Wednesday, July 3, 2019

BBD The Winter Has Past....


June was a good month for finishing.

After finishing Quaker Family Registry 
turned my attention to another 
Blackbird Design.

Blackbird Designs "The Winter Has Past"
stitched on Lakeside Linen 40ct V. Autumn Gold 
with recommended threads
Finished:  June 23, 2019

The photo is a little lighter than the actual piece 
and the colors do look a little more subtle.

Another PrimMaynia 2018 piece is done.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stitching...

Monday, June 17, 2019

Little Help from my Friends....

For the past few years I have been
a member of the Silver Needle's
"A Little Help From my Friends Stitching Circle"
for the past few years and we have
received some wonderful kits.

The latest installment was this cute 
design from Little House Needleworks
called a "A Bee Study".

 Little House Needlework "A Bee Study"
stitched on 40ct WDW Confederate Grey with kit threads

Although the kit contained everything needed
for stitching and finishing, I did swap
the fabric for a smaller count.

The cute scissor fob was a gift from a friend and 
makes the perfect stitching companion.

I chose to finish as a top for this cute little trinket 
box instead of the model pillow finish.


I just love how it turned out and it makes the 
perfect home for my Hive waxer.

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I have gotten some great kits over the years from 
this club and will have to share.

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching...

Friday, June 7, 2019

Hello Summer....

Starting fresh in an effort to keep my
blog up-to-date!

I have been stitching as usual and 
have lots to share.  Hopefully I will get it 
all blogged since I do like using my
blog as a "scrapbook".

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My most recent finish is 
BBD's "Quaker Family Registry".  
I considered changing the initials and location 
for my family but decided to stitch it as is 
since I loved it so much with the 
"Bush River South Carolina" reference.

Blackbird Designs "Quaker Family Registry"
from And Blossom as the Rose
Stitched on 40ct V. Meadow Rue 
with recommended threads 

I love the muted colors in the sampler..... 




and the detail of the over one stitching
on the dates....


My favorite motif....


I love how the white is subtle against 
the color of the fabric but pops in contrast 
to the darker colors.

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"Quaker Family Registry" was a finish from 
my 2018 PrimMaynia starts.  I decided not to do 
StitchMaynia this year which would 
be 15 new starts in the month of May so 
I focused on last year's projects in hopes 
of completing them this year.

I am also participating in the #Stitch9Challenge 
on Instagram and picked 9 WIPS 
at the beginning of 2019 and will stitch 
to get them finished this year.  I will 
be back to share that list and my progress 
since we are close to the 6 month mark!

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Thanks for visiting and check me out on Instagram
@karenshandiwork

Saturday, May 12, 2018

PrimMaynia 2018....

Hello.....long time no post!
Thanks for Sharon (It's Daffycat)
for nudge me to do an update.


I am back to share my plans for May and
PrimMaynia 2018.

I am again participating in StitchMaynia 2018
(Instagram hashtag #stitchmaynia2018
or the group is on
Facebook under Stitchmaynia)
where you have a new start the first 18 days
of May but many are making it their own and
planning all kinds of things to do..

So what is PrimMaynia 2018 you ask? 
Coined by Christy
( @ladygatorstitches on Instagram),
you will start 18 (or however many you want)
new primitive designs in May. 
So what is considered primitive? 
Anything I want! 

My least favorite part of stitching is gathering the
thread,  choosing a fabric, deciding where
to start and putting in the first few stitches.
By doing this for numerous designs at once,
I then have a great assortment of projects
to choose from as I stitch throughout the year.

So....this year I decided to do a new start
each day so that means I will have 15 new
starts. The thing I do love about doing this is
"shopping" in my stash and rediscovering all of
the wonderful designs I own that have been
patiently waiting their turn in the hoop. 
Here are my few starts......

