"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Monday, December 27, 2010

Needlework 12 Days of Christmas - 3rd day...

On the 3rd Day of Christmas...


...inspiration! Sometimes, you see an idea or a chart online and it takes hold of your heart. You cannot seem to put the idea out of your mind. You are compelled to start the first stitch.

I find the online blogging world to be very inspiring. Often I am amazed at the beautiful designs that talented stitchers offer to us all. On Christmas eve, I found this free design on Danybrod's blog and could not get it out of my mind. I immediately thought it would look so nice stitched and placed together with this quilt I made last year. So I started stitching it on Christmas Day. I then remembered a frame I had in my stash and went to look for it. By great fortune, I had already started the design on a stitch count that made it perfect to fit this frame and stand. Today, I framed it ready to use in my January decorating. I like to decorate with a winter theme in January as a transition after the Christmas holidays.

While I was busy stitching, I decided to change the French text to English. I also changed the top line and a few of the snowflakes to make it fit the design. I am so pleased with the results!

Fabric - cream jobelan 26 count, stitched 1/1
Thread - DMC 3021 and 3032

"When snow falls, nature listens."
~ Antoinette van Kleeff

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
~ John Ruskin

24 comments:

Saskia said...

Right in time to see, day three.
You mean, you stitched this in 2 day's?? And I felt so proud I finished NOEL in time.. And please, please let me look in your frame stash!.. where do you keep them, or find them? And how large is your stash??

Tanya said...

Oh that is lovely!!

Happy 2011,
Tanya

Gladys Creativa said...

Beautiful and lovely, congratulations...

Susan in SC said...

how beautiful! I must stitch this too! You are so fast with your cross stitching!!

DonnaTN said...

This is a beautiful winter piece! The frame is perfect for it.

Nancy said...

Look out Heidi, Saskia wants into your frame stash, lol.
This is so cute. I was talking to you as you were suffering with trying to see the tiny design. It came out great. The frame is perfect.
Love you, Mom

Catherine said...

Don't you just love it when a frame you already have fits perfectly! It is stunning - I love the colors you used and your changes!

Jan said...

HOW LOVELY!!! And the frame is just perfect for it! Happy New Year...

jillyヅ said...

A simple design, but such beauty. You Heidi are always an inspiration. Your work is beautiful and I love how you always tell us how you finished/framed your work.

I do come here often and NeedleNecessities. I hope you never close that blog, for its there when I need a little nudge to get stitching. Its on my sidebar and always will be.

blessings,
jilly

Deborah said...

Love this design. What is the name of it and where can it be found? Your finishing is perfect.

Ginny said...

This is a great design, and your frame set it off perfectly. In fact, I searched the Internet and found the design; it should be waiting for me in my printer tray.

Jantine said...

Yo really did this design in two days, oh soooo quick! I love it and it was fortunate you had the frame already, so you could alternate the pattern slightly! (wonders of stash, even frame stash ;-) )

danybrod said...

Merci Heidi !

Je te souhaite une belle fin d'année et une heureuse année 2011

Nina said...

This is so beautiful, this fame makes it perfect!

Christine said...

That is so beautiful, and you stitched it so quickly. I am off to hunt down the design right now!

Willy said...

Ik vind 'm prachtig en wat past die lijst er perfect bij.
Fijne dag

Barb said...

Heidi -hello my friend so lovely to see you back and what a simply lovely design ,I think I am going to hop skip and jump over to Danybrod and get that design as I need to stitch it.
Loved the snowball comment on my blog lol.
Hugs

faerieeva said...

So lovely. I love the muted colors.

Pondside said...

Thanks for the direction to yet another wonderful source of inspiration, Heidi.
I love this little piece you've done.

Jenny said...

Heidi, what a precious winter stitch. I just love it......maybe I will have to hop on over to Danybrod's blog and give it a try. The frame is as always just perfect. Thanks for sharing....hugs from CA.

Carol said...

That is just gorgeous, Heidi! Thanks for the link to the design on Dany's blog... I imagine that a lot of us are going to be stitching this one after seeing how lovely yours turned out :)

Ginny said...

Heidi, would you mind if I copy your changes to the design?

angelasweby said...

I can't believe how quickly you stitched this up, Heidi and you have framed it beautifully.
Angela xx

Michele B. said...

I loved this design when I saw it in your header and am so happy to have the link to it - thank you! How very lovely your version is.