Monday, April 30, 2007

Neighbourhood Stitching!!

Here it is! Neighbourhood stitching, I thought it is very significant to use this pattern since we're a group of ladies stitching. I found this pattern from Sampler & Antique Needlework A Year in Stitches. This has bullion knots on the trees, satin stitch (grass, not quite finished) and Queen Stitch for the flowers - I really love using all different stitches. Trouble is I can't decide on the house yet, there're so many that I would love to stitch. I'm posting 2 pics cos they come out different in colour.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Hi Everyone

Hope everyone is having a great time choosing what charts/styles they want to use because I sure am. I just wanted to check a couple of things with you all please.

I really love Ewe & Eye & Friends charts as well as Sheepish Designs and Blackbird Designs and Carriage House Samplings and, what I wanted to know is would anybody mind just either
(a) stitching half a chart and leaving the other half for another member to stitch because it is so long or big or something or
(b) just picking bits and pieces out of a chart to stitch?
If you will be stitching one half of a chart I will enclose the chart and the floss (if it is anything other than DMC) with my RR. Please let me know if you are not comfortable with either of these ideas.

I have finally decided on what fabric I am going to use and I am going to order it on Tuesday. It is from Crossed Wing and is called Whispering Pine and I just love it. I have had such a time choosing because I love most of their fabric but this one just has the edge as far as I am concerned though I do love April and Sky as well. I might just buy one of them to stitch Their Song on it because I can order both at the same time. I am going to order the Whispering Pine on 36 count and hope nobody has a problem with stitching on that count - I want it over two with one strand of floss/silk/thread because if you do then write and I shall order it on 32count instead but please let me know before Tuesday ok but either way I really want it stitched over 2 using one strand - but I shall enclose this instruction with my RR.

Last but by no means least the last post refers to:
a) Initials on the RR - if you look at the image above you will see that there aren't any initials dates or anything on it and that is really the way I would like it and;
b) I'm not sure about a border either and rather think I don't want one - what do the rest of you think?

I personally think that if any of us wants a border than it could be divided into 12 and each of us a do a bit of it - what do you all think about that? I have been studying this Sampler for ages and the things I like best about it are:

1) The fact that it isn't symmetrical but it the sides and top and bottom are and
2) The fact that people haven't just used one chart but taken bits from other charts and adapted it

Ok you will be pleased to know that this is all from me for now except to say that I hope everyone has a great weekend. Personally it's my 60th birthday on Monday and I have updated my blog with photos of my son's wedding so if you would like to see what I look like just click on My Blog and it will take you straight there.


Patti xxx

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Does anyone have

Chessie and Me's Shepherd's Garden? I know it's out of print but it is so sweet and I think it would fit

I've also ordered these three houses for my sampler - oddly they are winter but I like the shape, so I'll be changing the colors of one and sending the other two patterns along and hope people change the colors and surrounding elements!


Borders are stumping me - anyone have ideas for how we're all incorporating names?

Also I am having layout issues - is anyone Ok if I have two areas that are smaller than the others??

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Question about linen

Do you think a Summer Khaki will be too dark for a project like this??

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Finally! I am here :-)

Hello all!

First of all thank you for inviting me to join your round robin! I better introduce myself to those of you I haven't met yet.

I am Karin, 42 years and Dutch, married to Laurens and mother of one daughter who is now 10 called Marloes. We are from the Netherlands but have been living abroad for the last 18 years. Due to my husband his work we are transferred every few years. We have been living in Ireland for almost 5 years now and before moving here we have lived in Belgium, France, Jersey (Channel Islands) and again Belgium. When we were living in Belgium I met Katrina who didn't live that far from us. I have been stitching since I was about 15 years old and my stash has increased since discovering what was out there via the internet!

For any of you who would like to see what I have been up to stitching wise or see some personal photos please check out my album:

I must confess I need to update my latest finished stitching items. It is now time to make up my mind about how I want to lay out my round robin but luckily Katrina did send me a few links for inspiration!

Looking forward getting to know you all and the chatting!!

Greeting from Ireland,

Friday, April 20, 2007

OK! Time to get to work

I finally finished the quilt I was making, and Dutch Beauty all in the same day (yesterday). So now it's time to get to work!
I have a few house ideas to play with - and I'm leaning toward a "manors and mansions" plus lush flowers and animals theme. But there are so many houses to choose from!
I'm just not feeling farms and things.
I think it would be nice if my neighborhood has a church, too - not makin' a statement, just like the look - anyone seen a nice traditional church design small enough for this? Any thoughts or objections?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sob! Sob! My design's too big.

Grrrr! Peaceful Garden seems too big (about 8 x 7) over 2. I might have to rethink. I might have to change to this one that I bought this on Ebay today. Its a design by Goode Huswife

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Enabling! Halloween Theme

I thought this is a cool design by Glendon Place. Remember someone here wants an autumn or Halloween theme.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Question Please?

Hi Everyone
Could you all do me a favor please and let me know via the comments part here please please please
1. What count linen/evenweave you are going to use and
2. What size your piece of fabric is
because this way I will know if I have a piece that will do or have to order one for this.
Thanks a lot and happy stitching

Ok the other thing is I'm going to enable you all now with this other one I found by The Stitching Parlor and it's called
Birds of Killingworth
and I LOVE IT!!!
Patti xxx

Saturday, April 7, 2007

My Piece

Sorry ladies for the late reply. Regarding my piece - it is from The Stitching Parlor called Peaceful Garden, designed by Clara L. Blalock. You can see it on I've been having a busy period (2 months) running errands for friends - firstly looking after friend's dog for 2 weeks, then looking after neighbour's house for 2 months, today I'm looking after another friend's store for 1 day and my best friend's daughter flown in from Singapore for 4 days, which is why I haven't been visit this blog for sometime.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

What do you think of this?

I'm thinking of using this because where we are there's a building that looks like this one - its called . "Draculas".