Gift Received/Gift Given

I have received the MOST wonderful exchange gift from my friend Maggy.  She made me this lovely needlecase.  I adore autumn colors and she chose the loveliest fabrics.   She also put lovely delicate feather stitching around the edge!

It will be great to hold a pair of my scissors……….

or perhaps a good portion of my collection!!!

And she even made me a lovely scissor holder to use while I am working. I am always losing my scissors in the cushions, so this will save them!

I love both of these handmade items. Thank you Maggy. We have decided that an exchange for Les Muguets Day (May 1st) will be the perfect time each year to have a little exchange. I must begin thinking of something special for next year now.

I posted last week about the gift I sent to Maggy….but this week I am sending a small gift for Maggy’s daughter who recently had a beautiful little baby girl. You have seen photos of this bunny before, but it is completed now. I finished the bunny and was waiting to add the name of the baby and the date.


Baby Pauline is absolutely adorable….all pink and pretty.    Maggy now has three grandchildren!   Congratulations!!!

Amities, Averyclaire

Sewing Pocket (warning–photo heavy post)

Here are the photos of the surprise I made for an exchange with my friend, Maggy, who lives in France. She finally received my gifts once the volcano ash cloud let up. It is made from a Drawn Thread pattern called pumpkin pocket. I made the one for Maggy and a second one as well. It was fun to make…although I like the lighter fabric better as well as the orange flowered button.

Maggy has a small collection of tiny snails, so I thought I’d add a scissors fob for her with a tiny snail.

May 1st is Les Muguets, friendship, day….so I included a bouquet of Les Muguets in the form of a needleminder.

Here is the second pocket…what do you think? I like the lighter color fabric better.


Well…I have been doing a bit of embroidery, some cross-stitch, and am back to working on my son’s wedding quilt (he’s only been married for 2-1/2 years already!). Very much enjoying my part-time work schedule. And now that the weather’s nice…it’s time to be in the garden again. Yes!!!

Happy Les Muguets Day, Amities, Averyclaire

A Gift for A Friend

This is a little gift that I made for my friend, Joan, for her birthday. She has two cats whom she calls “Inside Ollie” and “Outside Ollie”.   Inside Ollie came first….then she adopted “Outside Ollie” from her yard.   They both live inside now and fight like crazy.   So…two cats…Inside Ollie and Outside Ollie.   Joan loves it!!!

The pattern is from Chessie and Me and you can find it here at the House of Stitches…I modified it a bit to suit my needs.

The wonderful little black scissors are Italian made and very sharp.  I adore these scissors and have bought them as gifts for friends several times.  You can find them here at Anitas Little Stitches.  Because they are so sharp, I created a pocket on the back to hold the scissors when they are not in use.    It was such fun to make.

Joan and I have been friends for a long time….I am blessed by her friendship as she is one of those people I can always count on.     We all need people like this in our lives and I am so grateful.

This is not the surprise that I mentioned in my last post.   That gift is still making it’s way across the ocean.   As soon as she receives it, I can show you the photos.

On Friday this past week I attended the huge International Quilt Show here in Chicago.   There were hundreds of vendors from everywhere and thousands of women shopping just like me.    I confess though that I really didn’t see very many new things at the vendor booths.   So much I have seen years before.  However, the quilts were exquisite and it was inspiring to see such beautiful work.   I did not take photos because most of the quilts could not be photographed.    Unfortunately, this was the last year for this particular show here in Chicago.   From now on it will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio.   I probably won’t be attending every year like I have for so many years as it is too far and will be cost prohibitive.    But it will be wonderful for all of those women who live in that area of the country!    Put it on your calendar if you live anywhere near Cincinnati!!!

Note:    Haven’t finished my Eiffel Tower yet.

Amities,   Averyclaire

Update on Eiffel Tower

Here is the latest photo of my Eiffel Tower in progress.  I really do love working on this.  I am planning a few moderations to the original pattern…not because hers is not lovely…but I have a couple of motifs I’d like to add to mine and need the space to add them.   I saved a couple of empty areas which will hold the motifs that I am working on right now.   It is fun to make it really my own this way.

Also in progress is another stitching I have been working on for some time. It is a gift for a special friend and I can’t show the whole thing until she has received it. Here is a sneak peak. It needs to be in the mail VERY SOON!!!

And a note for my friend Pat…if you are out there reading my blog while you are frolicking around London and Paris for two months, please remember your dear friends here at home and send us an email note with all your adventures!   I do not have an email address for you!!

Amities, Averyclaire

Another Finish

Here’s just a little sampling of what I have been working on the past couple of weeks.  I have finally finished my “Fir Tree Bienvenue.”  It seemed like all I did was stitch trees and snow… but it was fun.  It was done on 32 ct. Smoky Pearl Linen.  Now I just need to frame it.  

And here is a bit more of my Eiffel Tower.   This one is being stitched on 40ct. cream linen.   It’s a bit more strenuous on the eyes, but I like the delicacy of the 40ct on this one.   My DH chose the antique blue thread I am using on it.

I am nearly finished with another something….but it is a surprise and I shall have to save it for next time.   I am longing to begin something for Spring, but haven’t found just the right thing yet.    Guess I’ll just continue my stitching “out of season.”

Amities,  Averyclaire

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In just a few days it will be Valentine’s Day.   I’ve always wanted to do a small stitching and I found one last year when I was in Colorado…of course, I only worked on it this week.   It was done on an Irish Linen 26 count over one thread with DMC and Weeks Dye Works Begonia.  The delicate lacy look attracted me to this  JBW pattern called French Country Love.

