A Finish, a WIP and a New Start

I promised to show you the second of my latest finishes:  The Bird Tree, Carriage House Samplings is one of the design on my list of 2011 stitching plans. I started this one sometime last year with the prescribed threads on 32 count cream linen. Somehow, the cream linen didn’t do it for me and I put the project aside. Then I chanced on Karen’s post where she mentioned a similar experience and how she handled it. With a possible solution in mind, I got out the said stitching, and am I glad I did. A really lovely design that looks so much better after a little tea dyeing.  I’m happy 🙂

The Bird Tree, Carriage, House Samplings

And here’s the WIP I’m working on at the moment.

True Virtue (Janie Appelbaum) from Just Cross Stitch Magazine April 1997.  Started on 27 October 2006  :8O:
Soon to be finished.  I find the muted colours in this traditional sampler design very soothing to stitch.

True Virtue, Janie Appelbaum

And now for the new start – again from my 2011 stitching list – the Sally Spencer Sampler, Birds of a Feather. Here are my first tentative stitches on a design I know I’ll enjoy stitching.

Sally Spencer Sampler, Carriage House Samplings

Feels like we’ve launched straight into winter from summer here in Perth.  Only a couple of weeks ago we were sweltering in 28°+ heat. Yesterday it was a low 19° Celcius during the day and today doesn’t feel any warmer.  That’s Perth for you. At least we had some much needed rain last week that broke a long drought!

Happy Stitching 😉

Certified X-stitch addict and lover of tea, fabrics and beads. I work in the vocational education and training sector and in my spare time potter around in the garden growing roses. I'm mum to two adult children of whom I'm very proud.

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7 comments on “A Finish, a WIP and a New Start
  1. Cristina says:

    The tea dyeing really made the trick and you have a very nice piece. The true Virtue is a beautiful sampler and yours looks stunning.

  2. Myra says:

    The bird tree looks great! It is amazing what a little tea dyeing can add to a piece.

  3. Barbara says:

    That is a gorgeous CHS design, and you’ve done a fabulous job with it! Love your other sampler, too – and Sally Spencer has been sitting in my To Do pile for too long! 😀

  4. Karen T says:

    Ohhh, I love your finish! Nice job.

    Both of your WIP are great and I just dying to start Sally Spencer. I think that will be my reward when I finish my Crazy 15 Challenge. Can’t wait to see yours progress.

    Happy stitching…..

  5. Joanne says:

    They all look gorgeous, congratulations on the finish.

  6. Silvia says:


  7. Brigitte says:

    Such great projects! And a wonderful finish!

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2012 Stitching Plans

1. WIPs - finish 4:
- DT Sampler Game Board
- Workbasket's Trellis (done)
- DT Morning Glory
- LK ABC Lessons

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Plymouth Sampler - TSC (started)
Wonderful Village 1 - MaggiCo (done)
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Pear Orchard Farm - CHS (done)
Mermaid's Song - CHS
Dutch Strawberries - TGH
Birds in the Bower - TGH
Persian Proverb - MB
Peaceful Garden - MB
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