Back in February, I posted about our Winter stitching, and in April I posted the Spring stuff. Here it is, the mid-point of August and I haven’t shared the Summer works. Could it be because there aren’t any? Au contraire! I’m just really lazy and haven’t gotten around to taking them all off the wall for photographing. Turns out we have a lot of summer stuff. A lot. Which seems odd because prior to this year, it was hands down everyone’s least favorite season here at Maple Hoo. Hm. Maybe that’s why we have so much? Maybe previously we stitched summery stuff as a way to make the season more palatable? All I know is now that I love this time of year, I love that we have a lot of needlework to share in the spirit of Summer!
Another fun thing about this set of pieces is that we have examples of everyone’s work: me, Schnookie, Boomer and the elusive Kate The Great! In no particular order, here they are.
Strawberry Garden Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Pookie
This was one of those darling Loose Feathers Club charts; it might even be my favorite to date. This little chart packed a big punch, too, as it featured a handful of fun stitches, including tons of little lazy daisy leaves.
Strawberry Theif Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Schnookie
One of Schnookie’s rare pieces done on linen, the “Strawberry Thief” is a favorite around here. The blue linen choice was a ballsy one, and a move that paid off hugely. Also, the choice to use two strands of floss on a tiny count gave the piece a striking and compelling three-dimensionality.
Watermelon Thief Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Pookie
This probably isn’t actually called the “Watermelon Thief” but I can’t find the book this came from (“A Fine Collection”) so whatever its real name will have to remain a mystery. Sure, as Schnookie points out, a bird can’t actually steal a watermelon. Unless it’s a big bird. Like a condor. But whatevs. This piece isn’t actually so fantastic that it warrants this much thought!
Sailboat: or I Can’t Believe This Is Over One Again! Designer: Unknown; Stitched by KtG
As you may of guessed, this isn’t actually what this piece is titled, either! KtG made this for us so I don’t know which designer it’s from. She picked it up at a family trip to the Attic Needlework Shop and then started working on it while we lolled around our old house in Arizona, enjoying a lazy, lazy summer vacation. Everything was going fine until she hit the American flag at the top of the mast.
Yeah, that’s stitching over one. Stitching over one that KtG didn’t realize was there until she got working on it. The deer and the fishes are also over one. Heh. Of course, as with all her stuff, it’s impeccably stitched, and we appreciated that she braved the over-one in order to make us the nicest sail boat possible! Thanks, KtG!
Sunflower Charms Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Boomer
Speaking of impeccably stitched, it’s Boomer’s work! 99% of my motivation for not featuring more of Boomer’s work on here is that I’m insanely jealous of how gorgeous her work is. She works more deliberately and with a lot more care than I do, and it shows. She’s my stitching hero, basically, and some day I hope to grow up to be just like her!
Those little squares are one of my favorite special stitches, “four-sided stitch”. You follow a specific order of needle placement and it makes a square on the front and a cross on the back. It’s a perfectly reversible result!
Sunflower House Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Pookie
Another Loose Feathers pattern, this “Sunflower House” features bright yellows we just never get in the other seasonal works. For a long time I resisted working anything that had an American flag in it, just because I didn’t want to have anything that could be considered “Americana” in the house (there’s nothing wrong with it; it’s just not part of our Modwardian Style). I’m glad I relented though, because I love how joyous and bright and cheery this one is.
Because I wasn’t thrilled with how my stitching went on this one (I’m not great at working with double-stranded floss now that I’m so used to using single strands of silk) we opted not to send this to our regular framer. Instead we took it to a local artwork framer. Yeah, we’ll not be doing that again. He didn’t pad the piece, so it’s stretched strangely. We learned our lesson. All needlework will go to a framer who specializes in needlework.
Summer Offering Designer: Blackbird Designs; Stitched by Schnookie
For some reason, this one smacks of late summer to me. I don’t know if it’s the dusky lilac linen, or the blackbird, or what, but I look at it and think this bird must be flying in to offer this berry branch to students returning from the first week of school.
So there we go! Happy summer, everyone!