Monday, January 23, 2023

Twenty four Hours of Stitching

 The first 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon of 2023 snuck up on me. I thought I had my calendar all set up but I missed 24HOC. I chanced upon a post and scrambled to get my projects together. I spent the weekend working on The Game, Nevermore, Hare's Spring, and As Life Wears Away

The Game, Artecy is my 25/7 project. My goal is to work 25 stitches or 25 minutes seven days per week. I've finally got started on Friday. I have a new plan for working this project and spent a lot of time working on the parked threads and setting up my new plan.

The Game
Artecy Cross Stitch

Nevermore is coming along nicely. I'm almost through with the raven.


Nevermore,
Lila's Studio

Hare's Spring is my Year of the Rabbit Challenge project, sponsored by Halloween Cross Stitch Challenge. I know, not Halloween but Ana knows we stitch other things as well. 

Hare's Spring
Plum Street Samplers
As Life Wears Away, what can I say. The top portion is my current goal. It has more stitching than I realized, but  I hope to get it done my my next stitching session on this project.

As Life Wears Away
Carriage House Samplings
The next marathon is April 21-23 I hope I can get at least get this much done again.

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

First Fully Finished of 2023

 It’s the tenth!! 

Time for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL Check-In

Host:

Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher

Thank you Rachel for hosting again.

My two for January are a legacy piece stitched by a stitching friend and my Quaker Pin Ball from my 'Time to Fully Finish Pile'.

My Heart’s Garden
Shepherd’s Bush
 And 
Quaker Pin Ball

I can’t remember the source of this pattern at the moment. My Guild stitched it as group project many moons ago. I was able to find a bracelet on Etsy that I used for the band.
Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen




Sunday, January 8, 2023

Week 1 of 2023!

 Hope your 2023 is off to a great stitchy start.

I managed a few finishes in 2022 and hope to mark off a few more finishes this year. 

1. Autumn at Hark Run Hollow

Block 3 is outlined and ready for some stitching.
2. Lady Justice

I'm almost finished with the lower right portion of her sash, then I'll continue with her dress.
3. Nevermore

Time to finish up the raven.
4. Cinnamon Stars
5. Outstretched Arms

6. The Game

7. As Life Wears Away

Are the WIPs that are now on the top of my stitching list. I also will be taking part in a few Challenges and SALs, again this year

WIPocalypse 2023

WIPGO 2023

Christmas Ornie SAL  and 

Halloween Cross Stitch Challenge are some that I'm taking part in so far.

Beading has also now a very prominent part of my crafting. I managed to complete a few projects last year as well. The inventory of beads and the pattern collection is expanding. Thus far I've been able to keep them organized so hopefully that will continue. Just need more hours in the day to get to everything.

Here's to a crafty 2023.

Thanks for stopping by,

GWEN

 


Thursday, December 22, 2022

Day 23 : 2022 Advent Calendar Blog Hop

 Welcome to day 23

We are almost to the end of Jo's Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Hope that your will enjoy this NOEL ornament. If you haven't done so already be sure to visit Jo's Blog for Days 1-22 then Hop on over to: Tales of a Stitching Mouse  for Day 24.

Friendstitch Wreath
 This year I was lucky to get into the virtual Friendstitch Retreat. This Noel design was one of the projects that was included. I finished it on an ornament round from 141 Design Co.

The Afters:

One of my favorite desserts is


                                                         Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream.
Happy Holidays!!!  

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Quick November Update.

I didn't do a very good job of tracking or taking pictures as I stitched last month. I know that I worked some on Olive Harrogate, Punch Needle Primitive Stitcher Magazine  Nessie, Michelle (MommalovesyouGB), Autumn Stars, Plum Street Samplers, Nevermore, Lila's Studio, and Autumn at Hark Run Hollow, Carriage House Samplings. Nevermore and Autumn at Hark Run Hollow got the most stitches in November.  On Nevermore the left side motifs are done along with the tree, fence and tombstones. Also started the quote.

Time to start the Raven; he is massive. Then the equally massive bottom border. I would love to have this finished by Oct 2023.

I'm counting block #2 as a finish. The scarecrow still needs some straw for his sleeve and the corn stalks are not tied but I will do those later. I'm now set up to start block #3. I will try to outline some more blocks when I can.
I did some stitching but they are put away and I didn't write them down. Maybe they will show up here as FFO. I just need to get into the mind set and get started.

For December, I will be stitching Outstretched Arms by Teresa Kogut. She is the last Designer Focus for 2022.


Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen



Monday, November 7, 2022

September-October 2022

Winter Wonderland was my start for the September Designer Focus. Designer is Glendon Place. I only managed a portion of the border and a start on the antlers. I have a bit more of the border on the right than this picture. Will continue working on this to see how far I can get.



