Hello Monday...

how are you?
It's going to be a busy week!

Patterns are scheduled to print this week,
the wait is about over.

I really enjoyed stitching these,
here are a couple final peeks...
PATRIOTIC POPPIES is a quick stitch for your summer decorating.
 Fun patriotic piece, but not totally dedicated to the month of July.  

SWEET VIOLET  is just that, 

Have a good week everyone,


Punching a Sampler!

I know there are many needle punchers (if that is a word?)
who don't cross stitch,
but are drawn to old samplers.
It is probably the sweet little motifs
that catch their eyes,
I would imagine...
I often times get email request
asking if I have any plans of converting
a particular cross stitch pattern to punch needle.
Often times,
 I do.

This weekend I sat with sketch pad and drew up 
a design using some of my favorite
cross stitched motifs.
Rather then stitching thousands 
of tiny X's,
I am punching thousands 
of tiny loops...
a sampler in punch needle!

A blue fruit basket to symbolize
health & happiness....

A little man to symbolize marital fidelity.
{There will be a little lady as well,
she is the symbol of life.
She is in her favorite chambray dress
and big-brimmed straw bonnet.}

The buildings on the old schoolgirl samplers symbolized the young embroiderers
home or school.
I punched a big house,
 with a red front door,
this is my house...

Strawberries, the perfect fruit ~ because there is no rind or pit to throw away...
they symbolize righteousness.

strawberry blossoms
purity & foresight...

And this concludes the little sneak peeks, 
at what I've been up to,
 your days lesson
 on sampler motif symbolism.

Tis a very windy & chilly Sunday
with rain and storms in the forecast.
Spring seems to tempts us with a nice upper 70 degree day
and then we are back down to the 50's for several.
 where are you?
Tomorrow it looks like we are in for
some severe weather and chance of tornadoes.

I am off to settle down in my stitching chair this afternoon,
and hope for a finish on this
 "larger then normal"
punch needle piece 
by evening.

Hope everyone has a good & productive week,


E F G H I....where are you?

A big package arrived yesterday,
with a new, old sampler inside.

I opened it
and just sat with it on my lap and admired it.
So long, that I forgot to make supper... ;)

The fact that our needlework will outlast us
makes every stitch seem more worthwhile.

It's verse reads:
Why should I say tis yet too soon
to seek for heaven or think of death
a flower may fade before tis noon
and I this day may lose my breath.

Margaret was 11 years old.
She completed her sampler in 1825.

Sweet little meandering strawberry border...

There is some stitch loss in the alphabet.
It may take a bit of research through my library of sampler books to locate this alphabet
for the missing letters
if my eyes and magnification fails me. 
 The missing letters were probably stitched in purple floss. 
After studying many of my samplers,
front side to back,
I notice that the purple floss always fades
to a faint gray,
and was more susceptible to stitch loss.
Probably had to due with the dying process of that color of thread.

If you look real, real hard you will also see a little border between the rows of letters.
I can make out that there was a tiny orange center stitch with probably 4 purple stitches around it.
I may need to personalize this portion of the sampler, as it is pretty hard to make out what was stitched between the portion that I can make out.

E F G H I....where are you?

The antique is worked in wool and silk threads on canvas ground.
I will be working the reproduction in silks.

Looking for those exact floss matches...
Little red houses always tug at these heartstrings...

The bottom portion of the sampler is filled with all sorts of fun things to stitch...
a  red brick house with a garden,  a shepherd,  and a shepherdess tending their flock of sheep.
This will be my next project to tackle.
Hoping to start charting this weekend
 and it will be my "casual summer stitch".
 Hoping to release the chart sometime this fall.

With thy Needle & Thread,


I Spy...

It's a beautiful & sunny Saturday morning!
The earth is starting to warm up,
green plants are beginning to stretch and yawn,
peaking from under winter blankets of leaves.
My most favorite time of the year.

I spy



 Wild violets...

{Note to violets} Hurry up sweet violets,
I need a small handful of your little purple blooms!
You are needed for a prop in a photo shoot...

I spy...
a fluffy spring sheep!

Sweet Violets will include a spring sheep.
  The vast majority of  those that left comments here,
and on Facebook,
 wanted a sheep.
The sheep can easily be omitted
for those who don't do sheep,
just extend the flower stems down to meet the pasture.
The sheep just seemed to work for this design,
am glad I went with this version.
I am going to spend the day outdoors,
 cleaning off the flowerbeds.
  Am also thinking,
 it would be a great day to put some meat in the smoker....
maybe some ribs or pork shoulder,
 and a couple of chickens.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful,
 Saturday in your little
 "neck of the woods".

