Monday, March 30, 2009

Moving right along...

Just a quick post to show my progress on Adam & Eve. This one has been so hard to put down. I love everything about it. The colors are really standing out nicely on this fabric. I ended up switching out the color for the top geometric border and for the one below the grass area. The charted for color didn't show up well. I changed it to more of an off white instead of the light tan.
It took awhile to get in the groove to do the eyelet, Algerian eye, and satin stitches. I love the way they are used in this design for the flowers. If you have this chart in your stash, pull it out, dust it off and get to work. You'll enjoy stitching this one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

All about Eve

My new start is really quite fun. I'm stitching The City Stitcher's Adam & Eve on 40ct. Days Gone By linen. It's been a very long time since I've done outlining, quarter stitches, and french knots. Her nipples are french knots, and I was worried that one would be lower than the other, lol, but they look okay. I think the blue eye and pink blush make her look a bit like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. She is also a tad taller than she's supposed to be. I miscounted and added another stitch in her leg. I was too far to start ripping out all of those quarter stitches, so I'm leaving her as is. I had to sneak a peek at Adam to make sure he wouldn't be shorter than her. I wouldn't want my Adam & Eve to look like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes! I made myself stitch that darn snake, but I haven't given him an eye yet. I can see him but he can't see me.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments about The Plantation Sampler. I hope to get the frame picked up today, and I'll post a picture soon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The end result

Here is my version of the Plantation Sampler. I say my version because I changed many of the colors from the way it was originally charted. The green grass is totally different, and the flowers in the border are shades of salmon instead of pink. This was a fun one to stitch once my eyes adjusted to the 45ct vintage Maritime white linen by Lakeside. I wish the color of the fabric showed up better than it does. It's a vintage piece with some light green mottling. I'm heading out soon to find a frame for it today.

I started this one last night. I have never done an Adam & Eve design before, but this one is so my type. I was thinking about why I haven't stitched one, and I think it must be the snake. I hate snakes. I'm not even sure if I can stitch one. Maybe I'll save it for last. There are wonderful places to hike here in AZ, but I don't. You guessed it, I'm afraid of coming across a rattler. Everyone says they are more afraid of us. Somehow, I doubt that.
Thanks so much for all of the comments of happy birthday wishes. They helped make my day a special one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I couldn't help myself.

Miss Scarlett
It's St. Patrick's Day, it's my birthday and my party, and I can do what I want to. That's not exactly how the song goes, lol. I couldn't resist taking these shots of the girls. Scarlett didn't mind so much. She's a Mama's girl and would do anything to please me. Ruby, on the other hand, took a bit of coaxing. That one has a mind of her own. Today was a great day. It started off by us going out for breakfast and then to an Irish pub for lunch. It was a low key day, but fun. I have had no Guinness. Honestly! I usually like to have a green beer but due to taking antibiotics, I couldn't. I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt that said "Irish today, hung over tomorrow". I thought it was pretty funny.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nothing much new to say

I've been plugging along on the Plantation. The animals finally all have grass to eat, so I'll move on to adding a couple more trees and the border. Now that I've become used to the 45ct., it's really not that much different than 40ct. It's hard to see the size because of the close up, but it's really not a very big sampler. I'm very happy with the color changes that I made.