Saturday, July 23, 2011

Maddie Button

Now you know why I've neglected updating my blog lately.  I've been busy!  Maddie Button is my newest offering.  Those of you who know me, know of my love of sheep.  I think every sampler should have at least one. 

Inspiration can often be derived when you least expect it.  A few months ago I was involved in a conversation with friends about the pros and cons of becoming a vegetarian.  I'm not one, but I don't like to think about the unpleasantness of where our food source comes from either.  Maddie's verse came to me while I was standing in the shower pondering the conversation.  As someone who loves old buttons and vintage canning jars, the idea went on from there. 

The models were stitched on 40ct. Days Gone By with Belle Soie silk.  A conversion to Crescent Colours cotton is provided.  Used also as trim for the pin keep and fob cording is the yummy new hand-dyed chenille from Crescent Colours.

Finishing was done by the Twisted Stitcher.  Step by step finishing instructions are included with the chart.  You can also visit Vonna's tutorial blog for online help.

The model for Sarah Elizabeth Brooke is finished.  I'll be showing her very soon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Meet Mary Roe

Pretty Mary Roe took a trip across the pond and arrived safely at her new home in Arizona.  Isn't she a fun and happy sampler?  I'm amazed at how bright and colorful she is.  It was love at first sight for me.  The funny and awkward looking people just beg to be stitched again.  Her skinny tummy just makes me laugh and very jealous.  Of course, I love samplers with sheep and dogs.  We're going to pretend that the spotted one herding the flock is a Boston Terrier.  I wish that she had stitched her age alongside her name and date.  I'd bet she was a very young girl with a vivid imagination.  I can't wait to start charting her.

Here's a peek at my next release, Mattie Button.  It's a three piece set which includes a pin keep, scissor fob, and jar wrap.  All that's left is the finishing. 

Below is a photo of Coverlet Birds sent to me from Bonnie.  She stitched it on 48ct. over two.  Yes, I said 48ct!  She then tea-stained it.  The finished size is 4 1/2w x 2 3/4h.  I love it, and your photo layout, Bonnie.
Thanks for sharing it. 

I almost forgot to mention Sarah Elizabeth's progress.  I am about half the way done stitching the model.  I'm hoping her chart will be ready early August. 

We are doing our best to keep cool.  July is my least favorite month.  The monsoons are working their way up from Mexico nearly every day now for the next couple of months.  We usually get a dust storm in the early evening which is tons of fun.  It's hit or miss if there's rain to follow.  It's been so long since I've seen rain, I barely remember it.  It's wet, right?

Hope you and yours enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July!