Sunday, August 11, 2019

Stitching Along in August

It's time for our tri-weekly stitch along check-in. In this group we work on our own projects rather than everyone doing the same piece. Last time I showed you the stamped pillowcase I'd begun to embroider. Unfortunately, I'd stitched the back of the pillowcase to the front in the first sitting.

Since then I've removed those stitches and done quite a bit of additional work.

All the stems and leaves have been stitched in back stitch. The flowers have a combination of lazy daisy petals and chain stitched petals with some accent straight stitches. 

Those leaves and stems have been stitched since this photo was taken, I promise you!
I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do in the centers of those big blossoms. I have a color picked out for the little flowers but haven't stitched any of them yet either. 

The other bit of embroidery I've done lately is to finish up the gingerbread house from Joy McDonald's series.

I did rather a lot of improvising with this one. You can see what the original design looks like here.  Most of my changes were to the upper half of the house: the chimney, the two windows, and the floral vine. 

There's only one more house in Joy's gingerbread house quilt project. Since I won't be making that particular quilt I'm thinking I may not do a third house - as much fun as it is to dress them up. 😊 Instead I may combine the two I've made with the Fruits of the Spirit panels from her that I stitched last year. We shall see. 

There's also been rather a lot of needlepoint going on lately here in The Magpie's Nest. I believe I will save that for the Bee, Myself and I post at the end of the month. Our next SAL post will be the first of September... So maybe I'll combine the two posts into one. You'll just have to wait and see. 😁

The others participating in this Stitch Along are all over the globe and will be posting according to their local time zone. You can see what they've got going by clicking on their links below.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, 
Cindy, Helen, LindaHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, 
Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny,Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon


  1. Really pretty design! I'm pleased you were able to take out the previous stitching.

  2. both are very pretty Sue ^^

  3. That is like sewing a seam and finding the other piece of fabric was sewn in behind as well. Love the vine.

  4. Pretty stitching all round. I would like to see what you are needlepointing.

  5. Glad the ripping is over and things are progressing nicely again on the pillowcases, they will be lovely.

  6. Love your pillowcase! Your house is very cute!

  7. Sue I liked the way you dressed up the house from the original pattern. Much prettier!

  8. Your pillowcases are turning out lovely! True story: when I was a little girl in Brownies, we were taught how to embroider by outlining an orange and adding some French knots. I somehow managed to embroider my orange TO MY WOOLEN TIGHTS. Lots of tears. And I quit Brownies. But I kept stitching!


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