And then I completed stitching a couple of more ornaments I was working on….”He’s a Flake”…the third in the LHN series for this year.   The ornaments are completed, but not “finished.”  I guess I’d better get to that this weekend.

And without an additional photo, I did complete another “Peace and Joy” Santa ornament from the Drawn Thread.  (You can see the first one on my side bar.)  I gave this first one away to my very special sister-in-law for Christmas.  I loved it so much I had to make another.

It has been busy at the office.  I gave notice to work only two days per week rather than five days per week as of the end of March.   I hope this will relieve a lot of stress I have been under this past year.   In addition, after the health problems my DH and I had recently, I think it is time to spend a LOT more time together rather than at the office.   Life is just too short…I want to live it to the fullest!

Happy Valentines Day to ALL!    Amities, Averyclaire

Pear Tree

Don’t know why I undertook this series of ornaments. I am working on the two year’s too late wedding quilt now as well. But…with the bitter cold winter wind blowing outside….it’s nice to be warm and cozy in the house with my needlework in the evening after working at the office all day.

Here is the second in the series of LHN ornaments for the year 2010. This is January’s ornament….Pear Tree. I made two of them both on 36 ct. linen. One as a traditional ornament to save for my tree next year and one made into a needlebook for my dear friend, Maggy, who just had a birthday.

A jute-type braid was chosen for the trim. Makes it look simple, yet pretty. The backing is a dark green wool. Easy to finish as well.

Here is the needlebook. I like the needlebook idea. This pattern just called for something like this with the mini-sampler theme. I think Maggy liked it as much as I did.

Just love needlebooks…use them all the time.

Just received in the mail LHN February ornament snowman pattern from Anita’s Little Stitches (a very nice shop with a very nice owner). WOW…hope I don’t get behind. Next post I will show you a couple of special gifts I received in the mail recently.     A bientot, Averyclaire

Finished Needlework

My Santa ornament is a pattern from Drawn Thread. It took a little longer to finish, but it is a lovely design. I especially love the backside of the ornament…Peace and Joy. Says it all for the season.


I adore this little Scotty dog. It is a gift for someone and I couldn’t post it until I was sure it was received. Tartan is one of my favorites. This pattern is from the magazine Just Cross Stitch Christmas ornament edition for 2009.

This reindeer was a freebie ornament from last year that I didn’t get around to working on until now. It only took a couple of hours to complete the entire piece including finishing. I have no idea who designed it and I don’t remember where it came from, but I think it’s lovely. I did add a bit of holly and berry to the original pattern.

Finished in time for Halloween was my little “Humbug.” I do not know why it is called a humbug…perhaps someone out there knows. But it was quick to stitch…done on a rectangular small piece of fabric then sewed into this triangular shape. Makes a cute little pincushion. There is going to be a series of these “humbugs”…the next one coming out in January (House of Stitches will have it). I love the little owl pin that went with it. I have a little robin as well.

 

I hope by this time next year I will have been able to actually design some of my own ornaments!  But for now I have truly enjoyed the fruits of others hard work and talent. Hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season and preparations for a blessed Christmas.

A bientôt….Averyclaire

PIF Gifts Mailed to Recipients

Here are two gifts I made and finally completed for a Pay It Forward.   Last Fall I received a Pay It Forward award (a lovely temari ball) from Jane at World Embroideries and now after eleven months, I have finally sent my Pay It Forward awards to the two people who won them on my blog.   For Anne at Nanouanne, I made a needlework biscornu.   I forgot to take a photo of the biscornu I made, but Anne took a lovely photo of it and she is letting me use her photo for my blog.

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And for Karol at  Rosebud’s Stitching I made a small Amish Friendship Basket Wall Hanging.   I forgot to take a photo of Karol’s finished gift as well, but here is a photo of one exactly the same as I made for Karol…only Karol’s had a different binding.AmishBaskets

Both items were made in friendship.   I chose a quilted piece for Karol because she is an expert needleworker and is not a quilter that I know of.   And for Anne who does lovely quilting and is an artist in many areas including Art Trading Cards, I thought to make a cross-stitched piece because I don’t think she does cross-stitching.   I just wanted their gifts to be different.   It was a fun thing to do to send a surprise in the mail.    Amities, Averyclaire

Sunflower Inn Modified

When I saw this needlework pattern, I knew that I had to have it and modify it to fit the gift I planned.   My son and daughter-in-law have overnight guests at their home nearly every weekend.   And she adores sunflowers.   In her guest room she always has small vases of sunflowers or sunflower-like flowers.   The pattern words said “Sunflower Inn.”   So I modified it by adding the line to say “Mike and Mich’s Sunflower Inn.”    I can’t wait to give it to them.   Of course it still needs framing, but at least the stitching is done.   This is a “Little House Needleworks” pattern appropriately named Sunflower Inn.  I stitched it on 32 ct Belfast cream linen with DMC and Weeks Dye Works threads.   It worked up fairly quickly and I am delighted with the result.   I am quite sure that the Christmas surprise will be a special one.

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My photos of needlework never seem to come out with true colors.   Do any of you photographers out there have some suggestions for me and my point and shoot camera?    I usually lay my pieces on a black velvet board to take the photos.   I have tried a couple of the different settings on the camera but can’t seem to get just the right one.   I have an Olympus 1010.   I’d appreciate any advice anyone can give.

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Here’s a closeup of one of the little sunflowers.   I love it.   Well…on to the next project. 

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