Moon and Back

It took 5 days to stitch this pattern.  I used the called-for fibers.  The fabric is my own hand-dyed linen.  I enjoy dyeing my own.  A couple of weeks ago I dyed around 8 pieces for various projects.  I think dyeing the fabric is as much fun as stitching!

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I’ve listed the pattern for sale in my eBay store.

Next I will be working on the Shepherd’s Bush freebie, Ewe Are My Sunshine.  I am working mine on white Lugana (25 count) with DMC floss, and it shouldn’t take long as it is a small project.

Now I need to frost a cake.  Until next time, have a pleasant weekend full of stitching and joy (and no frogging!)

Springtime!

Spring isn’t usually a big deal here — rainy season returns at some point and the humidity increases exponentially.  So far it has been very dry — there are lots of fires throughout the state.  At our house, spring colds are making the rounds, and with the dry air, nosebleeds.  We have 3 cool mist humidifiers and even they aren’t enough to combat this extremely dry weather.

I have been stitching, although I took two days off completely.  I managed to break a toe about eleven days ago so there hasn’t been much I have felt like doing!

I started “Hello Spring” by Plum Street Samplers.  All the flowers were in shades of brown except the blue one.  Because my fabric was lavender swirl Jobelan,  I changed a few of the colors.

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This took 3 days to stitch.  It was a fun project!  I have more PSS charts but they are much bigger patterns.  Right now I have enough big projects in the UFO pile.

Keeping the Spring theme going, I stitched Bent Creek’s “Spring Row.”  This was another 3 day stitch.  I dyed the fabric myself — I couldn’t find the called-for fabric anywhere.  It is 32 count linen.

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I managed to fully finish a couple of projects.  I forgot to take pictures of Bunnies Galore, but here is Long May She Wave from Little House Needleworks.

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I have Land of the Free nearly fully finished except for the cording.

You can see my plans changed, as they often do.  Yesterday I started Moon and Back from Heart in Hand.  I don’t think I will make it a birth sampler.  I am thinking that this should be a 4 or 5 day project.  Yesterday I worked “nd more than all”, the sheep, and most of the owl.  I also finished Spring Row yesterday.  We’ll see.  I have three sewing projects ready to go, but one requires hand sewing.  I worked on it for maybe 5 minutes the other day and that was enough to take several layers of skin off one finger.  (I am allergic to nickel.)  And I’ll admit that I *hate* sewing.

My school project (Little Sheep Virtue) is nearly finished.  Just the sheep remains.  But my son missed 3 days of school last week due to sickness, so not much was accomplished there.

Plans?  I am reluctant to say anything!  Just stay tuned…

Enjoy your stitching!  That’s the most important thing — stitch what makes you happy.

Until next time…

A few small finishes

A Little House Needleworks pattern that came with the Classic Colorworks floss to stitch it.  A fun little project!  Stitched on my own hand-dyed “Antique” linen.

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It sure needs ironing!

Another Little House pattern that came with the floss.  Also stitched on my hand-dyed “Antique” linen.

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Ironing isn’t my favorite thing…

Betsy Ross, the first in the series “The Early Americans” from Little House Needleworks… stitched in Classic Colorworks cotton floss.  The border is from Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher.

Unfortunately,  I chose 32 count Lambswool linen (Wichelt) and the stars in the side border don’t show up.  I have tried 3 other colors of floss that I ripped out already.  I am not sure that I can keep the border on this one and may have to rip it out.  I have set it aside for future decision when my brain has had a break from this piece.  Your thoughts are welcomed.

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Madonna of the Garden, by Mirabilia, framed.  It made it to its destination in time for the birthday.  🙂

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I have pulled “Isabella’s Garden” out of the UFO pile and am working on that, along with my Little Sheep Virtue school project.  I am about 70% done on that one.  Isabella is probably only at 20%.  Her head is almost finished and some of her dress.

I would *love* to finish a few of my UFOs.  I only have 6 others — Quaker Gone Tropic, Heartland Sampler, A Right Spirit, Loara Standish, January (well, I only put 3 stitches into that one!) and Cardinal Points.  Then I wouldn’t feel so bad about starting the Little House ABC Sampler series.  Or something else!

I am going to ask someone to put Loara and Quaker on scroll rods for me.  I have the rods, but my arthritis won’t allow me to put them on and tighten them myself.  😦

Happy stitching!!!

It’s Been a While

It’s been a long time since I posted last.  We moved!  It was a lot of work, and the work has only gotten started.  We have been painting, replacing, and fixing a lot of things, which cut into my stitching time.

Prior to our move, I scrambled to finish and frame the second “His Name is Jesus.”  Both were given away.

