Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Greetings From the Heart of Ohio!


Hello, My name is Elizabeth, and I am so very excited to have discovered this wonderful place to share in the journey that is the Prairie Schooler ABC Sampler. I wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Jan of Australia for her graciousness in sharing many tips I have already found helpful.

I have purchased an entire yard of Wilchet's 32ct Desert Sand, and will be stitching over two threads with the called for DMC colors.

Are you a rotational stitcher? I definitely am, and this sampler will wend it's way among Mirabilia's Cinderella, Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus; and have you signed up for Country Cottage's Ornament of the Month Club? I know! There's a whole lot of stitching to be done. I would love to here what your projects are. Thank you so very much Vonna for letting me join your lovely group!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Enjoying this new start

I have just started to sew this amazing ABC series - I have been following you all sewing away and was really wanting to begin but I could not get hold of G-H-I as this pattern was out of print.  However PS have just done a small reprint and I have now got the "full house" so I am up and running and loving it!
I am sewing on 32 count Antique White Jobelin using DMC but with a few substitutions here and there as I go along.  I am sewing 3 across by 9 down - we are fast running out of wall space so I believe that a long sampler will be easier to find a home for than a wide one!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Can't wait to get started!  Still wait for my order to arrive.  I'm so excited.  Should be here on Friday . I have seen some of your pictures they are so wonderful.  Rachelle

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm on my way to start the whole ABC

I've order a yard of lambswool linen for the alphabet.  I have my patterns except for G*H*I.  Does any one knows where I can get it?  I can't wait to receive my order to get started.
     I'm will be doing my alphabet on individual pillow for a display shadow box.   Rachelle

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beginner of ---"The Whole ABC "

Hello,  I am from Canada.  I'm excited to be part of the Prairie Schooler ABC Stitching Bee.  I Would Like to do the whole alphabet.  I would like to know what I need to get started?  Rachelle

Thursday, April 17, 2014

YES...The Whole Alphabet Started

Hello!
       Greetings from south africa :)
i'm so excited to be a part of this lovely group...
.
             ...and very delighted that i started this lovely project :)
"The prairie Schooler" A B C...,,
            with my dear friend JAN ... she inspired me to start this sweetie <3
i will stitch the whole alphabet on one picec of linen...so much fun :)
...& wanted to share the start of this one with you....
i love it
        Have a nice day
    love cucki xxx

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Whole Alphabet is started...

A few months ago I stitched L is for Leaves as a single piece. Now I have started stitching the whole alphabet. I am stitching this using most of the recommended DMC threads on 36 count raw linen using 2 threads over 2.  I stitch on this design whenever I can as I am really enjoying it. Kevin from Cabbages and Kings blog is stitching this in a cyber SAL with myself and some local friends.

A is for Anchor is finished except for the actual "A". I haven't decided what colour to stitch it yet.  The recommended DMC thread 3857 is very dark so I don't think the A will stand out if I use it. I think I will decide after I have stitched a few letters.  I have swapped a few colours in this piece.  The crab I stitched in a salmon red DMC 3830 as I felt it was more lifelike.  I also swapped the 3857 thread for 221 on the left anchor.


I have stitched about one-third of the next letter too, B is for Blackbird. The mother and baby blackbirds are darlings on top of the pie. So far I have used the recommended colours.



Until next time, happy alphabet stitching…
                                                 Jan x 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Time to share!

Hello all

I've been lurking on this blog for a few months now whilst working on the ABC and I have finally managed to get camera, batteries, memory card and laptop all in the same place, so here are some pictures of my progress. Kevin's post that he was starting prompted me to share my work so far, but apologies the photos aren't that great.

I started working on it in October, when the clocks went back in the UK and winter officially started. I'm doing it all on one piece of Zweigart 25 count floba raw, with one thread. The middle row is nearly all complete - see what you think.

I'm loving the results - as a Brit, there are a few letters which seem "very" American to me, if you know what I mean - no offence!  But the overall look is great and makes a nice change from a lot of the other run of the mill cross stitch designs out there.

Happy stitching!

best wishes

Jane



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Finally starting!

