Friday, November 27, 2015

Halloween pumpkins

I finally finished the stitching for my three pumpkins (small, medium, and large) that I've been working on here and there. I still need to turn them into stuffed pumpkins, but that will wait for a while. The pieces are called Three Pumpkins by Prairie Grove Peddler.

I'm working on Teresa Wentzler's Dragon Ride at the moment. So far it's just some work on the border. I brought it with me on our cruise to the Bahamas in September, but my aging eyesight couldn't handle it. I think it's time for bifocal contact lenses or one near/one far.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

My first needlefelted project

I've had this kit for a while, ever since I fell for it after seeing a Nordic Needle email about it. I've bought some books, more needles, and various colors of wool, but I haven't figured out what I want to work on next.

I also have this vague fear of starting a new craft. I build it up in my mind, plan what I want to do, and then fear that it won't turn out like I want or will be more difficult than I thought. This is a new thing for me, and I'm trying to work through it. I'm usually indomitable when it comes to crafts. But it's been this way for my desire to paint watercolors and do beading projects. Maybe I can work on that over the holiday break. Four days for Thanksgiving, so I have a little time.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Halloween exchange sent

Edgar received this Halloween pillow I made for our exchange. It's from the latest Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue. My mom helped with the sewing, of course.

Halloween exchange received

Marie sent me this great piece for Hooked on Exchanging's Halloween exchange. The stitched piece is on a pouch, and the top folds down and secures with a ribbon. Very cool and very nicely stitched. I really like this piece!

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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inner border of Day finished

I finished the inner border of TW's Day and figured that would be a good place to take a WIP photo (thought it's not very good since it's still on scroll rods). I haven't yet backstitched it, and I'll take another photo after I do. There's a lot of it, so it will take a while. Backstitching isn't my favorite thing, but it sure does make everything pop.

I made one mistake (as far as I know). Instead of my usual method of making cards for each symbol, punching six holes, and preblending a length, I was impatient and just made one card with a few holes and blended as I went along. For one color, I came up uneven -- I had inadvertently grabbed two lengths of the same color somewhere along the way. The two colors are very close, so I can't tell where the mistake is. I guess that means it's not a big deal, but it irritates me. This is the trouble with being a perfectionist -- being unable to let it go. But I'm trying my best and will attempt to ignore the problem.

I also won't be taking another shortcut. For the rest of the piece, I'll be making up my cards and sticking them in individual baggies like I usually do. Bad stitcher, bad!


Every year, I take inventory of my son's Lego collection. He tends to play with his masterpieces around the house and loses pieces. I try to enforce the rule of one set out, one set in (keyword: TRY), but many times he has things scattered around. So I check that each set has every piece it's supposed to (63 sets and counting). I call this protecting my investment. My husband calls it insanity. This takes me months because it's so boring. However, I'm almost done except for three big sets and have ordered the missing pieces (from sellers on Bricklink, a sort of eBay for Lego).

So this leads me to getting more involved in his sets, which made me look at customized minifigures. Uh-oh, new hobby. I've ordered a few pieces and am going to try creating my own decals. We'll see how it goes. One of my goals for the new year was trying new crafts, so voila. Like many crafts, it can get expensive once you delve into it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mass Effect scarf HD

I made this scarf for Matt. It uses the logo for Commander Shepherd from Mass Effect, his favorite computer game ever. I'd meant to give it to him for Christmas, but my illness prevented that. He seemed pretty happy to be able to finally wear it, and we had cold weather to boot (not something that's a given in Texas -- we wore shorts a couple of weeks ago).

I designed it myself. The logo is cross stitched with two strands of yarn. I had tried crocheting it in, but it looked horrible. I know there are some forms of crochet where that's supposed to work, but I couldn't figure it out. Thus, cross stitch, something I know a little about.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Labyrinth Sampler HD

I stitched this piece for a friend so she could give it to her BFF for Christmas. She told me in October, and I delivered mid-December. She said, "No rush." Ha! She had no idea how much time something like this takes, but I was happy to help. I used some fuzzy floss for the dog and added a crystal globe for Jareth. I framed it myself -- not my best but certainly better than the model shown on Etsy.