Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The North Wind- Cross Stitch

As promised, here is my latest project, started on 4/9/2014! It's called The North Wind by Little House Needleworks. The quote on it reads "The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow
                                                                            and what will the Robin do then"
Here is my wee start:
This project is especially exciting for me because it's the first time I've stitched with hand over-dyed thread from Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colors). I usually swap out the specialty threads with DMC but I decided to splurge this time since it's a birthday present from my husband (basically I ordered it and then told him it's what he gave me for my birthday!) It's hard to tell from the picture but there is slight variation of color in the floss giving it a variegated effect. I fear I've gone down a road of no return with this floss, which will not be good for my pocketbook! Love it! I also ordered the recommended linen called 32ct Vintage Tundra by Lakeside Linen which is lovely to stitch on!

The second part of the birthday gift from my family is this DVD from Just CrossStitch magazine. It's basically 10 years of magazines PLUS (and this was a big selling point for me) 10 Ornament issues! If you're not familiar with the Just CrossStitch ornament issues they are filled with something like 75 little cross stitch ornaments in each issue. I'm sure you will see a few of them on my blog! My husband put all the issues onto our Kindle Fire so I can view all the mags, in pdf form, easily while on the go. I've only made it through a few issues so far but I already see how the stitching trend has changed from 10 years ago.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Final 3 Little Sheep Virtues- Kindness, Gratitude and Joyfulness!

Kindness- the 10th virtue.....

Gratitude- the 11th virtue....

Joyfulness- the 12th and final virtue! 

I worked on the final three at the same time because I ran out of the floss for the lettering and had to wait for it to be delivered. While waiting, I went ahead and finished all the rest of the stitching for the final 3, then all I had left to do was stitch the 3 words. I thoroughly enjoyed every stitch of these and am sad to see them come to an end. The positive side is there are so many wonderful patterns by this company that I want to stitch..not to mention my other WIPs waiting in the wings!
And finally, the full project hot off the hoop! Finished 4/9/14. Sorry about the wrinkles but I just wanted to get a photo before I do any of the finishing work. Not sure how exactly I'm going to finish it but I'm pretty sure I'm NOT going to frame it. I'm leaning toward making it into a wall hanging with a very thin cotton batting and some coordinating fabric border and a nice decorative hanger (and don't forget all the buttons that still need to be added!). We'll see when and if I get around to that part of it as I've already started a new project. Stay tuned!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Friendship

The beginning of April brings another finish! I love the purple heart sunflowers in this one!

3 more to go and the next one has pumpkins on it....so cute!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Wisdom

 The 8th Virtue is complete!

I finished it up March 29th. Before I finished it, I completed all the remaining border stitching on the final 4 Virtues. I should be posting the next finish in a day or two since I'm almost done with it! They really stitch up quick now that the borders are done.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Patience

Completed the 7th one!
It was nice to use some blue in this one to shake things up a bit!
Each one of these designs comes with a button embellishment and it dawned on me that I should've been photographing them with the button (temporarily) on them so you can see how it will look.  I don't want to permanently attach the buttons until the whole project is complete so it won't interfere with the hoop. Maybe when I'm done, I'll take a close-up photo of each design WITH the button/s attached!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Simplicity

Finished the 6th virtue March 15th!
My favorite part of this one is the cute little birdhouse!
There will be another post very soon as I'm almost done with the next one!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Faith

Finished another one! I think this is my favorite one....so far!

On to the next one! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Courage

 Still on a roll and really enjoying these! I Finished the 4th virtue on Feb 26th.

  They stitch up really quickly but I just don't seem to have a lot of time to stitch these days so progress is slow going. It doesn't help that I started reading a book on Kindle called The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ( I'm not a reader and only read about 1 book a year, if that but I downloaded a sample and ended up buying the book!). I decided to pay extra for the audio narration so I could listen to it while I stitch or I would never get any stitching done. AND it's that time of year again that I start obsessively watching the Decorah Eagles Live Nestcam. A few stitches here and there when I can... every stitch is progress, right?? :)

Here's how the whole project is looking so far! Please disregard the wrinkles :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Peace

Still ahead of schedule on this project, I'm happy to say...

