Pre-Summer Finishes

I’ve had 3 more finishes since my last post.

Rosanna Pinkham reproduction sampler…


From the UFO pile… Right Spirit by La-D-Da.  Did you ever have a project that you like but hate stitching?  This is the one!


Dragged myself through this one…

A start and finish… Plum Street Samplers “Sampler Lesson 2”  (dragged myself through this one, too… mostly because I had some patterns arrive in the mail and of course, those interested me more.  Isn’t that always the way?  This photo is of the pattern because ALL the photos I took were too dark or too blurry.  And I used a tripod.  😦


In between Right and Lesson, I picked up another old UFO, Cardinal Points.  It was going well until this…

(Excuse the blur.  Accidentally put away the tripod/lights then remembered this one.)

What kind of “cardinal” is that???  Good grief!  He looks like a cartoon superhero or something!  Maybe Frankencardinal?  I had TWO people check my stitching and it is correct.  They checked my colors.  Then three people suggested making my own cardinal, changing the gold color and fixing his crest.  We have a family of cardinals that live in our bottlebrush tree and they sure don’t look like this one!  Back to the UFO pile it goes.  I actually considered selling the pattern and the started project together, but I’m a left-handed stitcher so I don’t know about that…  it might be worth a try.

Today I will be working on “Betsy” by Sheepish Designs.  🙂

My rib is better but not 100%.  I tried sitting in a normal chair yesterday and probably wasn’t ready for that.  It is coming along though!  The joys of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome…

It’s supposed to be 95 degrees today with high dewpoints.  I hope it isn’t like that wherever you are!  It’s not even 8:30 AM yet and it is 83.

Happy stitching!


Late Spring

It’s hard to believe that it is late spring.  After an unusual two-week stretch of very rainy days (unheard of around here), summer has come on full blast.  It’s the worst time of year for so many reasons.  The heat, the humidity, the tropical storms/hurricanes…  But having a snow-free, ice-free winter is worth the trade-off.

The rib is still not better, though it *is* better than it was before.  So I still have plenty of time for stitching.  The silver lining to the dark cloud of broken bones!


This was the freebie I mentioned last time, “Here Kitty Kitty.”  This fabric is Sage Jobelan.  Not that you can tell by my photo.  Photo woes have kept me from posting.  I can’t seem to get true color, no matter what setting I use.  I have a nice Nikon camera which does way better than my cell phone.  This issues are with the person taking the photos!


The color isn’t even close, and every picture today was taken in the same light.  The fabric is Jobelan, Star Sapphire, which is a light greenish blue.  And the silk color is not close.  It’s a sunny day, and these were taken on the North side of the house with a south-facing door and two northern facing windows.  It’s a cheerful room…  but a dreadful photo.

The project is the 2017 SAL from Linens and Threads.  This is part of January, and I think it is going to stay this wide.  (The pattern shows three repeats.)  I am just trying to use up some old silk threads.  This particular one is VERY old.  I know I bought it at a store that closed in 2001.


This is “Grant House 1865” by Chessie and Me.  Yours truly started it in the wrong direction on the fabric, thus I had to leave the top section off.  I think I like it better this way anyhow.  This one was stitched on 32 count Belfast that I hand-dyed, with GAST and WDW threads.


“Progress” on Mary Burgess.  Next to none.


“Samplers” by The Scarlett House.  A finish!  🙂  On 36-count Edinburgh linen that I hand-dyed.  I loved working on this fabric!  I did have to change two colors because they weren’t showing up on my linen.

Rosanna Pinkham reproduction sampler by Sheepish Antiques.  After finishing “Samplers” yesterday, I picked up Rosanna as shown on the left.  Last night she looked like the photo on the right.  Pretty good progress!  The fabric is 32 count raw Belfast, which feels like 14 count after working on lots of 36 count pieces!

Two pieces of fabric that I hand dyed that I have for sale.  The one on the left is 25 count Zweigart linen, and the one on the right is 28 count Cashel linen.  🙂

I’m hoping to come close to a finish on Rosanna today.  According to USPS package tracking, my over-3-weeks-ago order of fabric is *partially* shipped and may arrive tomorrow.  Our mail doesn’t get here until the afternoon, so hopefully Rosanna will be finished by then and I may start something new.  My UFO pile is down to 8 pieces, and it normally is between 11 and 13.  Pretty good!  I guess a broken rib has its blessings.

Happy stitching to all!

May 12

Did you ever have one of those stitching streaks where you wonder where your mind is?  After a bit more work on Mary Burgess I noticed something.

Something BAD.

Here is my Mary, and the chart photo is to the right.

I’ve done a bit more than in this old photo.  And as I stitched along, I realized I had made a mistake.  The zero is one stitch wider than it should be.  That means the zero through seven are WRONG.

This is a kit with silk threads.  I will have to wait to see if I have enough leftover silk in those colors before ripping it out and fixing it.


So Mary was set aside and I started Bettsy Wood last Saturday, and finished her today:

Bettsy Wood 1808, Sheepish Antiques

I’m not too crazy about the light colored floss used for the over one stitching.  You will probably have to blow up the picture to really see it, and this is 25 count raw linen.

Notice the backwards “9”, the missing “1” in the 12, the non-symmetric blue plant thingy in the middle bottom of the sampler.  I had to pay a lot of attention when stitching that one!  The bottom border has a color change in it that I assume was due to thread shortage in the original.  What IS that thing beneath the crown on the left?  No one at my house could figure it out.  And I’m not sure what the animals are supposed to be.

Bettsy was 16 when she made this sampler.  That’s kind of old!  And she made so many mistakes.  I wonder if her name was really spelled with two t’s?  This would be really nice if done in primitive colors.  I considered it, and probably would have liked it better, but it really wouldn’t have been a reproduction then, just an adaptation.

Last Saturday night in bed I had one of my sneezing fits — multiple, violent sneezes.  And I broke a rib, according to my doctor.  Does it ever hurt!  It hurts to stand, hurts to walk, hurts more to sit back, and hurts worst to lie down.  This has not been any fun, though I have been able to stitch so far.  I had 13 x-rays (WHHHYYYY so many????) and a CT scan.  I have pain pills though I haven’t been taking them.  It hurts horribly to cough or sneeze.  I’m just trying to make the best of it but at times it is hard to concentrate.  The Frog has been hanging around over my shoulder, it seems.

My totals for 2018 are 13 starts and 15 finishes.  🙂  Not bad, considering I tend to like bigger projects.  Sometimes I feel bad when I see someone bragging about all their finishes, but then I realize that most of their projects are small and mine aren’t.  🙂

Do you mostly stitch smaller projects, big ones, or a mix of both?  I know some people only tend to do one type.

Have you ever hurt a rib?  How long did it take you to get well?

Until next time…

Happy, healthy, frogless stitching!