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Friday, December 31, 2010


Hi All! 

Hoping everyone enjoyed their Christmas holiday, it's been great reading what everybody did and ATE~LOL! 

Thank you so much for your comments on my last post about Sleigh Rides, does a heart good to be asked to share an original design and actually be given credit for it:)  I've replied to those who've asked for chart, if anyone else is interested, feel free to let me know. 

You all likely know sweet Catherine over at Bramblewood Stitches.  Right before Christmas she and her elves quickly stitched and holiday finished a few Sleigh Rides ornies, I'm both humbled and tickled-prim that she so enjoyed this design enough to stitch it, let alone more than once!  Thanks for sharing your interpretation Catherine, they're very sweet!

Warm welcomes going out to a few sweet new followers, always nice to discover sweet new blogs and meet new followers too!  A cobbled together 2010 Sweet Finishes slideshow is over in my tool bar if anyone cares to take a peek...

So, this mornin I took a quick inventory of my 2010 stitchin and found these 'lil gems languishing in my basket. Don't you think I should make at least one resolution and actually get them beautified?

Brightneedle Designs.....
 Brightneedle Designs ~ Christmas Basket freebie
Silk Fabric ~ approx 26 ct ~ Desert Sand
Floss ~ DMC colors modified 918/610/3823/830, 3 over 2
Stitch Count 40 x 42
Stitched December 2010

BBD ~ Thank You Sarah Tobias
Motif from Flowers For Sarah Needle Case
MCG Textiles linen 32 ct Oyster ~ heavily tea stained
Floss ~ DMC, 2 over 2
Stitch Count 53 x 53
Stitched ~ June 2010

Sharing a note about the above tea staining:
MCG linen is from Michaels and budget priced when using 40 or 50% coupon, it stains wonderfully.
For this particular heavily distressed result, I used 1/2 cup hot water w/6 tea bags left in the water the entire time, let sit for one hour in a small jar, think very small for mottled effect, (do not rinse),  let air dry and iron.
This formula will produce a drastic change in linen color to a soft yellow/tan/gold with beautiful mottling.
I'd forgotten how nice this turned out and plan on using more of this linen and technique.
Hope this is of some help to those who adore prim stitchin as much as I do! 

BBD ~ Now I Know My ABC's freebie
MCG Textiles 28 ct evenweave ~ Antique White
Floss ~ DMC 371, 2 over 2
Stitch Count 69 x 53
Stitched ~ June 2010
Well dear friends, this wraps up my stitchin year for 2010, thx for stoppin by.  A special thank you to all the designers for your wonderful projects and inspiration over the last year:)


Tootles, Sue


  1. What sweet stitches; you MUST finish them. :)

    I have a lot of overdue finishing myself!

  2. Those are beautiful Sue! I like to dye my fabric too! Really makes a difference in the way it looks.

    Have a wonderful new yr!


  3. Wonderful! Just beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with them. I would love a copy of your Sleigh Rides -- it's so pretty! Now about those temperatures... lol! Enjoy the warmth! Happy New Year to you!

  4. Thanks for the staining tip!!! I will chose a very small jar for sure~~ I have MJTextiles on hand needing grunying up a bit!

    Happy New Year to you as well~ Faye

  5. Nice little WIPS, Sue--hope you finish them soon. I loved seeing Catherine's renderings of your design, too! I'm sure that made you very proud indeed. I would love a copy, too--might make a quick ornament one of these days :)

    Wishing you and your family a truly happy new year!

  6. Great job on the tea staining fabric. I like your design Sleigh Rides and would love a copy. Thanks for sharing....

  7. Best wishes in the New Year, Sue!

  8. Just finished watching your little slide show of your finishes....OH MY...beautiful stitching!!

    I want to try staining some fabric this year. The idea has always scared me before but this year I'm going to put on my big girl panties and GO FOR IT!

  9. Beautiful stitcheries - you must finish them! Thank you for sharing your staining technique.

    Have a Blessed New Year,

  10. Lovely stitches, Sue. Have a Happy New Year, full of more lovely stitches!

  11. Thanks for the sweet words! I'll be keepin gmy Sleigh Rides up through the winter months!

    Love all your stitches - I too love that fabric for staining with coffee and tea - the price is great!

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2011!

  12. Oh my gracious - such pretties!! I'm loving your blog and will be back to visit often!! :)

  13. Lovely finishes, Sue! Happy 2011!

  14. Beautiful stitching, Sue! Happy new year!

  15. Hi Sue, sure love your Sleigh Rides. Are you still sharing this sweet design? I've love to stitch it up a few times.

    I'm definitely going to try your staining technique!

  16. Nice WIP's. The linen you stained is beautiful, thanks for sharing how you did it.

  17. Hi Sue, while spending time catching up on some very belated blog reading I found your Sleigh Rides design and would love a copy of the chart. I hope to stitch The Sampler Girl's Gone Sledding today, which means I'd better sign off. Love your blog. stitchingcat at comcast dot net.


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