Not too keen on doing Greek crosses, but these came out ok.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
6 of 8 of the hexagon pieces that go into the Quaker Ball are done, working on No. 7 now. After that 12 small squares and I'll be ready to assemble the third and final version of it.
Before I can up the fabric I might go ahead and stitch up a few smalls in the (rather large) gaps ... you know: waste not, want not.
Monday, January 4, 2016
A brand new year, a new opportunity to do better on keeping my stitching blog up to date. Fingers crossed that I won't fall too far behind .... again :-)
Here's the current status of the third Quaker ball. The up side of putting it on a scroll frame is that I don't have to juggle tons of extra fabric while stitching on one segment. The down side: it's not so easy to stitch in my comfy chair so I end up balancing the frame on my arm.
For last year's Christmas ornament exchange(s) I stitched up a bunch of Hardanger Santas. Found the pattern in one of Janice Love's great books.
These two where EGA program pieces I had signed up for a year or two ago.
The bee pin was a gift from my son for Christmas.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
All ready to get the last Quaker Ball stitched. The first one was done on 40 count, the second one on 28 count fabric. This last one will be a 32 count linen, my favorite size fabric.
After finishing Skeleton Crew I stitched Aley's wedding sampler to this point. As soon as I hear from her as to when the wedding is going to be I'll put in "the guts".
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I really am a terrible blogger! Good thing I don't have people hanging on my every word (like some blogs I follow that have hundreds of subscribers and where there is a cool, funny, interesting or otherwise worthwhile entry about every other day).
Yes! I have stitched between February and now. I finished the Victorian Star - started, stitched, finished and got framed Winter Diamonds (companion piece to Quaker Diamonds) - found two finished Terrance Nolan bees that I finally got framed - stitched a flag for my niece who just started USMC boot camp a week ago - AND I just this morning completed this year's Halloween piece. I am sure there were misc. little pieces I did in between. As soon as I figure out what they were (and where they are at now) I will photograph them and add them to the blog.
But, without further ado: here is my latest finish:
Skeleton Crew by Cricket Collection
The fabric is the same as I what I used in Christopher's piece and last year's banner. I barely had enough fabric left - there is about 1.5 inches between the top / bottom stitches and the edges. Again, I used some glow-in-the-dark threads ... the serpent, the foam on the waves and the scull in the pirate flag.
No promises that I will update on a more regular basis .... but, I will try.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
It might look like it, just by the lack of posting here, that I have given up stitching. But, the truth is, I always forget to post pictures and updates.
My first finish of the year was Quaker Ball #2, this one done on 28 count linen - it is SO much bigger than the first one I did last year. (http://stitchingbea.blogspot.com/2014/01/finished-quaker-ball.html). It worked up really fast, mainly because I could stitch this without magnification (besides the green on blue; stitching on dark fabric is the pits ...)
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Yep, time to start something NEW - as if I don't have enough projects in the pipeline. But, in my defense ... I have nothing on canvas in the works. I like having something to turn to when my eyes get tired and 32 count linen is hard to see.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The latest version of DMC's color chart does not have real threads anymore but only pictures of threads.
I don't think those pics are true to the real thing, therefore finding the right shade of thread can be a little difficult.
They is why I am setting up new thread boxes in color schemes instead of in numerical order.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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 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
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
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
Thursday, January 2, 2014
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:
It's a little difficult to get a good shot of something half round: