Sunday, October 23, 2011

glad to see i'm not the only one who hasn't finished. i put my down to work on gifts and seasonal item. since it's for me i'm in no hurry.can't get it framed toll the new Hobby Lobby opens.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I recently moved and havent' stitched for over a week and picked up my piece and now I know why I put it down....all these leaves; I've stitched about 10 and have about 40 to will post a picture prob. tomorrow..

Hugs, Shar

Part 2

Here is part 2 without the alphabet, but I will have that fixed in no time:))

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Slow progress

But I do enjoy stitching on this when I get the minute or two to do so. Working on this during my lunch hour at work, bringing me some solace and a bit of balance during my hectic day.

Keep on stitching. P.J.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Finally Finished

With Tropical Storm Irene making it the perfect day to stay indoors and stitch, I was able to finish up my piece on Sunday.  Now to keep an eye out for a great 60% coupon from AC Moore to get it framed!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Finished Stitching

Revised:  8.28.11
Just thought I'd pop a photo of the framed piece in here.  I was lucky enough to find THE frame I wanted to use in the right size on sale at Hobby Lobby last week!  How's that for timing? 

My goal was to finish in early August.  That just didn't happen, but the stitching IS finished.  Woo Whoo!  I enjoyed this piece, and am trying now to decide on the framing.  Wait a minute - shouldn't those birds have eyes?  I need to browse around to see how y'all have finished yours! 

Charlene in SC

i've finally finished the flower border of part 1 and the alphabet part of part 2. i'm now working on the tree and bird. it's slow going but i love it! denise

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have finished part one of Birds of a Feather

I am doing mine on Picture This Plus Doubloon fabric. I just love the fabric. Looking forward to working on part two

Friday, August 5, 2011

Part One

Part I is finished, have been waiting for a while to get part 2 which has arrived last week! A bit later then my fellow stitchers, I really have to get on with it:))

Have a great weekend :D

Monday, August 1, 2011

Part 2 Finally Done!

It's taken me much longer than I planned but I finally finished part 2 today.  I'm off to start working on part 3 with the hope of getting it all completed by the end of the month. 

Still working on pt. 2

I decided to continue using WDW's Tabacco Road for the alpahabet; I hope I made a the right decision. We'll see?? LOL I finished the alpahabet last night and started on a blue bird. I am going to stitch on it all day today and will post a new picture tomorrow.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Just getting started!

I got the fabric with part I and partII in the mail on Friday. Plan on putting everything together today so I can start working on it during my lunch hour at work. I really think I am going to do this over one. Can't wait to get it kitted up. I will post pics here and on my blog Porcupine Needle.

Keep on stitching. XxxXxxX


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I need your help..

I started stitching the alphabet using WDW's Tabacco Road; what do you all think of it? I like it; but I'm asking for your option. I'm not gonna stitch on the alphabet anymore til I get some of your options.. Thank you..

Hugs, Shar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I stayed up til 1:30 last night to finish; now that I've started part 2 I'm thinking of changing colours for the alphabet?? IDK?? Please excuse the wrinkles..

Hugs, Shar


I finished up my sampler on Friday and enjoyed every stitch.  it was such a great piece to work on -  here is a snap of it completed -

It is stitched on the recommended WDW 35 ct Confederate grey linen - 2 over 2 using mostly the recommended flosses.  My changes where - the grass - in GAST Dried Thyme, the key - in GAST Grecian Gold and the alphabet - in GAST Kale (a limited edition colour).

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finally finished

Well here it is in all her glory. I was able to wrap it up yesterday late afternoon and then enjoy studying upon it all evening. I LOVE IT. I might add I am proud to have finished it in good order too, staying focused on one project at a time helps that situation. It is obvious that I need to use something other than my iPhone to take the pictures though. You get the's a keeper. I did order the frame that Brenda used in her pattern and I do believe it will be perfect. My start date was May 15 - July 24 and man did it use a lot of Kudzu! This was stitched on 35 ct with 1 strand of WDW on the Confederate Grey fabric called for in the pattern.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Excited to be joining Birds of a Feather Mystery Sal blog


I live in Mid-Maine and first started stitching at 8 yrs old growing up in Woodbridge, VA. A little over 30 yrs ago. Looking forward to working a SAL project.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hello from France

I'm Lhise, 38 y/o and I live near Bordeaux, France.

