Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Want to see Dianne's RR??

Please let me know if you want me to email you a photo of Dianne's RR - we know Dianne does not want to see it yet, but Barbara has asked for an emailed photo - anyone else want one? I will take a photo tomorrow (it is my bedtime now) and email it to anyone who wants it! Just leave a comment here :-)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Dianne's RR Arrived

Dianne's RR has arrived in New Hampshire, a brief stop back in the States.... it is lovely. I am quite nervous, though, about this linen. It is a very loose weave, very transparent. Possibly a 25 ct linen? Dianne, how big are your blocks (how many stitches each??) - I will need to find a pattern that will fit on the low count linen. I fear the one I have had put aside for this RR for months now will be too big - thanks!


I am a little confused-nothing new. Who has my RR ? Su?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Annemarie's NRR tour stop

I signed for a rather battered envelope and I thank goodness the contents were in wonderful shape. Wonder what went on in that plane? I think it's just charming and I have quite a task ahead of me chosing the perfect whimiscal building. I photographed Rachael's sweet square for all to see. The rain cloud is adorable (wish you could see it better). And the specialty stitches are lovely too. My mom is here and she loved the NRR too.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Su's RR is in my hands now!

Hi everyone! Su's RR made the trip safely from Maastricht to Gouda and I'm looking at it now. Let me tell you, the pictures just don't do it justice - it's really gorgeous, with lots of delicate details and a very harmonious color palette. I will do my best to restrain myself and not stitch a bunch of birds flying around at the top of my block, because (as Annemarie pointed out) no one else has. I'm not quite sure what I'll do on this one, though I do have a couple of ideas bubbling. I need to finish up some other deadline-stitching first....

Saturday, September 16, 2006

My house for Su is finished

We've been busy posting in this Blog again, haven't we? That's good. It means we can all look forward to a new house to stitch! As you may have gathered I've missed the deadline, because I had a very long visit from the frog. Still, I think I finished it pretty quickly. Barbara, I'll post this to you on Monday!

For Su's house I chose 'Black Crow Cottage' by Elizabeth's Designs as a basis. The house, the hill, the fence, the black crows and the small tree on the right are all part of that design. I just loved the colours of this house, and they blended so beautifully with the colours Su had already used. The blue/green plants in the garden are from Elizabeth's Designs' 'Woodland Cottage'. The tree on the left is from Carriage House Sampling's 'The Village of Hawk Run Hollow', Block 2. The bunny sprung from my own imagination (Su gave me some bunny charts once, so I thought it would be appropriate to add one). The roses are Jane Greenoff's, but I can't remember the title of the book, and I'm too lazy to run downstairs to check.
I wanted our gardens to merge, so I extended the path Su started. The intention was to make it disappear behind the hill, but it may look to some people as if my house has a private walkway up to the Needlework shop. Which is fine with me :o)
I had a lot of trouble leaving the top of my block blank, but I forced myself to do so anyway, beacuse that's what Su and Carol did as well, and adding more would have disturbed the balance.

I really enjoyed stitching this house for you, Su! I hope you like it!

RR posted

I posted Annemarie's RR this morning. I wanted to do it yesterday,but I had to wait for the handy man . In the afternoon I was invited to go with a neighbor to Osnabruck to the "Nadel &Faden" Which translates to "Needle & Thread" , It is a largish needlearts show. They have booths from stores all over Germay. I bouoght a few charts and some needles and sock yarn. Anyway- Dianne, watch for the envelope in 5 to 7 days . You will, of course, have to sign for it.
hope everyone ejoys their weekend!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Posted to Carol

Just to let you know I have posted out Diannes RR to Carol today.

Veronica's RR has arrived!

Hey ladies, and especially Carol, just a quick note to say that Veronica's RR has arrived in Maastricht. Phew, what lovely stitching! My hands are trembling already...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Annemarie's RR

Sorry I have been so out of touch again. Those that read my blog know that I have a pinched nerve in my back and some problems with my left arm, - Makes me very slow. LOL
Anyway- unless I get some wild idea tomorrow morning, Annemarie's RR is finished. I am having issues with my camera so I don't have a picture to post right now. I will take one in the morning and if Patrick can fix my problem I will post it. Otherwise, maybe Diane can post one when she recieves it.
I can give a little teaser for Annemarie. The something "wacky" is a friendly little rain squall. I hope you like it .
I will post when I get it in the mail.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

December mailing

I was thinking about this and how it is not a good idea to mail things in the month of December because of the Christmas/holiday rush. We are told over at my charity stitching group to hold off mailing our squares until after the holidays. I would hate for one of our precious RRs to go missing. November or January is better. What do you think? Plus it gives you a little more time with #4 when you are busy doing holiday related activities if we wait until January.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Veronica's RR is finished

I finished my block on Veronica's RR tonight, and Mike says he would be happy to post it off to Annemarie via GPM tomorrow for me. I loved doing my block for Veronica :-)

Others have written about what they stitched and why... I like that idea, so here is my info: The majority of this block uses the primary elements of The Tea Room by Country Cottage Needleworks. Veronica wrote in a note inside of her package that she and her husband often take walks in the countryside and stop at a tea room. Well, now I just knew I had to stitch a tea room! I knew I wanted this design, so I emailed a friend in Italy who had recently stitched this - I asked her if I could borrow her chart. She was busy and the response was a little bit slow, but then I saw the chart at my LNS, and scooped it right up. I think Veronica had also asked for a street lamp, and this chart happened to have one of those too.

But there was still a lot of block to fill... and I also believe she had asked us each to create a walkway from the house to the bottom of the block. That stymied me a little... I don't alter designs often! But tonight I put a little windy brick walkway in and then stared it for a bit.... I added another park bench (because that is my favorite element of the chart - and Veronica and her hubby need places to sit and relax!!)... and more of the pretty flower pots. What to add next? Well, this is an English countryside scene, and my DH who lived in the UK as a child (US Air Force brat) suggested bunnies. So, I dug out LHN's Morning Berries and it has cute bunnies. But, those bunnies would be the size of St. Bernard dogs in comparison to the park benches... so I stitched them over one.

Now, I am not totally overjoyed with how the bunnies are sitting on the fabric... I could not figure out the best placement for them... but I hope Veronica will still like them!

Heads up to Veronica, the walkway is stitched with Glissen Gloss Colorwash silk (the silk was purchased to do the brick walkways on my RR when it comes home) and the bunnies are stitched with Crescent Colours floss - these aren't colorfast, and I knew you would need to know that. I hope that is OK with you!!
Here is the best shot I could get of the entire RR - what a very, very huge piece of fabric this is! Isn't it a pretty RR so far??

OK Annemarie, start watching for this in 3-4 days now!

Veronica, thanks so much for letting me stitch on your RR :-)