Feb 18, 2017

Rosanna bag

Finished.  What should I have done different?  Used the dark green wool for the back instead of brown.  Why didn't I?  Good question.  No answer.
Made cording from the same 934 green in the border and blanket stitch.
Lined the front with muslin, stitched the top back of the wool with Alpaca.
Adorable, no?


These do not include the most recent 3800's, maybe a few.  I should have checked the higher numbers to give you an idea but it's already packed.   Each offer contains two bags as shown above.
Box #1

total of 246 various colors
many double and more brings total skeins to over 270
most are full skeins, some are used
scrappy scribbled note paper listing color numbers for reference

Shipping in Priority Mail Tyvek envelope for $12.00
No charge for the floss.
Email me if you are interested, let me know if Paypal or check

Box #2

total of 258 various colors
many double and more brings total skeins to over 270
most are full skeins, some are used
scrappy scribbled note paper listing color numbers for reference

Shipping in Priority Mail Tyvek envelope for $12.00
No charge for the floss.
Email me if you are interested, let me know if Paypal or check

Note - I would have to double check, but I think international shipping would be around $25.00 - but I can't guarantee that until the post office verifies my calculation.

Feb 17, 2017

An all day job

Floss.  I have a nice floss box, stuffed.  I have a bag of each color in a cupboard.  No longer do I want to keep these boxes of extras.  I will never use it all and am tired of storing it.  So I am emptying each envelope, some are full skeins, some are used, many are multiples, some colors are missing.  But I am sorting into two piles, putting in a bag, and will check shipping costs for them.  I hope this task doesn't take an entire day because my patience (unlike my behind) is very thin.
The Mr. Big Santa?  His fill is weighty to stand upright, over 7#.  The extra large box (higher cost) was over a pound not including the boxing fill.  Shipping to mid west was $45 and if the box was any larger it would jump to $63 from my zip code, so he is staying in PA.  The floss would fit in a regular sized box and I will check on those costs before determining their fate.

Feb 16, 2017

Pears winner

Oh my.  I can't tell you how it pained me to not be able to have a box for all of your friends and relatives experiencing difficult times.  I'm keeping the entries, just in case.  Seriously.  Through comments and also quite a few emails, I was asked to consider Patti and her mom (recently lost father and husband).  She must be a special person to have so many stitchers wanting this for her.  Patti's blog Winding Vine Wanderings is a delight and her faith is strong.  That faith worked for her (and her fans) because believe it or not, the number next to her name came up as the winner on Random.  So I hope this lovely lady and her mom enjoy their retreat and their boxes.  I want to thank everyone for the emails asking me to not stop the boxes, for entering this giveaway, and for all the kind comments.

On to stitching.
My first blanket stitch edge.  I watched several online videos for instructions on starting and ending this stitch, but none of them talked about threads.  I didn't know if floss, perle, wool, or what would be appropriate.  I went with DMC 3 strands.

The applique I see on sites is usually done with a contrasting thread, but with the dark brown backing and linen I wasn't sure if I would like that option.  How could I tell?  I didn't want to pull the thick threads out of the high count linen and leave a little hole so I had to know before I started.  Enter...Paint program!
It didn't look bad at all with the lighter thread, but I chose the dark green from the border because it outlined the pouch better.   Either would have worked and as usual, I'm questioning my decision.  Nah, it's good.  Good enough.  Good to go.  Good as gold.  As good as it could.
Snow snow snow here.  But this weekend and next week's beginning will be 50's, even 60!    Mark's finger will be well enough to golf and isn't causing him too much pain.
Enjoy your weekend!.
Thanks for visiting.


Happy day everyone. 
Started the 1739 sampler from R&R Reproductions and it's going to be great.  Very hard to make out details in the chart photo and I haven't found one photo of a finish online.  Guess mine will be the first.  The border looks blue but the charted color is green.  I've changed most to a shade or two darker.  Another one from my collection of their series of samplers from decades ago.  This one, from 1995. 
It's really primitive, uneven letters, a different alphabet style, simple but various stitches.  I did the outline first to help me line up the rows and also see the finished size.  Another possible pouch, it is less than 5 1/2" wide on this 35 count beige.  Yep.  Beige.  I never use lighter linen but this is a khaki sort of beige and for once, I pictured the piece on a lighter ground.  That's very unusual for me and I'm happy with it already.  The lighter threads would be easy to work on a dark ground but I just don't think it would do this wonky design justice.  Never did I imagine I would work on a higher count like this either but I am starting to really enjoy it.  The chart is 100 stitches wide so ÷ by 17.5 for 35 count it equals 5.71 yet after stitching, it is only 5.38.  I guess I'll find out soon enough if I counted wrong.
Spent the afternoon yesterday in Urgent Care because Mark was cutting drywall with the box cutter blade and ....         He opted for glue instead of stitches since he plans on golfing this weekend.  50's.  Yahoo.  Met his friend's wife there with her dad, and she is miserable.  She needs a hip replacement (two actually) but her ACA insurance rate rose to over $1000 a month and her deductible is $7000.  That's like another $583 per month.  She has to work to afford the monthly bill but can barely walk.  She just can't afford to have the surgery.  Remember my financially independent friend that paid only $100 a month with NO deductible by limiting her investment income?  She got a check in December for $640 from the insurance company for not spending too much on health care! 
Be back for the giveaway.

Feb 14, 2017

Pear share giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!
For this final box giveaway, you will receive two boxes.  One for you, one for you to share.  You can offer it on your blog, or gift a friend, and please state in your entry who that will be.
The boxes are small, approximate 3 3/4" x  5" oval, 2 1/2" tall, painted dark brown outside, sealed mache inside.
Please leave your entry in the comments or email me directly if you cannot.  I've never restricted the giveaways before, but with the new international rates, I am sorry to say this is for USA only.
Starts today and ends Thursday at 7pm EST.

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