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Friday, August 1, 2014

Designer Spotlight~ Lil Abby's by Abby Rose

...Happy Friday friends & stitchers!

I have been stitching, a little at the time, on the Lil Abby series by Abby Rose Designs~. Gayle has other beautiful larger designs, but wanted to do a 9 part collection of smaller pieces.... She wanted to stitch them individually and have me stitch them together in one large piece of linen.... Honestly, this has been a very easy project! The approx 5" x 5" (32 count) designs have come together over time beautifully.... I couldn't wait to show you the progress.... And #9 will be releasing soon.... To make this all complete..... I'll let the photos do the talking.....

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....each block includes a word we try to live by.....

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Lil Abby's


Lil Abby's


Lil Abby's


Lil Abby's


....such sweet stitches to stitch individually or collectively.... Wouldn't these be perfect as little pin pillows displayed in an old wooden bowl??? Hmmmmm, I may looking forward to re stitching them as is, or priming them up a little....

TGIF and enjoy your weekend!!

Faye


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sweet finishes~

....Happy Monday friends....!

....So many of you, like myself, love the beautiful designs by With thy Needle & Thread... Brenda Gervais has a way of capturing softness and simplicity in cross stitch.... I enjoy taking those designs and creating a complimentary finish that keeps in the theme.... Here are three pieces that I finished for you using antique laces, hand dyed velvets, old buttons & simple handeworke~ Enjoy!

Be My Valentine
....found in the Be my Valentine booklet....

Be My Valentine
... Using the specified linen and threads....

Be My Valentine
... embellished with my hand stitching....

Springtime messanger
....Springtime Messenger.....

Springtime messanger
....I like being able to see the linen behind the lace...

Springtime messanger
.. I'm always searching for the perfect hand crochet cotton laces...

Mary Valentine Handework
....found in the Mary Valentine book....

Mary Valentine Handework
....Soft colors with a sweet button.....

Mary Valentine Handework
....delicate x's trace the seam.....

I hope you're enjoying your lazy summer days......

Faye






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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Designer spotlight~ Primitive Needleworks by Caryn

....Greetings everyone!

So many of us are looking towards the next season for our stitching, so I'd like to show you a recent Fall finish I did for Caryn G of Primitive Needleworks....

This prim design was made into a scissor pillow to compliment her nicely distressed linen and threads..... Just slide your scissors in the front....

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I fell in love with the skinny bats and darling arched black cat....

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Just look at the cat face and those purple stockings....

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I kept the finishing simple with nice autumnal fabrics, a little hand embellishment and a couple of small accents...

Caryn has more prim designs offered on her etsy... Stay tuned for more on this up and coming designer~~

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Faye

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Simple stitches comes to life~~

....Greetings friends & happy Friday~

I thought I would show you how I took simple stitches and brought them to life....

I knew when I received duplicate stitches from my dear friend Terri, I would be creating a complimenting set of some type..... So, I used one of the stitches in the main finish, while using the other stitch in an accessory piece~ Let me show you what I mean.....

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This cute witches silhouette became the centerpiece of a fabric Diddie bag.... And, the matching witch was made into a detachable ornament.... Or, bag tag~

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The back of the dangling bag tag is appliqu├ęd with a wool star~

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Pinning the bag tag makes it more portable, to be used on her Halloween tree..

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A flat cushion.... With simple edging~

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Rounding out the three piece set, a Boo! pincushion... Stained and distressed within an inch of its life..... **sigh**


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This ensemble will look nice as a grouping.... Or scattered separately among her other decorations~ Thank you Terri for giving me full creative reign to bring your beautiful stitches to life!!

Enjoy your weekend~

Faye


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some of my summer stitches....

Hello my friends~


I have had the most fun stitching these past weeks~ recharging and stitching go hand in hand! I'd like to say I've finished all my stitched pieces, I'd rather be sewing up YOUR finishes, so mine will be have to ready come next summer.... Here's a few I'll creatively bringing to life~

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Ladies Prim Society~ designed by Blackbird designs & offered by
Dyeing to Stitch, Virginia Beach VA

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This little guy holds the most perfect flag~

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I personalized my piece by omitting a few flower pots, stitching Abigail Adams name over one so I could include a tiny patriotic banner of satin stitches~


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...more personalization.... Another banner along with that all important date...

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Sweet Land by NeedleWork Press~~ a collaboration piece between NWP and artist Nancy Mills~ I stitched mine using Belle Soie silks instead of the called for Tudor silks~~ This stitch is stunning in person!


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La~D~Da My Country.... Don't you just her designs?? I do!! This one uses called for NPI's.....

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Grand Old Flag by Heart in Hand~~ I've stitched this one many times and stitched it again~ the overdyes show beautifully.....

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Glory Bee Freebie..... Another classic and quick stitch.... Mine hasn't had its coffee bath yet~~ Heres the link to Glory Bee for this chart ***Here***

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In Full Glory by Blackbird Designs.....

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I love about any design with a red house and a American flag~

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Souvenirs of Summer... A book of cross stitch designs by Blackbird Designs~
This is an older book LOADED with Patriotic stitches!


One last design I'd like to show is Pomegranate Sewing Tray by Stacy Nash.. I will be studying this beautiful trays unique finish.... Once mastered on a practice piece, I'll finish this design into that beautiful tray that Tracy displays...
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This will be the bottom of the tray~

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Another angle shows you those beautiful overdyed threads...

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.....swoon.... I just love that spool of thread.....

This weekend, I'll be devoting this afternoon and tomorrow in my craftroom.... Happily sewing and getting creative with finishing for you..... My haven and space to create... Thanks so much for your words of support; your blog comments, emails, Facebook tags and Private Messages are true inspirations for me~ I'm honored to help you bring your beautiful stitches to life in a form that's useful and that you can proudly display in your homes~

Enjoy your day...

Faye






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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's photo walk~

.....Greetings from the Carolinas.....

Summer is breezing along..... My sewing machine has been humming... Many of YOUR stitches have come to life~ I hope you enjoy~


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Notforgotten Farm~ Prim Sisters Club at Country Sampler, WI

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Inside view.... Special goodies to make you smile...

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I enjoy mounting stitches on distressed boxes....

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....and in trays for you to display your handiwork....


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...a wall hanging to enjoy....using a dear aunties antique knitting needles..

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Lined Lizzie Kate stockings~

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.....with extra added touches....

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Many of you are getting started on Christmas ornaments...

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.... The classic edging..... Simple~

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Prairie Schooler

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...some of you like the whimsical.... He's just too cute!

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... Others of you like the classics... Homespun Elegance...

I leave you with a photo of my recent winning from Donna Bayliss of By the Bay Needlearts
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This darling little pillow is just perfect in every way! I am so honored to have received it..... Donna hand crocheted up the cotton edging herself... And, yes, it's perfect~~ So inspirational... I thank you Donna, from the bottom of my heart~

Enjoy your day, my friends.....with needle in hand~

Kindly,

Faye


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