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More Than Just Intervention

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If you have gone back to look at some of my older posts you will see that I am not a "one project at a time" kind of girl.  I used to be.  Then I met some other stitchers and their influence was pretty strong.  I'm not, however, the kind of person who can have hundred of projects started.  I have a stitching friend who is joining this group that will start a new project a day for 10 days.  I couldn't do that.  Too many projects started and I get seriously overwhelmed.

So, while Intervention has been taking up the bulk of my stitching time lately, I have been working on other projects here and there, as well.  Let's take a look!



As you can see, Intervention's borders are almost complete .   Now I get to pour through my book and pick motifs for each section of the piece.   Last night I had stitch night with my friend, and she and her husband thought it was a cool project to work on being that there really is no pattern.  We will see where it takes me,  but I…

Lots Of Borders To Look At

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It's been a busy time here.  Spring break starts this week, which means Easter is on its way, so why are we dealing with two kids sick with the flu?  Ugh!  We get through the whole winter with no one being really sick, and now that spring is here we have fevers and barky coughs.  It was not a fun week.

Work on Intervention is continuing.  I finished the blue, spring border:

I was really happy with these colors, and how this border turned out.  It was time to turn to my trusty book to find a border that I thought them would represent winter.  Nothing with a lot of flowers or leaves on it, but that was all that I was seeing.  The I saw it:


Sort of snow flake like!  I used dark colors, not only to represent the lack of bright colors and flowers, but also because the sun sets so early during the winter and it's dark for longer each day.
This is what the project looks like as of this morning:


One more corner to work on, and then I can start to work on filling in each section with …

The Four Seasons of Intervention

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As I moved from the brown, earth tones of the acorns border to the blues of the flower border I wasn't  sure I happy with the project.


Picking colors is not my strong point and I didn't think that the browns and the blues really went together, but I kept going, albeit very slowly.  As I was stitching on the blue border last night I was trying to think how I could make this work, and then suddenly it hit me!  Work the piece in quadrants.  Each color combination, except the center purple colors, will represent a season.  All of the motifs in the "fall" section will be done in the brown colors, all in the "spring" section will be blues, and so on.  
With that in mind may I present the beginning of the spring section of Intervention:

It's almost April, and like many, I am waiting for the warm weather to come and stay awhile.  I am, however, ready for it to get warm with this awesome cross stitch shirt



Anyone else like this forecast?



Intervention Brought Me Back To My Blog

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Wow!!  It's been a LONG time since I posted to my blog.  I guess life just gets in the way sometimes, and things, like a stitching blog, tend to fall by the wayside, however, I recently started a new project and it came to my mind that I should blog about it from the beginning.

I'm calling this project Intervention, because I think that is what I'm in need of for thinking about this.

It's all started with this book:



  I bought this book years ago when MJ and I were in Baltimore.  He was off with his baseball card geek friends, and I met up with a stitching friend and we were off on an adventure to The Stitching Post, a needlework shop in the area.  While I was there I found this book.  It is filled with beautiful French motifs and borders from the 18th and 19th century.  I haven't done a lot of stitching out of it, but I love to look through it, which I was doing recently when an idea came to me: I should pick different things out of the book and just stitch them.…