Category: Stitching

SAL May 14

While I hadn’t thought I had made much progress, I was happily surprised when I pulled up the photo from our last update three weeks ago!
Here I was then:


And here I am today:

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In this SAL we don’t all work on the same thing, so there is a variety of techniques and styles to enjoy. Do take a minute to enjoy some of the other projects, there’s a whole lot of stitching going on with this group!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
Susan MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

We all extend our heartfelt best wishes to one of our members, Susan, who will have surgery on Monday. I know that she would appreciate your thoughts and prayers. 

Cleaning out the Drawer…

And what did I find? Several pieces of needlework that were languishing in the drawer because they were in need of a frame or something so they could be displayed or used.  I decided that my afternoon would be devoted to emptying this drawer of at least a few items!

The first two were framed and ready to go, it was their larger partner that had hit a snag; it was an odd size, and I couldn’t see my way clear to have a frame custom built, knowing that I could never match the smaller two.

I pulled out a frame I had picked up at the thrift store, and took some bits of paint, giving it a somewhat gilded appearance. It doesn’t match the others in style, and it will require a mat, so I don’t think an exact match of frame color will be necessary. While it was drying, I used some leftover batting and got the cross stitch ready to mount. Fortunately I had a mat that was close to the right size, allowing me to test the width of the borders. I found the dark rose color from my threads, and once the frame was dry I measured it for the mat. A visit to Hobby Lobby to have my mat cut, and I have a trio of flowers to hang, probably in the living room.


I also found a piece of hardanger that I had DSCN0728completed and never hung, probably because I lacked a frame and a mat. I decided the best alternative was to turn it into a pillow. While perusing my fabric stash, I remembered I had some left over canvas from my messenger bag project, so I used that for the hardanger backing. I found a piece of faux duiponi in the fabric stash, so cut out pieces for the back from that. I had stuffing downstairs, sent by my MIL to make stuffed animals with (never did), so I put it to use as well. The resulting pillow looks great in the chair I reupholstered several Christmases ago.

Finally, I took one of the “knot head” pieces I stitched years ago and constructed a round pillow from it, utilizing fabric once used for covering the sofa pillows during the holidays. It was always too dark, so I traded for a cream and gold fabric last year. Even though it is a holy berry print, it is so dark you really have to look, and being on the back, why not! The stuffing filled that pillow as well, with plenty left over for whatever project I try next! DSCN0729

I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself, making some of my languishing projects into something that can be out and used instead of laying in storage! Even better, the only thing I bought was the mat (with a 40% off coupon). A well spent afternoon. 😃

SAL April 23

Today is our three week SAL update. Do check out what everyone else is doing, because in this SAL, everyone chooses their own project! There’s a lot of inspiration and variety for sure!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

Last time I had just finished a project and so presented you all with this:

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I have made some progress on this blank canvas, but the roof on this barn goes on forever!!! Too bad, because I already bought the matching frame, so forward we go. 😉

Some decent progress made, though it is still pretty sketchy.


SAL April 2

First of all, we have two new members! Welcome Mary Margaret and Tim! As always there is a wide variety of projects happening with this group; I encourage you to check out the  other sites to see what we ware all working on!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy
For my report this round, I have a finish! Last time we checked in, I was here:


And here is the finished piece! I framed it yesterday and gave it to my husband as an early anniversary present. After 28 years we are both a little weathered, but still standing strong!

This is from a series called American Barns found in three issues of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts dated September 1992 through January 1993. This is the western barn, which is perfect for DH, because he was a summer rangelands technician in the Flat Tops Mountains of western Colorado during college.

To represent me, I’ll stitch the Midwestern barn, which reminds me of the barn at my uncle Thor’s in northern Minnesota. He and his brothers built it themselves with their dad in 1906, when they immigrated from Stavanger Norway. We had no big barn on our place, the milk barn was built in the 40’s and had no charm, though I do remember falling asleep with a newborn calf or two back in the day.

Afraid you can’t see much yet!😉


SAL Update March 12

It’s time for the SAL update! We are a group that stitch whatever we want, but update every three weeks. It is an excellent way to encourage others and to help yourself stay on task! I am always inspired when I visit the other folks participating.

Here’s where I was last time:

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Here’s where I’ve gotten to this session:

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If you are interested, contact Avis, the first link below.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
Susan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine

Nordic Needle Contest

One of my long time goals has been to participate in the Nordic Needle Hardanger Contest. I finally completed a piece last year, then forgot to do the paperwork, so this year I am determined! All it takes is a little time on my part. I have no illusions of making the pattern book, mind you, but I want to participate. This store is a huge reason that people across the country know about this form of stitchery, and I love the idea of being a part of that legacy. dscn0575

So, I have pulled out my piece and taken the required photographs and completed the entry form. I will print the best photo and send it off. My piece is very traditional in size and shape, with a variety of stitches in the diamonds and some edelweiss flowers done in the very center.