I'm very excited to announce I'm FINALLY going to start working on my PS Alphabet! Today I'm getting everything organized, prepping my fabric, sorting flosses, etc  I'll "officially" begin this week.  Big thanks to my friend Jan out in Cyberspace for letting me stitch along with her face to face group as they work on this project together.  It always helps to have encouragement and motivation - especially on large projects like this.
And, I'm willing to help encourage or motivate anybody else who is out there in Cyberspace who may want to start this as well or pick up where they left off, etc.  Just shoot me a message or comment right here if you're interested in stitching along.  Happy stitching!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

L is for Leaves

I am happy to report that I have finished L is for Leaves.  Such a pretty deer frolicking in the forest. I will frame this piece as a separate letter.
L is for Leaves
32 count antique white linen 2 over 2

Now that it is finished I am even more eager to stitch the whole alphabet on one piece of fabric.  I have a local friend who is going to join me in my quest which will be inspiring and hopefully keep us motivated.

All I have to do is decide on fabric count, alphabet configuration, and to use half or full cross stitch.  So many decisions!!! The hints and tips posted on this blog are very helpful.

Happy stitching…
                       Jan x

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's Finished!!


My first 2014 Finish!
Prairie Schooler Alphabet
Ecru Congress Cloth
My own overdye cotton floss conversion
Stitched entirely in tent/basketweave stitches

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My First Letter...

Hello dear group members,

L is for Leaves is growing well.  I have stitched three quarters of it.  I am stitching this with friends, working on it once every three weeks.  Delighted in how it is turning out. Actually, so delighted I will definitely stitch the whole alphabet on one piece of linen!

L is for Leaves
Stitched on 32 ct linen
Using 2 strands recommended DMC threads

Thank you for viewing :)
                                  Jan x

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting close to the end.

On 40 count Maritime White Lakeside linen. One over two. I will be bereft when this is finished!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's Been A While


Here is the latest on my Prairie Schooler ABC project.
Just a reminder-ecru Congress cloth and my own conversion to mostly overdyed threads-GAST & WDW. Stitching in tent stitch.


 
Here is what it looks like all the way to the far left side.
 
I really would like to finish this project by the end of this year.
Let's see some other updates!

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Few More Letters...

Yikes, the last time that I posted on my progress was February 17, 2010.  Yes, you read that right 2010 ~ that is terrible! At that time I had complete the letter "A" and a tiny bit of "B"

I love this design and truly want to complete it so I am committed to finding time to work on it.

Today my progress looks like this:


B
DONE

C
DONE

D
NOT YET

See you when more progress is done on this monster projects!

MarieP




Saturday, June 1, 2013

Can't wait to start this!

I have all my supplies gathered now - all the DMC flosses, fabric and charts - now I am dying to start!  I promised myself I must complete at least one of my WIP's before I start this project, BUT I'm thinking maybe a rotation will be the way to go with this project.  I just need to sit down with a pencil and paper and write up some kind of rotation schedule.

Is anyone else just starting this or still working on theirs?

Also, for those of you who stitch with a rotation, what works best for you?  Do you choose certain days to work on each piece of your WIP's, or do you switch projects after getting to various benchmarks of each project?   I've never really done a rotation before - I'm just really bad about picking up whatever calls to me at a given moment and start working on that until the next project seems to want or need my attention!  Lol.  I think I definitely have ADD when it comes to my stitching.  It's fun, but I never seem to accomplish or FINISH much this way!  ;-)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hello, newbie and question regarding frames or hoops

Hi, I'm new to the blog and excited to get started. I have a question about what holders/stands you use. I was thinking of using the Needlework System 4 lap/table stand and Q snap holder. Does anyone use this combo? Also, how large will my fabric be if I'm doing 9 across and 3 down on 28 count evenweave or linen? If you're doing it similarly, are you doing each block with a wooden hoop, plastic tension hoop, scroll frame (what size?) or this System 4 setup? I love the idea of the Q Snaps, but how do you know what size to invest in? I mean, they go from 6" to whatever, so I can't figure out whether I need a little one or a big one. Suggestions?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I have been a busy little stitching bee...

