Saturday, February 18, 2006

Dueling Snappervilles

I am stitching Snapperville as a stitch-a-long with my sister Joy. We both love the designs and the free border chart. We don't care for the verse, but now we have a solution for that. I'm getting ahead of myself! Here are the scans of our progress so far, first Joy's then mine.




























This side-by-side comparison is so interesting! We are both stitching with the recommended fabric and fibers. Joy is using the English/traditional method of cross stitching, crossing each stitch as she goes. I am using the Danish method, stitching the first "leg" of the cross in a row then coming back and crossing with the top "leg". Another difference is that Joy is stitching in horizontal rows, while I am stitching some motifs vertically. The trees, barn and moon are all stitched vertically. One more difference, on Barnyard Joy changed the horse's mane, tail and hoof color to Onyx. Her skeins of Maple Syrup and Bark were too similar.

Joy and I have been wracking our brains, trying to come up with something different for the verse. Janice from my local stitching group came to our rescue! She shared her idea for an alternate verse for this project:

"North or South - East or West - Farm or Town - Home is Best"

Isn't that brilliant? We love it! Thanks, Janice! You are our hero!

In other stitching news, Miss Mary Mack continues to languish in the stitching basket. She remains the same size, a head-and-foot-free blob. If you think you are behind with this SAL, you are not - even if you haven't started yet! This is Stitch-A-Thon weekend at Friends Gather. My project is Part 18 of Terre de France. It is now well into Saturday evening and the project hasn't been out of the bag. Such a meager goal, to get half of it stitched this weekend...and it isn't looking good!

Other than finishing Snapperville Barnyard on the 11th, the only thing I've stitched is an old Homespun Elegance kit called Strawberry Pincushion and Emery. This was a MIOM project, started in August. Little by little I'm making progress.














I love the colors. Individually they don't look like strawberry colors, but when used together they are perfect. I finished stitching the Fruit Pincushion and Emery kit almost a year ago. More great use of color. Here is a scan.














I think Sandra Sullivan is a genius. I love these kits. The copyright date on the Strawberry kit is 1992. I do not see them on Homespun Elegance's website, but maybe they are still available. Maybe there are more. Wouldn't an acorn kit be awesome? I think I'll check with my local shop...

So why am I this far behind with stitching and blogging? Because we are moving! We have a contract on a house and plan to move at the end of March. I've been busy packing, filling out paperwork, making phone calls, and a zillion things that are not stitching. I keep telling myself there will be plenty of time for stitching later. Of course there will be!

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments! I appreciate hearing from you!

18 comments:

Myrna said...

I like your idea of changing the verse on the Snappers. And a great new verse you all came up with.

Best Wishes for a smooth move to your new home.

Susimac said...

Its great to see both yours and your sisters work it just shows how unique each piece of stitching is doesn't it. I love your verse change too.

Cathy said...

Good luck on your move Chelle. I'm having trouble getting motivated enough to finish MMM, but one of these days I'll just do it!

Nice alternate verse for Snapperville!

Nicki said...

I love your idea of a different verse. I don't care for the original verse much either :) They both look great and your strawberries are lovely!

Anne said...

I really like Bent Creek designs tooo. I love the verse change, will have to remember that one. Good luck with moving house it really is a big job. Anne L

Carol in Pa said...

Love your Snapperville! I've been on the fence about this one and the Winter one. Can you tell me what the purpose of the snaps is? Are they just decorative?

Lelia said...

The new verse is excellent. Wonderful to compare side-by-side! Should be a wonderful project.

My tin pin is stitched (heart) ... looking forward to viewing all the other stitchers from this SAL

Anna van Schurman said...

Love the pincushion and emery kits. How did I miss these? I haven't made any progress on finishing MMM--still trying to get myself to buy a tin pin (oh, it just takes so much energy!) Of course, I have the excuse of a new house too. Enjoy!

Jenna said...

I'm glad that you have a contract on the house and are preparing to move! I won't expect to see you around much for a while, then. :) Enjoy!

Nancy in IL said...

How fascinating the Dueling Snappersvilles are! Remarkable the differences.

Congrats on your new house. I'm very happy for you and best wishes on getting moved in. It's a hard job, but well worth it in the end to stitch happily away in a pretty new place.

KarenV said...

Love the two Snappervilles! The idea for the verse is great too. It's nice that you can SAL with your sister :)

Good luck with the house move!

Kim said...

Those snappers are great! You both did a great job. And the alternate saying is genius. :D

AnneS said...

Love the alternate saying on the Snappers - and it's really great to compare and see the differences in your stitching choices :) Also, love your strawberry pincushion etc - lovely design ... and last, but not least, congrats on the new upcoming move - hope everything goes smoothly and painlessly for you :))

Kim said...

Beautiful 'Chelle! Tell Joy I love her's too.
Are you packing like CRAZY!!!

Hugs,
Kim P

TataLelene said...

I like, no, LOVE, those Bent Creek Designs !

Barbara said...

Love those Snappervilles, and the saying you'll be using is GREAT!

I am so relieved that I'm not hopelessly far behind with MMM. We did have a day of sun that I could stitch, but I worked on an over-one gift for a friend (that was supposed to be for Christmas 2005!). LOL

Patti said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't finished off old Miss Mary Mack. I thought I heard muffled sqwacking from her this weekend but I ignored it and worked on something else. All your other stitching is just lovely!

Tessa said...

Hi Chelle - miss your blog - are you coming back soon? have you moved yet? How did it all go?