Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Stitching

This week I spent some time really working on Riley Harbor by Kathy Barrick. I would like to finish this project in 2020 so I can say one good thing came out of this year.:)


I had forgotten how much I liked this stitch until I sat down with it for several days. I put in the three ships, fish, water and started the whale.  I did change a few colors. Marlene at Cross Stitch Peddler suggested some color changes and some are my own.


 The whale is stitched with silk. Now this was my first experience with silk and at the beginning I was thinking, "What's the Big Deal?" But the longer I stitched I realized how easy it is to stitch with and the coverage is amazing.  I won't be a silk convert as my purse strings are too tight for that but a small monochromatic stitch might make me bust out my wallet.

I also finished Penny Pumpkin by Scarlett House. It is stitched on 28 count Cyprium. This fabric color was recommended by Marlene at Cross Stitch Peddler. She has a real eye for choosing fabrics. She also chose the Veldt for Riley Harbor. That kind of eye is really a gift. 

I thought I would show you the dough bowl in my bedroom.  I am going to show you the front and the back of my little pillows.  I do the slit in the back of the fabric to stuff my pillows. I think it makes the edges look much better. The traditional method of leaving a hole in the side seam just never worked for me.  I always knew where the little hole had been because it stood out like a sore thumb.

Threadwork Primitives, Witches Ride.

Scarlett House, Penny Pumpkin  I got the trim for this piece at Hobby Lobby in the Fall aisle. Melanie Smith on Floss Tube had shown this trim on her channel. I would never have thought to look there for it. Thanks Melanie.  I just tacked this on with some orange Victorian Motto floss after sewing and stuffing.

Heart in Hand, Ye Olde Crow

A Blast from the Past that I bring out every fall. (Pardon the glare) It was from a Scripture Verses book that was popular in the 1990s.

Now for some haul....

I received my Perfect World Chart from  the Inspired Needle Giveaway that I won. 

  Carol  of Stitching Dreams and I were chatting in the comments about the wording at the top of the chart. It does not really fit me because you know, Indoorsy.  I am looking for a Bible verse to chart in its place. Any suggestions???( Everyone knows in a Perfect World I would be in my stitching chair, happily stitching away.)  Maybe I should chart...In a Perfect world you would find  me here, stitching in my cozy chair.:)  Yall help me decide.

My good friend, Brenda, of Brenda's Minders and More dropped off my recent order and stayed to chat for a while. Brenda is also the founder of North Alabama Stitchers and we are both feeling the loss of the joy of stitching with our friends. 

Minders...You can tell I am a major Harry Potter nerd. I had to have Always. Who would have thought Severus Snape could be so romantic?

Project Bags... The one on the left is the August Project Bag of the month. The other two are my impulse purchases.

You can find Brenda's products on her Facebook page. She posts fabrics frequently and you can request a project bag from that particular fabric. I am a member of her bag of the month club but you know that is not enough for me. When I saw the other two fabrics on her page,  I had to get them as well. You will not be disappointed in her products or her customer service. 

I am expecting a package from 123 Stitch...gotta fill up those project bags.:) Come back soon to see how bad I was in the self control department. 

Happy Stitching.


Mary said...

Arlene, Riley harbor is just gorgeous and I love the fabric your stitching it on. I admire you for tackling all those houses!!
Smooth as silk and that's how the floss feels going through the fabric, I love stitching with it. I think any monochromatic piece I stitch I will have to use silk.
Love your Penny Pumpkin and how you stitched around the cording. I put the holes in the back of all my pieces to but just sew it up. I'll have to think of cute appliques to add like you do. I love your crow!!!
I much rather be outdoors than inside, maybe that's why you get so much more done than me!! I think your wording for Perfect world suits you perfectly!! I am in love with the bottom border on that piece.
Such pretty projects bags, I will have to check out Brenda's page. Can't wait to see how wild you went at 123~!

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Here is a verse I love:
"Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell togethr in unity."
Enjoyed seeing all your goodies!

Sandy said...

Riley's Harbor is so pretty. I am glad you shared about the silks. I have never tried them and wondered what the big deal is. I think a different verse would be in order for you. I think that could be even a quote you like. Those trees almost make me think it could be a Christmas sampler.

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, Riley Harbor is looking incredible. Well done on your progress! I love your Penny Pumpkin finish and it looks awesome on that fabric. Thank you for sharing your dough bowl contents; each one is super. Your framed piece is a classic. What fun needle minders and pretty project bags you have added. Enjoy your weekend!

Meg said...

Ooh, I really like your colors for Riley Harbor. And the Penny Pumpkin looks so rich and “autumny.” Great Halloween stitches! I love fall and Halloween stitching because the colors are just so yummy.

Terri D said...

Oh my goodness, Arlene! So many beautiful projects!! You do such good work! I like the saying you came up with... stitching in my cozy chair!! Have a blessed week ahead!

Mari said...

I love Riley Harbor, and your choices of fabric and thread. I never heard of stitching with silk, but it sounds interesting.
Great tips on finishing!

Carol said...

What a fun Saturday Stitching post to read on this Monday morning, Arlene :) I do love Riley Harbor so much and you may be tempting me with this one--so many pretty colored little houses. And I do love that giant whale. I don't stitch with silk often as the price is a bit steep, but I do think the coverage is wonderful. I've found you have to use shorter lengths of thread, though, as it does fray easier. Love your Penny Pumpkin, too and your cute doughbowl is the perfect display space for your small pillows. I still do the bottom opening and haven't had trouble with it for some reason. I'm glad you found a way that works for you!

Yes, I'm still contemplating the wording change, too. I do love the outdoors and my yard is filled with deer and flowers and birds which bring me so much joy... But, not dogs :) I have always been more of a cat person! Will really think seriously about substituting cats for dogs and then trying to graph some cats of my own! Good luck--I do like the saying you came up with!

moosecraft said...

Awesome finishes! And yes, perfect linen choices! I finish with cutting the back too. Not only is it neater, but it just adds an extra element of fun to the piece. Stitch on!

RJ said...

Arlene, all of your stitching is so pretty but Riley Harbor is exceptional. Great job. I too stuff from the back and really like doing it that way. Enjoy all of yoru pretty stitching. RJ