 

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Really bad cell phone picture

The recipient of the pink one was THRILLED beyond measure.  She wanted to know if I would make more, or if I could teach her to stitch.  Of course I could!  I hope some day she decides that she would like to learn.

The recipient of the blue one… didn’t look too excited about it.  If the Pink Recipient reacted with a 10 out of 10 reaction, the Blue Recipient was, at best, a 2 out of 10.  I was *so* disappointed because I thought she would really like it.  She just said that someday she will re-do her house in blue and was that why I had asked what her favorite color is?  But maybe that is just how Amish-Mennonites react?  I am still *new* to the church and have a lot to learn.

Then I decided to finish Mirabilia’s Madonna of the Garden for a birthday gift, which needs to be framed and mailed by next week.  I managed to get this far by March 5th:

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Not even halfway…

But by March 8th:

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At this point, I was getting despondent.  By March 14th I only had this much done:

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And panic set in.  This is March 18th:

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It’s not looking like I am going to make my deadline.  This is March 19th.

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And this is today, March 21st.  It’s really looking like I won’t finish it in time.

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I have totally lost interest in this project.  If there wasn’t a deadline, it would have gone back into the UFO pile a couple of weeks ago.  I am not motivated but force myself to stitch on it for hours every day.  That makes my hands hurt horribly.  Stitching is supposed to be fun, right?  Sigh… but I did it to myself.

The frame will be here tomorrow.  And I am nowhere near ready for it.

I have stitched a little on my school project this week, just for a little bit of “fun.”

Have you ever gotten yourself into a situation like this?  Did it work out?

I have placed a few orders for some patterns and threads.  One has arrived, on is en route, and one is still in processing.  I can’t wait to be able to stitch something ELSE!

Say a prayer that I get through this one…  🙂

Finally a finish!

January was not the best stitching month ever.

I made many trips house hunting, and because of the distance involved, they were all-day affairs.  I don’t stitch in the car because it is my husband’s, thus not very clean, and I get motion sickness if I stitch or read while traveling.  No traveling migraines for me any more!

We finally found a house.  It is by no means perfect.  The square footage is larger than my present home, yet my things are NOT going to fit there.  The secondary bedrooms are very small, and I can’t fit both sons in one room.  If I put both beds in there, they would need the other bedroom for their bureau and bookcases.  Gone are my visions of a craft room!  I don’t even know if my present craft storage can stay.  It will have to be scattered in the main living areas (which are also small) or jammed into my closet.  I am not sure I can keep my sewing table!  And every Amish-Mennonite lady has a sewing table somewhere!  But it is only 8 minutes from church and has a great yard and enormous screened lanai.

On January 7th, which happens to be my birthday, I started stitching The Cricket Collection’s “January.”  I put about 3 or 4 stitches into it when I decided to start another project.

I got this *great* (cough cough) idea to stitch “His Name is Jesus”, which is a pattern I have had for years, for my realtor.  My realtor is also a preacher, and I thought she would love it.  And, it is supposed to fit in a stock frame!

I admit to almost giving up on it several times.  The frog was constantly by my side.  There are still minor mistakes in it, even with HOURS of frogging.

My first *bright* idea was to stitch the words “His Name is Jesus” in Kreinik #4 braid.  Never mind that I *hate* stitching with that stuff.  I got as far as His Na-part of the M and ran out of braid.  It is a 2.5 hour ride to buy braid, or I could order *just* the braid and pay exorbitant shipping costs.  Thus I cast the project aside to think about it.  And there it sat, for weeks.

Second brilliant idea:  Start another one for my friend!  I asked what her favorite color is, and she said blue.  Baby blue and true blue.  So, on the 14th, *her* birthday,  I started a second one.  And frogged.  And frogged.  And… frogged…

I got to about halfway, and decided to frog the braid on His Name #1.  I considered frogging the whole thing.

My 10-year-old came running out of the craft room/office/den/playroom with SEVEN cards of Rainbow Gallery Petite Braid Color 01.  “Wait Mom!  What about these?”

Genius.

I actually *like* working with this fiber!

And so, yesterday, I finished His Name #1.

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Bah humbug to trying to photograph pink.  It is the color of pink hibiscus.  I overdyed the fabric myself.  And the stitching isn’t crooked, but I did have it in my q-snaps crooked for a while.  It will block out.

So, it is supposed to be *easy* to find a 12 x 16″ frame in any craft store or department store.  Except, it isn’t.  We have lots of these stores around and NONE had a 12 x 16″ frame that wasn’t black or brown.  Sigh…

So now I debate.  Do I rip out His Name #2 since I would have to pay for a custom frame?  What do I do with His Name #1?  Why did I ever start these projects?

I told you I have bright and brilliant and great ideas.  😦

I am flat broke until the closing or I would order a custom frame.

