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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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I had intended to post pictures on Monday but by the time I had taken all of the shots my hubby came home from the golf course and my daughter and her boyfriend stopped by after they got off work and Tuesay I got a late start and then went to play golf, so here I am. Last Saturday I plugged in a the audio book "New Years's Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini and finished up stitching "Shadows" from The Cricket Collection using DMC soluble canvas and DMC black floss. I was worried because I really didn't know how it was supposed to work. A friend suggested that I watch the tutorial on DMC website and it was very reassuring. So I trimmed off the excess when I finished stitching, soaked it in very warm water and like magic the canvas dissolved. It turned out perfect (to me anyway).  After I finished the tote bag I decided that I was going to finish the couple of pieces I had stitched in the Little House Needleworks  "Hometown Holiday Series". The first one is "My House" and the second is "Mainstreet Station".  I got the finishing instructions from a LHN tutorial.  Okay enough talking here are some pictures.





Welcome to my new follower and I hope you continue to visit and by all means leave comments, they brighten my day.  Right now I am working on the 12th part of Papillon Creations "Around the World in 80 Stitches". I have to do this now before I can work on anything else in my rotation or the parts will start backing up and may never get done.  I'm still enjoying the specialty stitches, it's not always fun having to start and restart a new stitch over and over but once you get it done right, there's nothing like it. I had a need for a little retail therapy the other day and I ended up with some really good finds from my LNS .

The chart in the center I got at the last stitch night and aren't the other two just so cute?  I found these two beautiful designs by Lucie Heaton online at The Making Spot.

They are a bit different from her usual stuff but I love them and they have been added to my ever growing to-do list.  Last but certainly not least is a freebie I got from the Directory of Counted Cross Stitch patterns. When you get to the website click on DMC in the top left corner and you will see this chart by look4me.
The design is called African Culture.  Thank you all for stopping by and staying with this long, I'll end my jabbering now and go make some wonderful little xxs.

18 comments:

Vickie said...

Oh the tote bag turned out wonderful! Great job on the finishing. Feels very good to get them all done, doesn't it?

Jan said...

Your finishes are lovely. I think I will have to stitch the LHN Hometown series myself. Yours look so pretty.

Melinda said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the website for the freebie chart - I did a bit of downloading Free Ones..

sharine said...

Beautiful finishes:)

EvalinaMaria said...

All looks lovely, beautiful stitches.

Lesley said...

Lovely finishes and your tote bag is definitely a winner.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Minnie, this tote bag is just gorgeous. And the little houses by LHN will look terrific when finished all in the same way. You will be able to put them together in a small town scene. Great idea.
Enjoy your new stash!

Mii Stitch said...

Great finishes!!! That tote bag is brilliant! Happy Dance :D x

blue star stitcher said...

Really like your new charts, especially the woman in the yellow dress.

Shirlee said...

Everything looks lovely, as always : )

Fidike said...

Wonderful stiching. I stiched a pattern from Gardin Prive too (Care), I loved it!

MarchAnn said...

Everything looks great Minnie you are doing a great job.
I haven't touch a needle in weeks but seeing all your great pieces makes me want to pick up a needle again.

Sharon said...

Such a cool tote bag! Congrats on your finishes and thanks for sharing the links to the other patterns. That very last one is unique.

Scattered Threads said...

Love all the finishes Minnie. I remembered using the soluble canvas long time ago and felt the same way you did.
You will have a beautiful village when you are done. They look wonderful.
Love your picks and purchase on your retail therapy. Nice stash and TFS the plug on African Culture chart.

Take care,
Jackie:)

Deb said...

Oh my goodnes! LOVE LOVE LOVE your LHN finishes!

Maxine said...

Great finishes....I love the tote bag. I've never used soluble canvas but seeing how yours has turned out makes me want to give it a try :)

SoCal Debbie said...

Your tote bag looks incredible, Minnie! I love your LHN finishes, which are both amazing!

Grit said...

Wonderful stitching. So, so fantastic.
Grit from Germany