Apr 29, 2015

and then...BAM!

Hey.  What's happening?  Everyone OK?  Is it Sunday already? 
Not a lot of stitching going on here so what do I do?  Order more charts of course.
So here's how it happened.  Bonnie XLVIII, the stitcher who loves 48 count, sent me a photo of her Spot on 45 count before making it into a bag.  Here's a sneak peak of her 3 1/2" x 4" piece.  I said the size will make such a sweet bag.  Hmmm.  Sweet bag.  Sweet bag.  I remember such charts from years ago.  Sweet bag.  Bam!  Sharon Cohen!!!  And I'm off.  Drop everything and start searching for the charts like I have nothing else to do, no other charts in my stash, an urgency to have it now.  This is happening more often lately.  As luck would have it, Emlis had three of the charts and I was thrilled. 
 The English Rose Sweet bag.  I know this is embroidery or whatever but it's small enough to not be too challenging.  For some reason I swallowed hard after that statement.  It may not be as complicated as it looks, it's small, different, and could be truly enjoyable.  Or not.  Just in case I will hide the lighter.
The next one is the Sampler Sweet bag which was also featured in a magazine many years ago.  And rounding out number three is the Irish Pincushion #2.
Other Sharon Cohen Nostalgic Needle oldies I would like - 
I may have a source for the Tudor Flower bag, and I will continue the search for the Irish Pincushion #1.
Also in the search is the Queen's Sweet bag and the Tree of Life bookcover.  These two appear to be mostly cross stitch but I could be wrong.  They are my absolute favorites of the group and I would prefer stitching them first.  I have lots of time while working on Sally to hopefully acquire.
Can anyone tell me why I just had to have these projects that I passed on many years ago?  Especially since I am in a slump?  Maybe this is fresh and new from the usual for me and is just what I need.  In the search, I came across this book, looks interesting, will investigate.  The colors are gorgeous of course but I see them differently and on a darker background.
In keeping with this type of needlework, I was browsing the Antique Pattern Library which is such a great resource for older style needlework of all types.  You can view old publications and their patterns, one of which reminded me of these bags.
 This is from the Czecho-Slovakian Embroideries booklet.  Lots of beautiful stitching patterns and graphs for anything needle related that you can open in PDF to view, read, and print which is what I did with the drawing for this design.  And with my Frixion pen, I can trace it right on to the front of the linen and it will disappear when I want it to.
I am leaning toward a more early colonial look than primitive .... or something like that.  I just think that these bags would be wonderful showpieces and fit in nicely, something different than samplers. If I never stitch them, I will still have them to study and look over.
Being a long time award winning procrastinator, this impulsiveness is a mystery.
Quite time consuming too!
Does anyone know why I am missing new posts in the blog reader?  And still not receiving comment emails?  I sure hope they fix whatever is causing this.
Hope your week is going well.

Thanks for visiting.


Vera said...

Thank you Marly for my early morning laugh!! I do love your posts so. Those sweet bags are gorgeous...and it has gotten me thinking (luckily I am at work and can't investigate right now), but I think I have one of the Sharon Cohen sweet bag patterns...which, of course, I have never stitched. Your earlier posts on Spot prompted me to order that pattern along with another Adam & Eve from Carriage House. And, right now? I have not stitched in weeks. I seem to be knitting instead...but still acquiring stitching stash. Oy vey!

Rita said...

The bags are gorgeous!

Sometimes seeing projects like that is just the thing you need to get out of your slump.

I look forward to seeing what you decide to do.

Karen Martinsen said...

All those beautiful designs are just so 'sweet' - and of course you needed them - what girl doesn't want 'pretties' around her.
If you are in this slump then these are perfect for getting you through it - why, because you sound excited about them and put a lot of work into finding them...so I'm happy for you that you have them. ENJOY!!!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for all the resource's and the ideas. I am off to investigate some myself.

Up and at em my girl... I love hearing what you have to say.

Vickie said...

I kid you not, when you started talking sweet bags, I thought it was gonna be about Dove.

Carol said...

Ha ha!! Laughing so hard at Vickie's comment above, Marly!! I had a few Dove chocolates this morning and thought of you--really!!

Any of these will be fabulous--so glad you remembered the sweet bags and were able to locate a few...

HEY--how about this sunshine today? What a perfect day in western PA :)

P.J. said...


Margaret said...

I do love all these sweete bags. I've ogled quite a few of those myself. Good luck finding the ones you want to find still.

Barb said...

I love your new inspiration, sometimes we just need that! The bags are just wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I just had to scroll through a bunch of the Antique Library stuff (I've spent a few hours there before but it's been a while) and while it's not a sweet bag pattern, I noticed a change purse (or at least one with that type of clasp closure - I don't know what it's called) pattern in the Erstmann, Friedrich & Helbig, Paul, A-B-C der Stickenn, Dasi from c. 1915. The book is double listed about halfway down the cross-stitch page, and the change purses are pg 84 in the first pdf and 80 in the second (though it's the same book.) Maybe they could be inspiration for the Dove Bags - um, sweet bags... (I think they should be renamed!)SF

Truus said...

Love these bags! They are so full of color and brightens your day.
Thanks for the links to the Tsecho Slowakien embroidery. One of my sons his wife comes from Hungary so she will love these charts.
greetings,Truus from Holland

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Well the horse colors are fabulous!! I love the Queen's Sweet bag and the Tree of Life - so pretty!! I can't wait to see yours!!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Did you find the patterns for the Queen's Sweet bag and the Tree of Life?

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, love the bags, beautiful as is the horse.Blessings Francine.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Beautiful stitching on all these pretty bags but my very favorite is the Tudor bag...what a beauty!

Ele said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. And for the link! I already know I will spend hours browsing through the patterns. Love the bags... beautiful patterns
Have a great weekend

Anonymous said...

Could you please tell me the name of the pattern used for the horse?
I would just love to give that piece a try!

Maggee said...

The horse looks good... I agree! And I laughed thinking about keeping the lighter handy... I know not everyone knows that story, but... in MY family, they know about doing a 'Shirlee'... and it is a laughing moment! Cross stitching is an addiction... all parts of it. The stitching, the stashing, the hunting!

Connie Schneider said...

Thank you very much! I especially like your link to the pattern gallery.

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