I received the Birds of a Feather chart (Part 1 and 2) last week. 
Now I must order the last part.

 I stitch on 36 count Zweigart (Mushroom)
with the original colours of Weeks Dye Works threads.

Sorry for the mistakes. My knowledge of English are rather low.

My blog:
(in French)

Part III

Hello everyone. Good Monday morning. I was so excited to start this post because I have embarked on this new blogging experience AND I have a picture to add! :) Corny I know but for someone who has cross stitched for the better part of my life, this is all new to me. I love it. So here it is; I picked up my piece at the LNS on Saturday and stitched on it ALL day yesterday. I know when I typed that I thought the same that all she could accomplish in one day but the answer to that is yes, that is it. But I am convinced I could have a finish by the weekend. Will keep you posted.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birds of a Feather SAL

you guys make me look bad. i hven't finished part 1 yet. i only work on it on the weekends. i hope to get back on it today. i've been out of town for 2 weeks and it's kinda hard to get back into the swing of things. i love this's do much fun. can't wait to see it finished. denise

Finished part 1

Finally I finished part one of this lovely mystery.
I hope to start stitching part 2 this weekend

Sylvia K.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

This is my very first blog post EVER! I will post a picture on the next entry. I have completed through Part II and my piece is hanging at the LNS to entice stitchers to jump in on the fun. I have loved stitching this piece and enjoyed the excitement of the mystery. All our guesses were wrong about Part III but I love what was revealed. It is going to be so much fun to to finish this beauty.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Slow but sure...

I was off work the past 2 days and was able to get some stitching done; I worked some on it tonight and only have the bottom 2 red flowers to do; then I can start on part 2. Can't wait to see part 3. (please excuse the wrinkles)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Little More Stitching

I finished up the border and started to work on the tree and leaves. Here is a snap....

I think I am going to change up the floss colour of the letters - but I am sure what to yet - I will wait to see what the 3rd part looks like first.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Part 2 complete

Finished part 2 and can't wait for part 3 to be released.
I did make a minor change though. I replaced the Straight Stitch for the eyes of the birds with a French Knot.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Border Stitchin'

I am really enjoying this border......

... and will have it done and Part II started over the long weekend.

Parts I and II Complete

Love this. Can't wait for Part III. Finished Part II 6/29/2011.

Maggie VA

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Part I Complete

Part I was finished on Saturday evening.  Included are some of my own mysteries...   

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Hello from San Francisco

My name is edgar and I live in the city by the Bay.  I wanted to introduce myself and to thank Amy for letting me in this great SAL Blog.  I have all my supplies, parts one and two and have a little stitched already... here is a snap....

I am stitching it on the recommended 35ct Confederate grey.  
I am really enjoying looking at every ones progress pictures.

Take care,

Again Another Hello from Virginia

I'm Maggie. I live in VA and am working on Part 2 of the Mystery Sampler. Don't have pictures yet to post, but maybe I can get that done over the weekend. Have been following the progress of others work and do enjoy their pictures.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Hello from Virginia!

I'm Carrie from Northern Virginia ~ and have all the Mystery Sampler goodies to date.  I ordered through Needlecraft Corner in Baltimore, Maryland.  My goodies include the WDW threads called for in the pattern and 35 ct Confederate Gray linen.  I have been sidetracked from a few work events and so will start #1 this weekend.  I received #2 and can't wait to get to that point!

