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Friday, November 6, 2009

"Cats" - Let the Happy Dancing Begin!

I finished the stitching on Cats! Yea! Just in time because I don't think I could have kept my nose to that grindstone much longer. There are tons a few other things that are calling to me.

from Autumn Holidays, Katrina Designs, 1982
Stitched on R&R 30 ct. Carrot linen with DMC floss

Haven't decided how to finish it yet. (Should I frame it or turn it into a pillow, or a heavy-weight, or a flat-fold?) Decisions, decisions! The good news is that I don't have to decide now cause this cutie is going to join my other "Ready For Final Finishing" stitcheries.

I have been yearning to get into another sampler lately. Kind of like being lost in a desert and hoping for an oasis, only my oasis is of the sampler kind. As I browse though blogs, I see so many beautiful samplers that I am so tempted to jump into that it isn't even funny. Of course, I have several samplers aready in the works that could stand some attention too.

While I'm deciding on which sampler to work on, I began a little sampler from 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs (American School of Needlework). It's tiny and will fit into a 2" x 3" frame when finished.

November Sampler
from 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs, American School of Needlework
Stitched on 32 ct Light Mocha linen with DMC floss
Sampler Options: Any advice you would like to offer regarding which project to move forward on, would be appreciated. (Click on pattern names to view the first two options and scroll down to see pictures of my past progress on the third and fourth options.)

Paradise Lost (new pattern, new start) from Plum Street Samplers (click on name to see it)

Plantation Sampler (old pattern, new start) from Canterbury Designs (click on name to see it)

Weeping Tree Sampler from The City Stitcher: (Already started, picture below.) Started this baby more years ago than I can remember. The copyright date is 1994 and I know I've pulled in out to work on several times over the years. Only things left to stitch are the lamb in the space to the right of the house, next to the letter Z (might change it to a cat instead, which would be more relevant for me), and stitch a date between the chimneys (not sure if I'll use the 1843 as charted).
Weeping Tree Sampler
The City Stitcher, 1994
Stitching on 32 ct linen (maybe Light Mocha) with DMC floss

Santas of Fable and  Fantasy from the old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine. (Already started, pictures below.) This is a Sandra Orton design, and I just love, love, love her designs. I've included pictures from the magazine and my progress (from ?? years ago).

Santas of Fable and Fantasy
Designed by Sandra Orton for Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine, N/D 1991
Stitching on 32 ct raw linen with DMC floss

In the mean time, I'll finish up the little November sampler while I decide. Who knows, I may decide on something completedy different??? LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my ramblings today. Hope you all have a good weekend and find a bit of time to stitch.


Deb said...

Well, I vote for finishing up the Weeping Tree Sampler (that is a great one) and then going on to Paradise Lost. But then again.........I'm terrible at making decisions!! I guess go with what's calling you the most!!

Barbi said...

Congrats on the happy dance. Those cats are GREAT!

Deb said...

Love your little cat scratchers! I've been meaning to stop by and become one of your "follower" friends! I'm stitching "Plantation Sampler," and it's a beautiful piece. Actually, several of us are. I cast my vote for that one. Great to see your blog and to meet you! I'll be back soon.

JOLENE said...

Oh, I think you should finish your City Stitcher, Weeping Tree WIP. I have that one hanging in my kitchen and I love it!

Those cats are just too fun, such personalities!!

Congrats on your win, maybe you might want to start once you get it?! Ahhh, so many decisions.......