Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lovely May Surprises

Hello lovely friends! It's amazing that its the middle of May already. We've had some much cooler weather here and it certainly put me in a mood for stitching. So that's what I've been doing - stitching!!! Some finishes to share with you today....

 Finished "Strawberry Fields Forever" by BBD. This really turned out lovely. I have not framed it yet but that's my intention.

A lovely surprise
 Just today I received an envelope in the mail and the stamp said "Royal Mail". I thought "OOOOH this must be my invite to the Royal Christening of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge! NOPE! But even better....
This sweet chart is from Jo of Serendipitous Stitching blog. I was one of the lucky winners of Jo's 4th Blogaversary draw! And Jo lives in England. How cool is that? I am so excited to get started on this darling chart. I like that is has an angel, hearts, deer, trees and an alphabet. Thank you ever so much Jo!!!

"Sound" Lady and the Unicorn , Dimensions kit 16x20"
Needlepoint - stitched by my mom Franciene (many years ago)
Another lovely unexpected surprise
This is a really cool story I want to share with you.... Kim had shared on one of her posts HERE (Wisdom with Needle and Thread blog) about a series of tapestries that she is stitching. These are done in needlepoint. When I had read her post & saw the photo - I thought "How beautiful I love it" & then I thought "Oh I think my mom had needlepointed one of these". I went on a hunt in the house right then and there. I FOUND IT!!! Yes she did and that's the photo above that I shared with you. Now I don't recall ever getting to see my mom stitch this. I had moved away and was in college. It's completed but horribly mis-shaped pulling all in one angle & needs blocking before it can be framed. But I have it happened to be the same design that Kim had shared and posted about. Can you believe it? I was thrilled to learn the name of the tapestry and the history of it.
Thank you Thank you Thank you sweet Kim!!!!

 "a little Liberty" by Lizzie Kate 
30 ct linen
Over the weekend I stitched a few smalls. This one and the one below.

 "Let Freedom Ring" by Lizzie Kate
32ct Heroic linen by Picture This Plus
I had a piece of this leftover linen and thought it was perfect for this small design.

"A Lady's Worke Box" by With My Needle
This is a class that I took& was taught by the wonderful Ellen Chester over a year ago. This is a beautiful collection stitching necessities that will be housed in a gorgeous hand crafted wooden box. The piece I am stitching above is the front outside panel that will be attached to the box once done. I will share photos of the box when I complete this. I have already finished the needle book and made all the duponi silk covered inside panels. I completed the grass and now working on the fence & steps. In this design there will be a house & trees and another floral on the right side.


Thank you so much for your visit. Hope you are enjoying this month of May.
With my love and appreciation Annette


Irene said...

che bella sorpresa! Lady and the Unicorn รจ stupendo!

Vickie said...

Strawberry Fields is so cool.
What a treasure you found!! Oh yes, block your mother's needlepoint!

Linda said...

Congrats on the adorable finishes and new starts Annette. How cool to find a needlepoint that your mom did. I have one on the wall that my mom did in the 70's.


Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your wonderful finishes!

Kerri said...

What a wonderful group of finishes! All I got done over the weekend was laundry!

I forgot how lovely the Lasy's work box is and must get started on mine. I haven't put a stitch in since I took the class.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Strawberry Fields...STUNNING! I love this one and the long and winding road one. . . don't have either...maybe I need to correct that! HA!
I love your L*K finishes too. Ellen, isn't she a doll? I love the box top that it will become and the inside is already darling!
Your Mama's needlepoint is stunning! It can be blocked and perfect in no time!

Angela said...

Love the finishes!

Clare said...

`Strawberry Fields`is lovely and once framed there will be lots of lovely comment when your friends and family see this. I missed out on seeing Ellen when she came to NZ. I was hoping she would take the class with `A Lady`s Work Box` but wasn`t to be.:( You are so blessed and so nice to see your progress.Happy Stitching.

Von said...

Amazing finishes, Annette, especially SFF!! I know there will be more coming up soon. :D

Teresa S. said...

Love the Ellen Chester piece! I am taking that class in October and can't wait to get started :)

Margaret said...

