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April 2024

Birthday Start


I'm not sure where I had heard about the idea of a 'birthday start' for stitching.  I think maybe on flosstube.  This particular pattern I bought as a kit a very, very, long time ago.  I'm sorry to say that I am not really sure the history of finding this.  I think that it may have actually been a Nashville Needlework preview on a needlework shop that I receive e-mails from.  "When this you see remember me." is one of my favorite sentiments on a needlework sampler.  I also was very attracted to the soft colors, particularly the blue color.  I have wanted to start it several times, and I think I may have for years had this kitted and in a project bag.  I even had this fun thread keep for the project- I just love it so much.  This year I made a point to make this Forget Me Not Sampler by Brenda Gervais my birthday start.  I've never done a birthday start, and I almost forgot about it!  It was around 9:00 at night on my birthday, and I remembered that I wanted to start this project.  I can't wait to finish this one and have it professionally framed.  I love the frame that is in the model photograph, and will likely bring this photo with me to the frame shop.
    I have been working on this project off and on with my other stitching.  I don't usually work on larger pieces, so this is a nice size as a middle size to work on.  Also, it calls for one strand of floss, which is a bit different from other pieces I've worked on.  I'm so excited to see how this turns out!

Easter Sampler

Lizzie_Kate_EasterHere is another Lizzie Kate cross-stitch project! :). I don't think that would surprise any of the readers here as I love Lizzie Kate.  It is called Easter Sampler.  The designs are some of my favorite, especially since I love seasonal stitching.  I have many of these patterns in my collection, and have also started the Halloween version.  I hope that I can finish it this year, and frame it similarly to this one.  I selected a different kind of mat and frame because I wanted to showcase the colors in the sampler and do something really cheery.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I finished it last year and then forgot to post about it! 

Wool Bunny

Here is another project I forgot to post about.  I'm not sure how I forget about this one.  I had three different Easter pieces that I had framed.  I can't even remember if it was last year or the year before!  Time flies by so fast. I enjoyed going to the frame shop and framing all of these pieces at the same time.  I just wish that it wasn't so expensive.  To decrease the cost on this one, I actually didn't have glass put on this piece.  I do like to have glass on my stitching to protect it, but I didn't want this to seem to big and bulky.  It is only hung up for about a month, so I think that it is okay that there isn't glass covering it.  This was a panel that was pre-printed.  I had some really beautiful green ticking, and I used a feather stitch to attach the printed bunny to the fabric.  I cut out a bunny and adhered it using a blanket stitch.  All of the wool thread, wool and fabric are things that I had in my stash that I put together to make this project. I embroidered a flowered collar for the bunny, and also used a little black button for the eye.  I really like how this came out, and I think that the wooden brown frame really sets it off.  I like how you can subtly see the fabric in the background.  The framing came out so perfect, and I'm happy that the stripes of the ticking fabric were done so straight.  

Birthday Buy

My birthday was last month, and my husband and I started a new tradition where we are taking off the day for each or our birthdays.  His birthday is in November, and mine is in March, so it is fun that they are far apart in the year and gives us something to look forward to.  I was born on Cape Cod, and it is probably my favorite place, so I picked to go there for my birthday.  It was a little bit hard to find things that were open on a Tuesday on Cape Cod because the season hasn't opened up yet that time of year, but it was a very fun day.  To drive to Cape Code is only about one hour from where we live.  We first went to a French Cafe for a morning pastry and a hot drink.  We walked around in downtown Hyannis and found ourselves over at the ferry.  For a few minutes we impulsively thought about jumping on a ferry to go to Nantucket, but decided not to.  It would have been so funny if we did that.  The one place I requested if we could go was Osterville Needlepoint.  This is a lovely, lovely store, and I would highly recommend it for a day trip if you needlepoint.  There is a selection of Sampler Threads for cross-stitch there, but everything is for needlepoint.  I purchased this little kit which I think is adorable.  It is so so cute.  I am going to use it for my work keys and ID card.  I love the little case too.  I bought this little project case from a needlepoint shop in New York City.  I was there in January for a conference, and for fun on the Saturday night I walked to Greenwich Village to find this shop.  I bought this as my trip souvenir. 

A Little Easter

A_little_EasterThis is such a sweet little project.  I have the series of these and have finished them in different ways off and on.  This one I finished in a frame.  I really like having pieces framed.  I don't often have items framed, but it creates such a nice, professional look.  I love the frame.  A good friend of mine frames her own pieces, but I don't really have the courage to try to do that.  My aunt is a professional framer, but she does more traditional pieces and shadow boxes- I'm not sure that she frames much needlework.  At some point I am going to ask her.  I am going to start pulling out some of the other of this series by Lizzie Kate. 


My First Mini Quilt

Oh gosh, I have to admit that I am a bit hesitant about posting about this.  I hope that it can perhaps inspire someone else to try these quilts even though they are quite challenging and will also encourage me by writing about it to maybe try another one.  This was a mini quilt pattern by Kim Diehl.  I purchased this kitted from a very nice quilt shop in Massachusetts called The Quilted Crow in 2016.  The fabrics were all 1860s Civil War reproductions.  I enjoy these fabrics, and have used these types of fabrics in another quilt project one time.  I love the tiny delicate prints, and soft muted colors.  I did add a few purple and turquoise fabrics to brighten up slightly.  I knew where I was going to hang it, and I wanted it to match the decor a bit more, so I wanted to add those colors.  Unfortunately, there were definitely some mistakes in this quilt.  To be honest, I'm not really sure what happened.  It is quite crooked, and the pieces don't line up well at all.  I did starch all of the fabric, but perhaps I didn't enough.  I would like to try one of these quilts again to advance my skills, and think that it may be best if I do some research on how to perfect these kinds of quilts.  There is so much to learn!