I love the photos each of you have posted and am looking forward to kicking off my weekend with starting the sampler.  I will post my progress once I complete a few of the outer border ;-)

Take care,

My Progress

Sorry for the wrinkles, and terrible photography!  This is my Mystery Sampler as of Part 2 also arrived in the mail yesterday.  My goal is to have part 1 finished by July 1, then plan to have July to do part 2 and August to do part 3.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hello and Thank You.....

thanx for the invite to this SAL groip....    I'm waiting for my threads and first chart.....    hope it gets here soon so I can keep up.....

talk to you soon.....

be well,   Claire

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I better get busy...

After seeing how far everyone is I better get busy; besides I got part 2 in the mail today from DSL and I really want to do it. :) I'm off work Monday & Tuesday; hopefully I'll get part 1 done or at least close to being done. I know there isn't any time line to this SAL; it just is so much fun to stitch; I want to get to part 2 now. LOL

Part I Progress

I'm still catching up with Part I, and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend!

Charlene in SC

Friday, June 17, 2011

Update as of June 16th..

This is as of yesterday afternoon - June 16th.  I just started part 2, but I have something else I need to work on for the next several days, so this will be put away until I'm finished with it.  It really is straight - I just took the picture from the side! :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Got my frame done!

Frame is done!  I finished on Monday evening but didn't get a chance to take a photo until tonight.

It's a lousy photo because of the lighting but it's done!  And just in time because the 2nd part should be arriving shortly. It's wonderful to see everyone else's progress.  This is such a great project to work on isn't it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mystery Lover

Hey, all you mystery lovers! I'm stitching on 36ct Lakeside Linen - Lentil using the suggested WDW overdyed fibers. Seeing that part two is out should make me get on with stitching part one, shouldn't it?  I decided not to pick up part two until part one is finished - think that tactic will work?  I have stitched a bit more than this - this photo was after Saturday night's progress.

Thanks for allowing me to join in with the SAL - it will be great fun watching all your progress!

Charlene in SC
Needle in Hand

Monday, June 13, 2011

A little progress..

I have a little more stitched on here I just haven't taken a newer picture. I did order part 2 today from DSL.. :) I can't wait to get it; I better get busy...LOL

Part 2 is out now.....

I don't have Part 1 finished, but Part 2 just came through the door at Down Sunshine Lane - it's great!!! - can't wait to get to stitching on it.  I think it will go faster thanPart 1!! :-)

Happy stitching all,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hello from Virginia!

My name is Cindy Hawkins, I live in the northernmost part of Virginia. I received my kit a couple of weeks ago from Country Sampler in Wisconsin.  They say part 2 should be mailed out next week!  I finally got it out and put my first stitches in today.  I chose the 40 count Confederate Gray, and the Weeks threads.  I'm kind of surprised at how little contrast there is between the border thread and the seems like some of the photos of other peoples starts look very different from mine.   Maybe they were using fabric and threads other than what was called for?

Excited to be a part of this group, and can't wait for our "mystery" to be "solved" when we see our finished samplers!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hello from Germany...

Hello my name is Sylvia and I live in Germany.
Many thanks to Amy, who opened this blog. It is a great idea to stitch this SAL with many other stitchers.
Is there anybody else from Germany here?
It was a little difficult for me to get to the pattern, but now everything is here and I began to stitch yesterday....
I cannot wait to stitch the whole first part.
I love the design already now.

I stitch on 36count Lakeside Linen Vintage Buttercream with
the original colours of Weeks dye works thread.

Here you can find my blog

Sylvia K.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Daisy in Missouri

Just received my package from Attic Needleworks and it is Vintage Meadow Rue with the silks and I can't hardly wait to start so glad that I waited for the silks as they are great to work with and hope t0 post a picture later in the week if I make progress. Enjoy seeing all the progress everyone has made and the different fabric. Happy stitching

Start of the Mystery SAL

Hello my name is Bertie,  and this is my first Mystery SAL. The other SAL this year was Mary Glover, my aim is to finish this one too:))

The linen is Confederate Grey 35 count, the recommended WDW colours but am using 1 thread only on the whole sampler. It's a pleasure to stitch Mystery so far on this wonderful linen -)
Have a sunny stitching week:))

Saturday, June 4, 2011

My first progress picture....

