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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Come on in, sit a spell and let's talk stitching.

I finally finished The Bunny for my friend, Deborah. The frame is a yard sale find that I had in my stash and it is perfect for Mrs Bunny.  I told Deborah that it would be pretty by a bowl of Easter candy. This chart is Tis Spring by Notforgotten Farm.   And yes I am tempted to stitch this bunny again so I can have one as well.  I try to look for frames at Thrift Stores and Yard Sales. I put them in my craft room and pull them out as needed. Since this piece was small I framed it myself. 


I fully finished my Hen and Chicks by Brenda Gervais( With Thy Needle and Thread). I used some Lady Dot Creates Trim. Hers is really the best in my opinion.

Here it is in the dough bowl at Grimmwood. The two pieces on the far right, the clothes line and the dolls were stitched by my sister, Leta. The charts can be found in a book from the 90s.  Farm Fresh is a Hands on Design piece, Farmer's Wife and Hen and Chicks are Brenda Gervais.  The barn and sunflowers chart is a small piece of a design by Abby Rose Manor, Harvest Hill.  The hen is a Prairie Schooler chart and the two small pillows were taken from Little House Needleworks Farmhouse Christmas.


Another finish was this little Valentine house by Waxing Moon. I used the last of my Lady Dot trim on this one. I need to order some more. I usually stick with neutrals.


And here it is in my Valentine Dough Bowl.  Don't forget that Cathy Habermann at Hands on Design released her February Freebie in honor of her wedding anniversary to Mr HOD. It is very cute, I have it printed off and hope to get busy on it soon. Go to the Hands on Design webpage and click on the February blog to get directions to download and print this cute chart. 


I started my March Word Play also by Brenda Gervais. I made a mistake in my counting and rather than take it out I am just going to make it work. A little frogging is better than a lot of frogging in my book. I am enjoying the gingham fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I will definitely be purchasing more of this gingham. And I have changed the colors up to a more vibrant spring like March. Did I write them down? Of course not, flying by the seat of my pants and pulling threads from my stash willy nilly.


I was looking for a finishing piece for Easter Parade at Hobby Lobby when I came across this wooden easel. I found it in the home decor aisle near the frames. It had a big piece of rope on top so I took my scissors and cut it off. This is a perfect display as you do not need to use magnets. Just prop your piece like a book.  So easy to change up for any season. I will say that you need to walk up and down the aisles at Hobby Lobby. They have a myriad of things and you must think outside the box when browsing. 


 Prairie Schooler's February is nice because it can stay on display all month...Groundhogs Day, Valentines Day and Presidents Day.   The needlework and the little birdie brighten up my breakfast bar.

Speaking of framing, I took my Riley Harbor to a new framing place here in Decatur.( The Middle House) What a wonderful surprise to find that my favorite framer is working there part time in her retirement. I left a very happy campe, knowing my piece was in good hands.  I look forward to adding Riley Harbor to my sampler wall. And it is a sampler wall as it is a sampling of all my needlework.

I received some floss and fabric in the mail from Cathy Roginela at Inspired Needle. I needed help kitting up the Lizzie Kate Christmas ABCs. I plan to go ahead and start this Christmas stitch. I have also started stitching the grands Christmas ornaments. I will share these two Christmas stitches next week when I have more stitching done. I highly recommend Cathy's shop, Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL. I also enjoy watching Cathy and her sister, Nancy on Floss Tube. Check them out sometime.

Happy Stitching!

21 comments:

Mary said...

Your bunny is super cute for your friend. Great progress on March Word play. Your dough bowl is filled with Valentine beauties, Love your Waxing Moon house. Another great Sat post with lots of stitching!

Sandy said...

Great stitching post. The bunny looks great in that frame. I am about to be a frame hunting girl after taking my flowers to be framed. I was in shock over the price. The hen turned out cute and I love Lady Dot. Her trims are so good. The March word play is going to be so cute on the gingham. Very springy. I like the brighter colors too for these pieces. Your bowls look so good. I need you to come arrange my basket.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always choose the designs I love best! And you make so many pretty things. Love your big old dough bowl for displaying the stitching. Hen and chicks...love that one best! Hugs!

Robin in Virginia said...

Oh Arlene, I love Stitching Saturdays. The wood easel that you have your PS February perched on is awesome. Well done on getting the bunny stitch finished and framed for your friend! Your finished finishes are lovely. I look forward to seeing your starts on the Christmas pieces. Happy Saturday and weekend!

Georgia said...

Arlene, this was a fun post today, you have given me so much to think about. I too like your easel, as I have several larger stitches that I like to set out for just a little while like your PS February design. And, I really like the gingham fabric. I need to make a serious Hobby Lobby shopping trip:) Oh and your Grimmwood dough bowl is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing, looking forward to next Saturday:)

Terri D said...

You know I'm not a stitcher but I always enjoy seeing your finished projects and just love how you fill-up the dough bowls with such cute pillows. Thanks for sharing!!

Barbara said...

Your stitches look sooooo good in the dough bowl. Love the patterns you choose to stitch and how you finish them. Like you, I am often on the lookout for neat frames. You never know when you'll come across something really unique.

Jennie in GA said...

Love all of your stitches, but that Prairie Schooler is my fave! Perfect little frame for the bunny. Was the gingham fabric with the Xstitch supplies at Hobby Lobby?? So cute!

Anonymous said...

Arlene, is Tis Spring by Notforgotten Farm a recent pattern? I have looked online at several stitchery websites, and no one has it. Thanks. Carol in AZ

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Carol check ETSY as I saw a pattern on there. Also if google it, some shops seem to have it. I can’t remember where I got mine it has been a while since I ordered it

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Yes Jennie... it is not the more expensive cotton cross stitch fabric but it has its place too! It comes in khaki and gray.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I am looking for more easel type frames... easy Peasy!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Thanks Terri!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Georgia I spent the afternoon stitching Cathy’s freebie... my last Valentine stitch for this year.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Robin I am really enjoying the Lizzie Kate ABCs of Christmas!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

It’s one of my favorites as well Diane!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I put a lot of Lady Dot on my wish list today Sandy. It really elevates even a simple stitch.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I probably should be up and moving but stitching is more fun! Using my Sikver Sneakers when I get my second dose of Moderna!

Carol said...

Always enjoy your Saturday Stitching posts, Arlene! (Well, I enjoy all your posts, but especially those :) The bunny in the oval frame is just perfect--can't believe you are brave enough to tackle that blue dress again, though! Once was enough for me and I don't even have my piece finished and on display yet after a few years--need to work on my procrastination tendencies!

Your newest addition to your doughbowl is darling and I love the gingham fabric. I've never tried that, but I will have to put it on my wish list. Love the way you've displayed your February PS monthly piece! Will have to look for a display item like that once I am out and shopping again :)

Hope you have a great week ahead ♥

Mari said...

You finished a lot this week! I always enjoy your finishes. When I was stitching, they all went in a frame. I really like that lady dot trim.
Looking forward to Riley Harbor!

Visits With Mary said...

Always, always love your stitchings!! I love the rabbit, she looks so vintage. Of course, the valentine stitchings in the dough bowl really caught my eye, also very vintage looking.