My favorite designers, Barb Adams and Alma Allen who are the Blackbird Design ladies have released a new series of Loose Feather designs. For the Birds! It’s Spring Fever is the first on the nine charts that will make up this series.
Liberty Rose is a chart that was released by Blackbird Designs as a class project at Old Mill Stitchery in October 2015. It is now Out of Print but hopefully will be released sometime in 2016 to the general public. I went looking to see if I could find it and the chart was generously donating to the BBD Lending Library.
Although the chart calls for the design to be stitched on two separate pieces of 32ct linen and then stitched together, I chose to stitch it on 16ct Milk Chocolate Aida from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. I did use the recommended floss which is Week Dye Works Pink Sand, Oak, and Graphite. The design calls for 1 strand of floss stitched over two threads. I opted to use two strands.
Started stitching April 9, 2016
And the finished piece ready for framing. Finished stitching April 19, 2016. I used my husband’s and my initials and the year we were married.
Robin’s Song by Little House Needleworks is a chart I purchased some time ago BEFORE I became addicted to Blackbird Designs. When I thought I might lose my sight, I decided I had better get busy and stitch some of the ones I had purchased and kitted up with the recommended floss.
The piece was stitched on 16ct Aida Chocolate Milk or Toasted Almond from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. I use the recommended floss by Gentle Arts Sampler Threads and Classic Colorworks. Finished piece measures 11 7/8 x 5 7/8 (stitched area). I started stitching on October 29, 2015 and put the last stitch in today, December 6, 2015.
One of the most beautiful designs the Blackbird Design ladies have created is ‘Tis the Season which is from the book Joyeux Noel. The book is due to be reprinted and released during December 2015. If you want it, I would suggest you order it quickly as my understanding is that it is a limited reprint. Most local Needlework shops should be able to get it for you.
The recommended floss for stitching this is Crescent Colors Belle Soie silk and it calls for eight colors. Regular price is $7.50 a skein and this was just more money than I wanted to spend even if I found it on sale so I sent searching for an alternative. I came across this blog post Blogtoberfest… Okay, I’m terrible at this!
She suggested using the following conversion from Crescent Colors Belle Soie silk and I decided to give it a try.
Attic Tea -> CC Pea Pod
Moss -> WDW Bark
Mudpie -> WDW Palomino
Poison Apple -> CC Wild Berries
Pumpkin Carriage -> GAST Brandy
Scarecrow -> GAST Grecian Gold
Tortoise Shell -> GAST Forest Glade
Vanilla Pudding -> WDW Whitewash
I did make one other change. Both suggested colors for the bird seemed to be more shades of dark pink which our cardinals are definitely NOT! Another stitcher suggested Week Dye Works Turkish Red which I decided to use. I had also seen the piece stitched on a darker fabric than the suggested Pear by Lakeside Linens. I selected 16ct Storm Aida by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.
The verse at the bottom can be stitched in French or English. I think I will stitch the English version.
I hope to start stitching this soon and have others in the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook group join me.
Progress as of January 2, 2016
Finished Stitching: January 7, 2016
Framed and hanging in my living room.
We recently had to say goodbye to our sweet girl Katie. I wanted to stitch something special in her memory and decided on Lizzie Kate’s chart Dogs Leave Pawprints. My plan is to stitch the design, then send the stitched piece and a picture of Katie to Jill Rensel for framing. Jill and Amber work a special kind of magic in framing special pieces.
And our sweet girl.
Fabric: 25ct Lugana probably mushroom
Threads: Weeks Dye Works
- Bright Leaf
- Deep Sea
- Kris’s bon bon
Started stitching: November 19 2015
Finished stitching November 21, 2015. Now I just need to sew on the dog bone charm and it will beready to pail off to Jill and Amber to work their magic.
I started stitching this on August 15 2014. Below is my progress as of August 23rd.
