Friday, April 29, 2011

A Southern Belle

This lovely pattern is featured in the Cross Stitch
magazine Oct-Nov 1991. The designer is Darla
Fanton. She has placed 2 Southern Belle patterns
in this issue. I changed the color that she had listed
because I didnt want it to be that dark. The color
I chose is DMC 334. You know what I did. I was so
anxious to start on this pattern that I mistakenly cut
11ct Aida instead of the regular 14ct. I stitched half
of the pattern before I realized that mistake. Oh well.
Anyway the pattern is going to get really close to the
edges.....  Thats a scary thought. But as long as it fits
then I wont worry about it. Its going to be bigger than
I want however I can live with that also. 
This pattern has been quick to stitch up
so far. I hope that tree is the same. You know  these
days I just have to make mistakes.
Everything went okay until I started stitching up the tree.
I must have gotten tired at that point. The moral of this
story is - dont stitch when you are sleepy.
by Hopblogger

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!

Purple Blooming Patterns
Well folks - here are the patterns for Purple
Blooming. If you notice on the first pattern one of the
stems on the one long tulip is not connected. It
is intentionally to be left like that. I wanted the
stem to appear like it was broke.  I did try other colors
but they either looked loud or to subdued. The color Purple
just looks like it belongs with this pattern. Enjoy.
by Hopblogger

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Purple Bloomin'

Here is my new Biscornu to commerate Spring. Purple
tulips are blooming & softly the petals fall. I wanted
to put a yellow crystal in the middle to help represent the
sun - but I couldnt find one. I had to make do with
beautiful Swarvoski pearls!
Both the front & the back can be completed in one
day. This is the front.

 This is the back.

 And I did place a magnet inside just to hold a needle
or a small pair of scissors.
 Here are the 2 pieces after they were stitched.
Sorry that I was late. I hope you like this one. I will
post the patterns soon.
by Hopblogger

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yes, I know its

not Halloween. Catherine over at DiamondC's
sent me 2 of these cute ornaments a few months
back. And I
have just now gotten around to stitching
them! This first one I did a little bit
different than what the instructions said.
Instead of cross stitching it straight - I
stitched it so the eyes all angled. I dont
think that it looks bad. I cant wait to stitch
the other one but for now it has to wait.
Sorry it took me so long to post something
new - but I had to get my dollhouse up to
speed for the other blog. Anyway another
Biscornu is on the way!
 This ornament is so quick & easy!  And
it glows in the dark. How cool is that!
You need to stitch up some of these cute
ornaments. But I do need to tell you
that the kit did not have enough of the
glow thread. I ran out & had to do the
eyeballs in blue.However I am still happy with it!
by Hopblogger

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Scissor Fobs

A fast scissor fob can be made from most
anything. Try these plastic tear-shaped
crystals. They come in a large plastic box
as you see here. It contains small ones and
large ones and they have holes at the top
so you can string clear thread thru them.
But here I have used them for scissor fobs.
Just thread a long length of narrow ribbon
through the hole, knot them as you wish.
Use the small crystals for your small scissors.
Use the large crystals for your large scissors.
One of these boxes makes a lot of scissor
fobs - maybe your friends need some too!

by Hopblogger

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Calendar Bears

I have been having trouble posting on
my blogs so bear with me until I get it
fixed. I dont remember when I did this.
Calendar Bears is a Kit that is retired.
It was designed by Vikki Hart & was
from Design Works. It was stitched on
14ct Aida. The finished size is 14" X 18".
Hope you like it
by Hopblogger