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



 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

May 2022

May was Blackbird Designs Focus Month. My main focus was to be What Remains, I made some progress but not as much as I had hoped.

What Remains, Blackbird Designs

 I had started Secret Garden some time ago, and decided it was time for a revisit. I had made the most progress on the alphabet strawberry, with a modest start on the box top as well. 

before
I realized that things were not working out as charted. I couldn't find my counting error for anything. I finally gave up and put the whole thing in time out. When I took it out again I finally found my error. I restarted on a new piece of fabric with DMC 321. I managed to get through the counting this time and have an fully finished strawberry. I'm still working on the ribbon topper, can't seem to get it just right.   I will most likely frog the original strawberry and re-stitch. I want to have a strawberry to match the box top. Just need some more Turkish Red. 
Secret Garden, Blackbird Designs
DMC 321

I also worked on top of the drum for Peacock Pinkeep. I stitched the band for the drum but never started the top. I had a good portion done when I realized I was stitching on the wrong side of my fabric! Then came the question start over or continue? I gritted my teeth and frogged then restarted. I think in this case it was worth it. I'm loving it. 

(This fabric is not photographing well. It looks much better IRL)
Peacock Pinkeep, Blackbird Designs
40ct Vintage Autumn Gold
Belle Soie:Tortoise Shell, Peacock
A rocky start to my focus designer but not a bad ending.

I finished Hello Summer, by Plum Street Samplers. I did leave off the words.

Hello Summer, Plum Street Samplers
I also stitched and finished 5 Rings, May's ornament from Celebration of Needlework's 12 Days of Christmas SAL.

My new start was Winter Cometh, Summer House Stitche Workes. Hope to complete this soon.

Winter Cometh, Summer House Stitche Workes

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to check out the new WIPGO numbers an update my board.
Gwen





Monday, May 9, 2022

Three Finishes and A Marathon

 Brave New Year by Ink Circles,  the designer focus for April, is stitched. This is stitched with DMC 4515. Instead of stitching a year I plan to add this Mill Hill heart charm. Still need to decide exactly how I will finish the piece. 

Brave New Year, Ink Circles

I finally put the last stitch into Halloween at Hollyberry Farm. This was turning into The Neverending Project. So happy to have it done.

Halloween at Hollyberry Farm, Stacy Nash Primitives

My Christmas ornament for April was Yule Flower from JCS ornament issue 2004
Yule Flower, JSC Ornament Issue 2004

Fourteen hours, 31 minutes , 15 seconds. My total time stitching time for the April 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon. I worked on Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow, and started a second Ink Circles project, Another Year Creeps By. It's just a small section of the border. I will be stitching this as one piece, instead of individual ornaments. 
Autumn at Hawk Run Hallow, Carriage House Samplings

I didn't meet my WIPGO goals but I did spend some time on The Game and Olive Harrowgate. The numbers for May are 8 (Hello Summer, Plum Street Samplers), 13 Free (Lady Justice, Mirabelia), and 14 (Lady Justice, Mirabelia). I wanted to make some make some real progress on Lady Justice, so I have her on my board several times. For May she got called twice. I'm a little over working on the green in her dress. Switching back to working on the ribbon of her sash seems like a great idea. May work 5 days on dress and 5 on sash. We will see. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Gwen

Thursday, April 14, 2022

2022 Easter Treasure Hunt


Hello and welcome to this year's Easter Treasure Hunt.
This Hop is hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. If this is your first stop, go to Jo's Blog to see all the other participants and collect the letters for this year's phrase.
I am sharing Tip-toeing Through the Tulips from Brenda Gervais' collection of  Spring smalls,
 Jelly Bean Jubilee. 


Travel on to The Flashing Scissors to continue the Hop.

Happy Easter!





 

Friday, April 8, 2022

March 2022 Update

 I fell down  a beading rabbit hole and didn't get much stitching done in March. I have 2 left over WIPGO projects that I would like to make some progress on as well as the numbers called for April. April numbers are 10 and 7, Olive Harrowgate and The Game on my board.

The Sunshine Stitcher's Monthly Designer Focus for March was Rosewood Manor. I worked on and finished Three Butterflies. This was offered as freebie and was in my stash.

Three Butterflies, Rosewood Manor

April has two designers selected. Ink Circles and/or Long Dog. I've started with Brave New Year, by Ink Circles. It was a freebie back in 2018. When I'm finished with this I want to start, The Measure of a Year, also by Ink Circles. It is kitted and ready to go.
Brave New Year, Ink Circles

I also finished a Summer Berry from Erica Michaels. It was hard to get hold of the Seasonal Berry charts so I started with Summer. Hope to get at least one from each season done. I left the star and heart of the berry top. I want to include the starfish charm instead. 

Summertime Berry, Erica Michaels

My one Fully Finished for March was my abbreviated version of Hands on Design's More Chocolate Bunnies.

More Chocolate Bunnies, Hands on Design
Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen
  


 



Friday, March 4, 2022

February Review

 In February I touched a number of projects and had a couple of finishes. My stitching centered around 3 challenges.

