Monday, January 6, 2014

progress and framing

Here is my Crown Sampler progress.  My border met.  Yay!



I also picked up some framing from my LNS -- my framer did a great job as usual.



This is Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers.  Sorry I didn't take a close up of the frame -- I love it!


And here's Margaret W. Brown by Milady's Needle.  Love this frame too!  I believe I used Soie Surfine on this one, and 45ct linen.  I think.

Last week on New Year's Day, we made our usual homemade Chinese dumplings.  The girl child didn't make it home but the three of us did fine without her help.




So yummy!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


62 comments:

Miss Pants said...

Such beautiful framing! 45 ct!

Oh those dumplings look so good. I'm afraid that even with as much as I cook, I don't have the patience for an assembly line of dozens of dumplings. But they look so tasty!

BrendaS said...

Crown Sampler is looking fabulous and I love your framing!

Stay warm and have a great week!

Jackie said...

Crown Sampler looks to be finished soon! It's exciting to get framing back and get it hung. Love these two pieces and the frames you selected.

The dumplings look delicious. What do you fill them with?

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on getting your border to meet on the Crown Sampler. That's always a relief!
Love the frames... perfect for your gorgeous stitching.
Wow... look at all those glorious dumplings! Lots of work... but well worth the effort.

Vicki said...

I had to chuckle when you commented that your border met, that's always an exciting thing for me, too! Your framed pieces look awesome!

Busy Lizzie said...

so beautiful, love the frames.

great job cooking also,

happy stitching,
Judith (before myxstitchplace)

Vickie said...

Beauty! Absolute beauty! Stay warm my friend. Brian is trying to thaw our frozen bathroom pipe, before it bursts. It is currently -16º with a -45º windchill.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your framed pieces are just beautiful. Perfect frame choices!!!

marly said...

Crown gets more beautiful with each post! Perfect frames. Can you direct me to a recipe for those dumplings? Would love to attempt.

Annie said...

How pretty! Always a treat when the border meets.

Beautiful framed pieces to start off the new year.

Those dumplings look yummy. Another great way to start the new year!

Stay warm.

Melissa said...

Oh Margaret, I love ALL the stitching! The frames are gorgeous! *sigh* Love Love Love! You've got a good framer there!

Maybe this year I will try my hand at dumplings too. Do you use the packaged wonton (or whatever) wrappers?

Annette-California said...

Congrats on your border alining correctly - great feeling of JOY. Your 2 framed samplers are fantastic Margaret! Love the frames you selected. Oh those dumplings look so good. love Annette

Vera said...

Crown Sampler looks amazing Margarte! Won't be long before you take that one to the framers. And the dumplings!!! They look so delicious. I had been hoping that our son and his girlfriend would make some while home...but so far no sign of any:)

Cari said...

Love your Crown Sampler. When the borders meet up it's a WOOT WOOT celebration. Love the frames for your finishes too. They are both just perfect. Love your sweet Mia too….she's got one sweet chubby, lovin' face doesn't she? Hugs and STAY WARM !!

Giovanna said...

Awesome framed pieces, and nice going on the Crown Sampler - well done.

Linda said...

Absolutely stunning framed pieces Margaret. Awesome progress as always and yummy.

Linda

Charlene ♥ SC said...

You ARE having a PSS moment, aren't you? How beautiful - and I love, love your framing choices. And you've also helped me decide on dinner tonight. I can only imagine how scrumptious your home made ones would be. Yummy! Stay warm!

jeffsrose35 said...

Enjoy looking at all of your beautiful work. And They Sinned definitely caught my eye in your latest post as I currently considering purchasing this beauty to stitch for myself this year. It is GORGEOUS!!!!!

Erica said...

Margaret, as always, your stitching is just stunning! The framing is also beautiful and perfect for each piece.

Those dumplings look so good, I can almost smell them! Mmmmm!

Roberta said...

The framing is perfect as is the sampler.

Chinese dumplings - yummy!!

bchattertonluuring said...

Oh man, homemade Chinese dumplings!! My mouth is watering. A few years - gosh, a good many years, actually - ago, I had the good fortune to have some corridor-mates who prepared a feast for us that featured homemade dumplings. Nothing since has compared. Do you have a recipe you'd be willing to share?

Um, your stitching rocks, too. It always does! :)

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, glad to hear that you are ok. Have been worried about you in the terrible weather that you have been having.

Isn't it such a relief when our borders met up. I always give a huge sigh of relief. Nothing worse than if you have a problem. Puts the whole thing off.

As usual your Framer has done a wonderful job with your samplers. He has the ability to pick the right frame for each piece. Crown Sampler is looking lovely. Always reminds me of Hannah Pepper.

Your dumplings look delicious. Any left :. - Sandra.

Ranae said...

Oh! Isn't that fun when the borders meet
Pretty pretty stitching and framing
Yummy comfort food sounds good right now, brrrrr!!!
It's sooo cold here
Happy 2014!!

SewAmy said...

I'm always happy when my boarders meet too. It's scary when they don't and you have to back track and see what went wrong. I love your framed samples and the frames!!

Amanda said...

When the borders meet - now there is the "thrill of victory!"

I see Mia still has her bubble wrap lining in her bed. Such a silly kitty! That is why we love them.

Kielrain said...

Wonderful finishes! Beautiful.
I also love when my borders meet up. :)

Karen said...

Beautiful stitching! I really like the colors in Crown Sampler. And the dumplings look yummy!

woolwoman said...

OMGosh I wish a had a dumplings or three - those look great ! LOVE LOVE LOVE your framed pieces but especially Yuletide Welcome. The Crown sampler is coming along beautifully and your Year in Review was spectacular as always. Stay warm my friend - enjoy the week - maybe some wooly-knitting is in order. Mel

Mary said...

