Let’s Hear It For The Ladies

Way back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was a wonderful cross stitch designer named Terrence Nolan – he published under the Dimple Designs/Pangaea label.  Terrence designed and stitched a wonderful array of ladybugs, butterflies and beetles, birds, mermaids, and Russian Imperial eggs.  Unfortunately for the stitching world, Terrence walked away from designing sometime in the later 2000s – the latest design I have seen was from 2006.  His insect and egg patterns are now out of print and hard to find, which means they go for big bucks on ebay!  Such a shame that he could not benefit from his continuing popularity.

My January 1st start was Let’s Hear It For The Ladies, which was a collaboration between Terrence and Claudia of Dutch Treat.  She produced the Anne cloth table topper, and the border design, and Terrence provided the ladybug charts.   Look how nicely it turned out!

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I made a number of changes, including stitching the lady bugs with 2 strands of floss and filling in the quarter stitches – all for better coverage.  I left out the gold motifs that Claudia had included in the central and corner squares for a simpler look, and changed the gold in the outer borders to the red perle for a bit more color.  I subbed the Watercolour fiber color to one I had on hand, and used only 2 skeins (the pattern called for 3). 

I am looking forward to my next Dimples project – just need to make up my mind!

 

 

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A Long Time Coming

Way back in 2010, I was involved in a Round Robin Stitching Project with a lovely group of stitching friends.  You know how it works – I stitch on everyone else’s piece, they all stitch on mine, and every one ends up with a lovely finished project and a wonderful keepsake.  I chose to have everyone stitch their initials from the Carriage Samplings House Alphabet series, with the idea of turning it into an alphabet book (I copied the finishing idea from a wonderful stitcher in England named Karen V. – with her kind permission).  By 2012 all my pages were home, and I finished up all the little letters that still needed stitching, and last year, I got started on putting all my pages together, as a practice piece for finishing Cheryl’s book project.  Once I finished Cheryl’s book, mine sat, patiently waiting…… waiting….. waiting.

Something finally clicked this week, so I have been stitching pages together… one a day, until today, when they are suddenly, happily, all done!  I just finished threading the ribbon thru – so here it is, my Letters From Friends:

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Now I need to pick out another project that needs finishing, given that I have some momentum going!