Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Blackbird sampler



stitched 1 over 1 on Belfast platinum linen
Thread Gatherer silk, color In the Burgundy

Last Friday, I got the urge to stitch up the little Blackbird Designs sampler. Instead of working in the yard like I was supposed to this past weekend, I used most of my free time bent over my stitching.

And I was also in the mood for a little 1 over 1. I made a few mistakes along the way, but left them. I think that was the original character of this pattern anyway. Claire is my soon to be 18 year old daughter. The bird is kind of wonky, but I didn't plan this chart very well and was left with little room to work with.

This tiny piece is only 2 x 3 1/2" and I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet. I was determined to get this stitched by the April 27th deadline, so at 11:30pm I had put the last stitch in and emailed my photo off to Blackbird shortly before midnight. That meant only getting about 4 1/2 hours of sleep last night, so I know for sure that I am certifiable.

Having a deadline for stitching is exactly why I don't do exchanges. I know myself well enough that it would only cause stress and I would be burning the midnight oil to get things ready to send. I also haven't done well getting gifts stitched on time. Shoot, my SIL was divorced by the time I finished her wedding gift!

11 comments:

Tammy said...

Oooh, stitching a wedding gift is bad luck! Your sampler is awesome. I didn't get in on that one, but I am loving seeing everyone's individuality in this sampler. Your stitching is perfect!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

It is beautiful. I am sure she will love this one.

doris said...

Barb, thank you for your kind note. I'm so happy that your daughter will be 18, and that you put her name on your sampler! It's a wonderful occasion.

Leah said...

Congrats for finishing it on time...it looks awesome!!

Karoline said...

It's lovely, congratulations

Laura said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I love your blog too! I have seen the stitching blog you mentioned. I have to put that one in my blog roll. So cool! Wish we could get together and stitch!

Sharon said...

Hi Barb, thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I appreciate it. I am thrilled to discover your blog. Your stitching is beautiful and I love your BBD finish!

Marie-P said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

You did a beautiful job on the sampler! I love stitching over 1 but it is hard on the eyes...I am impressed.

As for frequent moves...not sure I am up for that many more, but I am not certain that I want to make TX my permanent home...I am a New Englander through and through!

Lelia said...

Lovely sampler! Your bird is fine -- fiber choice great : )

What did your daughter think?

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your finish, it looks great and what a wonderful colour!

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