Friday, July 18, 2014

On to the next project

I really didn't NEED to start yet another project, but I want to get this one done in time for this year's Halloween and since it looks like a quick stitch I figured I squeeze it in.


Friday, July 4, 2014

All Done!


Also found a porch light and house numbers to go with it. Next up: mounting and a trip to the framer's.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The door is back ...

I hadn't worked on this in a while because I didn't like the way the porch was coming together. So, in the back of the closet it went. 

In the meantime I had started a couple new projects (as if I really need more WIPs ...) and had almost forgotten about The Berkshire.

A couple nights of tedious, tiny stitches finally finished up the porch and now I get to move on to the ... bricks, which, from the look of the pattern, are going to be just as much work ... they require THREE passes in different threads.

On to brick laying ....




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I get to show off my stuff

I had talked to the guy at the check-out at our library a couple of weeks back and I mentioned that I would be able to help them fill their display case should they ever need someone.

Wouldn't you know it ... 2 days ago I get a phone call "Could you bring your needlework and display it in April". Yep, on 3/31. Nothing like working under pressure figuring out which pieces would work and then fixing up some labels so people would know what the heck they are looking at.

I grabbed my son to help out and we fixed up the display yesterday afternoon. I must say, I'm a little proud to have my own "showing" ... as if I were some sort of artist LOL

Maybe it will inspire some folks in the community to get their own needles threaded up to "paint with thread".



 








Friday, February 28, 2014

All done ... BUT


This piece has been a lot of fun. So, I'm a little bummed, that it's not "usable". 

What happened was: I had it all done, just needed to sew on the paillettes when my water bottle tipped over and got part of the piece wet. Of course it had to be the one flower that would bleed like nothing else: the dark purple pansy ... It's a little hard to see in the picture, but there is a light pinkish purple shadow at the bottom of the flower petals. I rinsed and rinsed and tried OxyClean and rinsed some more and it DID get a little better with each rinse. BUT, now the fabric is ruined. No way I can get the wrinkles ironed out in between all that stitching.

But, I am glad I took the class and I know I will work something like this again in the future ... my (stitching) life is no longer just made up of counted techniques.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Surface Embroidery

Who would have thought that there would come a day that I !!!, the girl that only enjoys COUNTED embroidery in the form of cross stitch, canvas work or Hardanger, would say: I really like this.

Last weekend the Charleston EGA chapter sponsored a class lead by Susan O'Connor, editor at Inspirations Magazine to come and teach us just that. 

I had signed up because the cost was low and I was hoping that this time I would "get it". Boy, did I ever. Over the course of two days I learned how to pad flower petals and do a proper split stitch and especially how to get the stitches to go in the correct directions so that leaves don't look like someone filled them in in crayon.

Anyone out there NOT a member of the EGA, ANG or any other embroidery group? I can only recommend joining up. In the past 13 years since I joined the Embroiderers' Guild I have learned SO much - who knew, that there is something other than cross stitch out there :-)


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Finished Quaker Ball

Almost forgot to post a picture of the finished piece:


Thursday, January 2, 2014

First (partially) completed project of the year

Last night I finished piecing together the first half of the Quaker Ball. Yes, I never did finish posting all the little square ... they stitched up faster than I could get pictures taken.

It's a little difficult to get a good shot of something half round:



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2014! May this year bring lots of stitching time and maybe even the occasional finish of a U.F.O.

I found this write-up posted to one of the Facebook groups that I belong to and I thought it was worth sharing. I will tackle my stitching room right after lunch and try fight my way through the mess that as accumulate on my table - not sure if I will have enough time today to organize my "works in progress".


No More UFO's    by Rev. Chris Miller

"My house looks like the typical cross stitcher's house: the chest bookcase in the hobby room has stacks of leaflets, kits and magazines hiding behind the doors, and three shelves of cross stitch books. I have enough cross stitch patterns and ideas to last several lifetimes! In the dresser in the guest bedroom are two drawers full of fabrics and a fabric chart and order form. And under my bed is a long plastic craft box filled with DMC floss, Kreinik metallics and several other kinds of specialty things.
But one thing you will NOT find in my house are UFO's. You know, those dreaded UnFinished Objects: the one you started three years ago, and got so sick of that you hid it away behind the boxes in the back corner of the closet. I don't HAVE any UFO's. And I haven't had any for more than four years, ever since I started using the Rotation System for my stitching. I was working ona trio of Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum's angels for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and I was getting angel overload. So I started switching off on the angels, and I found that the stitching went better. And the Rotation System began to evolve.
Over the past four years, I have refined my system, and now I never have a project I am sick of. Let me describe how my system works:
All of my current projects are stored in plastic vegetable storage bags -- the kind with the tiny holes, so the projects can breathe. Every project is numbered and I work on one project for ten hours stitching time, then move on to the next project. When I have completed ten hours on each of the ongoing projects, I get to start another project, adding it to the rotation. Then I go back to the top project and start over. This way, I start on a different project about every six to ten weeks, depending on how many projects are going on.
During some rotations, I may not finish a single project, but the next rotation, I may finish two or three. So the number of projects being worked on ranges from about four to no more than eight or nine. And those old UFO's? When I Have finished ten hours on that awful project, I can put it away with a clear conscience: I made ten hours of progress toward completion of the project, and I have permission to do something I like a lot better.
I devised a simple chart with a series of X-marks to show how many hours I have done. Each X represents ten hours of stitching time. My chart looks something like this:
1. Earth Angel XXXXXXX
2. Earth Sampler XXXXX
3. Literary Cat XXXX
4. I finished #4 last time
5. TW Castle XX
6. Wedding Sampler X
7. Casa de Cios
8. MLI Santa
9. Band Sampler
10. Goose Girl
I am currently working on #5, and when I reach the 10 hour mark, I will add an X to my chart and move on to the wedding sampler. Projects listed as 8-10 are ones I am thinking of starting. Before I get there, I may have changed my mind. That's part of the fun.
If this sounds like fun, how to get started? First, go on a treasure hunt. Find ALL of the UFO's in the house, even the ones in the bottom of the suitbag in the closet. Get them ALL out. Now choose four of these projects. Make a good variety among the ones you select. Unless you only do samplers, for instance, don't only select samplers. You might want to have some variety as you go from one to the next; you want some fun ones. So include Christmas ornaments, or something easy for some of them.
Number them in bags and write out your chart (make a separate list of UFO's you didn't put on your working list, and the new projects you want to do as a "seed list" from which to add new projects from your working list.) Then stitch ten hours on each of the four in turn. When you get to number four, decide which one you will add as number five, go back to number one, and do the cycle again, adding number six this time. Make some of these added projects totally new ones you have wanted to do as well as give yourself a treat. Repeat again. Even the project you are totally sick of looking at will eventually get done, and there's no guilt at putting down at the end of 10 hours. After all, you are ten hours closer to being done. And you will have started at least a couple of new projects. I think you will be excited about your stitching again.
But what if you have a project with a deadline? Work it into your rotation: do ten hours on number one, then ten on your urgent project, and go back to number two, then your urgent one, etc... The urgent one will work up quickly, and you can keep your rotation going.
One last comment: save all the dimes you get. You're going to be doing a lot of framing, and the dimes will come in handy to cover framing costs. Keep on stitching!" -- Rev. Chris Miller

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Squares 1 and 2

These little square are like pieces of chocolate, can't just stitch one. The work up super fast. Each is only 1 x 1 inch.


S1A

S2A

The last 4 hexagons

H5B

H6B

H7B

H8B

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Calorie Free Cupcake

The pattern appeared in the Christmas ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch this year. Unfortunately I decided to stitch this one long after the kits were no longer available. So, silicone cupcake liners were purchased at Walmart, the cute gingerbread people found at JoAnn's and the rest scrounged up from my stash ... STASH IS GOOD!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Berkshire Revisited

I made some progress (and I won't tell you how many times I have ripped various sections out!) Let's just put it this way: I had to buy more white Perle Coton. 

Didn't get very far on the door mat last night; the eyes were tired and the Ott Light didn't shine enough said light on my canvas for me to see where I was going.

(Yep, I just noticed that the white sections between the right windows are missing.)


Here's a close-up of the windows beside the door. The shimmery effect is created by adding one ply of Bijoux #460 to the gray floss.


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Quaker Ball - Small Ball, part 6

O6B

This is the last of the octagonal pieces. Next up: 8 hexagons. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Something Different for a Change

When I was in Indiana last month I was able to pick up my kit of "Berkshire Revisited" that I had signed up for through the local ANG chapter. 

There are a LOT of little stitches, but it's a great piece to work on. I hadn't done much canvas work since I completed the Three Magi so this is fun and easy on the eyes (for the most part).


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ornament Exchange

A couple of friends and I  have stitched Christmas ornaments for each other this year. While I was in South Bend, IN in October we met for lunch and did the exchange. Over the summer I had found the perfect little tree to display them (and hopefully future ones) ... along with a moon ornament that reminds me of paper lanterns we had in Germany when I was a kid.
On the left is my collection of scissors (no, I do not have enough, yet!)
On the wall is a  hanky my great-grandmother crochet the lace on.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Quaker Ball - Small Ball, part 4

O4B

I don't imagine I'll get all the pieces done and assembled before the end of the year, that's why I dated it 2014 already.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Quaker Ball - Small Ball, part 1

Hubby had picked up some threads and fabric for me while he was on the road (we don't have a good LNS nearby) so now I am off to the next project. 

This pattern contains 3 balls stitched on three different kind of grounds and will be three different sizes. Each ball contains 26 pieces, six octagons, eight hexagons and twelve squares.

I might just stitch up all pieces and then put all three balls together when that is done.


O1A - Caron Collection, Waterlilies, Chili

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Merry Xmas by Prairie Moon

Nothing like power stitching. I had ordered the fabric over the summer but it wasn't till about 2 weeks ago that it finally arrived. Wanting to give this piece to my son for Christmas (AND take it to Indiana myself in 2 weeks) I had to get out the power needles and put other projects aside to get it done.
As usual, I had to adjust the pattern slightly. I used some variegated threads I had in my stash (the DMC colors given in the instructions were too crass) and some stitches are done in glow-in-the dark DMC thread. I added 2013 to the topper and hid my initials in her skirt (only visible in the dark)
I will take the piece unframed and leave with the framer in Mishawaka for Christopher to pick up later ... just not sure if the framer here can get it done in time.