Design by Nan Lewis
Grey House is a very enjoyable stitch because Nan used a couple of different stitches to add visual interest. I especially like the technique for the willow branches! :-) I stayed with most of the suggested thread colors. A couple of them needed to be substituted because I used a 32 ct natural linen which is slightly darker than the sample pictured on the pattern. Nan was nice enough to include a chart of every number so that we could stitch whichever date was meaningful to us. So, I decided it would be good to stitch the year that we purchased our home. But, since the 90's are not all that "prim", I followed the ol' standby of subtracting a hundred years and came up with 1897. :-) Anyways, it's an "almost finish" because I plan on framing it. But, I need to find a frame first... and, at the rate I'm moving this Summer? It could be weeks (possibly months) before it actually gets framed and hung on the wall... ;-)
Another past time that is good to do when it's HOT... is to sit and think! lol! So, I've been thinking it's about time I did something with the scattered heaps of patterns, wool and fabrics that I aspire to stitch and hook and needlepunch! Since I've already wasted countless hours trying to organize them (not too successfully)... I've decided that I'm going to just jump in and start stitching with the big kits (mostly quilts) and then move on down the line to the next smaller items which would be a rug hooking kit and then about a half dozen rug patterns... that should at least free up some space on my shelves that I can think a bit more clearly! :-) So, the next few posts will be on the progress of stitching the quilt BOM's and kits that I have accumulated over the years.
And... another thing that is good to keep the pattern inventory under control is to pass along the patterns I have completed. (Because I KNOW my favorite designers will create MORE irresistible patterns quicker than I can stitch or even store them!) So, if your still reading this post, then you are already eligible to win the pattern for Grey House! Yep... just leave a comment on this post to let me know you are interested in winning this pattern... and I will pick a name Thursday, August 23. And, one more thing, if you are a "no-reply blogger" please make sure you mention your email address in your comment. That way I can get a note to you if you are chosen as the winner! Remember... this giveaway is for the pattern... not a finished piece.
Thanks for stopping by!