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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Isn't It Amazing

how seeing a piece finished can change your mind about stitching it. The Sampler Guild had a get together a couple of weeks ago and I saw this little bird as a finished ornament. Now I had seen it many times before as it is featured in the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament 2004 magazine. Each time I had totally ignored it's potential. At the Gathering I saw it finished beautifully by our friend Sandra Carstairs. Seeing her beautiful model really made me want to stitch it and this is the result.





Then I got carried away and decided to stitch the new small stockings from Blackbird designs. The charts are monthly and each feature three designs per month. I chose one design from January, February and March.

This is my January choice -



This is February with the mandatory hearts -



and this is March with spring daffodils -

22 comments:

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Sandra, I love the bird and stockings. The bird is darling - I think, like you, I may have to give one a try. I also love your stockings - especially how you finished them. I stitched and finished the first one from the JCS mag but I really love how you did yours with the stuffing and cording. Really, really pretty!

Sheila said...

Really love the bird - - another one who might have to give it a try having seen yours. And your stockings look great too - your needles have been busy :)

Margaret said...

Oh how lovely! Whatever you make is always just amazing! Your finishing is gorgeous. I have yet to touch a stocking, but I'm planning to at some point. And like you I never really noticed that little bird -- it's wonderful!

Bertie said...

Yes Sandra it is Amazing, just lovely to see your projects, what about those French charts then:-))

Patti said...

I never noticed the bird either until I saw it at Brittas and I don't remember if it was the same as your one is but I just went to check my photos and it isn't on there so I still don't know. You get so much more done than me it just isn't true. Maybe I should stitch more and stay off the computer more so off I am going as my Lily would have said. Lots and lots of Love and admiration Patti xxx

Sandra said...

Glad you were inspired to stitch the Snowbird, it had turned out well. I just love those stocking though, they are just gorgeous.

Deb said...

Sandra - I absolutely love your stockings and they're finished so nice. I hear you about a design that you've seen over and over again. Someone stitches it and you see the beauty of it and have to stitch it! Your bird is darling.

Giovanna said...

Beautiful finishes - the birdie is on my to-do list too, he's just adorable!

a.b. said...

more than amazing: it's outstanding!
i love the way you finished the stockings.

angelasweby said...

Well, what an inspiration your pictures are. I think we will all revisit that little bird design now we have seen yours. It's such a pretty chubby little bird :>)

What a nice idea to stitch one stocking from each set. They look so pretty Sandra. Your stitching and finishing really is an inspiration to us all.
Warm wishes Angela

Nancy said...

Hello:
I am a member of an online stitching group with Angela. She told us about visiting you and made it sound like a wonderful adventure. She told us about your blog, so I had to visit you. I am going to look at your past entries. Hope you will pop in and visit my blog sometime.
Everyone of these things you stitched are beautiful.
Nancy

Carol R said...

Angela sent me a link to your blog. I do not know how I have missed visiting with you before! Wonderful stitching and finishing and I will be back to visit in the future!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Love your blog and your stitching. I am also a fan of Jackie duPlessis designs and I am working on finishing 2 from a recent workshop with her.

Love the Blackbird Designs stockings that you stitched.

Have a great day.
Roberta

Carol B. said...

Hi Sandra -

Love the way you finished the stockings!! They look great!!

Carol B.

Margaret said...

Just gave you a blog award! Check out my blog.
http://daysofasamplerlover.blogspot.com/

Love all your work!

Siobhan said...

Sandra, WOW. I absolutely LOVE your stitching. The bird and stockings are adorable--fabulous, wonderful finishing, too!

Connie said...

Sandra, your bird and stocking are too wonderful!

I love them and love how they are finished!

Hugs

Connie

celaine53f@comcast.net said...

The stockings are stunning! I am doing them too and I hope that I can make mine as gorgeous as yours!

mainely stitching said...

Your bird came out so beautifully! As have all your projects - I've really enjoyed reading your blog and admiring your stitching!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Hi Sandra! I just wanted to tell you - the reason I framed that chart in my craft room (CHS Alphabets, the Whole Kit-n-Kaboodle) is because Kathy used a picture I had taken of my framed ABC's as the model for the cover. She signed and sent me the first copy, so I just had to frame it!

Nina said...

Beautiful finished pieces, congrats :)

~mj~ said...

I just found your blog...your stitching is beautiful, and your finishing is immaculate! I esp love the 'carried away' set...I had seen the ads for this piece, but wanted to see better details of the 'smalls'. It is really lovely!!