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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A start, my class and some finishes.....

I knew when I decided to treat myself to a start this week (my first brand new start of 2011..), I would probably go straight to a Quaker design...  Nothing like a wonderful "with my Needle" pattern~~ I just love about everything Ellen Chester has ever designed and Quaker Sampling II has been on my list for a good while.... I did  not have the specified Milady's Teal by Crescent Colors, but I did have Belle Soie Blue Lagoon...So, this is what I have gotton accomplished this week so far~~~~

 Quaker Sampling II
with my Needle
35 ct Weeks Straw linen
Blue Lagoon Belle Soie silk thread



And, I have now taken 2 of my 3 nights of the cut thread class being offered at my local needlework shop, Moore then Needlepoint. The very talented instructor, Marilyn Owen has been most patient with me....She has moved at a good pace, but has offered direct instruction...I am the only cross stitcher in the group but I am surrounded by very talented needlepointers..... Here is what I have gotton done so far and next Tues night we will finish the project...I can't wait to start using my verigated thread...

Finally, a few weeks back I was contacted by a fellow blogger inquiring about me finishing some of her stitched pieces.... With her permission, I am showing you 6 of the 12 ornaments I finished for her...At her request, she wanted me to complete everything but the stuffing of the ornies...So, that's what I did!!!

She has quite the collection started already for Christmas 2011~~~~

 ornament fronts



ornament backs

Well, time to get in the kitchen.... Tomorrow is Friday and the kiddos in my classrooms are bouncing ready for a few days off..... Here's hoping you have a great night yourselves!!

Faye

41 comments:

Karen said...

great start! and love the color! great finishes on the ornaments too! very cute!

robindefender said...

See? That cutwork is looking great!

Karen said...

Love your new start! Just love the blue... you have made great progress too!

Great job on the cutwork... you have more nerve than me. Glad you have the opportunity to do it.

As always....your finishing is fantastic. I know the owner will just love the finished results.

hopy you have a great stitchy weekend....

Catherine said...

I am in love iwth your new start - that blue is amazing. I have never stitched with lle Soie silks, but lately I am tempted to give it a try after seeing some lovely colors out there!

Great job on your cutwork - you must have good nerves and steady hands!!

Wonderful finishes - I am sure the lucky person you helped out is just thrilled!

Peggy Lee said...

Excuse me while I pick my drooling chin from off my lap! How long did it take you to get to that point in Quaker Sampling II? Isn't that Blue Lagoon beautiful? I love the variegation but I'm not too thrilled with the silk. It gets tangled easily for me. Maybe it's just me because I've heard many good reviews of it. I am using that exact color on Liam's Sampler.
I really think I should send you my Rose Garden to finish. I don't know why that intimidates me so. I should just tackle it and hog tie the little sucker!!

Love your cut work. You ARE brave!!

Natasha said...

Well you did not waste any time :) You are making great progress, absolutly LOVE the blue.

Great job on the ornaments, I really like the one with the buttons on the back, clever :)

Take Care
XXHUGSXX
Natasha

valerie said...

Great start on your Quaker! Love the blue!

The ornie are stunning! You are so clever with the trims and buttons. Just love your finishes!

I think you're very brave to do the cutwork class. I still have a hardanger kit to start but I'm still too chicken.

Lynn said...

Beautiful new start!! I love that floss!
The cutwork is absolutely gorgeous. I've long admired this type of stitch but I've yet to try one.
Great finishes on the ornaments. I like your choice of fabrics.

Cardygirl said...

Your cross stitch looks great and I love how you have finished off the ornaments...really nice! Cutwork is like a leap of faith, but once you master it you will adore doing it!

Margaret said...

Beautiful colors on the Quaker! I love how you did those ornie finishes too! And very nice cutwork! I have yet to get up the nerve for that.

Patty C. said...

Love your new start & great job on the ornaments - You are so creative Faye :)

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love the pieces you're working on. Those ornaments are stunning, do you sell this service ??????

gracie said...

Isn't cut work fun...ok, a little scary too...but yours looks great.

Colleen said...

Quaker Sampler II is lovely & I love the color. Ellen is a top notch designer. You are doing very well on your cut thread project. I enjoy cut work & you can be so creative with it. The ornie finishes are super. You are so the creative girl; that's awesome.

Anne said...

