I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blackbird Design Pieces Finished and Started

I finished this sampler in honor of my maternal grandmother Lilah Hood who passed away in 1975.  It is the "Clara Ellen" design from Blackbird Designs.  I hope you enjoy this.  I am not stitching all 12 in the Anniversary of the the Heart series, just the ones that spoke to me including this one.  I just loved the colors and hope that they show as well in the photo as they do in person. 

I also finished "Land of the Free" from Blackbird Designs that was featured in Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine July 2011 issues.  This was completed in honor of my sweetie, John who is active duty Air Force.  The colors were converted from silks to a combination of WDW and Sampler Threads thanks in part to Joan of The Stitching Squad blog - http://www.stitchingsquad.blogspot.com/

I have also just started Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers "Summer" and have not made it very far yet as you can see,  It is a three part series and I just can't wait to see the whole thing once the other two parts come out over the next few months!  I love these types of mysteries!

Speaking of mysteries, I am also in process of working on "Birds of a Feather" mystery sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I will share photos of this later on. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

House Cleaning

Well, I've been meaning to work on the closets for awhile and tonight at 10:00 I got started.  What a time to start cleaning you say??  Well, I'm a night owl and sometimes it takes me awhile to get going.  In any case, I found some photos from back when we actually took pictures with film cameras and had them developed.  I found some good pictures of some of my older projects I wanted to share.  I hope they come out alright.

Shepherd's Bush "Road to Bethlehem"

Shepherd's Bush "Beekeeper's Cottage"

Just Nan's "Angel Tapestry"

"Pineapple Bellpull" From Fine Lines Magazine

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Framed Pieces

In February, I promised photos of the completed framed pieces that I had taken in.  I had finished Just Nan's "Last Stitches of 1999" 12-31-99 and started "First Stitches of 2000" 1-1-00.  I got them back from the framer, but I have not been able to get any photos that you can see the detail yet. 

Instead, here are three out of the four pieces that I took in for framing in March.  I love the hand-painted mats by Jill Rensel - they are so worth it!!  I just picked them up this weekend and will get the fourth one back this Satruday.  I hope you enjoy them.

"Busy" by Shepherd's Bush
"Meadow Hill by Shepherd's Bush

"Far Away" by Shepherd's Bush

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Framing and New Finishes

Well, I took a couple of pieces in to be framed today.  I am way behind on framing, so I figured that now was as good a time as any to frame 2 Just Nan pieces that I compled 11 years ago.  She designed a pair of samplers in celebration of the millenium - Last Stitches of 1999 and First Stitches of 2000.  I am anxious to see how the twins come out.  I will post photos once I retrieve them from the framer in early March.

As far as new finishes, I have posted pictures of the "Heart in Bloom" sewing tray from Blackbird designs...well, I have it all framed and the pinkeep to go with it.  I did the framing myself and even drilled the holes to place the handles. 

Here is a close-up of the pinkeep.  Note the pins in the upper left hand corner.  Those were made in class as the retreat as a make it and take it project.  VERY easy to do and males a nice statement on the antique looking pinkeep.  BTW - I used crushed walnut shells (aka bird litter) as the filling.  As instructed by Barb and Alma, you make sure to apply a fusable inner lining to the linen and backing fabric.  It has a very nice feell and weight to it.  It is trimmed with chenille that Barb and Alma hand died.  It has a very soft feel to it and finishes it off nicely. 

While at the Shepherd's Bush retreat, I fell in love with the pins that are made by Just Another Button Company (JABCO).  So much so, that I went to their website and had my friend Vicki from Persnickety Stitchers place an order for the "Strawberry Pin Cushion Kit".  It comes complete with pattern, wool, overdyed floss, wool roving and 5 coordinating pins.  I fell in love with the technique and plan to make more!

And finally, I found this pincushion kit from Shepherd's Bush that has coordinating fabrics from Blackbird Designs and a sweet rose JABCO pin.  Well I had to have it and it was a very quick stitch.  I just love how it turned out with the rick rack trim.  It is also filled with the crushed walnut shells.

 Well, that's all for not.  I have several that I have taken of several Shepherd's Bush shop exclusive designs that I plan to get framed this spring or early summer.  I will post those when I get a little more free time.

~ Sue

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Finch Song" is complete

Well, I was up until 1 AM completing the final stitches, adding the charms and pressing Shepherd's Bush "Finch Song". 

I love the rich antique colors of this sampler. This was originally designed as the class piece for the Shepherd's Bush retreat in 2008, and then published in 2009 for commercial sales.  The piece that Tina designed for the 2010 retreat is reminisent of this one, only bigger! 

I also finished a little autumn sample designed by Jeanette Douglas (also one of the instructors at the retreat), that was kitted up and sold at the retreat shop.  I love the puples, greens and oranges in this sampler - makes me wish that winter was over and we were on to warmer weather. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More Photos

Yesterday I got caught up finishing 5 Shepherd's Bush Needle Rolls that I had stitched awhile back.  I fired up the sewing machine and off I went.  I have completed 7 of these and just love how they finish up.  The directions are easy to follow and they are all so darling. 

From Left to Right - Violet Needle Roll, Garden Roll, In My Garden Roll, Beehive Roll, and Shepherd's Roll

Yesterday, I ended up at Hobby Lobby to get fiberfill to complete the needle rolls.  While I was there, I found a couple of pairs of scissors that coordinated well with the before pictured scissor fobs.  I decided they looked best displayed in this cherry shaker sewing tray that I bought at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, KY.  Don't they look perfect in there?

The is a Chatelaine from The Drawn Thread desings.  I took this class in 1996 from Cynthia Zittel of The Dranw Thread desings.  It is one of my treasured pieces and wanted to make sure that I shared it with you. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Getting Caught Up

Okay - so it has been awhile since my first post and I have not added any photos of my projects.  It has been a busy few months with the holidays as well as my Mom being sick and in the hospital again.  I have been busy stitching on projects from the Shepherd's Bush retreat that I attended in September and other projects that I had started before then.  I have also been finishing some projects that I had stitched a long time ago including several scissor fobs from Shepherd's Bush.  Enjoy and hope to be back again soon!!

Shepherd's Bush "Spring Scissor Fob" - Front

Shepher'ds Bush "Spring Scossir Fob" - Back

 Shepherd's Bush "In My Garden Scissor Fob" - Front

 Shepherd's Bush "In My Garden Scissor Fob" - Back

 Charland Pansy Scissor Fob

 Shepherd's Bush 2004 Scissor Fob - Front

 Shepherd's Bush 2004 Scissor Fob - Back

 Shepherd's Bush 2003 Scissor Fob - Front

 Shepherd's Bush 2003 Scissor Fob - Back

 Shepherd's Bush 2009 Scissor Fob - Front

 Shepherd's Bush 2009 Scissor Fob - Back

 Just Nan "Guardian Grace"

 Diane Evans "A Third Diane's Delight"

 "The Garden Sampler" by Sue Ream

 Close-up top of "The Garden Sampler"

 Close-up middle of "The Garden Sampler"

Close-up bottom of "The Garden Sampler"

"Wicked" by the Primitive Needle - freebie I received at the retreat.  This will be stitched as a pin cushion.