Nov 3, 2009


Wow-weeeee, but these Vineyard silks are fabulous! Y'all were certainly correct...they are just lovely to work with..soft, supple, luxurious...and they just GLIDE through the canvas! I definitely see more of these in my stitchy future.

I didn't start stitching until later in the evening, so my progress is rather skimpy, but I can tell you that this is truly an enjoyable stitch! As with all LJP projects, I find that if I actually read the instructions that come with the chart I feel like a stitchy genius and never have a problem. (Yes, I'm a brown-nose of the first order, but when a designer is so good that she makes me look like I know what I'm doing, I feel it necessary to kiss a little designer heiney, k?)

Msses. Vonna and Jennifer asked about the Big Zipper/Live Laugh Love project. This is a series from Bent Creek that started with the chart for the border, the fabric, threads, and buttons all packaged in a big zipper bag (hence, the name). The smaller charts and threads were then released periodically.

I had this stuffed into my stash for quite a while before I saw it completed on Ms. Margie's blog: If you visit there, you will see that I shamelessly stole the idea of stitching this on linen instead of the 18ct burlap that was large enough to upholster a small condominium. In my case, I decided to use 32ct. Legacy linen from Picture This Plus. If I ever get the damn thing done, it will be really pretty. I promise.

Stewey and I are headed out for a game of PUMPKIN!. He read my blog entry yesterday and informed me that the word "PUMPKIN" must always be accompanied by an exclamation point, so I apologize for any confusion caused by my oversight. (Damn dog). We tried to play yesterday, but some neighbors were burning leaves and the resulting smoke was a little much for our lungs to handle.

Happy Tuesday to one and all! Thanks for visiting! Come again real soon, ya' hear?


  1. Beautiful progress on Idaho Star! Those silks are so pretty! I can't wait to see more! :)

  2. Those threads look absolutely gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see more of this Idaho Star!

    Congrats on your Riddle finish! Lovely!

    No go play PUMPKIN!!!!

  3. I wondered if you had done what Margie did....I keep looking at that one and the new one. I think they are so pretty and meaningful.

    LOVE your new start and the colors in those threads...NICE!

    Also, thank you for your kind words on my post this afternoon. I think YOU are pretty doggone wonderful too :) and I mean that from the bottom of my heart, sincerely. *hugs*

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I saw your old posts on the Bent Creek Big Zipper project and bought the patterns (used, on ebay). Never would have picked it without seeing yours!
    Anyhow, I am stitching it on Congress cloth with Soie d'Alger silks. Almost have the border done and ready to move inside!

  5. Such beautiful progress and colors on Idaho Star. I've never purchased one of her patterns, but if you saw the directions are easy, I'm all for that. After reading Jean Hiltons, I'm ready for something easy!

    I had to crack up at your burlap fabric remark. Funny how years ago we actually may have stitched on that stuff and enjoyed it!

    Have fun playing Pumpkin. Hopefully the air will be easier to breathe.

  6. Very, very pretty. I love silk. Just thinking about it makes me happy. Simple minds simply entertained, I suppose.

  7. Thanks so much for the info. I'm headed to an online shop now to see if they are still available!

    Have fun playing PUMPKIN! with Stewey. (My little man plays MR. MOUSE! right now, so I know how you feel......)

  8. Beautiful Stitching !!! Tell Stewey, I have a neighbor that like to burn leaves all fall. Each weekend and bothers me, who has a problem breathing all that smoke. I have tyo stay inside. She needs to wait till they all fall... Then fire them up !! Sorry to complain about My neighbor... Congrats on your Riddle Finish !!!