I did promise a giveaway back in March so I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to it. I have a pile of miscellaneous stitching items....many patterns, some fabrics, a few small kits, a ring of about 45 silk fibers from Vicki Clayton, and I'll be throwing in a couple more surprises once I visit my LNS this week. A few years ago I bought a bunch of Vicki Clayton's Hand Dyed Silks but I find I really never used more than a couple of them so hoping someone else can find them useful. Some of the patterns included are ones I've already stitched, or they were duplicates I had. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post asking that your name be entered in the drawing. If your email is not in your Blogger profile be sure to leave it in your post so I can contact you if you win. Last day for entering is Monday June 10th.
Vicki Clayton silks
Even though I've been so busy I have been stitching as much as I could fit in. I have a couple of finishes finally - ta da! First up is Jenny Bean's Humble Servant Sample by Shakespeare's Peddler. I loved stitching this one, it was done on 40-ct Vintage Navy Bean fabric by Lakeside Linens with 1 thread of overdyed cottons over 2 thread of linen.
I found the little proverb on the piece especially meaningful to me as I was stitching it the week my department announced the big layoff. "Ye Shall Reap What Ye Sow"....well corporate America I hope you are listening. When you don't want to employ your country's citizens and only want cheap offshore labor it may come back to haunt you someday. Americans need jobs in order to buy your products. It hurts to know that 120 of my colleagues will be losing their jobs. I've been through 6 or 7 layoffs in my years at this company so they can outsource more jobs and I've just about had it.
I also finished Baby It's Cold Outside by Heartstring Samplery.
I loved seeing so many of you stitching this piece last winter and I did an SAL with my cyber-stitching friend Cindy. We had fun and this was a pretty quick stitch overall. I used a red thread from Victorian Motto instead of what was called for in the pattern (GAST Pomegranate) as the overdyed floss I had was a bit to pinkish for the house. I hope to drop this piece off for framing soon so I can enjoy it this winter. It reminds me a lot of red farmhouses and barns in a Midwestern winter, which is where I grew up. I do miss snow in the wintertime!
Once I got these 2 projects done I felt free to start up something new. I have so much kitted up that it's hard to just pick one project but I decided on Halloween Rules by Lizzie Kate. I've been stitching on it about a week and a half and working on the second 'rule'. I'm using a 32-ct mottled gray linen. It's fun and a no-stress piece which is perfect for me right now.
And of course I've continued adding to my stash. After 20 years of visiting Las Vegas almost yearly I finally got around to visiting the cross-stitch shop Stitcher's Paradise. It's not far off the Las Vegas Strip and well worth a visit if you're in town. It's a small store but jam-packed with lots of goodies. They have lots of great models all over the shop and beautiful cube finishes that were really inspiring.
I also got to squeeze in a trip to the Country Cupboard stitching store in Orland Park Illinois when I was in the Chicago area. I'd been there a few years ago but enjoyed my repeat trip and I happened to get in on their 30th anniversary sale. Having a shop celebrate 30 years in the needlework business is really something so I salute them! I wanted to get to the Inspired Needle but could not fit it in this time. So I've been picking up patterns and fibers mostly. I finally caved in and bought all of the CCN Santa's Village charts that are out - I told myself last year I wasn't going to be tempted but once I started seeing some of the great stitching on your blogs I was hooked! I've been collecting the threads required and now just need to find some linen for this piece.....I'm thinking of doing it on 40-ct light blue linen if I can find something. I also got some of the Sheep Virtues kits by LHN, and some other miscellaneous things I can't even recall right now.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you're interested! Until next time.........