What a great start on your Quaker Sampler! I started a new project but haven't got as far as you! Love the colour you chose. Good luck on the pulled thread class! I think it's a great idea to get instruction for something like this. The ornaments are adorable...hmm, maybe I should employ you :D

Myra said...

Great start Faye - I love that color! Your cutwork class piece is beautiful, I enjoyed that at one time too. Gorgeous ornament finishes - I am sure your "customer" will be pleased. Have a great weekend!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Quaker Sampler is looking gorgeous, Faye! I absolutely LOVE that blue you picked - it's so rich and gorgeous!

Great finishing on those ornaments - love the buttoned up back.

And..... look at you go on that cutwork! Very impressive, gf! Very impressive, indeed!

Littlebit said...

LOVE the color on the Quaker! It's going to be a beautiful piece.
And your cutwork is amazing. Great job!

MoonBeam said...

Love the Quaker start. Belle Soie is my favorite. I bet you'll be happy you used it.

Great job on those cute ornaments. I am so untalented at things like that.

Bobbi

Siobhan said...

Ooooh, fantastic new start! I love Ellen's Quakers. Great choice in fibers! I ordered a Carrie's Creations thread in Old Salem Red after seeing yours used on one of your pieces. :) I'm hoping to use it on a BBD Rewards of Merit, I think.

Fantastic job on the ornaments! Nice cutwork, too. You are a master at whatever you touch, gf!

Giovanna said...

Great new start, and your work on the ornaments is just superb!

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Carol said...

Oh, what a gorgeous color you've chosen for your new start, Faye! I do love anything in shades of blue :)

Beautiful ornaments--I'm sure the stitcher of them will be thrilled with your finishing! Hope you enjoy your weekend...

Nicole said...

I love this design!! Your start is beautiful and I love the silk you are using. The ornaments are beautiful too!! You have done such a nice job on the finishing!

Nicole said...

P.S. The drawn thread work is gorgeous!! You are doing great!!

BrendaS said...

Love your new start. The blue looks so pretty with the linen you chose.

GREAT JOB on your class piece. Do you enjoy doing the cutwork?

The finishing on the ornaments is wonderful. You are such a talented lady:)))

Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

Love your new start! That Blue Lagoon silk is gorgeous! And the ornaments are so cute - you did a fantastic job finishing them. She will love them, I'm sure!

Mary said...

Love the new start and the color choice is beautiful. I have this in my stash to do someday...

The cut work is gorgeous ~ can't wait to see more of it!

What a cute bunch of ornies. Lovely stitching and finishing!

Have a great weekend.

Bekca said...

Your Quaker Sampler looks beautiful, it's such a gorgeous colour. Love all the ornament finishes too, you are a very talented stitcher. Best wishes.

Vonna said...

Your WIP is Beautiful! I great start for your first 2011 start and very deserved too!
Your finishing is exceptional Faye, gorgeously done! Well done!

Carolyn NC said...

Love the WIP - and your cutwork. Your finishing is just fantastic!

Andrea said...

Love your thread colour on your quaker design piece. Wonderful finishing.

PegC said...

Love the colors Faye--and the finishes are beautiful--so inspiring. I'll be looking at some samplers like these tonight in order to choose my first Quaker.

Joy said...

Lovely start Faye & I LOVE the color!! That piece is going to be gorgeous. Love the ornie finishing...I may have to copy a couple! LOL Great job on the cut thread work. The varigated threads are going to be pretty.

Beth said...

Faye - That Quaker Sampler is beautiful. You have picked my all time favorite color, and it looks gorgeous!! I love your finishes, they are really too cute!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

You were ever excited to get that new start because it is beautiful and you got so much done -- and that cutwork is amazing. who will believe it's your first piece? And of course your ornament finishes are adorable. The stitcher will be delighted, I'm sure! Bet the kids aren't the only ones who are happy to have a full weekend, are they?? Hope to see you soon.

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Fiona said...

Your start is looking great, I really like the colour that you have chosen. You have made great progress on your class project and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece. The ornaments that you have done the finishing on look fantastic.

Kimmie said...

I really love the color on the sampler!

The ornaments are so very, very cute!!!!

Yvonne..... said...

Your class piece looks great! You should be so proud but I do understand about the fear of taking scissors and clipping away on your project.

Cathy C said...

What a lovely combination of ornaments!