Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'm Back - With Some Finishes!

 Hallo dear stitching friends!  After a long absence I'm back in blogland again - I even have some finishes to share!  I  have been stitching some of Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler's beautiful Christmas pieces.  This is called 'Heirloom Christmas Sampler' and contains cross stitching, specialty stitches, beading and hemstitching.  I had the chart in my stash for years (and even started the backstitching on the tree a few years ago) and the time finally came to stitch it!
 I really enjoyed stitching this piece and just love all the detail.  It is stitched on 28ct cream Quaker Cloth in DMC stranded cotton and Perles, as well as some overdyed floss.

 Here is a pic of the entire piece - it is a bit difficult to photograph, since it is so long.
 Some close ups - I loved 'decorating' the tree :)
 This finish is called 'White Christmas' and is also by Thea Dueck.  This chart was also in my stash for years!  It is stitched on white 28ct Quaker Cloth in DMC stranded cotton, Perles and silver petite treasure braid by the Rainbow Gallery.  This piece also has cross stitching, specialty stitches,hemstitching and beading.  

Stitching these samplers inspired me to start a new Hardanger piece.  It is a runner and is designed by Mamen   of Hardanger Carpacar and is called 'Harmony'.  It is stitched white on white with DMC Perles on 28ct white Quaker cloth.  This piece is going to be absolutely stunning when it is - eventually - finished.  I plan to start stitching some Christmas ornament soon, so it will have to step aside for a few weeks.
And finally, I don't think I ever mentioned it, but we had to have our six year old Bullmastiff, Jenna put down, due to cancer.  We miss her every day, but on the upside - we have a new Bullmastiff puppy!  Her name is Lexi and she is a handful :)  Here is a picture of her (on our bed, if you don't mind!) - she is about seven months old now.
That's about it for now - I hope to be visiting all your lovely blogs soon.  Have a great week!

Happy Stitching,


Fünfzigerjahremädel said...

Michelle,what a wonderful embroidery!!! I think you spent much time with it!
Best wishes,Ulla

Edit said...

Nice to have you back Michelle! And what beautiful finishes! Sure you had a lot of work in them, but they are simply beautiful!

Sad news about your dog, but your new puppy is sure stole your hearts quickly :)

Hope to see you more often. Have a lovely week,

Carol said...

Oh, your work is just stunning, Michelle! I love those darling little chickadees in the first piece :)

So sorry to hear about your dog--I know what a hole they leave in your heart when they go... Enjoy the new puppy--she sure is beautiful :)

Michelle said...

Oh Michelle - its wonderful. Well done. Thank you for sharing your photos xx

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow Michelle! What stunning Christmas finishes!

Sun City Stitcher said...

Beautiful Christmas finishes and nice pics. Sorry to hear about you dog (we lost a dog to cancer at a young age too). But I see you have a nice puppy to help fill the gap. What big paws he appears to have in the photo. I bet he is a handfull!

Tatkis said...

Beautiful Christmas sampler! I love every detail -especially the tree and the wreath :)


Siobhán said...

Michelle, it's so good to see you back again! Wow, no wonder you weren't posting -- talk about beautiful hand work! Your stitching is exquisite. Lexi is adorable, too. I'm so sorry about the loss of your other dog--big hugs.

passionfruitprincess said...

Michelle, your finishes are wonderful.I am amazed.
You are very talented. Lots of perfect work. And a cute dog.

Анна Гончарова said...

Прекрасная вышивка! Очень понравилась!