PS "D"

I finished "D is for Drum"

And made a start on "E is for Embroidery"

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It has been slow progress, but I am working on it, steadily, once again :-)

Karyn

Sunday, August 5, 2012

6 of them...

Bonjour

here is my work...




Next week I'm in holiday, I hope I will finish "P for parrot" one of my favorite patterns ;-))

And Bravo to all of you for your stitching!!

"see you soon"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Progress


I have been working steadily, and have some real progress to show for it...

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Like Syd, I am stitching on a 25ct 1x1, so it is slow going. 

I honestly think that I have frogged more stitches than I have wrought, but I am pushing ahead, none the less, and I am still loving this WIP. 

I am in awe of the progress that has been made by all...high fives all around! 

Karyn

Monday, July 9, 2012

One Down, Twenty-Six to Go

I've finished A and have made start on B.

 

Tonight I plan to begin filling in the pie.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

here is mine...

1/1 on Cashel platinum

I just finish Z for Zinnia.. I will "jump" to R for Rabbit..

I really love this alphabet, as I finish one letter I have the impression to start a new project with a new letter..

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Start

Here is my progress so far on the Prairie Schooler ABC's.  A bit of a slow go since I decided to do this over one - but I am seeing some progress.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The second block for me..

PS alphabet stitch 1/1 on cashel linen platinum with DMC threads
H for Honey...
I made a mistake on the grass under the hive..never mind...
I really don't know if I will stitch the bee at the top..

For the letters I won't stich the brown blackground..it's an alphabet so it is important to see them.
stitching 1/1 the letters disappear into the background.

Q is on my hoop

Have a nice day


Véro L


Friday, March 30, 2012

Hi, Well I decided that I need to get back on this since I finished the letter A then bearly went onto the letter J & this was back in April 2010. I didn't realize it has been so long! I am now only a few stitches away from finishing J. Using Antique White 40ct NewCastle and loving it! I hope I can post a pic for you all soon.
Marie

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Here is my first one !!!

Bonjour,

My first letter is finish!!, as I stich 1/1 from right to left, I start with the "I" Indian corn.

It takes only 5 days to stitch it ;-)))
I don't know if I will stitch 3371 DMC in letters's blocks so..I wait a while before stitching the letter
1/1 on cashel linen 28 count
Platinium
I will continue with H for Honey...a speedy design I think...!!!
Have a nice Day
Véro L
(Sorry for my english)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello!

Hi all :-) I've just finished G is for Garden, but after seeing the stunning finishes on here, I've decided to stitch them all together in 9x3 on 32ct Ivory over 2. It'll be big, but I think it will be fantastic.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

M is for Mermaid


I finally finished my M is for Mermaid - that's 4 out of 26. Slowly but surely making my way towards the end. Stitched on a random scrap of cashel linen, unknown color. :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

ready to start..

coucou!!
As I change of mind about linen...I prefer to stitch on a Cashel 28ct Platinum.., I will stitch a 9x3 pattern.
With my Xstitch software I create the general chart..

"see you soon"
Véro

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bonjour from Lyon in France

Hello I'm Véronique ( Véro L).
I really happy to join this group.
As I recently finish a large red Alphabet (picture on my blog), I would like to start a new big project.
I'm quite crazy about PS's designs so..I'm sure I will be able to finish this one.

For the linen, I have a large piece of french natural linen from Gander it's a 30 count.
I will stitch 1/1 a 4x7 pattern with DMC threads.
See you soon with a picture of my stitching.

my blog: Mon aguille
Have a nice WE

Monday, March 12, 2012

"A" Is For...

Awesome!

I finally finished my first letter...woot woot!
I finished the letter "A" and started on the letter "B."

I gave up on the letter "N" and a dead middle start (after the 7th attempt and multiple froggings) and decided to just start at the beginning...and that was the right decision.




