January 29, 2012

Whispers and Howls and Jump for Joy

Sunday greetings! It's nice to be home again in Virginia, although the Cape has an undeniable charm. I've settled in with my stitching and am busy working on Sarah Hatton McPhail again. Here's the section I've been concentrating on. Those little cross-stitched-then-four-sided-stitched letters are time-consuming; you can't get much speed going on them. Beneath the border is a row of pink saw-tooth stitching (satin stitches in graduated lengths). The top alphabet is royal blue thread cross stitch with pink four-sided stitch, then there's the line of long-arm cross with stem stitching outlining it in gold and diagonal stitches in the same royal blue, and then the next alphabet is royal blue with gold four-sided stitch. I'm wanting to finish to get it done this year anyway, but if I am going to enter it in Woodlawn (which is happening this year in May), it has to be complete by March 4 in order for it to be framed in time for submission, so I have just 5 weeks to finish it up. And of course, everything else I want to work on is whispering or howling, as the case may be, from their respective mesh project bags. And I have lots of WIPs left to show you, although today I'll show you a little palate-cleanser of a new start.


Here's my new start for Independence Day (I love Independence Day designs and try to stitch one each year): Little House Needleworks' "Brave Hearts" stitched on 40 count Lakeside (Examplar?) from my stash using the suggested Belle Soie fibers. Love those fibers--I take the time to make the full crosses, one at a time, because I love the variegation in it.


This chart came out in 2007; I saw it stitched by someone over one and decided I needed to stitch it also, although I'm doing it over two.


I picked the bunnies up on the way home on Friday, and they were having such a good time at the wonderful Bunny-Lu bunsitting service, that they could have cared less that I had arrived. Or so I thought. When I put them back in their customary room, Pink binkied with happiness to be home. Boing! Boing!

Pink: I disapprove of sleepaway camp, but the salads were good.

See you in a few days with another WIP.

23 comments:

Nancy said...

Beautiful projects as always Glenna, and what a wonderful picture of Pink!

barbara said...

Oh man, that picture of Pink is irresistible!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Pink is one gorgeous gal! I understand how she feels about sleep away camp.
Love both the projects you're working on. I'll be cheering you to the finish line... your sampler would be fabulous at Woodlawn.

Catherine said...

Love your stitches and I so know what you mean about other projects calling out!
Pink is too cute!

Chris said...

Welcome home!Sarah is looking lovely and so is your patriotic piece.

Giovanna said...

Lovely WIPs as always - great going on both!

marly said...

Sarah sure is gorgeous and more intricate than I though. I have no doubt you could meet the Woodlawn deadline. Pink must be a happy bun!

Littlebit said...

Such beautiful projects! I especially like the Independence Day one..beautiful colors, and I would cross each stitch as well. Your Pink is just adorable.

Margaret said...

Awww, that's so cute that Pink boinged all over in joy to be home! :D I love your Sarah. I so need to stitch her. I'm trying so hard not to start something new though. Your Independence Day project is really pretty too! But Sarah has my heart. Glad you're home again!

Linda said...

Your stitching is awesome as always. Love Brave Hearts. I might have to start that one.

Linda

PS Do the bunnies really miss you like a cat or dog?

Michelle P said...

The stitching is awesome! I can just picture that happy Pink going silly all over the place.

Beth Pearce said...

Wow! That Sarah is amazing. I bet those letters do take forever.

I had not seen the Patriotic one before, it is lovely.

Melissa said...

I always enjoy coming by to see what new things you're stitching. I am just catching up with your last post and there were more new-to-me things. Fun!

Pink is so cute!

Jan said...

Sarah looks great and I like the new start.
I bet the bunnies missed you even though the were pampered while you were gone.

Anna van Schurman said...

The bunnies loved being away and loved coming home--the best of both worlds. That's what I always think when Stella goes to her hotel.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pinky knows best.

Siobhán said...

Fantastic stitching on both of your samplers, Glenna! I love the idea of stitching a patriotic piece each year. I bought that chart, too--I need to dig it out and get going. I'm still wondering how Halloween passed without me doing much autumnal stitching.

Pink is too cute!

Katrina said...

Glad your bunny babies did well at camp :-). Love Sarah and your new start!!!!

Cari said...

Oh my goodness....Sarah is lovely. What a fabulous use of fiber.... She is going to be something else Glenna. I too love USA stitching !! Pink is adorable as usual !! Glad they had such good care at the spa. Hugs

Michelle said...

That is a lot of work on Sarah! I think it's great you're pushing toward a finish for Woodlawn. Love the new start. You always inspire me with your Independence Day stitching.

Mouse said...

oooo glad pink liked the food ...lol lovely work on your stitching .... and mmmm the one that shouts the loudest usually gets worked on first for me ..lol :) love mouse xxxx

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Beautiful progress, Glenna! Good luck on finishing on time (I have no doubt that you will)!

Pink is so prettty!

Daffycat said...

Oh, your new Independence Day start is WONDERFUL!

I can just imagine how happy Pink must have been to be home. Next time you gotta be filming things after you turn them loose...just in case you can catch those pops of glee!