Friday, June 29, 2018

Gardener Threadkeep, Coffee Coaster, Uncle Sam

Sometimes a design just calls out to me to be stitched.  This one, Blackbird Designs Garden Club #9, "The Gardener", was one of those.  Maybe it's because BBD does not usually put a human figure in their designs.  I can't think of any other that does, but I'm sure I haven't seen them all.  I decided to turn this into a little thread keep for our blogging friend Carol.  I discovered that JoAnn's sells those plastic rings in a number of sizes which makes it very convenient to select the right thing.   I think this is 32 count Jobelan or Lugana.


Another design that called out my name for some stitch therapy was this cute coffee design from Stone Street Stitchworks called "Coffee Corner".   You can find it in their Etsy shop.  There are two versions on the pattern, one in red with a December holiday theme, and the one I stitched that is kind of  all-season.   Finished into a little mat/coaster because I couldn't think of anything else. This is stitched on 36 ct linen from my seemingly endless pile of HDF linen.

I saw this adorable freebie from Annie Beez Folk Art,  "Uncle Sam Rides a Crow", and I really wanted to stitch up the center motif.  It always makes me a little queasy to see a crow with an Uncle Sam, so I played with the chart to turn the crow into an eagle.  Kind of looks like an odd-colored pigeon now, but in context, I think it passes as an eagle.  I think it makes  a cute July 4th card with the addition of the stickers too.  This is done on another scrap of 36 ct HDF linen.


Next project will be on 28 ct over 2 to give my eyes a rest!

13 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

I am admiring the sweet little Blackbird Designs finish :)

Robin in Virginia said...

What lovely finishes you created, Annie! I really like the Stone Street Stitch Works piece that you finished as a mat. I think you did a great job turning the crow into an eagle. Enjoy your weekend!

Vickie said...

Oh Annie all three pieces are so cute. I REALLY love the eagle you created for Uncle Sam! Well done!!

MartinaM said...

Coffee Corner looks great, I did not even recognize it as a house, very nice motive.
greetings Martina

Jane Galley said...

I love the colours you've used in the coffee cup and the threader holder is fantastic, what a great idea

Manuela said...

Wow, wonderful finishes.

gracie said...

Great stitching and finishes too.

Julie said...

Beautiful selection and all so different, lovely.

Preeti said...

Beautiful finishes! I like the coaster and also the thread keeper finish is a great idea.

Hetti said...

Beautiful stitching and nice and cleverfinishing with the rings and ric rac.
XxX Hetti

Carol said...

I can definitely tell that is an eagle, Annie--you could be a designer :) I have no drawing talent at all so if I tried to change it, it would probably end up looking like a blob! And your purple mug mat is gorgeous--the sweet rose and heart in the upper corners finish it off so nicely.

And finally--your lovely gift to me! Thank you again, my friend. It is such a sweet piece and you even edged it with ric rak in my favorite color. Thank you so very much--I will treasure it (AND use it!)...

Hope July brings good things your way, Annie ♥♥♥

Margaret said...

Lovely finishes all! I always enjoy seeing what you've whipped up!

Astrids dragon said...

They all look wonderful and are beautifully finished!