Saturday, 27 February 2010

Oh Happy Day!

No I am not singing!!! Lol! That is the title of my latest Shepherd's Bush roll finish! The weather has been rubbish here, dull, rainy, high winds, and now it's misty :( I long for some frosty, sunny days but at least this roll is bright and cheerful.

Shepherd's Bush Happy Day Roll

28 count vintage country cream linen


Started 23th February 2010

Finished 24th February 2010

At least while the weather has not been good I have been productive with my needle and thread. I wasn't looking forward to making my Shepherd's Purse up as I was worried that it wouldn't come out as it should. It's not perfect but nevertheless I am very happy with it. I did have a picture of the back of it but for some reason I can't get it to upload!

Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Purse Kit

Started February 9th 2010

Finished February 19th 2010

The chart, leftover silks and beads ( may well be plenty to stitch this) are now for sale. Please email me if you are interested.

When I'd finished the SB roll I shamelessly ( yes that word again!) had a new start. Strange how I no longer feel guilty starting something new ( thanks Lisa!). This one has been sitting in my stash for a while now so I sorted some 36 count fabby and chose a DMC Variation thread and set about it! It is With My Needle Quaker Hornbook which was a class piece and I was lucky enough to be in time to get it from The Sampler Guild. I absolutely love this colour!

Finally I received a package from Mylene last Saturday containing these lovely finishing fabrics, braids and a necklace kit. Just before Christmas I had sent her some Victorian Motto threads to try ( the ones I used on Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler) and these are what she kindly sent me for doing that. Thank you Mylene.

I am going to be naughty and have a lazy afternoon stitching on Shores. Unfortunately the stitches I put in last night all had to come out because I was one stitch short in the border and didn't realise until the red seaweed wouldn't go right so out that came as well as one side of the border! I wouldn't mind but I counted the border three times!!! Maybe I need to go back to school and learn how to count again!

Lisa and I have been chatting about maybe doing a few SALs together over the year including Just Nan Winter Heart Humbug possibly starting on 1st April and then she mentioned SALexandre which we were going to stitch last year but never got around it. Of course that got me looking at the charts and got us both thinking about what to stitch it on and what threads to use! So now we're thinking about a SAL for that too!!!

Have a wonderful, stitchy filled weeked!




jane said...

I just love the Happy Day needleroll - just the thing to brighten up a dull, dark day. The SP is lovely too.
I haven't finished this month's block on Shores but will be vback to it next week so hope for some progress!
Great start on Quaker Hornbook, look forward to seeing some SALs from you in the future

KarenV said...

Sally, your Shepherd's Purse is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job of both the stitching and the finishing. Love your Quaker Hornbook start, I stitched this one last year and it was a fun stitch.

Alberta said...

What a happy needleroll! It IS a HAPPY DAY!

Susan said...

I think your finish of your SB purse is lovely - the lining fabric is so pretty.

Your Happy Day Needleroll is beautiful, too.

We've had lots of cloudy and rainy days here recently, but now it's sunny with a cloudless sky. Expected temperature of 60 degrees - a perfect winter day in Texas.

Kim B said...

Sally your finishes are amazing! That purse is really something special! Congrats!!!

Barb said...

Sally you really are on a roll. Love seeing all your finishes but Wow I really really really love your Shepherds purse.
Hey dont forget the Sampler girl stocking SAL with me lol.
Take care sweetie.

WendyCarole said...

Oh Happy day is wonderful as is all your stitching. But I have my eye on your bunny fabric!

Andrea said...

Beautiful finishes and a lovely start to the Quaker Hornbook piece.

Deb said...

I think that your pieces came out wonderfully. You don't have to worry about your finishing at all - it's superb! I just love those SB pieces. And great start on the Quaker - I like the color you're using!

Michelle said...

You stitching is just lovely - I adore all the pieces. Thanks for sharing - love Michelle x

Cindy's Stitching said...

The needleroll is so pretty. I have yet to do one of these. love the spring design - I want spring so bad. The little purse is so cute.

Nicki said...

Love the needleroll and purse - the purse looks wonderful. Great finishing! And love your new start too. I'm getting new startitis yet again! :D

Brigitte said...

Oh Sally!!! Both your finishes are just gorgeous. You chose an absolutely great way to spend your time when it was cold outside. Perfect finishing on both projects.

Karan said...

Oh I do love that needleroll - another beautiful finish Sally. And Wow at the Purse & Roll, they're gorgeous. Very nice new start too - can't wait to see that develop. Lovely goodies from Mylene too. :0)
Interesting plans too.... looking forward to your next update. :0)

Julie said...

The SB purse looks wonderful, i love the inner fabric. The needleroll is nice too, pretty colours.

I think we all need a bit of sunshine in our lives.

Nice progress on the WIP's below too

Mylene said...

I LOVE your recent finsihes!! Both looks gorgeous. Great job on finishing the purse!
A very good start on your new project.
So glad to hear the small package arrive safely.

Maureen said...

oh my - that purse is just to die for, gorgeous and your finishing looks absolutely fine.

Hope you are enjoying your guilt free new start.

Tracy said...

Beautiful finishes I esp love the purse it looks great and I love your colour choice on your new start x

Carol said...

Hello Sally! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave such a nice comment. I'm always happy to discover beautiful new stitching blogs like yours, too :)

Your purse is amazing--just perfect and your needleroll is such a breath of (much-needed) spring! I'll be back to explore more of your pretty creations!

Stitcher said...

Loving the SB roll, I don't think I've ever seen that one before. Love the SB finished up too. Hope you're well, love chris.x