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.