Such beautiful finishes! My fave is Strawberry Fields, of course. :D Love that your mom stitched that tapestry piece -- how cool is that, what a coincidence!

Patty C. said...

You've been busy!!! That box will be gorgeous .. Looking forward to seeing your progress ;)

Patty C. said...

You've been busy!!! That box will be gorgeous .. Looking forward to seeing your progress ;)

Barb said...

You have so many wonderful projects going on. Strawberry fields is beautiful!

Brigitte said...

You have some lovely finishes here. Strawberry Fields is looking so great but BBD is one of the designers whose pieces ALL look gorgeous. Two nice new smalls that you finished stitching and I'm sure the finishing will follow soon.

That class project by Ellen Chester is fantastic. I have several of her patterns but of course have never attended any of her classes. And in my stitched-but-not-finished box I have one of her needlerolls and I think I will have to tackle the finishing this year. Looking forward to seeing more of this gorgeous box.

A wonderful nedlepoint project that your mother stitched.

Lee said...

Strawberry fields is just lovely. Look forward to seeing the progress on the work box

Annie said...

What a beautiful post of pretties. Strawberry fields looks fabulous. That's such a great series.

That tapestry is a wonderful find. I'm sure it can be blocked to square it up and framed to show it off in all its glory.

Have fun with that Ellen Chester box. I know it will be a perfect finish from your hands.

Frances said...

Wow--you have been a busy stitcher!!!
I love all your finishes! The Strawberry Fields is beautiful--I have it in my stash! I love the two smalls that will be beautiful ornaments! (that's where my mind always goes!)
The box will be wonderful when finished.
I love, love the tapestry from your mom. Can't wait to see what you do with it. It would be lovely framed and would also make a beautiful pillow. So pretty and whatever you do will be perfect!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous stitching ♥

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a lovely collection of finishes and progress too. How special to finally know the story behind the tapestry. Hugs!

Justine said...

You have been so busy! I love Strawberry Fields - yours is the first one I've seen finished. Very pretty. Your box is going to be stunning. Please get your mother's tapestry blocked and framed as it's gorgeous!

Weronika said...

Wonderful work! And this "Sound" chart is just gorgeous!

Beth said...

How pretty "Strawberry Fields Forever" is! I have a couple of Ramsgate charts, though not that one. I do like their designs. Do you intend to block your Mom's needlepoint and get it framed? Neat story.

Marilyn said...

Great finishes and projects.
Love Strawberry Fields, that turned out so pretty.
Interesting story about the needlepoint piece too.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Great great finish
all is wonderful

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Strawberry Fields looks great, that was a quick stitch for the size of the piece!
Glad that your chart arrived safely and the postmark made you excited! Sorry your invitation hasn't arrived yet. I haven't got mine yet either.
I love the Cluny Tapestries and actually have a wool tapestry almost completed from many year ago. I made a latch hook rug and thought I'd try tapestry next. I didn't really get on with the technique but persevered until I discovered cross stitch which I much prefer. I should dig it out of the cupboard and actually finish the thing!

Sally said...

Wow, Annette, you have busy! Lots of lovely WIPs and your Strawberry Fields finish is beautiful!

Lovely win from Jo.

Wow your Mum's tapestry and amazing!

Jackie's Stitches said...

How neat that you found that piece in your mothers things!

I'm sure you're invitation to Charlotte's christening is in the mail and will arrive soon!

You've been working on some really great projects and making good progress.

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching Annette. The With My Needle box and designs are stunning. I hope you get your mothers tapestry framed and on display.

Hetti said...

What a beautiful embroideries you have made again Annette. Very special that you found your mother's embroidery, it's become a real treasure for you! The box for the stitching necessities will certainly be gorgeous.
Hugs, Hetti

Ellen said...

Your blog is always a feast cor the eyes. Your Strawberry Fields Forever is gorgeous.

How wonderful that yoi have your mother' s lovely needlepoint. Maybe once it's blocked, you can make it into a pillow or frame it.

Your worke box project is looking wonderful. Please send me photos for my blog when you've completed it.

Karoline said...

Strawberry Fields Forever is gorgeous and your other projects are looking lovely.

Your Mums tapestry is great, how lovely to find it again