Thursday, December 31, 2015
Well it seems I'm letting the dust collect on my blog again! My preferred way of sharing my projects these days is via my YouTube channel, so rather than writing everything down that I've done from August through the end of the year, I'll just post my 2 most recent vlogs. I also like to share lots of pictures on Flickr and Instagram (calico_whimsy) Please follow me on either one or both! Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you in 2016!!! Happy New Year!
Nov stitching update!
Dec stitching update!
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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I don't know about you, but I'm terrified of framing my own needlework. I've recently watched a YouTube video ( Part 1 and Part 2) about how to do your own framing and so I gave it a try on this very small (3in x 3in) piece. It wasn't much of a challenge but I've decided I still do not care for doing my own framing. With more practice I hope to get better at it.
Another new-to-me finishing technique is this no-sew cube. Well I used the cube technique and tweaked it a bit to make this little Halloween 'flat cube' ornament all ready for Halloween! If you would like to try this yourself, here is a couple of great videos! Video 1 and Video 2
Last but not least I stitched my first Blackwork design (Pattern here) in preparation for a Blackwork Hummingbird pattern from World of Cross Stitching issue 231! I've joined a Facebook SAL and we will start stitching Sept 1! Come join us if you want!!!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Just a quick post for the Flower of the Month SAL check in! I finished May-Lily of the Valley in early June and went right to work on....
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Flower of the Month Sal. This is the first month I didn't get my flower done and I blame it on Honey Bear (Dimensions)....
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Way back at the beginning of 2012, I started this project, Four Seasons Birds by Janlynn, on the Aida that came with the kit. I quickly gave up because I had difficulty stitching the fractional stitches. My intention was to restart it on 28ct even-weave at some point. Well...3 years later, I'm finally doing it!
I chose to stitch it on 32ct white Lugana. It was still a bit more tedious than I like so I'm going to take a break before I move on to the next season.
Next up......a new (unexpected) start! :)
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Flower of the month SAL - Sweet Pea just a few days before the end of the month!
I will be back shortly with an update of my other current WIP ( a restart of an old WIP)!
Saturday, April 4, 2015
*Pattern from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2015 issue
Stitched on 32ct Chalice Belfast Linen from Picture This Plus
Hand dyed floss from Crescent Colors, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
This is where I left off at the end of Feb. I REALLY love working on this and it was hard to put away to work on this month's flower....
However, once I started working on the Jonquil (Daffodil as I know it), I can't pull myself away from it! I'm so ready for Spring and my Daffodils are poking through the dirt as I type this, yay!!!!
This is my progress as of the middle of March. The last of the second flower, one more shade of green in the stems and the rest of the border to finish it off! I love it! I need to add the flower names before I start next Month's flower.
I will be stitching this on 32ct Chalice Belfast linen from Picture This Plus, with these scrumptuous hand dyed floss colors from Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colors and Gentle Arts! Update coming soon!
Here's my corresponding cross stitching VLOG on YouTube
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
If you would like to join this SAL, head on over to Brownie's Chair for the details!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Yes, I started ANOTHER project on Feb 7th!!! I just couldn't stop myself when I saw this pattern in the Feb 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. It's called Blue Jay Birdhouse by Donna Giampa. And if that's not bad enough, it's the first of FOUR in a series this year!! Oh boy, just what I need, lol!
I want all the pieces to match, so I decided to go with a neutral fabric so I chose 18ct Fiddler's Aida by Charles Craft. It's one of my favorite fabrics, I have quite a bit of it in my stash and it's easy for me to get locally.
That being said, after getting it all kitted up and settling down to take my first stitch, what do I see? Fractional stitches! If you've ever stitched fractional stitches, you know they're not easy to do on Aida and especially not 18ct. I was so bummed at the thought of having to find another fabric, so I evaluated how many fractionals there actually are and how difficult it would be to do them on this fabric. The conclusion I came to is the majority of the design is NOT fractionals and most are in the face and outline of the birds. I experimented with one bird head to see if it was doable and with good lighting and a good magnifier, it wasn't too horrible. Actually, I think the result is quite worth it so I'll press on....
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
If you would like to join the SAL, here's the host link!
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Next up, progress on the Flower-of-the-Month SAL
Thanks for looking and Happy Stitching!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
FrontAnother gift from yet a different stitcher from the same forum is this pattern booklet called Majestic Birds of Prey. It only cost me the price of shipping and has some great patterns I hope to stitch one day!
Virpi's blog and all her gorgeous projects, I came across this kit and ordered it the very same day! I think it is soooooo adorable!