It always seems like Summer to me when Memorial Day is over. Time for sunshine, warm/hot days, swimming, garden flowers in bloom, kids out of school, ice cream (lots of it), and long lazy walks.
A day late, but in the mood for a “patriotic summer” I completed a few smalls. The first one is a free design by Barbara Ana and retrieved from the “files” of the Facebook page group entitled “Star Spangled Stitchers.” I made some small alterations to the pattern, added the red stitching along the border, and stitched it on 35ct. Abecedarian linen.
This next one is called Flag and Liberty designed by Glory Bee (also a freebie from www.glorybeestitch.com). This one is done on 28ct. white Lugana. I did choose my own DMC colors.
A few weeks ago I did another patriotic small called Itty Bitty America by Twisted Threads. It was done on 25ct. Dublin Linen over one thread using the called for colors. The cording was made by me using three skeins of the same red/white/blue flosses. That was a real trick trying to make cording using three colors!
Along with the patriotic pieces, I did a “summer” one. It is called Itty Bitty Bee by Twisted Threads, but it is not so itty bitty. I did not do it over one. It is done on cream colored 32 ct. linen over two threads. I love bee embroideries and decided I should have some of my own. Voila!
Getting back to my PHds (projects half done), during the last month I did manage to finish my Lily of the Valley Collage (designer is Laura J. Perrin). This was one of my first canvas pieces in many years. It was a challenge for me, since I have done only old-fashioned tent stitch needlepoint. I love Lilies of the Valley and this is already framed with a lovely white-washed frame and is hanging in my bedroom. The colors are not quite as true as they should be…I am experimenting photographing with my IPhone.
Next I had framed my long ago finished Eiffel Tower cross-stitch. This is a pattern from Le Jardin Prive. The DMC colours were done with three different shades of blue. The navy blue frame and mat is absolutely gorgeous with it. And the slightly sanded edges that show the light colored wood underneath, bring out the cream colored background. It is SO HARD to photograph with glass covering the pieces, but it did not turn out too bad especially since it is done with an IPhone!
Well that’s it for now. I still have a lot of work on unfinished items, but the big king sized quilt is coming along, not so the red and white one, nor the pink rose pin cushion. I must get busy! Amities, Averyclaire