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No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow…

Welcome, Spring.

In just a few short weeks, winter will be behind us and we can enjoy the flowers blooming, birds singing, sunlit days, and perhaps a change in what we stitch.  Maybe something a little lighter, perhaps?

I am ready to start some smaller projects such as pinkeeps, pillow tucks and the like.  I don’t want to commit to a big project when summer is such a busy time for my family.

I am almost finished with my Christmas projects and will take all three to be framed at the same time.  Oh, wait.  There’s four.  So, if I don’t stitch anything else between now and Christmas, I have enough stitched gifts for those who I enjoy making gifts.  Hopefully, I can make more, but at least the pressure is off.  🙂

I found this  lovely spring themed stitchery that I would love to share with you, generously gifted by e-subrosa.  I love just about anything with bunnies and plan on stitching this one, also.  I will post a picture when I have it finished.  I’d love to see your finishes, too.  It’s always fun to see others interpretation of the same design, their choice of fabric, threads, and finishing technique. I hope you enjoy this pattern. It’s not so big as to be overwhelming. I picture it as a lovely pinkeep in a pretty basket but let your imagination run wild! (well, as wild as a counted cross stitch pattern with bunnies on it can be.  Ha! ha!)

Remember, right click, copy, and then paste into another screen  with the program open that you want to use to print your pattern.

welcome spring

 

Oh, and I don’t want to forget about St. Patrick’s Day when we all are a little bit Irish.  I am happy to claim being of Irish heritage.

 

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And I will leave you this time with this Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Until next time, be kind to each other.

Kim

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand, lovely and chaste like snow white sand….

Welcome, dear stitchers.  I am so glad you stopped by today.  I have what I believe to be an extra special free pattern for you.  But let’s get to some housekeeping first.

Soooo, have you been stitching at least weekly?  What are your projects?  I would love to hear about them, and even SEE pictures of them .  This is my latest project.  I believe I mentioned in an earlier post that I am working on Christmas projects so as to not be totally panicked when the holiday approaches and I’m not finished.You stitchers know what I mean.  It can be be just a little stressful!  You think??   The wrinkles you see are from the hoop I use and these will press out by ironing on the wrong side of the fabric when my project is complete.

HINT:  To avoid pesky fold lines in your fabric, when you take your work off the hoop, roll it into a tube instead of folding it.   Fold lines are a little more difficult to iron out.

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Does this inspire you to pick up your needle?  I truly hope so.

Since we are in the throes of yet another polar vortex (seriously, I feel as if I have moved to Siberia.  ENOUGH, already!), I thought that today’s free chart should be snow related.  I found this adorable needlework project, courtesy of Patrick’s Woods.  THANK YOU, Patrick’s Woods.  It is truly lovely.

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Now this pattern can be just stitched and framed or finished as pictured above and used as a lovely sewing bag.

The model is stitched on 35 count linen and uses 1 strand of floss. The finished design size is 6″ x 2.75″.  If you choose to make it into a sewing bag, the designer ironed (or sewed) interface lining to the back of the stitched piece. Cut a piece of black wool the size of your stitching, adding an extra 1/4″ to the bottom and and extra 1.5″ to the top, if you are going to add the scallops.  Press 1/8″ of the top under and sew.   Now, turn right sides together and sew the sides and bottom, being sure to leave the extra 1/4″ on the bottom free. When you turn the right side out, you should have the 1/4″ wool showing at the bottom.  Using decorative scissors,cut across the wool.  Making a template for however you choose to finish the top (scallops or other design), pin the template and cut. Embellish how you like.  Voila!  Beautiful!

Here’s the chart for the design.Use the threads of your choice.**

chart bag

This would be lovely as a pinkeep also.

**The year on this is 2013.  You may want to change it to a ‘6’ that will be really easy.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and remember, let me know what you are working on!  Stay tuned for more primitive stitching inspirations or just an escape from your day to day duties.

Be kind to each other.

Kim

 

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My Heart for You, My Valentine True….

Ahhhh, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Our family doesn’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day as a holiday, but more of a ‘hey, I just want to tell you that I love you’ kind of thing.  It is kind of nice, though, to have an excuse to dress up in something red and sparkly and go to dinner with your significant other and family, especially in the middle of winter.

I have been voraciously stitching on a Christmas (yes, you read that correctly) project since the first of the year.  I’m trying to prevent the inevitable problem of having more stitching than time to finish a project at the holidays.   I see so many lovely spring and fall projects that I reach for, then remind myself to look at the pile of patterns in my sewing basket that have been earmarked for this person or that person, and make myself put them down.  It is a challenge for me, for sure.  I love looking at all the beautiful creations of these talented artists and just feel ‘called’ to start stitching every one of them.  Perhaps I’m under some kind of spell.  Oh, wait, that’s for Halloween!  🙂

I’ve found a small Valentine’s Day stitch that I believe you will enjoy.  I picture it on a 28 ct tea dyed linen  with a gorgeous Valdani red thread,  but stitch it in the manner that speaks to you.

 

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So, dear stitchers, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Be kind to each other.  Until next time.

Kim

 

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

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It’s a PERFECT day to stay inside and work on your latest needlework project.  It is ridiculously cold outside today.  Wind chills of -17 degrees.  I really don’t remember moving to the arctic.  🙂   I took a shower, put on clean jammies, made a cup of tea, lit a fire,  grabbed  my latest stitching project (picture above), and will not move for the rest of the day!

Today’s blog will be short and sweet.  I’m including a free chart that would make an adorable pinkeep and just seemed appropriate for today.

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The design was donated by a German designer Krissy Cross (what an adorable name!) .

