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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gifties in the Mail

I received a package in the mail today from Eileen (no blog), my Blackbird Designs Halloween Exchange partner. She stitched Whooo's Knockin' at My Door for me. It is so cute! I just love it! Thanks, Eileen!

She also included a JBW Designs pattern, Over the River, which I envision as a little pinkeep with red-headed pins. I'll have to rummage through my leftover pieces of linen for a remnant to use for it. And if you look closely, you'll see the little finger pincushion (bottom center) that she also sent. I've always wanted one of those. Isn't it darling? I am so pleased with all the little gifties.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Finishes

It was a lovely fall day today. The leaves are turning beautiful colors and the sun actually came out! After almost a week of cloudy, rainy, and damp cold days it was wonderful to have some sunshine.

I haven't blogged in a while but I have been stitching. I have a few finishes from Blackbird Designs to share.

Autumn Bouquet - Blackbird Designs
Stitched over one on 32 ct gold overdyed linen with overdyed threads

First up is Autumn Bouquet. It was one of the options selected by the Blackbird Designs Yahoo group for the Summer SAL this year. It wasn't one of those designs that grabbed me when I first saw it. In fact, I had decided not to join the SAL when I came across a piece of gold overdyed Zwiegart linen in my stash. My first thought was, "This would be perfect for Autumn Bouquet!" I pulled the threats and they looked great on the linen so I ordered the pattern. Once I had the pattern, I pulled out the calculator to figure the best way to stitch the design on my linen and discovered that the @##$% linen wasn't wide enough!! I was so ticked off and disappointed that it took a day and a half of stomping around and muttering to myself before it occurred to me to stitch it over one. Once I started it, I enjoyed every stitch.

Trick or Treat Stocking from Tis Halloween
Blackbird Designs
Stitched on 30 ct R&R Chocolate Truffle with called for threads

Next up is the Trick or Treat stocking that I stitched for the Blackbird Designs Yahoo group Halloween stocking exchange. The finishing was a bit tricky but I think it turned out so cute. I sent this stocking to Eileen, my stitching partner and I'll be receiving one from her this week.

Pinkeep design adapted from Blackbird Designs "Tis Halloween"
Stitched on 32 ct Silvery Moon linen and overdyed threads.

Last, is a pinkeep that I stitched using a few of my favorite motifs in Tis Halloween. It's a little over 2 1/2" square. The orange fabric in the background is what I used for the back. It's unique and a memento of the fun I had with the SAL and the exchange.
Well, I had better get to bed. It's past my bedtime. Thanks for visiting today!