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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stitching Keeps Me Sane

It's been a tough year. My stitching helps to keep me sane. I took a few pictures today of a few things I've been working on.

My favorite:
Mary Ann Jackson 1837
Of Female Worth
My nightly sanity booster...stitched on 40 ct LSL Pearled Barley.
Not My Favorite:
Top: Very Scary Mystery Sampler
Lizzie Kate
Bottom: another peak at Miss Mary Ann Jackson 
Very Scary has been my work project (breaks and lunches). I started it a couple of years ago when it first came out but my interest waned. Earlier this summer I pulled it out and took it to work so I would be forced to work on it or stare into space. Stitching on anything is far more interesting than staring into space so I made progress. I brought it home this weekend in hopes that I could finish it once and for all. But frogs were hiding in the border so it will be around another day or two. Sigh...

Rosebud Sampler
Ewe & Eye & Freinds
Love the sweet and dainty border on this one! Truth be told, that's why I decided to stitch it. The areas to the right and left of the basket were open and so I added an antiqued version of one of my personal beliefs. 

Heart and Hand
Ewe & Eye & Friends
This is dedicated to my Mother. There are a couple of things left to do: add the pealized heart button that came with the pattern in the open area and stitch an over one pink ribbon somewhere to represent my mother's ongoing battle.
Next up are the ingredients for my next work project: Cackle from Raise the Roof Designs. I'm using a tea-stained greenish 32 ct mystery linen from my stash. 

Ready to begin: Forget-me-not Sampler - With Thy Needle & Thy Thread.
This is a limited edition kit and it called for coffee-dying the 36 ct linen but I had tea. So tea-staining and oven drying commenced today and I think it turned out beautifully! Can't wait to start this and see how the threads look! Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll still be pleased! 
Okay, enough for now. I should be heading to bed. It's back to work in the morning.
My spirits have taken several hits this past year and I am slowly, slowly trying to come back. I miss the blogging community and hope to be visiting and commenting soon.
Thanks for stopping by.


Kaisievic said...

So sorry that you are feeling low. Just come back to visit us all when you are feeling up to it. we will be waiting for you. I hope that you feel better soon.
Lovely stitching, too.

Brigitte said...

Welcome back to the blogging world. Sorry to read that you weren't feeling well - hopefully you will soon feel a lot better.
I love the two E&E&F pieces, they are so beautiful.

Chris said...

So nice to see an update from you. I am sorry that things have been tough. Your stitching is beautiful. I love the Ewe & Eye finishes. So nice that you will have the LK piece finished for the season. I am waiting for my Forget Me Not I better get some coffee or tea :)
Have a great week!

Melody said...

What pretty stitching! Hope things improve for you. Stitching helps me through stressful times as well.

Glenna said...

I'm sorry that you've been dispirited. I'm there with you--stitching and blogging about stitching has helped a lot. And while sometimes I wonder if my samplers are going to be soggy with misery and remind me of the negative things, really, when they're framed and up, they feel like triumphs. I love your pink/pretty/flowery choices, and your personalization.

Karyn said...

Hugs Robin!
I can relate to your feelings. This has been a rough year, dear friend, and I agree that stitching is such a blessing, how lucky are we that we have that in our lives!
Your WIPs are gorgeous, as always.
I am sending lots of hugs and thoughts for an uplifting of your spirits, and imagine a great big hug from me, as I have missed you! :)

Catherine said...

Wonderful projects! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Tammy said...

Beautiful stuff! I can empathize with you about spirits being down. I have neglected my blog on and off for a couple years now. Sometimes it just seems too much! Welcome back and hope to see more from you!

Tatkis said...

Lovely finishes and processes, can't wait to see your new projects too!


Meari said...

Hi Robin!

Your samplers are very pretty. Even the ones that frustrate you.

Anne said...

Mary Ann is so beautiful Robin! I can see why you love stitching on her. Your tea stained fabric is lovely too and I think it'll work perfectly for the sampler. Hope you feel better! Hugs!

Stitching Noni said...

Hi Robin, lovely to see you back again! Sorry to read that you have been low and dispirited recently. I do hope that things start to improve for you!
Lovely to see your wonderful WIP's. It's great to see that you have a new one on the boil that is calling out to you :o)
Hugs x