Sunday, January 15, 2017

Let the stitching begin

My first post of 2017! I hope everyone's year is off to a good start. I've had a few challenges so far but I'll weather the storm.

2017 GG

My first stitching project was a gift from my dear stitching friend CB. I thought I'd be further along with my stitching but, I had to stop to do pre-stitching for a class on Wednesday. My first GG SAL 2017 project and ornament is a blackboard sled. I am loving this and can't wait till my pre-stitching is done so I can get back to it.

My progress on Stitching Post Fall 2016 Graph Monogram Sled

Below is a picture of the model stitched with the letter 'Z'.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent Calendar Bloghop 2016

Advent Calendar Blog Hop 2016
Stop by and visit each blog and enjoy 24 days of Christmas stitching.

Christmas at Hollyberry Farm
Stacy Nash

Q&A for ACBH 2016:
Q: Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration you must have on display every year, maybe an heirloom, one the children made or something with a special story behind it?

A: I have a small collection of nativities that I love.  My favorite ornaments are my handmade ornaments. In the future I would like to have enough tatted ornaments to decorate a tree. Maybe 2017 will be the year I am able to tat one per month as I work toward that goal. 

A small nativity from Panama.
 Some of my finished ornaments.

 Some ornaments to be finished.

      Some tatted ornaments
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Christmas Give Away

Santa Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting a
12 Day of  Christmas Give Away, Visit her blog! 
Review the rules and enter for a chance to win.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Downs and Ups!

My roller coaster stitching this month yielded only one stitched ornament. I purchased the chart, fabric and fibers for Creepy Crawly back when it first came out (2008). I love and own a number of Belinda's designs. This month I decided to stitch the casket bottom for my Halloween Ornie SAL. I noticed that the outline seemed larger than I thought it should be. I started the skeleton any way, and got this far:

When the  bells wouldn't stop ringing, I stopped and checked the fabric count. You guessed it! The fabric I was sent is 28ct., the recommended count was 32ct. Hence the size issue. I've decided to stop  and order fabric that is 32ct. Next.

I started another skeleton pattern, from a JCS Halloween issue,  that was on my list, but didn't get very far. So.... nothing but goose eggs this month. Will work on both later. Time to focus on some Christmas projects.

I managed to complete my Christmas Ornie SAL 2016, this month. Trees was the theme, my ornament is "Merry, Merry" by Country Cottage.
Merry Merry 
Country Cottage 

Christmas at Hollyberry Farm is back from the framer and she looks fabulous. Anna did a great job with the matting and framing. Stop by next week when it will make an appearance for Jo's Advent Calendar Blog Hop. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

A November Class

Janis of Noteworthy Needle has some very cute and unique projects. On Saturday she taught two of her designs to my guild.  In the morning session we worked on A Stitcher's Chest. A hand painted box that will boast  a stitched top, a needle book, Altoid tin bees wax holder with stitched top, pin mattress, and scissor fob. After reviewing the stitches, we went over the finishing to include making twisted cord, making tassels, finishing from the outside, (whipping back stitched pieces together), and attaching stitched pieces to non-fabric objects.
My Stitcher's Chest waiting to be dressed.

My finished scissor fob

Janis's Stitched Models

The afternoon session, covered the stitching and finishing of My Secret Garden.The Garden is constructed with  two 4-sided biscornu. The outside of the fitted biscornu showcase the garden fence and vines. Open the biscornu and the Garden is revealed. The finishing of this piece will be a challenge.

One half of Janis's Secret Garden 

Let the stitching begin.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2016

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is hosting another Trick or Treat Blog Hop.  I stitched this candy corn ornament last month. I envision a ribbon topper/hanger but my bow making skills are a little under par.  I'm pretty pleased with the finish so far.

Hop on over to The Grey Tail to collect the next letter in the Halloween Phrase.
 Thank     for visiting.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Potpourri of Smalls

Stitching Lotus

Oh yeah! Back online at last, the cable company finally came through.

Now for my stitching news. Four finished for the last of September.

Baked Goods
Ornament of the Month 2011 No.7 
Little House Needleworks
Christmas Cookies (2014)
Country Cottage Needleworks

The September theme for the Christmas Ornie SAL 2016 was Christmas Food. Diane and Nikki's ornaments fit the bill perfectly.

Fibers: perle cotton, floss, Krenik cord, beads

Most of my stitching is counted cross stitch, however I do on occasion try my hand at needlepoint and a few other creative techniques. In August a few members of my guild took a trip to a needlepoint for a class on choosing stitches/fibers for a canvas. Of course while we were there some took the opportunity to pick up some projects. On of the canvases I bought was the above. I'm really excited to get it done.
Last on the list, I completed the first of 3 pincushions. This is another canvas piece. Each pincushion is  stitched on 18 ct canvas, using perle cotton, using several stitches.  Designer Alice Okon published the Dainty Daisy Pincushions in Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine, September 2013 issue. This was a birthday present from my friend CarolB.
Dainty Daisy Pincushion 1
Cross-Stitch & Needlework 
(September 2013)

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