Sunday was such a pretty day - more like a day in May than November.
So perhaps it's fitting then that I worked on "May's Lily". I have two more leaves to stitch and the twelve blossoms, and I'll be done. I think that I'll probably get this finished sometime this week, and save my next "Sunday Series Stitch" to kit up and begin "June's Honeysuckle".
I started working on "April's Daisy" in late April before I left on my trip to the U.K. I packed it up and took it with me, but honestly never worked on it while I was away. I finally picked it up again and finished it off with three additional stitching sessions.
Thank you for allowing me to join Parsley:) I'm Sally and I live in England. I fell in love with January's Snowdrops as soon I saw it and decided I wanted to collect the whole series. Up to now I have the first 6 and can't wait for my ONS to get the rest ( they're a bit slow but they get there in the end!).
So here's my finish of January's Snowdrops. It is stitched on 40 count Pearl Grey Newcastle linen.
It's Monday once again...how did that happen so quickly?
I do think that my idea of marking Sunday as "Series Sunday" is working out well. Now that I have dedicated a day of the week, I'm working on "April's Daisy" on a regular basis and making good progress. This week I finished all the lettering and all of the small motifs - the umbrella, the basket, the final chick. I even was able to add a couple of leaves and begin to stitch one of the daises. I think I can get this one finished before the end of the month.
My "Series Sunday" idea seems to be what it takes to motivate me to work on my current Cottage Garden Samplings project. I've finished the border of "April's Daisy", and have made good progress on the sentiment.
I got out of the habit of working on Cottage Garden Sampling's floral series while I was travelling this summer. I decided that Sundays would become "Series Sundays" and if on no other day of the week, I'd at least devote some time on Sundays to working on this series. I stitching the vine on the bottom and the right side of "April's Daisy". So I'm back on track again.
It only took me all summer, but I finally finished March... with a little help from my friends!
Of course I had to change some of the colours, I didn't like the brown and green lettering so I chose the purple and blue, more spring like. I also had to include the Welsh Dragon since St. David's Day is March 1st.
It has been quite a while since I have posted an update. I was busy with some commitment stitching. Now that is over I can concentrate on just those pieces I really want to. And My Garden Journal is a definite want to.
I finished the cover page of my journal. I am planning on making this into a pillow. I am not sure if I plan on making pin cushion or a larger one. I will have to take it with me next time I go to the fabric store and see if anything jumps out at me.
Of course, I don't think I had a single thread called for. But I like the way it came out. These colors are so me. And this border seemed to take forever but it is worth every stitch.
I am about 1/2 done with March's panel and should complete it by this weekend. Hopefully I will get some time to start on April this weekend. I just received May last week. I am loving every stitch I make on these.
I thought some of you would like this link of an online needle-works show. It will have patterns that will be on the shelves or for online purchase soon. The show is wholesale buyers only but we all like sneak peeks. I'm excited to see what other 'flowers' Cottage Garden Samplings is making for our garden journal!
I'm sure there were frogs in there somewhere, I sure found enough! If you look close, maybe you can see where I messed up - are you looking? Oh well, I just got to a point where it just didn't matter. Now to find the book I want to display it in. I might just make one, but I'm not going to worry about that for a while, I've got too much stitching to do!
I started January, with a little help from Max. But don't let him fool you, he was after my threads!
I've only received up to February, but some of you already have March? I guess they're being sent out at different times?
I waited for a while to start this series because I was trying to finish some commitment stitching. I love it but with the issues I am facing at the moment I couldn't seem to work on them. So I finally broke down and started. I decided to stitch the series as a "Four Seasons" piece. The first piece will be December, January, and February. The second will be March, April and May...you get the picture. ;)
I am stitching this on the recommended alternative fabric 32 ct Smokey Pearl Belfast. The color of the actual linen is darker in person than in the pictures. I am so glad that I went with the darker color. All the colors stand out so much more. February's piece has a few thread changes since out of all my current floss stash I only had one of the three DMC required. I used 3326 for 3354 and 333 for 154. When selecting these I went with colors that were a similar color to those charted. I think they worked out very well. Then I started January's chart. I was able to find all the charted colors. I am in love with the little cardinals on this piece. Since I took the pictures below I have completed all the stems and only have a couple of the blossoms left to stitch.
The baby girl modeling February's Primrose.
Up close of February
Close look at first half of January's Snowdrop (before I moved to the actual snowdrops)
The whole piece so far.
I have not decided if I am going to start March on the next piece of fabric. Part two of the "4 Seasons" or if I am going to start on the Journal cover. I am really enjoying these pieces...well except for the multiple change of colors in the words. But I can live with that since these are coming out so nicely.
Another delightful border. This is "March's Daffodil" from a Cottage Garden Sampling. I like all the shamrock motifs and the vine-wrapped birdhouse. With ynseasonably warm weather, I've spent more time gardening than stitching as of late. But the rain is to return Thursday, so back to stitching!
Another fun border - who knew borders could be fun? I like the crown and key motifs. Plus an appropriate sentiment for February. The colors used for the flowers are lovely - my photo does not do them justice.
I've begun stitching Cottage Garden Samplings "February's Primrose". Vinniey did it again - another fun and interesting border. Vinniey has a Facebook page and was kind enough to feature my January finish there. She also has a blog which details her newest releases. For anyone interested in stitching the series, Parsley has started a blog called "My Garden Journal SAL". I've joined the SAL - thanks Parsley!
Here's the chart, the linen, and the fibers for Cottage Garden Sampling's "February's Primrose". To my eye, the flowers on the chart look nothing like primroses, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief for artistic license (and also because they are such pretty flowers too!) The daffodils in "March's Daffodil" really do look like daffodils.
This is the first time I've stitched anything by Cottage Garden Samplings. I must say my finished piece greatly resembles the photo on the chart - the colors are very true (which is not always the case). The border bears mention again as it has several different elements and thus never got boring. I really, really, really like the snowdrops too. They use WDW 'Icicle'. A warning: The color dye lots vary greatly. My first skein was very blue and I did not like it at all, the next skein I bought had just the slightest blue undertones - success!
I'm in the process of kitting up "February's Primrose", and I've just received notification that the chart for "March's Daffodil" is on the way.
I've been working on the cover page for My Garden Journal, with a little help from Max!
I already made a little mistake so I'm working around it and I decided to make the flowers pink to add some colour to it. I had actually picked out different fabric, but when I went to start it, I didn't like it. Oh well, luckily I had this Misty Blue to use instead.
I really need to finish this so I can get started on January! How's everyone else doing?