Sunday, March 27, 2011


Edited: Notice the background of my blog? These are the beautiful hand-dyed threads from Nina.

I had changed the layout of my blog. With the help of my daughter, I managed to add a few new gadgets. Hopefully, I will be able to manage my blog better now. I am still playing around with the layout, you may see changes in the next few posts.

I love SALs, got myself involved in a few, cross stitch and hardanger.

An update on the Mary Glover SAL hosted by Emmanuelle. I am currently working on part 5 of the SAL with alphabets over one thread and some satin stitches. Here are pictures of part 3 and 4. The over one thread verse in green took me a while to stitch. I enjoy stitching this sampler, love the colors.

I join another SAL hosted by Carol. The theme of this SAL is Easter with spring colors, chicks and bunnies. Here are some pictures of the various parts.

Notice the difference in the fabrics in part 1 and part 2? I restitched the SAL on 36ct lambswool linen. The first piece was on 32ct Vintage Mocha Belfast and I intend to make this into a long pincushion. Will show a picture in my next post.

We are presently at part 5 of the SAL. Love this SAL, the stitching is fun & quick and each part can be made into stitching smalls. Some of the stitchers have done that, you can see pictures on Carol's blog.

I am way behind in my hardanger SALs. Got distracted by so many beautiful things along the way, there are so many things I want to stitch. Hope to catch up and have pictures to show by the next post.

I do have two other small finishes to show beside the SALs. Love flowers and could not resist stitching this Magnolia from Issue 194 of Cross Stitch Collection (an UK magazine).

The paper roses in the pictures were made by my DD. She loves crafts.

Received my copy of BBD's "A Stitcher's Journal" and stitched this tiny Tulip Pincushion. I used DMC threads on 32ct Sand Belfast. The colors are very light(muted). I have yet to sew it into a pincushion, still looking for that perfect button/charm.

This Reindeer Ornament was stitched for me by Amy for HoE, the Reindeer Round. The design is a freebie by The Sampler Girl. Thank you, Amy, for this beautiful ornament.

Still working on my Quaker and Quilts, hope to have pictures to show next time. Thank you for visiting my blog. All comments are greatly appreciated.

Take Care and Happy Stitching!



Sally said...

Ellen your stitching is absolutely beautiful as always. I love your BBD piece from A Stitcher's Journey. It is gorgeous.

Suzanne said...

I really like the new look to your blog. Love all your stitching! It's the new BBD book fantastic, I can't wait to start something from it.

Tatkis said...

So many beautiful SALs! And your finishes are beautiful (love magnolia flower finish!)

Best wishes,

Mylene said...

Gorgeous stitching, Ellen.

I've tried a few times to add your blog on my sidebar and google reader befre but it won't work, now i tried it again and it works!! I am really glad so i can see whenevr you have new post for now. Before i have to visit once in a while if not everyday to see if you a new update.

Have a wonderful week.

Scrap said...

I love your SALs, this is beaufitul !

Solstitches said...

Lots of lovely stitching in this post Ellen,
Your Sal pieces are very pretty and of course I love what you have stitched from new the BD book.
Nice blog layout too!


Unknown said...

Your stitching is very beautiful..
ciao Pat