Thursday, March 19, 2009

Finished at last

I am so proud of myself! I love to stitch but when it comes to finishing (moan, groan) I can really put on the brakes and procrastinate. But I went from this (in August of last year, that’s right, 2000 and 8, more than 6 months ago) --

after pulling it out about every 2 months – looking at it – reading the directions - and putting it back – I finally did this. . . today

Bee’s Rule by Milady’s Needle
40 ct Park City Blend (R&R)
Crescent Colors floss

It really wasn’t difficult to finish (I just thought it would be). The directions were clear and easy, I followed them exactly, and the stitched piece fit perfectly into the Lucite ruler.

The back of the stitching and the ruler is lined with a piece of scrapbook paper and enclosed front and back by the plastic ruler. This patterned paper won out over 4 others but I can’t explain why.

Here’s a close-up of the back. It’s sort of glittery and sparkley.

You know, the more I look at it -----
Do you think?
Could it be?
Am I imaging things?
Do these look like little bees

with stingers????!!

I’m thinkin’ SPRING!!! Bee’s a buzzin’, flowers a’bloomin, bring it on! Tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring here.

(PSST!! One day I'll show you the project that took me 10 years to finish!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mini Sampler - March

The March mini sampler from Periwinkle Promises has been finished - shamrocks, lucky horseshoes, a rainbow, and a pot of gold.

Mini Sampler - March
Pot of Gold by Praiseworthy Stitches
(28 ct raw Cashel linen & silk)

(I wish)
I could buy more stuff to stitch!

Monday, March 2, 2009



Funny name, funny shape. So far I’ve made 4 of these quirky little biscuit-looking thingys and plan to make more because they are so much FUN! I love to watch them take their 8 corner-shape. The first one I stitched has a fall design on one side and a winter design on the other and a beautiful button in the middle pulling the two sides together.

Seasonal Biscornu Fall & Winter Face

collaborative between Giulia Punti Antichi & MTV Designs

32 ct cream linen, overdyed floss, beads, and buttons

The second biscornu uses 2 different fabric colors (can't tell by the photo) and, also, has different designs on front and back with a heart and a bead pulling the 2 together.

Just Nan Biscornu
When Barnabee Met Bella

30 ct linen, silks, beads, charms

The third is part of a set of the Cheetah Needlework Accessories free designs from Cross Stitch Happy.

Cheetah Biscornu front and back from Cross Stitch Happy .

36 count cream Irish linen, cotton floss, beads

And the fourth is a mini biscornu turned into a scissor fob.

Mini Biscornu 2 from Aurelle

I'll soon be stitching another biscornu because I'm a member of the Tiny Treasures Exchange and we are exchanging biscornus. If you haven't made one of these funny looking things, maybe this would be an exciting adventure for you. There are many good tutorials available with excellent photos to lead you step by step. I found advice here to help with the pesky corners.