Saturday, September 26, 2020

Autumn is Here

Hi, stitching friends!

How is September already almost over? The days are getting shorter. Hubby is falling asleep on the couch at 8:30 p.m. because it's so dark outside, but I do like the temperatures. I wore a long-sleeve shirt to an appointment yesterday and I was glad I did. It's that time of year when A/C is still cranked up inside even though outside it's only 72 degrees.

Bittersweet September


Bittersweet September by Blackbird Designs

Have you ever stitched something you love, only to hate the finish? Aggravating, isn't it? You put so much work into something only to end up hiding it in a closet. That was the case for me with Bittersweet September by Blackbird Designs.

I stitched it last year. I loved the stitch and the autumn colors and the wonky way the "W" is bigger than all the other letters. (Why? Why not?) But when I put it in a thrift-store frame I had painted brown, it just looked blaaaahhh. So I put it away in the armoire for a year. I didn't know what to do to make it look better.

Franken Frames to the rescue! With a recent order, I made sure to get something for this sweet stitch. I love this frame. I think the walnut goes really well with the colors in the stitch, and I love the beaded edge.

Macintosh Mill


Macintosh Mill

Macintosh Mill was a Dimensions kit based on a painting by Charles Wysocki. I stitched this years ago, so long ago I don't even remember when. At the time, I wasn't doing any framing myself, and framing can be expensive. It seemed like there was always something more important to spend the money on. So I folded it up and put it back in the package with the kit and forgot about it.

Fast forward 10 years (or more!). I was purging my old cross stitch magazines when I found the kit and the completed stitch folded up inside. I ironed it and again thought about having it framed. Not in the budget. I put it in a plastic storage bin with other completed stitches and forgot about it again.

Fast forward a year, and here I am framing things myself! And here you have it... Macintosh Mill, framed and ready for fall.

The horse and buggy, and the children and their dog (or goat?)...

Macintosh Mill
Rocking on the porch....

Macintosh Mill
The pumpkin patch and pumpkin pies...

Macintosh Mill
Hay in the loft...

Macintosh Mill
Apple picking...

Macintosh Mill
The water wheel...

Macintosh Mill
Sheep in the field...

Macintosh Mill
Late summer turning into autumn, a bountiful harvest, my favorite time of year....

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow Reveal

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll remember that last year my big project was Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings. I started in January and finished at the end of August. I've shown each block as I completed it but never the whole thing.

The plan was to have it framed and ready for the blog in October last year, but there was a major mix-up at the framer and I didn't end up getting the fully finished project back until after Thanksgiving! They had it for about three months (can you imagine?). Apparently there was some misunderstanding between the framer and the supplier with the moulding I chose and it sat on a cargo ship in a dock somewhere all that time. The framer felt so terrible about the whole situation that she framed it in a plain black frame so I could at least have it on the wall for Halloween. When the correct frame came in, she reframed it, but I didn't want to show you a Halloween stitch just before Christmas.

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings

I am so happy with the final result. I think the frame looks like creepy vines, and it picks up the shapes in the tree limbs and roots, the pumpkin vines and the swamp. The photograph doesn't show it well, but it's a really pretty dark gold with black undertones. The second photo shows more of a closeup of the frame next to the pumpkin square.

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings


I hope you are staying well and continuing to do everything you can to keep yourself and the ones you love healthy. You are too important! Until next time... happy stitching!

18 comments:

  1. Macintosh Mill is a gorgeous piece! And I think the Hawk Run piece turned out great as well. So did you reframe Bittersweet September? I have never been on a cruise though I have considered it. Not quite sure that I am ready to join the world at the moment because of the COVID because it really worries me.

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  2. I love that beaded edge on Bittersweet, great frame. Macintosh is a huge amount of stitching and very well done. Hawk is a fabulous finish, glad these are all framed and all your work is on display. Planned on picking some out at Michaels sale this week, but the foot thing didn't cooperate. I will check your source again.

    Yes, it's sweater weather! Crap.

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  3. Macintosh Mill is so beautiful and so many wonderful little details. The frame for Hawk Run is perfect.
    I like your Bittersweet September. I stitch this one too and patch the motiv in the middle of a star. It will be a new autumn decoration for this year.
    Have a nice Sunday, Manuela

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  4. Your finishes are fabulous. The Charles Wysocki......too many stitches and too pretty not to frame. Love his work and love your piece.

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  5. Macintosh Mill is SO gorgeous Meg! I think that is a pet goat. ;)
    Bittersweet September looks fabulous in that frame.
    I am praying for you. Are you done with radiation?

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  6. Meg, all three pieces are framed wonderfully, but the Hawk Run piece is a a big WOW!!! That frame is perfect!!!
    As for cruising, we've done it once in Alaska and though it was an experience we wanted to try, we enjoyed the land portion so much better. We could adjust our times spent places and we found some fun/interesting places to stay like an off the beaten path individual log cabin for 2 and a lovely carriage house turned B&B. I'd consider a cruise again and a stitching one sounds inviting!!!
    Stay well, Meg!

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  7. Your three framed pieces are gorgeous, Meg! I love the beaded edge frame you picked for the Bittersweet piece. Glad you are happier with it. LOVE the frame for the Hawk Run Hollow piece. Macintosh Mill is so pretty with all the little tidbits and colors of fall.

    Stay well and be safe, Meg!

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  8. Your framed pieces are gorgeous! I always loved doing Charles W puzzles, I really noticed every detail. I imagine cross stitching does that too!

    I've been on one cruise and am wary about going on one right now. We had one booked to Alaska 2 years ago but my parents have been so ill that I wasn't comfortable being across the country from them. We will definitely go to Alaska at some point. I'm glad to hear you loved it so much!

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  9. Oh Meg your work is always so beautiful. Your stitches are perfect! Your framing is awesome, too. You know how I adore how you finish things, and now I add your framing skills, too. You are truly amazing. Wishing you a day filled with much joy dear friend. ((hugs))

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  10. My goodness girl! These are all spectacular. I love Bittersweet since I did that one and that Hawk Run Hollow looks simply amazing. However, I can't believe the time it must have taken to do the Millhouse one. Great job!!! Such eye candy.

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  11. Meg: I love the framed designs, I too have done what you did, I have a few designs put away because of the price of framing, I do most of my own framing.
    I cannot even imagine why they kept your piece so long, so sad to hear that.
    The frame does look like creeping vine, I love it.
    Bittersweet is a beautiful fall piece, the colors are just right with the frame.
    Have a beautiful week.

    Catherine

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  12. I love all these fall stitches. I used to get a Charles Wysocki calendar every year when I had hanging calendars. Now I use a desk planner calendar. That Halloween at Hawkrun Hollow is just so nice. I tried to do Autumn at Hawkrun but my eyes would not do 40 and frankly, I was not sure I would see it through. Nowdays Blackbird Designs seem to be calling my name. It is funny how even our stitching tastes can change.

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  13. Beautiful Halloween stitching and the frames look so good.
    Have a fun day.

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  14. Three beautifully framed finishes, Meg! A good frame can make such a difference, can't it?? I especially love the one you chose for your Halloween at HRH--just perfect! I would honestly stitch that one if I did more Halloween, but it just isn't on my radar as much since my dad died on that day. I did stitch three little Halloween pillows that I hope to post about tomorrow (if blogger cooperates!). Hope your month of October is a good one--it sure is getting pretty here with all the fall colors :) Take care now, Meg ♥

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  15. You have such beautiful stitched designs.
    Have a great day

    Catherine

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  16. I love the frame for Hallowe'en at Hawk Run Hollow! That project is on my Start List for next year. It looks much brighter and more colourful in your photos, I can't wait to start it now!

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  17. Holy smokes, your framed pieces are just gorgeous! I have the BBD pattern, I just need the get cracking on it. The fabric you used on it is wonderful. Hope you're doing well!

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  18. Beautiful finishes....each so special in its' own way. And excellent framing choices.

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