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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New stitching Club and more photo shares from fellow stitchers

New design for the "Bay-side Sampler Club"
This is my image for the new design that I will have starting in January.
I will have more info with this Fridays newsletter regarding this once a month stitching program.
Soooo Excited for this Club!!!!
**********************************************I had a late entry for the giveaway stitching challenge.
 It is Deb , check out her blog and this is her finish. A cute ornament and I love the polka dot ribbon. 

Thank you Deb for sharing and I have a small gift on the way for you.
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I also have another stitching friend from Maine. This is some work from Jackie, she lives in Fryburg Maine.
Stitched By Jackie

Stitched By Jackie

Stitched By Jackie
Just Beautiful and I thank everyone that shares their handwork with me. I appreciate it !!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winner of the GIVEAWAY... and a conversion for Mr Turkey.Valdani, Weeks Dye Works and DMC


Happy Sunday, 
I have a winner for the giveaway. It is Eva from Hungary , she is the only entry and the pumpkin is adorable. Please visit her site, follow her if you can. 
So the pumpkin head punch needle that I made is going on a far away trip to his new home. 
Thank you so much Eva. Your work made my day :)
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Many of you have asked for a conversion for the Valdani threads for "Mr Turkey" punch needle. 
They were wonderful to use with nice shading and I also used Weeks Dye works for the cross stitch turkey. Many of you like DMC too so I made my own conversion for the 3 different fiber companies.
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“Mister Turkey” Conversion Chart
I used Valdani 3 strand floss balls for the punch needle
 Weeks Dye for the Cross Stitch turkey 
These are my choices and they are not perfect but as close as I could choose. 
The DMC comparison should be blended or used as solids but alternating colors.
The choice is up to you. I hope this is helpful. donna.

Valdani           Weeks Dye DMC
O153 1264 Louden 831/3011
O501 4129 Swamp Water 3021/3781
O503 4121 Indian Summer 304/814
O506 2242 Cognac 921/301
O513 1236 Mocha 3863/3862
O572 3950 Chesapeake 500
P2      2197 Oscar 730/3011
P4          1107 Cattail 3033/Ecru
P12              1269 chestnut 801/938
                    1150 Spanish Moss     648/3072
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I also have an announcement!!! I will be having a special design that is available on the Blog/Etsy. 
If you remember I mentioned long ago that I have been designing a 36 inch tall cross stitch scene. 
I have been working on this design for a few years. Always making changes. 
Well I finally finished it and will be offering it as a year long project. 
If you choose to participate you will be emailed a 3 inch by 11 inch section once a month to stitch. 
There will be a blog that you will be invited to publish on and share your photos.
 I still have to think of cute names and create the blog, the design is finished as a chart but of course I have not stitched it myself. We can do this project together. 
The cost will be $7.00 per month. You must sign up for the 12 months to complete this project and at the end I will be sending out to you a special  thank you kit made just for this class. 
So check back for more information and it should be fun. Plan on starting January 1st.
donna


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giveaway update and New design pics

Here are my pictures of ?
I need a name and not TOM, to many Toms out there 
This is a close up of my stitchery turkey. I added some distress stain around the outside of the stitching to make him look old and dirty. I already had pre-coffee dyed the fabric 

I finished him as a ditty bag
The next pictures are of my cross stitch turkey
He measures approx 7 x 7 and was stitched on 32ct linen. So it was hard to find a frame for him. I used an 8 x 10 that I had, set him of to the left and then thought I should fill it in with some bittersweet.


 So I went outside and picked some, brought it in the house and started to cut it up to lay it down and realized that the little orange pieces are so wet. I couldn't use that and have it stain the stitched piece so that idea was a wash. 

Maybe fake bittersweet would do but I didn't have time to go to the store. I found some fake red berries and added those to the picture by stitching those in place. 
I am happy now :)

The punch needle turkey is kinda finished. I added him to a wool background and I am not sure if I want to hang him or lay him on a table. 
But here are his pictures



I have to pick up hubby from the hospital again. He has been there for a few days and then take him to a doctors appt. As soon as I get back home I will work on the directions and these should be ready by Sunday or Monday the latest. 

GIVEAWAY UPDATE
I will have the drawing for the punch needle pumpkin head giveaway on Sunday. So get those photos in to be eligible :)
Hope you are having a good day, the weather here is terrible, so windy and so much rain. They say we are having a nor'easter. I can not imagine if this was snow!!. Its been days :(
Have Peace today
donna


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Freebie for Punch Needle and a giveaway...but you have to do something too


It took me almost all day to finish these little guys. I kept trying different ways to finish them and kept changing my mind. I hate it when that happens :( but they are finally finished.
***One of the things I changed was the vine around the hat. I did punch needle it and didn't like it because it just looked like a mess of green, so I took it out and punch the hat plain black. The pattern that I have for you does have the vine drawn on the design but you can just omit it or if you use freezer paper and your copier, it will print but just ignore it and punch the hat all solid. So the colors are the same as the cross stitch design (had to improvise on one of the pumpkins, ran out of that color) but the backgrounds are DMC 831 and 833 for the green guy and the the other beige background  is an overdyed (lost the name-sorry). I used a 3 strand punch needle for the image but for the background I used 6 strands of floss.

BIG GIVEAWAY BUT THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO!!
I will giveaway one of these guys ...the choice is up to the winner as to which one you would like. 
BUT........You have to cross stitch the FREEBIE from the previous post and send me a picture. That will get your name in the hat 1 time and if you post it on your blog and link back to me that will get your name in the hat 2x's . Yes it is a bit of work for you but it will be so much fun for us to see your finish and I can link back to you if you have a blog and other stitching friends will check you out. Who knows maybe you can make some new friends.

So here is the link to the pattern for punch needle, (just a plain line drawing) I have it imaged 2x's in case you want to make one for a friend at the same time and save on fabric waste :) 
Good Luck, Happy Stitching and hope to see those photos coming in 
email me at stitchbythebay at hotmail dot com 
donna

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freebie cross stitch chart today :). and punch needle tomorrow........



          Click here for free PDF pattern for cross stitch 
Here is a link to the free chart for this season. 
I have it in the cross stitch form and I will also have it the punch needle form. 
That will be posted tomorrow because I am still working on the punch needle. It will make a cute pin or just to hang. 
I hope you will enjoy it !!

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