A Stitch in Time*

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Picture is Worth How Many Words?

I wish I had some stitching news, but I don't! Instead, I would like to share some photos we took recently.

First of all, it's been so HOT that we were fortunate enough to capture with our camera a hawk standing on our driveway. He was drinking water from our neighbor's sprinklers, and also reaching out to enjoy the sprinkler mist.

We live in an urban area, so we're always a bit surprised to see hawks near us.

Hawk Enjoying Sprinklers

Hawk Catching Sprinkler Water on a HOT Day

The other evening we drove to a park near my mother's house and took some photos of the sunset. I really love the colors in these! Sadly there is smoke in the air with fires burning some 25 miles away from where we took the photos, so that makes the sunset's colors especially orange.




I love this one:
Sunset View

Before sunset, and the smoke is visible:

Fire Clouds Before Sunset

One more with smoky clouds:

Sunset and Fire Clouds

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Framed Sampler!

Life has gotten extremely busy. After a fairly lazy summer, I'm preparing for another school year. I had to move to a different classroom this year, so it has meant a bit more work in getting ready. School does not start for a few weeks yet, but there is much to do before it can be a smooth start.

On a happy note, I got my sampler back from the framer! I took it to my most local needlework shop, and I am so thrilled with the results. I chose to not mat the piece, and I also chose a wood color that was a bit lighter than I'd anticipated but seemed to go best with the tones of the piece.

Here it is:

Framed House and Garden Sampler

A close-up of one side:

Close-up of Framed Sampler

I hung it on the wall between or kitchen and family room, and it seems to look all right there.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Great to Be Home

We're back from another trip to visit my husband and also my aunt in the midwest.

It was a great trip, but it's good to be home.

I have some old stitching and fun stuff about the trip to share, but I'll have to do that later.

Again, it's great to be back! I've missed reading all your blogs, haven't been online in a week.

Until Later... a photo of another beautiful Minnesota sunset-

Minnesota Sunset


Monday, August 10, 2009

Wedding Ring Bouquet WIP

I've been working on a project I started about six years ago. I actually started it 'on a whim'. I had the 22 count hardanger in a drawer, and I'd bought Paula Vaughan's pattern at a close-out sale somewhere. It's her "Wedding Ring Bouquet".

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It looks like I'm close to being done, but the work goes slowly since it's being done on 22 count fabric and in parts there are lots of color changes.

I apologize for the color quality of the fabric. It's an ecru color and not green as it appears in the photo.

Here it is with some small scissors, so you can see the size of the entire design:
WIP Wedding Ring Bouquet - on 22 count hardanger fabric

A few more views:

WIP Wedding Ring Bouquet- on 22 count hardanger fabric

Close-up of Wedding Ring Bouquet WIP on 22 count fabric

I wish I had more time to work on this one, and get it done.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I stitched a bit on Paula Vaughan's Wedding Ring Bouquet. I'll post some pictures in a few days. The ones I have now are far too green tinged, for some reason.

Vonna, I am sorry about the sweatshirt statement I made in the last post. I wasn't very clear! I meant there was a time that they were enormously popular here in our very warm area. It was at the time everyone was painting on them, and adding appliques. We wear them still, of course, but not like we did in the 90s. I have a few but I rarely wear them as it's just never cold enough here to warrant one.


I really love the photo sharing site called Flickr. If you haven't looked at it ever, take a peek. My photos were moved there automatically when Yahoo Photos shut down a few years ago, and I've been posting our photos there ever since.

I love to choose favorite photos on Flickr. Tonight I made this collage at a site called Big Huge Labs. The collage is made up of just a few of my hundreds of favorite photos. These are pictures of places I'd like to go or see, places I've been, or just beautiful places. The young lady is also from one of my favorite Flickr photos, and I just love how she's making a wish. If you wish to see more about the photo, click on the collage and you'll get the link to the page it came from as it's shown right below the photo. (Wow, that was way too wordy.
I 'm sorry.) Thanks to all who took these photos!

Collage of Beautiful Images- From My Favorites on Flickr

One more collage to share:
This is a small pile of photos I've taken of stitching I've done over the years, and also some of the threads I use.

Needlework Collage

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Lost and Found Stitching

Don't you just love finding a lost treasure? Well, to me it's a treasure although I'm sure to many it wouldn't qualify as such.

When I don't have to trudge off to work every day, I like to spend some time organizing our house a tiny bit. I started the other day in some different rooms, but today I tackled our very old dresser. I've had this dresser for a very long time, so you can imagine how things just kind of find their way in there so easily.

So today I was very happy to find an old finished crosstitched piece in one of the larger drawers. It was tucked away and quite hidden under lots of other old things.

I'd stitched a Frankie Buckley design on the sweatshirt, and it was a design I got from the old "For the Love of Crosstitch" magazine. This was when sweatshirts were popular, and especially ones that were crafted up with some sort of homespun touch. I made it around 1993, I think, for my Mother-in-law. She passed away a long time ago just after I stitched it, and the sweatshirt was passed back to me. I'd hidden it away so carefully that I couldn't even find it! It was my first waste canvas project, and I've done very few since then.

Here are some photos of it:

Sweatshirt - Waste Canvas Crosstitch

Bead and Crosstitch Heart - Waste Canvas

Waste Canvas Work-Sweatshirt

Close-up of Waste Canvas Work on Sweatshirt

Bead and Crosstitch Heart- Waste Canvas

I really don't know what to do with the sweatshirt, so I think I'll tuck it away again for more long term safekeeping. If it fit me, I'd wear it on Valentine's Day. Maybe.