Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I'm off to stitch on my Marie Antoinette Sampler, now! I have alot of things pulled together and will show you my start this weekend.
My computer has been down for a week, so I'm very behind in blogging and visiting your blogs, but will catch up as I can.
I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to Donna Hensley who sent me her chart of Eliza's Pets!! I had admired it on her blog. It's just darling and I hope to add it to the stitching I want to do for my little grandson who's due the end of Oct. Thank you, Donna!! :)
And, thank all of you who keep me encouraged and going with your kind words and comments.
Have a happy stitching weekend!
Friday, September 14, 2007
So many of you voted the "Sea Rose" as your favorite necklace that I thought I'd give you a better, close up of it....or at least try to. I didn't get all of the pearls and sea glass in this pic., but it gives you some of a better idea. Deb in CT asked if Naples Bead Shop has an online shop. They do, and here's the link: http://www.naplesbeadshop.com The owner, Lynn, is a friend of mine...simply because I come in so often!! LOL You may have fun seeing the pictures of her shop and some of the necklaces and things they sell.
Happy stitching weekend to all! Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving me notes. I check every day to see who's been by, and it means the world to me to see that we are connecting and keeping up with eachother this way....that's why I blog!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Let's look at the portrait above as art historians. The portrait is painted as if writing us a love letter. Marie Antoinette is only 14 years old. The very first thing we notice is her eyes. The artist has left alot of "white space" around them to make sure they draw our attention. "The eyes are the windows of the soul." Her eyes say that she is sweet and innocent, but strong-minded and ready for the task at hand. The portrait is telling us this young girl has royal blood and great potential as a royal wife. That is; after all, her only value in her Time. The laurel of pearls that softly "crowns" her hair suggests this. She is intelligent as shown by her high forehead and slightly raised brow.
We see that she is pretty and healthy by her red, bowed lips, pink cheeks and fine bossom. The artist, again, has suggested that she is precocious, or will be wise beyond her years by her over all expression and her slightly powdered wig. But, then, he doesn't want to say she's too old...so we have the big, girlish blue silk bow at her neck and chest area. And, the use of the yellow silk dress which indicates royalty and youth, purity and lightheartedness. Aside from the laurel of faintly indicated pearls in her hair, she is wearing no jewelry or other ornamentation. All in all....a very sweet portrait of a young princess to be sent to a future husband for the bargaining!! Or bluntly stated, in a more contemporary way....look at the picture closely. She is shaped like a Queen Bee in her hive....ready to reproduce! She's slightly volumptuous with a beehive hair style.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I'm holding up the Neighborhood RR of Wendy's I'm working on. The one with the Rose Cottage. Wendy, everybody loves your Neighborhood!
And, what stitching get together is complete without food? Here is just a half of the spread. I was running out of discs and stitching time! See my mostly eaten quiche (spinach) and (the somewhat eaten just artichoke heart, etc.) lorraines; then others brought: 3 grape salad, fruit and cheeses kabobs, tartlets, artichoke dips (it was a serendipitous artichoke day, who knew!!??), other hot and spicy dips, baked chicken, and that yummy dessert you see on the side. We didn't starve!
And, I nearly forgot to show you these gorgeous tassels that Martha made. They are giant sized. They're heavy with yarn/thread and beaded tops. I can't tell you how yummy they are irl. She's teaching a class on them at our LNS in October. Something to hang on your best stitching bag or a larger pair of scissors delegated only for cutting linens and fabrics. They are like treasures! Julia also brought a beaded King Tut which I hope Martha took a picture of for her blog.
So, for more pictures of the stitching party, see Martha's blog. The link is above! :) I hope you enjoyed seeing our Steamy Sunday Stitching Party!Hugs, Deb
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I'm going to email Brooke about that Halloween girl, Julie! I think she might like that idea now that she's finished with her sampler for The Gift of Stitching.
I haven't yet bought the German Band Sampler by Alyce Schroth. I'm planning on getting it when my funds get replenished sometime this month. DH is on my case about why I need so much stuff! I don't know about you all, but I've failed to explain it to him after all these years.....:[
Jessica loves her quilt!! She has asked me to add somemore borders and layers to it, however, so it will be another couple of weeks before it's finished. I've told several of you that's what I get for having my children grow up with quilts, and knitted and crocheted afghans...they know what to expect!! LOL
The Mermaid chart I used for Monique's Square is by: Birds of a Feather and is called "Good Things." I'm not particularly fond of the whole chart, but I collect mermaid charts and I thought she was darling. I had to cover her tatas!! LOL And, I used my own choices of Sampler Threads. You'll see further embellishments when she's finished.
The Neighborhood RR I'm stitching for Wendy is "Rose Cottage Sampler" by Chessie & Me. I just love it! Hope Wendy does, too. I'm debating using silk ribbon on the roses.... And, I'm going to add rabbits on a lawn that's done in flame stitch with three colors of GAST....and something else...a surprise.
I answered the question about the difference between tying a quilt and regular quilting, via email, and if anyone else wants an answer, please email me.
Isabelle was kind enough to send me a translation of the instructions for the French Sampler we all loved, that I posted below. If any of you want some of the details about materials, etc., please email me. It was really helpful to me! Thank you, Isabelle!! :)
I find pictures all over the internet, and I especially try to capture pictures of ladies and girls stitching. I'm sorry I don't know where I find them....I'm bad about noting that. But, I don't mind sharing, so please feel free to take any pictures you like from my blog and use them yourselves!
Sending love and hugs!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Finally, here is the Rose Cottage I'm stitching for our Neighborhood RR. This is Wendy's piece. She stitched the original house to the left, Carissa stitched the house below, and I'm stitching the pinkish rose cottage with beehive. It will have cabbage roses and other little thingies once I'm finished with it. So, stay tuned....
I'm just rolling along. Spent most of this week stitching and catching up with neglected laundry. My friend with lung cancer, her name is Elaine, started her chemo today. She's anxious and her other best friend and I try to keep her spirits up as we are her only support. She is doing fine so far.
I'm grateful for eyes to stitch!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
For those who care, I now have a translation for the freebie French Sampler I listed in a former blog (below)! If you're interest in the details, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org I think I'm going to stitch mine on a pale blue 32 ct. fabric with NPI silks....
I'm also going to start some new things, because, what the heck!!??? Aren't we doing this for the fun of it? :)
Closing with a picture.... Hugs, Deb in FL where the sun is always shining even when it's raining!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Yes, I really did have a needlework shop online and in my home in MA, called CabbageRose Needlework. It's been more than 3 years closed, now. But, I do have lots of Anchor floss left! LOL
These are Alice Schroth sampler threads that I used to carry. They are so wonderful to work with and such beautiful colors. Thought you might like to see them. If you're interested in trying them, we could see if Alice is still selling them. Doesn't she display them so nicely?
Deb in CT, LOL, I knew you would recognize me with the pink fan!!! And, you are there with your grey fan in the back. Wonder whoelse will identify themselves in the next day or so????
Love and happy stitching to all. Keep sending me your comments and messages, I love to hear from you, because the more I know about you...the closer friends we become!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
On another note: I finally broke down and purchased Examplar Dames' "Forgiveness."
And, bought the Vikki Clayton silks for it, as well. I knew Vikki when she was a start up company trying to get shops to sell her threads in the mid-1990's. I tried to carry them in my needlecraft shop and my online shop: Cabbage Rose Needlework. So, she's an old acquaintance. But, these new silk threads are much superior to her original ones! They are so much richer in color and the texture is much better. I'm really delighted by her success. It's well deserved!
And, I was really thrilled with the "grab bag" of silks that I got as a small purchase option when I bought the chart and silks! I'm sure many of you have gotten it, as well. But, I loved all the different colors in that bag!
Basically, I'm just a happy little stitcher this long weekend. Although, Jessica has seen her quilt topper and wants me to add more to it so that it will be a bigger quilt! She and her brothers are wise now. I raised them with quilts and afghans, and they know what's what!! LOL
Thank you all so much for your comments, even the small "hellos" make me so happy! I appreciate hearing from you, because I consider you my friends. Your blogs are the places I visit you, too.
Sending hugs and love, Deb in FL