Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Three is a nice round number...

at least that's what a friend of hubby's said back when we were expecting our third (and final) child! Maybe he was the voice of experience since he had 3 grown children of his own :) I grew up in a family of 3 kids, always pictured having 3 of my own, so I guess 3 might be my magic number ;) I fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it; and after searching through my magazines looking for a different pattern, I came across it again.


"Mama Bird" by Brightneedle, published in the April 2002 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I thought it was the perfect quick selfish stitching project to do in the middle of all the exchange stitching that's been taking place ;) And it's proceeding quickly considering I started it yesterday afternoon! It would actually be finished if I hadn't decided I wanted to try making a scissor sheath, which lead to a ring tag...which could possibly lead to a scissor fob. The stitchy version of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", so to speak lol!!!

"Mama Bird" by Brightneedle

Just Cross Stitch, April 2002

fabric: 28ct linen remnant

fibers: DMC alternative

back of ring tag and scissor sheath

I decided to try making a scissor sheath since I have a really large collection of scissors, and most of them don't have the leather sheaths to protect the tips. This was a pretty quick and easy little project, although I think I would make any future sheaths an inch or so longer~~I think this one is just a tad too short. And I may have to fiddle with the assembly too ;)

And...I finally found the magazine with the 3 red mini-samplers! The Aug/Sept 1999 issue of The Needleworker......I hope you have this in your stash because it's an oldie and definately a goodie! I had it set aside because there is a very cute piece in it called "Fall Samplings" by the The Goode Huswife that I stitched for a dear friend last year and plan to re-stitch for myself (someday!)

Wishing you a happy stitchy day!!!

30 comments:

Jill said...

Staci,
You find the cutest patterns. I am a huge fan of brightneedle and love that piece you just did. I should have that magazine and will have to look it up as well as those 3 red mini samplers. Thank you for sharing all your good knowledge.

Jill

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hi Staci,

I really am curious about the tag that is stitched and is on the ring with the floss - very different and cute.

Yes, the scissor sheath probably should be a bit bigger, but who knows you could be starting a whole new trend!!!

Happy stitching
Roberta

BeckySC said...

Beautiful as always, Staci :) You do such lovely pieces :)

Vonna said...

I've never heard of the Needleworker magazine...oh no...I feel compulsion coming on!!!! LOL!
I love the brightneedle piece...now I need to go find my magazines!

Linen Stitcher said...

Those birdies are absolutely adorable! And these are such cute finishes. Nicely done!!

mercy said...

I love all of your finishes! You must do a tutorial on that scissor sheath :-)

TinaTx said...

Love that little 'Mama bird'. I'll have to hunt for my JXS issue. I have three baby birds of my own - all grown up, but they will always be my babies!

Sandra Ree said...

Nice work as always, Staci! Love your finishes, they're always so perfect looking. :)

And I'm so disappointed, I've got every magazine but the Needleworker!

Stitchingranny said...

Oh thats so sweet, I do love these ring tags.

Dora said...

I love the finishes! Great job. Where can you find the fancy eyelet that you used? It's nice.
Dora

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your finishes are gorgeous.

Katrina said...

I love all your bits and pieces, they are gorgeous.

Tanya said...

Staci!
Those are adorable - love the finishes. GIVE A MOUSE... too funny! Love those books.

Tanya

xstitch.nl said...

O my goodness... and you did all of that yesterday?!!??!!??!!!! The Brightneedle design is so sweet and sounds just perfect for you!! The floss ring tag and scissors sheath are very pretty!!!!!

Barbara said...

I'm thinking of the School House Rock song (remember those songs? Or are you too young?) called Three is a Magic Number. :)

Love these projects - and thank you for the magazine tips! - but surely you could not have done all this in a single day?!!

karenv said...

Lovely finishes!

cathymk said...

Just gorgeous Staci!

Sally said...

Beautiful finishes as always Staci!

Nicole said...

Wow Staci! What a gorgeous set! I love everything! :)

Stephanie said...

Ooooh, a scissor sheath, what a great idea! I love visiting your blog and being inspired :)

Novice Stitcher said...

Staci, you do such nice work and you write such great posts! I was so excited that I actually recognized your Mama Bird and babies piece as by Brightneedle before I read that it was. I guess I'm not a newbie any more. I second the motion for a tutorial on the scissors sheath.

April said...

I like !
It's so beautiful

Maria said...

I love your ring tags!!

Michele said...

omgosh I loved thos books! brought back dear memories of when my boys were little :)

Love your finishes! You are soo creative!

SFOFO279Stitch said...

That is such a beautiful design and lovely finishes, I like your ring tags a lot, congrats!:)

Carol R said...

Lovely designs! Beautiful stitching and finishing
wghwnow

Marie-P said...

Brightneedle, Yes! They have great designs.
Another awesome floss fob. I made one but I mounted it on cardboard and the only eyelet/grommet that would work was the one that you used. It has a front and back piece so it fit the thickness of my fob.

Shari said...

just discovered your blog & I WILL be back!!!!!! Three is a great number for children!!!
Love all your stitched pieces. Printer just printed the floss tag tutorial!

Kim B said...

What a gorgeous collection!!

Angela said...

I love all your finishes, they are always fantastic!