Blackbirds Aplenty

Peacock Pinkeep Side

Thank you for the compliments on my PLR. Since I’ve been in a Blackbird mood lately, I’m still stitching along on my Peacock Pinkeep. I’m working my way across on the alphabet, but I’ve run out of Rose of Sharon silk halfway through the “U”. So I see purchasing more of that in my future. I am using two strands over two, rather than the recommended one strand, which is why mine looks so much darker than the others of I’ve seen (and also the reason I ran out of thread). If I had had a full skein, I would have been fine. Not sure if I’ll make it with the Tortoiseshell or not…we’ll see. But, I love how this is turning out and I love my coverage. I am really enjoying stitching on this so much. My photos of the fabric and so different, I would say the actual color is closer to the top one, just a bit lighter.

Peacock Pinkeep Top

As you can see, I’ve finished with the top of the pinkeep. I just love this! I am making a significant effort right now to stitch from my stash, which is why I haven’t run right out and bought more Rose of Sharon thread. I have so much lined up waiting in the wings that I should be just fine working from my stash for awhile.

New Loose Feathers - The Simple Things

Of course, I am still on the automatic shipments for the Loose Feathers club, so I was treated to this lovely package in the mail on Friday. Look at the luscious colors! And I am so excited to stitch the little pincushion with the hand-turned wooden base, that comes from Milady’s Needle. As soon as I lift my ban on new purchases, you can bet I’ll be ordering one of those bases!

I definitely want to stitch all the the “extras” for the Loose Feathers club this year, based on what I’ve seen so far. However, I am thinking I like the colors in this pincushion much better than the colors in the needlebook. So, I may work on making them match. But, what fun this year’s Loose Feathers are so far. I love this design as well, and the texture that the chain stitching will give around the flowers and leaves will be beautiful.

I am grateful for time to stitch.

56 thoughts on “Blackbirds Aplenty”

  1. Terri(TerriBoog)

    Very pretty, Michelle. Don’t you love that checked fabric? I love the texture, the pattern everything about it and I also love your stitching! I could stitch from stash for a long time (and should) but love so many new things I just can’t help myself!

  2. Terri(TerriBoog)

    Very pretty, Michelle. Don’t you love that checked fabric? I love the texture, the pattern everything about it and I also love your stitching! I could stitch from stash for a long time (and should) but love so many new things I just can’t help myself!

  3. Lovely, Michelle! I love the Loose Feathers pieces. Just a thought — you might want to go ahead and order one of the bases for the Loose Feathers piece. I’ve heard they’re limited and won’t always be around. It’s allowed to break your rule for something that’s limited, right? 😀

  4. Lovely, Michelle! I love the Loose Feathers pieces. Just a thought — you might want to go ahead and order one of the bases for the Loose Feathers piece. I’ve heard they’re limited and won’t always be around. It’s allowed to break your rule for something that’s limited, right? 😀

  5. Your peacock pinkeep looks wonderful — I like the color alot; I think it was a wise move to use two threads!

  6. Your peacock pinkeep looks wonderful — I like the color alot; I think it was a wise move to use two threads!

  7. Very nice Michelle. I think that I like the use of two strands of floss as opposed to one – it looks so much richer. I can’t wait to start mine – that fabric for the project is so nice!

  8. Very nice Michelle. I think that I like the use of two strands of floss as opposed to one – it looks so much richer. I can’t wait to start mine – that fabric for the project is so nice!

  9. I haven’t been a really big fan of this pincushion, until I saw yours. I really like it with the two strand coverage.

  10. I haven’t been a really big fan of this pincushion, until I saw yours. I really like it with the two strand coverage.

  11. Michelle this is beautiful! Using two strands is making your colors look very rich. Don’t you love the Loose Feathers for this year?!! Have fun stitching from your stash. It’s fun to see what beautiful patterns are tucked away that you completely forgot about.

  12. Michelle this is beautiful! Using two strands is making your colors look very rich. Don’t you love the Loose Feathers for this year?!! Have fun stitching from your stash. It’s fun to see what beautiful patterns are tucked away that you completely forgot about.

  13. Michelle your WIP is looking just lovely! I love that fabric too! Great new piece that you received in the mail and those floss colors are wonderful!

  14. Michelle your WIP is looking just lovely! I love that fabric too! Great new piece that you received in the mail and those floss colors are wonderful!

  15. OH goodness, that is pretty, Michelle! I like using two strands of silk on 32 count fabrics, I think it makes it look that much richer. Wonderful!

  16. OH goodness, that is pretty, Michelle! I like using two strands of silk on 32 count fabrics, I think it makes it look that much richer. Wonderful!

  17. Hello Michelle !! My name is Sandrine and I live in France. It is really surprised because me too I love Twilight and cross stitching.
    I think it is a lovely blog. Beautyfull !
    If you want you can write me to : sandrinette02-broderie@yahoo.fr
    I am looking for you friend in US who like cross stitching and more ..
    Bye

  18. Hello Michelle !! My name is Sandrine and I live in France. It is really surprised because me too I love Twilight and cross stitching.
    I think it is a lovely blog. Beautyfull !
    If you want you can write me to : sandrinette02-broderie@yahoo.fr
    I am looking for you friend in US who like cross stitching and more ..
    Bye

  19. Michelle, what wonderful progress you’ve made on both BBDs! Love ’em! I hear you on wanting to stitch from your stash. I am trying to do that, too. Trying is the key word. 😉

  20. Michelle, what wonderful progress you’ve made on both BBDs! Love ’em! I hear you on wanting to stitch from your stash. I am trying to do that, too. Trying is the key word. 😉

  21. It looks gorgeous! I just have a start on the alphabet band (will do the top later) and I love working on that linen. Very inspiring!

  22. It looks gorgeous! I just have a start on the alphabet band (will do the top later) and I love working on that linen. Very inspiring!

  23. The Scarlett House

    I’m loving that pinkeep on that fabric. Yes, those fibers are really bright and beautiful. I can’t wait to see that design stitched. Good luck with only stitching from your stash. I can do that for so long, then Bam! I fall off the wagon.

  24. The Scarlett House

    I’m loving that pinkeep on that fabric. Yes, those fibers are really bright and beautiful. I can’t wait to see that design stitched. Good luck with only stitching from your stash. I can do that for so long, then Bam! I fall off the wagon.

  25. That checked fabric looks very cool, Michelle. The design complements the check so well. 🙂

    Keep stitching from your stash after all, you bought it to use, right?! 😀

  26. That checked fabric looks very cool, Michelle. The design complements the check so well. 🙂

    Keep stitching from your stash after all, you bought it to use, right?! 😀

  27. mainely stitching

    Are you not worried about your Rose of Sharon silk being from a different dye lot? I’d be happy to send you any left from my kit if differing dye lots aren’t a worry.

    I love what you’ve stitched!! 😀

  28. mainely stitching

    Are you not worried about your Rose of Sharon silk being from a different dye lot? I’d be happy to send you any left from my kit if differing dye lots aren’t a worry.

    I love what you’ve stitched!! 😀

  29. Michelle, it is so pretty. Now I want to start mine. I wish I could stay on the wagon but there are so many things tempting me.

  30. Michelle, it is so pretty. Now I want to start mine. I wish I could stay on the wagon but there are so many things tempting me.

  31. Michelle, your peacock pinkeep is looking beautiful! I love that you used two strands of silk – it really makes the design pop. It’s so pretty. Love your new BBD and threads too. Those colors are so pretty. Can’t wait to see your start on it!! 🙂

  32. Michelle, your peacock pinkeep is looking beautiful! I love that you used two strands of silk – it really makes the design pop. It’s so pretty. Love your new BBD and threads too. Those colors are so pretty. Can’t wait to see your start on it!! 🙂

  33. I love the pinkeep and the ginham fabric! I have been thinking about getting the new Loose Feather design! Very pretty!

  34. I love the pinkeep and the ginham fabric! I have been thinking about getting the new Loose Feather design! Very pretty!

  35. Lovely stitching and inspired to use the checked fabric! Have you seen the freebie on the Blackbird blog! I thought of you when I saw it!!!!

  36. Lovely stitching and inspired to use the checked fabric! Have you seen the freebie on the Blackbird blog! I thought of you when I saw it!!!!

  37. Michelle, I love your peacock – pretty colors. The border around the alphabet is very nice, too.

    Your new Loose Feathers package was exciting! Beautiful fabrics and colors – can’t wait to see your work on it!

  38. Michelle, I love your peacock – pretty colors. The border around the alphabet is very nice, too.

    Your new Loose Feathers package was exciting! Beautiful fabrics and colors – can’t wait to see your work on it!

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