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Archive for April 2007

Nearly a quarter done.


Moira Blackburn’s Wedding Sampler, stitched on 32 count Dirty linen with two strands of DMC over two.

After a month’s hiatus, I finally pulled out my gift project to work on again. This is where I left off last night. It’s about 20 per cent done now. I’ve put it aside to work on Birdhouse Row and SGB over the next couple of days and will take it out again next Wednesday per my rotation plan, which I’ve not been following.

I hope you have a pleasant, restful and stitchy weekend!

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April 27, 2007 at 10:19 am

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Growing slowly.

SGB update.

I’m about one week behind in this SAL with Carissa as I didn’t touch it at all last week because of work. My goal is to finish three squares a week, so I guess I’d better catch up. Building those little houses gets a bit tiresome though, so I’m trying to do one house and two animal/flower squares each time. How’s your progress on this one Carissa, seeing as how you’re a bit sick of Xs at the moment? ;)

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April 24, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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My first pinkeep.

My exchangee returned safely from her pilgrimage to Mecca and posted on the MYStitchers board that she had received the pinkeep I made for her for the Quaker pinkeep exchange, so I can show it here.

Quaker pinkeep finished
The motif is from the freebie sampler Le Quaker a 6 Mains but I changed the birds’ legs to typical three-prong legs because I thought they look funny in the sampler.

Quaker pinkeep finished
For the back, I used a vintage-y Flat Fat fabric that I bought from Spotlight.

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April 24, 2007 at 12:14 am

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SBQ: Wagon? What wagon?

Are you on “The Wagon?” If so, how long have you been on and how “serious” are you about it? If not, have you considered it?

What a fitting SBQ considering my recent stashing exploits. Let’s just say I am utterly hopeless at staying on the wagon. I really should try harder, though. I find those stitchers who hold off stashy purchases for months on end because they’re on the wagon so admirable. Would you believe that my credit card statements for the last two months or so are almost completely made up of stash purchases and nothing else? I have enough stash to last the next 5 years or more. And that’s with being quite selective about what I buy. The thing is, I’m as much a collector of beautiful designs as I am a stitcher.

You know what the next step is to S.E.X. addiction? Opening an ONS!

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April 20, 2007 at 11:37 am

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Joyce’s pinkeep.

About two years ago, I was a part of an online parenting community that had a handful of stitchers who decided to get together for a round robin. I chose a Japanese theme, and a year later, had a large piece of Aida on which was stitched four kimonos and two fans. I had no idea what to do with the finished piece, so I kept it in my stash box and forgot all about it…

…until I made my first pinkeep for the Malaysian Stitchers’ Quaker Exchange. Suddenly it dawned on me – I could make the fans into pinkeeps!

Pinkeep for Joyce.

This one flew all the way to The Netherlands . I’m happy you like it, Joyce! I really should have taken a better picture. It was rainy that day so the light was pretty dim, but I’m sure y’all get it. :)

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April 19, 2007 at 8:12 am

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Byebye wagon.

I went downstairs to open the mailbox today and found not one, not two, but three stitchy packages. Joy!

“You’re such a doofus,” said I to myself as I opened the first one. It was from Vikki Clayton. I ordered – or thought I ordered – Victoria’s Quaker, but it turned out that I’d just ordered the silks for it and not the chart. Doh! I don’t know what to do now; I’ve emailed her to ask about ordering the chart, but I’ve never stitched with silk before and for some reason am hesitant to dip a toe in. All I need is the chart and I can start but…it’s silk. I have some silk in my stash somewhere but I’ve not worked up the gumption to use them. Clearly, I have a mental hurdle to overcome.

The Lord's Prayer and Houtman book
The next one was from Tannia! She sent me a Jan Houtman book containing the Indonesie sampler (and several other gorgeous ones too) and The Lord’s Prayer by My Big Toe. Thank you so much for a wonderful trade, Tannia!

The last package contained the “infamous” Sarah Moon’s Quaker Sampler by Needleprint. It’s now OOP so I thought I’d get my copy before it became truly impossible to find.

No stitching updates to share as I’ve been madly trying to clear my work before I can sit down and take needle in hand with a clear conscience. I have just one more article to write and then I can take a little break before the next round of work comes in. I haven’t touched any of my projects in a week!

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April 18, 2007 at 3:39 pm

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Ooooh. Ahhhh.

Examplars from the Heart Quaker series

Two enabling posts in a day! This is the Quaker series from Examplars from the Heart. I’m not sure if there are only four, but these are enough to tempt me!

ETA: There are 12 designs in all. My credit card is cringing in anticipation of severe pain.

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April 14, 2007 at 2:44 pm

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Oh who am I kidding.

I fell off the wagon so long ago, it’s no longer in sight!

Inspiration by Rosewood Manor

Isn’t this simply breathtaking? It’s Inspiration by Rosewood Manor, and the pattern is 30 pages long. But it’s so gorgeous, it’s already in my shopping cart. Can I tempt anybody into a SAL?

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April 14, 2007 at 9:07 am

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Biscornu arrived.

I’m so glad that the biscornu I stitched for Michelle reached her safe ‘n’ sound and that she likes it! Now I can post pictures:

FGBB exchange biscornu
FGBB exchange biscornu

I used a motif from Valerie Lejeune’s Repertoire des Frises and adapted it for the back of the biscornu. I haven’t had much time or mood for stitching today and yesterday. A certain doctor made me rather unhappy. And today I took Alison out for a client meeting as well as a day on the town. Work is also beginning to come in. Net effect: No time to stitch.

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April 12, 2007 at 9:08 pm

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Tiring weekend.

I hope everyone had a good Easter holiday! We took Zoe to the zoo for the first time and she was an angel throughout our three hours there – she watched her big sister splash around in the water, looked at animals and napped in the sling. I can’t remember what we did on Saturday and Sunday but it’s Monday night now and I’m bushed.

I did get in some stitching on SGB, though not as much as I would have liked. Here’s my progress:
Three more squares

Also did some finishing over the weekend and finally pulled out the yard of cream 36 count I bought more than a year ago at an LNS closing down sale to start the Tranquillity Mystery Sampler. Why on earth I joined this SAL when I have so many other things to do is beyond me…but since I did, I figured I should get started or else it’ll become one of those things that gets shoved into the background and forgotten for years and years. Nothing of worth to share picture wise right now. Maybe in the next couple of days.

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April 9, 2007 at 10:46 pm

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