April 4, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering...

I spent a nice part of Sunday just sitting in a comfortable chair and stitching. I hadn't done this in a long, long time.

I selected a kit that I'd purchased in Williamsburg, VA the day I went shopping with Shell May. It's a Maureen Appleton (The Hearts Content) counted thread kit. If you're not familiar with Maureen or her work, I'll tell you that all of her designs are stitched with one thread of floss over one thread of linen. In this case, the linen is 26 ct. Glenshee. (That's 26 threads to the inch, if you're not a needleworker.)

Maureen is from Wisconsin, and she and I are friends. Although I haven't seen her in a long time, I am a huge fan of her stunning designs. Stitching "one over one" creates a level of detail that you really must see.
This is as far as I got on Sunday. I didn't need a magnifier, but it is easier to see what I'm doing in bright daylight. I will wait for another sunny day to progress on this piece. I do know that this sweet squirrel will make a lovely scissors fob once assembled and attached to my squirrel embroidery scissors (which came in the kit).
Additionally, the ladies (Judy and Sue) have selected their mug mats (from my Second Blog Birthday celebration), so I created or chose a few special things to go along with each of their mats and Target gift cards.
I sure hope they like what I've chosen for them! I managed to include items that fit the theme of the original mat they selected.

I haven't decided what I'll work on today. Tuesdays are busy with Soundsations rehearsals from 1-3 pm, and then getting together with the Books A Million girls in the evening. I think I'll just keep it simple...whatever I decide.

I hope you all have a creative and fun day today. See you tomorrow!


  1. Donna, I'm just in love with that sweet squirrel!

  2. Donna, I haven't had time to sit and stitch in ages. This is inspiring me to "make" the time. ;-) Sweet design!
    Oh, and great idea for the traveling sewing machine.
    ~ Sarah

  3. I'll be looking forward to your finish

  4. I love to look at what other people stitch but I don't have the patience to do it myself plus I need new glasses just to be able to sew.
    Have a great week :)

  5. Oh that squirrel is going to be precious!! I love stitching over one. My eyes, not so much. LOL

    And can I tell you that I am drooling over those bunnies on that ceramic piece!???

  6. The Mug Rug winners are truly blessed with these gifts. I love the squirrel. Not sure a magnifier would help me when it comes to 26 count linen!

  7. I haven't sat and stitched in ages. I always tell myself I will, but then never do.

    I love Maureen's designs. The sampler I made for my wedding was one of her designs. I think her designs are so stunning because of the over one aspect of them.

  8. Your stitching is exquisite. This squirrel will be perfect with the scissors. It is so like you Miss Generous to add to your gives for the lucky ladies. Happy singing...

  9. That squirrel is adorable, I'm not a needle worker and admire those who have the patience and talent to complete those precious works.

  10. What a fun day stitching and a fun day when you purchased that kit! Looking forward to this years visit together too! :)
    xx, shell

  11. Love that squirrel, Donna. You are so talented!!!

  12. What a super sweet squirrel. :) I'm sure the piece will be phenomenal when you are done. :) Theresa


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