Saturday, November 7, 2009

Week Forty-Five: Prairie Schooler November Turkey







Happy November everyone! For this week's piece, I stitched the Prairie Schooler "November" turkey from the PS Book No. 90 titled Spring & Fall. DMC fibers were used on 32-ct. flax Belfast linen to create this handsome fellow. There was a lot of brown in this piece and you all know how much I dislike stitching with shades of brown, but it was well worth the effort...


As you can see, I framed the turkey using the same frame that I showed you for the September Squirrel from my Week Thirty-Six posting. I simply leave the back open and just pop in a different piece each month. It is a huge money saver...So far, I've stitched four out of the twelve monthly ornaments: May, September, October, and December. Only eight to go...


Have any of you ever seen a plump, handsome turkey like the one I stitched? I mean, really, where are all the good looking turkeys hiding? All I ever see around here are the poor, pathetic looking creatures like the one pictured here! They travel in groups and think nothing of totally stopping traffic while they take their time to cross the road. Oh, by the way, did you know that a group of turkeys is called a "rafter?" Just a bit of librarian trivia I learned at work one day! You wouldn't believe some of the questions people ask us...


Look what I won in Ranae's giveaway... the lovely Frederick and Frederika from Carriage House Samplings. Ranae, from Stitch by Stitch, had a giveaway because she had reached 100 followers on her blog (I sure have a long way to go to get to that number!) and my name was drawn. She also included some DMC threads and a lovely pair of red Victorian embroidery scissors. I was so excited to find the package waiting in my mailbox for me at the end of a long day at work. Thank you so very much for your generosity, Ranae; everything is truly beautiful...

Hope each of you has an enjoyable weekend. It is supposed to be a gorgeous one, weather-wise, here in western Pennsylvania--it will be nice to get outside and enjoy the sunshine for a change. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and emails. I do appreciate each one so very much! Until next week...

23 comments:

Shari said...

beautiful finish!!!!! I have loved every one of these you have done. I MUST see if I have this in my stash! Too adorable! I love the frame you are using too. I would do the same----take out, put new in!!!
We have turkeys visit us quite often here too & never are they as pretty as yours!
Congrats on your win!!!!! That is awesome! And I am like you!!!! LONG WAY from 100 followers. I am LOTS further away than you are!!!
Have a great stitching weekend!!!!

Siobhan said...

I read out the bit about your weather to my husband... he said to tell you that we're facing a nor'easter here--but it's every day weather. LOL--kind of!

Your turkey is wonderful! I love it--and the display that you have for it!

Irene said...

Wonderful finish ! Love the frame idea.

Blu said...

Lovely finish. And that frame is very beautiful.
More trivia:
A herd of cranes
A murder of crows (you've probably heard this)
A tidings of magpies
A parliament of owls (somehow I see them all in a circle wearing glasses!)
And my favourite:
An unkindness of ravens!

This site has a bunch more. It's a great way to waste time and learn facts almost no one cares about:
http://www.nzbirds.com/more/nouns.html

Edit said...

Lovely stitching in a lovely frame!

And your giveaway presents are grat, too. Congratulations!

Myra said...

Tom Turkey is strutting his stuff! He looks great Carol and what a clever use of that frame. Congratulations on your win.

Pumpkin said...

Lovely, lovely finish and it looks fantastic in that frame! I've seen turkeys before but never that majestic looking.

Lucky you! Congrats Carol :)

Lee said...

Your turkey looks great, worth all the effort with the browns.
Love the idea of using the frame for different pieces.

Violet Viola Viooltje said...

♥!*W*O*W*!♥

Ranae said...

I love the use of that frame. The turkey is awesome and the browns do pay off in this one.
We have skinny turkeys here in our neck of the woods too.
Enjoys the patterns, my friend.

Mylene said...

Another great finish and the frame fit the design perfectly.
Have a nice weekend!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Carol, it is so pretty. I like how you switch the piece in the frame. It does save a little time. Your story is always great. You can tell you work in a library, it is always so well written. Also, like the new design on the blog. Cindy

Theresa said...

Your November piece is gorgeous!!!!! And congratulations on your nice win!!! Those are some fabulous wins~~~

Michelle said...

A great finish and such a good idea to re-use the frame! We had a few hot days here but it has now changed back to Winter :)

BeckySC said...

I love your turkey!!! :) And the frame looks great with it :)

Loretta said...

Beautiful finish!!!!!!! The frame is just perfect!!!!!!!

Andrea said...

A wonderful finish. A great frame too, that works with all of them.

Carolyn NC said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - I'm returning the favor! Love your turkey, and the frame is just perfect! Don't you just love Frederick and Fredericka? Love them. LOL on the turkey look alikes. DH and I were just discussing recently how in the animal world, the males were the beauties. Interesting..... :)

Laural said...

Great finish! Congratulations on your win too. No turkeys around here. I wonder if anyone will ever design a thanksgiving lobster since that's what the pilgrims where historically more likely to eat?

Brigitte said...

Oh, a wonderful finish indeed. And it looks even more gorgeous in that frame.
Congratulations on winning those great charts.

Annie said...

Gorgeous frame for a gorgeous finish. I live in too urban an environment to see turkeys running around. Stitched ones and cooked ones are the only ones I know!

And lucky you with those new charts. Happy Stitching and have a great weekend.

AnnMcD said...

I did not know that a bunch of turkeys is called a rafter. Thanks for that. I also learned via Tama, another blogger, that a baby turkey is called a poult! The only time I have ever seen a plump turkey like your stitched one is when the males are puffing up to show off. We actally saw one in full array on (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend. A rafter of turkeys were in the field across the road and one of the males was really putting on a show. There were no poults in sight. There, I have used both words correctly in a sentence...they are part of my vocabulary now!

Elisabetta said...

Beautiful stitch! You are very lucky the patterns of CHS Frederick and Frederika are very nice!!!