Another design donated by Krissy is this small Valentine themed stitch, for those of you

who are ready to start Valentine projects.  Hope you enjoy the charts.

Valentine

Stay warm and remember, be kind to each other.

Peace and all good things.

Kim

 

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Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?

Here we are, looking at the end of another year and welcoming the hope and anticipation of a new year.  I hope the new year brings you all love and most importantly, the gift of peace.

So, what are your stitching plans for 2016?  I have taken the opportunity during these last few days to dig through my stash and see what wonderful patterns that have yet to be stitched.  I divided them into two piles – one that absolutely MUST be stitched this year, and the other pile was ‘if I get to it, I’ll stitch it.’  You may want to think about the same thing.  It’s easy to get discouraged when you look at all the patterns purchased with truly good intentions of stitching them as soon as you get home, but, then, life gets in the way, doesn’t it?  I would suggest to choose the projects that really ‘speak’ to you and start with those.  But they ALL speak to you, you say. You wouldn’t have bought them if they didn’t, right?  That is a process that you are going to have deal with .  Surely, some of them are more important to you than orders.

My plan for 2016 is to try to make homemade gifts for my family for Christmas.  I stumbled across an article yesterday that really struck home.  If you take the time (and often, it’s LOTS of time) in creating a homemade gift for someone, make sure that it will be appreciated  by the recipient. Few things are as distressing to find your lovely stitchery completed on 28 count linen, using your beloved Valdani threads not being displayed, even though they claimed to ‘love’ it.   So, let that be a note to self.   They are crossed off the list for future handmade gifts such as this.  Don’t get me wrong, still give them a gift, just not one that you lovingly made with your hands.  My two cents worth.

So, that being said, my gift to you.  I have included in this post a freebie designed and graciously donated by Notforgotten Farms.  This is a chart called ‘I Live in a Little House’.   This is a small stitch that would make a lovely pinkeep or ornie.

(Pssssst….next post I’ll put some instructions on how to fill your ornie with a fragrance.  Yummy!)

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Remember right click, Save As, save it in a place on your computer that is easy for you to find.  I haven’t included floss suggestions because I want you to use your own creativity.  I hope you enjoy stitching this.

 

Until next time, peace and all good things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The kings they came from out the south, and dressed in ermin fine….

This is the first line of the poem Christmas Carol, by Sara Teasdale.  I have always loved Christmas and most of us think that is the case with everyone.  But, sadly, this isn’t the case.  There are many of our fellow brothers and sister who look upon this holiday with dread for many reasons.  It could be because their loved ones are gone, they have no one to celebrate the season with, they are homeless and cold and hungry, unemployed, and the list goes on.  I would like to ask each of you to always, but particularly during this holiday season, to make a difference in someone’s life.  A smile, help where and when you are able, and  help people remember why we celebrate this wonderful season.

Remember to whom much is given, much is expected.

Now, I  promised on my Facebook page a free pattern to help you keep busy during this holiday season.  Hah, you say?  Like you need something to keep you busy?  But a promise is a promise, right?    🙂  Remember to right click,  copy, then paste into either Paint Shop, word, or excel.

This is a lovely pattern called Woodland Deer designed and graciously donated by Lori Brechlin.

NL Woodland Deer - Nan Lewis

And here is the second one call Christmas ornie, also designed and donated by Lori Brechlin.  For those of you who may not know what an ornie is, it’s a small stitchery made to tuck into a bowl, on your Christmas tree, on a shelf, etc.  Any where you want, really.

Christmas ornie - Lori Brechlin

 

And this is a Christmas stitchery that I just got back from the framer. OK, class, what is it that I always say?  All together now….

If it’s worth your time, it’s worth framing properly.

So, until next time.  Peace and all good things,

Kim

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Spades take up leaves, no better than spoons, And bagfuls of leaves, as light as balloons….

Greetings, friends.

Today’s blog heading is part of a lovely poem by Robert Frost.  I may have mentioned a time or two (or three) that autumn is my favorite time of year.  To me it is the beginning of a most magical time.  Bonfires, clambakes, the crunch of leaves as we walk.   Autumn heralds in Hallowe’en (now who doesn’t LOVE Hallowe’en stitching —come on, raise your hand!  I thought so.  🙂  and then Thanksgiving with friends and family, and that leads us to Christmas.  We stitchers HAVE to be able to find something to work on to celebrate these great seasons. I have been finishing up some projects (pictures coming soon!).   I didn’t realize how much I had that was ready for the framer.

And that brings me to today’s topic – framing.    Some of the framing for my needlework, I do my myself, especially if it’s not too big.  You can have the most beautiful stitching ever and ruin it by not framing it correctly. Keep in mind, if it’s worth your time, it’s worth finishing correctly.  And that doesn’t necessarily mean only framing.  If your strong point is stitching, but not so much in the finishing department, find a seamstress who can do that part for you.  We aren’t all put on this earth as experts on everything…now I will admit I have met some folks who THINK they are experts on everything, but I digress.  😉

So, cherish your work and hopefully it will become a family heirloom.  I know many artisans who quilt and I think many of  us think only of quilts as something to be passed down to the next generation.  But, my friends, we are a dying breed.  Few have the time to create these works of art any more.  AND REMEMBER, this is a form of art.

I am going to leave you with an Autumn freebie this time.  This is called ‘King of Autumn’ and is a freebie generously donated by Primitive Acorns.  Isn’t it a sweet stitch? I hope you enjoy it.

king of autumn

chart Remember, right click, open in new tab and print.

And before Autumn slips away entirely, this is where I will be, stitching away.

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And until next, be kind to each other..

Peace and All Good Things.

Kim

The Princess and the Peddler