Stitches and More

Stitches and More
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands... Proverbs 31:13

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Has it really been a year? has been a year since I posted last! I have been busy! I've been stitching, though. Either cross stitch, knitting or crocheting. Always have a project or two or three (or more!) going at all times. Have made lots of items for Project Linus and Operation Gratitude. I still meet weekly at the local library with knit/crochet group and a smaller group of us meets weekly for coffee, stitching and chatting. I've also spent lots (but not enough) of time in CA with my granddaughter. She is growing so fast and will turn 2 next month! I have pics to share of some finishes, but haven't figured how to post them from my iPad, so will have to do it from my PC for now... Will be back soon with pics!

Post edited to add pics:

Here are a few knitted items.
Hitchhiker scarf

 Lucina Shell Cowl

 Baby Fern Pattern scarf

And a few Halloween finishes:

 Simply Boo
Elizabeth's Needlework Designs

 Frightful/Jack and Bat
Just Nan
 Jack-o-Lantern Scissors Fob
Casey Buonaugurio Designs

Spooky Time

Here they are added to my seasonal bowl for last Halloween.  Still have some room...better stitch lots more!!

Friday, September 4, 2015


Little House Needleworks
c. 2002
2/28/2015 - 6/2015

I just love this design.  I finished it as a small pillow to use on my deacon's bench in my kitchen.  I made a pillow insert about 8" x 10" and stuffed with polyfil.  Then I made a pillowcase with the stitched piece and the star fabric and used the 3 buttons to close it.  This really is so pretty and I could keep it out all year, but if I want I can make another case with another design and change it out.  It's much easier to store flat cases when not in use than it is to store thick pillows! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Mill Hill Kit (winter series)
c. 2011
6/2015 - 7/19/2015
I'm not sure how to finish this one off.  It may be a little big for the bowl so I'll have to figure something out to make it special.  It was a fun stitch and I loved adding the beads!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Seasonal Smalls


I tried to fill my antique dough bowl for July 4th, but still needed a few more to really fill in the spaces!   I'll work hard to fill it for next year! The bowl is rather large! It seems larger than most of the ones I see online.   As I mentioned in an earlier post (here), it was made for my grandparents for their wedding in 1896 by my grandfather's brother.  It was well used for bread and biscuits for their large family of 8 children!  My aunt had it and gave it to me a few years ago.

Some of these were stitched a while ago, and others more recently.  The backing fabric is shown as well.  I had all of the fabrics, buttons, etc. in my stash, so I didn't have to spend any $ to finish them!  Woo Hoo!

c. 1999
stitched ??

August (watermelon)
A Prairie Year Book 13
The Prairie Schooler
c. 1986
April 2015

Liberty For All
Chessie & Me
c. 2002
7/4/2011 - 7/18/2011

Just some striped fabric with star fabric appliqued in corner to make Old Glory!

Patriotic Heart (Heartstring Series)
The Stitchworks
c. 2008
June 2015

July (Heart Flag)
A Prairie Year Book 13
The Prairie Schooler
c. 1986
March 2015

Summer Ornament
The Prairie Schooler
c. ?
2/24/2013 - 3/12/2013

Shepherd's Bush
c. 2003
June 2010

Welcome with Pineapple
The Cross-Eyed Cricket
Collection No. 7
c. 1983
stitched in 1987 (I think)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Few More Finishes

Here are a few more finishes.

This canvas piece was stitched for DD and SIL.  Due to our move in 2013, it wasn't framed and sent for Halloween that year.  I did get it framed and sent for 2014!  I'm actually stitching another right now to keep with the extra thread that was left over.  A really fun piece!

Two Haunted Houses (canvas)
From Nancy's Needle
 7/3/2013 - 7/24/2013

This was finished for DD and SIL as as ornament in 2014 even though it was stitched in 2013.

 Christmas Cheer Santa (Jim Shore)
Mill Hill Kit
c 2013
8/28/2013 - 9/11/2013

 This was stitched for my sweet baby girl for her first Christmas.  I had the hardest time trying to decide what to stitch.  But, I was going through my patterns and this popped out and it was absolutely the perfect one!  I love the way it turned out.
 A Child is Born
The Sampler Girl
c. 2006
11/30/2014 - 12/5/2014

 The back:

This is the 2nd time to stitch this cute design.  Had done it for DD and SIL several years ago, and had thread left over so stitched it to keep!  Like getting 2 for 1!  I was not able to find the "correct" peppermint buttons, so I had to make my own.  Used a dowel and cut disks, and drilled the tiniest of holes and painted.  Not perfect, but not too bad either! Another fun stitch!

Two Gingerbread Houses (canvas)
From Nancy's Needle
c. 2009
10/8/2014 - 12/8/2014

I think that gets me up to date through 2014.  Like I said earlier, not much done except for knitting and crocheting.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Catching Up

Here are some of the toys I've made over the last year.  Most are crocheted.  The pink bunny and grey lamb are knitted, and they are all one toy.  It's an inside out toy!  It was more of a challenge, but fun!  I think Grammy's baby girl has enough for now, don't you agree!

Sweaters, hats, socks, more blankies and of course baby UGG boots!

This is most of what I stitched baby-wise during my absence.  I'll be back with a few things I made for myself and also the cross stitching and canvas projects.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Where to Begin?

How do I catch up after being away for more than a year?  Not really sure where to begin, so I'll just start with HI!  For months after moving I was a bit overwhelmed with the move itself and then getting settled in a new city and state which is so different than any other I've lived in.  And, I kinda got away from cross stitching and started knitting and crocheting again.  I think that meeting with a group of ladies that mostly knit and crochet naturally made me want to be doing the same as them.  And, to be honest, it was really good timing for me.  I'd never been able to read patterns and venture into anything more complicated than a very basic scarf, dishcloth, or very plain afghan.  I'd always wanted to try socks, but on my own had no luck.  But, I guess I was somehow motivated at this point and finally learned to knit socks, and lots of other items.  Nothing too complicated, but I feel more comfortable with trying new things!

And the timing...I also have a new name!!!  GRAMMY!!  My beautiful granddaughter was born in October 2014!  Last year was the year of knitting and crocheting all things baby!!  I made socks, sweaters, blankets, hats, and toys.  I am taking a break from all the baby items, as I probably made more than could possibly be used right now!  I'll be making some more as needed, though!

I've been doing some sort of stitching all along and have taken lots of pics, so I'll pick some and gradually add to my posts.  Also, I have had the hardest time actually being able to access my account.  I was ready to post and then couldn't.  Also, have been visiting your blogs, but couldn't even make comments :(   I finally got back on in the last few days.  Whew!  So glad that I didn't have to start all over again.

Since we were having a fall baby, I made her a pumpkin hat! 

I had a request for grey and white blankie:

Tiny socks:

And, with the left over blankie yarn: 2 little hats

I'll be back with more project pics.  Hopefully, real soon!!  Good to be back!