I finished up the third virtue in early February!

Such an adorable little sheep with the flowered wreath around it's neck!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch - Love

 I finished the second Sheep Virtue ahead of schedule....Jan 25th actually! I figured I would keep plugging away at them while I'm on a roll. This way, when life gets too busy to stitch (or get the urge to work on another piece, I'll have some padding built in and can still reach my deadline by the end of the year *fingers crossed*

Not only did I finish the second one, I did a bit of outlining on the other 10 to get an idea of how it will look all laid out. In hindsight, I wish I would've put them a bit closer together. Anyway, I think it's going to look wonderful when done <3 br="">

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Little Sheep Virtues Cross Stitch-Hope

Happy New year! 
Now that my blog has been brought up to date with all my stitching projects from 2010-2013, I can start the new year with yet another new project! I'm very excited about this one because it has 12 parts...one for each month. It was a Christmas gift from both my boys and they're called Little Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks....
Instead of stitching each one as an individual project, I'm going to do them all on one piece of 30ct Cocoa linen by Weeks Dye Works. My plan is to do one each month but however I do them I would love to have them all done by the end of 2014. Here's my progress on the first one...
 It's called Hope...

I finished the first of 12 on Jan 9, 2014. It worked up pretty quickly and is sooo cute, I think!
I did make one small mistake that I just worked around. I made the sheep one row longer than it should be but it's not noticeable unless you know about it. ;)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Santa's Feathered Friend Cross Stitch (in progress)

I'm starting to think I have a slight stitching addiction, would you agree??? Here's yet another work in progress called Santa's Feathered Friend by Dimensions Gold. It was started in Nov 2013...
I had hoped to have it done by Christmas (2013) but I got sidetracked by stitching 2 ornaments and the busy-ness of life got in the way....
I'll probably save this and work on it again next Nov (2014) This is my progress as of 12-15-13....

Butterfly Forest Cross Stitch (in progress)

This beautiful Butterfly Forest by Dimensions Gold came in the mail as a surprise from my hubs! I especially love it because he picked it out on his own with no input from me or my online wishlists! He also bought me a gorgeous Orchids and Hummingbird kit that I haven't started yet!

I started stitching it on 9-20-13. Oh, and I replaced the 14ct with 18ct Aida just because I prefer the smaller size....

I have discovered that I enjoy doing the back-stitching as I go along, getting little bits of it done rather than leaving it all for the end...
A little more than half done...
This was put on hold for some Christmas stitching but I plan to return to it in the new year!

Harvest Basket Cross Stitch (in progress)

Autumn themed cross stitch patterns are some of my all-time favorites! Each time the season rolls around I find several I want to work on. This past fall, I found this pattern called Harvest Basket in
Just Cross Stitch magazine Sept/Oct 2013 issue....
I'm stitching it on 18ct Fiddler cloth from Charles Craft which I love the soft feel of...

No it isn't finished. I still have some sunflowers to stitch and the back-stitching of course. Stay tuned!

Autumn Owl Trio Cross Stitch (in progress)

My biggest project to date is this one called Autumn Owl Trio by Heaven and Earth Designs....
If you aren't familiar with their patterns you may not know that they are quite an undertaking....
I decided to stitch this project using tent stitches rather than full cross-stitches, 2 over 1 on 28ct hand-dyed Lugana (Zweigart "Setting Sun"). In other words, very tiny stitches....
and a lot of them...
I started on 1-1-13 and worked on it until mid April...
I really like the way this is turning out but I have to admit it's a bit tedious with all the confetti stitches. Not to mention I have to use my lighted magnifier so it's not very portable...
Not sure where I'm going with this project. The mood to work on it hasn't hit me for awhile so it may end up in the UFO bin...