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. 
Thanks for the visit.
Gwen




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 
and
 

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.

Thanks for stopping by, 
Gwen
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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 

Thanks for stopping by, 
Gwen







Monday, June 14, 2021

Mid June Progress

My stitching progress includes a few days working on Merry Christmas on Blackbird Weekend SAL, a finish on the band from Casting a Spell, an ornament from Starry Night and some more flowers for the top border of Halloween at Hollyberry Farm.

Merry Christmas
Blackbird Designs
My second Blackbird Design Weekend SAL project was this band from Casting a Spell. This doubles as my WIPGO #17 that was called for June.


This is number six of the seven ornaments in Starry Night. This just needs the Kreinik and it will be a finish.
Starry Night 
Prairie Schooler
I'm working across the top border. I have two flowers and the leaves to complete it. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will match. WIPGO #1 complete.
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Halloween at Hollyberry Farm
Stacy Nash
Thanks for stopping by,




Monday, May 31, 2021

Some more to share

My last post was pretty picture heavy so I decided to add this additional postscript.

I had a stitch and fully finish in May.

Zinnia Seeds
Stitching With the Housewives
I stitched Zinnia Seeds by Pricilla and Chelsea. After seeing Made by Michell McGraw's Flosstube (#48), I added some Polly Pellets to give the package the sound of a real seed pack.
Not stitching related. I was struggling for the past two weeks trying to crochet a strawberry. My mind and hands finally decided to work together on Sunday. TA DA!!  My first crocheted strawberry. Hope to get a few more make.

The WIPGO numbers for June are, 1 and 17. My projects will be #1 Halloween at Hollyberry Farm and #17 Prairie Schooler, Starry Night. 






Lots to Share


 As we head into June I've a few finishes to share. 

First up is a finish on Hands on Design 12 Days, 10 Ladies. This has been languishing for some time now. I was finally able to finish the stitching. That leaves just three more in this series. HOD, 12 Days and The Game were my WIPGO numbers (#19 and #22) for May. I was able to complete my 5 hours  of stitching on The Game. 

12 Days
Hands on Design
I also stitched the Halloween block from Casting a Spell.

Casting a Spell
Blackbird Designs
 
My second 12 Days of Christmas Series is the 12 Berries of Christmas, Erica Michaels. I completed the stitching on berry number 4 and stitched berry number 5.

12 Berries of Christmas 
Erica Michaels

 The Shepherd from Starry Night, Blackbird Designs is done. 

Starry Night 
Blackbird Designs

The fob for my Blue Ribbon Tax Day SAL on IG is stitched and I have a small start on the needlebook. I will need to decide about the container soon. I will not be doing the tree. It would require too much to get it just right. I 'll be opting for something simpler. I have a few ideas just need to decide on one.

Just Add Tinsel
Blue Ribbon Design

The main finish for May was Portrait  In Red. Love, love her. I've already started working on her companion Portrait in Blue.


Thanks for Stopping By.





Monday, May 3, 2021

May Days

I squeaked in two more finishes last week to end the month. In addition to last week's finish of Month Markings, I finished Starry Night, and Pumpkin Spice a freebie from 21 Halloween Cross-Stitch Projects in 2021. I really love the look of the WDW Autumn Harvest thread.
Starry Night
Prairie Schooler
Stitched on black 28ct Lugana (I think)
A tad too big for an ornament, possibly a pillow or flat fold finish.
Pumpkin Spice
Hel Panda Ross
FlossTube/Instagram made me do it:
I pulled out Just Add Tinsel, Blue Ribbon Designs to stitch along with Lorrie of Mischievousstitches and friends. I finished the front and back of the Star Pinkeep. I had to made a design modification (wink, wink) since I had made the stars' outline too small and didn't want to frog. (Full disclosure, most of these two were already stitched. I just added the flowers etc.) The next piece I will be tackling is the scissor fob. One of the birds is almost done. 

