That's what I am focused on for the next several weeks -- getting all those pesky wips outta my hair. I am trying to deny myself new starts until all the in progress pieces are finished, which is good motivation to pull them out and work on them --even if they have gotten boring.

I am proud to announce the completion of my most long standing w.i.p., begun back in August 2006: Quaker Garden:

It really is a lovely piece and doesn't even have all that much stitching - I don't know why I got so bored with this one. But at last it is finished. We can't afford to frame it now, but I'd love to frame it in the future. I also have some small bits of another Blackbird Designs piece, Awake the Dawning Day, to finish in my wipbustin' spree, in addition to several more items. I think I only have the border eyelet stitches to go on that one. Hope to be back with more finishes soon... I have piles of stash that are calling my name!

Edgar: the "Feare Not" ornie is from the 2005 Just Cross Stitch Christmas magazine.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you for all your sweet comments.

the thing with feathers

"Hope Perches"

Literary Littles #3 by
The Sampler Girl

28 ct. Tan Marble Jobelan
by Sassy's Fabrics

DMC 3842, DMC 435, and
CC Wavy Navy

I am so happy with the way this pillow turned out! I found the fabric - a perfect color match - at Wal-Mart, believe it or not. This is a birthday present for my literary kindred spirit friend, Mindy. Tomorrow we are driving to Ohio to visit them, and I have stayed up way past my bedtime finishing this present ~ time to retire.

I wanted to thank you all for the way you have warmly welcomed me back to blogging. Your sweet comments are a gift.

I Heart LHN

Have you seen the newest designs from Little House Needleworks? I love them!!!!!!!

A Belated Thank You

Does anyone know who the mystery Santa is?

Dear Santa, I would love to be able to thank you properly! I received your oh-so-sweet and thoughtful gift in the mail in the midst of my blogging hiatus... I peeked at a few blogs which indicated that you, Kind Santa, had sent similar anonymous gifts to many other bloggers. Whoever you are, you brightened up my Christmas and I wanted to say thank you! I hope that the blessings come back to you one hundred fold.

Christmas/Winter Catch Up: No. 2

I finished stitching "Bless the Baby" for my new little cousin-in-law, Henry. I matched the colors to the baby's nursery and have some cute fabric to make it into a little pillow - this may be my weekend project.

I also started CCN's "Winter Welcome" but it does not seem to be bringing the snow to Philadelphia!

I have an overwhelming amount of stash that I am eager to dive into, but I still have about 5 or 6 Wips lingering around and really want to discipline myself to finish those before I make any new starts. I did finish Tanya's wonderful "Hope Perches" tonight - it will be a birthday gift for an Emily Dickinson-loving girlfriend. I'll share that in a few days but for now I'm off to bed!

I hope your 2008 is off to a wonderful start.

Christmas/Winter Catch Up: No. 1

This post goes out to my new friend Michele Blake, who told me that she has been faithfully watching for updates here on Willing Hands. I had no idea anyone was still peeking in on me!
I really must apologize for the long absence and I do resolve to be better about blogging in 2008. Although life has been too busy for blogging, of course I haven't stopped stitching! So, without further ado, here are some of my stitching finishes from the tail end of 2007, starting with some Christmas things:

  • Sorry for the blurry last picture. That one is the ornament I stitched for Janice in a Prairie Schooler Christmas Exchange.
  • The two PS Old World Santas are ones I stitched for the PS Wreath SAL. I'm afraid I only completed 4 out of my 8 goal. I will just have to tackle the other 4 this year.
  • The "Feare Not/Rejoice" ornament is perhaps my favorite finish. It was the first time I ever worked with silk and the first time I ever stitched on 40 count linen! It is stitched with The Thread Gatherer's Silk n' Colors "In the Burgundy" silk and the design is by The Workbasket from an old JCS Ornaments magazine.