With thy Needle & Thread,


Violets & Eyelets

You may recall from my last post 
that I've been busy stitching
Spring Violets.
I hinted about adding wool accents...
Simulating the cross stitched violets
into wool ones...

I found  the perfect match,
in wool felt,
to create these tiny little wool violets.
about the size of a dime.
See the little bumblebee?

I think I am close,
perhaps just a wee-tad smaller
in size...


Love the texture that this will add to the overall piece.

And since this piece has added detail,
I thought adding some little eyelet stitches for the grass was in order...

When I chart a design, it is never a "one and done".  How's that for some basketball terminology? 
 Any UCONN fans here? 
If so, congrats!
 They knocked my team out (ISU) in the Sweet 16, so I cheered them on. 
Okay, back to stitching...
When I chart a design, I always have 2 or more versions of the design.  They are all slightly different.  Then I get to choose which one I like best.  I am to the point of my stitching on this design that I need to decide if I am going to go with version 1 or 2.  Do I stitch the sheep on this piece, or do I leave it off?  Help me!  Do you want a sheep or not!???
The overall size of this piece is what I would consider small. 
 Not sure if a frame is in order
 or a finish into a little cupboard tuck or hanger.  

Our snow is now gone, 
we had a nice little shower last evening.
It smells like spring outside today,
Spring Violets coming soon...
real ones,
wool ones,
and cross stitched ones!

I have been having issues with spammers commenting.
I have switched my commenting over to moderating them,
hoping to deter these spammers.
Anyone else having problems with this?

Have a good day,



I could have run outside this morning 
and shot a picture of our 5" of  wet & heavy snow
 that fell overnight...
but I won't,
I will spare you.
Am sure you are as ready for some spring-like weather,
 as I.

A few weeks ago we traveled to Colorado to spend a long weekend with Matthew.
He and a group of friends rent a condo for the ski season.
I am deathly afraid of heights.  
He failed to tell me this condo sits at the top of the mountain.
I should have known better, I know.
Look out the windows and you are at the tree line.

Pretty view, 
I don't disagree.  
 I don't like that out of breathe feeling...tends to put me into panic mode.
Walking up steps is an effort,
getting dressed is an effort,
putting your groceries in the car is an effort.
I think I could lose weight if I stayed there long enough!

Everybody skied, but me.
  I ventured down the mountain,
 and shopped the outlet mall that sits at the bottom.  
A stream runs through the outlets and it is always fun to watch
people fly fish the stream.

There was plenty of time for stitching, too.
However, my arm is still not allowing me to stitch for extended periods of time.
I did finished the Mary Jane Smallman sampler on the Colorado trip.
She is awaiting her frame...

The following week I spent a few days with the grand kids.
Daddy was in Iceland on business, 
and Dave and I helped out with the kids,
and kept Mommy company.  
They are growing up so fast.
Beckham starts kindergarten this fall
Avry  turns two this month...
how did this happen so quickly?

I've had some time to chart some new designs.  
I use two computer monitors at my desk.
  One for charting and the other is currently set on the Decorah Eagle Cam.

The first eaglet hatched on Wednesday.
  I happened to be sitting at the computer charting a design
 and was able to witness the first hatch...pretty cool!
 Bob, the Decorah Eagle Guy, was on our local news last evening.  
He mentioned they were afraid that there would be no eaglets this year due to the 20 plus degrees below zero weather that we had during the incubation.  
These eagle parents are amazing birds. 
 They are dedicated to their eggs, 
no matter the weather conditions.
  He said something along the lines that the eggs have to remain at some 90 degrees and cannot get over some 100 degrees (can't remember exact degrees).  
When bad weather approaches the parent doesn't leave the nest.  
They can't, or the eggs would freeze.  
setting on the next too long
can raise the temperature of the eggs, which isn't good either.

There is a pip hole in egg number 2,
 guessing a hatch will happen today.  

Moving onto some new stitching...

I was looking at my floss color ring the other day.  It happened to be sitting on the kitchen table,
as I was eating a bowl of soup for lunch. 
  The above is how the colors laid out. 
 How pretty, I thought.
  Love those shades of purple,
 with the green and yellows...
 I don't use too much purple in my design work.  
What could I do with these colors that were haphazardly placed in front of me?  
So, I went to work.
The colors reminded me of all the little violets that are scattered in the shady spots of our yard,
each spring.    
What mother hasn't received a little hand filled with these spring-time flowers?

Spring Violets...
 and with any luck, 
the snow will be gone
 and I'll have real spring violets 
to use as props in the photo shoot
 for this piece.  
 Have planned some dimensional wool applique, 
along with the cross stitch in this piece...
we shall see where this takes me.

Have a good weekend,