~ ~ ~  May 1st  ~ ~ ~
Goode Huswife
Ellen Birdseye


Linen = PTP 40ct Wren
Thread = recommended DMC

~ ~ ~  May 3rd  ~ ~ ~
Carriage Housing Samplings
Katy Horn

Linen = PTP 40ct Sand
Thread = recommended DMC


~ ~ ~  May 5th  ~ ~ ~
Summer House Stitche Workes
Simple Abundance

Linen = PTP 40ct Doubloon
Thread = Victorian Motto & Gentle Arts

~ ~ ~  May 7th  ~ ~ ~
Blackbird Designs
1861 Antique Sampler
from 
In Friendship's Way

Linen = PTP 40ct Doubloon
Thread = Victorian Motto threads

~ ~ ~  May 9th  ~ ~ ~
Blackbird Designs
Darling Buds of May
from
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Linen = PTP 40ct Sand
Thread = Gentle Arts


~ ~ ~  May 11th  ~ ~ ~
Blackbird Designs
Feliz Navidad

Linen = PTP 40ct Wren
Thread = Weeks Dye Works

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I have been stitching the last 8 months and have
lots to show.  As per my usual, I will catch my
blog up over the next month
so I can look back and see all that I have done.

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a great
stitching week.....


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You can find me almost daily on Instagram
@karenshandiwork

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Prairie Schooler Alphabet Update.......

Seems like I was just here yesterday....

Summer has been passing by slowly but surely
and I can sense fall isn't too far in the distance.
I am ready for it....it is my favorite
time of the year.

Summer hasn't been too terribly busy and
I have a few finishes to share.
Today I will focus on my Prairie Schooler.

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I realized in May that I am closer to the end of
my PS Alphabet project than I am to the
beginning and I could start to imagine
a finish this year.   Stitching one a month,
I was slated to finish the 27th design March
2018 but thought it would be nice to
finish by December.  After a little bit
of figuring, I worked out a schedule that
will allow me to finish in October.
I usually can't stick to a schedule when
it comes to stitching but I am amazed that
I have made it two months stitching
one of the letters every other week.

So.....here is what we have so far.

PS "H is for Honey"

PS "I is for Indian Corn"

PS "V is for Vineyard"

PS "W is for Welcome"

PS "X is for Cross Stitch"
  
Here is my progress as of 8-5-2017.....


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 It takes me about a week per letter and
I have been alternating weeks since May.
I will be back soon to share some of my
other stitching and finishing!

Thanks for visiting and
happy stitching....



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stitchmaynia 2017....


I decided to participate again in Stitchmaynia,
where you have 15 new starts in the
first 15 days of May.  I decided
to tweak it to better suit my schedule
and have a new start every other day. 
I was able to get a really good start on my
projects and still have time for other stitching.

To make it even easier I decided to us the
club kits I have been accumulating the
last 3 years as my new starts.
All of the projects are small and this
will give a good variety to pick up
and go over the next year.

The clubs kits were included the
Colonial Gatherings Club, which I
have been a member of for 3 years. 
The designers are Plum Street Samplers and
Scarlett House so you know these will be good.

The third club is Silver Needle's
A Little Help from our Friends Stitching Circle. 
Each year has featured 5 different designers
so I have a good variety with this club.

I did have to swap out some of the fabrics
because of color or texture but I know I will
have some finishes I will treasure.

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Plum Street Samplers
Thistle Pocket

Cricket Collection
Autumn Blooms

Scarlett House
On Redware Road

Lizzie Kate
Stitch With Me

Plum Street Samplers
Fraktur Friends

Scarlett House
Nice to Meet Ewe

La D Da
My Friend

Shepherd's Bush
Heart of My Heart

Scarlett House
Strawberry House

Plum Street Samplers
Colonial Candle Pocket

The Drawn Thread
Threads That Bind

Scarlett House
Button Posies

Plum Street Sampler
Autumn Cottage

Scarlett House
On Stoneware Street

Blackbird Designs
Patchwork Pinkeep

Plum Street Samplers
Hurt Not the Earth

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I hope to finish many of these this year. 
Some of these were hard to put down
so I will definitely visiting with them this month.
It will be nice to have a basket of smalls to
sprinkle within my bigger projects

I hope you are finding time to put needle
and thread to fabric.
Thanks for visiting my little space
on the stitching universe!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April progress....

