Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Prairie Schooler Stitching

I seem to be going through a Prairie Schooler phase at the moment. I've had a couple of small finishes and have the Harvest Time Village on the go. The first finish is "S is for Spring", a free chart that I don't think is available any more. I stitched this pin keep for Clare, who we were supposed to see her on a recent weekend away in the Dales. However, at the last minute, she couldn't make it and so I posted it to her. If I remember rightly I've used 32ct ivory Jobelan fabric, and the called for DMC threads.




I just finished this lovely design today. It's from Prairie Schooler's book, Prairie Birds, and is stitched on 32ct antique white Jobelan fabric using the recommended DMC threads. I'm going to finish this into a pin keep for myself as I feel I need the practise.


This is where I'm up to with the village from the Harvest Time chart by Prairie Schooler. I eventually settled for stitching this on 36ct antique white Edinburgh linen. Although I struggled a bit with this to start with, I think I missed the Spring colours, I'm now really enjoying working on this piece.



As I mentioned at the start of this post, we went up to the Yorkshire Dales for the weekend the weekend before last. We stayed in our usual cottage and had a fabulous time. The weather was quite mixed, suuny on the Friday we arrived, rain on the Saturday, and a thin layer of snow on the Sunday. The photo below shows Swaledale looking east towards the village of Muker.



We had a great day last Saturday as we picked up our "new to us car". We'd had our other one for over five years and it was nine years old. It had started to cost us money, and when we were at the garage booking it in for some work I saw this second hand car, same make - a Hyundai Accent, but only eighteen months old. I was a bit sad to see the old one go, but it was time, we had driven over sixty thousand miles in her, some of them over the steep, winding, narrow roads of the Dales. Now I just have to get used to driving this new one, I don't drive very often and it's still a bit strange to me.


As always thanks for reading and commenting.


Nicola

24 comments:

Erica said...

Your stitching is lovely! I love the little hummingbird!
Looks like beautiful countryside there!

CindyMae said...

Both of your finishes are just gorgeous!!! I love your WIP and it is looking amazing!!! What beautiful scenery!!

Natasha said...

beautiful finsih on the pin keep.
Natasha

Julianne said...

Hello Nicola,

All of your PS stitching is lovely. I was inspired to start the new PS design "April" last evening.

I hope that you received my e-mail.

Mylene said...

Beautiful countryside!!

Your finishes looks great and the WIP is looking wonderful.

zetor said...

Lovely stitching!

Suzanne said...

All your PS stitching looks fabulous. I love PS designs, they are so fun and easy to stitch.

Rowyn said...

Lots of beautiful PS designs. The hummingbird is especially gorgeous!

Gorgeous photo of the Yorkshire Dales. I feel like another trip to England now... sigh... lol

Karan said...

Lovely finishes - especially the little hummer. WIP is looking good. It's a beautiful area - we will get there one year! DH & DS opted for the Lake District again. :0)

Heather said...

Great finishes :) I like the little hummbingbird.

The sces beautiful, I need to come visit :D

staci said...

What a sweet little pinkeep! And your newest PS finish will also be darling as a pinkeep :)

Love the pic of Swaledale...I love seeing the English countryside :)

Brigitte said...

Prairie Schooler is always good for a wonderful stitching experience. I love this designer and have also stitched a couple of her designs. Your finishes are lovely.
Thanks for sharing the picture of the Yorkshire Dales. What a wonderful landscape this is.

Sally said...

Your PS pieces are lovely, Nicola, especially yhe hummingbird.

Lovely photos.

Stitchingranny said...

Lovely stitching progress Nicola. Oh I would love to get away for a weekend but ours always seem to be so busy with jobs to do and Oz to stay.

Not heard from you for ages - hope you are both well.

Julie said...

Beautiful stitching on all the PS designs, i especially love the hummingbird one.

Siobhan said...

What beautiful stitching! I love the pic of your gorgeous countryside, too. Enjoy the new car--as they say here, wear well! I don't get the meaning but I take it to mean--safe travels, and that's what I wish you in your new car! ;)

Olenka's Stitches said...

I love your PS stitching and finishes, they are gorgeous!

Maren said...

That hummingbird is just lovely! You really do amazing work.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Wonderful work. I just love Prairie Schooler designs. HAppy Stitching, cj(ok)

Lei B. said...

I love the Prairie Schooler stitching that you have done, especially the prarie birds finish. It will be a lovely pin keep. I have only stitched one Prairie Schooler design and seeing your pictures makes me want to stitch a few more. Take care.

Paula said...

Your stitching is gorgeous Nicola...well done.
Oohhh a new car how lovely. Happy motoring....
Hugs & Happy Stitching....

Sonda in OR said...

The finishes are wonderful. I really like those PS birds, especially the hummingbird square. Definitely going to have to pick that chart up!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, Nicola! I just love the darling pinkeep you made! Can't go wrong with a PS piece! :) I enjoyed looking through your blog tonight. Have a great stitchy weekend.
Hugs,
Deb

Wendy said...

You made a wonderful pinkeep.
I also love the hummingbird too, you did a wonderful job on your stitching.

Love the picture too, it must be a nice place to live there, I love the mountains.