Thursday, May 30, 2024

Finally- the May stitch


If you've been reading my blog you know it's been a weird year for me but I finally took some pics of the next embroidery.

The center of the flowers are just straight stitch but you could fill the space in with french knots. I used 2 strands of  DMC 3078.  Fill in the circle space with simple stripes of straight stitch.

The petals are lazy daisy stitch. I used 2 strands of DMC 550 for 2 petals and 552 for the other 2. I didn't want the petals to blend so I used 2 colors of purple. Fill in the bottom circle with lazy daisy stitches in a stripe or however you like.

The next color I'll be using is one of the newer DMC colors, number 25. It's a very light purple. I've chose these purples based on pansys I have growing.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

I know this should be the next free embroidery but......

I came across this in an email from Ann Wood, who by the way has some fantastic bird patterns and good emails. I'm bookmarking it so I can make one if I ever find the time. ha,ha,ha,ha.... finding that will happen any time soon 😄

BTW, don't forget about the 20% off sale for the month of May at my Etsy store!

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

About the next free embroidery and SALE at etsy

 Yet another month of craziness. This time it was the kitchen facet. It had been dripping for a while but the DH just didn't want to deal with it until I finally whined enough and he started working on it at the end of April. As usual it became a mess. It's not that he can't fix things, it's that Moen said they'd send out free replacement cartridges, and that took a week. Since the DH had the sink tore apart that meant no water in the kitchen :( but luckily I have a garden sink off the porch. So off I went carting dishes over the porch, down the steps, and over to the sink to wash, and then back inside. Food prep meant taking veg outside to wash. For meat and eggs I wore gloves that got washed the next trip to the sink. 

After a week the cartridges came and after a few hours the hot and cold were installed. Guess what? It now leaked at the base of the facet so they said they'd ship out a replacement for it. Another week of washing outside and we were getting tired of it. The DH was ready to go buy a new non-Moen facet. 

When the next cartridge came we couldn't get the old one out to put the new one in and the various people we talked to on the cell had no suggestions other than paying $25 for shipping and they'd airship a new facet. When it didn't arrive in 3 days we found that ups had no paperwork for it and Moen insisted they sent it. Moen sent out another and it came yesterday. Who knows where the lost one is.

On Sunday another calamity hit. The cold water handle on the outdoor sink popped and we couldn't turn it off. The DH attached the garden hose with a sprayer to it since it was late and the hardware store was closed. That night I did dishes in a basin in a bathtub and of course I had a lot of dishes.

Monday the DH fixed the garden sink pretty easily but of course taking the old kitchen facet completely out didn't go easy but at least it's in.

With all this I just haven't been spending much time online. The next embroidery is down but I need to take a pic of it. I'm thinking I'll do a few sections to end this one soon.

BTW, May is my birthday month so I put everything in the etsy shop on sale for 20% off.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

The April free embroidery and why it's so late

 I've had a crazy few months. First I changed internet suppliers and that became a HUGE mistake. I got rid of them after a few weeks. I smashed a finger which kept me from doing all the embroidery and tatting I've been working on. Then came the regular flu for a week. Next was having no gas. That meant no furnace, stove, hot water, or dryer. From all the days and days of rain the gas line cracked and had to be replaced. That was the worst. It all meant even when I did have internet I wasn't feeling well enough to get online. The stress really wore me out.

So here's April's results. I beginning to think that this project is probably not to many embroiderers liking. We'll finish it but next year back to fun pieces.

April's stitch is the herringbone. Follow the photo for the sections it should be done in and the direction of the stitches. Notice that they are some what close together. There is no tracing for these stitches. If you need the full pattern go to the Jan. post.

I used 3 strands of DMC 581 to fill in the 5 areas.

©Billie Jo Heisler 2024
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I found the pansy on a 'free to use' clipart site. I made changes like adding more of the flowers, leaves, the butterfly, and the circle using a software program to edit it.

Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.