January 15, 2012

WIP 8: Sarah Hatton McPhail

Happy Sunday, all! It took me a little longer than I expected to return to blogging, since I've been busy, including having worked at the needlework shop yesterday afternoon. It's always fun to work there, although we did a brisk business, so there wasn't a lot of time to indulge in my favorite activity--shopping for my own stash (oh yeah, but I did find a couple of projects I intend to nab, including some oldies). Lots of people came in to look for the perfect project for this long, chilly weekend. Doesn't that sound perfect? A cup of tea, a warm spot in front of the fire, and the cross stitch/needlepoint/knitting project of your choice. That's my plan for today, although I'm trying to figure out what kind of low-cal nutritious dinner I can fix in under two minutes. Maybe a glass of water and a vitamin.

Here's a closeup of my progress on Sarah Hatton McPhail:


The thing about her is that she really is fairly small, although densely packed with stitching (and there's a ton of back-stitching on her as well that I'm starting to work on now so that it all doesn't fall at the end and derail the project). I think she calls for a special frame, and I wandered the shop examining frames and framing treatments yesterday. A customer had brought in a nice needlework project that was matted in the most beautiful pink linen and framed fairly simply with a chippy-paint wood frame. The linen mat set off the project just perfectly, and I decided that I'd love to mat Sarah with linen and then look for a beautiful wood frame. Normally I just have my needlework framed without a mat, but I'm hooked on this idea, although of course, it makes it more expensive. We'll see when she's done. I'll bring you along on the framing trip, of course!


Pink says he would like to point out that his blue hay box is the exact color of Sarah's water, and that while Peaches is taking up more than her share of the box, it is very cozy to snuggle on a cold Sunday morning with a bunny.


See you soon! I'm back to the needlework shop tomorrow morning to work a half day.

15 comments:

Margaret said...

Ah Sarah! Yes, she's on my todo list as well. You are doing so well with her! And yay that the Woodlawn show is happening after all! Get busy. :D

Minnie said...

It just amazes me all of the large projects you are working on, it's a different every post and they are all stitched so beautifully.

Linda said...

Great progress on Sarah. I wish I could do those kind of designs. Love the bunnies - wish I could get one - but to many kitties.

Linda

Chris said...

Sarah is looking great. I need to pull this one back out to stitch on. You are so close to finishing :)

Melissa said...

Oh, Sarah is just so pretty! Absolutely stunning!

I laughed at your idea of the simple meal - glass of water and vitamin! I'll have to remember that!

Have fun stitching and stashing at your work (gee, you're the only one I know who can do that!).

Faye said...

Between your gorgeous beachy header and the cooling blue shade in Sarah's waters.......Ah, take me away from this bitter cold....

She is looking fantastic and soon you will be done!~~ take care my friend and have a cuppa for me!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Sarah is beautiful and I'm so glad that Woodlawn is on and you're motivated to finish Sarah. I can't wait to see her completed. I think the linen mat board sounds like a great idea for this sampler.

Gabi said...

What a beauty Sarah is. Looking fantastic.

Rabbits' Guy said...

A. Lite beer and popcorn

B. Cuddle Bunns rock!

Mouse said...

oooo she is coming along nicely and well done for doing the backstitch as you go along ... much better than stressing at the end ... the linen mat sounds lovely soooo fingers crossed you get everything ready in time for the show :)
and love the snuggle bunnies :) love mouse xxxx

Giovanna said...

Sarah is coming along beautifully - her colours are just gorgeous.

Jan said...

Sarah is just so pretty. It looks like you're more than half way done with her. I like the idea of a linen mat.
Pink and Peaches have the right idea. Snuggle down and stay warm.

Katrina said...

Very pretty project and I love your ideas for framing her!!!!

Michelle said...

Sarah is gorgeous - I love the idea of matting her with a linen mat too. Can't wait!

Siobhán said...

Sarah McP looks great! Nice progress, Glenna.

I love your blog header pic!