Stitches and More

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

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Little Halloween Finishes

 I have two little Halloween finishes.

The first one is from Just Cross Stitch.  October 2013, I believe. I didn't have the button called for, nor could I find one similar after doing a quick internet search.  So...I made one. I cut a tiny triangle from basswood, drilled two holes and painted it.  Looks good to me! I will sew it on as I'm doing the finishing.


Smilin' Jack

Amy Bruecken Designs

c 2013

30 ct linen

2 over 2

The next one is a little freebie  and  it turned out really cute!

Spooky 2

Heart in Hand Needleart
c. 2021

30 ct hazelnut dyed lined

2 over 2

Can't wait to get these finished for the bowl!!

I got the injection in my thumb last week. No pain now, but it is still "clicking", and that should go away soon.  If it happens again, surgery may be the next solution. But, I'll cross that bridge when I need to!

Until next time, take care!


Monday, July 12, 2021

Three Little Pumpkins

Another small finish for the bowl.  Even though it's a little one, it seemed to take forever to stitch...I guess it was the monotony of so much black.  But, I really do love it, and can't wait to see what fabrics I choose to finish it with!  This is a really old piece of Hardanger that has been in my stash a very long time.  It is more of a rust color, but the lighting makes it look more orange.  I stitched just a portion of the design from the magazine.

Ghosts Unseen

Cathy Habermann of Hands On Design/JCS Halloween 2015 

22 ct. Hardanger

1 over 1


In several posts back I mentioned my thumb that is a "trigger finger/thumb".  Well, for the past week or so it locks and I can't get it to move. When I wake up it is very stiff and hurts if I try to move it. I just let it be and by about mid-day it is a tiny bit moveable.  My appointment is next week and I can't wait!!

Until next time...take care!



Sunday, July 4, 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021

8 Patriotic Finishes

 I finally got the latest patriotic pieces finished!  It really was fun to put them together!  Here they are:

 And here are the new ones in the bowl with the older ones. Click HERE to see the story about my display bowl.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Finally Some Finishing

 I finally gathered some fabric from my stash in my sewing room closet and have been finishing some patriotic pieces.  Each one takes a while to figure out what fabrics to use and how to do the layout.  Once I'm into the finishing process I really have fun! This go round I have 8 to finish, 6 from this year and 2 from previous years. 2 more to go!  Can't wait to post pics of all when complete!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Fall Stitching and A Thumb!

 I have moved on with my stitching to Fall. Over the years I've stitched a few for the seasonal bowl, but need quite a few more to fill in. This was a very quick stitch with pretty Fall colors.

Give Thanks
Lizzie Kate
c. 2018
30 ct. linen sand
2 over 2

I have lots of little scraps of linen or evenweave.  Most are usable for small designs, but not quite big enough to use Q-snaps or a hoop.  Since I have never really been able to stitch in hand, I came up with a solution.  Many of you may already be doing this.  I cut strips of cloth and baste onto the linen on all 4 sides (or one, two or three). That makes it easier to use the hoop or Q-snap to hold the fabric tighter. I really like to look through my tiny pieces and use them first before cutting into a larger piece.

Only 4 inches by 5 inches!


Here is an example of using the strips on 2 sides. (I really do need to finish these PS Santas!!)

I'm on a roll! Here is another little Fall finish. Such a quick one, too! A little freebie that came with an online order a while back, I think.  It has the same name as my last finish! Since I still had the threads out from it I just used the same ones, as the chart didn't give any specific colors. Turned out cute!

Give Thanks
Hands On Design
c. 2019
18 ct. khaki Davos
2 over 1

Well, I have a problem with my right thumb...I have a trigger finger/thumb.  Last July I was hanging a window blind and it fell on my right hand across the base of my thumb on the back of my hand. No problem then.  But, the next morning when I woke up my thumb was doing the trigger thing.  I knew what it was because my hubby has had that problem with several of his fingers. It wasn't bad and I just let it go for a while until it really did get painful and would stick in position and was hard to bend back. In October I went to an orthopedic hand doctor and got an injection of cortisone into the base of the thumb. It helped right away and I was good for 6 months.  One morning in April I woke up and it was starting to lock again, but not very bad.  Now, it's starting to hurt, swell and it's harder to unlock.  I have an  appointment for another injection in a few weeks.  Surgery could be an option down the road, but I'll put that off as long as possible!

Friday, June 18, 2021

A Little Update

 Time is flying by! It's over half way through June already! I have a few more finishes to share. These really are the last of the patriotic stitches for the time being! I have pulled out some finishing fabrics and hope to sit down and get all of the ones stitched lately into little display pieces.  

Let Freedom Ring
Lizzie Kate
28 ct. Ginnie Thompson Linen Plus (tea dyed)
2 over 2
And, since it has been a while since stitching a PS Santa, it was time for another. Of course, I pulled out the patriotic one from my stash.  Love it!

Prairie Schooler Annual Santa 2002
c. 2002
25 ct. Mushroom Lugana
1 over 1
And, since it is time to move on with the seasons, I stitched one that was kitted up for a while and sitting in the bottom of my suitcase. I always have a few small "kits" to take with me in case I run out of something to work on! As you can see, there is not much extra room to use for finishing, but I liked this piece of linen that I dyed with hazelnut shells, so I'm going to do the best I can.  It's stitched with Victorian Motto thread in Barn Red.  Not a true red but I think it's sweet.  Hopefully I can find or might even have a great fabric to finish it with. A free pattern, found here.
The Primitive Hare
C. 2012
30 ct. linen (hazelnut shell dyed)
2 over 2
It's been sooo hot here this week! Where we live there are four distinct seasons and the weather is pretty perfect. (that's why we moved here) The humidity is low year round, unless of course it is raining, but we don't get much. Our elevation is much higher than Phoenix, so in the summer we don't get their heat, but this past week the weather pattern brought high temps to our area! I love to sit out on the patio in the afternoon and stitch, but this week it was done inside! 
Last night we hosted a little get together with some of our neighbors since we hadn't been able to do that for so long.  We had it indoors, of course! It was nice. One of the things I made was a charcuterie board.  I'd not made one before, but I see so many on Pinterest. It seems to be a trend lately. Here is mine. 

That's all for now. Will be back soon!