Saturday, March 13, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Good Morning....It was a lovely week here. It seems spring is coming and I could not be happier. I did spend this week doing some stitching and some finishing.  But before I share all that, I have an advertisement for a company I came across thanks to Brenda and the Serial Started on Floss Tube.

I have started putting my flosses on floss drops etc for my bigger projects. I have found it is much easier to find my flosses when I am using a good number for a sampler.  But winding those flosses can be a real pain.  I have used all manners of things to wind my floss with varying degrees of success. My only Haul this week was this lovely tool.

Made from red cherry, it is just a lovely thing to hold and use. I chose to leave mine in the original wood with no clear coat or stain. It is smooth as can be!! You wind your flosses on this and then snip one end. Easy Peasy! Check out rnrwoodworksky on Instagram to order one for yourself. Rich and Roxanne Henderson run this business from their home.  It is also a Veteran owned business which I am glad to share. This beautiful tool was sent to me and with shipping it was just under $12.  Rich and Roxanne also make some other wood products for stitchers that you can check out at Instagram or on their Facebook page. Customer service was great as they wanted to make sure I got exactly what I wanted. They offer several types of wood and finishes.  I am happy to give them a great review.

Now to the stitching. 

I did some finishing this week. I took out the bunny's nose and eye on Hippity Hop and I was much happier with it. It is now residing in the Spring dougbhbowl.

While cleaning out some drawers I cam across two pillowcases I had been saving. One was stitched by my Grandmother Henderson and the other by my daddy's sister, my Aunt Anna Faye. I thought to myself, why not make them into smalls for my dough bowl as I do not use them but could not get rid of them. 

Here is the one made by my Grandmother Henderson. She was quite the needleworker. She could do needlework as well as tat! This was done when she was elderly so it was not her best work but it is precious to me.

My Aunt Anna Faye did lots of needlework as well as crochet.  Her embroidery was very fine and tight. Here is her small.
Both are in my Spring dough bowl where I can enjoy them every day. 

As for stitching, I got a start on Though He Seemeth Sleeping.

Then I managed to complete all the blue stitching on Feast of Friendship's house.

Several different shades of blue are used in this house as you can see. Queen Victoria continues to supervise this stitch.

Lastly, I got out Lady Liberty by Blackbird Designs. I worked on it last year but put it away for a while. I hope to complete it by June so it can come out with the July stitching. It will be made into a drum. 

I keep looking for the new designs that were released at the Needlework Expo but so far, none are calling to me, which is a good thing. I have plenty to stitch here in my stash.

Happy Stitching. Don't Forget to Spring Forward!!


Mary said...

I think it's a lovely idea to make your Grandmother and Aunt's stitching into pillows for your dough bowl. Lady Liberty is gorgeous!! So nice to hear your enjoying Spring weather!! We had a taste of it this week but it was 29 this am...back to normal temps. I think because of covid I am looking forward to Spring even more than usual.

Sandy said...

The dough bowl is so pretty and adding the two family stitches was a great idea. Though He seemth sleeping is going to be amazing. I loved the colors to it. If I ever get that idea wrapped fully in my head, I will have to go back and look at your color list because that is really pretty. You are moving along on the other two. I fell in love with that drum I made for Christmas. I have one started for Halloween, but I seriously need to do a patriotic one.. Oh my. I haven't seen anything new really pulling at me either. I did purchase the spring JCS magazine and am doing the little vintage bunny in there. He is coming out cuter than I expected. Happy Stitching. I am on my way to the armament museum with Lindsay and Tucker later this morning. Mimi always loves to tag along.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your spring bowl looks great, Arlene. Well done on taking the pillowcases from your relatives and turning them into bowl fillers so you can enjoy their work. Your WIPs are looking awesome. What a nifty tool you purchased! Thanks for the review!

Georgia said...

Good morning Arlene, I love your dough bowl and all of the goodies you put in it. I really like your ideas for the pillow cases, I know I have some things stored away that I don't know what to do with. Now that is thinking outside of the box:) I saw a couple of patterns that jumped out at me from the Expo. I put them on my wish list to think about. I did order one, Heartstring's The cream in my coffee. I have her other coffee designs, and think they would go well together. But, I know I won't be able to stitch them this year. Have a blessed week my friend, keep stitching:)

Margie said...

Just want to let you know my prize arrived yesterday and want to
thank you. Will be my excuse to get some black cloth and try stitching on it. Will be a first. Love seeing all your finishes. One of these days I am going to try my hand at a drum also want to do a strawberry. Thanks again!

Carol said...

So many pretty finishes, Arlene--really love the idea of using your family members' stitched pillowcases and turning them into little pillow for your doughbowl. I made some for my mom when I was in high school--sad, but I have no idea what happened to them!

So glad spring has sprung in your area! We actually had a couple of days in the 60s here this week which were delightful. Of course it's back in the 40s today--at least the sun is shining :) Enjoy your weekend! ♥

Jennie in GA said...

I was tempted by that little tool. Maybe I should give it a try. Love how you preserved your ancestors’ stitching. Your dough bowl looks great!

Mari said...

I think you were brilliant to make those special pieces into smalls for your dough bowl! They really turned out nice and are truly a treasure.
Good work on your finishes too. To me, that would be the hardest part.