Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stitched with prayer

Hello to everyone.  Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. They mean a lot to me. :)

I stitched this cute little poodle I found here, and made it into a bottle cap magnet.


I found the bottle caps at JoAnn's.  I stitched her on white 28ct evenweave.  I played around with the colors, as they were even louder than this!  I stitched in a piece of pink velvet ribbon you see surrounding her.  I just cut a free fridge magnet to size and glued it onto the back.  I think it is cute. :)

When stitching I pray.  Do you?  I also sometimes try to do memory work.  Last year I memorized the 23rd Psalm that way.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

I have done other Bible memory verses while stitching.  I am not very good at memory work.  It takes a lot of work for me.  But it is very worth it. :) 

Stitching with prayer,
Vickie

Monday, February 27, 2012

There's no place like Greendale :)

Hi everybody!  Stitchy weekend?  Was here. :)

I got the finishing done I talked about.  First up is the scissor fob.  I designed this little house after our second home.  My husband and I have owned four homes.  This one remains my favorite. It is a "Greendale Original".  Which is what the locals call it.  The village of Greendale was built in 1938.  http://www.greendale.org/  Lovely little homes, in a Norman Rockwell village.  I just loved it.  We raised our children there for 10 years.




So anyways, the little fob is stitched on 28 ct lambswool.  I used the Home is Best freebie, from Primitive Betty with my own house and a few twists also.  The reverse side of the fob is my initial from http://patternmakercharts.blogspot.com/.


While living there we discovered a few treasures in our yard over the years.  The children discovered the marbles.  The sterling silver ring was found by my father-in-law when he dug up the front lawn for a flower garden for me.  It makes me wonder.  Who's was this?  Was this a wedding band?  How old is this?    It fits my ring finger perfectly. :)  I placed one marble inside the fob with the stuffing, to give it a bit of weight.

My second finish is a little something I kind of designed with the help of http://lacontesselepointdecroix.blogspot.com/.  I started with her freebie, I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.  I changed around the words and added the little hippo.  He was a freebie from http://aliolka.blogspot.com/.  I made this little pillow for me.  I absolutely love this song.  :)






Saturday, February 25, 2012

The French Knot Poodle

Happy Saturday everyone!
Hope it's filled with stitching. :)


French Knot Poodle


 I made this little french knot poodle two years ago.  It hangs in our hallway.    I made it to look like our Mabel of course.  I used various grey dmc threads and tweeded a bit to try and match her shading.  She was born black and keep turning lighter and lighter grey slowly.  She even has a few touches of silver to her.   I framed it in a silver 6x6 frame.



Mabel :)

And here she is soaking up the sun.  This picture was taken this month by my thirteen year old daughter Madeleine.

Today  I will not be stitching until I do finishing first.  I must force myself on the finishing part sometimes.  I like to take a little while to think on how to finish a stitched piece off.  I will finally have a small Christmas themed pillow done today.  Then I will be finishing a scissor fob for myself.  I do not have one.  I made one before, that was a gift for my friend Ruth.

While I work on finishing I will be thinking about what to start next.  I am considering a new craft to me.  Or I have a sewing project that is waiting.  Always something right? :)


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stitchin' from my kitchen!

Hey everybody!

So glad you are here. :)  I thought I would show you a picture or two of the stitching I have in my kitchen, above my sink.  I stitched the two of these Brenda Keyes pieces 3 years ago.  They are both from the book Small Scale Embroidery.  I did them both on 32 count ivory linen.



The bottom piece I call the Poodle Sampler because I swapped out the two birds for two poodles. :)  ♥




Have a stitchy Thursday.  I know I will. :)

Vickie












Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thank you to everyone for such a warm welcome to blogging.
I wanted to show you the picture I sent to Nicola, of my sweet, little Mabel.  This was taken about one year ago.  I was at my sewing machine, piecing a quilt.  She hopped right up on top of my sewing basket and promptly fell asleep. :)

The second finish I had in January was also for my husband.  He was given a pen at work.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to create a small piece of needlework to insert into it.  I have since seen a pen for sale(rather expensive) in a needlework shop.  It was so thick!  A very large barrel to it.  It was trickier to finish, because of it's narrow barrel.  It was worth it.  This pattern was a freebie offered back in 2009 by Carinne.  It is called "Sampler aux Oiseaux".  I stitched it one over one on 28 ct whit evenweave.  I changed the bird color to a blue that matches the pen perfectly.  My husband says it is his favorite pen. :)
I have one stitched pillow/pin cushion that has been awaiting final finishing for almost two weeks.  I am currently stitching another small I plan on making into a fob.

Vickie

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jennifer's having a giveaway :)

Visit Jennifer.  She is having a giveaway. :)
Vickie

Hello out there!

Hi everyone!  You have probably seen me around the cross stitch community commenting and following. :)  I finally began my own blog to keep track of my cross stitching and quilting and life.  
The stitching picture I will share today is my first finish of the year from January. 
I made this very small, between 2 and 3 inches square, framed flatfold for my husband.  It was a freebie that I do not remember where I got it from.  I stitched it on white 28 ct evenweave.  He likes lions.  It is an Assisi embroidery design called "medallion with a lion".  I used the tutorial from Vonna's blog for help.