One of the first things people ask me when they come in the shop is, "Did you stitch all of these?" (meaning my shop models). "Most of them," I say. I really like to stitch, and I'm fast. I have a number of pieces in the shop made by friends of mine. A few by model stitchers. But I've probably got well over 100 pieces in the shop that I've stitched (and those are just the ones here...that I haven't given away or have hanging at home.) I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you. (You can click on each picture to make it bigger and easier to ogle.)
Blackbird Designs pieces are fun to stitch. I love Barb & Alma's use of color, and their kind of shabby-chic look. This one is from their "Souvenirs of Summer" book, and I think this design was also featured in a magazine at some point. It didn't take too long to stitch, but I remember it being a great summer piece. Patriotic, but not too "primary" in terms of color.
This is another Blackbird Designs piece -- you may recognize it as their Mystery Sampler which came out in pieces during their Loose Feathers club of 2008. I finished mine a long time ago, but only recently stretched and hung it. I stitched mine on a 40 count R&R Reproductions linen, and did a little tweaking here and there. This was another really fun summer piece to stitch. Again, great summer colors that I don't need sunglasses to look at.
I stitched this one quite a while back. It's Prairie Schooler's Farmer's Alphabet. I love veggies, and this design is so pleasing to me. One of the most fun things about stitching this piece was feeling a great sense of accomplishment as I stitched each letter. I could bang a few out at a time, and before I knew it, the piece was finished. Just DMC floss, but I used 32 ct. Lambswool linen (I think it called for a Jobelan.) Even though I've had this one for years, I still really love it, and it makes me think of veggie stands on the side of the road, and the nothing-better taste of still-warm tomatoes from the garden.
As much as I'm enjoying summer here in Hattiesburg, I am not enjoying the 100+ heat index temperatures we have every day. It rains. Then it heats right back up, but the water evaporates, so it's hot and humid. A few positives: my hibiscus out front is VERY happy right now; our air conditioning is in working order; and I have several different types of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the freezer. Hope you're enjoying summer. I'm going to go home and stitch!