Sunday, 19 February 2017

Yes, Virginia, Kaye has started yet another new Americana project!

... And, NO, she has not finished all her other American WIPs yet!!!!!!!  But did that pile of WIPs and UFOs stop her starting something new?  Did it even give her pause?  NO, of course not! lol!

So, I am pleased to present to you....

Down Home ABCs 
Jean Farish Designs

Here are Milo and I starting the project - on some very pretty grey and white spotted 32ct fabric.

Now, I have been stitching on this for two 'Merica Mondays now, so here is Week One's progress:

Week Two progress:

I am using a mixture of Cosmo threads and specialty threads (CC, WDW and GAST) from my stash, with the possibility of some DMC thrown in at a later date.

I am very pleased with how quickly it is progressing.

So, I am looking forward to stitching on it this evening as Monday has somehow swung around again!

hugs, Kaye

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Some progress

Lately I pulled out my Rockies and Northwest Sampler and just wanted to stitch on it for a Friday night , but then I couldn't put it down and stitched and stitched until the bottom band was done. And then I realized that this sampler also counts as an Americana piece. So, here it is in all its beauty.

Stitching on this sampler is pure fun and so it's now my focus piece #1. Which means that I want to get it done this year. The whole sampler looks like this:

Happy stitching, Brigitte

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Where Wax Presidents Go to Retire

Just a Quick, Quirky Post ...

... just because I found it so fascinating and interesting .... and I am a history and Americana buff.  Click on the photo below:

Fascinating, isn't it?  

I can't stop thinking about the shrunken First Ladies - lol!


Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas ....

Wishing all of my very dear bloggy/crafty/cross stitchy friends the very Merriest of Christmases and a safe and Happy New Year.

I would also like to thank you all for your friendship, support, advice, encouragement and kindnesses to me over the past year.  This Americana SAL blog,  fuels one of my many passions, and thus means a lot to me and while, posting on it has been erratic of late (as my Christmas stitching hotted up) it still gives me great pleasure to know that this blog has, just maybe, been of pleasure to you, too.

All the best for 2017 and I hope to see you all back on this SAL blog in January.


Friday, 28 October 2016

YaY! Finally remembered to post.....!!!!!!

Oh dear, you know, I stitch on something Americana nearly every Monday but do I remember to post - NO!  Silly me!

Anyway, I have a Happy Dance, I finished Summer Stitching by LHN.

Stitched on 28 ct Mocha linen using the CC threads in the kit.

In the spirt of transparency, I must tell you that I made a very big boo boo but I think that I overcame it okay.

If you look at the first picture and see where the little heart shape in red is on the ground, nearest to the house.  Well, the two blooms to either side are meant to be beside each other but I totally miscalculated, so I ended up with all of this blank space.  To rectify it, I added the extra heart-shaped bloom and two more bluebirds.  I must say, I am actually very happy with my slightly different finish.

What do you think?

hugs, Kaye

Thursday, 26 May 2016

An Unexpected Finish

  I didn't intend to finish this piece until later in the summer.  But I picked it back up recently and couldn't put it down!  I finished it last night and I really love it!

36 ct. Lakeside V. Maple Sugar
w/ overdyed threads, mostly changed

This is Plum Street's Liberty Inn.  I changed a lot of the colors but tried to keep to  the spirit of the piece.

Hope you like it,  Laura

Friday, 13 May 2016

An Accidental Americana Stitch

I haven't stitched on my Americana project since last September, hence no posting here by me.  I do keep thinking of getting back to it and also of starting the America, Land that We Love sampler that Kaye's doing.

However, I stitched this square for the Travel theme for WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) and realized that it probably qualified as Americana.  I mean what's more American than the Statue of Liberty?
It's from an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.  It's the New York City Scape designed by Satsuma Street.  It's stitched on 14-count white Aida with the called for DMC.  Since it was meant to be stitched on black Aida, I made a couple of changes to make the stitching show up better on the white.