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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mega organization and a new release~

Brrrrrr....... Chilly greetings all!!

 

I was recently contacted by a dear friend and fellow stitcher to make her a few project bags.... She had stitched all of the designs in the "A Most Suitable Name" series by Jeannette Douglas.... These darling stitches are the perfect size to sew into the front of project bags...... Talk about getting organized! Take a look.....

~Devoted Dorothy~

 

~Alphabet Annie~

 

 

~Humble Hilda~

 

~Nibble Nelly~

 

~Wool Willie~

 

~Modest Mildred~

~Prim Penny~
 
~ Button Betty~
I absolutely loved matching fabrics to these pretty stitches..... Enjoy, my friend!!!

 

I have had a few requests for a shorter project roll.... My usual length is 19"; good for larger stitches and samplers to be rolled up in for safe travel..... I am introducing a shorter 12" length project roll at the upcoming Primitive Stitcher's Society Retreating March. All the same bells and whistles will be found on this one.... Just slightly shorter and more suitable for you ornament size linen cuts.....

 

 
 

 

More info to come on this useful and serviceable stitching accessory..... I am finalizing my price and making a list of those Stitcher's requesting to be put on the order list.... Please email, comment on my blog or pm me on Facebook if interested.....

 

Have a great day everyone!!!!!

 

Faye

 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lover of all things red......

Greetings all..... The ice storm continues and I consider myself one of the very lucky to have power in North Carolina.... Hang in there all of you that are without needed services like power, water, cable or phone.... The end is in sight~

 

I've been playing again in the craftroom.... I'm making project bags for the upcoming Primitive Stitcher's Society retreat in Atlanta GA in March...... I will also have a few limited release items for the retreat....I can't show those items quite yet but what I CAN show you is my latest finish of Country Rustic Primitives design "Prim Valentine Pinkeep"....

I love the simplicity of this design and I shared it with some of you on Facebook yesterday....

" ..I heavily stained 32 count linen cross stitching over 1 using DMC 3777.... I'll be using Julie Ploehn-Vigna (Auntie Ju's) dyed Valdani Wool in Primitive Red as accent thread..... "

I love alternating fabric and linen for a layered effect... Topped with hand stitching of course! Isn't the wool thread nice?

I made a pocket on its backside to tuck messages inside..... Many of my colleagues at school remind me "This is YOUR year to shine..!" ...... If you're reading this Sue, I'm smiling...!

 

My back pockets are lined with a contrasting fabric peaking out of the top of the pocket.... I feel this look ties things together... I also appliqu├ęd a wool heart so that it's popping out of the edge of the pocket.... Just something that's a little different..... The unexpected~

 

Jenny Hoffmans Etsy has lots of charts listed on her shop, Country Rustic Primitives.... Go check things out~

 

Hoping you are safe, snuggling warmly and happily stitching....

 

Faye

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Brrrr..... And a couple finishes~

Greetings all! We're preparing for a little of the snow that so many of you guys are seeing.... Hoping for very little though! I wanted to share a couple stitches and finishes I've added to my collection~

 

 

I've been a member for a while of the Little Sparrow Pinkeepe Club that Tammy Black of Scattered Seeds offers.... These are well planned kits that includes every thing you need to not only stitch the design, but finish it as well..... Tammy is masterful at creative packaging and I absolutely love the designs she creates!

 

This round Pinkeepe is a double sided stitch with gray seam tape attached on the seams....

 

There is even a darling charm to attach..... Isn't it sweet?????

 

 

I also fell in love with this small stitch by Brenda Gervais of With thy Needle & Thread.... I finished mine as a simple ornament rather than the Needlebook shown on the chart....

 

I also attached Rick-Rack around the edges.... Attaching by hand is a true labor of love.....

 

Plus, I've always had "a thing" for all things oval!

 

 

Another double sided stitch, the back is a simple pretty basket.....

 

 

More project bags are rolling out my craftroom door.... So many of you are getting organized... The 12" X 15" size is the most popular size... Contact me if you're needing my help with the Carolina Stitcher zippered project bags~

 

March will be here before you know it which means lots of us will be heading to Marietta GA for the long awaited annual Primitive Stitcher's Society Retreat!!! I look forward to meeting many of you and enjoy some stitching! I will also be teaching a class which includes rusty tin, wool and a few other needfuls.... Again, I hope to see many of you there!

 

Enjoy you day! Stay warm, safe and stitching~

 

Faye

 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A few recent finishes.....

Greetings friends and fellow Stitcher's!!

 

Brrrrrr here in the Carolina's! It's been unusually wet and rainy here but more so it's gotton very cold too..... That hasn't stopped me from getting busy in my craftroom after work in the evenings..... I recently completed my finishing on this lovely set of stitching needfuls.... Miladys Needle put out a kit a while back called "Cottage Charm Stitcher's Pocket".... I actually have it in my stash to stitch.... The beautiful alphabet fabric is included in the kit and I only wish I could buy yardage of it!!

 

Cottage Charm Stitcher's Pocket kit by Miladys Needle

 

The pocket is made to hang around your neck..... I made cording out of 2 DMC shades of green...

The Needlebook slides right inside the lined fabric pocket~

 

The Needlebook has a pocket for your tiny scissors and a wool flap to hold your pins and needles...

 

A small scrap of the alphabet fabric makes the pocket.... I hand stitched it on the lining using the blind stitch..

