August 12, 2012

Fat Bottomed Girls

Hey, guys! It's been a while, but my job seems to be of the all-consuming, hours-eating type. At the end of the day I'm pretty well drained and every weekend is catch-up, so I haven't been blogging much, although I continue to stitch. Thank goodness that stitching is so calming. I've been working on much!

Here's where Sarah Hatton McPhail stands. Not finished, although close. I've got a little bit here and there--something on the border, finishing the four-sided stitch over the top of the navy letters/numbers, completing the boat and the lines in the water, doing some top stitching on bushes and trees, and a couple of over-one mottoes. I'm hoping to finish by the first Stitch Night in September, wherein my pals and I will be selecting a suitable frame.

Love the sampler but hate these little four-sided suckers, because you know, it's enough. This relationship is over. Time to move on.

Of course when a relationship goes bad, sometimes you cast your eyes around and start another relationship prematurely. My friend Carol M. loaned me this chart--I've been wanting to stitch it forever. Thanks, Carol! Blackbird Designs' "Blessings Be Thine" stitched on a piece of LL (vintage examplar, I think, 32 count) from my stash, using a conversion to Belle Soie silks from my stash.

Remember Hannah Carter? I hemmed and hawed over what to use for her.

Simple Cashel--everything is covered, so no sense using a nice over-dyed. I'm using the called-for AVAS with the exception of the background blue-green, for which I'm using Silk 'n Colors in Green Leaves (there are two Green Leaves--this is the dark). Hopefully the variegation will make it more fun to stitch all that background. And no, I'm not stitching it in the recommended one-stitch-at-a-time way--there's just too much of it.

I put a little work into Ann Dale: Big and Beautiful. I love this and am thinking ahead to Christmas (Christmas 2015 maybe). Called-for NPI on PTP 40 count fabric. Legacy?

Another new start: Sheepish Designs' "Spotless Innocence."

I'm stitching it on 40-count LL Examplar from my stash, along with a silk conversion of the DMC colors. It's a fun stitch.

Many thanks to a local stitching friend, Beth, who had listed the SI chart on ebay, and which I won in a bid, not knowing it was hers. She was destashing and generously gave me all of these Sheepish Designs! Thanks so much, Beth! I foresee many hours of happily sitting on my butt, stitching away.

Elizabeth is sitting in the sink, having her sticky pantaloons soaked clean in a plain warm-water bath. She appears serene here, doesn't she?

Noooooooo! Let me out!

On to stitch a bit. Happy week ahead!


Laurie in Iowa said...

It's so good to see a blog post from you. You've been missed! All your stitching looks fabulous. Sorry your job is all-consuming... hopefully it will calm down soon.

MarchAnn said...

Everything looks great, and you are moving right along.
I'll missing being at In Stitches for the Stitch In's but will be thinking about you all and your wonderful projects. Keep taking a lot of pictures for the In Stitches Blog too.

Anna van Schurman said...

Love Sarah! I saw some of those four sided letters when I was at the Westtown School display in Chester County. Those letters look fabulous and 200 years from now, stitchers will be impressed. :)

Daffycat said...

I've missed you, Glenna.

Your WIP look fantastic and I adore your willow-tree'd new start. Those trees are awesome!

Lisa M said...

Wow Sarah looks great! I remember first finding your blog a few years ago and seeing a WIP pic of this sampler, I never saw anything like it before and it looked amazing. I now love samplers and love visiting your blog and seeing your stitching :)

Margaret said...

So good to see a blog post from you. Hope your job slows down a bit so you can relax more. I love all your new starts and all -- so pretty!

Gabi said...

Sarah looks great. So do your new starts. Love it all.
Hope your job gets a bit less time consuming :)

Karen said...

Sarah looks great and so do your new starts. I really like "Spotless Innocence" the colors.

Cari said...

Love, love, love all of your stitching...old wips and new starts...all of them. I'm sitting on my hands trying not to order Hannah Carter. I'm pretty sure I'll get her..just not sure when. That is one fantastic piece. Elizabeth is darling. Hugs

Jan said...

YAY! Framing by committee! It worked for me. You know we all love to put in our 2 cents.

I love Elizabeth. She is so adorable.

marly said...

Sarah is such a magnificent sampler and I envy stitchers that can complete her. You're so close!! All the others are great projects too. Glad to see them all!

Rabbits' Guy said...

We are starting a campaign for a full wall in the Wash. DC Art museum for your stuff! Couple more elections and I think we'll have it! Stitch on.

Baths - fur - ugh.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Elizabeth is adorable!

Lovely stitching too!

Katherine said...

Beautiful stitching Glenna. I've had my eye on Miss Hannah for a while myself. Good thinking about using the Cashel.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Great stuff you got going there! Isn't that funny you won something from someone you knew?! I've always wondered if that ever happened to anyone. Can't wait to watch your progress!

Chris said...

Wow! You are so close to finishing Sarah! She looks wonderful. All your projects do.
Elizabeth looks like such a sweet girl.
Have a great week and stitch on!

Catherine said...

Great post full of all of your stitchy goodness! Everything looks beautiful! And what cute bunny pics!

Peggy Lee said...

Wow! Beautiful WIPs.
Now that is an impressive lot of charts you have there!

Awww.....poor bunny.
So cute!!

Jeanne said...

Can't wait to see your sample framed - I've been admiring it along the way as you stitched it. I'm sure I will be envious of Hannah Carter too...I hope to start the CHS "knock-off" of it (Garden Glade) soon.

What cute pics of your hunny bunny and boy did you score on the Sheepish Designs charts!! Love them.