Saturday, February 19, 2011

Keeping It In The Family

I always seem to notice I have not really finished a piece only after I have posted a finish! Here is Lucy Lyons Willis' free chart from 2006 - minus one shamrock! ;)
I next turned to Mrs. Willis' daughter, Tanya The Sampler Girl, for more shamrock-inspired stitching. I plan on making this into a pillow and not a needlebook, so I added a dividing band down the center.

I don't trust myself, family, or cats to keep a pillow clean enough for non-color-fast threads, so I am using good old DMC with one color change. I don't mean to shock anyone into thinking that I am systematic enough to actually begin at the top and stitch my way down - oh no! I just was missing the called-for color of the words which make up the middle of this design.
So I had to start another design tonight! I finally began Tanya's 'Alexandria.' I had to pick a DMC thread (777) to replace the Apple Fritter. I hope I have chosen well - it calls for a lot of that color!

I think I am finally to tired to stitch any more tonight! I love a bunch of new starts!

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9 comments:

Hazel said...

Beautiful finish and new start. Great freebie too. x

Margaret said...

Well, you're almost finished except for that shamrock! Congrats -- it's great! Like your new starts too!

Nancy said...

Two pretty new starts and one beautiful finish! I love the colors you chose for Life is Grand. Tanya and Lucy always give us such beautiful designs!

Tanya said...

Love it, Michele!!! Mom will be delighted to see it :)

Tanya
ps... you stitch so fast!!

mainely stitching said...

What a beautiful finish! :D

Mary said...

Lovely finish! Great new starts. Love the red!

Elaine said...

Pretty finish and lovely new wips!

Siobhan said...

Nice finish and new start! I always love designs where the shamrocks in the designs are actually shamrocks and not clovers. ! LOL

Suzanne said...

Great finish and some very lovely new starts.