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Saturday, May 27, 2017

We've joined FlossTube !!

This was our first episode, and we had a ball!! We have loved reading all the wonderful comments from viewers, and we are thrilled with seeing how many subscribers we have. A couple of flubs/corrections: I have 8 GREAT-grandparents, NOT 8 grandparents. My genealogy friends would be pretty ashamed of me for that one. And..... Not once, but twice, I failed to name our wonderful LNS, Keepsakes, in Sharonville, OH. If you are ever in the area, please seek them out. Barbara and Joe would love to meet you. As you can tell, they are very talented framers. You will see more of their framing in future videos. See you next time!! Pam and Steph

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let's See Those WIPs!


Hello Stitchers!


I thought I'd show you what pieces are currently in my loose rotation. I really don't rotate my pieces on a strict schedule. Each of these fall into categories or designers. I've been stitching since 1987, and most of my stash is from the '90's.

Here's the breakdown ~

Prairie Schooler

I have a fairly, though not complete, Prairie Schooler, collection. To be honest, I prefer the older ones. So, I'm currently working on the four birds from Birds & Berries. You saw the cardinal in my last post. Here's the Red-Winged Blackbird (next up will be the Chickadee):





Cross-Eyed Cricket

I also have many many Crickets, one of my favorite designers. I am currently working on Three Gables:



Charles Wysocki

I love Charles Wysocki's Americana designs. Many are in kits. This one, Birch Point, is one of my oldest WIPs, and is stitched on the enclosed Aida. In future, I will replace the Aida with something like Lugana. I am so determined to finish it, I have designated every Wednesday as Wysocki Wednesday, and it's working!





Charley Harper

I became a Charley Harper fan when I relocated to Cincinnati 32 years ago. I have stitched Clare de Loon, and am currently working on Christmas Caper:



Mirabilia

I am most definitely not a princess/fairy stitcher, but there are some Mirabilia's that speak to me. I am currently working on Winter Maiden:



Canada

When I am not stitching, I am working on my genealogy. My maternal side, going back from my great grandparents, is Canadian. Two of my four sets of great grandparents were born in Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. So, I think that makes me half-Canadian!  Last summer my sister and I traveled to New Brunswick for a huge family reunion, and made memories that will last a lifetime. This year Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I have several designs that mark this anniversary, as well as other Canadiana. I have started Remembrance Day, and am really enjoying it.






Ice Skating

I have very fond memories of ice skating  as a kid, outside in the wintertime, often from after school until the streetlights came on. So, it is a sentimental theme, and have collected quite a few skating designs. Here's one I finished in January (Winter Spots by The Trilogy), and the next one I plan to stitch, Encore une Pirouette:





Happy Hour

I often say that I stitch to keep from drinking and smoking, but the truth of the matter is that I've always enjoyed a good beer or a cocktail. The designs on this topic are abundant, and I love to collect them. I am finishing up this one, Fiesta:



Patriotic

As a proud Daughter of the American Revolution, with veteran ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, I am always going to be drawn to patriotic designs. I recently finished Betsy Ross, and I'm in the process of kitting up my next patriotic project:



Game Boards

I love board games, and have been collecting gameboard designs for years. I actually have two pieces that I am working on in this category, Drawn Thread's Game Board and Halloween Parcheesi:






Since I've been retired for a little over two years, I get to stitch every day, which I love. I usually post my daily progress each evening on Instagram. I am pgsoap, if you care to follow me.

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Until next time, 

HAPPY STITCHING!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Back By Popular Demand ~ No, Really!!


Prairie Schooler's Birds & Berries
No. 44
Cardinal


Yes, stitchy friends, three years ago on this date, on January 27th in 2014,
 I published my last post on this blog!

As I was approaching retirement, I immersed myself in another pastime, genealogy, and was unsure whether I could maintain two blogs. So, I let this one languish.

This did not mean I stopped stitching, however!
So, that means I have three years of stitching catch-up to write about, with pictures!!
And, as you know, our craft, during the last 3 years, has taken full advantage of social media, including:
 Facebook, YouTube (aka FlossTube) and Instagram.

Here are some ideas I plan to blog about:

Project of the Week

 Rotation

Home Wall Tour

Favorite Flosstubers

Facebook Groups

SALS

Back From The Framer

Stitchaway and Other Retreats

Stitch From Stash 2017

Stitchers of Instagram

Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Box of Pride



So, I hope you will add me to your stitchy blog roll (And let me know you have a stitchy blog, as well!)

I also hope to make to make some new stitchy friends, because, as we all know:


Stitchers Are The Best !!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Who Needs A Little Summer Right About Now?



This is Judith M. Kirby's House Number 14
"Summer Sunset"

Stitched on 28 ct PTP linen
in a variegated pale purple hue

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome Back Downton Abbey !!


Finished this just in time for Season 4 to start, at least on this side of the pond. My daughter gave me this pattern for Christmas 2012. She found it on Etsy.






Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cross Stitch Christmas Gifts 2013

Here are the two cross stitch pieces I did for my daughter, Stephanie, by request, this Christmas.  They were both framed by Joe at Keepsakes. Needless to say, they were a big hit. And, yes, next year's requests are already in.






The Little Stitcher





"Lemon Meringue Sampler"

Casey Buonaugurio



Saturday, November 9, 2013

An Oldie But Goodie ~ PS Johnny Appleseed Is Finished !!



Johnny Appleseed

Prairie Schooler #9

28 ct. Platinum Cashel Linen

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Have A Spooky Halloween!



"Salem Semetery"

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Johnny Appleseed (PS #9) -- Progress Report


I spent most of my Labor Day Weekend making real progress on an old timer, Prairie Schooler's Johnny Appleseed. I'm stitching it on Platinum cashel linen, 28-count. This old design from 1985 shows how PS effectively used very muted tones of DMC. The row of deer was especially fun to stitch.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Union Fife and Drum Finish



This was a stitch that combined my two passions - Genealogy and Cross-stitching. I have been documenting my family tree at my other blog, Digging Down East, for four years now, and this summer I found the grave of my 3rd great grandfather, Howard Winslow Brackley, in a tucked-away cemetery in Freeman, Maine. He served with Company D of the 28th Maine Infantry.