Since finishing my Rabbit Box at Easter, I decided that I would work on something else that’s been calling my name. You may remember Isabella Johnstone?  I’m stitching her with the called for Belle Soies on 40ct Vintage Lentil.  And I’ve really been enjoying her (despite having to rip out her entire right hand side border and restitch it).  And I’m excited to finally be getting into some colors other than red and green!

You can see I’ve gotten my leaves stitched almost all the way down the right side.  I’ve been stitching a length of Attic Tea on the leaves, then I work on the middle.  Then back to the leaves.  That seems to be breaking up the leaves enough that they’re not driving me bonkers!


She’s a sweet little sampler, and I just love the size of her on 40ct, not very big at all.  And I’ve been enjoying her so much I think I will just continue to stick with her for now.  Today is And They Sinned SAL day, so I’ll be working on it later.  I can’t wait to get out of the grass at the top of page 2 and into something more fun.

And I had to share a little gift that Sylvia picked up for me at the Paris needlework show.  Isn’t it fun?


I love the little strawberry!

Well, I’m off to see what I can get accomplished with the remainder of my weekend.  I hope you all enjoy yours as well!

I am grateful for some time to relax, and getting to read and stitch!

29 thoughts on “Isabella”

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the frogs on the border. Isabella is looking great. And that fob from Sylvia is just too darned cute.

  2. Wonderful progress on Isabella! I just love that sampler! Darling scissor fob, too! Have a great week.

  3. Isabella is beautiful! Great idea about stitching the leaves. I get so bogged down on borders. 🙂 What a sweet little fob!

  4. Yikes, frogging the border….UGH! Well, it does look pretty and once complete will be simply gorgeous I am sure. As always your work inspires me!

  5. Oh no! I cannot imagine having to take out so much work on 40-count! What a beautiful border, and I LOVE the colors.

  6. Hi
    Just found your blog through Valentina at Already Forgotten.

    Isabella is looking beautiful and I love your scissor fob.

    Happy stitching!

  7. Just checking in with you after a long time! Love your latest work, and that darling fob! Such awesome things in Paris. I love looking at all the things you stitch, Michelle. Drop by and see me when you get a moment. My newest book entry is on “Compulsively Mr. Darcy.” ;] Hugs, Deb

  8. Your Isabella is looking good! I know it will be gorgeous when it is finished. I have been a lurker on your blog for some time now and I always love seeing what you have been up to. I have started a blog of my own and it would be great if you had a chance to stop by.


  9. Isabella is so pretty! I’m glad you are enjoying stitching it. You’ve inspired me to work on mine some more!

    What a sweet gift from Sylvia!

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