Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some updates and a little giveaway

This has been a terrible two weeks for me.  Last week I woke up with a summer cold and it really whipped my butt.  I don't know if it's my age or what, but colds seem to get me down harder and for a longer period of time than what they use to.  Today was the first day I left my house for any period of time since last week.  
Infact the morning after my DH bought me my embroidery machine, I was sick.  I can only speak for myself but when I'm sick nothing sticks in the old brain so needless to say I didn't get to play with my new toy very much.  I tried reading the books but nothing made any sense.  Below you will see what I finally was able to stitch.  I thought I would use it in my SAL book as a name plate of sorts.  I used the rayon thread for the purple flower and regular sewing thread for my initials.  It was fun and amazing to watch how the machine does this.  I've seen them in stores sewing of course, but it's different when you've told the machine what to do and actually have it turn out right.  LOL
 As always when I'm sick I really don't feel like doing anything that doesn't involve my pillow so not much stitching was accomplished these last 2 weeks.  But what I was able to do was my January page for the SAL.  If you would like to see some of the covers that stitchers have come up with, click on the link over to the right.
 I wanted to be able to let the stitchers know who are going to participate that wool felt works great for your pages.   For my two designs and techniques, I crocheted a little medallion and cross stitched a new design put out by the Trilogy.  More on this design later......
I used 100 weight silk thread to sew my pieces to the wool felt and it worked out just great.  The 100 weight is about the thickness of a piece of hair and makes almost invisible stitches.  I used a color that matches the page which I highly recommend.  Also when you stitch your pieces to the page, only pick up a few fibers of the wool felt....do not go thru the entire thickness.  This makes the stitches invisible on the opposite side of the page which you will be using for the following month.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.

Now about that darling little new pattern by the Trilogy.  Let's have a simple little giveaway and pass this along to someone who would like to stitch this.  Maybe that person could pass it along again and let this little bird fly all over the place.  If you are interested in receiving this little chart, please leave a comment to this post only and I'll have a drawing on Sunday during the Nascar race.  They are at one of my favorite tracks this weekend....Talladega....and I will be cheering for Dale Jr to win another race there.
I hope all of you have been of good health and are getting lots of stitchie time in and until next time....
Have a Blessed Day,
Barbara

17 comments:

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

your emboidery machine sounds like it could be a lot of fun - i would love a chance to stitch your cute little birdie and then let it fly on to the next person - hope your feeling all better - hugs and stitches, Amanda

stitcheranon said...

I would love to enter. I added a thinner felt to my wool felt page because I wanted a big and bulky olde-worlde treasure trove book and yes, the felt is wonderful. I love your embroidery..not sure hubby will fork out for a machine for me to do my journal though. Maybe if I beg rofl?? Your book is looking wonderful xx

Lisa V said...

That little birdie is very cute, I would love the chance to stitch him and pass him along.
Thanks

Krista said...

Hi Barbara, Glad you are feeling better. I also had that wicked cold and it kicked my butt too!
Love your new finish, a sweet birdie design. Would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks so much.

Redrodi56 said...

Morning Barbara, Happy you are feeling better but sadly I think you passed it onto me.
Your stitched piece combines two of my favorites - birds and red - whats not to love about that? Would love a chance to win and set her free again. Thank you ;-)

Vickie said...

Hi Barbara. I am sorry you were ill. I am sure Vallie helped. ;) I am going to pass on the birdie, I just have too much waiting already. Just wanted to say "Take care."

Maggee said...

Nice stitching with the embroidery machine! Good start! LOVE the red bird chart by Trilogy and would love to be entered to stitch it and pass it on! Fun! Hugs!

cucki said...

Hi dear Glad you are feeling better.
Love your new finish, a sweet birdie ..please count me in too..i so much wanted to stitch it..
hugs cucki xxx

lynda said...

that little birdie is on my wish list...I would love a chance and will pass it along as well. Glad you are feeling better!

Lida said...

Oh please let it fly to Holland and I would be happy to let I fly all over the world! Love it!
Greetings
Lida

Lisa Clarke said...

I would love to stitch and send this pattern! It's so cute! Thanks for the giveaway - I may have to have one on my little blog, too. Hugs,
Lisa C.

marly said...

Thank you very much but please do not enter me. Your embroidery is perfection! Was there every any doubt? So sorry you were ill, hope that it for the season.

Lynn said...

Sorry to hear you were ill. I hope you're feeling 100% better now!
What an adorable little bird! You've done a great job stitching him and I love how you've incorporated it into your January page. Wonderful!
I would dearly love to be included in the draw for this little bird. Please include me. Thanks!

Catherine said...

Sorry to hear you have had a rough time ~ I do hope you are feeling better! Cute birdie, but I'll pass at the moment, I have so many things on my to do list ~ maybe I can catch u with it later if it is passed on again!

Mit Kreative Liv said...

I love the sweet red bird,and would love to be entered to stitch it and pass it on,
Anni

Caitlin Jordan said...

Wow your book looks awesome! it makes me want to join the Sal but I don't know how to go about it. that and I would need time. I will have to think about it :D

Kate said...

I hope you are feeling better. I would love a chance to stitch this cute bird.