Monday, October 26, 2009

October Happy Dance

Hello, Everyone! It's beyond time for an update on what I've been up to in stitchy land! Here follows the floss toss (which I meant to post a while ago) for the piece I've been working on:

I just fell right in love with this piece after seeing it on Nicole's blog around Memorial Day, so off I went looking and looking for it on the 'net. Now, at this time I didn't know a BBD from a pair of BVDs, and so of course had No Idea that it was a Loose Feathers Design and also OOP. OOps! Well, in the end I was really blessed because kind Nicole agreed to lend it to me! So, it arrived mid-July, and then the battle to acquire fibers and fabric began. It was long and arduous battle with many setbacks--the less said the better! Note: This fabric is Silkweaver's Purely Primitive (28ct. Cashel), which is the same colour if not count as the one Nicole used.

And Now, progress as of this Morning:

I realized after taking this that the floss is entirely in the dark.
All I can say is...
a.) lol
b.) Good thing I uploaded that floss toss!
c.) Photograpy is not one of the visual arts in which I excel. :P

The Heron-Crane (can never remember which the leaflet identifies it as. Can you tell I'm a naturalist :P) I've really been hauling to get this thing done, but it totally doesn't show! I STILL do love this design, though I must say I'm itching to stitch for Hallowe'en, and will likely do so all of November!! As for this piece, I would love to finish it, though I am all but out of GAST Parchment (off-white), yet not halfway through the charted stitching of it. Gargh!!

And here, because my love is fickle and has many objects of devotion, is a closer shot of these darling scissors. To see them is to love them (IMO), and I finally got my paws on a pair thanks to intel from Staci's blog on ebay seller rosa0537 (I had no luck at all in wading through her 700+ items to get to these darlings until I searched the french "ciseaux"; "scissors" returned exactly zero results.) I want to post more in-depth about these beauties in future!

Also needing mention is the fatally charming floss tag lurking in the above shots, which was an exchange I received from dear Ann, which came along with some darling accessories and is therefore part of a Sewing Set. (I capitalize it so that you will know that its wonderfulness is such that it has attained Proper Noun status--lol!!) This is yet another item in need of its own blog entry!

Now, I'd like to make a brief "Seasonal Landscape" intermission.
I present to you a stunning photographic landscape the likes of which would compel even Ansel Adams to gnash his teeth in envy:

(Just look at the pretty crimson tree.) :)

And, here is "My Tree" which is a tree (in point of fact, this tree) as seen by me as I gaze upon it as I enter and exit my little apartment. It's rather concrete-y in the corridors of our place, but this little peek is my natural oasis:

My tree dressed in Autumn.

With such weather as this, is it any wonder that I am Expiring With Desire to stitch:

Now, this is another piece whose acquiring was fraught with frustration--and I still have yet to put needle to fabric. It's a conversion which is not mine (yet I don't care to identify the source now; I'll see about that if there is any interest) from DMC to cotton overdyeds (Mostly Crescent Colours, but one WDW thrown in for good measure.) I am actually Still WAITING for one of the fibers, the black calls for two skeins. Le Sigh. The fabric is 28ct Pilgrim Brown from R&R. A week or so after I saw this one all stitched up at the LNS (Oh, how Glorious it was--I even dreamed about it after leaving the shop!), Vonna decided to unleash her own version on the Unsuspecting Public! I was able to prevent my own Deaty by Envy only by admonishing myself repeatedly that I "really do like the conversion/fabby I'm waiting on better." I will however admit that I only now closed the browser tab containing the link you can see by clicking "her own version". :P

As a reward for enduring to the end:

Charty stash: PS "Autumn Leaves" and JCS Jan/Feb 2009 (Yes, it's the issue featuring "This is the Day", to which Edgar turned me on.)

To round things off (since I haven't a cat and so can't pleasurably pad out the post with charming pictures of him) here is a vintage card:

If I don't post before the day, Happy Hallowe'en to you and yours...

In Stitching,


Sharlotte said...

I love the piece you are working on! It's truely lovely! I also like the Prairie Schooler stash you have.That's another piece I'd like to do. Thanks so much for your comment this morning on my blog! Glad you stopped by for a visit!

Barbeeque4 said...

