Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Mid-November Progress

Do you see what I see? 

Name Tree
M Designs

A near finish on my ornament for DN!

I just need to finish the first letter of her name and the tree stand. Then on to the beading.

12 Days
Hands On Designs

I finally finished stitching day 11 of Hands On Design's 12 Days. I used Kreinik #4 Braid  to give the pipes a brass look. One more to go and this 12 Days of Christmas series will be done.

Nessie Michell

Michelle Baddeley

Jacob of Modern Folk Embroidery and many other IG stitchers have been stitching #blacksamplernovember. I am stitching Nessie Mitchell by Michelle of mommalovesyougb (IG) for this hash tag. My goal was to complete the first row this month. Well I managed to get the first and second rows done.

Earlier this month I finished The Cat from Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs. I am so close to having all the projects done from this book that I decided it was time to paint my box.  

The Cat - Casting a Spell
Blackbird Designs

The box has 1 coat of black and 2 coats of Burnt Umber. I wanted my box more dark chocolate than black. Next up I plan to do some distressing and then adding some wax to seal the box. 

Today I received fabric and spool for the IStitch Advent Stitch. I got some of the plain white and a piece with a green edge. I just need to pull threads. 

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Monday, November 1, 2021


 In October I was able to make some real progress and got some projects finished. Yeah!!

Autumn Spice, Fat Quarter Shops', Stitch Quarterly for Sep/Oct is done. 

I dunked my fabric in some weak tea to bring down the brightness. I thought the fabric was a little to white for an Autumn piece. I stitched it with the called for DMC. I left off the bottom leaves and the words.

I am so loving Primitive Christmas Pillow, by Abbey Rose. The font is fabulous, and the colors are so rich. I wish she would chart the whole alphabet in this font.

My Christmas Ornaments for Oct. were 10 Lords, 12 Days by Hands On Design, and 2 more name ornaments. One name ornament is finished and beaded and the other is close to a finish. The Ten Lords was my WIPGo number 11.

I'm still working on this one for my DN.
Name ornaments, by M Designs
One other finish for the month was Busy Hands by Kathy Barrick.
So happy to have this as a finish.
November's WIPGo Numbers are 14 (Halloween at Hollyberry Farm, I'm so close to a finish) and 16 (Hello Summer). That leaves just 2 more numbers to be called in December. I will post an updated board here as soon as I can get it updated.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

October projects and a finish!

 In my last post I showed my FFO'ed Thimble purse. Today I'm sharing two watch fobs. The fob on the left is crossed stitched, on the other fob the acorn is a padded satin stitch and the cap is French Knots. I used some batting when I attached the satin stitched acorn to the base and as a result the knots are a bit compressed and don't show up well.


 I have been working on Busy Hands by Kathy Barrick and hope to be finished with this one soon.

My other progress has been on Primitive Merry Christmas Pillow by Abbey Rose Designs.

Autumn Spice, the Stitch Quarterly offering for September, 2021 from Fat Quarter Shop, is the other projects with the most progress this month. I need to stitch few more leaves and the stem. There are some leaves and the word Autumn at the bottom. I'm not sure I'll be stitching the bottom section. I saw a wooden acorn at Hobby Lobby that I would like to finish this one. Unfortunately, I didn't pick up the wooden shape when I saw it. Now the stores out as well as HL online. Here's hoping I can get lucky and find one or something else that I like as well.

I also have two ornaments that I want to work on this month. 
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

September Take 2

 This will be quick. I was seconds away from publishing and my entire post disappeared. No problem, I thought, I'll just go to the default backup and finish up. Did you guess? The default saved copy was no where to be found. So here's my second try.

For Sampler September/Sampler September Soiree I started 3 new samplers, Busy Hands, Kathy Barrick, All That Remains, Blackbird Designs, and Luz Gonzales - 1851. 

Busy Hands, Kathy Barrick
I've made the most progress on this sampler. I'm stitching on this one for 25 minutes each day. Since this picture I've finished most of the border and started on the basket the bird is perched on.
All That Remains, Blackbird Designs
Got the border started but needed to see some more so I got one motif and one bird done.
Luz Gonzales - 1851, Samplers Remembered 
This is a small start on a sampler I've had my eye on for awhile. Lots of color and interesting motifs to look forward to.
The WIPGO numbers for September were 15 and 25. My number 15 is Starry Night, Prairie Schooler, and number 25 is Nevermore. I finished Starry Night in June so I concentrated on Nevermore. This is my progress. Still working on the top left motif, it's a big one.

Nevermore, Lila's Studio
I had two small finishes.
Sunflower Seeds, Stitching with the Housewives
I plan to finish this like I did the Zinnia Seeds project, as a seed packet.
The second was the Family Tree, Thimble purse by Brenda Gravis.

Hope to update my WIPS next time,
WIPGO numbers for October are11 and 5. Number 5 is Portrait in Red, Green Apple Designs and 11 is Hands On Designs', 12 Days. Portrait in Red is finished so I'll be working on 12 Days. I have 3 more days to stitch, Days 10-12.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August: What I Accomplished

This is the last stitching day in August. What did I accomplish? 

I worked on my Plum Street Designs, Hello Summer; The Game, by Artecy Designs; Tree of  Life Thimble Purse by Brenda Gervais; Hello Summer by FQS; Halloween at Hollyberry Farm, Stacy Nash; and Busy Hands by Kathy Barrick.

I made a mistake somewhere on Halloween at Hollyberry Farm border. I tried to fudge it without a lot of counting. Well that didn't go as well as I liked so....... I frogged all that I had stitched of the fence and bottom right side. I have most of the fence re-stitched and I'm working on the bottom right side, then I will re-stitch the fence posts. Fingers crossed for a better outcome this time.

