I am so Happy to be back to Blogging. I have missed you all.
You will see I have a new blog look and a New Blog Header. My Dear Friend Shirley from
"Shirley's Twisted Threads" gave me detailed instructions on how to create the new header!! Thank you Very Very Much Shirley. Shirley is a very creative and does extremely lovely stitching so please visit her blog.
The Summer past so quickly and we went on several trips which I will share with you all soon. I will be visiting my blogging friends site starting today. I am very anxious to see what you all have been up too.
The stitching project I have been working on just about every day since May is finally finished!! I am very excited to share photos of it with you all.
The pattern is called "Country Bucket" by In Your Bonnet and the designer of this very lovely pattern is Kerry Green who is from Utah. Please go to her website to see her Country Buckets.
There are 8 blocks to the Country Bucket that makes up the side pockets where you can stuff all your goodies into. I pretty much added my own touches to every block and actually made up two of my own designs. Of course you all know that "Stitching" is my "Passion" and I could hardly stop stitching on these blocks. I used mostly all felted wools on this project.
Below is the Blue Bird & Tree Block. This block I designed on my own.
The Rabbit Block I added the flowers too. I used velvet for his ears.
In the Flower Basket block I added my own kinds of flowers.
I did not change the Pineapple Block.
The Sheep &Tree block is unchanged except the apples I made into Peaches!! I used Brazilian Thread called Boucle to create the sheep. I think it gave them a nice woolie look, what do you all think??
The Sunflower was my design in this next block. I used wool roving to create the stem of the Sunflower. I used the "Drizzle" stitch in the petals with silk chenille thread.
This block I call the Flower Tatted block which is also my own design. The tatting was a very lovely gift to me from Wendy in Singapore! Please visit her wonderful blog called Umi & Tsuru where you will find many beautiful tatted motifs to admire. I added velvet stems and wool roving for the grass. The wee dragonfly was also tatted by Wendy.
Dorset Buttons, Oh how I love them. This Dorset Button I created just for the bucket from Valdani thread. I fell in love with these buttons a couple of years ago.
I have bought two books where you can find patterns on how to create these buttons.
(1) The "Dorset Feather Stitchery" by Olivia Pass. I bought this book from the Dorset Federation of Woman's Institutes in the UK.
(2) The other book that has instructions is called, 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make by Nancy Nehring. This book is out of print. But if you google it I am sure it would turn up some where.
The purple Dorset Button was the first one I ever made. Far from perfect but I felt it found its right place on my bucket.
The Spruce Tree and Cabin block. I totally changed the house block into a cabin in the woods. I added a blueberry bush,heart,cloud, flowers, a wee birdie and a stone path. For the Spruce Tree I used the "Drizzle Stitch" to create it.
Below you will find a photo of the inside of the Country Bucket.
Below is the "Finished Country Bucket". My Sweetie painted the wood handle green for me. I also wet felted the egg and ball at the tips of the handle.
For me the construction of the country bucket was the most challenging. I called Sherry twice to ask questions and she was very kind and helpful which really help me through this part of it.
I absolutely LOVE My Country Bucket!! I am sure I will get many years of good use from it.
Some of the different kinds of threads I used in my stitching is as follows: Many Valdani Pearl Cottons, Lots of Silk Chenille by Thread Gatherer, Hand Dyed 100% Silk by the Thread Gatherer, Many kinds of Kreinik Metallic threads and Genziana Wool Thread. I also used Chenille Rick Rack!
The Purple Side of My Country Bucket.
On September 6th my sweet grand daughter started Kindergarten. Below you will find two super photos of her before she started her first day of school. Looking at her photos makes me smile and warms my heart. I love her sooooooooo very much. It is really great being a grandmother!! VBG
Out the door, First Day of School. That evening Chole called me and told me all about her day. I ask her what her favorite part of the day was and she told me recess and we had two of them. LOL
I would really LOVE to heard which block you all like the best. Thanks for leaving your lovely comments for me to read. Much appreciated.
To celebrate 4 years of blogging I will be having a give away at the end of September. I hope you all will come back and see what I have for a gift. VBG