My husband feels bad and is out hunting for Anything That Will Do.  Poor man.

So what are my stitching plans for February?

I *should* be moving at the end of the month, Lord willing.  I left the December Little Sheep Virtue out, His Name #2, and the Mirabilia Madonna of the Garden (I am thinking birthday gift.  For April. Another genius idea.)  I already put the rest of my projects away for now.  And of course, I feel like working on a reproduction sampler instead, which would be a new start or bringing out Loara Standish.  I think I am losing it…

Thanks for stopping by.  May the frog stay far, far away from your stitching and may you be blessed with hours of joy!

Finish #2 2017

“Winter” by the Cricket Collection

A really fun stitch!

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I’ve listed a lot of my stitching stuff on eBay.  Time to get ready for moving!  (But no, we still haven’t found a house.)  I will probably list this pattern tomorrow.

What to start or work on next?  I’m not sure…

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

I had a new stat today, and I finished it, too!  The design is “Love Bunnies” from the chart pack “Bunnies Galore” by Brittercup Designs.  It’s about 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches.  Cute!

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PS  I re-counted my projects from last year (well, I used software to count them.)  I had 42 starts and 39 finishes.  Oops.

2016 in Review (Updated with Photos)

As 2016 draws to a close, I have gone through my project file and my planner to see what I accomplished this year.  I noted, added, and reflected on my completed crafts (and not completed crafts.)

There were 134 completed projects in my Excel file, which was sadly incomplete.  I shipped a huge box off to charity in May and forgot to write down what I sent.  I usually photograph everything, too, but my husband was in a hurry to go to the post office and I forgot.  I made project envelopes, zipper bags, washcloths, scrubbies, scarves, hats, burial angels, burial gowns, burial blankets, pajamas, prayer shawls, lace shawls, etc.

I finished 37 cross stitch projects this year.  My worst months were January and March (due to working on Spiritdancer) with ZERO finishes each.  My best month was July with 15 finishes (most of them small.)  I had 6 starts that I did not finish this year, and 3 older projects remained UFOs.

My 6 unfinished projects for this year:

Heartland Sampler, Quaker Gone Tropic, Winter, Isabella’s Garden, Joyfulness, and A Right Spirit.

3 old UFOs:

Loara Standish, Cardinal Points, Madonna of the Garden

Oldest UFO finished this year: My 2006 start of Mirabilia’s The Petal Fairy

December starts:

Little Sheep Virtues No. 12  Joyfulness, by Little House Needleworks (current school project)

Winter by the Cricket Collection (started Dec. 22nd)

December finishes:

Primitive Hive, by Ewe & Eye & Friends

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December stash acquisition:

I ordered a bunch of patterns by the Cricket Collection.  I had so much fun stitching Beach-y Mood that I ordered January, Winter, Spring, and August.  I debated ordering December but couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the santa in the “R”, so I ordered the December cottage from Country Cottage Needleworks.  My youngest son was born in December.  My older son was born in August, and I am a January baby.

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The Cricket Collection charts use lots of colors, so they aren’t the least bit boring.  The charts are sturdier than most, and they are crystal clear!  So easy to read!  I don’t have to blow them up on the copier or squint to make out the symbol or struggle with similar-looking symbols.  This is my floss box for “Winter.”

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I use these boxes only if a project has a lot of colors.  One section is temporarily holding thrums (or scraps); one has my small scissors; the piece of linen is holding spare needles.  I usually have a Star De-Tailor in there too, but it is in the zipper pouch for this project right now.  If I was using thread conditioner (oops, I forgot!) that would be in there too.

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December was a wild month.  There were two quick, fruitless house hunting trips at the beginning of the month, followed by my parents visiting the following week, then a birthday, followed by my son graduating from college with his Master of Science in Meteorology, followed by another family member visiting.  So there wasn’t much time for stitching.  And then, due to my age, I have had my “monthly friend” since the 8th!  I have lost so much blood that I am horribly anemic.  I haven’t felt like stitching, at least not physically, though mentally I have!  I keep hoping THIS IS THE END of that, but every other month, there it is.  It has never lasted this long before, though.  I am worn out.

Goals for 2017, Lord willing:

To finish all these started projects!!!  I ordered two Rolaframes and I am hoping that will help me get the two BIG projects going (Loara Standish and Quaker Gone Tropic.  QGT outgrew my q-snaps.)

Moving!  And I hope to have a great stitching spot in the next house.  🙂

Selling off stash — probably on eBay, instead of moving it.  Lambswool linen, used patterns, etc.

I have no other specific goals in mind.  I would just like to have a productive year!

May God richly bless you with a happy, healthy, joy-filled year!