I know you all thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth, but I haven't. I have, however, been nursing a very achy back...STILL! I've discovered that spinal decompression treatments paired with weekly therapeutic massage help tremendously with the muscle tension and pain I've been experiencing. I think the massage helps more than the DTS treatment, but after about 2 weeks without a DTS treatment, I really feel it. My chiropractor has also given me some stretching exercises to do and those have helped tremendously as well. After dealing with these herniated disks since November, 2007, I finally feel like I'm on the road to recovery!
Because of the pain in my back, I was unable to sit, stand, or lie down for any length of time. Needless to say, my stitching time went wayyyy down. In the past 2 months, though, I've been able to sit longer so I have been stitching again. Good thing, since I had 3 exchange pieces to do!! Here are the recent finishes I can share. I have one more that hasn't reached its destination yet, so that one's still under wraps for now.
First up is Stars & Stripes Egg by Bent Creek. This is an older chart that I think is now out of print. I stitched it for Robin in the 4th of July exchange on the Only One Ewe Yuku board. It's stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha fabric using Crescent Colours fibers. This was such a perfect choice for her since she loves anything patriotic, Bent Creek designs, and overdyed fibers!
Next up, another patriotic piece. This is Little House Needleworks' "Summer House", an older complimentary design. I stitched this on 32 ct. Dark Cappuccino linen from R&R using Crescent Colours threads for Kathy, a LHN fanatic! She also has a summer home in Michigan, so it was a perfect piece for her.
My next piece was for the Complimentary Design exchange, so be watching this spot for an update!