 

Edged with more custom made cording there is a corded loop to accommodate the round button closure..

 

I loved this project.... And it's owner does as well......

 

Additionally, I have finished a couple pieces for a sweet lady who, like me, L-O-V-E-S "With thy Needle&Thread" designs.... These 2 pieces simply spoke to me and I let my creativity fly!

 

Bluebird out my Window by With thy Needle Thread

I knew antique buttons had to be a part of this finish.....
 
And the primitive aqua script fabric seemed to be a just-right fit..... Lace along with another aqua tone fabric that has tiny flower buds that mimick the cross stitch design rounded out my supplies for this pillow....
 
And to compliment that pillow, another WtNT design was made into a small pillow....
Lots of creamy buttons embellish this sweet design~
 
Hand dyed rick-rack edges the arched stitch as I hand attached that to the back ground fabric.... Then the layer of buttons came last.....

 

Two spring themed accessories just waiting for warmer days~~

 

Keep up the great stitching people!!! I love what you send me and I'm ready to lend my creative flair in finishing your stitched pieces into useful and serviceable treasures~~

 

Much love....

Faye

 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

One last Christmas finish~

Greetings all and I hope you all have enjoyed Christmas Day! We had lots of fun at my house with the mild weather, gift giving and relaxing..... I did have a chance to stitch and finish one last goodie for my collection...

 

Isobel of The Primitive Hare is one of my favorite prim designers and her pretty Christmas design caught my eye immediately.... It is found in the Christmas Edition of Punchneedle & Primitive Stitcher magazine.... I have to say, this publication is so nicely put together and is chocked full of charts by a good variety of designers.....

I did a little experimenting with the linen.... It's stained with an aging spray that I like use to prim things up... I buy mine at Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe on-line and this spray solution has become my go to staining mix. This 36 count linen was too pale for my tastes so it was heavily stained... The lighter accent linen started out a stark white linen before it was stained.....

This red check ribbon was also toned down with a few squirts of the aging solution before I hand tacked it down.....

 

And, my winter bunny needed an aged bow tied around his neck.... Nothing big.....

 

I lined the little bag with more stained fabric..... And, created a narrow cuff around the top to give it a more finished off look....

 

This will probably be my last stitch and finish for 2015..... I have a couple more irons in the fire, but nothing I'm going to rush with to get finished~ As this year winds down, I hope to get to recharge myself a little more... School will start in a week and I have a classroom of darling First Graders counting on me to be on my "A" game come Jan 4....

 

As always, thanks for the visit and kind words... Hearing from folks is my inspiration~~

 

Kindly,

Faye

 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

....today's picture walk.....

Greetings friends and Merry Christmas! I wanted to take a moment to share a few personal stitches of mine.... Here are a few ornaments that I've added to my personal collection..... So, here you go~

 

Kelmscott Designs Quaker 4~ Stitched on 40 count Lakeside Exenplar linen with Goriana cranberry silk~

It comes with a prepainted black disc to mount your stitch...I added cording~

 

Summer House Stitche Workes~ Merry Merry! (Retreat freebee)

 

I have always wanted a Christmas journal so I mounted this small stitch atop a notebook... Doesn't it make you want to open it up and write notes?

 

I added the 3 tiny buttons in place of the charted word "X-mas".... My thread selections were GAST Oatmeal, Old Hickory and Mountain Mist stitched on 36 count Fawn Lakeside linen....

 

 

Hands to Work~ Little House Needleworks~ I stitched on 32 count linen using 1 thread over 1.... A true labor of love but worth the extra effort.... It's 2.5" X 2.5" design size is now a perfect ornament size~

 

 

Santas Workshop~ The Nebby Needle.. Design found in the Christmas issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine... This publication is chocked full of beautiful cross stitch designs!

...this is the back of this sweet ornament.....

 

Historic Stitches~ Christmas Abecedaire Ornament

 

This is the ninth annual ornament as designed by Susan Biggers and I love it's unique shape... Edged with my custom cording.... I used Victorian Motto Sampler Threads Faye's Red on 36 count creme linen...

 
 

* Lizzie Kate, I think*** I forgot to make notes about this one.....

 

This flannel check is actually a little fuzzy and soft... A nice compliment to this pretty winter design...

 

Prairie Schooler Santa 2012... I stitched on a coffee stained 32 count linen using 2 threads over 2~

The envelope Santa is holding says Carolina Stitcher.... A touch of the unexpected.....

Prairie Schooler Santa 1988... A simple finish to not distract from the stitches.. I substituted GAST Country Redwood to give Santas coat a nice texture....

 

Prairie Schooler Santa 1984.... I have all of the annual Santa designs by PS and randomly choose about 3-4 each year to stitch.....

 

Prairie Schooler~ I thought this 32 count natural linen with the creme dots added a lot to this Santa...

 

(Out of print) Hands to Work tiny stocking.....

 

 

With thy Needle & Thread~ A Winters Skate

 

I line all stockings, even the ornament size stockings.... This one topped with tan chenille....

 

I have received an early Christmas gift an I absolutely cannot wait to put it to good use!

Silent Stitches is an on-line shop that offers some of the best finishing supplies, trinkets and stitching goodies.... When I spotted this oval 6x9" Hardwicke Manor hoop, I knew I had to have it!

I hope everyone has a great Christmas ~~~

 

Smiles,

Faye