Jo's Valentine Hop
Styling with Stitches
Friends who Stitch
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you get to spend time with special people in your life. It's a great day to show love and kindness to others. Sometimes a smile can make another's day. So, sending smiles to all of you from Stitching Friends.
Our theme this month is Love. We have joined Jo's Valentine Hop and will share the valentine we received. Next, comes our February Styling with Stitches projects with a love theme. We are happy to have Friends who Stitch back. Our third new feature of this year is Sneak Peeks. And lastly, we have some news in What's Stitching. So it's a packed post that we hope you will enjoy.
Jo's Valentine Hop
We received this lovely greeting in the Valentine Hop. What a beautiful heart our secret stitching Valentine made for us. Thank you so much. Please let us know who you are. If you would like to follow the hop and find out who our mystery Valentine is go to Jo's blog. There will be a list of stitchers to go visit. Also, we sent a mystery Valentine too and we will find who it went to as we hop around to fellow stitchers blogs. It should be fun!
RJ's Styling with Stitches Project
I made a Valentine bowl filler with a stitched pocket. "Heart of Hearts" by Abby Rose was given to me for my birthday by my good friend Robin. I had never stitched an Abby Rose pattern before so was happy to do so. This pattern is so lovely with so many hearts forming one big heart in the prettiest of colors.
A French General fabric picked up all the colors in the stitch. I added some cotton lace trim, ribbon and a heart charm for the finishing.
I filled the pocket with a Valentine, a favorite candy bar and a flower for a special someone. But, think of it filled with a small pattern, a piece of linen and a package of needles for a neat gift any time during the year. What a great project to make for a stitching friend.
|The flowers are all made of heart shapes|
|Filled to the brim with Valentine goodies!|
|Sitting in the Greenhouse|
Heart of Hearts
by Abby Rose
40 ct. platinum linen
called for over dyed floss
Mary's Styling with Stitches Project
My stitch is Prim Stitchers Heart designed by Sub Rosa. When I first saw this stitch, I knew exactly how I would use it. It would be a photo album cover for RJ and I would add photos of the stitches that she has gifted me. And, she could add photos of all her other projects she has made as a record of her stitching.
I purchased a photo album at Michael's and covered it with pretty fabric from Hobby Lobby. Covering the album with fabric went surprisingly easy. The difficult part was cutting and shaping the heart. If I tell you I spent hours on that, would you believe me??? I wouldn't, but I did!! With all my fussing with the heart the linen started to fray....so, I used Dritz Fray Check and that stained the linen!! I added some lace to distract the eye from my lopsided heart but that was not a success either. So, RJ, please excuse all the imperfections and know that it was made with lots of love for a stitcher that has the biggest heart of all.
|I changed out PRIM for RJ's initials|
|Closeup of the pretty fabric|
|Prim Stitcher's Heart|
by Sub Rosa
40 ct. Newcastle linen
called for floss
Weeks Pebble for scissors
Friends Who Stitch
We are so happy to have our friends Robin and Marilyn back with us this year to show their pretty stitches. This feature is open to anyone that stitches but does not have a blog. Just send us a photo and we will be happy to showcase your stitch here.
Robin sent this pretty framed stitch which is perfect for this time of the year. It is called Reunion of the Hearts by The Trilogy.
Marilyn shared these adorable Valentine stitches for us to enjoy.
This is our third new feature this year. Sneak Peeks joins High Fives and Question of the Day as little extras we will add to our posts. We will be showing some of our new stitches in progress that you will be seeing later in the year finished.
Winner of the Snowman pattern is June from England. She has a lovely blog that you can read here. Congratulations June! Have fun stitching the sweet snowman.
We are happy to have Faith join us with our SAL "A year in Celebration". Feel free to join us anytime during the year as we stitch one a month. Maybe you would just like to stitch a few (like birthday months of family members). Anytime you want to join in you are WELCOME. Just send us an email.
We were asked how we would answer the question of the day in the last post. Well, like so many of you it is almost impossible to choose one designer to stitch for the rest of our lives as we love so many. But, if we absolutely had to we both agree it would be Brenda Gervais from With Thy Needle and Thread. We fall in love with her designs almost every single time a new pattern comes out.
We enjoyed visiting with you today and really appreciate your comments. A neat new feature is coming in the next post that we think will be fun. Hope to see you again at the end of the month. We will be by to visit your blogs and to see all of your new stitches and other projects. Stay warm and keep stitching during these cold days !!!
“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.”
Henry Van Dyke