Dec 6, 2016

Have a heart

Hello people!  How's everyone?  Hopefully well and safe.
 
While browsing Pinterest, I saw a few heart finishes for Christmas and thought .... as Arsenio does .... hmmmmm.  Not a lot of stitching involved and easy to choose the heart size with linen counts, small for ornaments and large ones for knob hangers.  For me, that's a good thing since my stitching desire does not seem to be returning.  I started this blog for encouragement to return to the needle, and if I close it, I will stop stitching.  At this point, it's keeping me going, not ready to throw in the towel yet!
 
You've probably already seen this one online but in case not, you can follow this link and scroll down
register with Better Homes and Gardens, and have access to the chart and other projects.
 
These others may also have been seen before, but as always, new to me!  I don't care for printed linen but these dots make an adorable heart, so I'll be ordering some along with the checked.  Just throw it on the pile of counts and colors that are sitting, waiting, hoping to be made into something glorious (or grungy).  You can adapt or use any design for a heart as shown in these great pieces.  So if you're tired of the Prairie Schooler tree, how about a heart tree?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So many more on Pinterest but I should finish the Santa first.  Not an easy stitch since I am winging it.  I played with the photos but never created a chart to follow so ..... he will be a combination of all three choices in the end.  Just working on the outline in half cross so I can easily remove or change as needed. 
 
 
Have a heart!
 
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23 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

I really enjoyed seeing your heart finds, Marly. Off to snag the Joy heart that you shared. Good luck with the Santa!

CalamityJr said...

With these great designs, I think a heart tree would be gorgeous and fun to create. Thanks for sharing your discoveries!

Jacqueline said...

Omg the hearts are beautiful. Before I can start a project I see three others I want to do. I must be as fickle as they come.

Liking your Santa so far. Thanks for sharing.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
Heart designs are a favorite of mine and I really enjoyed seeing all of these beauties! I am so happy that no matter how you might feel, you just keep posting and creating!! It TRULY is good for not only your heart, but for all of us who enjoy your blog!! So... TAKE HEART, my friend!!
Big Heart Hugs to you~
Julie

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I'm loving those hearts! I wonder if mine would look that good when finished though!

kelley said...

I am going to need some of that dotted linen...for something or other...happy dreary day!

Mary Locklear said...

Marly I love hearts. . .all of them including your heart!! They do seem doable so have a go at them and thank you for sharing with all of us.

Sherry B said...

Marly,

Love the holly on dotted linen and the winter bird. Inspiration to stitch again !! Besides I can put this off till Valentine's Day.

Vickie said...

I am safe, but not so well.
I love heart finishes but mine never look as excellent as those!!

Janet said...

Lovely hearts ..u might have to stitch some too...thanks for sharing 😊

Roberta Celestina said...

Hi,
I came from Preferably Prim blog. Your embroideries are so nice!
I will follow your blog!
Have a wonderful week,
Roberta

debbie haggard said...

Love the hearts- especially the one with the little bird on the branch. my hearts always seem to turn out too wonky and lumpy :-(

Diana said...

Love, love, love the hearts!!! Especially the berries and the bird!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

For someone who has no stitching desire, you sure get a lot done!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

I totally agree with the words of Rugs and Pugs. Thanks so much for the heads up on the heart. I think it is a lovely design.

C. M. Designs said...

I love the idea of a heart tree. Have wondered what I'd do next for a different tree.
I wish you wouldn't even think about not blogging. Have enjoyed visiting with you for several years now. Would miss you !
Charlotte in Va.

Annmarie said...

I had not seen these. You've done it again....now I'm obsessed with doing some of these. Buying dotted fabric and creating the patterns.....such creative minds around and I definitely missed the day that gift was handed out - THANKS again Marly

Winnie Nielsen said...

I have not seen these heart either and they are absolutely darling! What a good idea to do a tree in lots of hearts. I like the idea also of the various fabrics as backgrounds. I would have never thought of using them, but they make a gorgeous finished product. Thanks for sharing today!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, oh I do live hearts, all so beautiful!!! Blessings Francine.

Maggee said...

I like those hearts! Good idea for a tree! As for the dotted fabric... just did a design on a piece of the grey/white combo. My opinion: stitching through the painted on hearts is not my fave. Not impossible, but a bother, kinda tough. Just my thoughts! Sending the project to my sister for Christmas, but I MAY stitch on that fabric again for me. Thanks for inspiring us with all those hearts! Now go stitch on Santa! Hugs!

Karen said...

This is a great post. I have seen the polka dot linen before and like you would not choose it. However the way the heart is done with the holly leaves is very nice. Sometimes simple is best and it is rather a simple design that is not too distracting. Thank you for the ideas! I am glad you are still stitching. My eyes at age 63 are not good and I ocassionally worry about losing my site as I age. I can work with 40 count though with just a 3 reading glass but bought a 5 or 6 reading glasses and it is so easy to see. Can't see anything else out of those coke bottle 6 reading glasses but 40 count is a breeze. 40 count is my favorite but I am doing an Easter pillow by Brenda Gervais done on Ariosa 22 count that is lovely to work with. It is a soft fabric. It is the third pillow of hers I am working on. I did the House of Blues and Browns from Brenda and it is lovely. I also did her Santa pillow and it too is so nice. So I hope to see more of your beautiful home and work. If I lived closer I would love to meet you and try some of your Polish cooking. My grandfather's family was from Bohemia, dark skinned people. But since my Norwegian grandmother, his wife, did the cooking no Polish dishes ever passed these lips. I hope your Christmas is blessed and eventful because as much as you say you are a crabass I get the feeling you like to keep your hand in things and be active!

Karen in NC

Carol said...

I love your heart photos, Marly--great finds--very inspirational, too! I have yet to try a heart shape--I'm a big chicken and tend to stick within my comfort zone (if you haven't figured that out yet!!). I bought some of the polka dot linen, not sure how I feel about it yet as I haven't tried it.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I love the hearts - I love the ones you've done in the past, but I'm afraid to sew rhem myself!

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