May 20, 2012

Rabbit Run

Greetings, all! I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted. My new job is all-consuming at the moment--learning the ropes and the procedures. I get home so over-stimulated and tired I'm virtually speechless (no doubt a relief to Tom), but it has helped calm me to stitch. And as I may have mentioned before, the light in my new office is so wonderful that I spend nearly every lunch hour stitching contentedly, so I've actually been accomplishing quite a lot.

Here's the latest shot of Sarah Hatton McPhail. The "before" photo is below. I've managed to nearly finish the bottom and the right lower corner and I've brought one of the alphabet lines to the right border. This photo is the truer color of the fabric. Frankly, although I love it, I'm finding it disappointingly small. I was going to mat it with a nice fabric (pink or blue linen) and then find the biggest gilt rococo frame they make for it so that it's more imposing on my wall. My walls are so bare that I'm afraid it will look like a speck otherwise. The kind ladies at stitch night were aghast at my plans and told me I would not be MATTING anything, nor would I choose a loud gold frame. We have decided, in fact, that framing Sarah will be a group activity on a stitch night, supervised by a number of my fellow sitchers, so that I do not make a horrible mistake. LOL!



Here's the latest on Elizabeth Easdon. I've made it to the right-hand border on the top. There's still a ton to do on this.



And a couple of new starts, which you may have noticed if you read the In Stitches blog. Here's this year's Mirabilia Santa, which I'm stitching on 32 count fabric with DMC, some sparkly Kreinik and lots of beads to be added later. I love stitching Santas, as many of you know.


And each year I try to stitch a Blackberry Lane designs Christmas ornament. Last year I stitched two and gave them away in a Christmas swap. The Blackberry Lane trunk show is in the shop, and I got so enthused about last year's model (everything's more enticing as a model, isn't it?), that I started it also.


Also soon on my plate: I've ordered the newest Scarlet Letter, and my copy of Gigi R's Virginie Grimoux has arrived at the shop. I had that awful decision to make for today: drive to the shop, pick up my new chart and miss a few hours with the needle, or stay home, stitch and plan to pick up the new chart when I work at the shop next Sunday? I decided to stay out of the car today, but it was a tough decision! Here she is:




Pink and I have missed everyone, and we hope to post a little more frequently as things calm down.


Happy week ahead.

22 comments:

Nancy said...

Glenna I am always in awe of the samplers you stitch! They look gorgeous. How fun that you get to stitch on your lunch hour. I'm sure that makes work a little more relaxing even though it sounds like you have your hands full. Pink is as beautiful as ever!

Littlebit said...

Holy cow...er, rabbit! I am in awe looking at your samplers, especially Sarah..stunning!!!!!! So glad you are able to stitch on your lunch hour. I cant wait to see your next progress on that santa! Nice to see you again.

Margaret said...

It's good to see a post from you! Love Sarah and Elizabeth, of course. I think you've found the problem with always stitching on 40ct -- sometimes the pieces turn out smaller than we would have hoped for. Ah well. I'm sure Sarah will look great! lol about the ladies wanting to help you frame her so you won't do something drastic! Love the Xmas piece too. Glad you're settling into your new job -- nice that it's easy to stitch during lunch hour with the light in your office. Yay!

marly said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

Rabbits' Guy said...

What a great heading photo!

A group framing? You know that a camel is a horse designed by a group - right?

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the header photo!

New jobs always seem to be extra intensive!

Daffycat said...

There you are! I was missing you!

I'm glad you are enjoying settling in to your new job. At least it sounds like you enjoy it? So nice to be able to stitch for breaks too =)

Giovanna said...

So much done on so many projects - how do you do it? Great going! And I love the new header picture, those bunnies look so happy.

Chris said...

Hey Glenna!
So glad to hear that things are going well. You are making such great progress on your stitching. Sarah is quite small for as much as you put into her. One of these days I will be picking her back up.
I love your new stash too!!
Have a great week!

Katrina said...

Glenna, I've missed you!!!!!! Sarah and Elizabeth are gorgeous can't wait to see how you and your 'group' frame her. I have to say, love the idea of a substantial frame, just not gilt ;-).

My DH would be thrilled if I were speechless ;-). He thinks I talk too much, can you imagine, LOL.

Lanie said...

My, my, Glenna, you have been very busy! "Sarah" is beautiful. Funny story about your framing idea! Framing is always "anxiety ridden" for me. I get ideas in my head that aren't necessarily the best ideas! I'm sure "Sarah" will be lovely in whichever frame is selected. Oh la la ... I love that "Virginie"! Can't wait to follow your progress. "Santa" will no doubt be stunning! Keep us posted with your stitching progress...such pretty designs you are working on!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

It is all so beautiful! Don't know which I love more. Hello sweet Pink!

Cari said...

Your stitching is lovely....great progress!! Love the bunnies in your header as well...and bunny hugs to Pink.

Minnie said...

Glenna are you sure you want to trust the framing of your beautiful work to us? Especially the table in the front room. LOL!

woolwoman said...

your current WIP;s are absolutely gorgeous ! I also added Virginie Grimeoux to my stash - I've given her a tiny start. I'm glad Elvis found a friend - they are so beautiful albeit a little hard headed. Any chance you would share a copy of that chart from the old mag since it's OOP by now?
Thanks and hope you settle into your new job soon! Melody

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Great progress and great plans too! Can't wait to see what you get up to. I enjoyed visiting with you today.

Melissa said...

Gosh darn, Glenna, every time I visit there are more things I want to stitch! ;-)

Glad your new job is working out and you even get to stitch during your lunch hour! Sarah is heading towards the home stretch I think!

Nice to see Pink! I like the new banner on your blog and the frolicking bunnies!

valerie said...

Oh, I love your new header photo! You're made some good progress on Sarah and Elizabeth...and Santa too! I'm glad that you're finding some time to stitch and take a mental break. Always so hard when you're in the training phase at a new job. Good luck!

Karen said...

Hi Glenna, glad to see your post. Sarah is absolutely beautiful; you're really coming along with her. I'm glad you're able to stitch on your lunch hour -- color me jealous :-)

barbara said...

Fabulous stitching. I'd be curious to see the flashy frame - I'm always such a wimp with framing.

Congrats on the new job being so stimulating - and hooray for good office light! :)

Susan said...

Sorry to hear work has been so consuming but hopefully it will settle soon. Great progress on all your pieces. I'll be interested to see what the group decides for framing Sarah. I have the Mirabilia Santa on my wish list (not that I need another Christmas pattern but you can't have too many Santas!)

Catherine said...

You are always working on the most beautiful projects!! Isn't our stitching the best at calming our souls? How nice that your office has such great light!