April was a good stitchy month and  I
finished the next installment of my
Prairie Schooler ABC's sampler.


Prairie Schooler "G is for Gardern"

This was great stitch for April as the gardens
were so appropriate for the month. 
I only have 11 left to stitch and would love
to finish this one this year.   I just have to
double up a few months...easy peasy!

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I was also able to finish two more on my
BBD Garden Series.  These stitch up
very quickly and I hope to finish this one
up by year end.   

BBD "The Gardener"
stitched with recommended thread
on Silkweaver 40ct Clay Pebble


 BBD "Lily in the Garden"
stitched with recommended thread
on Silkweaver 40ct Clay Pebble

Progress thus far....


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I am taking part in Stitchmaynia 2017
and have decided to finally start all the
club kits I have been accumulating the
last 3 years.  All of the fabric and threads
are ready to go so it is easy to pick one
up and go.  Since they are all "smalls" I
am also going to challenge myself to fully
finish these so I can enjoy each day.

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I am excited to be attending the
Primitive Stitcher's Society retreat this
weekend in Columbus Ohio.  I am so looking
forward to spending great stitching time
with both old and new friends.   I am off to pack
and hopefully get a few stitches in.
Happy stitching....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stitching progress.....

Hope all are having a great stitching month....

I finally decided to start the BBD
Garden Series from this month after
seeing Nicole's beautiful finish.

I started in the bottom right corner which
meant the last one would be the first.

BBD "All in A Row"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

This was a quick sweet stitch but I have
to admit I was a little disappointed
in the colorway of the hand dyed threads.

I know the variegation of the threads can
cause the stitched piece to vary from the
model and I wish I had now changed the
threads to better match by taste.  I will
definitely do that going forward.

After finishing up my monthly PS Alphabet series,
I decided to stitch another in the
Garden Series. I just love the colors in
this one.  I can tell this one will
be a fun one to complete.

 BBD "Fairy Garden"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

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Speaking of my PS Alphabet,  I have finished
my next installment and stitched
"F is for Friend".  This was a fun
stitch even with the solid blocks of color.

PS "F is for Friend"
stitched on 40ct linen with recommended DMC

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Wishing you many happy stitches and
thanks for visiting.....

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February frolics....

Hello stitchers....

This past month has been a good stitchy
one.  January's installment of the
PS Alphabet
has been completed and I can
honestly say this was not a favorite.

I dreaded stitching it before
I even started but decided to
go ahead and get it over with....

Prairie Schooler "D is for Drum"
stitched with DMC on 40ct linen

I wasn't thrilled with the design and think that
attributed to my lack of desire to stitch. 
I really didn't like that the letter was
at the top, which is the only one like
this.  I decided to switch it which meant
a little bit of a redesign but I am happy
with how it turned out in the end.

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I decided to carry on with the next installment
for February and have to say this is one of
my favorites.  I love the tapestry even
though I did a little unintentional redesign.
Counting is hard.

PS "E is for Embroidery"
stitched with recommended DMC

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I was able to get together with some stitching
friends the end of January and decided
this little design would be good for
stitching and talking simultaneously. 
Someday this hopes to be a pinkeep.

Threadwork Primitives "All in Bloom" kit
kit from the Primitive Stitcher's Society 2016 retreat

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I also had the opportunity to have a few pieces
framed and glad I veered away from the
brown frames to choose reds.

Carriage House Samplings
"Matter's Choice"

This is still one of my favorite finishes from last summer.

Heartstring Samplery "Three Little Proverbs"

 This will be on display as a daily
reminder of the poignant messages.

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Thanks for visiting and I am off to stitch!