Saturday, January 31, 2009

Winter View and Cross Stitch Musings

We had four snow days last week (or was it five?). This is a view from our window (taken during a snowstorm).

I'm stitching on my Mail Art piece for the HOE exchange. It took a long time to figure out the size of it and the placement of everything. Perhaps that is why not many stitchers signed up for it (mail art).

I missed the deadline to enter the Valentine's Day exchange, but I do need to stitch valentines for family, so making them will take its place.

My Icelandic Biscornu

This is a biscornu that I stitched as my January goal for the "Basket of Biscornu" blog. The goal is to stitch one biscornu each month of the year, so that at the end of 2009 each of us will have completed a dozen biscornus--enough to fill a display basket. I didn't have a button so I put four glass seed beads in the centers. The top and bottom are the same.

The pattern is the inner square from "Icelandic Biscornu," from The Gift of Stitching digital magazine. I chose to make mine in shades of blue, on a white Lugana background.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday Thank You

Thanks for letting me know that the freebie download works. I will be creating more freebies as soon as I finish an alpaca/silk scarf that I'm knitting. I started it before Christmas, knit it, and had to unravel the whole thing and begin again.

I just got my partner for the HOE Winter Quaker Exchange and I need to choose a design.

I'm designing my Mail Art to fit into a #6 standard envelope template. This will be my first mail art. Do they get dirty going through the mail? I was thinking to have it hand stamped, and then mail it in a Priority envelope. Who has sent/received mail art (in the USA only), and in what condition did you receive yours?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Snow Day

No school for granddaughter today and her mom is on winter break from school, so I have time to (hopefully) finish two pinkeeps.

I have read of other stitchers' wonderful collections of smalls. I decided that I needed to stitch up a bunch for myself so that I can have a basketful to display. That is why I focused on pinkeeps during December '08.

I downloaded some great freebie charts today and some of them (a quaker snail, a "Pinkeep Janvier") will be turned into pinkeeps as well.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Blog Problems

I'm having a lot of problems posting/maintaining photos to the blog. many are not showing up. I'm trying to correct this.

Freebie for Seasonal Stitchers

To all stitchers who enjoy Halloween designs:

If you send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the owner of The Primitive Needle, she will send you a delightful, primitive Halloween chart titled "By The Light Of The Moon."

Cyber Fiber ATC Exhibition

I created an ATC for the Cyber Fiber Artist Trading Card Exhibition/Swap. This is mine--an outline of some milkweed (plant ) pods stitched on silk.

This was organized by fiber artist Susan Lenz.

My card is # 132 at Cyber Fiber. Currently, there it is horizontal. I've emailed Susan to have the picture rotated 90 degrees to the right.

My design is very simple. I'm awed by so many of the more colorful ATCs. They are inspiring.

Hedgehog Quaker Pinkeep

This is "Hedgehog Quaker," a freebie by The Workbasket. He's stitched on 28-ct. linen and finished as a pinkeep. My love bug is accompanying him.

Hedwig's Four Patch Pinkeep

This is "Hedwig's Four Patch," a freebie by The Sampler Girl. It's stitched on 28-ct. linen and finished as a pinkeep.

ABC Noel Pinkeep

This is "ABC Noel," a freebie by The Prairie Schooler. It's stitched on linen and finished as a pinkeep.

Saint Nick Pinkeep

This is "Saint Nick," an ornament design by Studio Seven, from the Nov/Dec 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. It's on linen (32-ct) and finished as a pinkeep.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Coeur d'automne Exchange

This is the Coeur d'automne (pattern by Corinne Leroy) that I received through the exchange set up by Ness. It was stitched by Marie-Ange in lovely shaded thread.

I forgot to take a photo of the one that I stitched for her, but you may see it on her blog. In the picture it has wrinkles because I rolled it for the mail.

A Little Welcome

This is a little welcome that I gave as a gift to a school employee. I'll have to look up the motifs because I cannot remember from where I got them.

Joyeux Noel Ornament

I created this ornament from a tree motif in the Nov/Dec 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. it was one of 25 motifs that made up an Advent calender. It's stitched on 32-ct. linen.

Sunflower Sampler

This is "Sunflower Sampler," by Country Cottage Needleworks. I stitched and framed it for a Christmas present. Although a white frame was suggested, I used a brown one to contrast better with the white 28-ct. linen, and with the white kitchen of the recipient.

Silent Night Ornament

This is "Silent Night," a cross stitched/beaded ornament from the Nov/Dec 1990 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. The chart is by Cinnamon Heart Needleworks. It is stitched on linen. I changed the color of the beads because I wanted it to be glittery.

Home Sweet Home Freebie

I gave this as a Christmas gift. It's a freebie by Glory Bee. I stitched it on Lugana (I think).

Fa-La-La Ornament

I stitched this Plum Pudding Needleart freebie as a teacher gift for a child's music teacher. It's on blue Aida.

A Cute Cat Freebie

I stitched this on perforated paper and framed it for a relative for Christmas. It's a freebie by The Chocolate Cat.

Happy New Year!

This is a beautiful little freebie chart by The Sampler Girl. I finished it as a pinkeep. It's stitched on 32 ct. barnwood linen. I braided the edging because I did not have purple ribbon. I crocheted the flower on the top out of embroidery floss.

I can hear fireworks going off on a nearby hill as I type this.