Monday, February 28, 2022

Finding Solace in Stitching.....Again!!!! (637-643)

 Yes, I'm sure many of you are turning to your needlework as we navigate these worrisome times. We must pray for the poor people of Ukraine who are fighting bravely to retain their democracy and freedom and for someone to rein in Putin before he starts WWIII. I've said it before..and I'll say it again...why can't we accept others beliefs and differences and live in peace? I try in my own way to do this...and it isn't always easy.... but middle ground can often be found and we can move on.

On that note, I'd like to share, before I start showing other projects, two pieces I've worked on from a Ukranian designer, Living on the Rainbow. The first is a recent finish, Home for Christmas. I stitched it on 18 ct perforated paper and sewed both sides together. I had to adjust a bit on the truck because some was over one and wouldn't work on the paper. Isn't it adorable?

The second is a WIP, The Sweet Shop, worked on 32 ct. Antique white belfast. I originally wanted to do these on Aida since they are totally stitched and I thought that would give better support for the finish. But there were a lot of 1/4 stitches and I hate doing them on linen it is!!! I'm showing my WIP and a photo of the finished cute is that!!!!

If you like these, please visit and support Elena's etsy shop: Living on the Rainbow
There is much more to drool over!!!

So, a couple of finishes..... First Frost by Hands on Design has a pair of precious snowmen...stitched on 28 ct. white linen with DMC. I fell in love with these guys the first time I saw them. I finished as Cathy face, but they sure do still show personality!


 Holly Jolly Ornament is a collaboration of Heart in Hand and Bent Creek under the umbrella of Friendstitch. It was stitched on 32 ct Summer Khaki with Sulky #12 threads. This was the first time I've used these fibers and I really liked only use one strand and get great coverage. I found the cute "frame" at Hobby Lobby around Christmas. I mounted my stitching to what was originally the back and left the original "front" as my new back. 


 These two finishes were from a virtual retreat I took from Jennifer Richardson at Violets and Verses, Martha Worboys Red Bristol Band Sampler and Pocket Sampler.

This was a class with the Orange County Sampler Guild last fall, OCSG Sampler Tree by Liz Matthews. I stitched it on 36 count PTP Heritage with DMC. I finished it on an antique door knob.

My final finish was for Colorado Stitchers Winter Stitch Camp. We were asked to stitch a project that only used one color of floss. I chose Cottage Charm Scissor's Pocket by Milady's Needle. This was a kit and included the Blackbird sampler fabric....stitched on 40 ct. Pear from Lakeside linens with Belle Soie Tortoise Shell.

I completed the stitching On Diligent and it is in the capable hands of my framer, Patti Nicolosi. I changed the letters from navy to black.

I have a few WIPS going on.....Harriett Salt  by Hands Across the Sea

 My Stitching Box 
by Jeanette Douglas

and Winter Comes by Heartstring Samplery. Oh I LOVE this on the black...that border!!! Sorry about the wrinkles...running out of time!!!

So, that will be it for today. I am off to Nashville! Sally and Sara are picking me up tomorrow and we're heading to Market!!! I have been helping Sara walk the floors the last couple years they held Market. Sally stays in the room and prices things as I run bags and bags of goodies up to her. The last one we attended was the week before the s**t hit the fan in 2020 and I know designers and shop owners are so looking forward to this. I'm all packed and have my stitching for the car and the hotel room all figured out. I hope I can sleep tonight...melatonin here I come!!!

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


PS  This is for you Sandra!!!