I stitched this little ornament-sized piece using an 8" x 8" cut of 28 count Khaki Cashel linen. I used the floss as charted. A very quick stitch - just a few hours to complete. Weather calls for about 1" of snow in the passes above 4500 feet today, so I guess this piece is seasonal after all!
So it would seem as though I celebrated the first day of autumn by working on a winter themed cross stitch piece! Never let it be said that I was scared to march to my own drummer. This is good fun so far.
Yes, I am still working on "Summer Alphabet Sampler".
And no, I could not help myself. I had to kit up "Forest Friends" and I began stitching on it last night. I have lots, and lots, and lots of snowmen charts with the floss and fabric purchased and all ready to stitch. Perhaps snowmen will be my fall / winter motif.
Yesterday we got 0.3" of rain - most of it in the form of tiny, tiny misty droplets. The rain has ended, but this morning dawned cool, cloudy, and foggy. The diffused light makes the Sweet Gums glow whilst Parvati perches on a stump to survey her kingdom.
I am very much enjoying stitching this small sampler. Progress is fast and smooth - even enjoying the borders as there is a certain "randomness" to the pattern that keeps me on my toes. I think this will be something special when it is finished.
Though summer is fast winding down, this pattern called my name. It is "Summer Alphabet Sampler" by Chessie and Me. I shall stitch it on 35 count Weeks Dye Works Parchment linen using the Weeks Dye Works and Anchor floss as charted.
I think that the colors are especially stunning. I will confess to getting a bit bored with all the many borders that surrounded the alphabet and birds. I stitched this La-D-Da piece on R & R's 32 count La-D-Da Brown linen and used the fibers as indicated on the chart.
This design by Hands to Work is titled "Patience". It is fitting that I worked on this while under-going some difficult health issues in May 2006. It is kind of a personal tribute to walking a long, hard road. I changed the design from "Patience 1898" to "Elizabeth 2006" as a more fitting memorial to that time.
It is supposed to be somewhere around 94-96 degrees today. I potted up the violas and sedums I'd purchased a couple of days ago. I also made sure all the potted plants on the back patio and the front porch had a good drink of water and that all the birdbaths were full. I think the photo above is a good representation of the scorcher of a day we are expected to have!
Late this afternoon I got an invitation to attend a meeting of the Eugene Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. I am so glad I did!
Dave and Pat Eckerdt came down from Salem, and Dave gave a slide presentation called "Garden Gems of the Pacific Northwest".
Pat and Dave have an extraordinary garden outside of Salem, Oregon. Pat is also an incredible artist - she weaves and works with stained glass. Dave is an exceptional photographer so his presentation was a visual delight!
The photos are from May when my sister and I visited the Eckerdt garden - an English Golden Oak and lovely decorative tile birdhouses.
I had several errands to take care of yesterday, so I went downtown and stopped in at Down to Earth on 5th Street. They had the first violas and pansies of the season and I bought three or four. These lovely flowers allow me to embrace the changing seasons.
The Tuesday Farmers' Market was in full swing too - a pleasant surprise for me because I am not often in town during the week. I had a wonderful buffalo bacon burger with bleu cheese and onions from Field to Table and I bought pan au chocolate from Eugene City Bakery. Yummy! I did not have my camera which was a shame as the food displays are so vibrant this time of year. I did pick up fresh corn, spinach, fingerling potatoes, and onions. Most of that will be served tonight with albacore from the Oregon coast. Sometimes eating locally is no hardship!
I got up far too early this morning and had exercised and showered by 6:00am. I still needed to work on tidying up all the plants on the front porch, but on an early September morning that now required a light jacket. I also had to turn on the porch light in order to work as the sun quietly rose in the east. Lingering nights and cooler mornings - signs of autumn.
Plant choices too reflect the changing season. My mother visited a garden center in Bend, Oregon and bought three asters and a new echinacea. The echinacea is called "Matthew Saul".
Here's what I've accomplished thus far. Lots, and lots, and lots of borders on this one. I stitched enough of the borders to make sure that all the other elements would be placed correctly. Now I alternate between "Boring Borders" and "Interesting Elements".
This (rainy) afternoon Parvati and Padma were my cross stitch companions.
Decided to spend part of a rainy afternoon stitch "Leaping Rabbit Scissor Weight" by Ewe & Eye and Friends. This is an older chart - 1994 - I found it on Ebay. I used 28 count Country French Cafe Mocha R & R linen. I think it has a nice rustic look that works really well with this design. Fast and easy, this took me about 90 minutes to stitch up. I messed with the rabbit's tail; the chart called for a very large French knot which I did not care for, so I stitched a tail with one thread of floss over one thread of linen instead.