Stitching All Week - Not!!!!

Exactly one week ago I was told no stockroom work for a week. I had the grand idea that I was going to do nothing but stitch on my projects all week - wrong!

I started out with a single 3x3 post-it note with a household To-Do list and ended up with a To-Do list 3 post-it notes long. Needless to say not much stitching was accomplished.

The only thing I've got to show is the back-stitching on Pegasus and butterflies. I had stitched on the legs and tail in December and finally got around this week to finishing up the back-stitching. This is one of those projects that you pull out every few years to work on, so now it gets put away and I get back to my main focus piece “To Love and Cherish”.

Here's a close up view. (Click on pic.)
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And the whole thing so far.

FRIDAY S.E.X.: My end of the week was cheered when the mail brought me more J & P Coats Floss and a Chart Pak – The Wisdom Sampler by Vermillion Stitchery.

I don’t know when I’ll be posting a new progress up-date, but I will post answers to the SBQ Meme and when ever I get stash in the mail. So my blog won’t be totally ignored.

That’s all for now……
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This Weeks SBQ Meme.....

Today's SBQ was suggested by Danielle and is:

What company produces your favorite hand-dyed fabric? Are there any companies whose hand-dyed fabric you do not like? If so, why?

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Odd, but it's just occured to me that I've never used hand-dyed fabrics for any of my projects. I do have a couple of 28 count evenweave sponged pieces by True Colors Publishing & Design, 1 baby blue & 1 light tea. But the coloring is so muted I doubt I'll ever use them for anything. Maybe if I were to see the hand-dyed fabric in-person instead of over the internet, I'd be more inclined to take a chance and buy a fat quarter. But at the moment I can't afford it in any case.

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Once Upon A Time - Part 3 Done!!!

Well here it is as promised.

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And the whole thing so far…..

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Even though part 4 is now up on Annick’s site, I’ll be printing out a copy and putting the project on the bottom of the WiP pile. It’s time to concentrate on “To Love and Cherish” until I get it finished hopefully before this coming June for my sister.

S.E.X. NEWS: Got a package in the mail from Nordic Needle yesterday with a whole yard of Zweigart’s 28 count “White” Cashel Linen, 4 pkgs of Anchor gold-plated 26 tapestry needles and 2 sets of blue Handy Magnets. I saw Shay Pendray using these magnets on her show “NeedleArts Studio” and they work great.

The floss set collecting for J & P Coats embroidery thread is still going slow but steady. I’ve run across three colors so far that have been discontinued and I’m hoping to find an OLNS on the east coast that still might have them in their old stock.

Last night before I went to bed I ordered a couple of items from the Shakespeare's Peddler :

10 skeins of “Coastal Fog” Gentle Art’s Sampler Thread Limited Edition cotton floss and a fat quarter of Zweigart’s 28 count “Deep Teal Green” Jazlyn fabric. I have a special project that I’m saving it for, something that I designed myself.

WORK NEWS: The stockroom work load has slowed down to the point where there’s nothing for me to do, so I’ve been told to stay home next week until business picks up. Which means I’ll get to stitch all day for a whole week!! Wahoo!!!

Well that it for today’s blog blurb.

This Weeks SBQ Meme.....

Today's SBQ was suggested by Renée and is:

Have you had a happy dance yet this year? If so, tell us about it! (Or just point to the entry that talks about it.) If not, when do you predict it will be?

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Alas, no big happy dance as yet. I have however finished part 3 of “Once Upon A Time…” (Le Marquoir - Il était une fois) and will post a picture this Saturday. I’m hoping to finish my sister’s “To Love and Cherish” before this June for her first year anniversary. Then I’ll be do’in the snoopy dance! ;-)

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This Weeks SBQ Meme.....

The first SBQ of 2007 is from Renée:

Do you dream of running your own LNS/ONS? If so, tell us about your dream. If not, tell us about your cross stitch dream… maybe you dream of designing, dyeing your own floss or fabric, etc.

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I’ve never dreamed of owning one, but working in one - yes! I almost had the chance a couple of years ago. But the owner had to close up shop because one of her not so trustworthy employees was ordering merchandise via her merchant’s account and walking out the front door without paying for it.

It’s a damn shame too, because she was the first shop in the last 20 years to open an LNS here. Now I either have to drive over 200 miles round trip or order my stuff on-line.

As for designing, I’d love to give it a shot. But how does one go about getting it published? Then there’s the time issue. I never seem to have enough with the purchased kits I’m working on now. So it’s probably going to be one of those – when I retire – dreams.

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. etc…..

Gosh I can’t believe it been weeks since I’ve gotten the chance to write a line or two. It’s been slow progress on part 3 of “Once Upon a Time”. I’m hoping in another week I’ll be able to upload a picture of part 3. After that I’m afraid it's off to the bottom of the WiP pile, and my sister’s “To Love and Cherish” will be my focal piece once again. I really need to get it finished by this coming June as a first year anniversary present.

I bought myself plenty of Christmas S. E. X. this year.

The Proper Stitch by Darlene O’ Steen ( The Needle’s Prayse)
2 copies of The Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection Vol. 2
Teresa Wentzler’s Brilliant Plumage Leaflet

I can’t sing enough praise for Darlene’s book, I’m so glad they reprinted it. It has to be the best book I’ve ever seen for a 1700’s sampler stitch bible. The day it came in the mail I couldn’t put it down without skimming over every page.

Teresa’s charts are always to drool for. I was rather amused to note that in the fantasy collection book the printers managed to flip the pictures of “Mermaid” and “Fantasy Triptych” on the inside as well as the back cover of the book.
I’m glad Leisure Arts has decided to re-publish her earlier leaflets, there’s still quite a few I need for my collection.

I’m still slowly collecting a complete set of J & P Coats Embroidery Floss. At this point I’m roughly half way through the list of floss numbers.

I wish I had more progress stitch wise to talk about, but I’ve been fighting an on-going infection for the last 4 weeks. Basically a cough that just won’t let go of me. Along with the stress at work for another 2 weeks until my supervisor gets back, I’m afraid I’m not going to feel like stitching during the week.

Well that’s it for today’s Blog Blurb.
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