Finish: Christmas Tags by Fiona Crouch

ornaments

This pattern is called Christmas Tags designed by Fiona Crouch. They can be found in The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection 2014; I honestly don’t know if it is still available or not.  My mother bought two copies because they were on sale at either Micheal’s or Wal-mart. Not sure but she does go to both places. For her, it was an impulse buy and an early b-day present for me.

It has all sorts of stitch goodies, gifts, and pretties of all sorts, shapes, and sizes.  Now, if you’ve been following this blog for at least a year. You know I do a lot of charity stitching. But for those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the B.P.O.E., Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. We do a bunch of stuff all over the United States.

In Idaho and Washington, the Elks created the Betty Heiss organization that raises money specifically for cancer research.  The ladies that run the organization hold a silent suction in June and November at the Idaho Elks Conventions to help raise money. I always try to donate something that is handmade.

This year due to health, i really slacked off. Until, I remembered this particular magazine which had some really quick stitch patterns. This pattern is set of 8 gift tags that took about 2 days to stitch.  The stitching is finished, I just need blank gift tags, double-sided tape, and baker’s twine to finish them.

They will be put on the table Nov. 6th and sold to the highest bidder.  They probably won’t get too high of a bid because they are simple small things but when it comes to cancer research, every dollar counts. Happy Stitching!!

P.S. Are there any stitch or fabric stores that are a must visit while in Idaho Falls?

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Finish: Promise Me by Lizzie Kate

From Embroidery Central

From Embroidery Central

Promise Me was a Project of the Month for August 2014 put together by Embroidery Central. However, I didn’t actually stitch until this year. I had other projects going and I kept finding new projects to stitch so this one kinda got put on the back burner for a while.

Until, I lost my job and didn’t have the money to spend on new projects. I dug out my stash and found this one and went, I forgot I had this one.  Of course, I changed it a bit.

My Conversion

My Conversion

First change is I used a hand dyed fabric from Pol Stitches called Spun Gold purchased through Embroidery Central.

Second change was the thread colors:

I used Garnet, Weeks Dye Works, for Antique Rose.

I used Chives, Simply Shaker, for Endive.

I used Almost Auburn, Classic Colorworks, for Woodtrail.

I used Blue Jay, The Gentle Arts, for Blue Heron.

I used Brown Sugar, Classic Colorworks, Cocoa.

I used Bright Leaf, Weeks Dye Works, for Pecan.

I used an unknown yellow that was in my stash for whiskey.

The brown fabric with words I had purchased a year ago on one of our trips to an Elks convention. I wanted to use this fabric for this particular piece and turn it into a pillow for my daughter. Of course, my sewing skills with a machine are zero to none so I asked a friend of mine to put it together.

She found the red fabric with the flowers and then she offered to appliqué a blue bird and some flowers on the fabric. She admitted that she hates appliqué but she thought it would make the pillow stand out more.  I said If you want go ahead.  Now, I just have to stuff it, slip stitch it closed, wrap it, and put it under the tree.

Finish: The Letter J Mermaid by Nora Corbett

Image from Embroidery Central

Image from Embroidery Central

I promised a couple of months back  that I would post my conversion for this project. Unfortunately, I lost the notebook for the conversion so I was unable to post it as promised; until now. I was watching grandkids this week and one of them lost his sipppy cup. I searched everywhere for it including under the couch. Not only did I find his cup but I also found the notebook with the conversion.  I decided I better post it before it get lost again.

The above image is what the project should look like if you use the recommended fabric and threads. However, the friend I stitched this for was having a girl.  For the nursery colors, she choose teal, coral, and silver. With the help from Embroidery Central’s staff, I  switched the colors to the following:

Mermaid Letters J

Now for all the little details. The fabric is 28 count 12 by 14 piece of Aphrodite Opalescent. I can’t remember if the fabric is from Pol Stitches or Under The Sea.  Now the threads:

Bramble Bush from Classic Colorworks stayed the same.

I Used Tangerine from Crescent colors to replace Candy Corn.

I used Blue Topaz, not sure of the brand, to replace Cerise.

Colonial copper stayed the same.

I used 945 from DMC to replace Cobbled Peach.

Crushed Pineapple stayed the same.

Hydrangea stayed the same.

I used Peacock, The Gentle Art, to replace Jelly Roll.

I used Goldfish, Crescent Colors, to replace Lobster Claw.

