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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Potato Chips

"Bittersweet"
from Friendship Sampers - With Thy Needle
 
 
Stitching these little samplers is like eating potato chips...you can't stop with just one.  I finished up this one yesterday and made a start on the next one today.  My plan is to finish these all as little pillows and display them in a bowl.
 
I seem to be having a love affair with Brenda's designs right now.  I ordered her Valentine Sampler with all the trimmings.  I was a little nervous when I found out it is stitched on 40 count linen.  36 count is my limit when it comes to higher count linen but I am going to give it a go.  Any tips or tricks you have for working on 40 count would be greatly appreciated.
 
This week's mail brought a sweet surprise from Kim :
 
 
Isn't it fabulous?  It will surely make a wonderful addition to my Christmas tree this year.  She knows me well, doesn't she?  Thank you so much Kim, you made my day!
Be sure to pop over to Kim's blog and have a look at her beautiful stitching (especially her Mary Beale stockings) and the cutest little girl you have ever seen.  :o)
 
We finally got some snow this week.  Just a dusting - I was hoping for a lot more.  Winter isn't over here yet and I am still wishing for a good snow cream making, slip sliding down the hill sort of snowfall.
 
Thank you for your visit and sweet comments - I love hearing from you.  Have a wonderful week!
 
 

28 comments:

McKenna C. said...

Congratulations on the finish! I love the colors!

I've never stitched on 40 ct. so I'm no help there. :P

What a great gift!

~McKenna

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Keeper of the Crowes said...

I always seem to have a love affair with Benda Gervais' designs!!! I'm really cazy about your little samplers. I know that you can do the 40-count. You might even be surprised at how much you like it!!! LOL!
Good Luck! I'll be stitching the design with you.
Linda

Ellen said...

Lovely samplers! Looking forward to seeing your bowl of little pillows!

Hugs,

Patty C. said...

I agree- love it!

Vera said...

So pretty Myra. I love 40 count -- even 45 or 50 count recently -- believe it or not!! I find for some reason it is easier. Go figure!!

Mary said...

Sweet little finish!
You will enjoy the 40 ct. I need a good pair of reading glasses and my Ott light.

Barb said...

Great little project! I am just a beginner on 40. It was fine for a small project. I have my doubts if I would like to do a big sampler on 40ct. My eyes got pretty tired.

Carol said...

Oh, is that sweet, Myra--a whole bowl full of these little beauties will be adorable...

I just began stitching on 40 ct. last year in an effort to make some of my pillows small enough to fit in my bowl. I just love it and find it easier than stitching on lower counts because you only have to use one thread--you'll do just fine :)

Jackie said...

The cardinal is perfect for you! Love it!

40 count needs a good strong light and you might need readers or some other type of magnification.

Faye said...

Bittersweet iis just darling...... Love it!!! I love 40ct but have to have my ott light over my shoulder...... You can do it!!!!

Marie said...

Bittersweet looks wonderful.

I love the smaller counts and use to be able to stitch them without my reading glasses...not anymore, the glasses are a must have for me.

When I stitch on the higher count linens 36/40 I find that it is better if I complete the X before moving to the next hole. When I stitch ////// and then come back \\\\\\ to complete the X the thread sometimes slips through.

Deborah said...

I ordered Brenda's design and the 40 ct. I need a really strong light and a magnifier for 40 ct. The upside to some of these designs are that you get to eat the chocolates! lol

Lois said...

What a lovely finish Myra! Good luck with the 40ct!

cucki said...

aww i love it too x

Chris said...

Gorgeous finish Myra! I think the bowl is going to be fabulous. Is it the bowl from the shed?
What a sweet cardinal.
Have a great week!

Siobhán said...

What a sweet finish! I know what you mean about Brenda's designs. I'm falling more and more in love with them as I work on the Word Plays. I've been going through my stash and gathering up the various WTN&T charts so I can do more of them. Love that cardinal!

If you can stitch on 36 ct, I think you'll find 40 ct isn't that much more to get used to. I don't think there are any special tricks to it, just take a deep breath and don't psyche yourself out--you'll see that it's easier than you'd thought.

Shirlee said...

Lovely finish, but I must say I am a bit disappointed. I usually scroll through the newest blog posts when I sit down at my computer & start reading them with the first one published, but this morning my eyes caught the words "potato chips" & I had to stop & read that post right away. Imagine my disappointment when the post was not discussing the yumminess of potato chips ... best tasting ones, most salt, etc ... but referring to samplers instead. Sigh! I hope the rest of my day doesn't go like this!!! However, the sampler finish is indeed very nice & that cardinal is definitely you : ) Have a great day, chips or no chips.

Miss Pants said...

I wish I had your finishing skills! That's such a cute little design and a great idea for them.

Glad you like the cardinal. I thought they were fun.

Vickie said...

Love Bittersweet Myra. Can't wait to see what you stitch up next. =)

Michele said...

loving Bittersweet! great finish :)

Ranae said...

Beautiful finish, love the colors
You could always try a magnifier for the 40ct linen

Mindi said...

You'll do fine with 40 ct, its not that different than 36. Just make sure you have good lighting!

Love the idea of finishing the friendship samplers as pillows and I look forward to seeing the rest of them. I really need to hunt down the one I have started....

Christina said...

I love how designs look when finished on 40ct but don't really enjoy using it. The first time I used it I used 2 strands of thread - boy, was that tough going! So my tip is to use 1 thread! ;0)
Cute cardinal - I wonder how many of us stitchers think of you when we see something cardinal related?! ;0)

butterfly said...

Wonderful stitching, I love to stitch smalls too.
Love your Christmas bird.

Maggee said...

I have plans to do that little sampler this year--hopefully by spring! It really is cute! Love that cardinal--great gift! Hugs!

Anne said...

It's such a pretty little sampler I can see how it's addictive! Such a sweet little bird to go onto your tree for next year!

Catherine said...

So cute! Great cardinal!