Friday, February 4, 2011

"Love Me" Prim Cross Stitch

Using what I have on hand and Primitive Betty's free pattern, I finished the little Valentine above. In my attic I found some old 14 count cross stitch fabric that had some natural age and stains. The floss is DMC 814 Dark Garnet and the backing is a fabric scrap from a quilting project. PS note the little heart by the jar Betty included with my rug order! How sweet!

This was a really rewarding project, stitches up quickly.

It's interesting how more of a border creates such a different look. Not quite as prim but it still works. As a matter of preference I always sign and date everything I make, if you look closely you can see the 2011 and my initials at the bottom.
Thanks Betty, this was great. A bonus is that this project did not cost a dime and helped me put some of my supplies to good use.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Betty's Primitive Horse Rug

The hooked horse rug on an antique 6 board trunk with hog scrapper candlesticks and an Indian pottery "horse" bowl. Everything on this chest, including the chest is handmade!

Recently, I saw a wonderful primitive hooked rug for sale on : Early Work Mercantile I am very selective about buying anything new but this rug kept calling out to me. It is completely handmade and the colors are a perfect complement to my home and it blends well with the antiques in my home. Plus it is a "horse rug" and I am a horse lover. So after several days of looking and thinking I took the plunge and bought it. When it was delivered to my home, I unwrapped it I got that wonderful goose bump moment when you realize that it is much nicer than the picture on the Internet. It was lovingly made by Betty from "

Picture of Nitro taken this past November! Seems like that was a long time ago.

Betty, it looks just perfect in my home, wouldn't you agree? Also, as promised Betty , here is also a picture of my horse, Nitro. I am totally in love with my sweet handsome boy. (he has an amazing resemblance to the horse Hidalgo).

If you get the opportunity go over to Betty's blog. She has some wonderful rugs that are of art and patterns for sale. She has also generously posted some free patterns and these have inspired me to make one of her Valentine cross stitch designs. I will share it in a future post.

Have a wonderful day and keep warm and dry.