Beautiful stitching!! .... and... wouldn't you share your conversion to the over-dyed from DMC - pretty please!! :) That is a super Fall piece!

Patti said...

I LOVE everything. I have Beneath the Sunlit Sky in my stash because I am BBD CRAZY!!! And Prairie Schooler too! If I'm not stitching I'm looking at stitching. And today I was going to quilt but my friend came over and that was the end of that. I didn't realise you had a blog but it is in my favorites now. Thank you so much for all the kind words you say on my blog.
Patti xxx

Annemarie said...

Oh-hooo, that is another lovely BBD that simply MUST go on my need-to-stitch-NOW-pile. Very beautiful stitching.
Your trees are indeed magnificent :) Enjoy Fall and all its colourful temptations!

BeckySC said...

BEEutiful stitching :) And the PS you are getting ready to start is one of my favorites :)
Lovely fall foliage pics :)
Have a great evening :)
PS..I LOVE the scissors in your post!!

Vonna said...

Beneath the Sunlit Sky is so pretty :)
And I think your version of PS's Witches will be just as lovely as mine ;)
I want to stitch the other Autumn PS you have shown too...SOMEDAY in the near future I hope ;)

Siobhan said...

Lovely work on your BBD! I have that one all ready to go and each summer kick myself for not having stitched it! Your PS is going to be wonderful. :)

Ann said...

Gorgeous sampler and beautiful ciseaux, they are so pretty.

Lili said...

LOL! You hardly post but what a post!
I'm also stitching this BBD and I love it...
Love the scissors and the tree pics are stunning!

Deb said...

Berit - Beautiful stitching! You definitely need to post more. I loved your whole post. That was so sweet of Nicole to loan you the pattern. I think that has to be one of the prettiest BBD's and you did a wonderful job on it! And those scissors - I definitely need to hear more about them given my scissor obsession. They're lovely. And you picked the best project for fall with the Autumn Leaves. I love that design. You must post your progress as you go along!

Sadie said...

Beautiful stitching, the colours are wonderful.
I am in love with your scissors :-)

Carol R said...

Great colours on your BBD WIP.
I have those French scissors too - aren't they gorgeous? Did you see the other style that Rosa also sells? Another pair to die for!

Littlebit said...

Beautiful stitching, and boy do I love that BBD! Your trees, too..I love the look of fall! I checked on that fabric for you. It is Andover Fabrics PATT#2212. They have a website, It really is a pretty color..what better than drab and red? LOL! Littlebit

staci said...

Love the pic of BtSS in that spot of sunshine, lovely!

And your scissors are so pretty...I was eyeing those too ;)

Alma Allen said...

Hi Berit,

I'm so glad you told me about your blog. Love your pictures. Your "Beneath the Sunlit Sky" is coming along wonderfully! Beautiful stitching! Love your scissors too!

Cindy said...

Hi Berit, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me comments. Really appreciated it :)
The colours of those trees are beautiful, and I love autumn...its so romantic ;P
Congrats on your BBD happy dance. Its gorgeous!
Do post a photo of your new sewing machine, I would love to view and admire it, and don't forget your finishes too...waiting...

Irma said...

Hi! I followed you over from Zoomcitys blog. So glad I did. I have that same BBD pattern in my stash and after seeing the wonderful colors of yours I'm itching to start BBD too.

mainely stitching said...

This is one of my all-time favorite BBD Loose Feathers designs. I have it kitted up, but ... maybe in 2010? LOL!

Your autumn shots are fabulous. Aren't autumn's colors just the scrumptiest? :D

Myra said...

Wow! Look at those pictures! Just gorgeous. I didn't realize you were such a photographer, you will have to give me some tips. I love this BBD piece too.

WendyJo said...

Berit, thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some gorgeous stitching and some wonderful projects lined up! Love the Loose Feathers. I love the pics of the trees too. Our leaves here in Iowa are very quickly falling off the trees.

Sharlotte said...

On my blog you commented on the inflated cat in our friend's yard. I just wanted to mention that every once in a while the cat's head would move from side to side. He looked a lot like the Cheshire cat from Alice and Wonderland. He was really really cool. Can you believe that they picked that up at the grocery store ? That baffeled me!