go. If you had to do them all after finishing the cross stitches you wouldn't become happy with such a piece, lol.

Great finishes on your Chrsitmas stitching and a wonderful gift from Angele.

Mii Stitch said...

Superb stitching! I hope your little finish reach the recipient

Penny said...

July really did seem to go by fast. As a matter of fact the whole summer seems to be going by too fast. :) So much lovely stitching to look at ~ I love the Wicked finish! There seems to be a lot of wonderful gifts being given in the Christmas exchange. Hope you get good news on your package soon.