Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coming along

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

Happy 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.

Amazing what one might find when one cleans up ones craft room ... 
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

Quaker No. 3

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

Starting fresh ...

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

Another Quaker Ball

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. ( 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

Fair Entries

I completely forgot to post pictures of my ribbons that I won at the fair. I am very happy with it considering I had never entered anything before.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Victorian Star - Laura Perin

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

DMC Color "Chart"

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.

Berkshire revisited

Just back from the framer who has done a great job with the shadow box.

Monday, September 1, 2014

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


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.



The last 4 hexagons





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!