Friday, August 7, 2009

UFOs and an OMG

Gee, I was certain I'd be back here before now. Instead of sitting at the computer, I've been filling the last week before going back to school (NO!!!) with fun. Very little stitching is being done, but oh well. I'm forcing my butt into the chair at my computer desk to get this post done, because there are things to do and people to see. Shall we jump right in to the UFOs?

First up is Buttoned Hearts by Shepherd's Bush. I started it long, long ago, but didn't make much progress. It's stitched on 18-count white linen with Medici wools. It comes with the fabric, wools, chart, and buttons. Wanna finish it?

Next is Home Sweet Home, a kit by Emie Bishop (Cross 'n' Patch). I started it in a class I took with her at the Charlotte Market ages ago. This project has a hardanger section in it, which isn't really difficult, but it helps to have had some practice. It comes with the chart, instructions, silks and metallics, and fabric. Wouldn't you like to finish this project?
Those are really the only two UFOs up for grabs today, but here is a fabric assortment I'd love to give away. As you can see, there are several colors. What you may not be able to see is the count variety. These are all evenweave fabrics, but none of them are linens. There's some Linda, Tula, some Lugana (I think), and at least another type I've forgotten the name of. Care to add them to your stash?

That's it for today's selection. If you're interested in having these items arrive at your house, please just leave me a comment by Tuesday, August 11. If more than one person asks for any item, I'll do a decidedly untechnological drawing to pick a recipient. Sound good?
And now for the OMG! Look! It's And They Sinned ... framed!

How's that for speed in framing? The framer did a lovely job of putting my mother of all samplers into a dark cherry frame. I like it! But where to put it? Looks like there's a rearrangement in my future. The stairwell sampler wall will require some space to accomodate the new acquisition. Sounds like an appropriate end-of-vacation (golly, I hate to say that) activity.
That's it until next week. I'm off now to prepare for a weekend motorcycle getaway to Steamboat Springs (gasp!) with the man I hang around with. I know! Doesn't that sound like fun? What a good idea he had. Do you think I'll be stitching while riding on back? Probably not. Have a wonderful weekend and make some fun.


Coni said...

Wow wee. That is perhaps the most fantastic freakin' piece of needlework I have ever seen in my entire life. What an accomplishment!

staci said...

ATS is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Have fun in Steamboat ;)

Missy Ann said...

Finished & framed!?! You are a better woman than me. lol I haven't touched my ATS in a couple months. :(

And I'd like to throw my name in the hat for the fabrics.

Loraine said...

Incredible, and really beyond words! I love it!

Add my name for the fabric and the hearts. My daughter is learning how to stitch, and she would love the hearts!

I can't believe summer is going so fast! Oh how I hate that feeling! Take care.

Natasha said...

I love your finished piece. Looks great!

I would love to stitch the SB Buttoned Hearts.

Barb said...

Whew and wow! ATS looks fabulous! Did you use glass?

Pam said...

Wow!! That was pretty fast framing! It looks great.

I would like to take the fabric off your hands. Those colors are great and I love to stitch on evenweaves.

Diana said...

Love your "And They Sinned". That is quite an accomplishment!

I would like to have my name put in for the Shepherd's Bush Hearts or the fabric (can always use more of that). The fabric would be perfect for teaching my grandaughters how to cross stitch.

Deb said...

Yipee Doris! ATS is absolutely, positively, fantastic! I'm sure that rearranging the sampler wall will be such a pleasure with this new acquisition! If you're like me, you'll stop and admire it every single day that you go by it! Don't you just smile when you look at it???

Have a great time in Steamboat. What a wonderful way to see it - on the back of a motorcycle!

JOLENE said...

WOW girl!!!! What an accomplishment on "And They Sinned", an undertaking I would say I would never start because I don't think I could stick with it long enough to finish it!! It is very beautiful and LOOOOONG!!! You will have to update us on where you decide to hang it. Bravo!!!

Anna van Schurman said...

Awesome! ATS looks fabulous. Get that up on the wall!

Ellen said...

ATS is gorgeous! Have fun before school starts. I would love some fabrics and Emie Bishop Home Sweet Home.


Margaret said...

Beautiful ATS!!! Love the cherry frame. (I love cherry wood) Have a great time on the motorcycle trip! Better you than me! lol! (I'm not a motorcycle person.) PS I can't believe you're starting school already!

Anonymous said...

ATS is absolutely wonderful!!!

Add my name to the Shephed's Bush giveaway please.


Mary in Tennessee

Ranae said...

Woohoo! ATS looks fantastico!!
10 weeks and I am still waiting for mine. I am calling again about it tomorrow. I am getting nervous, very nervous.

Lee said...

ATS looks fabulous!

I'd love a chance at the fabrics. And I have that Emie Bishop design in my project box, too, and it's about as complete as yours is. What is it about that design that was just not finish-able?

Kellie said...

Wow Doris! ATS looks absolutely fabulous!! I bet you can't wait to have it hanging on a wall. What a stitching accomplishment. :)

I would love to be thrown in the hat for the Shepherd's Bush piece and the fabric. :)

Have a great rest summer break. Enjoy every minute. Hope you have a great first day back.

VALIE said...

Aren't you generous ?
I love your framed work - not many can boast such a wonderful finished piece (a large number of us can claim such a piece in their UFOs basket though...)
Have a great trip - be careful on the motorcycle !

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance at the shep bush heart giveaway. I also love a chance at some of the fabric you are giving away.
You finished design is beautiful what an accomplishment.
My email is
Thanks Pat

Jennifer said...

Your frame and needlework is extraordinary, beautiful, and oh so good!!!!! Love it!

I would interested in some of the Lugana, I can't tell from the pic but I stitch on anything but aida. So, I would like a chance at the fabric.


Katie said...

Your framed sampler is gorgeous. What an accomplishment. I saw ATS in person once and have not been able to get it out of my mind . . . AMAZing! Gosh, I like both of your UFOs, but if I had to chose just one it would be Home Sweet Home. Thank you for the chance.

omashee aka Barb said...

Doris,your ATS is stunning!
Girl, you're killing me with your destashing! I love the Shepherd's Bush piece. It's been one I've hungered for. Also your fabbies are too beautiful, love the turquoise and the naturals. Now you've just got to accept something for all your kindness, at least postage.

Brigitte said...

Wonderful, wonderful. An absolutely great addition to your sampler wall.

Sharon said...

OH MY GOSH, Ilove it, soooo beautiful. That is just incredible. I have been thinking about this piece whether I should stitch it or not and it must be meant a sign that led me to yours. BEAUTIFUL. you enabler you!! LOL