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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stitches & Such....

In case you may have been wondering where, oh where has Kathy been these past weeks, I've been here and there, and just haven't had time to write a single word on my blog.  So, here we go!  

I have stitched and stitched the hours away whenever I could find a snatch of time, and finally finished Kyleigh's birth sampler!  This was quite a challenge, since I changed quite a few areas of the design, more to my liking, but am quite happy with the final results.
'Sweet Baby Sampler'
By Praiseworthy Stitches

Along the way, my friend, Janet, (no blog), encouraged me to try my hand at Punchneedle, which I must say, I was a little reluctant to try.  Janet is a wonderful person, and so full of enthusiasm.  She totally sold me, that 'Yes, you can do it, Kathy!'  So, dear Janet came last Thursday to teach me how to do Punch Needle, and here is my progress thus far.
I was surprised to learn that the punch needle stitches are taken on the printed side of the design, but that the actual desired, 'fluffy' effect is created on the 'wrong' side of the fabric.

'Pickin Flowers'
Teresa Kogut
This afternoon, while the storm clouds were brewing up some rainstorms, I was happily tucked inside, stitching on this sweet little thimble purse.  Assembly is required, and as I always hesitate a bit on that part, I think that will be a project for tomorrow.
'Home Sweet Home'
Thimble Purse
With thy Needle & Thread

A week or so ago, Bruce and I enjoyed a very special visit with my sister, Karen and her husband, Steve.  They have a lovely backyard, which Karen has worked very hard to embellish with flowers and a sweet sitting area under the trees.

A lovely statue in her garden.

Well, the hour is growing late, and I am well past time for my cup of tea, and perhaps a few stitches before my eyes close for the night.

It is always wonderful connecting with you here, and I love receiving all of your special comments.

Blessings in Stitches & Friendship With You,
Dear Friends!


  1. I think you did a super job with the punch needle. The baby sampler is beautiful and I love the thimble purse. I have not started mine yet.

  2. Wow, the Baby Sampler is gorgeous, love it! Your needle punch project is progressing very well! I had tried it but failed, pulled the stitches out all the times ha ha!

    Love your thimble purse, can't wait to see it finished!


  3. Congratulations on finishing the birth sampler! It's wonderful! I love your punchneedle piece too. Your punching looks so neat and tidy from the back (or front depending). Very nice! I love the little thimble purse too -- so pretty!

  4. That change purse is so sweet and the punch needle is turning out great.

  5. The sampler for your GD is just lovely! I love the thimble purse. Look forward to seeing the finishing.

  6. Beautiful birth sampler Kathy.
    love the punch needle and the lovely purse.
    Your sister's gardening is very pretty. Hugs.

  7. What a lovely post Kathy Ellen.
    The birth sampler is gorgeous - beautifully stitched as always.
    I love the sweet little thimble purse and look forward to seeing it finished.
    I've never tried punchneedle either. What a great design you chose.
    Your sisters garden is beautiful. What a pleasure it would be to sit stitching in such lovely surroundings.

  8. The thimble purse is going to be such a sweet finish and i love the birth sampler, such a pretty piece to treasure.
    Well done on the punchneedle, i didn't know the fluffy came up on the other side either, learnt something new today.

  9. Lovely projects! You have been busy.

  10. Beautiful projects! Like you, I hesitate when it comes to finishing projects. I'd love to see your thimble purse when you finish it.

  11. Such lovely projects Kathy. I have yet to try out my punch needle. I have too many Christmas projects lined up for gifts and not enough time. I will try it at the beginning of next year I am afraid. It looks great!

  12. Kyleigh's sampler is beautiful! Looks like you caught on to punch needle quite easily - good for you. What a joy it would be to spend some time stitching in Karen's backyard get away.

  13. The birth sampler turned out beautifully, Kathy! Isn't punch needle fun? I haven't done it in a while but now I want to go home and punch something! I also have one of those thimble purses waiting to be stitched as well. You've inspired me!

  14. Lovely finish on Kyleigh's birth sampler, Kathy! I think that is one of the pretties birth samplers I've ever seen (if not THE prettiest!!)... Such a cute little purse, too--I know your finishing will be great :)

    I've been wanting to give punch needle a try, too--the sheep is just adorable!!

    Wishing you and your family a relaxing Labor Day weekend :)

  15. The baby's sampler is just beautiful! I have always wanted to try punch needle, but I don't have a good friend like Janet to come give me encouragement. The change purse is so sweet. I know you will do a great job with the finish. Thank you so much for the e-card that you sent me. I just realized that maybe I didn't say thank you in an email. Time flies by so fast that I can't get all I want or need to do accomplished. Hope you get lots of stitching time this long weekend.

  16. The baby sampler turned out just beautifully & I really enjoyed the photos of the flowers ;)

  17. Beautiful stitching and a gorgeous finish. that must feel weird with the punch needle on the right/wrong side!

  18. Oh what a sweet finish on the birth sampler!! And I am sure your little purse will be just lovely. I have never tried punch needle ~ I am afraid of creating any more stash needs...hehehe... I actually find the non-fluffy side of the piece interesting too!

  19. The birth sampler & the thimble purse are lovely, congratulations.

    Your punch needle is looking great

  20. I've been quite the busy bee too (as you can tell by the lateness of this comment) but my oh my! What a lovely post! Your baby sampler is so beautiful! Big congrats for finishing! And another congrats for trying punch needle! WOW! The effect is amazing and I love the pattern you chose! It's a sweet design.


Consider the Lilies of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." Matt: 6: 28-29)