Experiments!

Trying my hand at coffee dyeing – fabric and two DMC threads I don’t like for two upcoming projects. Fingers crossed!

Happy Stitching!

Update: The coffee wasn’t really working, so I’m now soaking them in very strong bergamot black tea. Seems to be working better so far!

Here’s my results for DMC 972:

Then I went back to coffee and vanilla, so here’s 971: 

Makeover!

Makeover time! I redid the face Liberty Rose’s “Calendar Girls- May.” I have two more of this series, and I will not be using regular cross stitch linen like I did here. Very happy with the redo! 

PS- I used my lovely Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother needleminder to cap off the occasion:

The Invisible Girl 


Remember this finish? It is “Calendar Girls- May,” by Liberty Rose. 

I was going through my finishes thinking about how to fully finish them and ran across this one. I wasn’t happy back in January when I completed her- I didn’t stitch her face “right.” It definitely didn’t look like the beautiful pattern. So today, I cut it out!

I will ponder over this until I get the guts to rework it, wash it, then frame it.

Happy Stitching!

Stitches in Lowcountry, SC

Hello all! Thank you for all the wedding well-wishes! It was a wonderful day and peaceful wedding, and it was short. Just back from the honeymoon and back to life: moving- packing when we still have no clue what city OR state we’re going (all interviews are in these next two weeks).

We went to Georgetown and Charleston, SC. It was beautiful and wonderful  but too muggy for me. We did so much and had some crafty encounters. The whole culture is crafty: the Gullah’s sweetgrass baskets, hammock weaving, gardens, architecture, sculpture.

I like to collect needleminders that remind me of the places I’ve been (when there is an actual brick needlework store). Vegas’ needleminder was a flamingo because they are kitschy and bold like the lovely city itself. I got an owl at our beach. This trip’s needleminder is an alligator, because they are EVERYWHERE with no fence between us and them. I have seen almost twenty of them within a three day period. Not a hyperbole, folks.

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Alligator and statue at Brookgreen Gardens- Murrells Inlet, SC

We also saw beautiful colonial clothes and needlework at the Old Exchange Post & Provost Dungeon in Charleston.

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Sampler- “October 13, 1795,” by Elizabeth Cobia Making- at Charleston’s Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (sorry for glare)

I love looking at old needlework, because I feel such a pride and connection to them- whether the ladies liked to embroider or not- something I always wonder while looking at the piece (I know society’s views on such “female arts” have changed thankfully).

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At Brookgreen Gardens (Old Kitchen)

Although I had a blast, I’m ready to get back to some semblance of routine (and starting to weed out and pack) and stitching. I’m also more than ready to see my dogs who are still at my parents’. Mom has had to send many pics of them and updates throughout the trip because I’m homesick for them. And yes, I FaceTime my dogs. It’s fine- my dad has made fun enough of me for the whole world. 🙂 That’s another trip THIS week! We can’t seem to stay off the road lately.

Happy stitching!

Fear Not: New Adventures

A lot of “stuff” has been going on here at Chateau Dog Hair. A lot of stressing, but thankfully, a lot of stitching, too. I’m getting married this week. We are looking to move (hopefully not out-of-state…). BF is looking for new job. And not a whole lot has been anchoring me- which has never been good for me. So hopefully a whole lot of growing has been going on, too.

So anyway, here’s the fun stitchy stuff:

I started a new project: “Fear Not,” by Little House Needleworks.


How apropos, no?! I’ve changed the pink color scheme to purples- using Classic Colorworks’ Purple Aster for the dark, Crescent Colours’ Lavender Louise for the light, and I haven’t decided on the medium shade yet (probably Classic Colorworks’ Sugar Plum). But I’ll get there when I get there.

I haven’t really touched my needlepoint project. Stuck on the “Jessica” stitches.

I hope the last week of April brings a bunch of craftiness and stitchy bliss.

Happy stitching!