Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here Kitty, kitty

Smokie's eye light up and her ears perk when you talk to her - she just loves attention. Smokie also likes to keep me in her sight at all times, she's wonderful company. Here she is perched on the desk in our office watching me work on the computer. When she feels the need for attention, she will change her position and lay in front of the computer screen or just pace in front of it until I pet her.Caught her tail in mid-swish...
Below is an old pattern by Patricia Andrle - she did a series of these hardanger window series (or cross stitch illuminations). I've completed the Christmas House - which is a beautiful pattern, I'm working on the Romantic Gazebo, and on on the hunt for her Victorian House (BH&G Jan/Feb '98). Below is the Toy Store which I completed a couple years ago and just pulled out of my 'finished drawer' with the intent to have it framed but, I have a dilemma. I just love the toy store - all the specialty stitches and the soft subtle colors. Next pic is the inside of the toy store - I love the bright, vivid colors of the children's toys but... I don't like them put together (last pic). I can't believe I didn't realize this two years ago when I started stitching it. Lord willing, the pattern is still in somewhere in my stash and I will restitch the toys in softer, more muted shades that will compliment the store.

The Toy Store
Patricia Andrle
Recommended Fabric and Fibers

The Toys - done over 1


trivia... Betsy Foster of Elizabeth's Designs is Patricia's daughter.

It's been a busy week and I am grateful that tomorrow is Friday! If I only I can complete my homework, then I can spend the weekend relaxing.

Happy Stitching



Glenna said...

Well, it's not yuck, but it's certainly surprising--the primary colors with the muted ones. Maybe you could restitch the toys in more pastel-y colors?

Love the fluffer kitty!

Deb said...

First off, I have to say that I'm in awe of the Toy Store with all that cut work. A challenge I would think. I'm with Glenna - the colors are a little surprising, but yet, wouldn't they fade into the background if also done in pastels.

And the Victorian House that you're talking about - I may have it in my stash and I'd be happy to send it to you if I do. I'll have to check though - I know that I have a Christmas one, but I may also have that one. I'll check and if I have it I'll email you.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Hi Cari. Well..... I have to agree with you. When I saw the first piece alone, I thought it was beautiful. The toys just aren't doing it for me, though. Frankly, I think the store front it gorgeous all by itself. It really is a work of art.

I hope Deb has what you're looking for. She is amazingly organized!

Siobhan said...

I agree with Terri... both are beautiful, but I think the store front is a work of art on its own.

Kitty is adorable!

Michelle said...

What a sweet kitty! I hope you can find your pattern. That toy store piece is a huge amount of work - wow!! You'll have to show the other ones you've stitched!

NatalyTretyak said...

Excellent work. Congratulations!
I would like to embroider this toy store. But, unfortunately, lost the color key. Could you help me?? I would be very grateful to you.