Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Bag

Just a quick one project post, I stitched this design a few years ago from Helen Philipps' book, The New Cross Stitch Sampler Book.  When looking through my fabric stash, I noticed that this one had all the same colors as the stitched piece does, so decided that it would be perfect for making a purse.  It hasn't been very spring like around here yet, but these colors cheer me up every time I see them.  I love the birds on the fabric!
I used DMC threads throughout, and DMC Color Variations for the checkered border and the house and a DMC variegated green for the verse.
Our primroses have only pushed up some itty bitty leaves so far and the daisies are a long way off, but at least I have this as a reminder that they are on their way!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hayfield Cottage Stitchery

I just finished this embroidery of a farm scene from a pattern that I got from the Flickr group, Hoop Love.  I thought it would be fun to name it Hayfield Cottage because there are haystacks and hayfields in the picture.  This is probably the largest embroidery I have done yet, I learned a few new stitches and had a lot of fun stitching it.
I used several different types of threads, just going with whatever took my fancy as I went along.  The next thing is a Blackbird Designs pincushion, one of their Reward of Merit small designs. 
It was done with Gentle Art Sampler threads and the backing fabric is the same as the one in the background.
Now, my post wouldn't be complete without a couple of kitty pictures, would it?
Harley sniffing a flower from our crown of thorns plant.
Cricket, looking rather majestic while soaking up some sunshine.
Thanks, again, for taking the time to visit my blog and thanks, also, in advance for any comments, I always love them.