I am still stitching in a 9 x 3 pattern, on 25 ct Oatmeal Floba using the charted floss, however I see what many of you wise gals have noted about the letter colors being a bit too dark, but I went with the charting anyway...and now, I am not so sure about the color of the letter "A," as it is really hard to see, but I hate to rip-it since the 1 x 1 makes it really hard to remove.

Any thoughts on what you would do would be so appreciated.

Once I got my groove, I am really enjoying this WIP, and I looove the Floba fabric...it's such a dream to stitch on.
I can't wait to pick it up and stitch each day.

Hugs
Ma Teakettle

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Complete

Hi Everyone, I finally made a start and here is 'A' finished :)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm New Here

H, I'm Syd. 

I've joined your group and can't wait to get started.  I have ordered my charts.  If I was at home during the day would probably be stalking the mailman.  I'm sure they'll arrive soon.

I haven't selected a fabric yet but am fairly confident that I have something in my stash that will work.  I am planning to stitch 9 letters across and 3 down for my layout.

I was toying with the idea of combining the alphabet with the PS monthly patterns but the math was making my head hurt!  I could figure out one side but not the others.  If anyone else has figured this out I'd love to see their interpretation. 

My blog is http://www.sydsstitchingroom.blogspot.com/ if you are interested in looking at my other posts. 

Thanks for including me in your group.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Itty Bitty Start

Prairie Schooler "N"
My picture is crummy and doesn't do the colors justice =(
I have had a slow start and even slower progress, but here is what I have so far.

I am stitching all of the letters on one piece of 25 ct Potato Lugana fabric, using the charted DMC floss in a 1 x 1.

I am finding this WIP to be a very fun challenge, and I can't wait to sit down each day to work on it some more!

I will keep you updated on my progress.

I am just awed by everyone's progress as I now see how much it entails, and I especially adore your personal touches....brilliant!

Thanks for allowing me to join you all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

S is for Sewing Complete

Please excuse my happy fingers.

Prairie Scooler, S is for Sewing block.

I hit the idiot key on my computer and deleted my post.

(Jackie :-(

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hello!

Happy New Year to all.

I live in Southern CT with my hubby of 27 years, in what is a basically emptied nest. I adore cross stitch, especially samplers...My blog is The Teakettle Corner.

I am so excited to be part of this Stitching Bee, and cannot wait to start stitching once my fabric arrives.

I will share my pics as soon as I have a start.
Karyn

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hello

Hello All,

I too was tempted over at Vonna's blog.  I've had the first three letters sitting in my stash for some time.  I originally decided to stitch them individually, BUT; after seeing how lovely they look together; I have decided to stitch them as one piece.  I ordered the fabric yesterday and will have it this week-end.  I am super stoked!  I will get started on January 1 (if the fabric arrives).  If not, I will begin as soon as it does.  I am excited to join in on the fun.  You can visit me at My New Perspective.  I am glad to meet you all ;).

Joy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Give me a "B"...

I met my own challenge and finished my next block:

Prairie Schooler letter B

The Letter "B"

Here is my poor project to date:


Prairie Schooler letters A & B


Just to refresh...
I am stitching mine 1 over 1 on 25 ct. Lugana using DMC as charted. This project is much more beautiful in real life than any of these pictures are showing.

I am hopeful that I will have many more blocks finished in 2012 thank I did in 2011.

Merry Christmas to all!
~Vonna
the twisted stitcher

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Update

I just realized that I haven't posted in over a year!  But I did some recent stitching on this beautiful project and have it on my 2012 To-Be-Finished List.  
Here is the latest-


Prairie Schooler ABC's
24 ct Congress cloth
Custom conversion to Overdye cotton threads

I just added D and F blocks.  Only 3 more and I will be able to move the canvas over! Click on the photo to enlarge.

Merry Christmas to All!
atwillowtreepond.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Priaire Schooler

I have everything I need to get started and plan to in January. I am busy doing Christmas Ornaments right now.

This is my first blog and I can't wait to get involved.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

L is for Leaves


Finally, my third letter is finished! At this rate, I'll finish my ABC Quilt in about 26 years... but it's the process for me, and I'm still enjoying it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hello Everyone.

I spotted this SAL Blog on Vonnas site and was taken with the pieces immediately. I have a couple Prairie Schooler charts already but not not spotted these ones so I'm thrilled that there will be lots SAL to them as well.

The charts are on order and I have the threads and I'm just trying to decide what way I'm going to stitch them, on one piece or individually...I'm leaning towards individually at the moment and then framing them in the same kinds of frames and hanging them together. This could change of course.

Looking forward to seeing all the work you have done and will do on your own pieces.
I blog over at http://ruthsrunningstitch.blogspot.com/ for anyone wanting to take a look.

Happy stitching,
Ruth

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hello There

Hi Everyone, my name is Lucie and I gave into temptation via Vonna's blog and have decided I cannot live without these patterns in my life! I signed up for this blog and have already ordered the patterns - luckily I got them from a supplier in the UK so will soon have them in my little stitchy hands :)

After much deliberation and trying to work out a layout, I decided to stitch each letter individually and then I will make them into either a small quilt or a wall hanging, blocking each letter with a neutral fabric.

I blog over at Lucie's Stitching Journey - please come and take a look

I look forward to reading past posts and seeing how everyone is coming along.

L xxx

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Renew...

Stitchers....I'm getting my rear end into gear with this project. So let's all RENEW ourselves garner our energy, enthusiasm and revive our stitching on this most beautiful of projects!!!

I am setting myself a goal...I promise to finish my next letter by the end of the year. Anyone gonna join me? That's a good 10 weeks to finish just one letter!

Leave a comment to join the challenge!

:)
Vonna

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Picture of everything so far


I was playing with a digital camera this afternoon. I was able to get a picture of the blocks I have stitched so far.

I staggered my blocks because I have so many alphabet pieces going I wanted something different. I will fill in the spaces with other PS patterns. It's funny how small the picture is when the cloth is bedsheet sized.

Taking this out again makes me want to put this into a slot in my current rotation.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Can you help us, please?

Hello, my name is Darlene and my daughter, Kristie wants to work on this project on one piece of fabric.

Can you tell us how big the piece of fabric needs to be if she's working on 28 ct over two, please!

We look forward to your comments and assistance.

In Friendship!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rededications....

I have been a pretty poor cheerleader for all of here at the blog over 2010...but with a New Year comes new resolutions and rededication. I am resolved to pull my Prairie Schooler ABC's out and get to work. I have some other projects I have to get finished up first and then its gung ho for me!

How about you? Anyone else rededicating themselves to this great project? I'm dreaming still of how great it'll look all finished, framed and hanging on my wall.....

So look out 2011, my needle is going to be smokin'!

Hugs to all,
Vonna

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FINISHED!

I finally finished my PS ABC a few weeks ago. Had worked steadily on it since the spring. Remember that I stitched it over one thread with a continental/half cross/basketweave stitch and other needlepoint stitches--not cross stitch. Took it up to my framer in Michigan last week. Have been knitting shawls ever since--for Christmas gifts. Enclosed are the rest of my pictures--not great as they were taken at our cottage where the light is not good--it snowed all day long. Nancy Sturgeon, Naperville, IL





Note that I added my name and the year I stitched this on her hoop.




I added my initials to her hoop too. Tried to use as many "different" stitches as I could to make the project stitch up more quickly and to keep my attention. I used only plain old DMC floss on 28 count linen. Am thrilled that it is completed. What should I start next...have Dutch Beauty in my stash!!!






Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A–U

I've been trying to be able to post on this list and have finally done it! Thanks, Vonna. Been working steadily on this project all spring and summer. Am stitching it on 28 count linen over 1 thread and using half cross (continental/basketweave) stitch as my primary stitch with as many other "needlepoint" stitches as I am able. Cannot imagine how long it would have taken me using cross stitch. Try to stitch about 2 hours a night every night. Have used mostly the charted colors but have gone a shade or 2 lighter in the "letter boxes" that are filled in with black/brown. Need to be knitting a shawl for myself to wear to a wedding in October, but I hate to put my alphabet down. At this point I want to finish it. Hope you enjoy my pics. --Nancy in Naperville, IL