Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Bordeaux Sampler Revisited

OK, now that I have chosen a day of the week to work on Bordeaux Sampler, it now seems to be moving along just fine. Imagine that??!! It looks like I have a bunch of grapes to stitch next week - oh, and some over one verse.. yaaayy! (Just have to feel positive about the over one on 40 ct!).


Q. What company produces your favorite hand-dyed fabric? Are there any
companies whose hand-dyed fabric you do not like? If so, why?


A. I have a few hand-dyed fabric companies that I really like. But, I think Silkweaver is my favorite. Their fabrics are really consistent, and I pretty much know what to expect when I order one. I also really like Enchanted Fabrics. The customer service from Lori cannot be beat.... and she has some lovely colors (like Margarita - that's a stunner!). I do like Mindy of Sugar Maple Fabrics too - she has some wonderful fabrics and also has the great customer service... but I order cautiously from her. Some of her fabrics are not my style at all - quite bold or splotchy at times. Also, her scans on her site are not accurate. It is best to see the fabrics in person before choosing a color. Picture This Plus is also great - I love their colors, but not their site. They do not take PayPal, so I am not eager to order if I have to use a credit card. I also had a great experience with Stitches & Spice in Australia. She dyed the wonderful belfast I used last year for Mermaids of the Deep Blue... and the fabric arrived here in only a few short days! Cannot say there is a dyer I do not like. I like everything anyhow.

I just cannot end my entry tonight without expressing my sincerest condolences to Joyce and her family over the loss of their son last night. There are no words to express this sadness. It has been a difficult year for her family, and the battle with cancer did not end in a hopeful manner. I have known Joyce for a good 12 years when she and I met shopping at a mutual friend's needlework shop in Manchester, NH. She is a lovely woman with a lovely family. This loss is terribly profound. Her son is now at peace, and I hope that the family will begin its healing process in due time. He was lucky to know how much he was loved by his family and friends. This is a very sad day.

Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Bordeaux Sampler

12 comments:

Dianne said...

I just left a message for Joyce. I saw Barbara's post and then yours. What a brave young man.

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit behind on the comments but lovely stitching all round on everything and a great photo of Angus! Hope he's feeling happier :)

Barbara said...

BS looks fabulous, and your fabric comments were very apt, considering the email exchange we just had. ;) I'm curious about the Sugar Maple fabrics I've ordered. I don't mind splotchy for this project - LOL!

Isabelle said...

Oooh... Lovely grapes!
Your fabric comments are very useful, Carol. Thank you!
My heart goes out to your friend who suffered such a terrible loss.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,

Sorry its been a while since Ive been able to catch up with your blog, but your stitching as always is marvellous {{{hugs}}}

So sorry to hear of your friends loss, my thoughts and prayers are with them and I will add them to my candlekeeping list.

coonie said...

Great progress!

BeckySC said...

It's looking great, Carol!

Michelle said...

So sorry to hear about Joyce's son. Your Bordeaux looks fabulous - I love those big grape clusters! You're right about Stitches and Spice - I got my fabric from them FAST!!

Jenna said...

I cannot read or hear about a child dying without feeling like I've been punched in the gut. It's just so unnatural and so unfair. I guess Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" applies in this circumstances. My thoughts are with Joyce and her family at this difficult juncture.

Katrina said...

so sorry for your friend's loss Carol, they are in my thoughts.

AnneS said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's loss - it must be dreadful to lose someone so young. On the positive side, Bordeaux is looking gorgeous - and you're so right about it moving along more quickly now we're stitching it more regularly ;) I'll upload my piccie this morning too :) Love the piccie of Angus, too ... very very cute! :D And your PIF for Rachael is gorgeous, as always :D

Anonymous said...

Your sampler looks lovely!