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Monday, January 16, 2017

A little progress to show~

Greetings and good morning friends~ I have had busy hands these past few days.... Needless to say, my customers orders come first, however I devote the last hour of my day to personal stitching & finishing~ As I showed you last week, my current project is a red Quaker influenced piece by Rosewood Manor called My Token of Love... The Vintage Butter Pecan Lakeside 40 count linen with the "Best Used Brick" Victorian Mottoe Sampler thread are marrying together well....   

I've completed all the perimeter motifs... 

Each motif has its own unique shape..... I love the contrasts of them all~

As an educator, I am constantly reading and researching how the Quaker Schools incorporated stitching into the students daily activities... I'll be sharing tidbits with you along the way once I begin my next sampler..... Its a toss up between reproduction samplers,  the Sarah Tatum Sampler and the Sarah Moon Sampler..... stay tuned~ 

Design size on 40 count is 8 1/2 by 9 inches... so, if your a 32 count stitcher, your design size would be about 10 3/4 by 11 1/4 inches.... 

 

Okay.... That's it for now.... I'm headed into my craft room to create treasures for fellow Stitcher's and tonight I plan on putting more tiny "x's" in this sweet sampler......

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Faye

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Seeing Red..... My Token of Love~

 
Greetings friends and stitching Pals~ Thank goodness it is finally Friday and it's a long weekend! I wanted to spotlight the Quaker influenced sampler I'm working on right now... I started it in November, and it has now become my end-of my day sampler.... I especially love it because it's a red monochrome~ AND, the red I'm using is my all time favorite, Best Used Brick by Victorian Motto Sampler Thread....

My Token of Love

Rosewood Manor

40 count Vintage Pecan Butter

Victorian Motto Sampler Threads~ Best Used Brick

I often stitch the medallions along the border first.... 

 

And this one is my favorite.... 

This is a really sweet stitch... on 40 count it only measures 8 1/2 by 9 inches~ 

I will be beginning a larger Quaker Sampler once I complete this WIP.... I'm still deciding which of the Sarah's it will be..... Sarah Tatum by Scarlet Letter or Sarah Moon by Needprint.... Both are colorful, large and are reproduction Samplers which depict the works by young school girls..... I always marvel at the projects these young hands would create given their ages..... 

I'll have more progress to post soon (hopefully)~~ As I work on the orders in my craft room this weekend, I will end my day with a few stitches in My Token of Love~ 

Stay safe, warm and happily creating! 

Faye

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Today's picture walk of my latest stitch~

Much of the country is cold and frozen..... We are unusually frigid here in North Carolina~ Record breaking low temps with sleet and ice... I'm WAY too Southern for this kind of cold weather!     I knew this would be the perfect time to complete this beautiful stitch~ It began as my Christmas night start and continued on until this morning... Where my Heart Blooms is an older design by Blackbird Designs that has been pulling at me for sometime..... My heart blooms in my passion for stitching and finishing... in my cherished friendships and loving family.... in my love for teaching young minds to learn, love and respect....  What things make your heart bloom???? Please take a look......  

The subtle overdye threads in the house make it look white-washed and weathered... perfect....

Vintage Pecan Butter 32 count Lakeside linen 

along with the specified overdye cottons~ 2 threads over 2

... a scant amount of over one stitching.... many Eyelet ad Rice speciality stitches... I love them!

 

.... and, by the way... this IS MY year to bloom...... 

 

I love this nice stitch....It will be framed and on display at my vendor table at the Primitive Stitchers Retreat upcoming 

in May in Columbus,  Ohio..... 

I've been sharing with some of my stitching pals how this is going to be my year of stitching Quaker designs... I've always had a true love of all things Quaker and after much hoarding, pondering and now stash diving... this is the year! So, look for more stitching from me in the way of Quaker/Ackworth School influenced stitching... I actually have one in my hoops now that was started in 2016 and might be my first Quaker finish of 2017..... stay tuned because it uses my most favorite Victorian Mottoe Sampler Thread "Best Used Brick".... 

Until then, stay warm~happy~ & stitching!

Faye

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016's last picture walk.......

Greetings friends!!!! Hard to believe we're flipping the calendar soon to January 2017!! Hard to believe....
 
 I hope everyone's Christmas was nice... Mine was.... My children and I spent Christmas Day together.... It always amazes me how they've become grown men with lives of their own..... I'm SO proud of them!
I'd like to take a quick moment to say a heartfelt "Thank~you" for all the nice comments, words of encouragement and inspirational feedback you give me with my blog posts.... I truly draw my creativity and designing inspiration from you, my friends and customers~ 2017 will bring continued stitching, sewing and finishing services... so, stay tuned~ 
 
I'd like to share a few finishes from early December...... 
 
 
Valentine Sampler
With thy Needle & Thread
A co-ordinated 5 piece set
 
I painted, distressed and waxed a paper mâché box...... Then mounted the padded heart trimmed with mini-Pom Pom trim~
 
I like to make a padded bottom in the box.....   
Pin pillow fits nicely inside.....  
....tiny "x's" line the seams......  
Rouched distressed seam binding on the scissor fob~  
...a tiny wool appliqué red heart on the back...   
A classic With thy Needle & Thread Needlebook... I love all the  buttons dangling along the bottom~  
A pocket and padded pin cushion is inside.....  
All topped off with a monogrammed 12 x 15" Carolina Stitcher project bag....  
    Stay safe and enjoy ringing in our new year today.....  Many blessings, much peace, happy hearts & creative stitching hands~  
 
 
Faye 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tonight's picture walk.....

Christmas is nearly here friends! Tomorrow is the first day of the Winter Solecist.... Over the next week, enjoy family time making memories... or just relax with a little down time~  Tonight I'd like to share a couple more finished goodies.... please take a look~ 

~From left to right then below~ 

Lidia Bewman~ The Goode Huswife

The Angels Sing~ The Marking Sampler

C is for Christmas~ Shepherds Bush

Good Cheer~ The Goode Huswife

 

Americana bowl fillers... Bent Creek~ 

 

Holiday Spirit~ Samplerbird Stitchery freebie(2010)

...with a charm attached on the back~

Like most you you, I have the wrapping to finish, food prep to conquer and a list of to-do's I need to whittle down within the next 4 days... Stay safe, happy and stitching! 

Faye

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

One of my favorites......

When you stitch something many times, it qualifies as one of your favorites~ Many of you have this older classic chart in your inventory at home..... I have to say that one of my all time favorites is an Out of Print chart 18th Century Stitchers Pinwheel by The Goode Huswife ...  I love monochrome stitches.... I love alphabets.... I love pinwheels because they can easily be finished into an ornament..... I love collections~ Take a look......  

I've stitched many of them.....

 

....mostly in reds.... I love red~ 

 

Here's a few in a tray to display..... approximately 3" in diameter......

 

Simple cording.... a charm on the back.... 

You'll see I like using leftover scraps of linens for my backing fabric.......

 

 

I've given a few way as gifts..... I try to stitch a couple each year..... 

Needlework Tree Ornaments

Sue Hillis~ Needleworkers Tree

~Another monochrome~

Just choose your color palette

 

My Stitchers Tree has a thimble charm....and special ribbon.....

  That's a few from my personal collection of monochrome ornaments..... tomorrow I'll be showcasing more of the finishing I have done for many of you.....   Stay warm and stitching friends!!   Faye          

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Today's chilly picture walk~

 
 
The deep freeze has arrived in the Carolinas!!!! Brrrrr.... I'm guessing it's about time since its mid-December~ We've been spoiled some, so it's time to throw another log on the fire!  Today's picture walk showcases several more of YOUR stitches that were sent to me to creatively finish.... here you go~  

 Plum Street Samplers 2015 freebie Christmas ornaments

The 12 Days of Christmas 

 
A blend of fabrics and similar trims..... I love this collection! 

 

I am so glad this sweet customer will be enjoying them for many years to come~  

 
 The fabric backings should be complimentary and pretty enough to display....  
 
Merry and Bright
Threadwork Primitives
This stitch is stunning and includes 3 appliquéd wool trees.... sweet~  
Plum Street Sampler~ Merry One I'll have a few more to show you soon..... Stay warm..... And, stitching! Faye