Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Several finishes - Charlotte Clayton included - and an explanation.

First of all I want to apologize about my long absence. I got several emails of people being worried. Thank you so very much for that. Actually I'm doing very well. Reason for my absence is a change in my live to beat the Insomnia I'm suffering from since being a teenager. Instead of spending my sleepless nights at the computer I'm sound asleep in bed - and am so very thankful for that.

My new lifestyle means however I have less hours per day. That's why I often don't touch the pc at all. Still stitching though. My stitching time is sacred for me. I need that to unwind and relax.

Every day I get up at 6 am - leave the house with the dogs at 6.30 to go with my Aunt for a brisk 2 hour walk. Weather or no weather - off we go. It works for me. Getting up every day early at the same time, combined with time outside and exercise, does the trick for me.  That alone pinches 3 hours of my day. Adding to that is the phonecall to my mother in Germany for 1/2 hour to 1 hour every day.  Plus 8 hours sleep instead of 4.  During the days I'm busy, and in the evenings I'm toast. And loving it.

Hopefully I will be able to keep my sleeping pattern, when I'm going over to Europe for 2 1/2 months in May.

Now to the stitching front :)

Finished Charlotte. This sampler was such a delight to stitch. 

 Charlotte Clayton
Northwest Sampler Guild
36ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Sand Dune
recommended NPI silks
Took  Christmas Garden on vacation to Tasmania, where I stitched most of it. Although I made one change to it. I replaced the recommended brown.
Christmas Garden
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: Belfast Light Mocha
Fibers: Crescent Colours and Gentle Art
Replaced GA Heirloom Gold with GA Tarnished Gold

Frederika finally got her man and is happy now:
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 40ct. Pearled Barley
 Fibers: recommended NPI 
And here are both together...

The newest start is "The Wisdom Sampler" by Vermillion. Also it seems in the picture that the reds in the jacket are almost the same, in real life the difference is more visible. I converted the colors to NPI silks and tried to stay close to the choices the designer made.
The Wisdom Sampler
Designer: The Vermillion Stitchery
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 36ct Magnolia'
Fibers: NPI silk

 Also....I "won" FINALLY Ellen Birdseye on Ebay.  That was a happy day!!! 
Oh...and I'm going through my stash and give some charts I don't have any use for anymore away in a couple of days. Charlotte will be one of them.

Hope everybody had a great Easter :)