Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February's Smalls Check in

I managed a finish this month. After changing my mind several times I found this chart by Julia Lucas Designs in Just Cross Stitch, 2013 Halloween Ornament Issue. The model uses beads for some of the bones but I just used floss and plain cross stitch. I stitched it last week and did the finishing over the weekend. I also finished the Moon Witch from last month's Halloween Ornie SAL.
Trick or Treat
Julia Lucas Designs
JCS Halloween Issue 2013

Cheryl A Smith

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February's Gifted Generosity SAL progress

It's February 15th and time for a Gifted Generosity SAL link up. My plans for this link up was to complete the stitching of the pincushion. I managed to finish the front of the pincushion, the back hasn't been started yet.  I will need to make stitch faster if I am to complete the back and do front of the needlebook. Someone has stolen 2 days from this month.

Strawberry Lace
pincushion front

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WIPocalypse February 2015

I have more projects started than I care to count. I have picked a few that I would like to finish and/or make significant progress on this year. Now whenever I do this I wind up working on everything but my focus project(s). This year I am joining in, on this SAL to hopefully stay focused and cross some projects off my list by the end of the year.

My list as of Jan.:
 WIP: Margery Dean - Scarlet Letter
WIPStrawberry Lace - Diane Clements
WIPJosephine: Porcelain Doll Pincushion - Rae Iverson (Moss Creek Designs)
WIPFinely Finished Folio - Jackie du Plessis (It's Fine-ally Finished)
WIP: Tulip Tray - Sherri Jones ( Patrick's Woods)
WIPChristmas at Hollyberry Farm - (Stacy Nash)
My Son - Catherine Strickler (Indigo Rose)

My February progress:

The pinkeep for Finely Finished Folio:Lesson 1, is stitched.
Next up the pouch.


Added two windows to Christmas at Hollyberry Farm





The Front and Back of the scissor fob. (Strawberry Lace)

I will be adding a date and initials below the crown later.




 A little progress on Josephine. I added a small portion of the stem to the leaves.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dual Entry

My Halloween Ornie for January is the Witch Moon a freebie by Cheryl A. Smith. This was a quick stitch. As the month was about to slip away from me, she will also be posted as my 2015 Smalls SAL project. She is stitched on a piece of 28ct black fabric that was meant for another project. I have not decided yet on the finishing.

Witch Moon
Fabric 28ct black
DMC floss #52

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen

edited designer's name





Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year, New Project

I spent the Holidays visiting with family, and had a wonderful time. Although I took Joy and Peace with me, I didn't get much stitching done. Now I have to figure out which bag Joy and Peace landed in, I haven't seen it since I got back home.

My project for this year is Strawberry Lace, A Sewing Case, by Diane Clements. Along with the case there are accessories, a scissor fob, pincushion, and needlebook.

One focal point of the project is the Reticello square of strawberries on the front. After a stitching friend did all of the basting and prep work for the lace square, she decided she didn't want to tackle the project. So I inherited this kit. Though I see the benefits of basting, I hate basting and avoid it whenever possible. I was super excited so see that my friend had completed all of the basting before she passed the kit on, I started working on this project as my New Year's start. I couldn't make up my mind where to begin. I want to work a practice piece before starting the lace, the needlebook  has some reversible cross stitch areas, that's not something I do very often either. So I moved on to the needle pages. The 4 sided stitch around both needle pages are now complete  and the front of the scissor fob has been started. It's not looking like much now but it's a start.

My stitched needle pages.

Scissor fob start



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Joy and Peace

My stitching in November was almost non-existent. Now that my job has moved into the new building my life is getting back to normal. Yeah!

This week I picked up Joy and Peace, a Little House Needleworks ornament from 2011.
Joy and Peace
Little House Needleworks

I also put a few stitches in the second layer square for my biscornu. This square is slightly bigger than the first and is being worked in Rice stitch.

Thanks for Stopping by,

Gwen

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blueberries and Cream 1

It's been sometime since my last post. The project I've been working on most recently is Blueberries and Cream. The project uses several specialty stitches, and techniques to complete a covered tape measure. scissor fob, name plate and needlebook that are part of a quilted sampler protector. The covered tape measure  is the first piece that I have completed.

Blueberries and Cream
Moss Creek Designs
I have some more stitching to do on the needlebook, then I hope to get back to some more finishing,

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen