Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

"Country Sampler Freedom Needle Book"
design by Stacy Nash for Country Sampler Girls' Club 
After a taste of autumn for a few days, the dog days of summer have returned ~ upper 80's to low 90's with high humidity. Yuck. I am ready for autumn weather.
Since the dog days have returned I decided to finish another summery patriotic piece.
I didn't really tweak the front, but in my hands every dog becomes a dachshund.
I wonder why...

Don't let us disturb you Orion.
Now why would you want to sleep in the sun when it is so hot and sticky?
I did tweak the back of the needle book:

The back was solid linen, but I thought it needed something ~ so I repeated two motifs from the front.
The inside which was just solid cotton, became a showplace for a few antique fabrics:

A heart from a precious bit of antique linsey~woolsey holding a few old pins and needles.
A patch of an antique coverlet.
And a flag from antique ticking and antique calico.
Here's hoping the heat and humidity will let up soon, as I am itching to do some woolwork :)
"Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him."
~Psalm 28:6-7
Blessings, Patti
p.s. Thank you ever so much for all of the kind words about our friend. It is greatly appreciated! There was a tremendous turnout for the funeral with almost 50 cars in the procession to the gravesite including a bus. May he rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.


Three Sheep Studio said...

Oh my goodness, your daschund is simply hugable cute !! He is warming his bones. ;)
Love your new project.

marly said...

As always, your creativity makes a great project fabulous. Send the weather to PA! I may snag Orion for my desktop photo of the week.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi, wonderful the picture of Orion, to cute, Blessings Francine.

Raymond Homestead said...

Awww Orion is so sweet! Great new piece!

Karen said...

Wonderful piece and I like the little touch in the back. Oh that picture of Orion is just adorable - and someone is in deep sleep :).

Hugs - Karen

cucki said...

Aww wonderful piece ..truly so sweet ❤❤
Orion is so cute..
Hugs x

linda said...

As always I am in awe of your creativity! And your herringbone stitches are always so neatly done. I need to learn that. Wonderful job.

Karen said...

Nice finish! Love how you finished the inside too.

happy stitching....

Laura said...

I've seen your finish via Pinterest. I am wondering, is it stitched with Sampler Threads? Would you mind sharing the colors used? I have a patriotic design that calls for dmc but would like to use dyed threads just like in this piece. Thank you!