Apr 1, 2013

Possibilities

Greetings everyone.  I'm itching for stitching alphabets, so I grabbed a few charts.  Lori's design will be perfect to work on while taking my sis for more tests.  I'll run errands while she is in the magnetic hole but will still have time in the waiting room for a little fill-in stitching.  While going through the pile of possibilities, I can't seem to stay away from the marking samplers of RandR.  The simplicity and colors of Mary Ann Bradbury, Frances, Rebecca, Thankful, Lydia, Julian and so many more are calling me and so is little Dorothy Allen.  So small and a quick stitch.

She is AVAS threads and instead of going back through the blog to find conversion sites, I just Googled and found this site, Cherished Time.  Lots of websites listed for a wide variety of threads.  I clicked on the AVAS to DMC conversion from Needle Graphics ~  just what I needed.    I may change them all and do her on a dark fabric.  I wish I could use all the darker linens I dyed but for some reason, I still see only the warp or the weft, not both.  Very strange.  Some coarse linens like the dark 18th Century Rook are OK, but not on my wimpy crap.  My other consideration is was Harriot Boardman from SL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I originally had the Scarlet Letter's 25 count green that is required but that fabric's warp and weft are two different hues and that created the same problem.  I dyed it a darker brownish green but I'm still having a little trouble because of the thin threads which make it really sheer.  I need fat threads as I've said before.  I also said I wouldn't do any more samplers rated for intermediate stitchers but that's what Harriot is. 
Looking closer, I see over one in red above the deer.  This isn't good.  Specialty stitches in the bottom area and a little freehand......I'm thinking twice.  Look at the gorgeous colors in this sampler on the darker linen.  I love it, but with my patience and anxiety lately, probably not a good idea.  Best to stick with simple marking samplers which are my favorites anyway.  I'll choose tomorrow morning since I'm weird.  I can't chose linen and pull threads for a new project in the evening.  I have to have it all ready to go when I sit down. 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaking of sitting down, check out Nitzy trying to sit in the squirrel's chair the other day.  Sunday, the deer came for their Easter bread. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next year, it's back to baking my own.  We haven't been satisfied with any locally and I used to bake bread almost every day for mom.  I made my Aunt Nancy's Angel Mousse dessert which we love, and with the rest of the pineapple, her cake that is so easy, rich, and moist.  The Mousse has a little pineapple, cherries, almonds, and macaroons in a Cool Whip/gelatin base.  Light and luscious.  The cake was the pineapple with juice, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla, oil, baking soda.  Easy and different and very good.  In fact, I think I'll finish it off now.
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and weekend and your week is off to a great start.  Stay safe and stitch what you love!
Thanks for visiting.

17 comments:

Barb said...

Great new considerations. I am the same way, I always get my things ready before evening. I like to just sit down and stitch!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I love the deer!! The cake sounds fantastic!

MJ Hunt said...

I'm sure you will pick something wonderful!! Hope all tests for your sister turn out good. MJ

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Crossing my fingers for your sis. Good luck with choosing a new sampler to stitch too. Funny, you sound like me, I can't pick linen or threads in the evening either. It has to be in the day, so I can see it all in natural light.
Looks like all the white stuff should be gone for good. That makes us both happy :)

Judy said...

Decisions, decisions! It is fun to follow your reasoning! Good luck with your morning pick. Hope all goes well with your sister's tests. Loved the pics of the cat and deer.

Judy heartland stitcher

butterfly said...

I am sure you will click and find the right stitching and colours.
Love your photos of your cat and deer.

Bertie said...

Dorothy looks nice, the dark colours are unusual. Oh I would love to see you stitch Harriot, the deer are wonderful.
Is Nitzy training for mountain climbing, soo funny! Good to see the deer, I miss mine, since one has been slained they have not been back.
All the best with your sister's tests;))

Chris said...

I think that the Boardman sampler is gorgeous but does take a different level of concentration. I love the little marking sampler, perfect for everything that you have going on.
Yummy desserts, crazy Nitzy.
I will be keeping you and your sister in my thoughts.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Good luck to your sister. I know you'll find just the right project, you always do! I could not work on those darker fabrics very long without going cross eyed. Especially if I didn't have exceptional lighting! Can't wait to see what you decide to work on!

Vickie said...

ooOoo! Harriot is great! Nitzy is a nut! I just ate a brownie and a marshmellow egg for breakfast. o_0

Margaret said...

I like your choices of stitching. I hope your sister's tests go well. I love that pic of Nitzy in the squirrel's chair! lol!

Shirlee said...

I find stitching letters very comforting for some reason. Both samplers look wonderful! Got a good laugh out of Nitsy sitting on that squirrel's chair ... lol! Looking forward to hearing about your bread! Maybe you'll share the recipe?

moosecraft said...

lol! Gotta love that Nitzy! And there's the look of "What? You've never seen a black and white squirrel before?"... lol! This new sampler looks fabulous with all of the color in it! Good Luck with the over 1 and specialty stitches... I can't use dark linens at all... I even tried the white paper or fabric on my lap so I could see the holes in the linen... did not work one bit...

Deb said...

I really like both those samplers, but I can understand why the over one would be a game stopper. Crazy picture of Nitzy in the chair - how funny is that!!

Kathy said...

I like both of your sampler picks too, but my favorite is Harriot Boardman. I love the little deer at the bottom and they kinda look like the deer out your door. Hope you sister gets good results on her test.

Solstitches said...

Nitzy is a hoot.
Hope all goes well with your sister.

Margaret

The Humble Stitcher said...

I'm with you...marking samplers are my favorites to stitch as well. Best of luck to your sister...I hope her tests go well.
And that Nitzy is just too cute...what a character!!!
Sandy

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