Saturday, May 24, 2014
The first one I did is called Cherries and I think it turned out cute. You can see the effect of the over-dyed thread if you look closely. I used a fabric from my stash that I have a very large piece of(30"x36"). 28ct antique white evenweave by MCG Textiles
This next one is called Pumpkins and I really love this one because I love to stitch anything Autumn related, especially pumpkins!
The nice thing about these thread packs is you get a full skein (5 yards) of each color and very little is needed for the pattern, so you have lots of leftovers for your stash!!
This next finish is going to be turned into an ornament for our tree. I just saw it and had to stitch it! He reminds me of the dog in how The Grinch Stole Christmas! So cute! The pattern is from the JCS 2010 Ornament issueand the designer is Serendipity Designs
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Next up, I have a few mini projects I want to work on. I found lots of fun ornaments in the JCS DVD I previously wrote about, AND I have another order coming from 123Stitch! I ordered a few small cuts of different linens to try and 2 small kits fell into my cart as I was checking out... *ooops*
Monday, April 28, 2014
Is wasn't until I got to the barn that I really was able to see the effects of the hand-dyed floss. I really like the look it gives!
A close-up of the little Robin looking for frozen worms...and not finding many I would guess!
Next I moved on to the snow flakes and clouds. A bit tedious doing the individual snow diamonds with all the starts and stops...but it looks great when done. I ALMOST used beads but decided against it in the end.
Finished up the rest of the wording...
and the final snowflakes.
All that's left is the Robin on the branch and my next post will be the finished project!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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
Monday, March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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?? :)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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....
I finished the first of 12 on Jan 9, 2014. It worked up pretty quickly and is sooo cute, I think!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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...