Thank you all for the sweet comments on my Wednesday post. It meant so much to me. Now on to stitching....
I got some stitching and finishing done this week.
This sweet little valentine stitch is a merry mini from Heart in Hand. I used the spring fabric I had ordered from Simple Stitches online shop. I got a real deal on their clearance spring fabrics back in the fall. Purchasing out of season is a great way to get quality goods at a bargain price. As you can see, it is in the dougbhbowl.
February Word Play is stretched, pinned and laced. Pardon the background. I put this little vignetter here to draw your eyes away from all the outlets etc.
I finished my version of Lindy Stitches chart of one of my favorite hymns. I framed this one myself to save a bit of money so the borders are a bit bigger than I usually like but it suits me. I used Liz's technique on framing this one. You can find her tutorials at her floss tube channel, Elizabeth Ann Can Stitch. She does not lace, only pins very well. Some things need lacing, others do not. I like to lace my Word Plays as I take out the pins once the lacing is tight. You can leave the pins in place with framing. Before we open a can of worms about damaging the fabric, deterioration etc, let me just say that I stitch for my own enjoyment. I do not see my finished pieces as great works of art that will hang in a museum one day. With my luck, my piece would be used for a What Not to Do Tutorial!:) Most likely these pieces of my handy work will end up in yard sales or thrift stores. My family will probably keep one of two of them but needlework is just not their style and I respect that. So I do not want to spend a lot of money on preserving something that will be marked $1 at the thrift store. Believe me, I have seen some beautiful pieces of needlework at local stores for $5. So here is my finish and I like it.
I am in the process of making a sampler/needlework wall in my bedroom. I do not know why I did not think of this before. I have one at Grimmwood and I love it.
I am stitching monogamously on Hen and Chicks by Brenda Gervais I will make this into a pillow for my dough bowl at Grimmwood. I am using some of the gray gingham fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I am using tea and biscuits on my mother hen. I just love that color. I think I order a skein every time I make an order at 123 Stitch.
I had a nice stitchy afternoon watching Annie Beez Folk Ark on Floss Tube. Annie was doing a WiP parade of her samplers and they were just beautiful. She told her viewers that the latest on Market is that it will be held virtually in March. So start saving your pennies. The Needlework Designers never fail to produce a chart that I think I "have" to have. So far this year I have been doing well on working on things in progress and only starting something new when an older piece is completed. Of course, it is just January. I am a big talker right now.:) Happy Stitching Friends.