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Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Gorgeous Day & Thoughts of You, Dear Friends......

Oh What a Day It is Today!  The sun is shining, with temperatures in the low 70's, and a some billowy clouds drifting by, with a soft wind blowing.  Doesn't that sound just perfect for an early autumn day?  

On and off all week, my needles have been working diligently on the next letter of the 'Autumn' bellpull.  The second letter "U", has taken shape with some of the rust coloured leaves and little acorns surrounding it.
The colour changes are so numerous, that sometimes it becomes a bit maddening, but I keep telling myself that it creates the shading effects, so I persevere.
Sometimes it is difficult to even see the difference between some of the thread colours.  I think that I might recommend some overdyed threads for anyone who might like to stitch this banner in future.  I will happily pass on the pattern when I am finished with it if someone would like to stitch it.

Now, you may remember that I said that I prefer to only have one or two pieces at a time that I am stitching, but I broke my rule last week!  My wonderful friend, Donna, (no blog), decided to embark on a SAL to stitch "Giovanni's Alphabet" by Tempting Tangles Designs.
In May, while attending Celebrations of Needlework, in Nashua, NH, a leaflet of this design was tucked into one of my packages, so I decided to look it up on Tempting Tangles website.  It is a re-created design, adapted from a magnificent design by Giovanni Ostaus, published in his book in 1561.  If you love samplers, this one is magnificent!

Donna and I started our "long distance SAL" last Sunday night, chatting online as we stitched. We decided that we would sip on our favorite hot tea as we 'stitch in spirit', together.  Donna sweetly surprised me with a package of goodies for the occasion.


The Organic Rooibos Tea that Donna sent, is really delicious.\She also stitched these wonderful "Tea" towels for me, and sent along a beautiful little notebook, in which to write notes of our evening stitches too!  How very kind and thoughtful of her.  I sent her big HUGS!   Now I am thinking about what my surprise will be for her, for our next SAL.

                        
My Necessaire Floor Stand arrived on Friday last week!  I love using it with the Millenium Frame for stitching this wonderful sampler.  It is a dream to use, and keeps my linen nice and tight, just the way I like it. I love it!

              My progress for the first night of our SAL.
                      'Dirty Linen'  36 count
                            Weeks Dye Works Threads
                      (One Strand Over Two Threads)

Miss Meggie cuddling under her blankie, while I was stitching.

Meggie, last Sunday night, looking longingly upstairs, as the hour grew late....
"Hint, hint, Mommy..... I have my baby and I think that it really is past my bedtime!  Are you ever going to turn off your light and put that stitching away?"  

                        


24 comments:

  1. Your Autumn piece is coming along beautifully. What a fun, great idea for your SAL together. Aww, Miss Meggie.

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  2. Hi Kathy! Your autumn bell pull is so gorgeous! I can't wait to see it finished. We are having a lovely day down here in Delaware too. I love your new stitchery and I really love all the lovely gifts your friend sent you. I love your peacock needle minder is so pretty! I I hope you have a great week.
    Love, Heather

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  3. Your U is lovely and worth all the colours changing.

    The sampler looks great too, I can see why you want to break a habit and start on it straight away!

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  4. Lovely stitching...and pictures. Meggie is so sweet looking!

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  5. Aww cute Maggie ..xxx
    Sweet stitching on the autumn piece :)
    Sending you love x

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  6. Oh my! Both your pieces are wonderful! I'm in love with your SAL piece. It's fun doing an SAL, and I think it doesn't really count in your one at a time, right? :D Meggie is adorable!!!!

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  7. Wonderful sampler, love your start!

    Meggie is so adorable!

    Hugs,

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  8. I'm so glad you are working on the bellpull - it's so pretty! Giovanni's Alphabet is gorgeous - I don't think I could have resisted starting it either. :) Meggie is sweet!

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  9. Best of luck with the SAL. Something must be in the air! I prefer to stitch one thing at a time and now I'm in the middle of three!

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  10. Wonderful stitching .
    I love little Meggie waiting to go to bed how sweet.

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  11. Aww, Meggie is so cute! :D Your "U" looks lovely. Those color changes may have been tricky, but the leaves look great! Good luck with your SAL

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  12. Wow, lovely new SAL start, this is a beautiful design. How nice to have some tea and treat to celebrate the start. Stitching friends are the best. The autumn piece is pretty too.
    Have a great week!

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  13. merveileux photos ! beautiful pictures !

    bisous from FRANCE, Marylin

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  14. Hasn't this weather been the best, Kathy? I wish every day of summer and fall could be like the past few :)

    Lovely stitching and how nice that your dear friend can be stitching along with you--that will make it all the more special.

    Awww...sweet Meggie--what a cutie she is :) She looks like the perfect stitching companion!

    Enjoy your week--hope your good weather continues :)

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  15. Beautiful stitching. What a great idea to sip and stitch with a friend over cyber space! Meggie is so cute.
    Fondly,

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  16. That sampler is beautiful! Will love watching your progress. Your Meggie is so much like my Pixie! The off button on the remote is the highest/ farthest, so she jumps down when it is pushed. If it hasn't happened soon enough, she will get down from my stitching chair and just stand or sit there looking up at me.

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  17. Your Autumn bellpull is coming along great. You are so right about colour changes - they are very tiring when they come up very often but the effect is always worth it. It's the same with backstitching - I don't like doing it but I always love the effect of all the details that only come in shape when you backstitch them.
    Your started a very lovely SAL with your friend. The tea and the little notebook for your thoughts about the SAL piece are a wonderful idea.

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  18. Autum bellpull is looking lovely & the sampler is gorgeous.

    Love the photos of Meggie

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  19. The U is really lovely and a great new start, that's going to be so lovely.

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  20. Beautiful stitches and goodies! Miss Meggie is so sweet!

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  21. Beautiful stitching and an adorable Meggie (:

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  22. Kathy, your Autumn bell pull is coming along beautifully. I think overdyed threads would work but wouldn't give the same effect as all those different threads. The sampler your friend gifted you is beautiful. So sweet that the two of you stitch and drink tea together and message chat! What fun! That floor stand must be very helpful! Miss Meggie is adorable. Love that photo of her! Hugs and prayers!

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  23. I am catching up with my blogging, Very pretty, i like the fall colors.

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