Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Most of the rest of the finishes for 2009 ~waiting for framing~

Lizzie*Kate Snippet
Housework Never Killed Anyone
stitched on 32 ct country mocha Belfast
leftover GAST colors from Housework Makes You Ugly

I plan to stitch a few more on this theme and hang them all together.  As you may have guessed, I'd much rather spend my time stitching than cleaning.  :)

Shepherd's Bush
Be Calm
stitched 2 or 3 over 4 on 40 ct vintage light exemplar
Crescent Colours as charted
Someday I'll get around to adding the embellishments (which I have) to this...

This was stitched for my son who has a great deal of trouble with self control.  He has had a horrible temper almost since birth.  I'm hoping that a gentle reminder will help.  We'll see. 

Carriage House Samplings
Withering Tulips
stitched 1 over 2 on 36 ct white Edinburgh linen
NPI silks as charted

I love this one, but it has bittersweet memories for me.  I started stitching it while we were on vacation in New York last summer.  It was my favorite vacation so far.  I didn't get very much stitching done during our trip because we were on the go so much, and by the time we got back to the hotel I mostly wanted to sleep.  When we got back to L.A., my dad was hospitalized.  During visits, I would stitch on it while he napped.  He would drift off to sleep often, sometimes in the middle of a conversation.  Progress was gradually made on the stitching as Dad steadily declined.  I finished the stitching on the morning he peacefully passed away
~~ I miss you, Dad. ~~

Blackbird Designs
Happy Birthday
stitched 1 over 2 on 40 ct vintage light exemplar
Silk N Colors, my own conversion
I modified the houses by omitting the patchwork/checks and hearts.  I felt they were too busy with the patchwork.  I didn't even realize there were hearts charted until after I had stitched the bodies of the houses when I was referring back to the chart for the colors of the windows and doors.  I couldn't see them on the model because they're lost in the busy-ness.

I stitched this for my daughter's 21st birthday.  She received it in December, sans frame.  Something else to get around to someday, right?

Little House Needleworks
Acorn Hill
on 32 ct country mocha
Belle Soie as charted

Little House Needleworks
stitched on 32 ct natural somethingorother (can't find the chart, my notes, or the tag from the fabric)
Crescent Colours as charted

I just noticed that 2/3 of these have birds in them, like the ones I showed a few posts ago.  I hadn't realized how much I was drawn to birds in designs.

So that about wraps up the 2009 finishes.  There are assorted fobs and floss tags that I haven't shown, but they're pretty insignificant.  There's also an item that I stitched for an RAK that I'm plugging away at getting made up into a finished item.  I'll show that one when it finally makes it into the hands of its recipient.

Next time I'll show you the finish that had me happy dancing last Saturday....  Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting and/or reading, and I appreciate your comments


Sharlotte said...

All of these are great Diane! It's hard to say which I like best! BTW... did you need me to post a picture on Ties That Bind of the bourse I sent you? Didn't know whether you were ever not you had been sent an invitation to do so but I wasn't sure.

Deb said...

Such great finishes. I think that my favorites are Withering Tulips and the Happy Birthday BBD. Don't you find with a lot of your stitching that you can look at them and remember something that has gone on in your life. Hopefully, looking at Withering Tulips will fill you with great memories of your father.

Despina said...

These designs are gorgeous, what wonderful work you do. I love the LK saying and the one you have as a profile, it makes me laugh!

Dani - tkdchick said...

They're all beautiful finishes! If I showed everying I had waiting for framing we'd be here a long time! For me, its more the journey of stitching the piece than rushing to get it up on the wall!

Carol said...

I love how we often associate stages and memories in our life with certain finishes. Your 2009 pieces are all so lovely, Diane! Your background story on Withering Tulips brought tears to my eyes...

Looking forward to seeing your work in 2010!

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

I love all of your work! Especially the 'Be Calm' one. I could use that one around my house as well. I'm sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I hope in time that stitching item will bring you peace and happy memories of the past.