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40 Count Linen??? I’m BLIND!!

HI  y’all.  I have been working on an order for a customer who requested the design be stitched on 40 (yes, I wrote 40) count linen.  For those of you who may not be familiar with working on linen, this means that there are 40 threads to an inch of fabric. Now, I’ve worked on linen for years but never 40 count.  So, I bravely purchased the material, sat down in my sewing chair, turned on every light that I possibly could so the area would be as bright as possible.  And I began…stitch, stitch, stitch, oh wait a minute, that doesn’t look right, rip, rip, rip…Start over.  And so goes my project on 40 count linen.  It has been a slow go, but I have to admit that I do like the look of it.  It is very prim looking, especially since only one thread of floss is being used.  I’m not sure that I would agree to make a project on 40 count again because it is very time consuming.  I would make something for myself, but not as an order.  😉

So, what are YOU working on?  I’m not a big fan of summer themed stitches.  I lean more toward fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter and Christmas.  If I start now, I may have something stitched for all the girls in my family.  That’s the plan anyway. I found some absolutely lovely formal Christmas themed stitches that I really want to make for one of my daughters-in-law.  I have to make that a priority.  There is nothing prim about it, but she isn’t really the prim type anyway.  So, I have a full plate, for sure.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Take a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have gone before you, especially our service men and women. If you love your freedom, thank a veteran.

Until next time.

Be kind to each other.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler

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MORE Organizing?? But MOM!!!!

Hi everyone.  I’ve been blogging about being organized when working on needle art projects.  I stumbled across the most beautiful needle keep EVER (in my very humble opinion).  Now as you know, I am usually drawn to prim designs but this caught my eye and immediately ‘spoke to me’.

lace needlebook. Isn’t it the most beautiful needle book you have ever seen?

I love everything about it…the lace, the vintage feel….everything.

Little known fact:  did you know that needle keeps are also called ‘huswif’.  You can buy patterns to make your own on Etsy as well as huswifs that are ready-made.  My idea is to use vintage handkerchiefs and incorporate them into my huswif.  I will be sure to post a picture when I finish it.

This post will be short this time because of the holiday.  So, until next time, and, as always, be kind to each other.

Peace and all good things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler

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More organizing? But MOM!!!

I know, I know.  Few of us like to spend valuable stitching time working on organizing BUT I have found the most beautiful needle book ever.   And here it is:

lace needlebook.  Isn’t it gorgeous??  Now, I can see myself taking time to make this . I love everything about it, the lace, the vintage look…all of it.  Now, you know that I primarily focus on prim patterns but this one ‘spoke’ to me.

Little known fact.  Did you know that these needle books are also called ‘huswif’.  There are several patterns available on Etsy if you want to try your hand at making one yourself.  There are also completed needle books available on that site as well.

My own idea is to use vintage handkerchiefs and incorporate them into a huswif.  When I get mine finished, I’ll be sure to post a picture for you.

This is going to be a short post because of the holiday.

Peace and all good things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler

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I cannot count my day complete til needle, thread, and fabric meet….

Good morning, my dear friends.

The heading of this blog really struck home with me.  If I don’t have the opportunity to stitch daily, I find some time, at a minimum, to at least THINK about stitching….what will my next project be, what will I design next, what colors and types of threads will I use, which fabric, what will be gifts for loved ones, and the list goes on and on and on….

I guess one could say that I am obsessed with this art.  I admit that is true, otherwise, I wouldn’t take away from valuable stitching time to write this blog, encouraging you to pick up a needle and give it a try. It is that important to me.  I hope as  I stitch that I am creating future heirlooms for my family to cherish long after I am gone.

Organization is key to prevent yourself from being frustrated as you stitch. One of the things that I struggled with were my needles. I had a hard time keeping my needles organized. I misplaced them, I forget what needle I used on what material, and, oh, where did I put that tiny little beading needle?  BUT, fellow stitchers, there is a solution for this! It’s called a needle book and I stumbled across this really lovely one.  button button
This is called Button, Button by With Thy Needle and Thread.  When it is opened, you will find, soft fabric pages for you to store and arrange your needles.  Isn’t it beautiful and so practical?

The other thing I think is important is to make sure you have the right tools.  Don’t try to cut your beautiful threads with your kitchen shears.  😉  Buy yourself some FUN embroidery scissors.  There are many choices out there.  This happens to be the one that I chose.     embroidery scissors1 Look closely in the center and you will see a little rabbit.  I think they are so sweet and make me smile.  I have a collection of embroidery scissors but these are the ones that I reach for first.

And because I am writing about staying organized, I am giving you a pattern to make a Pin Keep (pincushion), courtesy of Threadwork Primitives.  I am including the colors called for by the designer, but you can make it your own by using whatever colors work for your decor.  🙂  Hope you like it.

Pin Keep

P=Apple Cider by Gentle Arts     I=Blacksmith Blue by Crescent Colors      N=Havanna by Weeks Dye Works

And that’s what this is all about.  Smiling, enjoying what you are doing, and filling that creative void that most of us stitchers have.

Until next time.

As always, be kind to each other.  Peace and all good things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler

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Spring Messenger

Good Afternoon, y’all.

Yesterday I went to my local needlearts to shop for a piece of linen.  Ninety minutes and $105 latter, I returned to my car.  Now that was either a very expensive piece of linen OR I bought not only the linen but some of the latest patterns and needfuls.  (HINT:  it was the latter). Actually, I am surprised I stopped at only $105 , but my very dear friend comes to visit me every summer for about a week, and we always plan to spend an entire day at this shop.  That being said, I decided I should should save some of my purchases for her visit.  I can’t promise that I won’t be back before she visits but I will try.   😉

I just finished this piece called Spring Messenger.  Spring Messenger

This is a design by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Now, I don’t normally stitch birds (with the exception, of course, of blackbirds) but this one really caught my eye.  I love the soft colors. One of these days, I’ll figure out how to take a picture that needs a flash so the flash doesn’t show up in the picture.  GEEZ.  This is now included in my Etsy shop, PrincessPeddler.

What?? ANOTHER freebie, you say??  How can that be???  From the kindness of some of our most talented designers is how we get these.  So, for those of you who don’t want to be bogged down by a big project during these wonderful summer months, here is a little project so you can get your ‘stitch fix’.  🙂

Heart

Until next time.  Be kind to one another.

Peace and all good things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler