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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Still Stitching Away ... slowly

Whoa - it feels like it was just April and here we are, very close to the end of the year!  I can't believe that I never showed off my finished EMS Antique Sampler, especially since I actually did finish it before the end of the year - as in 2012.  I even got a cheery cherry-red mat and a frame for her, but I haven't gotten a chance to lace her in quite yet.  If I get a couple of minutes to myself one of these days maybe!  I am not placing any bets on that though.

Since the arrivals of my precious "smalls" I really have not had a whole lot of time to do much of anything.  I mean, some days during my maternity leave at the beginning of the year, I was happy just to get in the basics, like a shower, food, drink and bathroom breaks.  Somewhere around week 6, the girls actually started to sleep in shifts, so there was absolutely no breaks whatsoever.  Getting back to work was a piece of cake - all of you stay-at-home parents; I have no clue how you do it!  Good job!

Since sewing often is significantly faster than stitching is, I did have fun with my sewing machine and my piles of fabric.  I found a perfect freebie pattern and tutorial for this adorable Tulip Petal Sun Hat and managed somehow to swing a coupe together for the girls.  The hats are good sized, so the girls will be able to wear them for a couple of summers, I hope.  (Pardon the fact that Little Miss O doesn't wear any pants below...)
This is little sister, Lilla L.
Posing together!
I had a lot of fun fuzzy cutting out the fabric so that the birds would be lined up beak-to beak and tail-to-tail around the rims.

Other than that, not a whole lot of crafting going on at home.  I did start a new WIP the other day; Hillside Samplings Folk Art Sewing Roll.  I have finished the easy (and boring) border, so I get to start playing with colors now - yay!  I think that this will be a pretty quick stitch, but I am not sure here I'll find the time to do the finishing work...  :-)
I am still really lucky to have a group of crafty friends at work, so I do get to stitch for a while over lunch every day.  Earlier in the year, I finished up this Blue Jay Silken Wings kit from the Crossed Wing Collection.  They have a bunch of different bird silk & gauze kits available, but for some odd reason they are not displayed on their web-site.  I had no problem picking from quite a selection when I called Paula to place my order and she was happy to send them to me.  I am excited about stitching the other ones sometime in the future.  As always with Crossed Wing, the designs are just perfect - delicate, realistic and detailed.  The only drawback is that the mat-boards that the silk gauze has been pre-mounted to varies in color between kits, so they won't look like a unit if hung together.  I guess that it is always possible to mount on a different mat.

Lately, I have been stitching a lot of Scandinavian monochromatic designs. 
The Christmas bell-pull below was a fun stitch and is a Handarbejdets Fremme design.  I need to hem it and find some suitable bell-pull hardware, but that shouldn't take too long.  My favorite panel is the center one.  it reminds me of traditional Scandinavian embroideries on the ladies blouses back in the days. 

*Baby Break*

This is a recent new start for me - my very first wool penny rug.  This is a total cheat.. everything was pretty much pre-cut and ready to go in this kit.  The only thing I have left is to attach the pennies to each other and to the center piece and it's done!  Quick and fun!  Now I just need to figure out where I can display it where chubby, sticky fingers won't get to it... lol

These super-cute and small mono-chromatic Christmas pictures are from a Swedish hand-craft society.  They are pretty hard to come by, so my mom sent 15 of them as gifts.  The society gives out a new design each year and I believe that the first one was published back in the mid-60s.  The kits have the most generous amount of floss that you can ever imagine - you can easily stitch the picture 3 times over and I bet you'd still have lift-over floss.  So far I have finished 5 and I have started on my 6th, but I haven't kept up with my photography.  The plan is to make a red-and-white quilted wall hanging to hang in our entrance during the holiday season. 

The grand plan is that I'll finish (I guess I'd better start it first...) this kit I bought from French General, Mansion de Garance, and I'll hang that in the same spot during the rest of the year.  Grand plans, but a girl can dream!  :-)
Speaking of French General - I did also pick up a couple of Odile doll kits.  I have cut out all the pieces and embroidered my girls' monograms on the apron pockets.  One of these days I'll get the sewing machine back out - I can feel it!!!
Photo curtsey of Leslie Jane Moran blog.

Well, I'd better run, but before I do -
Happy Halloween everyone!
Happy Stitching,


  1. Hey Jenny!!
    So nice to see an update from you! The twins are beautiful. They are getting big. So nice that you are still getting a lot of stitching done. I am in love with the Swedish handcraft society designs. I love the penny rug too.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful fall and holiday season.

  2. adorable little ones.

    Stitching with kids is hard. I stitch mostly at nap time.

  3. Your girls are beautiful!!! I love all the projects you have posted but my favorite is the one in progress...the folk art sewing roll. OH I LOVE THAT!!!! I hope you will post a finish picture of this one in the future. Enjoy your little ones.

  4. Hi! I came over here thanks to a comment you left on my blog the other day. :) I love those Swedish designs -- it never really occurred to me to do something monochromatic, but now I really want to!

  5. Love the pictures! I was glad to see a post from you. I really like those red designs. They look fun. And the hats are super cute. :)

  6. Aww cute pictures of sweet babies...
    Beautiful stitches ...
    Big hugs x

  7. Jenny, so glad you posted to update us on your stitching and your "smalls". They are both adorable! What fun you are having with them. I am so happy for you! Love the Scandinavian designs too. Like your idea to finish them for display too.

    Hope you post more often. pam

  8. I don't get much stitching WITHOUT children around. So, yeah. No tips for that from me. Heh.
    Loved seeing an update from you!
    The girls are adorable. :)

  9. It's so great to see a post from you! Love seeing your little girls -- my gosh, they've gotten big! Love all your projects too! Those kits that are hard to get are gorgeous! I hope you get that quilt made, it's going to be marvelous! The FG quilt too for that matter. Love seeing everything!

  10. So good to see your post! Lovely stitching and beautiful little ones!!