I had planned to post a picture sooner, but I've been super busy the past few days.  This is where I'm at as of today, June 4th...

I'm stitching on 36 ct Vintage Meadow Rue from Lakeside (and LOVING IT!) using the WDW floss.  Not great progress, but at least it's something.  I'd love to have the border finished by the time part 2 arrives, but don't know if I'll get that far - one can hope!

Have a great "rest of the weekend" & happy stitching,

Friday, June 3, 2011

First SAL, first mystery

Hello everyone,

I'm happy to join my first SAL for my first mystery ! I'm Danielle, almost 51 and I live in Brussels, Belgium. I like to stitch but I have no experience of blogs nor mysteries.
I have the Birds of a Feather chart and I started with a piece of cream linen that I had in my stash and that I tried to overdye - kind of - with coffee. It's 40 ct and I stitch with 1 thread over 2. I began with threads from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe but I’m waiting for the Weeks Dye Works threads called for that I ordered after changing my mind. I don't have a blog and I'm far from being an IT-expert :). I'm happy to participate and thankful to all the american women that gave me the opportunity those last years to learn patchwork, appliqué and embroidery. I only discovered the blogs world a few weeks ago. And it was fine to discover so many women loving what they do just like me.
Kind regards,


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hi, Everyone -

I am Bobbi and I live in Ohio.  We got a group of eleven together that are planning to stitch Birds of a Feather.  Some have started, some have not.  I am almost half way around the border.  I would like to think I could complete it by the time the second installment arrives, but who knows.  Sometimes life...or other projects...get in the way!

I can't post my photo least not until later.  Thursday is my babysitting day for my 10 month old great granddaughter.  Quite a challenge, but oh, so much fun!  I did start a SAL blog for our little group - participation is light because some are not that into computer things. 

I am stitching my sampler on the 40 count Confederate Grey linen.  So far I have used the threads called for, and like the result.  A friend of mine is stitching hers on different linen with a few different threads, and hers is looking good too. 

Looking foward to seeing completed samplers this summer.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on my Pattern

As soon as my chart arrives, I will be starting the SAL!  Can't wait; I am perusing my fabrics to see what I will use, most likely a 28 or 25 ct.


I am almost ready! June 1,2011

This Sat. I am going to my LNS to purchase the floss to do it with. I have the pattern, and I am doing it on Picture This Plus Doubloon.

I'm stitching too.....

I don't have much done yet, but at least it's started! I'll be back later (hopefully tonight) with a progress picture.

Thank you to Amy for the invite! :-)

Happy stitching all,
Amy in SC

Part one finished

It's finished!!!  Part one that is.  Waiting now rather impatient for the second part because I'm officially addicted to this little sampler.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Finally Started!!

I have finished the inside border and one corner flower..I love this design!! I'm stitching it on Confederate Grey with the designated floss...I hope to have a great start before the next part comes!!!
Have a great evening!!!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Ready to Stitch

Hi -- I have my supplies - 40 count Confederate Gray, and the beautiful Weeks floss -- but I am thinking of waiting a bit before I start stitching. I have been working on the Blackbird's Anniversaries of the Heart on one large piece of fabric. While waiting for the last pattern in that series to arrive, I stitched Brenda Gervais' Soar Sampler and took that to the framer yesterday. Now I am wrestling with starting a new project -- the Mystery SAL -- or finishing up the Anniversaries piece. I hope to have stitching time today, and make that decision.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's progress on this beautiful sampler. And I am thrilled that we have no specific deadlines. My only other SAL experience was on a year-long Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler, that required us to post progress each month. I loved the encouragement from other stitchers, and finally finished stitching it but it took me over a year and half.

