Saturday, March 21, 2009

Gran'ma's cross stitching project is done!

Today is a lazy day in the Pacific Northwest. The weather is to lazy to make an actual effort to either rain or sunshine. We get a bit of rain occassionally followed by some sun followed by some more light rain. Our household is doing the same. A bit of cross stitch, some housework and some homemade scones. My boy is up on the mountain snowboarding and my husband is listening to a motocross race on the net. Nobody has much ambition but we are getting a little bit done here and there.

My grandmother lives with us. She is 93 and moved in at the end of '08. Last summer I showed her how to cross stitch. She started off on stamped but quickly moved to Aida cloth. Her first project was on 11 count and was finished on a photo album to be given to a new baby when he is born. She will stitch his name below the horse and attached it when we are sure of his name. On a humorous note....the expecting couple are thinking of naming the baby Ryder which we didn't know at the time that gran'ma picked the horse. We couldn't have planned it better!
Next she made a very pretty bookmark that I haven't taken a picture of yet.

After that she started working on a pattern that I found in an online cross stitch magazine and had been saving it for another time. She made it into a needlebook.

She put white felt on the inside to hold her pins and needles.

I thought it was cute so I had to make my own! I'm going to send it to a friend. The linen is 28 count that has a bit of stiffness to it and I also made a scissor fob using the same linen but I did it with one floss thread over one linen thread. It is only a couple of inches tall.

I put a tangerine colored feltish fabric on the inside and finished it with a blanket stitch. On the back I stitched my initials and her intials with the date. Her name is on the back of the scissor fob.

Last but definitely not least.....

I'm working on a teapot that I found in a Just Cross stitch magazine. I love our local library. I have access to 3 different cross stitch magazines and a multitude of books. When I saw this picture I immediately thought of a friend of mine. She collects teacups, teapots and loves the color pink. I think I will finish it like a pinkeep but bigger. I have some really pretty pins that will go nicely with it. The poor teapot doesn't have a handle at the moment (it should be on the left side of the pot) because I have ripped it out 3 times. I am not happy with how the light pink is laying down. I might have to change the color.

Later I will post my grandmother's new project. She also likes teapots and picked a hand dyed pink sparkly Aida cloth to put one on. The pattern is from a series of teapots that came out last year by Just Another Button company. I believe it was for June.
Have a great day!

1 comment:

three2chase said...

I love the pony, and the name couldn't fit better if you had tried. I love that you and Grandma are both working on projects together. OK, so you each have things you are working on. It's close.

I can see you, hunkered down on the chair, sunshine hitting the window... wait, that's rain, but it's bright. Or was it, 'cause now I have to turn the lamp on to see. Ah, the bi-polar weather of the NorthWet. (typo intended) It brings that John Denver "Lazy Days" song to mind.