Monday, January 9, 2012

A Few Finishes and a New Find

Greetings, all, I know I have been missing for several weeks.  I  guess we are all busy around the holidays.   I read another blogging post that she will try and post each and every Monday.  I think that sounds like a wonderful idea, if I can just stick to it.

I have finished putting all of the Christmas decorations away until next year.  It is usually so cold and windy when I am out in January taking down all the wreaths, but today was in the mid 40's.  Like many others, we are having a green winter.  I noticed today that the climbing roses are budding out and the magnolia tree has little green leaves!  I suppose we will have a cold spell that will kill all of the buds and ruin spring.  If not, the roses should be gorgeous this year without all the winter kill!  I just hope it doesn't wait until March for winter to actually come!

I have finished a few small little stitching things.  The first is a prim needle book by Stacy Nash.  It was a lot of fun to stitch and put together.

I have finished my very first punch needle.  It was so much fun to do.  It is a little bird pincushion designed by Brenda Gervais.  I mounted it on this old oil can that I have been wanting to do something with for a long time.

And finally, a not quite finished.  :(   These are from an old Prairie Schooler chart called The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Instead of stitching it as a sampler, I chose to do each individually, then mount them on little Christmassy wool squares with homespun backing.  The plan was to make a garland out of them that I could hang from a door, etc.  But, sadly, they are now relegated to the unfinished drawer.

Lastly, on a totally unrelated note, when I go to buy horse feed every few weeks I pass a small antique/vintage/used store, and of course usually stop in.  Look what I found!  A large (about 60" square) beautiful piece of antique/vintage wool paisley for $15!!  Woo-hoo!!!  From what I understand about antique wool paisley, that is quite the steal.  My original plan was to cut it into strips for my rug hooking, but now I am giving that second thoughts.  I have heard that if is in good condition (which it is, only 2 teensy moth holes) that you shouldn't cut it up.  What to do...what to do...

Till next time,


  1. I love your finishes! I so want to learn to needle punch just for Brenda's designs. lol! And the little needlebook is wonderful! The PS 12 Days -- you'll get back to them, no worries. They look great so far! Great find on the wool -- it's so pretty! It does seem logical to keep it as one big piece. Hmmmm.

  2. Your finishes look fabulous. I love the punch needle bird mounted on the old oil can.
    The wool paisley is beautiful. I'd just use it as a decorative throw on the back of a chair or sofa. Perhaps a small table cloth cover?

  3. Melinda, you have been busy! Enjoy your days and love your stitcheries. Your wool paisley is wonderful.

  4. Beautiful paisley! That's a fantastic price! They are great in rugs...but keeping it as one piece might be the way to go. Love the stitching and the punch needle birdie! So sweet!

  5. Your stitchery is beautiful and good job on your first punch needle. I love that you set on an old oil can. -Steph-

  6. Love your punchneedle piece!!!! And what a sweet Stacy Nash finish too. I just 'found' your blog, and I am really enjoying it.

  7. You've made such lovely things - and I'm SO envious of your paisley fabric - I NEVER find stuff like that around here. I say 'go for it' and put some in a hooked rug - that's what I would do!