Two Little Finishes and My New Focus Project


I got my 2 little WIPS dones last week, they were quickies!

Here is the Christmas Ornament from GPA. This was so enjoyable to stitch with luscious silks! It would work for any number of color combinations. I like designs like that, those that can really show off the threads. I am thinking a rich purple or red would be equally lovely. Hmm…

And here is the “Out on a Limb” pin cushion from Chessie and Me. I just love that little bird nest! It is actually quite secure even though it is just a couched coil of thread!

Both of these have very straightforward finishing techniques so look to see them again soon.

On Mother’s Day I went back to my birthday stitch, Rosewood Manor’s Autumn Quakers. Oh my, it is drawing me in and will be my May stitch I do believe.

After letting it sit a bit over April, I decided to change a couple of the colors I had originally chosen. Once stitched with only one strand, the orange and purple just weren’t rich enough. Another stash dive produced substitutes with which I am VERY happy. If there wasn’t so much green on there already, I would have picked something a little less bright and a little more olive. But this doesn’t bother me as much as the others did. Foward ho!

What now?


I was having a little trouble deciding what to do after The Pink Sparrow. I have way too many projects started at the moment. While I long to get into another one of the bigger ones, I feel like I need to tick a few more off the WIP list first.

Of course it doesn’t help that I started a few more near the end of April-a couple of those smalls I kitted up. Here they are…coming along…they are easy to do while sitting and helping with school, or monitoring swimming or Zoom sessions.

Way months ago, when the big news was the wildfires in Australia (but who (except probably those directly affected) remembers THAT anymore??) I started Jane Marshall, the fundraiser chart from Hands Across the Sea to help with fighting those fires. I’ve put more stitches in her recently. I am not happy with the alphabet color on my linen. It is too light. This is the second color of “very light shell pink” I’ve tried. I think I will try one more time to get something rosier-perhaps just “light shell pink.”

Then, last weekend, I finally felt that yes, I was ready to make a new start on something. This is Satin and Silk Reticule from Betsy Morgan of Willing Hands. I believe this is a retired class project for which I was able to get just the chart. It took a little bit to assemble the materials-not just silk floss and banding the right color and size, but a book of fancy monograms for my initials on the flap. I still need to hunt down some beads, but those are a last step. I hope I can find a pretty cloisonne bead for the closure.

I’m glad I started this one. It is very beautiful and not too hard-or too big. The 27 ct linen feels like burlap after my other projects all on 36 ct! That’s not so great! But it is going along quickly, and it will give a lot of impact for the time I spend on it this month. I really enjoyed the bargello section here at the beginning.

The Pink Sparrow is Finished


Yay! It is all finished! What a nice way to end the month and start May!

You will notice something different if you’ve seen other Pink Sparrows. I did not care for the dogs. I was sure I had seen someone, somewhere replace the dogs with cats. I could not for the life of me find a picture of it. Maybe it was on a different project. Anyway, I decided to do that too. I made calico cats using the same colors as the dogs. It was not as straightfoward as I hoped to get those cats on there, but I did it, and now it is done! I can’t wait to frame it up as soon as I am able to get out and select a frame from a “non essential business”…or maybe I will foray into online frame ordering!