This past year at guild I signed up to take part in the Secret Stitcher program for the first time. We eached stitched two pieces for our Secret Stitcher, one in February and one for June. As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a portion of my holiday weekend doing the finishing on the June piece for my Secret Stitcher. We revealed our identities on Tuesday night, and now I can finally share with you all what I’ve been working on.
My Secret Stitcher loves birds, and so I wanted both pieces I stitched for her to reflect that. For June I chose to stitch BBD’s Bluebird and finished it into a pincushion. I stitched with GAST Uniform Blue on 30ct Olde Town Blend by R&R. I included her initial too.
I filled it with crushed walnut shells and found this beautiful fabric for the back. I am definitely going to be stitching this one again for myself. I think I can squeeze it onto my leftover Olde Town Blend. I hope so!
And since I didn’t get to show you the other piece I stitched for her back in February, here it is! Along with birds she also loves winter, so what could be more perfect than a block from Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings?
I really wish this was a better photo, but I was taking the photo at 11 o’clock the night before this piece was due. Learned my lesson on procrastinating and gave myself a lot more time on the more recent gift (see how much better the photos are!!!). But, I think you can still tell how beautiful and delicate this piece turned out to be as an individual block. I love it! I used DMC along with the Thread Gatherer Silk n Color Mint Frost. And that Mint Frost silk is the perfect color for snow…I bought two skeins of it so that when I get around to stitching CaHRH, I’ll have my skeins. I used 36ct Meadow Rue for the fabric and I think the color was a good choice. The pine cone and the pine needles were a lot of fun to stitch.
But, as all of you who have ever stitched one of these Hawk Run Hollow pieces know – those blocks are deceiving. What seems like a simple stitch turns into a much bigger project than you envisioned. So, in my defense, I thought I’d left myself plenty of time to stitch this. But, wow, I underestimated – big time!
I ended up finishing the piece into a pillow, I thought it would be something fun for her to have out during winter. The brown background fabric is what I used on the back of the pillow.
So those are my two stitched pieces for my Secret Stitcher. I need to show you the gorgeous gorgeous piece I received from my Secret Stitcher as well – next time. And there’s a birthday gift that needs revealing too. So many things to show you!!! I’ll be back soon with more.
I am grateful for being at home with Eric on a Wednesday night.