I also worked on Monica, Mabel Tuke, Cinnamon Stars, and Lady Justice. I had a start and finish on Hands on Design Hello September. 

October's start and finish was Cricket Collection's Why Is It? Cricket Collection was GaRon Designer Focus for October. 

Why Is It?
Cricket Collection
This year I was able to attend Friendstitch. This Zoom retreat held by Heart in Hand and Bent Creek was a blast. I was in the morning session. The projects, videos and swag made it a great experience. I look forward to attending next year. 

Christmas Bird - pre-stitched project


 Two ornaments from the Friendstitch Retreat.
I stitched and finished some Halloween pieces most are in the previous post. I also finished the last part of Casting A Spell, Blackbird Designs. It's now ready to be fully finished for next year. My box is painted and ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen


 





Sunday, October 30, 2022

Treats No Tricks 2022

B O
Enter if you dare!!
Welcome to Jo's Halloween Trick or Treat 2022 Blog Hop.
Mummy's Favorite was one of three Just Cross Stitch Halloween Ornaments that I stitched this year. Mummy's Favorite and Spider were from the 2022 Issue and Spooky Cat was in the 2021 Issue.

 I also stitched Trick or Treat from Signs of the Season by Hands On Design.
Did you get the Clue? My letter for this Hop is the letter:
'O'.
Hope you will Hop on over to : 
Visit Mouse for the next letter. : https://talesofastitchingmouse.blogspot.com/

All Treats no Tricks!!!
Gwen











 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

August 2022

Yeah! I had a pretty good month of stitching. 

The numbers for August WIPGO were 20, and 25. As it happens the project on my board for both numbers was Nevermore, by Lila's Studio. I finally finished the large medallion on the top left, the 4 motifs to the right, along with a couple of stitches to complete a small section of the top border.  I'm really pleased with my progress on this one.


For September the numbers are 3 (Monica) and 22 (The Game). Last time I worked on Monica I finished her apron. Next I would like to finish her skirt. I have already started basting the outline for placement and hope I can get it done. 

My three Halloween finishes are part of the FB Group Halloween Cross-Stitch Challenge. The August/September Challenge is a Just Cross Stitch Halloween Magazine SAL. First up was Mummy's Favorite, 2022 Halloween Magazine.

I've since wrapped the ring and placed the stitching but I forgot to take a picture.
This spider is a portion of a project, Spooky,  also from the 2022 issue.

Spooky Cat, is from the 2021 Halloween Mag. I didn't stitch faces on the pumpkins. 

My Christmas Ornament was the 8th Day of Christmas, Celebration of  Needlework. I haven't stuffed it yet. I also want to make a bow for the top of the ornament.

Winter Cometh by Summer House Stitche Workes  and Squirrel Thread Keeper, by Niky's Creations, were also finishes in August. I have the other 2 published seasons from Summer House Stitche Workes and the final Autumn Provides will be released at the Needle Work Expo. That is on my list to complete the series.

Finally, Bent Creek was the GaRon Designer Focus of the Month for August. I had Winter Row started and finished the stitching. I had plans for some others but didn't get to them. Hope to get at least one more done this year.
Well that's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen





Sunday, July 31, 2022

July 2022

 July turned out to be a very good stitching month. I was able to attend a stitching retreat, the first in a very one time. It was a very good 5 days of classes. I also took part in the 24 hours of Cross Stitch Marathon. 

I stitched Red Berry Wreath and 7 Swans for my Christmas ornaments.

Red Berry Wreath
Elizabeth 
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Mag 2018

7 Swans
Celebration of Needlework 12 Days of Christmas

I also stitched and fully finished two berries. Both of these were from the All About the Berries Club from Dying to Stitch.

The Goldfinch
Expect Less, A Quaker Wisdom Berry
Expect Less, The Goldfinch
Erica Michaels
And finally a tomato needle book. A retreat favor from Kimberly Young at Sassy Jacks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Now off to continue on my works in progress.

Gwen





 

Sunday, July 3, 2022

June 2022

 I managed a lot of stitching days in June, but I only have three finishes. 

Blackwork Angel, Prairie Schooler

Noah's Christmas Ark I, Plum Street Samplers

Six Geese, Celebration of Needlework 12 Days of Christmas SAL
My Second Fully Finished was Hello Summer a Fat Quarter Shop Stitch Quarterly Cross Exclusive from 2021. It's mounted on a board from Shantell 141.
My WIPGO Number 16 Hello Summer, Plum Street Samplers was finished. No progress on Ann Rogers, number 9. 
July's numbers are 11, and 18. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen