"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"My Stitching Nest"

When I went for a little walk this morning, the winter winds let me know that the temperatures are still a little "frigid" here in New England, but the warm sun hit my cheeks, and I looked up and smiled.  It felt so good, and I was thankful for a beautiful day in the middle of February!  I am one of those true New England girls who loves winter, even though many of my friends call me crazy, but it is a time for doing quiet things indoors without feeling guilty:)  So, I nestle into my "Stitching Nest", and happily do a little stitching on my latest WIP, sip on my favorite cup of tea, and sigh with happiness!
                                                    My "Stitching Nest"

On Saturday night, I finished stitching "Deepest Love", (Turquoise Graphics & Designs).  I am pleased with the way it came out, but haven't quite decided  if I want to frame it or turn it into a wallhanging with some coordinating quilting fabric.  Hmmm.....  One of my stitching friends, Ellen, is coming over in a few days for a "Stitching Day", so I am looking forward to sharing ideas with her.  Two heads together always makes for a better decision, in my opinion.  So will share with you, at a later date, what I have decided about my final finish.....

So, of course, on Sunday, I had itchy fingers to get started on a new project, and although it's a little late in the month to start a "February" project, I decided to start working on the Drawn Thread February "Mini Pocket Calendar Cover".  My LNS has been awaiting a shipment of Lavender Mist linen since the end of January, (which is called for in the design), but alas, the supplier has it backordered with no definite shipping dates!  So, I went hunting through my stash, and lo and behold, I found a large enough piece of 32 count Lavender Mist linen inside of another package, and it was large enough for both the original design, for which I purchased it, and just enough for my mini pocket calendar too!  Hurray!

I have decided to deviate a bit from the fibers recommended in the pattern and have chosen Vikki Clayton-Dyers' Hand-Dyed silks for my project.  They are very nice to work with, lovely colors and I really like the little spools on which they are wound...so nice and convenient to use and to store too.
This is a really fun design to do because there are both cross stitches and some drawn thread specialty stitches too, which makes it much more interesting and challenging to stitch.  I love designs with a little challenge to the stitching, don't you?  Well, I had best hurry up and finish this design quickly, because February is almost over.  Then I will begin stitching the March mini-pocket calendar cover.  I love seasonal designs, so these designs are right up my alley!

Where ever you are, thank you for visiting my stitching blog.  I love reading other stitching blogs too, and your comments really mean a lot to me.  Hope that your week has some peaceful moments to cherish, just for you, and some special time for stitching, of course!

(A Special Quote for the Day:  "  Be your highest self, your best self and inspire others always."  (G.B.)

Crossing in Stitches & Friendship With You!



  1. Great Post! Love your finish. Your stitching chair looks cozy and functional. Love the table. It's enough and not overly large. Where did you get it? I also love how you are holding the VC spools of silk. Where did you get that great holder? Have fun with your friend stitching.

  2. What a lovely stitched heart....and the new project looks soft.

  3. Kathy: I love all your works in progress but your stitching nest is my favorite its looks so comforting.

  4. Your stitching chair looks soooo comfortable and cozy. Perfect to snuggle in and stitch. Your finish looks great! The colors are beautiful. Look forward to more progress on your Drawn Thread. I love Drawn Thread designs. I absolutely understand what you mean about the challenge.

  5. Your stitching chair looks very cosy :)

    Beautiful finish and I love your start on the pocket calendar cover.

  6. Your stitching nest looks so comfy and cozy. I love the Quaker look to Deepest Love and the Drawn Thread piece is lovely. I love it when I find something in my stash that I didn't even realize I had and it is just what a project calls for. Some things are meant to be.

  7. A lovely finish and a great new start. You stitchy chair looks very tempting.

  8. Stitching in a great spot is true heaven! And a little pot of tea with a favorite cookie gives extra stitching vitamins. :-) Your heart is so pretty and I will look forward to seeing how you finish it.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  9. Thank you for following my blog. I started following you when I thought we would meet at the retreat but you were ill and couldn't attend. Maybe I can meet you in the fall.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches.

  10. Hello Kathy,
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog
    today and for your visit. You have a lovely
    place here. I love needle art as well though
    I don't have near the time to engage in it
    as I would like.

  11. Thanks so much for your visit!!! Your works are beautiful...happy stitching! Greatings from Italy, Annavita

  12. A very beautiful finish and a lovely new start on the Drawn Thread piece.
    I think your stitching nest looks very inviting.

  13. Hi Kathy-

    I found your blog via searching for Bush Mountain Stitchery - I'm hoping to visit in a couple weeks now that we can drive (and park!) safely again.

    Your stitching is lovely - I've bookmarked your blog to peek in on your stitching.

    Providence, RI

  14. Your nest looks so nice and cozy! Great finish. I love the thread color that you used. Nice new project, too! Isn't it crazy when you dig through your stash and can find exactly what a project needs?! I did that with my Crazy January starts and think I can go without buying new linen for at least a year.


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Consider the Lilies of the Field
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