Just Add Tinsel
Blue Ribbon Design
Laura and Brenda of Laura and  the Serial Starter have challenged the lovers of  Blackbird Designs to stitch a Blackbird Weekend on the first weekend each month. I have several started and a lot more planned, Soooo..., this past weekend pulled out  Casting A Spell. This is also on my WIPGO board so thought I could kill two birds with one stone. I worked on the border for the Halloween sign.
Casting a Spell
Blackbird Designs
SPEAKING OF:
The WIPGO numbers for May were posted last week and they are:
 
My projects are 22: The Game, goal stitch 5 days this month (about 5 hours)
My minuscule start.
The Game
Artecy Designs
My progress on Sunday after spending some time wrangling my threads and attempting to get better organized.
This sepia toned cross stitch is from an antique print. I'll have to make it about a 3rd the way down the left side (top of the chair back/top of girls head) before I can see any definition.


19: Hands on Design 12-Days  I have only 4 more of these ornaments to stitch. I have been stuck on Ladies Dancing for far to long. Not sure what my problem. Hopefully this will get me over the hump and I'll get the last 4 at least stitched this year.


12 Days
Hands on Designs
I will see if I can fit any of these into the May Acrostic on 24 Hours of Cross Stitch. 
Thanks for stopping by,

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Marathon Weekend Progress

 

The April, 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon ended last night. Over the weekend I was able to finish the left border and turn the corner at the bottom of Halloween at Hollyberry Farm.The leaves and center of the flowers don't show up well but, they are there. I wish that I had changed the called for color.  I also stitched the crow newel under the willow tree. 
Halloween at Hollyberry Farm
Stacy Nash
When I needed a break from flowers and leaves, I worked on April Monthly Markings, and stitched a few rows of Portrait in Red.
Portrait in Red
Southern Roots
April, Monthly Markings
Heart in Hand
Halloween at Hollyberry Farm and Portraint in Red are two of my WIPOcalypse projects for 2021. I would love to finish both this year.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

WIPGO and 24HOC

 

The WIPGO Numbers for April were:



 My projects were Nevermore, Lila's Studio and Halloween at Hollyberry Farm, Stacy Nash

Two weekends ago was WIPGO Weekend. The goal being to spend some stitchy time with the called projects for  the month. While I did work on both, I made the most progress on Nevermore. 

Nevermore, Lila's Studio

This weekend is 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Marathon Weekend. The object? Select one or more projects and spend 24hrs from Friday to Midnight Sunday stitching. I'm firmly on #TeamSleep. I started on Friday night and was able to get in about 4 hours before going to bed. Twenty more hours to go, fingers crossed.My focus piece this weekend will be Halloween at Hollyberry Farm. I will be working on the border primarily. I know I will have to do some frogging, but I will leave that for later.

Halloween At Hollyberry Farm
Stacy Nash

Off to make some more Xs
Until next time, 

Gwen


Thursday, April 1, 2021

2021 Easter Blog Hop

This 

Blog Hop is hosted by Jo of  Serendipitous Stitching

If you have arrived here from her blog you know the route. If you have arrived here from a different blog have a look at Jo's Blog and hop to each of the participants to enjoy a lovely Easter treat.

I spy with my little brown I (eye) a family of hares out for a stroll.

Plum Street Sampler's, Easter Blessings

Now hop on over to : 

The Alchymyst's Study for your next letter.

Continue collecting letters from each blog. The letters will spell out a seasonal phrase. Return to Jo's blog and let her know what phrase you found.





Monday, March 29, 2021

March 2021: Week 4

 Thanks to WIPGO Weekend and 24 Hours of Cross Stitch Acrostic I have some FFOs and finishes. 

With Easter being early this year I was pleased to finish a few seasonal pieces.
Spring Whirligig
Heart In Hand

Two egg flowers
Pattern from online

Spring Topiary
Scissor Tail Designs
My Christmas Ornament this month, was number 3 from Starry Night by Prairie Schooler.



I'm still working on Portrait in Red and Lady Justice.
This is my progress thus far on PIR.
I need to fill in these areas and continue with the front area of her shoulders.
I'm still working on the ribbon (bow) at the front of Lady Liberty's dress. There are a lot more stitches there than I first thought. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen