Thursday, September 6, 2012

Two Finishes

First, I would like to thank all of you who read my blog, especially those who offered solutions to the single isolated stitch problem.  I tried Amanda's idea. Her blog is called Samplers, Silks and Linen.  That method seemed to work quite well. I finished Halloween Town.  I added some color and I like the way it turned out.  I think the color will be appealing to my Grandson, Caleb who is 7 years old.  Next we need to get a frame and off to Caleb it goes.  I also finished a small little piece.  I got the idea from "A witch's Garden " by The Primitive Needle. I only stitched part of the design so it will fit in my 5x7 frame.  I also changed the colors quite a bit.  The colors were a bit drab plus I like orange and white pumpkins. So that is what I stitched. I hope you are all having a great week.  I'm very tired today as I started back to my school volunteer job.  I can't believe that a short 8 years ago, I did this all day everyday! I do like the atmosphere of a school so that is where I like to volunteer. The class is a 4/5 split in what is called the highly capable program. Keeps me on my toes! Again, have a great week!

 The witch's garden!

 Here is the frame that this little finish is going into.

All finished!

 I love the bats and the spider!

And for me Halloween means witches!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


When I posted my blog earlier today, I forgot to mention two great give-aways.  The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe and Samplers,Silks, and Linens both have great give-aways.  Go over to these blogs and have a look. have a good evening!

A Cross Stitch Question

Thanks to all of you who have taken time to look at the blog.  I have a cross stitch question.  How do you manage one isolated stitch ? I will finish Halloween Town tonight.  I have the spider web, a few bats and more isolated stitches.  I have noticed that designers often put these on a chart.  They always give me fits.  I know you should never put a knot in stitching but how else can you anchor these little single stitches?  I have googled this problem and haven't really found a good answer.  I'd love to know what you all think.  I will be starting the third part of the mystery sampler as soon as it arrives.  I am happy to get this one done so early.  I'll get it framed then off to my Grandson!

 Almost Done!!

 Here is an example of the little isolated stitches I was talking about.

More of them and I'm still not done putting them in.

 I believe in giving the little shops in Poulsbo business when possible.  So many local shops have closed since the recession started.  I found this little mouse witch in one shop.  She will look very good on my Halloween tree.

For now, she is hanging on a kitchen cupboard!
Hope the week-end is going great for all of you.  Those of us in the US have an end of summer holiday tomorrow so Happy Labor Day!