Friday, February 29, 2008

A Flange Pillow

I had been thinking for a long time what to make "My Heart Is True" into and I ended up turning it into a little flange pillow. I added a ribbon tassel and embellished it with a Swarovski heart bead. Have a look at the pictures:

I have been busy rearranging my sewing room - my husband presented me a new serger, sewing machine and a sewing table. I did not have any time for stitching but I made a pencil/tool holder for the new table. It is made of wood, steady and not breakable. And please don't think that I love frogs - I am afraid of them!
Happy stitching.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Heart Is True

Today I have finished a little sampler "My Heart Is True" by Gail Bussi, Kreinik. It is from "Remember The Ladies" series.

This phrase was borrowed by the designer from Abigail Adams' letter to her husband as the men were busy drafting the new constitution. The phrase also reminds us of the needleworkers of our past. We remember the ladies who stitched before us, from young girls stitching samplers as lessons to ladies making linen for their homes and families.
Such a small sampler and so meaningful.... You can easily understand why I chose the design in February.
This is my first work in silk (Silk Mori), and for the first time I made the whole work one over one. The colors are so soft here and I also like the sheen of the silk, it was pleasure to stitch the sampler. Have a look at the pictures:

Tomorrow I will try to make it into a pin cushion or something else.
Take care.

Monday, February 25, 2008

How does your garden grow?

I have finished Part 2 of Papillon Creations "How does your Garden grow?"From three versions of the Sampler I have chosen the one with specialty stitches and beads. One more color was added for the vases in Part2.

I enjoy stitching this sampler and now is wondering what else is going to bloom in this garden.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Some more winter finishes

Thank you very much for those who visited my blog , left comments and tagged me again!

Today I wanted to show you two of my works that I finished in January for Brides Tree SAL. Some of you might have already seen them but I want to publish them in my blog too.

One of the reasons why I started this blog was to show my works to my family and friends who are far from here and can't see my works in person. Little by little I will try to collect the pictures of my works here. With some works it will be easy to do. From the very beginning I was careless: I did not take pictures of my works, gave they away as presents, even sold them. I believed that my masterpices are in future.

In January I stitched two winter houses with lots of snow - you know it's very important for Louisiana. lol

The first design is called "Winter Cottage", Maryse freebie. I modified the design some to make it into a pin keep.

The other design is The Drawn Thread freebie "Home For The Holidays". I stitched it on hand coffee dyed 28 ct. Evenweave with DMC floss, Mill Hill beads, and made it into a knob knocker.

I hope you have had an enjoyable visit.

Friday, February 22, 2008

I was tagged!

I have been tagged by CinDC. So I have to publish the rules of this game, here they are:

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

Ok, 7 weird / random facts about me:

1. When I told my husband that I must write 7 weird things about myself, he said he could not think of anything weird about me and wondered what I was going to write about.
2. Well, we seldom go out to eat because I can cook very well and my food is much better than in any restaurants. So I begin to think that "too well" is not too good.
3. When I cook I never taste food, besides I hate reading recipes.
4. I can't swim but I taught my son to swim myself. Can you guess my profession?
5. I can't say that I dreamed of being a teacher but before moving to the U.S.A. I had been teaching in a university for many years. I am certain that is the best job: you speak to the most pleasant people the whole day and get paid for it.
6. I am self-taught in knitting and crochetting but I prefer knitting - the knitted things look better for me.
7. I like cross stitching but when I choose a pattern I first look if it has any specialty stitches or beads or something else, solid crosses are a little too boring for me.

Now I' d like to tag the following 7 bloggers:
1. Amy (Amy Stitches)
2. Anita
3. Carla & Carol
4. Looyoo
5. Nancy
6. Sandy
7. Yuko

I think it will be very interesting for all co-bloggers to get to know you better.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

EMS "Rose Sampler" Part 2

Today I have finished Part 2 of EMS "Rose Sampler"which was the task for February. Very few colors are used in it but I like how the design is coming out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to Olenka's Stitches Blog!

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by!

As you have noticed this is not the best organized blog, actually if somebody ever thought of naming the worst blog I would probably be the only nominee.

Actually I did not intend to start blogging without introducing myself but I am new in blogging and instead of writing to my SAL blog I published the post in my blog. Sorry!

While I was thinking what to start with and how to do it, I was tagged by CinDC! Thank you for such a nice welcome, it is really very unexpected and pleasant. I think I will need a couple of days to find some more bloggers to tag . If somebody wants to be tagged, let me know, OK?

I hope everybody had a nice St. Valentine's day with lots of flowers and presents. I wanted to show you what I stitched for my husband. Here it is

This is Just Nan "A Lady's Heart"; 28 ct. Glass Blue Evenweave, DMC floss, Mill Hill beads and Swarovski Crystals. Note: for those who will wish to stitch this pattern - on Just Nan site this is a correction to Band 5. I found this just before going to have the sampler framed.

I will post another picture of it when we get the sampler framed.

Feel free to leave a comment and happy stitching to everybody.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My First February ornament

First finish... first buttercups..... First Love.

Yes, love to Indigo Rose. "Four Little Hearts", a freebie made into a biscornu. I used scraps of DMC floss and Evenweve 28 ct. and added some Mill Hill beads. Both sides of the biscornu are identical - the design is small and I enjoy stitching specialty stitches.

Happy stitching to everyboby,

Olenka's Stitches