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Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I dyed my linen,
picked my threads & now I will start stitching!

the Autumn Stitcher's Challenge motifs
cry out for this palette:
(I've taken artistic license and renamed
the 'regular' DMC color names to better get be in the mood!!)

844 - sooty grey

732 - acorn green
610 - cornhusk brown
3852 - zinnia yellow

3829 - goldenrod

780 - apple butter

don't they sound even yummier? LOL
you can see my linen in the pic above & below best...
I overdyed 28ct linen from Wichelt with a mixture of homemade black walnut dye,
coffee, tea, vanilla and spices...

I really like how mottled it came out,
and how the threads will stand out nicely against it.
I'll stitch with one thread over two, for an old, sparse look...

I have an antique frame all picked out too,
but I may just decide to paint one...
I dunno yet :)

the picture below
pretty much sums up how I have been feeling lately in this heat...
(I'm the one sitting)

the little girl could pass for Hannah as of late,
she has received her Driver's Learner's Permit and is all smiles...
I have been doing my best to stay calm and positive while driving with her,
but I can's seem to inhale deeply enough to magically suck the sides of the car in to make it smaller and fit between things like poles, trees, cars and tunnels...
now you see why I feel like the woman above?

( I don't know about that dog, though...either it needs to be sheared along with their sheep,

or it is wearing someone else's fur coat...look how tiny it's little face is?)

off to stitch ~
I will show you my progress soon
...and in the meantime,
please do a raindance...we are in need of some!!!

Blessings from the Farm...


Chris said...

The linen looks great and is perfect for those colors!

Teresa said...

Love the dyed linen.
I think we could all be that picture these hot days.
I keep looking for the brake on my side of the car.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Courtney said...

I really need to learn how to cross stitch. Your new color names are wonderful!

Penny said...

Love the linen and color choices -- and definitely enjoy the names you gave the DMC!
I look forward to seeing your progress!!

Jane said...

Could it get any muggier, today?? Hope you all keep your cool as Hannah gets behind the wheel!!

Susan said...

Wow, pretty colors and the linen came out great. I like the mottles, too. What is that little black oval with the yellow bird? Is it magnetic to hold the needle. I'd like to know what you call it.
Good Luck, Hannah. It seems like I was only last week doing this driving thing with my daughter (it was 4 years ago already).
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MA

Ann said...

Lori, I really want to know how you get a job naming paint colors - or DMC floss colors! Good luck with sitting in the passenger side - our daughter got her license in March and it was quite the nerve wracking time. It does get better! (the driving that is!)~Ann

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ohhhh, Lori...LOVE that picture!! And you're right...WHAT is that dog wearing??!!! :o) Luckily, I'm mother to a boy child who, I think, came out knowing how to drive even better than me....No need for driving lessons there....And, no, I must decline the rain dance invitation....last time someone asked, I summoned every ounce of Ojibwa blood in me, put on my dancing moccasins, and caused a deluge (gee...who would have thought they're location-specific??) So, I must decline for fear of localized flooding....I will send prayers though!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Rebecca said...

The linen is fabulous. Love the renaming of the colors. The only on that doesn't sound to yummy is the shoot color.
It will be exciting to see your progress. I love dying my linen, I actually bake it and have a great time watching it through the oven door.

Susan said...

Hi,Lori,I posted the Early Work Mercantile photo you have on your blog, on my blog sidebar. Can't wait to see all the new fall goodes.
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MA

cucki said...

hello dear, i so much love the linen and the colors are looking so stunning with it..autumn is fav one..
the picture is so sweet and the dog is so cute.
i am so much looking forward for your next stitching..
love and hugs
cucki xx

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, where did you get the photo in your logo? It is so fabulous. I used to just burst into tears when my son would be driving.

Mouse said...

love the linen colour and your thread choices ... I've printed off the pattern and that's as far as I have got so far ..lol... we have one passed and one learning sooo I know exactly how you feel ..lol. can't wait to see what you do with the designs :) love mouse xxxxx

from me to thee......... said...

I love those names...apple butter, acorn....yes, I can't wait for fall, my all time favorite !!!!!

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