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Monday, April 4, 2011

7 Red Silks and more....

Good morning to everyone in blogland~~  Its a beautiful day here in the Carolinas....

I wanted to share with you a little experiment I embarked on the last few days.... Sweet Marylin who has showered me with goodies from France, inpired me to make a "practice" band sampler from the recent edition of Broderie Creative magazine she had sent me. I so admire the bands and bands of alphabets and floral designs, but knew before I embark on such a large project, I would need to practice a few of those lovely specialty stitches....  Here is what I came up with....
And, to also satisfy my curiosity, I pulled 7 of my red silk threads from various manufacturers to see how they vary as well.... I have NPI, Atalie, Splendor, HDF, Belle Soie Cranberry and Sister Scarlett and Carries silk threads.... Quite the array of reds...

The Fantail and Rhodes stitches were among those I knew I needed to practice the most... It is still a work in progress, however since the 36 ct linen took me to a design size of approx 8 x 10, I think I will stop and frame this in one of my frames already on hand....

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And, I have had the chance to complete the beautiful red sampler that Carol most graciously lent me...

This sampler was a absolute joy to stitch up....I loved using the Belle Soie silk Sister Scarlett on this 36 ct creme linen....Very French...Oui??
I even took to opportunity to customize things by adding "in her world" above the botton alphabet... Don't we all feel like we get into our own little world when it comes to stitching time?  I know I do..

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I also wanted to share with you a few items from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe that I recently purchased....Let me tell you, this photo in no way does this chenille, rick-rack and hand dyed buttons justice....Take it from me, this is quality merchandise!!! I cannot wait to get busy using this...Truly, her colorways will be perfect with all the new Blackbird Designs and many, many more!

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And, finally, Danielle, has given me the awesome opportunity to try more of the HDF silk threads....Can you believe what she sent me????  I could not believe all the luscious shades!!  Thank you so very very much Danielle!! I am keeping to my word and will soon be stitching a RAK and passing on some of these beauties to share with others!!!
Hand Dye Fibers

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I am thinking a giveaway will be in order soon....With all the generosity that has touched me and many of you out there, I think I will have to host a little something as soon as I get back home...hmmmmmm....Look for more details to come~ It has been a wonderful 3 week intercession from school....I love the Year-Round calendar since it allows us to be in the classroom for 9 weeks and then out 3 weeks to recharge our batteries...MUCH needed recharging has been going on here!

Hope everyone has a great week and take time to smile on others every chance you get~~

Faye

45 comments:

Catherine said...

Beautiful Faye!! Love all the reds and those silks look yummy!

BrendaS said...

Faye --
Love your "practice" piece. It looks beautiful with all those varying shades of red.

Great stash and gifts you received too!

Carol R said...

What a lovely 'red' post Faye - love both red projects.
Generous giveaway from Danielle - I like HDF silks so I am sure you will enjoy this gift.

gracie said...

I love Band Samplers! You did a lovely piece and it will look great framed as is. Nice idea to try all the reds. I love the sampler and the personal touch you added...what is it? I would love to find it.

geeky Heather said...

Your practice band sampler with all the different red fibers is so neat! What a good idea to try them all out in this way.

Jennifer said...

Oh how beautiful all those stitching goodies!!! LOVELY RED! Beautiful. The borders and all those are just so lovely........drooling....I can see some of the Blackbird design finishes with those trimmings. I looked through their new book in the needlework store yesterday. So pretty!

Stay safe in the storms coming up from the west.......

till later,
Jennifer

Nancy said...

Love your band sampler and your finish! Red is a favorite color of mine. Enjoy your gifts!

Michelle said...

Your practice piece is lovely - and all the red silks!!! Gorgeous. I will have to check out the chenille and rickrack supplier as well, thanks for the tip!

valerie said...

Love your band sampler! The reds are gorgeous and I love those fantail rhodes. Nice trims too!

Margaret said...

Love all the yummy reds! Beautiful stitching! I'm going to have to check out that trim shop -- nice stuff! Nice HDF threads too!

Nancy said...

What a gorgeous post Faye! I really love your red samplers, and I think I may have to start one myself very soon! I love stitching in red. Also, the items from the Victorian Motto are wonderful. I especially like the chenille trims! May have to try those some day soon too. You have received so many lovely things.

Deb said...

All the wonderful red samplers. I just love the different shades if your pieces! Just stunning. And I love the Victorian Motto shop. They've gotten a little bit of cash off of me recently. Love all those trims!

From the Heart Needleart said...

Your red sampler piece is gorgeous. Love the silks!!

Carol said...

I'm amazed that you're finished with not only "In Her World" but also another red sampler, Faye... Both are just lovely. So many different colors of red silk--did you have a favorite?

Congratulations on your silks win from Danielle--what fun you'll have with them!

Theresa said...

Love your red works!!!!! Both of them are soooo beautiful~~~~~~~ And all the goodies?! Hum.... Might have to go check the website out and do some shopping....

Karen said...

They both look lovely Faye! I did pull out my In Her World and started stitching on her again. but nowhere close as finished. LOL you are just too super fast. LOL what lovely threads you got can't wait to see what you come up with. hugs

Fiona said...

Both your samplers are gorgeous, and all the reds are very pretty. I order some trims from Victorian Motto Sampler too, and agree that they are fantastic. Danielle surely was generous and I look forward to seeing more of your finished projects.

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness! I love your practice sampler--how neat to see all those various reds, each one of them gorgeous in their own right. Love the sampler finish, too!

Kathy said...

Love your practice piece! What a great idea to use all the different shades of red. Love your red sampler too.

Lee said...

Your sampler idea was so interesting and well thought out. And I love the AMAP piece, too. Reds will always be beautiful...

FIONA said...

Faye what a beautiful post of even more beautiful red red red things! What lovely gestures are the giveaways! How nice are stitchers all around the world??? I'm blessed to call many of them "friends"! Happy stitching always and keep producing beautiful and inspirational work for us all to admire. Divine!

Myra said...

My eyes are about to pop out just looking at all this red beauty! Your stitching is just gorgeous. I am pondering an order from Victorian Motto, just need to gather the bucks. LOL I love HDF silk and those are such pretty colors.

Cardygirl said...

Your samplers are stunning...red is so lovely in stitching.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your band sampler is gorgeous, Faye! You did such a good job - I'm impressed! Love your little French sampler, too and oh, those trims - YUM!!!

Blu said...

Your band sampler looks awesome! Love all the reds!

Karen said...

How pretty your band sampler is! I am trying so hard to resist the Victorian Motto stuff... you are making it very very hard!!!!

Glad you had a great week off....happy stitching...

Lisa V said...

I adore your red sampler, what a lovely design.
LISA V

Ellen said...

Gorgeous! Love all the red silks!

Hugs,

Lynn said...

Oh Faye, that practice sampler is incredible! All those reds are so pretty! Now I'm off to check out the Victorian Motto goodies.

Berit said...

Ooh! I am IN LOVE with your practice sampler! Gorgeous!

Beth said...

Fantabulous stitching! I really love the In Her World sampler - I am becoming a fan of these all one color pieces - very striking. I am so glad that you won Danielle's giveaway - you will be able to do so much with those fibers. I think I have gone to the Victorian Motto site 10 times drooling, and trying to rationalize a major purchase there. My real problem is deciding what of all those goodies to choose. I want them all - LOL!

Jennifer said...

Your band sampler is AMAZING! Next thing you know, you will be designing! Love it, love it, love it!

Jackie said...

Beautiful Red Band Sampler Faye. Love all the luscious goodies you have. Beautiful. Continue to inspire.
Hugs.

Le blog de marylin and poussy said...

oh my god your stitches are so beautiful! what talent is absolutely wonderful! all these are just wonderful red son! bravo to you my friend, I am always impressed by your embroidery speed, you had to have American Needle Embroidery turbo! very very fast !!!!!!!!
I embrace you and send you my sincere friendship

Giovanna said...

Beautiful stitching and lovely reds!

Sally said...

Oh wow all those reds are simply gorgeous!

Love those trims from Victorian Motto.

Linda said...

Great job as always. The Victorian Motto items are fantastic - I know this first hand as I am a frequent buyer from her, lol. Love in her world stitched on the design. This is kitted in my to do pile. Glad you had a stitchy break.

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching as always, Faye!!

Happy Stitchin'
Terri

Nicole said...

Faye!! Your sampler is beautiful! I love all the different red silks!! I also love the other red sampler you stitched - you are on a roll! :)

Kielrain said...

I love all those reds and silks. mmmm.

Andrea said...

Gorgeous band sampler, along with the other red piece. Your stash haul is all quite beautiful.

woolwoman said...

what a yummy post Faye - I love your "in her world" finish - I must order that chart - I had never heard of Victorian Motto before so i am pleased to be introduced to a source like that - enjoy playing with your experimental red band sampler - it looks wonderful.
Melody

Tatkis said...

Your silk band sampler is soooo beautiful! And your finished red sampler is adorable - love the girl!
And congrats with your new stash :)

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Suzanne said...

Oooh what lucious red silks and I really love your band sampler. The redwork sampler is lovely as well. Great stash you have there and a fantastic array of HDF.

Anne said...

Your band sampler is beautiful and lusciously red!! I'm a bit obsessed with the French reds too. Can't wait to try some out. The specialty stitches are lovely and what a great way to showcase what you've learned!