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....
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..
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!
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
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~~