…since my last post. Golly, I hadn’t realized that my last post was almost a month ago.
My stitching mojo has been all but non existent the last few weeks. I did manage to finish up a Round Robin piece from the ILCS Yahoo group I am in. The piece is Arlette’s who lives in France. I am not sure about the designer, but her piece is stitched on 28 CT. Mint Green Cashel Linen (my fav.) using green and white DMC. Each section is a different little sampler and is going to be a really pretty piece when completed. Here is a snap of my section:
I also did a little stitching on my Crazy 15 Challenge and have a blurb on my Crazy 15 Challenge Blog.
….since my last update but I have been busy stitching. I deviated from my Challenge projects stitching a cute little needle case. I can’t decide what name to stitch on it… whether to gift it to a friendly stitcher or keep it myself?? I love fantasy pieces with dragons, fairies, castles, wizards and have stitched several pieces along this theme…
This little piece is by Teresa Wentzler and was such fun to stitch. The entire dragon is stitched using a blended needle with purples and blues. There are also specialty stitches in white threads and beads to accent.
I have posted updates of my Challenge pieces finished this last couple of weeks on my other page so check them out.
Day 3’s project is the cutest little scissors case and I just love the wording…I Don’t Do Frogging….I Do Reverse Stitching… I think I will adopt this as my theme of rippin out stitches when those little errors in counting occur.
Here is a snap of the two sections that will be stitched together with a ribbon threaded through scissors. I just love the polka dot lining fabric. It is really a neat little concept. I would love to keep these but they will be a gift to one of my fellow stitchers.
I have stitched this on 28 Ct. off-white Evenweave using DMC Threads. As you can see from the above snap, I need to get a pumpkin, cat, tombstone and 2 little star buttons to embellish with. I guess that will require a trip to my LNS. I hope I will have a little will power because last time I was there, I found several things I must have!!
Here is a snap of the completed piece.
Moving on, I pulled out project #1 ~ Glendon Place’s Witches Wheel.
And wouldn’t you know it, I was attacked by:
I spent 45 minutes rippin out a large section cause I was off by one stitch! Don’t you just love it when that happens??!!#%^&@!!!
I think this piece is gonna require a lot of froggin along the way.
And this is a snap of the first section “Plant A Tree” and the border, which says: Be Well~Live Peaceably with the Earth. There are little Bumble Bees, Red Birds, Fire Flies, Flowers… I just love them!!!
The first project I received to stitch on is Berly’’s. She sent 4 Lizzie*Kate snippets and 2 patterns by Jodi Evans, which are the first ones I have seen by this designer. Both of these have a “coffee” theme and I selected one that has variegated threads stitched up in coffee cups called Caffeine. The variegated threads she included is also new to me called “Six Strand Sweets” by Jessica Burr. The color is called “Jelly Bean” and was so fun to stitch !
Naturally, I ran out of DMC # 307 while stitching the border so it is a trip to Hobby Lobby for one skein of thread…ugh… I hope the dye lot isn’t too off and the color matches or I will be having a visit from the frogs…grrrr..!!!
For day 15 I have selected a pattern from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue by Raise the Roof Designs called ~ Nickademus. I really don’t know the reason behind the name but it is a simply darling pattern of a Sock Monkey holding a big red heart. The pattern calls for small button mittens to be stitched on the hands. I am stitching him on 14 Ct. baby blue Aida with the called for DMC threads.
Here is a snap of the days progress. I really got a lot done.
I am stitching a pair of them for a group I am in that is called The Stitching Corp. It is a group of stitchers that make pairs of Christmas Ornaments each year and the coordinator, Tina mails one of them to a Military Service Member that is deployed and the matching one to his or her family. Having a son in the Army makes this project something close to my heart.
Now to decide how I want to rotate all these 15 projects in and out to get them finished!
For today’s start I have selected another of the Stitcher’s Surprise projects from my LNS ~ Stitcher’s ~ It is called – Garden Fresh and is stitched on 10 Ct. Sunshine Yellow Tula using DMC perle cotton floss. Also included with the kit is a darling button shaped like an Eggplant and it was designed exclusively for the Stitcher’s project by Honey Bee.
Also pictured is the finishing fabric, a cute print with different garden motifs and a deep purple, to stitch this into a double flange pillow.