The Game was one of the WIPGO numbers for August. I was to work on it for 5 days (5 hours this month). I only worked on it 1 day this month, so I missed out on a WIPGO in August. I hope to work some more on this one in September. The colors for The Game are muted as this is a sepia style painting. So I wouldn't be posting a picture just now. I really want to get to an area where the project is recognizable. My second WIPGO project was Hello Summer, by Plum Street Designs. I managed to meet my goal. I'm still working on the leaves, should be able to get a few more xs in tonight.


current progress
Yesterday, I started Busy Hands by Kathy Barrick. This chart was gift from by friend CarolB.
I started with an inside  border and wonder of wonders it met up, on the first try. Yeah!!!
I'm stitching this with NPI silks on 36ct Pioneer from Victoria Sampler Threads. The Spool of thread is stitched and the bird started. I'm loving this project.
I'm so excited! I managed two finishes. Yeah and double Yeah!

This has been in my stash since it's release. The Tree of Life Thimble Purse, is finally stitched and ready to be finished. 

The kit came with 2 pieces of fabric so I pulled out my alphabet books and stitched my initial on the second piece that will be the back of the purse. I did leave the alphabet off the front.

Hello Summer, Fat Quarter Shop 's June 2021 Stitch Quarterly Club.

To be finished as a flat fold or pillow for next summer.

WIPGO September : 15 & 25
My projects: 15 Starry Night, Prairie Schooler Completed June, 2021
25 Nevermore, Lila's Studio
This will be my starting point for September, WIPGO.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Short Update

 Work has really decreased my stitching so far this month. I've worked on at least 5 projects but I haven't made much progress.

This Weekend was WIPGO weekend. The numbers called for August were 7 and 8. My projects are #7 The Game and #8 Hello Summer by Plum Street Samplers. I managed 104 stitches on The Game and stitched a few more motifs on Hello Summer. I didn't take a before picture but this is my current progress. 

Hello Summer, Plum Street Samplers
I finished my Christmas in Red ornaments.
Christmas in Red, Sue Hillis

Sunday, August 1, 2021

My Christmas in July etc.

 Yesterday was the 31st of July and the end of Christmas in July Stitching. 

In addition to the Shepherd's Bush Star and Wish, I stitched 4 of the 6 Sue Hillis, Christmas in Red ornaments. I've decided to stitch the last two ornaments on red perforated paper. I was sure I already had some in my stash. I went through my stash and found several other colors but alas not red. I tried to order some but my online shop was out of stock so I'll reorder when they restock. 

I shared my finish on Wish and Star on my last post. Here are the Christmas in Red ornaments that I stitched.

Stitched with DMC 321.
I didn't make any progress on my Christmas Berry. Maybe I can work on that while I'm waiting on my perforated paper.
This is the last bit of Christmas stitching I did last month. I finished the needlebook for Just Add Tinsel by Blue Ribbon Designs. Last week at work was very stressful. Even though I stitched Christmas every day, I didn't get very many stitches in last week. I put the final stitches in the needlebook today.


July's numbers were 12 and 2.
My Number 12 is Casting a Spell and this is my progress.
I stitched these 2 motifs and that I only have 2 more to stitch. Next time this is called I should have a finish.
Number 2 was Monica,  porcelain doll dress.
I really don't have that much more to go.

For August the numbers are 7 and 8. The Game and Hello Summer, Plum Street are up next.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Some Christmas Stitching

It's the 15th of July. 

While I haven't stuck to my original plans, I have stitched Christmas every day so far. I plan to keep it up for the next 15 days.

My two finishes are Star, and Wish, both Shepherd Bush patterns. They are stitched on 10ct Lambswool Betsy Ross Linen using the recommended DMC. I did substitute white for the 712. The 712 didn't show up well on my fabric.

Both need their buttons added then they will be ready to fully finish.

My new start is Christmas in Red by Sue Hillis. These sled ornaments were charted for fabric but I'm stitching them on perforated paper with DMC 321. I plan to add a hanger and back them, for hanging ornaments. Hopefully I can get a few of these stitched while working on Day 9 of The 12 Berries of Christmas.
Progress on Day 9 The 12 Berries of Christmas
I would like to work on my name ornaments this month but the desire to work over one is eluding me. I  have two that I really want to get done. One just need beads added. Keeping my fingers crossed. 
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Monday, July 5, 2021

June into July

 I had the top portion ready to post  post on the 30th of June. I'm not sure how or why but after making some edits the post wouldn't publish so I've copied and pasted it here.

Today is day 181 of 2021. Half the year is officially over at midnight. I managed to meet my WIPGO goals for the month. I worked on Halloween at Hollyberry Farm, and Starry Night. My SAL stitching was on Just add Tinsel, Casing a Spell, 21 Halloween Cross Stitch projects in 2021, and Christmas Ornie SAL. I had one start, Hello Summer, It's Sew Emma  from Fat Quarter Shop's Stitch Quarterly. I have one popsicle stitched and started on the second of 6. 

I'm really excited that Starry Night is stitched. Now I have to make a final decision on how I will finish them. 
Ornaments 6 & 7 of Starry Night
The Prairie Schooler
I managed two final finishes.
Magic Kitty
Mill Hill Kit 

Spooky 2
Newsletter freebie from Heart in Hand

July's Numbers for WIPGO are:
12: Casting A Spell
2: Monica
Will be my WIPGO projects.
My other passion starting tomorrow will be Christmas in July SAL.

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This past weekend was the Blackbird Design SAL. I worked on Casting a Spell. I stitched the alphabet  sampler and started the portion with the urn.
During July I'm taking part in the FB group 2021 Christmas in July SAL.I plan to spend at least an hour each day stitching Christmas. My first two projects will be Star, and Wish by Shepherd's Bush.
Day 1

Day 5 

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