May 09, 2010

Needle Bling and Other Treasures

Picture-heavy post: lots of samplers! Progress on Samplers Revisted's "Catharine McNeal." I really would like to finish this sampler by the end of summer. Note the little bit of bling at the top?

Yesterday I went to In Stitches to pick up some things I ordered. I saw this little needle minder and picked him up. There were so many little critters and objects to choose from: bugs and hats and palm trees, all with rhinestones, by "Needle Bling--Elizabeth Turner Collection." Maybe I won't drop my needle down the sofa cushions now that I have him.

Scarlet Letter Sunday: I had ordered this fabric for Ann Wallace. It's Edinboro Summer Khaki in 36 count. Several of you asked me about the gray AVAS that I'm substituting for the blah brown that's called for. The gray is the skein on the lower left. Now that I have the fabric, I'm not sure it's the right gray. Maybe a gray with greenish tones? Note that the photo of Ann Wallace below shows a darker fabric. I had the chance to see the darker fabric (natural dirty linen, I think it was called) and felt it was too dark.


I took some photos of some of the framed samplers at In Stitches yesterday. You can see Catharine McNeal on the left, and a sampler called "Isabella Jemima Catchpoole 1857" on the right by the same designer. I would like to stitch that one one of these days soon.

By the same designer is "Martha Wood 1853" on the left and "AR 1829" on the right.

I did get this one--an older sampler design by Threads of Gold called "Sarah Munday." I also picked up Threads Through Time's "Ann Rayner." You know--in case I run out of things to stitch.

Little Peaches says she does not remember her mom. My own mom is probably going out for dinner at Ihop with my dad. She will be satisfied with that or the early bird special at Hearth and Kettle or perhaps a turkey sub at Subway, but I feel a little sad that I can't be there to make a favorite dish for her--shrimp or a grilled steak. Happy mother's day, and treat yourselves to something special!

Happy week ahead!

30 comments:

KarenV said...

I love your cute little needle minder, what a sweet frog! Lovely progress on Catherine McNeal :)

Nancy said...

I love your sampler! It is so beautiful! The little needle minder is adorable, and I'm going to have to search those. Love the bunny's face!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your C. McNeal looks fabulous Glenna. I'm sure you'll have her done by the end of the summer.
Cute little needle minder. We can all use a bit of stitchy bling.

Cari-in-VA said...

Glenna - what wonderful progress you have made! I just love the old samplers.

Enjoy your day!

SharoninStitches said...

Hi, Love all the pictures! and the little frog! Any chance you can direct me to In Stitches as I'd like to order some of the samplers in the pictures you took? Many thanks! Sharon (Michigan)

Jan said...

Gosh so many pretty samplers, Glenna! And I love your new 'bling'! I think you ought to get on Sarah Munday, and I think I ought to order that one for myself! Thanks for the enabling!!

Little Peaches appreciates you, as her momma, don't you hear her? (^-^)

Margaret said...

Um, Glenna, I have to stop reading your blog now. Every time I come read your blog, I find something else to add to my wish list. Due to your enabling, my wish list is now a mile long. And that little frog! Ugh! Ok, I'm going away now. (Just kidding, I'll keep reading your blog. You just have to stop this enabling stuff. :D :D )

Gladys Creativa said...

Your work is really amazing, congratulations and regars froma Spain!

Kellie said...

Great progress on Catherine. I love the needle bling. I might have to have some bling for myself. That is so cute!! I am with Margaret... my wish list gets longer every time I read here. I am falling in love with Ann Wallace. I can't wait to see more of it.

FayeRaye said...

LOVE the bling~~ And I'm pretty sure you will not be running out of any samplers to stitch...at least in this lifetime~~ Happy Mothers Day, Faye

Deb said...

Your little needle minder is so cute. Does just add the right amount of bling to look at. Your Catharine sampler looks wonderful. And I love the new pieces that you picked up. It's a good thing I don't live near that store.

I think I must have missed your last post, but love the Lady in the Castle and the one that you started. You know there is something fun about doing fill in once in a while and what you started looks wonderful.

Berit said...

Gorgeous! I just love the colours on this WiP of yours!

Everything else also looks beautiful--so many pretty things to stitch.

Rabbits' Guy said...

I swear, all by yourself you have kept the economy of the cross stitch world humming - recruiting new troops, selling goods,etc. Are you doing some kind of college class project about psychology or business or something?

Sharon in Michigan .. I remember going into a hole-in-the wall restaurant along the down town main street in either Manistee or Ludington and the walls are adorned with nautical cross stitching done by the guy that used to own the place .. I think he did anyway.

Peaches! Hi!

bunnygirl said...

That needle-minder is adorable. They had no bunnies, though?

Hi, Peaches. Poor girl, don't be sad. G is a terrific mom, even though she's just a biped.

Annemarie said...

Oh, that's right Glenna. Show us some more samplers. As if you haven't brought me to financial ruin already with all of that enabling. I ordered Catharine, you know...
You're making great progress and I think that frog is to die for!

Vonna said...

Oh, if only I could stitch so fast....aren't all those samplers beautiful?! Thank you for sharing with us!

Giovanna said...

Great going on CMcN! And the frog is just gorgeous, nice find.

Loraine said...

Wonderful samplers! Your needle minder is so sweet!

Michelle said...

Your needleminder is adorable. And you know how I love the bling. Catherine is looking fabulous too - she will be so pretty for summer. It's a wonder you don't come out of that shop loaded down with stuff!

lenna said...

First ~ your rabbit is so cute.
Second ~ your sampler is so beautiful and a lot of work has already gone into it. Great progress!
Third ~ your frog bling is so darling. I must find a shop that carries them that I can order them.
Fourth ~ the samplers you took pictures of are awesome. Great blog btw!
God Bless and keep doing that great stitching!
Lenna

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on Catharine Glenna! I just love this sampler. Great start on Ann Wallace too! I love the needle bling - too cool! :)

bunnygirl said...

Glenna, as long as Audrey is here sometime the week of the 24th, it's all good.

You didn't get much time with her. Let me know if I should send her back after we return from vacation. I don't think she got to see the DC sights!

mainely stitching said...

I love your needle bling!! The one time I tried to use a needle magnet - a lovely Kelmscott one given to me by a friend - I dropped it and it broke. :( I decided I'd rather lose needles.

Wow, those are some gorgeous models you showed!!!

Siobhan said...

Ack. I really shouldn't have looked. Your WIPs are FABULOUS, and omgosh, I just love the samplers at In Stitches!! What a super cute needleminder, too. YGG!

Alice said...

Great stitching! Love the little blingy frog

Katrina said...

Gorgeous Sampler pictures, I am loving watching your progress on Catharine. And the needleminder is too cute too. They didn't have a little bunny ;-)?

Alma Allen said...

Love how Catharine is shaping up! The overdyed linen really makes this one look soft and vintage. I had to purchase this pattern too...but you make me want to begin stitching it!!! Hope she is done by the end of the summer...but looks like you are really progressing quickly on this one.

The Scarlett House said...

Okay Glenna, I promised myself that I would not buy another chart for awhile. Then, you had to show your progress on Catherine. I'm in love, I'm in Love, I'm in love. I thought there might be too much blue in it for me, but it's really the most incredibly different border that reeled me in...and that house. You know how I feel about cool houses. I'm hooked.

Littlebit said...

Wow! Beautiful sampler! Love the pics of all of the framed ones, too..your little needle minder is too cute!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Dude! That little frog is adorable!! I hear the call of needle bling! Thanks for tbe sampler pics... definitely some great inspiration there! Have a great weekend!