March 14, 2010
Spring Cleaning/March Madness
Now that it's so much warmer and the trees are budding, I've started cleaning and airing the house, which extended to cleaning (but not airing--so sad that you can't open the windows in a tall city-building) my office. I dug through my closet and in desk drawers that I seldom open and came up with a dozen or so needlework charts and magazines, mostly ordered from ebay. Here's one of them, a little chart called "Lambs Garden," by Earth Threads. It's charted for 32 count using GAST, but I'm stitching it on 40 count Lakeside (Light Examplar, I think), substituting a few colors I didn't have, since I arrived home Friday night and immediately kitted it up from my stash. It's springy and pretty cute! It seems to be OOP since it's a 1996 chart, but I noticed a copy of it selling on ebay today.
When I get on a tangent, off I go! I got "researching" sheep samplers, looking for more Earth Threads Lambs (they're a series, apparently, and I successfully clicked and bought "Lambs Easter" (not to be confused with Easter Lamb with mint sauce) and "Lambs Halloween." Look what jumped into my cart! "Grazing Sheep" by the Scarlet Letter. Now there's a chart that will take a year or two or three to stitch! But don't you just love it? Come on, Stitchers, you know you've got to stitch this! Here you have it: my little version of Spring Fever or March Madness:
I also worked on Catharine McNeal this week.
And here's a chart I ordered from Emlis a few weeks ago. You've seen Village Square Sampler, which has been re-released by Kelmscott. I also wanted Miriam Chilvers (you can see the photo here at Valley House Primitives. I'd like to say, by the way, that I aspire to own a Valley House Primitives frame for my finished works--they are exquisite). Miriam Chilvers may be released eventually by Kelmscott as well, say my sources. Emli's did have a copy of this chart--the Chili Pepper Sampler--though, so I snapped it up. I suspect this is something of a sleeper--a chart not widely distributed at this moment and which people aren't aware of and on which the photo of the project isn't very clear. But I think it will be very bright and compelling design to stitch--just a hunch.
Speaking of spring cleaning and little lambs, here's my little lamb who appears to need a bit of a shearing.
Elvis: "Not if you value your stitchy fingers!"
Happy week ahead!