Happy stitching everyone,


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Got the supplies!!!

Finally got the supplies last Friday and got a bit of stitching in during the weekend.  Everything about this sampler is just lovely. Love the chart, the color and also the fabric.


Ready to go..

I recieved my material on Saturday; now I'm all ready to start...Will post a picture when I get it going. I can't wait!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Waving hello from Australia

Hello to all :)
This is my first mystery ever.  Can't go wrong because I do love all the designs of Brenda and I do love birds.
Anyway, I'm Gabi, living with husband and youngest daughter in Australia.
Today (finally) all supplies arrived and I LOVE the colors - floss and fabric.

I'm stitching it on 35ct WDW Confederate Grey  with the recommended fibers  and  planning to use 2 strands over 2.

Happy stitching to everybody


Daisy in Missouri

I am looking forward to stitching the mystery sampler and anxiously awaiting my supplies so I can get started. Will enjoy seeing everyone's post

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Hello everyone! I have been adding member names to the sidebar today and trying to do some general blog housekeeping. Please let me know, on this post, if I have listed your name incorrectly. If you have a nickname or different spelling, please let me know and I will change it as quickly as possible.

I have two exchanges due by the first of June so I have yet to start my sampler. I feel like I may have lost a little of my mojo, so any support would be greatly appreciated.

Remember to please post your introductions. Thanks and have a great holiday weekend (for all our USA babies out there)!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Almost ready...

I recieved my chart and threads and no material...Ugh!! I thought I'd ordered the material also and evidently didn't; so I hurried and ordered it and hopefully I'll get it in a few days. I can't wait to get started; it's so pretty and I love the colours of the threads. I choose to stitch mine on the 35 ct. I've never stitched on 35 ct before; I'm looking forward to it..

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hello Everyone...

This is also my first Mystery SAL. I've done a couple small SAL's but nothing this big; I can't wait!! I have some material already and I ordered my chart & the WDW threads I didn't already have Thursday from Down Sunshine Lane; I should be getting them hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday. I can't wait to get started and see how everyones doing on there's.

Hugs, Shar

First time

Hi everyone! This my first ever blog posting and my first ever mystery sampler. I am looking forward to working this sampler and sharing this experience with all of you. I picked up my part 1 chart, fibers and fabric (30 count), and am anxious to get started. I know that I love the colors already and can hardly wait to see the sampler take shape on the fabric. Once I get started, I will post pictures, too.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hello everyone

A SAL Mystery Sampler. Can't wait to get my fabby. I've ordered a slightly different color, Sea Fog, a 30 ct R&R Linen. Hope it looks good with the floss. Xing my fingers it does. It wil not get here till the middle of next week.

I am currently working on Blackbird Designs, Anniv Of The Heart, doing all on one piece of fabby. I'm getting a little burned out on houses, so looking forward to a change of "scenery" shall we say.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Hi there!  I'm Patti and I post at Stitching in Lobster Land.  I've been stitching for way more years than I care to count because then I'd have to think about how old I will be this birthday - and it's getting to be a much higher number!  I live in Southern Maine at the moment.

I'm excited to be part of this SAL and received my chart and fibers on Monday.  I am stitching my piece on 30ct. WDW Confederate Grey linen with the WDW fibers.  I made a little bit of progress and am really liking the piece so far.  I can't wait to see what everyone else's choices are and follow their progress.

Thank you Amy for getting us started on this project and giving us space to blog about it.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm So Excited

This is my very first mystery sampler and it is my first time hosting a blog so please be patient with me while I learn the ropes. This should be a very fun summer project. I just adore Brenda's designs and having something new to anticipate is so exciting.

Please introduce yourself to all of us since we will be spending the summer together! Most importantly have fun and please don't forget to post your progress so that we may cheer each other on. Also, please let us know the details of your sampler. I am stitching mine on 35 count Confederate Grey fabric as called for on the chart.