20 May 2017

Saturday Sampler: Late Spring Edition

It's been too long since we've had a Saturday Sampler. Let's look around and see what we can find.

First, a very special finish. This little Texas sampler was designed especially for my Texas basket by Holly DeVivo of Misty Hill Studio. It depicts some of the state symbols of Texas: the guitar, the jalapeño pepper, the Ruby Red grapefruit, and the Monarch butterfly. Check out this cool website to see what your state symbols are. Thank you, Holly!


And speaking of my Texas basket, more stash!

Gorgeous Texas wildflower fabric to be used for backing my finishes. Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Primrose, Mexican Hat...

Here's what's blooming around here. This is Scotch Broom that I planted the first year we lived in this house. Seven years later, it's huge. I didn't know they got this large when I planted it by the sidewalk! 

Speedwell:

Calibrachoa: 

A beautiful, soft, late spring evening...

Have a lovely weekend, y'all, and happy stitching!

17 May 2017

We need to talk about The Russians.

"The Russians" is what I call my ever-growing hoard of Russian kits. I've never been crazy about kits, partly because the designs usually don't appeal to me, but mostly because I'm always changing fabric and thread colors and it just didn't make sense for me to buy them. I would occasionally buy one if the design really grabbed me, but it wasn't often. However, several years ago, some Russian needlework companies started popping up with US distributors, mainly Riolis and RTO, and more recently, Panna. It was the beginning of the end of my resistance to kits.

So far, I've managed to contain my madness to two main subjects: foxes (!) and Russian themes. I spent all of my college years studying Russia, Russian, and Russians, so I have a weakness for Russian themes. My hoard is growing. Now, I haven't actually stitched any of these kits yet, mind you, but I do have a plan for that. I always have a plan. But first, let's pull out all of The Russians and see what I have!

Lurking in a big box, under the sewing room chair...

First, the foxes. Riolis:

RTO:


Panna:

And not Russian, but I'm throwing it in anyway. This is by Luca-S, from Moldova, and I absolutely love it so much I can't stand it.

And in the general Russian themes category, we have these. The street scene reminds me of Sherlock Holmes.

The matryoshka on the left is one of a set of four (this one is winter). I love the Russian domestic scene on the right. It's such an unusual subject for a design; I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

Spring:

Russian woman in beautiful traditional dress.

And the jewel of my collection. It doesn't get any more Russian than this: a winter wolf hunt with Borzoi. 

This was a total heart-over-head purchase. It was ridiculously expensive (even on sale), and it's huge, but I was a goner the minute I saw it. We all love everything in our stash, and we intend to stitch everything we buy, but there are those rare projects that if you die without having stitched it, you've cheated yourself. This is one of those projects. 

So, about that plan. Since my stitching plan for this year is a smoking ruin, beyond rescue, and since I've wandered off in a completely unexpected direction and have taken on creating a Texas basket, I decided to look ahead to next year. I'm considering having a "Russian year" in 2018. Wouldn't that be cool?

09 May 2017

Redbird Designs Catalog: General

After receiving a lot of questions about Redbird Designs, I decided to put together a photo catalog of the designs as a reference for stitchers who are looking for them. Since my collection is far from complete, I'm being graciously assisted in this project by several stitchers who are sharing photographs of their Redbird Designs stash. 

As far as I know, the two shops that carry these designs are Stitches From the Heart in San Antonio, Texas, and 3 Stitches in Spring, Texas.

As far as I know, these designs are still in print.

I'll be updating this post as I receive photographs.

Bluebonnet Blooms, 2011

All Around Texas, 2012
Texas Rider, 2012

Texas Wildflower Fields, 2012

Gathering Bluebonnets, 2013
My Texas Shaker Sewing Box, 2013

Texas Market Bags, 2014

Bluebonnet Needlebook, 2016

Texas Impressions, 2017

Texas Bluebonnet Country (2011; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Banadana Blues (2012; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Texas Signs of Spring 1 (2015; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Texas Signs of Spring 2 (2015; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Texas Boots (2017; photo courtesy of Joyce)

A Texas Valentine (photo courtesy of Linda)

Texas Friends (photo courtesy of Linda)

Houston is Super in 2017 (photo courtesy of Linda)

Redbird's Spring Pinkeep (2014; photo courtesy of Kerry)

Deep in the Heart of Texas (2015; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Redbird Designs Catalog: Christmas

After receiving a lot of questions about Redbird Designs, I decided to put together a photo catalog of the designs as a reference for stitchers who are looking for them. Since my collection is far from complete, I'm being graciously assisted in this project by several stitchers who are sharing photographs of their Redbird Designs stash. 

As far as I know, the two shops that carry these designs are Stitches From the Heart in San Antonio, Texas, and 3 Stitches in Spring, Texas.

As far as I know, these designs are still in print, unless otherwise noted.

I'll be updating this post as I receive photographs.

Top left: Joy Y'all, 2010
Top right: Bluebonnet Joy, 2011
Bottom left: Merry Texas, 2012
Bottom right: Santa's on his way to Texas!, 2015

Texas Gingerbread Cowboy (2013)

Merry Y'all (2012; photo courtesy of Joyce)

Christmas in Texas (2004; photo courtesy of Rita) OUT OF PRINT


Texas Christmas (2001; photo courtesy of Linda) OUT OF PRINT


A Texas Christmas Joy (2005; photo courtesy of Lois) OUT OF PRINT

The 12 Days of a Texas Christmas 3 (photo courtesy of Rita) OUT OF PRINT

The 12 Days of a Texas Christmas 4 (photo courtesy of Lois) OUT OF PRINT

The 12 Days of a Texas Christmas (all photos courtesy of Joyce) ***newer version is IN PRINT









A Western Christmas (2001; photo courtesy of Sandi) OUT OF PRINT

A Western Christmas 2 (2001; photo courtesy of Sandi) OUT OF PRINT

Peace, Love & Joy (2005; photo courtesy of Lois) OUT OF PRINT