It's the end of February here but you would think that it is April. We've had highs around 80 degrees. The breath of spring (heirloom flowering shrub) came and went, the yellowbells are turning green and the daffodils have bloomed already. There are houseflies and mosquitoes, butterflies and bats. The blue birds are nesting. I've never seen anything like it! It will be interesting to see if we miss the usual cold snap that has always come end of March or middle of April.
From my blog back in July 2016:
"I'm working on a new series of free charts. I have been thinking a lot about family lately so I decided to do something featuring the subject of 'ohana. Here's the idea, so far. I was thinking of publishing the chart for each family member separately (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, daughter, son) - one each month for six months and in the last month also the final chart, as shown below. But there are lots of options for stitching. Rather than stitching the family as shown together with Hawaiian names for mother, father, etc., each stitcher could stitch her/his own family members and then add their given names. Or they could stitch and frame each family member separately. Stitchers could change the colors of hair, eyes and clothing to work for their own family members. Parents could be stitched in the center, with children radiating out to the sides, from tallest to shortest or vice-versa or randomly, whatevah you like."
Since it has been so long since I started on this chart series, I have decided to publish two charts in one. For instance, this month's free chart is Makuahine and Kaikamahine (Mother and Daughter). Next month will be Father and Son, then the grandparents, and finally the pets. In June, I will publish the chart as shown above. Sorry to keep you waiting. Click here to download the chart. Enjoy and, as always, please let me know if you find any errors or have any questions or comments.
I finally finished stitching the Hawaiian Islands redo. Here's a photo:
It's not a great photo but you get the idea. Now all I have to do is have it photographed properly and then finish the layout. Then it's off to the printer and hopefully I'll have the finished product by the middle of September.
I am currently stitching the Maui Sampler. I plan to eventually do samplers for Ni'ihau, Kaho'olawe, Moloka'i and Lana'i. The Maui Sampler should be available in October.
I am starting work next week as a children's assistant at one of the local library branches here. I need a steady paycheck and this is a good job with good hours, good pay and benefits, and it's at the library! I love books and reading and kids so I think this will be a great job. I will continue with my cross stitch design and may even teach some classes in cross stitching later on. I will have the first Ohana chart ready for download by Labor Day so stay tuned!
Christmas is only five months away (what?!) and to make room for new Christmas designs, the Hawaiian Gingerbread Cookie charts are 40% off. Use coupon code 40%OFF at checkout. And if you order all four charts together you will also get this free chart:
Hurry! Offer expires August 15th!
We are in the middle of a heat wave here (as I understand, so is the rest of the country). With the heat index, the high temperatures here have been and will continue to be in the triple digits through most of this week. We've had no rain in ages so not only is it hot, it's dry! But I have been continuing with the rehabilitation of the grounds here. The garden and all the flower beds are weeded and mulched. I have reset the pavers in the patio and have one walkway left to redo. And I have an impressive case of blisters from poison oak. Just when I think all the itchy places are getting better, up pops another one.
I am stitching a little, here and there. I am two-thirds done with the redo of The Hawaiian Islands. And I haven't forgotten about the freebie ohana (family) charts. I'll get one posted soon. In the meantime, I had a request for a chart for a liliko'i flower to be embroidered on a baby's pillowcase and this is what I came up with:
Click here to download the chart. I have not actually stitched the flower, only charted it. Please let me know if you find any errors and please feel free to change colors, if you like. However, please don't reproduce the chart for sale in any form without my permission. Mahalo and Happy Stitching!
I can't believe it has been a month since my last blog post! Where does the time go? Oh, I remember: I was rehabilitating the garden which was overgrown after nearly 1-1/2 years of neglect. It was so overgrown that the individual beds were virtually unrecognizable. Everything was weeds with a few flowers peeking out here and there. Anyway, I finished up last week. Here are some photos of the restored garden. Sorry, as usual I forgot to make before pictures so you really can't appreciate the difference in the before and after.
I am working on a new series of free charts. I have been thinking a lot about family lately so I decided to do something featuring the subject of 'ohana. Here's the idea, so far. I was thinking of publishing the chart for each family member separately (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, daughter, son) - one each month for six months and in the last month also the final chart, as shown below. But there are lots of options for stitching. Rather than stitching the family as shown together with Hawaiian names for mother, father, etc., each stitcher could stitch her/his own family members and then add their given names. Or they could stitch and frame each family member separately.
I am continuing to work on the Hawaiian Islands. New photo soon to show my progress.
One of the highlights of my recent trip to Hawaii was the meet-and-greet that the excellent folks at Fiddlesticks, too, arranged for me. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow stitchers and get feedback about and suggestions for my Hawaiian designs for counted cross stitch. Some of the suggestions for future designs included: muumuus to match the aloha shirts, samplers for the islands of Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe, more flowers and more charts featuring designs celebrating the ethnic diversity of Hawaii. I am particularly intrigued by that last suggestion. So many cultures are represented in the population of Hawaii - native Hawaiians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Samoan, just to name a few. I haven't yet decided just where to start but this is going to be high on my list. Please let me know what subjects you would like to see charted for cross stitch.
I am exploring the possibility of offering some designs by download from my website. For instance, the chart for the Great Seal of the State of Hawaii is a large chart and will be fairly expensive to print and could be offered at a lower price via download. What do you think?
Do you remember kits with stamped cross stitch designs that you could embroider over? I have been approached about the possibility of using some of my Hawaiian designs in this way. For instance, a border of a Hawaiian quilt pattern on a flour-sack dish towel. Or Hawaiian flowers on the corners of a table cloth or table runner. The printed designs would stand on their own or could be stitched over. Opinions, please.
Just for fun, here's a link to a website from the UK. I don't know about you, but I could really relate to some of these 21 things you only know if you cross stitch.
Just call me Fran
So glad to finally have a website. Life is good.