MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, October 09, 2020

Almost, but not quite

The landscape is almost done but I still have a few finishing touches, including the backing and the label.  You can't see those anyway, so for all intents and purposes I can say it's done...





A couple of close ups showing the embroidery, which took me altogether too much time to do!





- THIS is the first of several articles regarding how to read a knitting pattern that some of you might find of interest. The link also leads you to some really nice free patterns.

- Have a scroll through the creations of THIS artist.

- And THIS artist too!

- THESE are super cute and would look great either on a Christmas tree, hanging in a window or being used as a package topper.  She also has THIS - another pretty!  

This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and the government is telling us to stay home and don't get together with family as many of us normally do.  I found this quote which I think is good for these times..."A recipe for a thankful heart:  one cup of true love, two cups of kindness, three cups of grace, a teaspoon of patience and forgiveness, and just a pinch of zest for living"   We won't be cooking turkey and all the trimmings this year but we're still thankful for all our blessings.

28 comments:

  1. Happy thanksgiving to you! We will not be getting together with family for our Nov. 26th Thanksgiving either; What a year, huh? We are so hoping that the voting will bring us much needed CHANGE...
    I like your embroidery--it is beautiful hugs, Julierose

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    1. No getting together with family for us either, but it's what we have to do. Although I don't live in the US I must admit the vote in the US has us scared as well.

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  2. Another stunning finish (almost finish, but you know...). I just looove those trees!

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    1. Thanks Cathy - the trees were fun to create. They weren't in the original photo but somehow they wanted to be included so there they are.

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  3. Ooooh, I like that you showed the close-ups. So much detail! So well done!
    Bravo!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving! You'll find a way to enjoy, no matter what.

    Your latest landscape is lovely. The bank of flowers is a special favorite of mine.

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    1. Thanks Liz! Definitely a quiet weekend around Chez Magpie this year. Glad you liked the flowers!

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  5. So much work! The cross-hatching puts so much detail into it and love how you included the wildflowers outside the frame.

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    1. Thank you! I think the hand embroidery took at least four days to do which is one of the reasons why I charge what I do. People just don't 'get' that though.

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  6. I love old trucks, this is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Pat - and thank you for visiting!

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  7. Another fabulous landscape Mary Anne, I love the details you add, they are the perfect finishing touches! Have a lovely weekend! Christine xx

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    1. All the details are, I think, a result of all my years spent crazy quilting. At least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

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  8. Gorgeous embroidery! The wildflowers would be beautiful on a tunic or blouse. They are spectacular, the detail. I see why it took you a lot of time to do. Hand stitching like that is fine art.

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    1. Thank you - and you're right that the embroidery would look great on a piece of clothing too.

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving!! We love left overs.

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    1. Alas there won't be any leftovers here - first-overs either. We're not bothering to do much beyond the norm (unless Resident Chef gets really inspired!).

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  10. Oh, I do love all the details you add to these quilted landscape pictures, Mary Anne. The close-up shots are so appreciated. I LOVE those embroidered flowers. And the "frayed" edges of some of the fabrics is just perfect! And the birch trees. I just called my DH down to look at this one and his response was, "Amazing." :) You have another fan.

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    1. I use the frayed edges (even though they're a time-consuming effort) for grass. I did it on one landscape and now I can't help myself and have to do it on them all!! Thank your DH for his kind words.

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  11. Before I scrolled down, my eye caught the wildflowers in the corner. I love pieces of work with seemingly out of place articles that were wild enough to get out of the frame.

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    1. Thank you Joy! I love adding the flowers, just for a bit of additional texture and interest.

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  12. Magnificent job on your landscape! thanks for the links.
    My son-in-law is cooking turkey dinner for us on Monday. He wants to make a tradition of doing this. It's the second year! I'm so thankful for this as I've spent years (in NL) doing all the holiday meals.

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    1. Thanks Judy! Lucky you to be able to have turkey dinner with family - AND cooked by someone else too.

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  13. Love the embroidered flowers on the frame. A perfect finishing touch!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I'm afraid I don't think a landscape looks finished unless it has some added embroidery.

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving. That embroidery is a labor of love.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol. I think the embroidery is one of my favourite things about doing a landscape.

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