May 22, 2011

Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue...

...because it's going to give me a break from these eyelets. All the same, I have completed four of the ten lollipops or "candles." Just six to go. Very time-consuming, but they're turning out well. We will not discuss the tedium of the over-one verse on 40 count.


Here's Dorothy Walpole, as far as I've stitched. Although I complain, it's going to be a stunner.


I love stitching patriotic designs in the same way that others like to stitch Christmas, and I actually manage to finish one most years. (Last year was Prairie Schooler's "July." Or wait. The year before?) I was thinking of stitching "America" or "Brave Hearts" by Little House, but then I spied this little Crown and Thistle kit on ebay called "Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue" (I think--I don't see the name on the package). It came with everything in it, but I swapped out the included 32 count fabric for a 36 count mystery linen from my stash. After all those eyelets, I'm enjoying the variegation of the WDW threads and stitching the little white stars. Of course, I've defied the instructions to stitch with one thread in most of the areas since I don't like that coverage even on 36 count, so we'll see how that goes.


Here's what the the design looks like. Out of print, I'm fairly certain.


Pink: "I'm a little white star." Yes you are, Pink!


Happy week ahead!

35 comments:

mainely stitching said...

That really is a gorgeous sampler you're working on, and I just LOVE the look of all those eyelets together like that.

Your patriotic design is so pretty!!

The Fab Furs said...

If you gave Pink a blueberry, then red, white, and blue hurrah would be bunnified.

blue star stitcher said...

Oooh that's a cute design (and a cute bunny). I've never seen that one before.

bunnygirl said...

I love that lighthouse. Makes me think wistfully of Cape Cod.

And yes, Pink, you are a star!

Sylvia said...

You have made such progress on Dorothy, and she is looking stunning.
I really like your new start as well.

Pink is a little rock star!

Mouse said...

ooo its looking lovely :) and I like your ebay find :) Pink is sooo cute .. we have 2 white guinea pigs and a white hamster at the mouse house :) love mouse xxxx

Deborah said...

Your sampler is simply stunning! The eyelet's may be a pain but they are gorgeous.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Dorothy is gorgeous. Love the patriotic design you're working on too.

Karen said...

Both of your WIP are pretty... can't wait to see more.


Happy stitching....

marly said...

Dorothy is going to be a feast for the eyes. I don't think I've ever seen a design with an eyelet grouping that large. Well, if I did, I would have tried to forget it. Perfect stitches as always, and a treat for us to view.

Margaret said...

I love your Dorothy!!! So gorgeous! Love your patriotic pick for this year too. Nice!

Nancy said...

Those eyelets are so pretty! That is a wonderful patriotic design you found!

Rabbits' Guy said...

BL does recipes like you do stitch instructions. She never saw one that couldn't use a bit of an improvment!

I think I see the Peach back in there too! Happy Holidays!

(I know - what Holidays? - but I do calendars like you do stitching ...)

Cari said...

Oh Glenna...your work is stunning. I love both of the pieces you're working on. I too change from piece to piece depending on my mood or fingers!! I love Pink...a white star for sure!! Happy Stitching.

Alice said...

My goodness those eyelets are gorgeous! All that over one stitching too!

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on Dorothy, Glenna! I just love that sampler!! Great start on your other sampler too!!

Dona said...

Dorothy is so pretty, Glenna! You are right, it will be stunning when finished.

I love stitching patriotic pieces, too, although I never seem to get them finished!

Deb said...

Love your progress on Dorothy Glenna. I didn't realize that there were so many eyelet stitches in that piece. But it's going to be a stunner when finished.

Katrina said...

Fun projects!!! I especially love Dorothy. I am trying to pace myself so I am not going to start her until I finish a couple things I am already working on :-). I like patriotic designs too.

Melissa said...

Dorothy is hard-work! But she is looking very pretty!

cross stitch said...

I love your stitching updates. I particularly like the patriotic design but your cute bunny steals your thunder :-)

Daffycat said...

and blefs? Is blefs a word?

Pink certainly is a star! Hurrah for Pink!

Giovanna said...

Your WIPs are beautiful!

Michelle said...

Oh Dorothy is already a stunner! Wow!!! I like the patriotic piece you've found too. It will be a good break from the lollipops.

Barb said...

Great stitching. All the work looks beautiful.

ceflathrop said...

Hi Glenna, I'm a fellow cross-stitcher and I've been a long-time follower of your blog and I live here in the NOVA area. My parents live in Pittsburgh and my dad found a pet rabbit (looks a lot like Peaches) in the cemetery behind his house that is extremely tame and he doesn't know what to do with it. He can't keep it because my parents already have two dogs and two cats, but he is worried about wild animals getting it. It has been living there for about two weeks and will eat right out of your hand. It even comes when he calls it (he has been calling it Thumper). What should we do? I am trying to get my husband come around to the idea of us taking it in, but I don't know how that will go. Would you be interested in a 4th rabbit? I'm going to visit Pittsburgh this weekend and check out the situation. Thanks for any advice you may be able to provide. I didn't know any other way to contact you.

Glenna said...

Hi to Ceflathrop about the rabbit. We're full up on rabbits, BF tells me (he's not a fan of the rabbits as I am), so here are my suggestions. Definitely don't leave it there. Poor thing isn't equipped for life in the wild even though it looks like a wild bunny. I've seen horrible injuries of rabbits left outside. I did a little online research and there's a Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club and an org. called Animal Friends of Pittsburgh. They may have advice or know of a shelter. Or even the local no-kill SPCA type place would be better. I'd love to take it, but I'd have 20 rabbits by now if I did, and the rabbits and I would be looking for a new home! Thanks for caring about the little thing. Email me at glennalgregory@gmail.com if you have questions or want to talk further. A rabbit who comes when you calls is (in my experience) pretty rare--how cool. IMO, that rabbit's a keeper. You might want to try? I can coach you on getting set up.

The Scarlett House said...

That Dorothy is HOT! It is a stunner, but I can see why you need a break from those queens. Enjoy the R, W, & B!

bunnygirl said...

Hey, there! I hear Audrey is with you. Does she have any plans for the first two weeks of June? I'm going to Colorado from 6/9 - 6/16, and I'd love her company. If she can get here by 6/3, she can go to a conference in north Texas, too!

bunnygirl said...

Michelle says she sent Audrey to you in January. Maybe you two should get in touch and try to figure out what went wrong. I hate to think she's been lost all this time.

Siobhan said...

Your eyelets are perfection!! What a great design. I love your patriotic piece, too!

bunnygirl said...

So have you been in touch with Michelle? Did she have a tracking number?

I've asked Diana Moll if she still has her Audrey, but it won't be the same. We need to find OUR Audrey, if it's still possible at this late date.

bunnygirl said...

Michelle is DKM (Diva Kitty's Mom): http://divakitty.wordpress.com/

bunnygirl said...

Any luck finding out more about missing Audrey?

CalamityJr said...

Great progress on everything, but I especially like your red, white and blue start. Look forward to seeing it finished!