I used Ocean, not sure of the brand, to replace Ora’s Iris.

Vintage violet stayed the same.

Smoke stayed the same.

i used 014 VFB #4 for Star Mauve Krenik

I used 9294 VFB #4 for Pale Pink Krenik

Now for the beads, which are all Mill Hill:

00275 for 00165

10104 for 02005

42027 for 10002

12187 for 13021

10104 for 18824

13036 for 12243

13051 for 12244

The other treasure is a long tear drop shaped crystal but I can’t seem to find a number for it. I did find it my stash so perhaps it is no longer available.

Anyway, there is my conversion finally. Happy Stitching!

WIP: The Musician by Joan Elliott

I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything but I had to deal with some health issues. Thankfully, I have found a doctor willing to listen to his patients. I am on medication and a diet to control blood pressure, tremors, and to kickstart my thyroid. Plus, my husband has been working over in Bear Lake so we’ve been on several mini-vacations.  Currently, my health is improving. However, I just found out that my father was admitted to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and might go in for heart surgery within a week. My fingers are crossed.

Anyway, let me show you what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. It is called The Musician and it is by Joan Elliott. It is in a series of three with The Reader which I have already done and The Gardner which is in my stitch stash waiting patiently.

The musician 1

That was last week’s picture and this is this week’s picture:

JE 1

As you can see, I have accomplished quite a bit.  That’s it for now, Happy Stitching!

Project of the Month: Land of Liberty

Okay, I know it’s one day late but here is Embroidery Central’s Project of the Month, Land of Liberty designed by Miles to Go, selected by local Stitcher Carrie Dabb. Here is an image of how she stitched it.

As you can see, Carrie used a different fabric. I don’t know what else she changed but if you are interested just let me know and I will find out.  Now, this POM comes with the pattern and I believe the fabric; although, I am not positive on that. However, that is generally how most of their POM’s work. Sometimes it’s your choice and sometimes it’s not.

What I do know is that this particular POM is only $19.99 during June only. After that, the price goes up to $23.99.  It’s a great little project to stitch to celebrate the Fourth of July here in the states. In order to purchase this POM from Embroidery Central click here, Land of Liberty.

Happy Stitching!

1 Finish and 2 WIP’s

Candlewick Pillow

This was a candlewicking kit that I picked up from Desert Industries, a second hand store,  awhile ago. I actually stitched this up last year but I am notorious for not getting anything framed or finished. However, I have been trying to rectify that by finishing what I can by myself. Framing is still left to professionals.

This pillow was actually put together by Jennifer G. Soosay. Thank you Jennifer! She does quilts for the local fabric store, Suppose, and she is going to teach me English Piece making. It’s a type of hand quilting. Sorry, sewing machines and I just don’t get along. Mine is still in time out after our last misadventure.

Now, for the two WIP’s.

Thanksgiving Blessing

Thanksgiving Blessing by Heart in Hand is almost finished, There is just a space at the bottom in between the leaf and acorn charm that need something. I am going to take it to the ladies at Embroidery Central to see what they would recommend. Remember, this is the model for the October Project of the Month from Embroidery Central.  Honestly, it was really easy to stitch up even with all the changes. Yes, I will be posting all the changes as soon as it is finished.

The Second WIP:

The Letter J

The Mermaid Letter J by Nora Corbett. Okay, so I haven’t really worked on this one as much as I should have. I went camping in the rain with my hubby and even though we have a camper, rain and mud is not good for hand dyed fabric. Then, I went into a reading frenzy. I read three or four books by Nora Roberts, 4 by Johanna Lindsey, and 2 by Catherine Coulter, and 1 Mercedes Lackey. I do have a small library in my house with easy access to these authors.

I am trying to get back on track but rain always calls for a good book and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Happy Stitching!

Finish: Words of Hope by ‘Oh My Bloomin’ Threads’

Hope Pillow

A friend of mine finished this as a pillow. I stuffed it and slip stitched it closed. All in all, it turned out really cute. This will be up for silent auction in Cauldwell, Idaho, along lots of other goodies, during the Elks Summer Convention in Idaho.  Remember, this auction will benefit the Betty Heiss cancer research foundation.

If you are a member, I suggest you get your butt there and check it out. If you aren’t a member, go to your local lodge or visit the website, to find out how you can become involved. It really is a great program that focuses on community.