Feb 18, 2012

A finish, a start, a list, and the cats

Hi everyone.  Let's see if this one shows up on Blogger!  What happened to the last one, I don't know.  Here's Virginie Cochepin.. 
I just folded, pressed, and did the same to a piece of muslin, basted the two together, and she will stay this way until I decide about framing.  I painted a scene years ago on a shaker box and thought they would look good together, but changed my mind.
I started the Overshot Heart and would have been finished except for the fact that I ripped out the 300 I chose instead of 221.  My girlfriend Patti came over and presented me with this, stitched with 221.

 So of course I changed my mind and want to do the 221 as recommended with the chart.  Menopause.....can't trust it.

  I was surprised that this turned out to be a quick stitch.  The fabric is 25 count, because when I see woven pieces, the lighter threads used in the weave are visible behind the darker colors.  I don't know how to explain what I mean, but it's why I chose this fabric, since this design is taken from a woven coverlet.  The linen's golden tone will be seen through the stitches instead of a solid look.  You know what I'm saying?

While I was searching for gift certificate choices, I came across a few online shops that were not familiar to me.  I thought you might be interested in browsing a few if you've not seen them before.  They offer other items along with the basics that I thought were pretty neat, things those of you that have shops to visit are familiar with.  Some offer wool and wool felt, darling fabrics, lots of accessories, and I found a source for Matka.  So here they are...

Video tutorials of hand embroidery stitches Needle n Thread
An interesting site with tons of old booklets on a variety of old needle crafts, free viewing and downloads - Antique Pattern Library
Large linen selection Needleworker Delight
Lovely selection of gifts for stitchers - In the Company of Friends
Nice selection of silk Matka - Hannah's Pinkeep

There are many more to discover and I'm trying to create a file that will help sort them as to the types of threads, linens, accessories, and extras so I don't have to click on every bookmark when trying to locate a particular item.
And here's the recovered mama  - the one that draws blood every time I touch her!

She's healed, playing, and happy.  As for the two males, neutered Junior the clone and soon to be neutered Dad, they won't keep those dirty paws off of my door.  Dad will eat anything, anytime, and Junior is a fuss-pot.
And here's someone that all three would love to play with, as he sits on his throne and eats his breakfast...
Well, that's about it.  I'm working on a little something extra for the anniversary offer and will show you that tomorrow.   It's been gorgeous weather here for a few days, sunny, not too cold, and NO snow! 
Have a great weekend, and I'll be back tomorrow.  Thank you for visiting!!


Bertie said...

Beautiful Marly, the border is fabulous, unusual.
Lovely heart, nice friend:)
Looking at your new start too, lovely. Will have a look at all your new links too.
The tabby looks so peaceful, careful now LOL.
Love what you did for the squirrel, gorgeous.

Peggy Lee said...

I really like that design. You finished it beautifully too.
I love the colors on your new start. The linen is a gorgeous color!

Thanks for the links. I always enjoy browsing new stash spots.

Have a great weekend....

Barb said...

The Virginie Cochepin is lovely. I do like samplers with ships. The overshot heart is very interesting. I have a few coverlets and like cross stitch that looks like the design came from a coverlet. Thanks for the links.

Deb said...

I love your finish! You did a wonderful job on it! And love the overshot heart too - I think that I have that pattern running around somewhere. It looks so familiar. And the coverlet piece is great too.

I'll have to take a look at the links - some of them I've never heard of before. Homespun Sampler is one of my favorites for browsing.

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, I love your Virginie! So pretty! Love the overshot coverlet heart too. Nice links -- I'll have to go through them carefully. I know of some but not all.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh I love your pictures ....

bisous xxx de France

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Marly:
Virginie Cochepin is lovely. That's a great idea about basting the sampler to muslin until you decide how to display it. I read that they were rolled up and stored in a bureau drawer or chest and taken out as a
reference if needed when a young woman was marking her linens. I thought they always framed them.
The cats are so pretty, but the one that scratches you, yikes.
I had a big fat squirrel visit today, I had put out some peanuts and it was gobbling and burying at the same time. My kitties get in the kitchen windows and go insane because they can't get the squirrels.

cucki said...

Aww such a lovely finish..I love it so much,,
Your new start is so cute too,,
Have a lovely weekend
Big hugs xxx

Krista said...

Great finish, Marly. Love all the pics of the furry friends :) Have a wonderful weekend.

Kaisievic said...

Love Virginie Cochepin - I have enjoyed following your progress on this so much.

hugs, Kaye xoxox


Vickie Niggemann said...

The finish looks great Marly. Glad everyone is doing well. :) Love the squirrel pic. :)

Solstitches said...

Congrats. on another fabulous finish.
Love the little heart pillow you received as a gift.
Thanks for the links. I already ordered from Hannah's Pinkeep and received great service.


barbara said...

I love your plans for Overshot Heart - it will look utterly fabulous!! The kitties are looking great! Our Tom is doing well - the pelvic injury seems to be healing, as he's noticeably steadier on his feet, though their some open wounds are being stubborn about staying healed. He's an utter lovebug, despite his thuggish looks. :)

Lynn said...

What a fabulous finish! This is the first time I've seen this design and I love it.
Love the kitty pics. I'm a big cat lover.

Joy said...

Love your finished and how you "finished" it...no need for framing.

Chris said...

I love the way you finished this Marly.
Thanks for all the links. It is always great to find new sources.
The cats look happy :)

Kathy L. said...

Absolutely love the sampler. Turned out beautiful. I plan to visit the sites thank you for suggesting.

Carol said...

That is such a darling and quirky sampler, Marly. Young Virginie must have been quite imaginative :)

Always good to find new sites to feed my cross stitch internet addiction--thanks for enabling me!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your Cochepin piece is really beautiful! I just love the color combinations!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Penny said...

What a lovely sampler! I really like the people and the border is different.
Thanks for sharing the links. :)

samplerlover said...

Virginie Cochepin is lovely and she goes so well with your box. Love the Shaker box as well. - Sandra.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Marly, I must've missed where you got the overshot chart. Can you let me know. I'm in the middle of stitching a circa 1850 coverelt design and would like to do a few different ones.


Suzanne said...

Congratulations on finishing Virginie Cochepin, it's a beautiful and unusual sampler. Love the gift from your friend.

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