It's been so long since I posted I couldn't even remember where I left off with Virtue. It's been another month of houseguests and general busy-ness, not to be confused with business, which has also been hectic.
Plus, I had a klutzy moment in the kitchen one night and ended up going to the ER for stitches. Thankfully, I did not cut a tendon, but they put my thumb in a splint to keep me from opening up the lovely smiley face wound. That eliminated stitching for a week. The stitches came out almost a week ago and my thumb is still really stiff, but I can stitch. I was a little worried because right before the accident, I had stitched "August 2013" into my sampler as the finish date. I did not want to rip it out!
Thankfully, I got all those queen stitches finished and did the Happy Dance Tuesday evening!
There are several interesting areas, such as this base on which the flower pots rest. It consists of alternating Smyrna crosses and Algerian eyes in two very soft colors. I wasn't real sure about it, but it's quite effective, I think. (That's why Darlene designs and I merely stitch!)
An this little flower pot is just adorable with the four color Queen stitch flower and strawberries.
So while I was doing the Happy Dance, my husband asked me if I had something else to stitch! WHAT? I may have to take him for a mental health exam. Has he not seen the thousands of charts in the bookcase right next to the computer where he spends eight hours a day? Needless to say, I pulled another project right out of my bag, threaded the needle and off I went. What project, you ask... "Buttons and Berries" by Homespun Elegance. Another piece I've had in my stash for years, but not nearly as ambitious. In fact, it probably won't take a whole week to finish.
That's probably a good thing, since I'm up to my eyeballs making stitch pickers and counting pins for my Etsy shop. I'm selling the stitch pickers as a set with a color coordinate needle threader.
You can see more of them here.