Friday, September 01, 2006

Redeeming the Time

As I have spent quite a bit of time in waiting rooms this week, I've gotten quite a bit of stitching done, wahoo! I was just thrilled to finally finish Blackbird Designs 'Quaker Garden'. It is stitched on 32 count Lakeside Linen Pear with Weeks Dye Works and Crescent Colours. Next is a Hands to Work pincushion design 'A little Peace'. It is stitched on some 36 ct. 'snickerdoodle blend'. ;) Actually, it's a piece of Lakeside Pearled Barley that I soaked in some of my leftover snickerdoodle coffee, I love it! Wonder if I could duplicate this same color again?! I plan to stitch all 3 of these pincushions from The Littles leaflet, and have a start on 'A Little Love' already. Next picture is my Blackbird Designs 'Be Kind & True' WIP stitched on 35 ct. R&R Marva's breakfast blend. This fabric has a light side and a dark side. I'm stitching on the light side, and the color of the darker side would probably be better, BUT, I could not reckon with the splotchiness of the darker side. I like some distress or mottling, but not when it makes the linen just look dirty. :) Last, but not least is a Lizzie Kate design 'Think Autumn'. I stitched it on some 36 ct linen that I dyed myself with coffee + vanilla, and used one strand of thread. I really like this one strand stitching! Anyway, the pattern calls for Picture This Plus in 'Relic' and I do like PTP linen a lot, but sometimes it's good to use something from the stash. I am so ready for fall and the cooler weather and lovely colors that come with it, I'm Thinking Autumn!

I am so disappointed lately in the quality of Weeks Dye Works threads. They used to be my favorite. What happened to them? The newer threads are all weird and shiny looking, they seem smashed, not soft or plump, and they shred after a stitch or two. Not good. Also, some of the colors that have been long time favorites, or 'staple' colors like 'Brick' for instance, do not have any variation in the color at all anymore. I might as well use DMC, it's softer and doesn't shred. I have recently been only using WDW if I have an older skein or can find an older skein of what is called for at the shop, after buying & using several skeins of the weird new stuff. I keep checking it out (last night) every time I'm in the LNS to see if any new threads are looking better. Still icky.


Blogger Deborah said...

Tobie, you have been busy, busy, busy with your blog lately! You put mine to shame, it has lingered untouched for ages it seems. I loved looking at all your photos and also at the Country Sampler and Country Marketplace things. I love those magazines.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Congrats on the finishes, they are beautiful! I had to buy Quaker Garden this week, I think I may be the only stitching blogger not working on it. ;o) Your works-in-progress are lovely too.

About WDW, I haven't noticed a real quality change in the threads except for the lack of variegation. You are right, we might as well use DMC. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the weird new skeins!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Tobie, As usual your projects are awesome. I love popping in to see what you're up to.

Thank you leaving a comment on my blog! I appreciate it.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Hi Tobie! Congrats on all your wonderful finishes. Quaker Garden turned out great!

I haven't noticed too much of a difference with my Weeks, but then again, I've been pretty much working out of my stash. I'll have to pay more attention!

Have a nice weekend!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Tobie, I agree with you on the Weeks. Why is it so shiny and stiff? I don't know what they're doing but it's not the same. Crescent Colours is so much nicer. I want to just sit and stroke them, they are so lovely.
Love all of your finishes and WIPS. I have the "Littles" chart and fabric and just love how yours turned out. Maybe I will find some coffee to spice up my fabric a little.
Thanks for the inspiration :)
Stay out of those waiting rooms, although the results are nice, ha.
Hugs GF.

11:31 PM  
Blogger catandturtle said...

Everything you have been stitching looks amazing. QG is great and I love Think Autumn. Ann.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Congrats on all your finishes-they are lovely as usual!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Congrats on the great finishes! I just love them!

11:48 PM  
Blogger KarenV said...

Wow Tobie, you've been so busy! What lovely finishes - Quaker Garden is gorgeous and I love the other pieces as well. I particularly like the linens you've dyed yourself - do you use anything other than the coffee/vanilla you've mentioned or any special dyeing process? I've tried tea-dying, with some success, but would like to have a go at using other things as well.

I'm not keen on WDW either - they don't feel as nice to stitch with as GAST and Crescent Colours. And I agree about Brick - I bought some a while back and it's virtually solid.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Meari said...

I'm new to using WDW. I just thought that's how they are. Thanks for sharing!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Hmm. I just got a few new WDW in the mail for an upcoming project and I thought they felt kind of stiff ... I haven't used them yet, though, and assumed my hands were just too dry when I was handling them.

You've been busy stitching on some GREAT projects!

2:30 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Wow, busy busy! Your finishes are just lovely. Wonderful work!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

That's an amazing amount of progress. Sorry you've been having to hang out in waiting rooms to achieve it.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Von said...

Hi Tobie, I've been very remiss in not visiting your blog for awhile and I see it's been awhile since your last post! What a lot of stitching you've done tho. I hope you're still stitching up a storm and we'll hear from you again soon. :D

5:20 PM  
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2:46 AM  
Blogger catandturtle said...

Quaker Garden looks gorgeous. The colors just leap off the linen. It's wonderful. Ann.

2:46 PM  

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