Wednesday, October 27, 2010

JBW French Country angels + sunbathing

This is my progress on Bizzi Creations "Sunbathing" I actually bought the chart about 5 years ago on my first trip to the Nashville Needlework Market. Stitching began in 2008 and then it languished but I am back at it now and it is coming along very well. The fabric is linen from Crossed Wing Collection. I took some time out to make these 4 little JBW French County angels. I have 4 great-nieces so they will become ornaments for the little girls for Christmas. All were made from scraps of left over fabric and left over variegated silk. I love these tiny little stitches. 25 ct is really one of my favourite fabrics! Also I used some feature, for which I always have to search, on my computer to flip the chart so that two of the angels face in the opposite direction.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

JCS sampler

This is my latest finish. A sampler designed by Sharon Cohen of Nostalgic Needle which appeared in an issue of JCS magazine in two installments last year...or maybe the year before. I used the recommended GAST thread but only one strand and did the piece on 40 ct natural linen over two threads. I am delighted with the result. Of late I have returned to a rotation of sorts. I have spent 5 days on Sunbathing by Bizzi creations. This is a piece I began in 2008 and have just returned to. Next I spent 5 days on Carriage House Samplings A Virtuous Woman Stocking on 40 count. And finally 4 days doing 4 tiny JBW French Country Angels on 25 count to be made up into ornaments for my 4 great nieces. Now I am back to Sunbathing...we'll have to wait and see how long I can keep up the rotation idea!

Monday, October 18, 2010

What a wonderful turnout!

We had a fabulous turn-out for Adriana's Art Show yesterday. The house was wall-to-wall people and the lawn/parking area was full, including some brave souls who parked on the side of the road.
Everyone wanted to see Adriana's amazing work and visit with her in person!
Fortunately I took all these pictures before anyone arrived so you can all see for yourselves the quality and quantity of her cross stiched pieces.
After people started coming I had no opportunity to take photos but perhaps Beatrice or Fran will have some shots of the crowd.
We met Adriana's family...children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; most of the Thursday and Friday stitchers, stitchers from Cobourg and Kingston area; friends from the retirement home where Adriana lives, church members, friends of the family, neighbours and complete strangers who saw the ad in the paper. It was an excellent day and I am so proud to have hosted it!
Special Thanks go out to Anne, Nan and Angie who made it so easy set it all up.
Enjoy the show!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A big upcoming event

October 17 from 2 till 4 pm we are having an ART SHOW featuring the cross stitch art of Adriana...
Everyone is welcome to come and view the amazing work of this wonderful woman. Adriana is 94 years old, still stitching on 28 count fabric and a definite inspiration to all who know her.
The show will be at 190 Smith Street in Brighton on October 17 and I do hope we will have an excellent turnout.
I will post photos next week and you will all be amazed and impressed at the quality and quantity of Adriana's stitching!