No matter how well you think you are counting, it is always a relief when the borders meet. Love your two new framings, and it is lovely to see some of your pieces hanging on the wall in the dumpling photos. Dumplings look delicious, by the way.
Mary

Patty C. said...

Gorgeous work! Beautiful colors on Margaret Brown ...

valerie said...

nomnomnom...your dumplings look delicious! And your framing looks fantastic! I still haven't gotten mine but I am not pushing because I'm not quite ready for the bill yet. lol Your Crown Sampler looks gorgeous and congrats on the border meeting. I am always nervous until that "yay!" moment!

Wanda said...

They are all so gorgeous Margaret. It is always so cool to see the finished stitched piece and then the framed piece - pure eye candy.
Love your NY traditions of making dumplings. Have a great week!

Lanie said...

Your Crown Sampler is beautiful, Margaret and your newly framed pieces are so lovely! The frames are perfect!
Your dumplings look yummy ... what a delicious New Years tradition!

Sherry :o) said...

I started Yuletide Welcome on New Year's Day - love it so far and it's moving quickly (and for me that's an accomplishment).

Wow you really made a lot of dumplings. Are they like potstickers? How do you cook them? They look delicious!

I hope your son got back to school okay with the winter weather! It is very, very cold here in the mitten tonight!

Mary said...

What a fun post, Margaret! The framing choices - not to even mention the stitching - look fabulous. And New Year's dumplings....how cool is that?!

krayolakris said...

Love the samplers Margaret! Especially love the photo of Mia and her Boy; she looks so contented!

Penny said...

You can always breathe a sigh of relief when the borders meet. :) It's looking just beautiful! As are your framed pieces! Looking at those dumplings makes me hungry!

Teresa S. said...

Those dumplings look delish! And your sampler is really coming along nicely.

Krista said...

Wow, Margaret! Your framed pieces are gorgeous!! And you are zipping along on the crown sampler, looks beautiful! Those dumplings look yummy. I love dumplings :) Do you use different stuffings? They look fun to make, I should try sometime. Mia looks cozy all bundled up! Stay warm!! I cannot believe how cold it is, I feel like it is the Arctic!

Brigitte said...

So good that the border on the Crown Sampler met. It's more than difficult to find the spot where a mistake was made. I had that once and it wasn't an agreable experience.
So great, your framed samplers.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Lovely finishes, Margaret. Perfect choices for the frames, too. Yum...those dumplings look soooo good!
Have a great week,
Robyn

Chris said...

So glad that the border met! Gorgeous progress. Perfect frames for those pieces. I need to get stitching, very inspiring.
The dumplings look amazing.What a great tradition!

élisabeth barbier said...

Your cross-stitching is perfect ! But please......share your recipe of these nice little chinese mouthful ;-) Elisabeth from France

Cari-in-VA said...

Those dumplings look so yummy! I love, love your newly framed pieces! I really need to commit to having some of my finished pieces stitched this year!

Carol said...

Gorgeous framed finishes, Margaret--I think you're so lucky to have such a great framer nearby!

What is in Chinese dumplings? They look so yummy! Do you freeze some of them?

Stay warm! The low here was only -7 last night--warm compared to other parts of the U.S.!!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely framed pieces, the Yuletide Sampler looks so good. What a lot of dumplings - and the extra little dumpling Mia. I hope you're coping with the cold, I've been reading about it in our news.

Tommye said...

Yeah! for the border meeting. Always a good way to start the year. Although those dumplings sure look good too.

Your finishes are beautiful. thanks for sharing.

Evelyne said...

Beautiful framing, it's relay a great job!!
Those dumplings look yummy!!
Hugs for Mia, Evelyne

Ivory Spring said...

I just found your blog - you do AMAZING work! I want to be like you when I grow up.

I am curious -- could you tell me what that "initial/alphabet" sampler is in the background of one of your pictures in this post?

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Don't you just feel like doing a victory lap around the room when your borders match up?! LOL!

Nice frames on your finishes. So pretty!

Mmmm...wish I was in *your* kitchen that day. Yum!

Sonda said...

The sampler is coming along beautifully! Love your framed pieces!

Melody said...

What beautiful framed pieces!! I especially love A Yuletide Welcome... man, now I've got to add that project to my list of charts to purchase!! :) I bet the dumplings were yummy, they sure look good.

Melody said...

What beautiful framed pieces!! I especially love A Yuletide Welcome... man, now I've got to add that project to my list of charts to purchase!! :) I bet the dumplings were yummy, they sure look good.

mommafoso said...

I just "stumbled" upon your site, & was excited to see your work on "The Crown Sampler". It's gorgeous. I recently purchased this chart & am anxious to start work on it. Thanks for your blog - your work is amazing & you're so prolific!

Dawn said...

The dumplings look yummy!
WOW, just love your pieces! Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

The crown sampler is looking fantastic and the border meeting up is always a bonus, lol. Beautiful framing!
Oh yum with the dumplings.

Marsha said...

I love, love, love Margaret Brown. I've had her kitted for a while. Maybe I'll have to get her out. Yuletide is looking good too. Crowns is coming along and what a relief when borders meet. Those dumplings look delicious.

Teresa said...

meravigliosi sal. Teresa

Karoline said...

Great progress on the Crown Sampler & all your framing is gorgeous

Melanie said...

The frames are STUNNING. Just perfect!

Oh, dumplings - how I love thee. It's just not right how many I could eat at one time. lol

Beth said...

Yuletide has EVERYTHING - reindeer, peacocks, a mustard colored house, a lovely bouquet or carnations - fabulous! And home made dumplings - yummy!

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches, and oh gosh, do I ever love those frames!! I can guarantee that if I lived close, I would have been over for those dumplings!!