Saturday, February 28, 2009

Birdhouse Blocks

One of the Yahoo groups I belong to is CQ for Newbies; and we're doing a swap of 8.5" blocks with Birdhouse as the theme. Each block had to have a bird or birdhouse in it. So, here's some eyecandy to share!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

TDiTM Stitch #21

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months We're still working in my flower power phase; actually, I think the last flower will be about 30 or 32 numbered stitch. I am at stitch 50 for design, and stitch 31 for stitching with thread. So, that means stitches 22-31 are done, I'm just not sharing yet. Really, I don't want to scare folks off with too many at once...and I need a buffer to post when things happen. Like the pneumonia I've been dealing with these past 2 weeks. Thank goodness I didn't have to "think" and design something! This little stitch was just happily waiting it's turn. The threads are Perle 8 this time and the beads are gold metallic seed beads.

TDiTM Stitch #20

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

This weather lately has been just nuts! One week it's in the high 60's and low 70's. the next week it's 30's and 40's...and now the weather man says might even see some snow on Sunday! What!

I surely hope not...I am soooooo ready for spring! So, here's a little red tulip type flower. The top lazy daisy is done in Perle cotton size 5 and all the rest is done in Perle cotton size 8.

The beads are 4mm Swarovski crystals cause you just can't beat them for bling factor...but I think they would look better turned vertical with a little seed bead on top edge!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

TDiTM Stitch #19

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

While stitching the last design, I wondered how it would look doubled. I also found I liked the stitch without the French knots at the ends of the prongs. So, here is a wide stitch sure to fill in any large space beautifully!

TDiTM Stitch #18

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

When I finished these little flowers, they reminded me of those huge feather fans the Nubian slaves used to stir the air around Cleopatra. Okay, now you know how my mind works…scary huh?

I liked the beaded version best for the larger flowers, but like the French knots for the little ground flowers! So when I use it again, I’ll mix it up. 

Used perle 8 cotton for the entire stitch…and tiny seed beads. You’ve got the sequence down by now I’m sure…zigzag, stem, petals, large flower, small flower…bet ya can just look at the photos and stitch now! But, don’t worry…I’ll still post the charts!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

TDiTM Stitch #17

The daffodils are beginning to bloom! I'm so excited!

Even though my sinus troubles are not over, I'm sleeping almost through the night feel like a new woman! Must think I have endless energy, since I signed up for Carol Samples Heart class at Pink Bunny...and Sharon B's encrusted class starts in one week!! I must think I'm super woman!!

Here's the next little flower to keep pushing Spring forward!

Done all in perle 8 cotton...and a few seed beads. It would be good in any color, since it is just an imaginary type!

Friday, February 13, 2009

TDiTM Stitch #16

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

This is a very cute little stitch, and I decided to use heart buttons in place of the four little French knots for the beaded variety.

I really like the purple color too. All stitching was done in perle 8 cotton. This little stitch really worked up fast. It would be very nice with four little crystal beads in place of the French knots, can't you just see that center sparkle!

The stitching sequence is zigzag base, stem, leaves, French knots, and lazy daisy.

TDiTM Stitch #15

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

The idea for this little stitch is a stack of snowballs. Not real ones, thank goodness! I love snow, but not when I'm sick and can't get outside to enjoy the beauty.

I'm not happy with the execution of this little stitch, as the little French knots would not behave and cluster together as I wished...even the seed beads didn't want to play nice! Hmmmm...perhaps it was all the cough medicine I was taking?

In any case, I hope the chart is enough for you to see the intend of the stitch. And, I hope you have better luck in getting your stitch to behave correctly!

I did not add the little straight stitches to the beaded version because I didn't think that they added to the design very much.

TDiTM Stitch #14

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months

This past week has been unusually nice weather for us here in east Alabama. It has been in the high 60's and low 70's; just like spring. But as I look out my window this morning and see frost on the mailbox, I know it is ending. Wish I could have enjoyed it more, but have been battling this sinus/coughing crud for almost two weeks now..hopefully it will be gone in a couple of days as I am starting to feel better.

The good side of being sick, is that I've been stitching! Here is a cute little Black Eyed Susan to warm your day!

Stitched totally in perle cotton (sz 8). The black French knot has four wraps to make it rather fat to sit on top. I did the zigzag base in white so it would not show up well against the background fabric, as I wanted the flowers to stand out. For the beaded version, I replaced the French knot with a large bead.

Stitching sequence is zigzag base, stem, leaves, lazy daisy, and then the French knot.

Friday, February 6, 2009

TDiTM Stitch #13

Reference: Twelve Dozen Stitches in Twelve Months This is a little combination floral seam of one tall flower and one tiny little ground cover flower. It is quick and easy…especially if you use flower cap beads instead of the French knots for the tiny ground cover flowers. Stitched in perle cotton (sz 5); light green for stems and center French knot, lilac daisy stitches and French knots. The beaded version has flower beads, tiger eyes in lime green, and seed beads. The sequence of stitching is: 1. Stitch the zigzag 2. Stitch the Straight stitches for stem. 3. Stitch the lazy daisies for the large flower. 4. Stitch the French knots at the top of the large flower, and for the tiny flower.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pink Flower Bed

I've been working on some round robin blocks lately. And, put TDiTM Stitch #12 on one of them. A little pink flower bed...