THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Friday, February 12, 2016

Good Intentions

A quick post with my completed Good Intentions by Kathy Barrick. Now, do I want to frame it or make a small pillow? It is only 3 1/2 X 4 inches, so I'm leaning towards a vertical style pillow. Time will tell!!! I love the saying!!!




I'll be taking part in the needlework challenge on Face Book. I've been nominated three times and finally have the time to pull it together. You are supposed to post a photo of a needlework piece once a day for 7 days. I'm going to post a sampler to the Sampler World  page each day and something from my smalls collection to my own timeline. I thought I'd go ahead and post photos here for anyone who's not on FB. I have to say it has been great fun to see so many people responding and posting such fabulous work. Thanks to Carol (The Polka Dot Chicken blog)  for my last nomination that got me moving and to Robin (Crafting with the Stitch Witch blog) for my first nomination. 

DAY 1

Needle's Ease by Schoolroom Samplings
Toy Chest by Betsy Morgan Of Willing Hands

 Smalls for the Toy Chest


Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I'm Free!!!!

I've been distracted the last week or so because my husband and I sold our business, closing just yesterday morning. This has been in the works for months but finally, the papers were signed, payment made and we are semi-retired!!! I say "semi" because my hubby will be helping out the new owner for awhile, especially through the upcoming busy season. We had a home inspection business so things pick up a lot spring into summer. I'll still have some book keeping and such to do, but the daily chores like answering the phone, scheduling and accompanying paperwork have been lifted from me!!! I am ready to stitch...stitch...stitch!!! But, we'll also be getting ready to move to the Richmond area to be closer to my oldest daughter and her family. So, I will be very busy dealing with all that that entails---house hunting, house prepping for sale, cleaning out, traveling back and forth, packing, etc.!!! So, will I find time to stitch??? You betcha--it's what keeps me sane! In fact, I have to get cracking on two pre-stitches for classes with Sherri Jones in April at Salty Yarns. Here are the projects:


I have managed to get a few things accomplished since last we visited. First up is a framing job. I mounted the piece over the weekend and just have it "popped" into the frame. I still need to get glass and finish the framing  off properly. Isn't the frame perfect? I included a close up of the frame so you could see how well the colors go with the piece. The design is Hibernation Day by Heartstrings Samplery (with a few twists of my own) and the frame is an East Side Mouldings.



Then I got May from A Year in Chalk stitched and finished up the number "4" in the Samsarah calendar series (this is a car project). 






 Finally, I had been seeing a lot of this design posted on FB and knew I had it in my stash. I felt an extreme urge to pull it out and "get er done". I am almost finished and think I can complete it tonight. I changed colors up quite a bit, mainly replacing the black with a rich dark brown and just pulling on leftover silks from classes. I knew I wouldn't be using much silk since I stitched it on the 52/60 count Lakeside linen fabric. So here's Good Intentions by Kathy Barrick. And yes, I did add a beehive, instead of a dog, on top of the left stack of spools! :)


 I hardly ever use a hoop, but it helped a lot with being able to see this teeny, tiny count linen.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Weekend Finish

I got a couple pieces finished over the weekend..not sure why they took so long for me to stitch/finish. I bought these back in 1999, one of the first "smalls" patterns I ever bought. They were kits from Needleworks by Sue Hawkins out of Britain. I seem to remember there was a series of these with different floral motifs, but the Heartsease stood out. I loved the colors and ladybug!!!  BTW, I stitched these back in 2013-2014.

 I stitched as called for but fiddled with the finishing on the pieces.  They used a long legged cross stitch to join fronts to backs and it worked okay on the scissor fob. The pincushion was a whole other story...... I understood (at least I think I did) what I was supposed to do, but it wouldn't lay flat. So, I fell back on Betsy Morgan's joining process and all turned out well.

So here you go..... Heartsease Pincushion and Scissor Keeper by Sue Hawkins.


Fronts

Backs

 I did add beads at the corners of the pincushion rather than tassels. 

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Our snow is slowly melting but we still have quite a bit since our house faces north.

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship"!

Stasi

Saturday, January 30, 2016

March and April....... A Year in Chalk

I have been on a roll with these designs from A Year in Chalk by Hands on Design (thanks Syd)! They are a fun, quick and easy stitch. I've been using the called for colored threads, if I have them in my stash, or substituting ones that are close. One thing I did change out was the white fiber. I had read on some ladies blogs that it was tough to get the white looking nice without railroading and/or fussing. So I decided to use one strand of DMC #12 white perle cotton. It is working wonderfully.......though I may not be as particular about flat stitches as others. By the way, these are being stitched on the called for 30 count  Weeks Gunmetal linen.

So, here you go...two more in the series.....which makes me 1/3 of the way done!



I've got everything ready to start on May tonight!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship"!

Stasi

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Edinburgh Reticule

So I have a finished piece to share; I feel it's been awhile since I actually got something put together. I took this class in June 2014 at Salty Yarns from Betsy Morgan. I was particularly interested in this class since I had been to Edinburgh in 1994, though I was not as ardent a stitcher back then and didn't pay heed to any needlework I may, or may not, have seen back then. Shame on me!!!

But, here is the Edinburgh Reticule in all its glory for me to treasure and share.

fronts
 Note the thistle scissors from Uncommon Scissors and the beaded edging around the bag.

backs
That's it for today!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February A Year in Chalk

This blizzard has been a boon to my stitching time, but not as much as I would have liked. I keep getting distracted by other projects, like going through our old photos, and getting rid of ones we don't want, so I can organize the ones we do. This has me going off on tangents of "remember when this was taken", "awwww....... look how cute we all were back then " and the biggest one "who the heck is this?????" Luckily the hubby is helping and he's not as sentimental as I am and can better discern what to keep and what not.

Here is the piece I got stitched the last couple evenings.   I really like these!!!

A Year in Chalk  February
I have been working on getting  a Betsy Morgan class piece finished during the day and will hopefully be back tomorrow to share that. I just have a couple tassels and the scissor fob to put together. 

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship"!

Stasi


Sunday, January 24, 2016

And the Blizzard of 2016 is over...............

I am happy to say it is sunny today though still very cold. I think the snow will definitely be around for awhile. 

This will be a quick post with pictures speaking louder than words! Suffice it to say, we survived with a lot of periodic shoveling to keep up with the massive amounts of snow falling.

Figuring our average was around 36 inches

Our deck

one of two walls of snow lining our driveway

It's as tall as I am!!!

Our lovely chalet


I did manage to get one small piece stitched in between the shoveling--very appropriate don't ya think???

January--A Year in Chalk by Hands on Design
Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stay warm and safe --especially if you are recovering from Jonas! Hopefully a productive stitching/finishing week ahead!

Stasi