It was tough for this desert-climate girl to get used to below-zero temperatures and snow in Minnesota but I made it through. I don't mind the snow too much but the bitter cold and having to warm up the car, scrape the windshield and all - no, I didn't enjoy that! I was glad to get home to sunny and warm Arizona. (It's actually raining today but it's been beautiful all week until today)
While I was in Minneapolis I did get to see some relatives and I made a quick visit to Stitchville USA before catching my plane home. They moved to a new location since my visit about a year ago - what fun it was to see it all - so overwhelming! I've never seen a shop with such a fantastic linen and fabric selection - I picked up a few colored linens but didn't get too carried away this time.
I do have a few finishes to share that I've gotten done in the past month or two. Just didn't have time to post about it. Here is Halloween Rules - I had fun stitching this one, it was my TV project. I plan to send it off to Jill Rensel to have her do her framing magic sometime after the holidays. I look forward to hanging it up next autumn.
Lizzie-Kate's 'Halloween Rules'
stitched on 32-ct Zweigart 'Stormy Night' linen with recommended overdyed floss
Imaginating Designs - 'Winter Silhouette'
Stitched on 36-ct Lakeside Linen 'Midnight' with DMC white
My favorite part - the little church in the pines (this shows the linen color more accurately)
I've been seeing a lot of other finishes of LHN Needleworker out there on blogs in recent months and mine is finally done too. I just loved stitching this piece even though I made a mistake which I left in. (can you find it??) It still looks good to me though.
Little House Needleworks - 'Needleworker'
stitched on 36-ct Lakeside Linens 'Vintage Basketweave' with recommended flosses
Here's a photo of our mantel...I made these stars that spell out "JOY" back in November when I went to a quilting retreat. The pattern for them made each of the pillows about 11" wide but I reduced the size and made them smaller. They are done with wool applique blanket-stitched onto the fabric starts. I added twisted cording to give it a little more personality.
Finally, here's some finishing work I did about 6 weeks ago for a stitching friend....a pincushion, a Christmas ornament and the lovely "Beggar's Night" from Threadwork Primitives. I love them all and was happy to work on them!
Hope all of you enjoy your holiday time with family and friends!