Progress as of August 29, 2014
When I first saw this chart, I Love You to the Moon and Back by Waxing Moon Designs, it made me think of my oldest son, Frank and his wife, Alana and what they always said to each other. Frank lost his battle with cancer on December 28, 2011. He had just turned fifty. I decided to stitch it for Alana in his memory and in appreciation of the care she gave him during that final year. The suggested fabric was a hand-dyed linen that was a dark blue. Aida fabric was also offered in that same color. I ordered a piece and tried to stitch but had such difficult seeing the holes, I had to change to a lighter shade of blue. I also chose to use DMC floss rather than the Crescent Colors suggested. I also ordered the button that goes in the upper left hand corner.
Again someone on the 123Stitch Message Board loaned me the chart. While the lighter shade of blue was easier to stitch, my old eyes still had a difficult time.
As you can see by the picture shown above, I decided to personalize the finished piece with Alana and Frank’s names stitched below the verse. I tried various frames with the piece but could not really make up my mind and was not real happy with how any of them looked. I had seen some of the finishing techniques on the message board done by ClaudiaB and decided to give her a try. I sent her the piece and told her I wanted it finished as a cube. This style of finishing was entirely new to me but I loved the finished piece. See what you think.
I have mailed it to my daughter-in-law and hope she is as happy with it as I am.
When I first saw a photo of A Little Love by Lizzie Kate, I knew it was the perfect project to stitch for my husband’s 100th birthday. I did not want to order the kit because I do not like stitching on linen so posted to the 123Stitch Message Board. Someone on the Board had just finished stitching it and was willing to sell me just the chart for $5 which included postage. Rather than use the recommended floss, I chose to use DMC because I already had all the colors on hand. I ordered the small flower button that had been a part of the kit and I already had some small rose colored beads. For the fabric I chose a piece of 28 ct antique white probably lugana but not sure since it came from another kit. It was a fairly quick stitch but I had to work on it at night after Jim was in bed so he would not see it.
Pictured below the background is actually white although it does not look like it. I normally stretch and frame my own work but since this is for a very special man on a very special occasion, I am sending it off to Jill Rensel to work her magic on. I’ll post a picture once I get it back.
The finished piece framed by Rensel Studios I will give it to Jim as soon as it is delivered rather than wait for his birthday.
I received this chart as a freebie a number of years ago when I placed an order for Sunshine and Sunflowers from Janlynn. It has been languishing in my stash basket since then. I asked my youngest son, Michael if he would like me to stitch it for him. “Yes,” he says. With a stitch count of 100W x 295H I knew it might be a fairly large size. Rather than use 14 ct which was what was recommended, I decided to use 16 ct antique white Aida which I ordered from my favorite source 123Stitch.com. The finished size of just the design area would be 6 1/4” by 18 1/2”
Little did I realize how many shades of gray were used. Ten shades for just the top left part of his ear!! But it is going to be beautiful when finished.
Started stitching: Jan 6, 2014.
I’ve gotten a lot more stitched since I last posted my progress.
Progress as of April 11, 2014
Progress as of May 19, 2014
Progress as of June 27, 2014
Wolf #3 is now being stitched!
Progress as of August 8, 2014
Progress as of August 23 2014
I put the final stitches in last night. Or at least I thought they were the final stitches. After taking the picture, I realized that I forgot the back stitching on the last wolf’s ear. Once it dries, I’ll do that then it will be ready for framing. My son will be very happy to have it hanging in his room.
February 10, 2015 – Finished and framed. Right now it is only pinned to the foam core. I still need to lace it and add the spacers and glass.
The frame I used is from Graphic Dimensions – EWC8 Black Frame EconoWood Classics Collection.
It’s finished and framed. The Lark Sparrow from the Crossed Wing Collection was stitched as a companion piece for the Meadowlark. It was stitched on ivory 28 count Jobelen, double matted and framed. While I finished the actual stitching last year, I am just now getting it framed. Framed, it measures 17 3/8″ x 15 7/8″ The mats are two shades of green and the frame is a toffee color.