The project for today is Patriotic Pride by Sue Hillis Designs. This is a cute little piece with snowmen and a little American Flag charm. I am stitching it on Blue Dynasty 28 Ct. Cashel with the recommended DMC threads.
The snap of the chart:
And the tiny little snow man head I finished today:
Day 12’s project is by Ink Circles and is titled Full Moon. Do you see the similarities to yesterday’s piece Trick or Treat Tree ?
This one is stitched up on Silver 28 Ct. Cashel over two using DMC threads.
And for the days stitching (and frogging):
On another note, I have been asked where to get the patterns for my Day 9 piece – Dragon Dream’s Rune Keeper. It is available here at 123Stitch.com. The companion piece – Dragon Dream’s Fairy Tale Sampler can also be found there.
Day 11’s project is Trick or Treat Tree by Heart Strings. I am stitching it using the called for DMC threads on Off White Even weave Fabric. This one is so cute and the “decorations” on the tree are stitched as separate little pieces, finished off and attached to the “tree”.
……and my days worth of stitching …
Gracie over at Needles Pins and Dragonflies had a giveaway on her blog and I WON the drawing. The gift was a DMC Pink Breast Cancer Awareness sewing kit which included A Pink Zippered project bag, Pink Floss Bobbins, A Pink Needle Threader, & Pink Scissors. She also included in the package a piece of pretty Pink fabric with the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons printed, some Pink DMC Variegated floss a darling Sterling Silver Ribbon charm and some Pink Mints !
I should have included a snap of the pretty 3 dimensional note card..ugh .. I may have to replace the snap. Thank you so much Gracie… I Love It.
I am stitching it on 28 Ct. Angel Blush Cashel linen using the called for DMC and Kreinik Metallic threads.
And here is the tiny amount of stitching I managed to complete for the day.
(I did have to stop and order the Kreinik threads since of the 25 some odd colors I do have ~ I didn’t have the required colors…123Stitch loves me!)
It is stitched up on Mint Green 14 Ct. Aida using Anchor Floss and Weeks Dye Works overdyed threads. Also included are 3 of the cutest little flower buttons for embellishment.
I don’t have a sample snap of the project but here is my small start for day 8:
I just can’t get that organized .. or rather I hate to stop stitching to take snaps and post them!! I’d rather be stitchin’ .
Anyway, day 5 is I believe going to be one of my favs. It is Glendon Place’s Web of Stash.
I am stitching it on 28 Ct. Sand Cashel Linen with Weeks Dye Works overdyed threads.
And my 1/05/11 progress:
Day 6 is another cutie and from one of my favorite movies: Wizard of OZ. It is by Glory Bee and is Flying Monkeys. I am stitching it on 28 Ct. Lime Cashel Linen using DMC threads.
The snap of the chart is somewhat misleading as it is a snap of the piece in a hand painted frame. The actual piece is only the part in the middle square of the following snap:
And progress on this on is:
Now Day 7 is a really fun stitch and I just Love Love Love the yummy silk threads it is stitched with. It is La-D-Da’s Something Wicked. It is stitched on 30 Ct. Carrot Cashel Linen using Splendor Silk Fibers by Rainbow Gallery.
And a days stitching:
I am anxious to get back to stitching on all these starts!
Here is my day 4 start (and near finish) for the Crazy Challenge.
I selected I Don’t do Frogging by The Cats Whiskers. This is 2 little frogs that will be stitched together to make a scissors case. Here is a snap of the pattern:
...and a snap of my progress:
I also need to post the winner of the small drawing I had for the Teresa Wentzler kit. The winner is Gracie. I am heading to my email account to send off a email for your snail mail info. Congrats and I look forward to seeing the progress on this beautiful project.
Here is a snap of the progress I made while watching the Football Bowl games on Sunday.
January 1, 2011 in the Jackson household started out as a lazy day. While HunnyB watched the football Bowl games, I started my first project, The Witches Wheel, by Glendon Place.
Isn’t that “Solar” fabric gorgeous? I thought I would get more done on it in a day, but alas, the frogs had to visit for the new year. I was off one thread count on a part of it and had to rippp-it out. Hopefully this wasn’t an indication of what the year is gonna be like!