Saturday, September 8, 2012

A finish, a beginning and a find.....oh my!

First off I'd like to thank those stitchers who are helping me stay true to my diet.  Truth be told, I did go to my LNS this morning to pick up some Anchor floss and I had ordered the new ornament issue way back when so I had to pay for that.  I figure since it was on order before I started my diet, I was okay with purchasing it.  I think the ladies at the LNS were quite surprised over how little I purchased today.  If I had told them why, I know they would of gotten a chuckle over it.....Barbara not buying stash....yeah right!
My finish is this sweet little Halloween pin pillow that worked up so quickly.  Like I had posted earlier, I used the new Sullivan's black on this and I was quite surprised by it.  It didn't tangle at all....came out of the skein with ease.....and covered the 28ct. linen very nicely.  One thing I have against it.  I was mistaken about it being made in Mexico....I have no idea where I got that info....but it's really made in China.  Now I've bought things made in China before....who hasn't....but I don't think I would trust them with my needlework threads.  They say they are colorfast but as far as I'm concerned, no thread is colorfast and this one is no different.  I used the black on this but I think I'll go back to using my silk whenever I need to use black.  It's called The Halloween Pin Garden and it was designed by Raise The Roof Designs.  I stitched it on 28ct. Orange Jazlyn and then added beads around the outside.
My next start is a BBD design called Quaker Garden.  I'm going to stitch it on something a little different.  The checked fabric you see is 32ct. Murano Vichy and the only place I have found it is The Threadbasket.  You can see her website by clicking on the sign over on the right.  I'm going to be stitching this with a variety of silks.....Silk N'Colors, Waterlillies, Dinky Dyes and HDF.  I think this is going to be alot of fun and I'll post a picture after I get some of it stitched so you can see how it looks on this fabric.  I can't wait......
And my find of the week is this beautiful crocheted doily.  I stop in at my community thrift store at least once every 2 weeks and I came across this in a bin.  Total cost = $1.95 and it measures 19 inches across.  I soaked it over night in a weak solution of clorox and water and then left it to air dry on top of some towels.  I love finding needlework like this that can be saved and enjoyed for many years to come.  Doilies have always played a soft spot in my heart because my Mother always used them and I grew up appreciating them.  This one will have a place of honor on top of my antique sewing table.

Well that's all for now.  Thank you for all your nice comments and for enjoying Wanting More Stash and Never Enough Stash.  I think it would be nice if we posted about them on any message boards we belong to and maybe grab the button at the top right of this page and post it somewhere on your blog.  I'd love to get more stitchers interested in these and have everyone enjoy buying, selling and trading.
I'm working on a SAL and I'm having trouble with it.  I don't want to give out too much info but I hopefully will have a post about it sometime next week.  I'm going to need help on this one ladies and I'm going to ask all of you to put your heads together.  Enough said for now....
I hope all of you are having a fabulous weekend so far and that alot of stitches are placed in fabric.
Blessings as always,


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a cute little ornie, I love black on orange.

Interesting to hear your thoughts on Sullivans too. Which black thread do you usually use for 28 count? I find DMC doesn't cover well and would love to find a reasonably priced alternative!

natalyK said...

Love Quaker Garden by BBD. I think your fabric and threads choices are lovely and I can't wait to watch the progress. I have been on the hunt for this chart for quite some time.

marly said...

What a darling pillow and thanks for the thread info. I have so many doilies and dresser scarves from family and shops. And I don't even use them!

Barb said...

What a cute Halloween pillow! The Quaker one will be so pretty with the colors you have chosen. Thanks for the info on the threads.

Annette-California said...

Halloween ornament is very pretty. Lovely bead work you added. BBD Quaker Garden is beautiful. I wondered where to buy that checked fabric. I've seen many ladies with French blogs stitch on it and it looks wonderful. The threads you selected are great. Love your crocheted doily. I have had lots of fun on Never Enough Stash. Love the charts I have picked up from the blog site. Thank you so much Annette

cucki said...

Halloween pillow is so cute..
The Quaker garden is very pretty too
Happy stitching xxx

Marilyn said...

The pincushion is cute.
Love the fabric color.
I can't wait to see Quaker Garden on that fabric.

Maggee said...

I tried stitching Quaker Garden on waterlily fabric but it just didn't look right. Searching for just the right fabric. I look forward to seeing how yours looks on the fabric you have chosen. Something new! Hugs!

Simple Pleasure said...

I, too, love to rescue crocheted doiles from tag sales and thrift doesn't matter that I have two cedar chests filled with works from family members!
You are doing a great job on your "diet" BUT keep this in mind...YOU CAN BE ON A DIET AND STILL READ THE MENU!!!!!!!
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

Gabi said...

What a darling little cushion. Congrats on finishing it. Love your upcoming new start and looking forward to see it growing.

Catherine said...

What a cute finish! And love your next start ~ can't wait to see it on that fabric!

Tatkis said...

Such a cute Halloween garden! And lovely finish too! Good luck with your diet and your new start :)


Mindi said...

I love the fabric and floss you've chosen for Quaker Garden. I started it years ago and just wasn't happy with what I'd chosen, and ended up trashing the start (actually I think I just frogged it). Would you mind sharing your silk conversion? I probably have quite a few of the colors in my stash.

Oh, and not to be left out, I love the Halloween pincushion finish. It looks like you did a fabulous beaded edge finish with some loops in the corner.

Carol said...

Such an adorable Halloween finish, Barbara! I really love that orange fabric...I've never tried Sullivan's threads, so it's good to have a recommendation from you.

Love your doily find, too--I just received several that were my grandmothers and I'm thrilled :)

Sally said...

Love your Halloween ornament.

Looking forward to seeing your new start. I really like the checked fabric.

That crocheted doily is really pretty.