Saturday, June 30, 2012

Log Cabin~Autumn, Progress & Colors

I'm stitching Log Cabin~Autumn on an 18 count pale cream Zweigart aida and using HDF silk floss.

The pattern is charted in DMC and here are the conversions to HDF -

DMC 743 Yello-md to HDF Gold Rush 4229

DMC 740 Tangerine to HDF Gold Rush 4233

DMC 741 Tangerine-md to HDF Gold Rush 4231

DMC 921 Copper to HDF Terra Potta 4321

DMC 919 Red Copper to HDF Terra Potta 4325

As you can see it is going pretty quickly and I'm happy with the feeling it is evoking.

I'm about to begin drawing the next Log Cagin design which will be Winter since I'm going to be featuring these in the online fall Counted Wishes Festival. The festival has a new 'owner' and some new designers from around the world and from some of the ideas being put forth by the group I think it is going to have some new and exciting formats and features. I'm looking forward to it!

While much of the east coast of the US is having record breaking heat, there are a lot of places experiencing record breaking cool temps though you rarely hear about them. I'm thankful to say we've been one of them. Wherever you are, I hope you're having an enjoyable summer and having some happy stitching time! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Poppies" Framed and for Sale

My "Poppies" pattern is now framed, loved this bamboo frame for it, and is now for sale on the website.

It will also soon be for sale through Creative Poppy who is featuring Gracewood Stitches designs in their current edition and in leaflet format through ICG.

Log Cabin Autumn is coming along quickly and I hope to post a photo of progress on it and more on the colors I chose for it later this week.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

What Do You Get When You Bend a Band?

Band samplers are iconic in cross stitch history and still popular subjects for today's patterns and I admit I certainly love them as much as the next stitcher. But I've wondered what would the effect be if the standard band took a new shape? Might it give the image some new interest?

I began playing with the next design and 'bent' the bands to make what is essentially a log cabin quilt pattern. I've wanted to design a series of seasonal patterns that could be done individually or grouped together and so I'm happy to introduce the first in the series, "Log Cabin - Autumn".

I'll post specific info on size and colors soon.

Here is a photo of the stitched "Poppies".

Saturday, June 9, 2012


It is hard to tell just what season it is here on Gracewoods this June. There was a winter Storm warning in June! LOL

We had several inches of snow on our mountain tops this week. If you've read the blog for any amount of time you know I love our seasons and especially cool or cold wet weather, so this has been a great spring for me, not so much for growing tomatoes!!

I'm getting close to finishing Poppies. We had the pleasure of some friends visiting and stitching time was reduced but in exchange for some great times of sharing good food and great conversation.

Today's 'high' is only 48 degrees and the heavy rains are continuing that means inside time and hopefully, by later this week I'll finish Poppies and introduce the next design. Time to put the kettle on, maybe even light the woodstove :)