July 10, 2009

one benefit of aging...

...is that although you might have to wear reading glasses to see your linen while stitching...




when you take them off, you don't see the pug hair or the twisty stitches!



The America Pillow
by Handwork Primitives
32 ct. unknown linen (calls for Sparrow by BOAF)
Gentle Art Sampler Threads


Here's my patriotic finish for the 4th, just a wee bit late! Started in June, this one took me forever it seemed, all of that border! I decided before starting on it, that I would not railroad my stitches, (something I usually do when stitching with two threads because I tend to twist my thread a lot while stitching), as that takes a lot more time for me. And since this will be a pillow that the dogs will just shed on, who's ever going to know that my stitches aren't flat? And I certainly can't tell without my glasses!

Here's another benefit of my getting older....I DON'T EVEN CARE ANYMORE! Life is just too short to fuss over such things. At least for me anyway! I have doggies to kiss, people to hug, pies to make...you get the picture!

Gotta run, Muttley is whining because his tennis ball is under the coffee table!
Have a Happy Weekend!

31 comments:

devonaz said...

Oh how right you are,,I am having to wear reading glasses,and I am at the point if I am happy with my stitching then that is all that matters,,,love you stitching piece...good job..

Nancy said...

This is gorgeous Andrea, and it certainly didn't suffer from you not railroading. Sounds like you're in the perfect frame of mind to me!

Melissa said...

Oh my word, Andrea, it's just gorgeous. Love it! Yes I can see that the border is tough going with all that stitching. And railroading? I had never heard of it till last year and no, I don't do it.

I agree, there are other things to fuss about! Have fun with the 'puppies'.

connie said...

Andrea nice stitching..looks great to me..I am at a point in life where I am going to please myself..If I am happy with it that's all that matters.Wish I would have felt this way when I was 22..

Cari said...

Your stitching is lovely. I love ths pattern - have not seen it before. It will make a wonderful pillow - too pretty for the dogs :-)

have a wonderful weekend.

Cari in VA

Karen said...

Nice finish! Dog hair is a "fiber" too...right?? Hope they enjoy it.

Deb said...

I love your reasoning - life is too short! And I love this design. I have never seen it before, but I love it! I can imagine the border was a little tiresome, but what a beautiful end product!

Stef said...

Well this one is new to me also - what a fantastic design! And the linen you choose is perfect! Love your pug posts!

mainely stitching said...

LOL! I will remember this bit of sage advice next time ... always a good excuse to take of the specs! ;)

It's a beautiful design and one you're sure to enjoy for many a year to come!

CindyMae said...

It is gorgeous!!!

Sheila said...

I agree with you 1000%, although in my case it is long white cat fur that is embedded into my non-railroaded stitching :)
Yup, I wear glasses - LOL!

Alice said...

Love your American pillow GF. You are right, life is too short to fuss over stitches. Your pies sound so good. You have me drooling first thing in the morning. So you also have a tennis ball obsessed dog? I have two!!! Cannot keep up supplying them with new balls as they destroy them so fast but they love their balls and will walk the whole day with one in mouth. I will try and take a photo sometime.
Hugs
Alice

Julie M said...

Amen! Beautiful finish, it will be perfect as a pillow, hair and all!

Nicole said...

Andrea, it's beautiful! I don't see pug hairs or twisty stitches - only perfection! Congrats on a wondeful finish! Now I must add this one to my stash - it's gorgeous!!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

TammyK said...

LOL Too funny - dog hair or not The America Pillow turned out really great :o)

Jan said...

cute design! I love your aging comments. I say "ditto!"

Annemarie said...

What a healthy view on life. If only I could adopt it... as far as the twisted stitches are concerned, that is. SOme day, I hoep to not care either :o)

Your pillow is just lovely. What a great little sampler!

Chrissie said...

I love your reasoning:)) That design has such a beautiful border on it. My Lab does that whining thing when his tennis ball is under the furniture too. Sometimes I am sure he could get it for himself but it is easier to whine and get Mum to do it LOL!!

Chrissie

Jan said...

I don't blame you for not fussing, it is just absolutely gorgeous!! Oh boy, I see another chart, that I just have to have! Thanks for the share!!

Sharon said...

It's gorgeous!

Анна - Зонт said...

WOW! It is beautiful!

Melissa said...

Andrea-it's a beautiful finish! And AMEN to not sweating the small stuff any more.

Cindy F. said...

Such a beautiful design and finish!
Congrats!

Leslie said...

No stitching is complete without a few dog hairs!!Twisty threads, where, what? No one is twisted here. lol

Siobhan said...

Andrea, WOW!!! As always, I want to stitch this now, having seen your beautiful, incredible finish. I love it! And hey, I figure I'm doing a service for the future generations by leaving in the dog hair. After all, they just have to test the DNA from the licked floss I've used and the interwoven dog (and human) hair to know it was wrought by me & The Fluffinator. ;)

Dawn said...

I'm so glad you liked the tomato pie. It has been one of my favorites for years. It's a rich and savory pie, but if the crust is right then it's perfect! Thanks for letting me know!

Brigitte said...

This is a very beautiful finish. Congratulations.

Katrina said...

Love my readers, I couldn't stitch without them. Gorgeous finish!

I had to laugh, Chloe puts her balls and squeaky toys under the couch and then barks and whines for me to come get them out for her :-). It's a good thing we love them, LOL.

Tammy said...

Wow, I love it! And had to LOL @ not caring anymore!! I hear ya sister, because I'm a railroader from way back and that's why stitching takes me so dang long. I obsess over those things, and that's why silks bother me sometimes too--when you use one strand, you can't railroad it and it sometimes isn't laying right!!!! AAAAAAGHHG. :p

Tanya said...

What a cool design! Going to have to add to my wishlist. Thanks for the pie recipe.

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish! I also love your tombie that you finished. I'm going to have to get that one!!