These short stacks are really fun to stitch, took a couple of nights to stitch and one night to finish. I stuff mine with lizard litter to begin with for weight and then stuff the remainder with polyfil. I forgot to check supplies when I picked up the chart but was lucky to have all but one of the fibers. So I did substitute since I didn't want to go to the shop to get just one fiber- I replaced the French lilac with Gentle Arts Red Plum. As for stitching I kept true to the designers vision....almost. I couldn't help myself when it came to the girl's hair. I did satin stitch on the back of the head and added a braid down her back. I do believe I made it just a tad too long, but I couldn't help myself and didn't want to cut it because once I start trimming it could end up too short. But just pleased to be finished. So far there have been 3 short stacks and I've stitched them all...now waiting for another. I do believe I will be stitching every one of them. While I did finish 3 of the Plum Street ornaments from "Stranded Jacks", I have yet to assemble them...hopefully Thursday if Izi doesn't visit. And of course I've already picked my next three projects.
The first thing I'm working on is "Autumn in Baltimore"by Brenda Gervais. While I do a lot of her pieces on 16/18 ct. linen, I'm actually stitching this on the suggested linen, 28 ct. over one and I am loving this piece. I'm a little concerned about the finishing, but I'm willing to give it a try. She has actually encased a papier mache box with fabric and stitching. At first I thought it was the same box used on her "Here a Peep There a Peep" which is a small oval box, but Sara informed me that it's a little bit bigger than that, but still small at 5", so this is going to be so darn cute I can't wait to finish it.
Up after that is Erica Michael's, "Scary Berry"
Thread and linen are all ready to go as well as is the final pick for stitching, Brenda Gervais, "The Cat & the Moon". I have everything ready to go with this but I'm thinking of using one of the Rusty Bucket instead of her peat pot and it's just a tad bigger so instead of using 40 ct., I'm thinking of 36 ct. But I could change my mind before I actually put needle and thread to linen. Obviously I'm getting the autumn displays ready to go up in September, which is sooo close.
Oh, my no matter how much I stitch my "to do" pile just gets higher and higher. But I'm having the time of my life. We had a surprise visit from a designer yesterday, so thrilled to be working to meet her, which is always unexpected and exciting. Lila Umstead was vacationing with her family at one of the beaches in Delaware and took a trip down to see us. Designers are our rock stars so it was exciting to speak with her and have a visit. Her "Halloween Quaker" design is one of our number one designs this year. While I have it in my stash (no surprise) I haven't started it yet, but perhaps this will motivate me to get on it. Her "Siena" arrived here last week, I think, and it's an underwater mermaid that is a must. Her treasure trunk is filled with threads, etc. She's one of us. This is a beautiful design and of course has been added to my stash. Well, I need to get some work done, so I'll end here. Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully you will have a chance to work on your projects.