Friday, January 30, 2009

Fancy Hearts

Since February is heart month, I decided to round up all the hearts I could find so here goes . . . first up - FANCY HEARTS . . .

Antique Sampler Heart

Pulled Work Heart

Hardanger Heart

Blackwork Heart

Put them all together . . .

and you get Winter Hearts from Shepherd's Bush. Each heart was a joy (and a challenge) to make and could stand alone as a small ornament. Change the colors to suite the seasons, holidays, or just your favorite colors. There’s a little bit of everything here: cross stitch, specialty stitches, pulled work, hardanger, needleweaving.


Calorie-free cholocates!

I had so much fun stitching this - metallics, and beads, and specialty stitches, oh my! Each candy was its own little project stitched one after the other until there was a whole box full of little treats!

Yummy!!! These look good enough to eat – I think I’ll have that one! Which one would you pick?

The chart for this is in the February 1995 Cross Stitch & Country Craft Magazine. I have no idea if it is still available & I can’t remember when I stitched it but I do remember it was one of the ‘funnest” projects I have ever done. I smile every time I open the box.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here's a Peek

Any ideas?

Heart Box

Now for some fun stuff . What could possibly be in this Valentine box?????

Sewing Heart

A Mon Ami Pierre freebie available on their site. They show it on a heart-shaped thread keeper but it works this way, too. I can imagine this stitching lady on a heart-shaped box, as an ornament, a tuffet – all sorts of ideas. I added a large shell circle (found in the beading section at the craft store) to use as a thread ring. The twisted cording was an after-thought and makes the scissor keeper look more finished. I can even hang it because of the loop.

I was originally going to fold the finished heart in half and snap it shut. The snap would do double duty - to close the scissor keeper and to hold the scissors in place. Instead I added the pocket and used a bead-shell flower-bead contraption to keep the scissors in place.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tiny Biscornu

I've stitched biscornus before but never one so tiny as this. It's so tiny it can be used as a scissor fob. The graph is a freebie and can be found here at Aurelles site. It's called Mini Biscornu 2.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another recent finish

Here’s another recent finish - With My Needle by The Goode Huswife. 40 ct Muffin linen and DMC cotton floss were used. I really like the rustic, old, dirty - a better word - antique look of the fabric.

First Project of 2009

On a more cheerful note . . .

This was a special request. Are you familiar with the “Desiderata”? It begins “Go placidly . . .” and ends with “Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” I believe it was written sometime in the 1920s. I found a couple of cross stitch graphs but chose to stitch this one designed by Lauren Fraser Turner of Lifetime Samplers in Great Britain. I especially liked her borders which reminded me of the illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages which sparkle with glistening golds & silvers.

Last Project of 2008

I thought this project (Houses of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings) would never end. It seems like I stitched on it forever and ever and ever. Actually it took 4 months of intermittent stitching. I cringe when I think of the hours that went into this – but it is truly impressive! I used the recommended fabric & DMC cotton floss.