Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bee and Autumn Stitching

Another week, and Anita and I are making good progress on the Santa dolls for our virtual Bee. Stitching is done or almost done--assembly is next. Here's what we've accomplished.

Anita's Santa doll

Else's Santa doll

I've also done some Fall cross-stitching. Finally complete is my Lizzie and Kate "Autumn" sampler. I love the bright colors in this piece and of course, the wee owl!

Autumn sampler

Thursday, October 09, 2014

October Bee bee-gins!

I'm always behind lately. It's frustrating. However, last night I was able to pull together the materials for my October Bee Across the Sea with Anita. This month we are making stitched Santa dolls from a book I bought in the early 1990s, "Folk Art Christmas," by Diane Arthurs. I don't even know if it is still in print. Inside are dozens of traceable stitcheries and projects from which you can make dolls, ornaments, wall hangings, and much more. We are going to make the doll illustrated in the middle of the front cover (see my photo, below).

Else's materials for the October Bee

Mine will be a redwork Santa with a cap made from the material shown. Anita has chosen to make her Santa in felt, which should look warm and lovely!

Anita's materials for the October Bee

It will be fun to see our Santas emerge from thread and fabric! Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October begins

I love autumn. I love the changing colors, the crispy leaves, the cooler air, the feeling that everything (at least nature-wise, because work is as rat-racey as ever) is winding down for a good sleep. Still, green remains and the geese are thinking of flying away as they congregate everywhere I look.

Geese at Argonne National Lab

I've begun bringing out a few pumpkins.


And I've made progress on a small autumn cross stitch sampler. It gives me a chance to bring out all my lovely variegated orange flosses.

Autumn sampler

And mums from the greenhouse are now being carried by faithful Sancho, my ceramic donkey.


Welcome, Autumn!
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