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Anita's Stitching

I have begun stitching in 1978. For the last 10 years, my stitching has been with "smalls". I love to use beads and ribbons and always looking for new ways for finishing. My email addresses is

Monday, July 31, 2006

Prairie Schooler 2006 Noel Freebie

This is the new Prairie Schooler in store freebie. It is a very cute design
and it did not take me very long to stitch it up.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A French Finish

This is by LR De Rien, a french designer, that I discover when reading
blogs. I do spend lots of time reading blogs and photo albums for enabling
and new ideas. The design name is ABC a la Ferme. I stitched it
in Lugana, Lilac, 25 counts, one over one. It was a fun stitch. I have
quite a collection of this designer. Since the designs are fairly simple,
they are perfect for me to practice my one over one stitching.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Love Liberty and Flag

I followed the blog comments and saw what Andrea had stitched.

I discovered a new designer, Chessie and Me. I have never noticed her designs. I enjoyed stitching Love Liberty and can you tell the section where the one over one stitching were? The birds, cat, heart and the american flag. I changed the colors on the birds and the cat, they were black per the original design.

Heart in Hand, Flag, was a fairly quick stitch, but it still took me 2 evenings. I still have buttons to put on.

I am done with my Patriotic stitching for the month and I have been starting a few new stitching and not really getting anything finished.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Santa #9

I am enjoying this Santa Sal. I have collected many Santa
patterns over the years and it is fun going through the stash
and finding treasure. This is from the Artist Collection
(heartstrings) Santa Gathering series. The total
collection has 12 and they come in little cards.
My next 2 Santa will be Lizzie Kate designs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Saturday Visit Pictures

Saturday Visit

Janet and her two friends, Sharon and Linda came to visit on Saturday.
Due to the traffic in the Houston area, they were 2 hours late. We went
to have chinese buffet and then to a quilt shop. We all bought something
there and I can't resist metallic flat quarter fabric. We also stopped at
a bead shop. This bead shop does carry some really cute charms
and beads. We all had a great time shopping. Then we went to
my house. We had a "show and tell" session. Everyone
had brought some stitching to show and of course, I have all
my stitching stuff at my house. Then we had a little hot
brownies with ice cream. The visit was just too
short and we only had time to chat a little before
saying goodbyes.

They brought me some chinese bamboo plants, the new
whiteman tins and a sound book for my son, Michael.
Sharon made me this beautiful Mill Hill beaded
pincushion. Janet paid for all our lunches.

We need to have another gathering soon. We all had so much fun.

Friday, July 14, 2006


First Set of Patriotic Finish

I have been trying to format this message for so many
time that I wonder if this is going to work.
I could not make the "text" and the "pictures"
in the right places. I am going to do something different.
I am going to do the message in one post and
the pictures in the next post.

This patriotic set is for Janet tomorrow. She is coming
to visit with two friends tomorrow. I hope
the weather will be very nice and not raining.
The needleroll is from Lizzie Kate Liberty
sampler and I have made a few color changes
and I added the watermelon heart in there.
The fob is from the June Hoffman freebie
web site, Liberty Ewe, from Crescent colors.
I substituted the Crescent colors with
DMC colors. The ewe is white from the
original chart and I changed it to yellow
so it can show up better on the forget-me-not fabric.
I stitched the design "one over one" and it is
a very cute piece.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Gift finishes to share

These gifts are 3 months late, they were due in April
and May and I am so behind. Finishing takes a lot of time
and patience. I finish all of needlerolls and scissor
fobs by hand. It takes more time but I will have
more control of the final look.

I modified Elizabeth's design "Dear Friend" chart and made
one pin keep and one scissor fob. I borrowed the idea
from a stitcher friend in Australia.
The needleroll patterns are from Little house needlework and
Eventide designs. Those are two of my favorite designers.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Carol Tinson

I discovered this UK designer Carol Tinson
by accident by browsing through Sylvia S picture album.

I love Sylvia finished pieces and she has done some impressive work on Sew to be seen (Judy Dixon)as well. I searched or Carol's designs and found out the Caron web site had done an article on her but she was not an active designer anymore.

I started a quest to look for her designs from that time on.
It was not easy. Well, one day she made her appearance
at Legacy Bulletin Board and told us about her new web site
and designs. She saw my post about how I love
her designs and later invited me to join
this Noel Sampler SAL. Here is her current web site

Here is my progress on Noel Sampler, I have made
a few changes on the original design as far as
fabric, threads and some details. I have
not finished the beading, backstitching on
some rows and it is about 60% finished.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Stitching Plans for July

I have a few finishes that I need to put together in the next few days.
I am working on my SAL on a Carol Tinson's piece. She is a UK designer
and I love her designs. I should be posting a WIP soon.

I am gathering some patriotic designs for the month of July.

Thank you for all the comments and I love to hear from you.