Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow Bird

When it feels like 1 degree where you live,  one might be tempted,  like the affectionately named "snow birds", to head toward the warmer climes of the southern regions of the U.S. Since that wasn't possible today, I took the opportunity to stay in and finish my Snow Bird piece. I was one of the fortunate ones who was able to get this darling Brenda Gervais design.  And I'm really happy with the way it came together.


I really love this design and the fact that it's housed in this snowflake base made it even more special. Isn't that little bird's wing just the cutest!!  I am definitely not a finisher, but Brenda's instructions make it easy for me to manage.



I have one more "find" to share with you. When I'm stitching with multi-stranded threads, I like to use a laying tool to help keep my threads from twisting.  Imagine how excited I was to find this beauty:



What really caught my eye, were the Celtic designs carved into the sides of it.



Thank you as always for visiting. Hope you are staying warm and are able to stitch during this busy time of the year. Wishing you and yours warm wishes this holiday season.

Linda

26 comments:

  1. Lovely finish, and a beautiful laying tool. Don't think I've ever seen a carved one like that.

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  2. Beautiful pin cushion. You were so lucky to get one! Love your laying tool,too. Laura

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  3. Love the new finish! Such a sweet design! What an interesting laying tool. I have never tried one before. I always here that those who use them love them. I feel like I need another hand to use it, lol! I imagine it just takes practice. Do you use it while holding a hoop or is your stitching held by a stand? Since I do not use a stand, I 'railroad' my stitches to help keep them from twisting. Enjoy the holidays!

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  4. Ohh it's beautiful Linda, well done! I've never seen one of those before. Very neat.

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  5. You know I am beside myself with the up close and personal photo essay of your laying tool!!!! And such a lovely well-manicured finger!!!!! The Snow Bird finish is so adorably beautiful!!!!!! Is it transportable for show and tell on Sunday?

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  6. Pretty finish Linda! Love your new laying tool!

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  7. Love your finish -- it's so pretty! And your laying tool -- how cool is that? I love that you actually wear it on your finger -- I've never seen one like that before. It really is pretty too.

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  8. Oh my! That snow bird is amazing and I adore the snowflake it's affixed to. You are very lucky to be one of the few to receive one!! Ahha! A laying tool and how it's actually being used. Didn't know that you put it on your finger! Ha, the things you learn :D You have very pretty nails too!!

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  9. The Snow Bird is perfect!!! I missed the ordering date, and of course they were gone.... I think it has so much personality~ and! your laying tool is so nice..... Great find!!

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  10. Glad to hear that putting Snow Bird is easy to put together. I haven't done mine yet. That is the best laying tool ever! Gorgeous!

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  11. How did you find such an interesting laying tool? Such a beauty would be hard to resist,

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  12. Beautiful seasonal finish, I love it!

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  13. What is"railroading stitches". I have never heard of that. I am guessing you must be using a stand of some sort? Lovely stitching!

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  14. IT is beautiful Linda!!! Love, love, love it :) You did a perfect job finishing it! And your laying tool is beautiful! I will never forget the sight of you stitching with it to who laid the rail at the retreat :)

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  15. Beautiful finish Linda! Please bring it on Sunday so we can "ooh and aah" over it! Love your close up pictures of your weapon, I mean laying tool (LOL)

    Can't wait for Sunday!

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  16. A beautiful finish. A great find too.

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  17. Christmas Greetings Linda ! Love your laying tool - very beautiful - You are a lucky girl to get that special piece from WTNT - your finishing is beautiful and I'm sure you will enjoy it immensely. Enjoy the season Melody

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  18. So, so pretty!!!!!!!!! Love the pin cushion and the laying tool is gorgeous.

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  19. Your finish is gorgeous! And the laying tool...simply lovely!

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  20. It's adorable, congrats on the finish!

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  21. Oh, what a wonderful finish this is. It looks adorable in that snowflake.
    When we have snow - and we always have in winter - I also dream of regions with a warmer climate. BUt it's only a dream ...

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  22. Snow bird is gorgeous, congratulations

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous finish, Linda--so elegant looking! I've never used a laying tool--no wonder your stitches are always so perfect looking!!

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  24. I am in love with that finish...the snowflake is so unique! And your stitching is beautiful! You're right--I love the little bird's wing.:)

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