Monthly Challenges: WIPGO, Magazine Monthly Challenge and Stitch the Winter Olympics

Stitch the Winter Olympics was hosted on IG by Katie, thenaptimestitcher. The goal was to stitch on a project that met one of her prompts during the games. I was able to stitch 14 of the 17 days (prompts). Magazine Monthly Challenge is a FB group hosted by Cynthia, CZook. The goal to encourage us to pull out those magazine projects (digital or print) and stitch them. WIPGO is also a FB group hosted by JessieMarie. The goal to work on those WIPs throughout the year.

Between Stitch the Winter Olympics and Magazine Monthly Challenge, I had 2 finishes, More Chocolate Bunnies, HOD and Spring Home, PNPS. My More Chocolate Bunnies is an abbreviated version. I had a good portion of the words stitched when I realized I hadn't left enough room between the letters. This called for a major frogging and re-stitch. I opted to frog the words and leave them out altogether. Now I just have to add their button tails and it's ready to be fully finished. 

For Magazine Monthly Challenge I made 2 of my goals. I didn't get any ornaments stitched in February.

More Chocolate Bunnies was on my MMC as well as a #stitchthewinterolympics selection. My other finish was Spring Home from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine.


The numbers for February WIPGO were : #5 (Portrait in Blue), and 17 (PS Blackwork Angels). My WIPGO was a bust. I have a very miniscule start on my Blackwork Angels, andI didn't ever pull out Portrait in Blue out of the project bag. 

Back to my regular stitching space. Hoping to do some serious catching up in March.

WIPGO March 2022:

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Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen


Sunday, February 13, 2022

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop
This is the 2022 version of Jo’s February Blog Hop.
Participants submit a photo of a stitched piece. It’s exchanged with another stitcher. Today we hop around to see who stitched the piece that we received and identify the piece that we submitted.

This is the picture that I received. Lovely stitching and finishing. I love a beaded trim.
Visit Jo’s blog to see all the participants and enjoy all of the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Hop

Thank you to Jo for organizing and to my secret stitcher for participating .

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

January Review

Focusing on Lady Justice in January gave me a  much needed boost. I made a lot of progress on her dress. I want to work on her at least one day per month to see how far I can get.

(before)

Lady Justice
Mirabilia
(now)
My HOD Love You freebie is stitched now to finish it and the 2 Hearts from JBW's French Country leaflets.


Cathy's 2022 Valentine/Anniversary Freebie was released this morning. It's lovely and is already in my list of must stitch. If I don't get to it this year it will definitely be stitched next year.
My ornament for January was on the movie theme Rudolph the New Red Nosed Reindeer. I stitched 4 of JBW's Reindeer from French Country Ornaments II ,The Reindeer Collection. 
Do you remember that Lady Justice and PNPS' Spring Home were my WIPGO numbers for January?
 This is my progress on PNPS Magazine's Spring Home. Just a few more hours and it will be complete. I'm thinking a pillow or flat fold for this one.
I also worked of Olive Harrowgate and a couple of starts for Magazine Monthly Challenge. My progress was not a much so I will share this later.
Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen




 



Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

I have another Valentine finish. I stitched a second heart by JBW. This one is the Scalloped Heart from French Country Hearts I.
                                                 
Scalloped Heart
JBW Designs
The first 24 hours of Cross Stitch Marathon for 2022 was this past weekend. I managed 22 hours and yes, I'm still Team Sleep, that's not going to change. My focus piece was Lady Justice. She is also number 2 on my WIPGO board, so she helped with both challenges. I started the sampler Olive Harrowgate 1737, from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine and Love You a HOD freebie. My start on Olive Harrowgate is very small but it's a start. She is not a very big sampler (160x72 stitches) and is stitched with only 4 colors so it shouldn't take to long to complete; if I get back to her soon. By the time I started the HOD chart the frogs came for a visit. I frogged at least 3-4 times before I gave up. It's a lovely piece and a quick stitch so I will finish stitching it this week and hopefully FFO it this weekend.

Olive Harrowgate

Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine

2021 Spring Issue

Lady Justice- before
Mirabilia
Lady Justice- after
Love You
Hands on Designs
Thanks for stopping by, 

 Gwen







Sunday, January 16, 2022

First of 2022

 Hope everyone is having a happy and healthy 2022. Wishing everyone a stitchy year. I know it's late but I have decided to start this post off with a picture of my tabletop tree. I managed to finish my Starry Night Ornaments before Christmas and left it up through Epiphany. 


My other late Christmas finish was an Advent Band Sampler by iStitch Designs.
Advent Band Sampler
The stitching is done and the spool covered. I just have to attach the band to the spool cover.

This month my focus stitching is on  Mirabilia's Lady Justice. Sunshine Stitcher's, CZook, and The 614 Stitcher have a new challenge for 2022, Designer of the Month. Each month stitchers who take part will be working on their WIPs or new starts for the Designer of the Month. 

My progress as of 3 January.
Current status.
I've finished the shash on the right and now I'm back to working on her dress. I'm trying to work on her at least 25 minutes each day. I hope to get a few stitches in this evening.

My first finish of 2022 is 
 Scandinavian Heart from JBW's French Country -Hearts II.

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen