Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Thank you, my dear blogging friends. You guys are just the BEST people. I texted that little blog post a few minutes before we went in a restaurant to eat dinner. By the time we came back out, I had so many nice comments, replies and offers of help. My husband couldn't believe it. I explained to him that is just the way the stitching blogging community is... kind people.

Thanks to Tanya and Natalie, I was happily stitching Sarah Woodham last night. My progress is not picture worthy so I will save that for another day, but I was so glad to be able to start it. I have been "obsessing" over it for a few weeks now. LOL!

I also appreciate Margaret being willing to help, and the kind comments from Lainey, Jackie, Cari, and Carol. ALL of you are the sweetest. :)

I was feeling the gratitude today... just wanted you to know. :)

The silk threads for this are just beautiful. This sampler would not have caught my eye had I not seen it being stitched on blogs, completed and in process.

I am a little concerned, however, about stitching with the Belle Soie Sister Scarlet. I have had that thread to lightly bleed on my fabric when stitching with it before. I would hate to put all this time, money, and effort into this and that happen. I am not sure what to do, if anything, about it. Do any of you ever run your threads through cold water first? I am wondering how this affects the color and luster, or if that would even be a recommended practice for silk?

I am looking so forward to my stitching time with Sarah again tonight. But in order to make that happen, there are chores to be done. :)

Have a great evening!

Monday, April 19, 2010

I need some help. I received my Sarah Woodham chart, fabric, and threads today in the mail. Unfortunately, the very last page of the chart that has the symbol/thread key is missing. The LNS is mailing that too me, but I would really like to put some stitches in tonight. If you have Sarah Woodham and would be willing to help me, I would greatly appreciate it! I want to start the border and need to know what threads are designated to the following symbols:

If you would be willing to comment or email me, I would be very appreciative. :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Going Frog Hunting....

I have been happily stitching along on Snow Garden from BBD's Anniversaries of the Heart series. I was even optimistic that I would have a completed first section to show on my blog this weekend. I was rounding the last corner of the two shades of white (!) border when I realized that the stitches were not meeting like they were supposed to. I recounted several times. Everything appeared to be as charted. Then I realized that I was down a row too far. I discovered the mistake at the top of the left side of the border. One tiny stitch too many....
Nothing sends a project to the bottom of the WIP pile faster than a frog on the loose.

Here's the offending portion....

Normally, I would just fudge it and move on. But with this being a multi-part project, the borders need to be uniform, so I will be picking out the border and making the necessary corrections. I think I will go ahead and get the frogging over with tonight and then put this one to rest for a few days and let my frustration ease a bit. LOL!

I finally succumbed to temptation this morning and ordered this (and all the silks and the fabric)....

Isn't she beautiful!!!! I have been drooling over this on so many blogs lately... check here, here, here, and here just to name a few.... (If you notice a lot of visitor activity from Kentucky, ladies, it's just me stalking Sarah Woodham! LOL!). I can't wait to get this in the mail next week and get started. When you think about a certain design so much, surely you are meant to just stitch it already, right? :)

My spring break is coming to an end. Back to work on Monday. It has been a great week though. We went with my parents to Pigeon Forge for a few days (and stash shopping at Dixie Darlin'... more to come next post), celebrated 14 years of marriage on Tuesday, spent some time relaxing and stitching, got a major haircut (went from long shoulder length hair to short...love it).... all in all a really good week. 7 weeks of school left until summer break. This year has went by so fast. I am glad in a way and sad in a way. I will love being off for awhile this summer and all the fun that we have planned, but it also means that my second grader will now be a third grader and that just doesn't seem possible.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hope you have some sunshine. It is a lovely sunny 70 degrees here today, and Jake is having so much fun playing basketball outside with some other boys from the neighborhood.