Curtis Willis and Maizie

Monday, January 2, 2012

Almost Forgot!

The Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle & Thread was a finish in late summer 2011.  I neglected to post it as a 2011 finish because it was languishing at my favorite framer's shop waiting for me to pick it up for about 2 months! My only day to go when The Frame Shop is open in St. Augustine is Saturday, and seems I was booked solid every Sat. for ages!  I purchased the frame from Brenda's shop since it is the one she used for her original and I was quite pleased with it.  The olive green and barn red colors complement the piece and the room I have in mind for placing it.

Along with many other members of the Azalea Sampler Guild I hopped on the Ann Dale train.  It's already proving to be a very compelling project with a fairly easy border (although the elements are not equal in count when comparing horizontal vs. vertical so that requires focus) and a goodly number of motifs to keep one's interest!  The colors happen to match much of my house - shades of green, scarlet and cream - and are simply dazzling in the NPI, Belle Soie and Gloriana silk fibers.  This is my progress after 2 days:
This photo doesn't show the colors but the long stem is a dark green, the squiggle-y borders are garnet, and the wandering vine border is a yellow-green.  The small red bands are the start to the strawberry motif border (there are 72 strawberries....I had to count them...OCD!).

It's back to the office tomorrow, to the land of budgets and projects and financial you know what we say! "I'd rather be stitching!"  Happy 2012!


  1. Beautiful framed piece. It's so rewarding to get a piece back to display
    Nice start on Ann Dale
    Happy 2012

  2. I love how your mystery sampler looks framed! Love your new start too. This is bad -- I might have to jump on the wagon after all. lolol! Happy 2012!

  3. Your Ann is looking good! It's not going to be a speedy stitch to be sure. I'm hoping that I don't make any mistakes in that border! Your BoaF piece is beautifully framed and beautifully stitched.

    Re-entry back into the work week is going to be tough. Thankfully, it's a short week!

  4. your work is beautiful, i'm sure it does not feel like work. i have been neglecting my crafty side and feel inspired when i visit you!!