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.
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.
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 WIP: Strawberry Lace - Diane Clements WIP: Josephine: Porcelain Doll Pincushion - Rae Iverson (Moss Creek Designs) WIP: Finely Finished Folio - Jackie du Plessis (It's Fine-ally Finished) WIP: Tulip Tray - Sherri Jones ( Patrick's Woods) WIP: Christmas 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.
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.
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.
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,