Monday, June 29, 2015

Convent's Herbal Garden HD

I finished this Chatelaine a few days ago. The beading seemed to go on forever, though really there's not that much for a Chatelaine. I enjoyed the piece, but the instructions were pretty difficult to decipher. I had instructions from the initial mystery release (from a kit I bought way back when), and those are a little rougher than the printed instructions. I think I should have just bought the chart and saved myself the headache.

I also learned that Marlitt is discontinued! I guess the difficulty of working with it wasn't worth the prettiness of it. There are some substitutes for it, but fortunately I didn't run out of it. No, it just hid away in my stash until I had bought a replacement. Then it turned up. Of course.

On a recent jaunt to ABC Stitch Therapy, I picked up the charts for a few Just Nan smalls. I stitched up a strawberry bunny and need to do the finishing of it. I also ordered the fabric for the smalls, so I see some of those in my future. I just need to switch mindset from a large piece to a bunch of smalls. It's difficult sometimes; other times I need the break.

Speaking of, I'm contemplating the next piece to put on my scroll rods. I really should finish up some past projects. I'm running out of project bags! Maybe it's time to go through my WIPs again, but most of them are non-cross stitch. It's hard to get out of my comfort zone.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Convent's Herbal Garden Part 4

This picture came out a little better. I still have an outer border and then the gates beyond that. I had to order some floss I was missing (substituting for horrible Marlitt).

I got in some Just Nan mice and an owl. I'm looking forward to stitching those little pieces after this one.

Last weekend, a few of my local stitching friends got together to stitch and say goodbye to a friend going to Qatar. Loads of fun (and bittersweet)! We'll be taking a trip to ABC Stitch Therapy soon too -- can't wait!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Convent's Herbal Garden Part 3

I finished the third part, but of course I messed up so many times that I ran out of my kit floss (nothing new). Matt went with me to the Needleworks to get some more Caron Waterlilies. Ouch, expensive! But at least now I don't have to twiddle my thumbs while I wait on floss to come in.

The color's off in the photo -- the fabric is actually white.

I also bought some new knobs for my floor stand. I get corrosion from the constant movement of steel on brass. Am I the only one?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Part 1 of Chatelaine

I started Chatelaine's Convent's Herbal Garden the first day of spring break. I'm further along than this, but I took this photo at the end of part 1. More photos soon!

The chart for this one isn't easy to read, but I'm enjoying it pretty well. Silk floss is verra nice. :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

TW's Day HD

I just finished Day designed by Teresa Wentzler. I've had this chart since around 1991 when I was 21. I remember finding Day and Night during one of our infrequent trips to Michael's. I flipped over it and immediately bought the supplies. Of course, I bought aida instead of linen, which never would have worked.

Years later when I returned to cross stitch, I discovered this designer I loved and realized I had two of her charts. Night was the second piece by TW I stitched. I figured it was about time I stitched Day to go with it.

I plan to get both pieces framed by Jill Rensel when money permits. Maybe as another Christmas/birthday present I pick out for myself. :)

I'm considering a Chatelaine mandala, Convent's Herbal Garden, next. That's another one I've had for a while.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day stitching complete

I finished the stitching on Day tonight. Next is the backstitching and specialty stitches, which is why she's looking so washed out. Oh, and then there will be beading. I might actually finish next weekend!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Inner border of Day backstitched

As expected, the backstitching made a world of difference. Now I get to the more interesting stitching of the inner motif. I first need to do some organizing and pre-blend my lengths of floss. I do like organizing, so this is fun too.

Kiddie Reading

Despite Logan's behavioral problems at school, I have noticed a marked improvement in his reading. It's amazing how they go from the alphabet to reading pretty darn well from kindergarten to first grade. I bought some of the level 2 Star Wars Rebels books, and he went right through them. Time to order more books. I like that the publishers label the reading level because it's hard sometimes to find something appropriate for him to read. He's in first grade, but level 2 seems to be just right for him. He doesn't get every word but enough to give him confidence in his reading.