Archive | September 2008

Finished Project of the Week – VS Herbal Sachets

I decided to do another finished project of the week post.  This series of posts, called “Finished Project of the Week” are about projects finished prior to me starting a blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about them…  it’s kind of fun for me to reminisce about them…

I have absolutely no new stitching to show, mainly because I’m working on my Fall House exchange and am not supposed to post a pic of it yet.  I think I can have that finished this weekend though and get it off in the mail.

Here is Victoria Sampler Herbal Sachets:

And a close up of one of them that shows some better detail:


I just love that tri-color herringbone band.  I so wish Thea would design more of these…

All six of these were separate kits intended to be little sachets.  I stitched them all on a single piece of pewter evenweave and framed them together.  They were SOOOO fun and quick to stitch…  teeny samplers with little beaded flowers on either side of the name of the herb.

I’m really happy with the framing on this also.  When I took it to the framer, I realized that I hadn’t counted correctly between each sampler and it was kind of tricky to compensate for that with the window type mat, but I’m happy with it.  The mat color is perfect and goes with both the fabric and the color scheme of the different samplers.

Less than two weeks until Celebration of Needlwork in Louisville!

Back from Vacation…

I had a wonderful vacation in Portland!  We had beautiful, warm sunny weather early on in the week, and a couple of overcast days later in the week.  Portland has had some very dry weather recently…  combine this with some forest fires, and you end up with some very hazy days.  Fortunatey, the scenery there is so spectacular that even through some haze, it was still very pretty as always.


We flew to PDX from Midway in Chicago and arrived early in the afternoon.  After lunch at my all time favorite restaurant in the world, Beaches, we found the condo we’d rented downtown.  We were right on the Willamette River, directly across from the Rose Garden Arena, and between the Broadway Bridge and the Steel Bridge.


We took a nap, having gotten up VERY early, then visited some friends for dinner.


Whenever I visit Portland, I try to do Sunday brunch at Skamania Lodge. We met one of my friends there and had a wonderful champagne brunch while looking at stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge. My friend went on her way and DBF and I spent the rest of the day in the Gorge looking around. We went to Stevenson and watched windsurfers and kiteboarders, went to Hood River and looked around town, then visited Bonneville Dam.


Bonneville Dam


Fish Ladders at the Dam

From here, we decided to drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway. We stopped at all of the waterfalls along the way, including Horsetail Falls, Oneonta Falls, Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Latourelle Falls, and finally ended up at Crown Point Vista, which affords amazing views!


Crown Point Building


Inside the Building


View of Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point

We drove up Larch Mountain Road, took a short hike at the top and had spectactular views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams in Washington, and Mt. Hood. There were a bunch of photographers up there with their tripods awaiting the harvest moonrise behind the mountain.

Mt. Hood from Larch Mountain


Monday was all about the Oregon Coast. We started off in Cannon Beach and drove along the coast highway down to Lincoln City.

Cape Mears

Oceanside Beach at Low Tide

Tidal Pool Life


Tuesday morning we slept late, hung around Portland all morning, then decided to take a hike on the south side of Mt. St. Helens. We were headed to the Lava Canyon, but found that a road washout would’ve made it a 5 mile walk just to get to the trail head, so we settled for hiking to June Lake (which is really more like a pond).


View of Mt. St. Helens From the Trail

June Lake and June Lake Falls


Wednesday we drove to central Oregon and hiked the Trail of 10 Falls at Silver Falls State Park. This is a deep canyon that you hike into and follow a river around a loop trail and see 10 waterfalls along the way. The trail is fairly easy, the trees are very lush, with lots of moss growing on them, and the falls are gorgeous. The water flow was fairly low due to being so late in the season, but it was still a great hike! There are three falls where the trail actually goes behind the falls – the picture below was taken from one of these falls…


Just to give an idea of how deep in the canyon you actually are, here is a pic of DBF looking at one of the falls. I couldn’t get the whole canyon wall into the pic, but it goes about 2.5 times higher than what you see here:


What a wonderful hike…. I go to Silver Falls on every trip I make to Oregon.


Thursday morning, we drove to Scappose Bay Kayacking and rented a couple of kayacks. I didn’t bring my camera because I was concerned about getting it wet. It was a great trip through some very still water. We saw lots of cranes and other wetland birds. The rest of the day was spent around Portland. We drove over the St. Johns Bridge, which is my very favorite bridge:

St. Johns Bridge From the Car

We also visited the Japanese Garden and Rose Garden in Forest Park…

Japanese Garden

Rose Garden

We also went to a wonderful LNS in Beaverton – Acorns and Threads:


Later in the day we went to NW 23rd Street, which is a nice shopping district, looked around and had dinner. A very fun day!


On our very last full day, we decided to drive up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. It was pretty cloudy so Mt. Hood wasn’t at all visible from Portland. Timberline Lodge is very cool and kind of looks like a castle on the inside with lots of stonework and arched doorways. One of its claims to fame is that there were some scenes from The Shining that were filmed here. We actually spent most of our time inside playing ping pong and table shuffleboard!

Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge

On our way back to Portland, we stopped at Beacon Rock and followed the trail a little ways up. We didn’t make it to the top as it started to rain and was getting dark.


Saturday morning, we walked to the Portland Saturday Market, had breakfast, and drove around downtown Vancouver before catching our flight back home. We got home very very early this morning.

It was a wonderful vacation!

As far as stitching goes, I got about half way through my Autumn House exchange piece. I’ll be working on this until its finished, then getting back to Where Stitchers Gather.

Finished Project of the Week – Victoria Sampler Lavender Hearts

Are you noticing a trend with my finished project posts?  Victoria Sampler and Teresa Wentzler?? 😀  This series of posts, called “Finished Project of the Week” are about projects finished prior to me starting a blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about them…  it’s kind of fun for me to reminisce about them.

I did this design right after learning to do hardanger – early 2000s?  I had also just learned how to reweave the threads on the sides to do hemstitching – I love purple and the minute I saw this one, I got it right away and it took me about a month to stitch.  Right now its hanging in my dining room:


Victoria Sampler Lavender Hearts

I just love the framing of this one.  The blue mat matches the blue in the silk purple/blue overdye called for in the design (Caron Waterlilies – Flagstone).

Shortly after, I was planning a trip to Banff, and BettyAB (I don’t know if she has a blog) invited us to visit her home in Calgary, about an hour from Banff.  I had plenty of leftover materials from Lavender Hearts, and stitched her the little ornament/pincushion option that was included in the leaflet and gave it to her.  This was the first time (and maybe the last?) I’d ever made my own cording…



I met Betty, her husband, and her daughter and had a wonderful dinner with them at her home.  I was fortunate enough to see so many of her finished pieces, along with a quilt she’d done with all of the Victoria Sampler Beyond Cross Sttich kits.

If anyone knows that Betty has a blog, please send me the link so that I can include it!

Vacation Tomorrow!

Tomorrow DBF and I are visiting Portland, OR.  I lived there for about 7 years and just love visiting and he has never been.  The forecast looks clear and warm – which will afford plenty of mountainy views.  We have lots of fun stuff planned.

Here’s my latest progress on Victoria Sampler’s Where Sitchers Gather:


The top row of flowers, which are new since my last post, are more specialty stitches. From left to right:

  • Eyelet Flower
  • Detatched Chain Flower
  • Broad Cross Flower
  • Satin Stitch Flower
  • Apple Blossom Flower
  • Woven Spider Web Rose

Very fun to stitch!

My vacation project is an exchange piece for Stitcher Blogger Exchange Board.  The theme is Autumn House and is due for mailing in early October.  Since it is supposed to be a surprise to the recipient, I’m only posting a picture of the floss toss:


The fabric is 28 count lambswool jobelan (from Wilchelt). I love the nice fall floss colors. Its a relatively small piece, and I’m hoping to finish the stitching while traveling, then do the finishing when I get home.  I’ll post a picture when I know that the recipient has received it.

I hope everyone has a great week…  For all affected by Hurricane Ike (including my parents who are just expecting lots of rain) best of luck!

Finished Project of the Week – VS Welcome Hearts

I took this as a Victoria Sampler Cyberclass.  I had everything printed out and was happily stitching away on it when our new golden retriver puppy, Buddy, jumped up onto the couch and grabbed my printouts from the cyberclass and proceeded to completely shred one of the pages before I could get to him.

I sent an e-mail to Thea, at Victoria Sampler, with the title “The Dog Ate My Welcome Hearts.”  I sent her a pic of the cute puppy, a pic of the shredded pattern, and asked her if I could get another copy of just that one page.


She was wonderful and sent me a PDF by e-mail and I finished up the pattern.  Here’s the finished product:


I’ve stitched this a second time, this time using white linen instead of platinum, red silk for the letters, gold beads, and gold kreinik for all of the algerian eyelets. (The original as shown here had purple beads and uses perle cotton for the algerian eyelets) It was a gorgeous modification – very elegant and christmassy!  I gave it as a very much loved and appreciated Christmas gift.

Where Stitchers Gather Progress

Here is my progress so far.  I’m having a lot of fun stitching it!


The colors are a little brighter in real life, but I used a scanner rather than a camera because I wanted to get better detail on the flowers in the green band on top.  These really challenged me and I had to pull three of them out and redo them to be happy.  I’m still thinking of redoing the Blanket Stitch Pinwheel over on the right, but I’ll let it be right now and see if it grows on me.

The flower stitches from left to right are:

  • Straight Stitch Flower
  • Bullion Knot Flower
  • Stumpwork Berry (a bunch of french knots)
  • Rhodes Circle
  • Stem Stitch Rose
  • Blanket Stitch Pinwheel

This will be finished up as a envelope type thing for finishing.  I keep reading the finishing instructions over and over in the leaflet and feel like I’m finally starting to get it.  Finishing work that involves any sort of sewing totally intimidates me!

Thanks for looking!

Labor Day Weekend Stitching

Saturday morning, I finished up my latest project, Little House Needleworks Thread Gathering:


I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. It is my first LHN design. I stayed up pretty late Friday and got up early Saturday to finish it up because I was excited to start my new project, Victoria Sampler’s Where Stitchers Gather. Here are all of the supplies ready to go. I just love the floss colors on this one…


I did actually get some work done on this over the weekend, but got home late from DBF’s family holiday thing today and I don’t feel like getting the camera out and uploading and stuff. I’m thrilled with how its turning out so far, so I doubt I’ll be able to contain my progress pic for too long, maybe later in the week…

Saturday I went on an emergency trip to a LNS, Needle Nest, because I found that I didn’t have the fabric I thought I did (wrong count) for starting Where Stitchers Gather… while I was there I looked through a whole bunch of Laura Perin designs looking for a couple that I saw on her website last week. I think its somewhat fortunate that they didn’t have the ones I was most interested in, as I have too much to stitch right now and am saving up for the marketplace at the Celebration of Needlework next month.  Anyway, I did pick up my first pair of stretcher bars for a canvas work design I have in my stash… to be started…. someday.