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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 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. 

The beginning of my stitching...

Where I ended on Thursday. 

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.

18 comments:

Sandy said...

I love your stitching wall. There are some gorgeous pieces. It hurts me to see those stitched pieces showing up at Goodwill. I can't be the save the stitches person because I have my own scattered about and no I don't think the kids will want them all either. I hope they will pick some of the more treasured ones. I will stitch though because I love doing it. My Big Toe Designs has a series of hymns that have always intrigued me. I finally cut that blanket I stitched for Lindsay way back in 1989 and have started framing them. I have already self framed two...some pinning and some lacing. The chicken piece is adorable.

Mary said...

Arlene, It makes me so sad to think that your beautiful needlework won't be passed down through the family. Your grandchildren are young, they may change their mind and really appreciate your work. I love your Valentine dough bowl and the latest stitch is very sweet with the pretty fabric. I always by clothing out of season but never thought that fabric would be marked down. Love your Valentine word play, I stitched it when I first started stitching on aida and I really should finish it. Love your hymn stitch and your sampler wall is stunning.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a fun Saturday stitching post to read, Arlene! Your sampler wall is looking fabulous. I love the hymn addition to it. Your Hen and chicks piece is looking good. That Tea and Biscuits thread is lovely. Happy Saturday and happy weekend!

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Beautiful stitching. Love the Valentine pieces.

Jan said...

I love your stitching wall! I've been cross stitching a lot this past year as it is so calming for me during these anxious times. I've wondered what I'm going to do with some of it, and you've inspired me to have a wall of my own!

Carol said...

Such a nice way to start my Saturday, Arlene! I always look forward to your Saturday Stitching posts. Your new little Valentine's piece is darling and that is a great tip to look for out of season fabrics for a bargain. I do love a bargain.

I feel the same way as you--I stitch for myself and never expect my pieces to end up on display somewhere. I DO hope my kids will love and use my Christmas ornaments after I'm gone, but who knows!

Your sampler wall is looking lovely with the newest addition and I think the gingham fabric for Hens and Chicks will make an adorable finish :)

Have a lovely weekend ♥

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Jan since it is in my bedroom I can put what I like there! You asked how I stitched and I did not get back to you. I use a q snap as I need a magnifier. I tried the sewing method on a larger count but I think my muscle memory is too strong to change. And I love the tautness of the fabric. Email me a picture of your wall when you get it done...agrimm55 @hotmail. Com

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I am always tempted to save a stitch but I don’t for the reason you gave, Sandy!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I hope all of them will choose at least one piece, Mary!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Thanks Carol... I used the cheaper gingham fabric from HL... the only problem with it is that there are some fuzzies you have to pick off! Synthetic fabric I guess not cotton or linen!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Robin you always encourage me! Thank you for your kind comments.

Georgia said...

Hi Arlene, I absolutely loved reading your post today. Your dough bowl brought a smile to my day:) I love your sampler wall, it is so interesting and so pretty and Lyndy's hymn is amazing. I know I must add that pattern to my wish list. Like you and so many others my children are not interested in my stitching. As you know I have thinned out many of my patterns, because I don't want them thrown away at the end of the day. I have told my daughter, don't throw anything away but donate it to Goodwill, so some other stitcher might enjoy my stash as much as I do. I will continue stitching ornament Christmas gifts. But I noticed some of my older friends did not put a tree up this last year. I have spent a small fortune in framing over the years. I am currently giving a lot of thought, to limiting my stitching to mostly just for me. And, hopefully at the end of the day someone will be blessed, by one of my stitches. I think I will simply just give God my gift of cross stitching, and simply stitch for Him and let Him see that these things get where He wants them to be. Thank you so much Arlene, you surely blessed me today:)

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Georgia I agree.. we should do everything for the glory of God. I love to read passages in the Bible about embroiders. I like to think we stitchers will be stitching in heaven!

Quiltingwiththefarmerswife said...

Your stitchery wall looks beautiful. So glad you said what thread you used on the chicken....really like the tea and biscuits for the hen.
My goal this year is to not buy anything except thread. It may be floss or sewing thread but I think I have enough of everything else to last another pandemic year. I shouldn't even look at Market products...I know there will be a 'must have'. Patty McDonald

Visits With Mary said...

Here it is another Saturday and more of your wonderful stitchings. I say it every week, but it's so true, your work is gorgeous, you're very talented. ((hugs))

Terri D said...

I am always mesmerized by your work, Arlene. Well done!! I love the sampler wall!! Have a good weekend!! xo

Barbara said...

The hymn stitch is wonderful. I need more stitched scripture and hymns in my home. Your cross stitch is so inspiring.

Mari said...

I really like that new hymn piece and your sampler wall is just beautiful!