Sunday, October 17, 2010

A little blog housekeeping

I spent way too much time yesterday going through all of the old posts and adding labels for the posts that didn't have them and trying to add links to the companies and designers of things that I've worked on. I'm not really sure that I *needed* to do it, but since I had labels and links for some posts and not for others, the OCD side of me wanted them all to have labels and links.

Now, to actually do some stitching!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two more small finishes

Here are a couple of small finishes from the past couple of weeks. The first is the one that you saw an "in progress" photo of in the previous post and the other is the autumn square from a Prairie Schooler design from the February 2008 issue of The Gift of Stitching. (You can see the full design here.)

I've started one more little Halloween design from the Just Cross Stitch October issue, then I'm going to start on some Christmas stuff.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Last weekend's stitching

I didn't get as much stitching done this past weekend as I had hoped too, but I did manage to finish one of my small projects, "By the Full Moon" by Tracy Horner of Ink Circles from the September/October 2010 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched it on some hand-dyed Silkweaver fabric.

I also started another design from the same issue - "Perched on a Pumpkin" from Blue Ribbon Designs, also on some Silkweaver fabric.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Halloween Fairy Finished!

I can't believe how long I dragged out the completion of this design. I've decided that I really dislike doing lots of long stitches (the metallics of the webs and vines) and I think that's why it took me so long when I was so close to finishing. Now I need to wash and frame it, which will no doubt take another two years.

Yesterday I discovered something I don't think I had previously realized - going to a craft store without knowing exactly what you need is just as bad as going to the grocery store hungry. I ended up with several things that I probably didn't need, but I'm a sucker for kitty cat Christmas ornaments (especially when they are 50% off). And organizer tools (especially when they are 30% off). And several other things what were various percentages off. :)

I'm going to finish a couple of small things and then get started on my next big design - Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place. As has happened a couple of times, I had a hand-dyed fabric that I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, and then found the perfect design (the fabric is "Raging Storm" by Silkweaver)!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Small finish from last weekend

Last weekend I got the bug to start doing some final finishing on some of the smaller designs I've stitched, which mostly meant that I ended up looking through all the craft store sales fliers and then wandering the aisles looking for inspiration. The ornament below is the only one that I ended up finishing over the weekend, and it didn't come out as good as some other ornaments that I did a couple of years ago. I think part of the problem was the oval shape and that I didn't clip the bunched-up fabric enough so the two halves didn't stick together very well (thankfully I had really thick cording to fill the gap). I was proud of myself for finding something to make the oval shape though - I was originally looking for an oval stencil in the art supplies, but didn't have any luck (they just had circles and they were really expensive). So I wandered over to the wood crafts and found an oval cut-out (for painting and putting on furniture, picture frames, etc.) that was just the right size and only 29 cents. Score!

The design is from the Just Cross Stitch ornaments issue from a few years back. I've called it "Who Tree" because it makes me think of the trees in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". :)

I did more on the remaining metallics on Halloween Fairy (which I will hopefully finish this weekend) and I started on a small ornament from this year's JCS Halloween issue. I like to have a small design that I can stitch on while I'm sitting in bed watching TV later in the evening and don't want to mess with a big design (even though I have a great lap frame). More pics this weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Halloween Fairy is almost done!

I took this photo earlier in the day yesterday while the light was still good (Tropical Storm Hermine was approaching with lots of clouds), so I've actually gotten even closer to finishing than when I took this photo. Apologies for the weird shadow on the left side.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Three years and a Halloween Fairy update

Yes, this is my three year blogiversary! And I've only been working on Halloween Fairy for two of those three years. ;)

As you can see, she's finally starting to get legs and I'm almost finished with her skirt (I think it was all that dark brown stitching that was killing my desire to pick this one up and finish it, but I'm almost done with that now!). Soon I'll be able to get to the pumpkins and the remaining metallics and beads. I really wanted to start on another project, but I realized I needed the long Q-snap bars from this one, so I'm using that as incentive to get her finished before *this* Halloween.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fall trees finished!

I finished Fall Trees last night!

I'm going to do a little work on the remaining parts of Catherine of Aragon's skirt and then some more on Halloween Fairy. Of course, this plan will probably fly out the window when the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue gets here. Can you tell I have a BIG weakness for Halloween and Fall designs?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fall trees update

I thought I might get around to finishing this over the weekend but I didn't quite manage it. Almost there though!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New stitching - Fall trees

Yes, I've been doing a little more stitching! Woo-hoo! This design is "Fall Line Up" from The Cross Stitcher magazine October 2009 issue. I chose a sparkly hand-dyed 32-ct fabric for it (although the sparkles and color don't show up very good in the photo - I'll get a better one in natural light when I finish it).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Some stitching!! *faint*

And if it looks familiar (say... like something in this previous post) there is a good reason for that! A friend went to the UK recently and brought me a Tudor rose bookmark kit that I had already done before. I was planning to stitch them together and make it two-sided until I discovered that one was 14-ct and the other was 15-ct. Oh well, I guess I have two now!

Now I think I'll try to finish a few of the autumn and Halloween projects I started last year (and the year before that - yes, I still haven't finished Halloween Fairy!). Thinking of the fall is about the only thing that gets me through Texas summers.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Since I still don't have stitching to share with everyone

I thought I would pass along this awesome article...

From the Wall Street Journal:

Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching

With Less to Haul, Drivers Try New Hobbies; Quilting in the Cab


WALCOTT, Iowa—Semi driver Dave White happily sequestered himself in his rig at a truck stop on a rural stretch of Interstate 80, waiting to pick up his next haul: 45,000 pounds of Spam. He used to loathe the downtime in his job.

Then, he bought a sewing machine.

Since last year, when the economy left drivers with fewer hauls, Mr. White, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound ex-Air Force mechanic with a bushy mustache, has hunkered down inside his truck in his many off hours, making quilts from patterns with names like "Meet Me In Paris." When he's not sewing, he's daydreaming about it, he said as he ran a square of yellow cotton with little violets through his machine. "Oh, there's many a time you're just going down the road at O-dark-thirty in the morning and you just start thinking about a particular pattern."

Full article

(and maybe some needlework soon... I've really been itching to do some stitching!)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I did manage to get some stitching done in 2009, but not as much as I would have liked. I haven't even done as much over my winter break as I had planned, although I did get around to rinsing a bunch of hand-dyed fabrics and washing some small projects so I can do the final finishing. I mostly finished stitching one small ornament from a kit I got in a grab bag a while back, but I'll post a photo when it is totally complete.

Goals for 2010? To finally finish Halloween Fairy and Catherine of Aragon! I am still hoping to make a dent in some of the old kits still sitting in my organizer bin but a lot of those are pretty big projects. Maybe I'll try to get the smaller ones done first so I'll feel like I've accomplished something. :)