Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Year of the WIPs Challenge

I forgot to post this blog! I did it way back the first part of October, and here it is November 23. Oh well, I'm posting it anyway! 

The Soulful Stitchers group on facebook is having a challenge to work on and finish WIPs. It started October 1 and runs through December 31, 2017.

Out of my gazillion WIPs and UFOs, I have picked 12 to concentrate on, and here they are in no particular order.

The first one is my Halloween House, and it is sooooo close to being finished! I just have to do the back stitching. Can I tell you how exicting that is to me? The pattern is by Imaginating, and I started it January 2012. (I know I just showed a photo of this, but I'm putting it here too.)

Santa's Village also made the cut. This is a series of different Christmas-y stores designed by Country Cottage. I decided to put all of mine on one piece of fabric. I started this in September 2013, and I have two finished.

Next up is Very Scary Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate. I just started this one on September 30, 1016, and it was just a few stitches...enough to call it a WIP.

This one is Pumpkin Patach Farm by Victoria Samplers. I started it in June 2012. I just love autumn themes.

Things Unseen Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate, started December 2014.

Blue Jeans and Daisies Mystery Sampler by Blue Ribbon Designs. I started it January 2013. (Can you tell I have a thing for Mystery stitching?)

And here we have Petit Trianon, a needlepoint piece. I think this was offered as a chapter project by Cyberpointers Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild.

Wildpea and Longhorn Moth is a stumpwork piece by Jane Nicholas, one of my all time favorite teacher and designers. I took this as a class at the Embroidery Guild National Seminar in September 2011. I am very close to being finished with this piece.


This piece I call Mushrooms, and it is my oldest WIP/UFO. It is from an Aunt Martha transfer. I started it when I was 15, way back in 1977.

This little WIP is Spooky Spider by Mill Hill, started in January 2012.

This is an Embroidery Guild of America Correspondence Course I started in March 2012. It is a piece of Rozashi, which is Japanese Needlepoint, and was designed and taught by Margaret Kinsey. I only have the background left to do, so I am this close to a finish! I enjoyed this so much I bought anothere Rozashi piece from Margaret.

This is a needlepoint sampler called Curious by Needle Delights. I haven't put a stitch on it yet, but I did draw the gridlines so I am counting it as a WIP.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween Hop!

Hi Hoppers! This is the post for Jo of Serendipitous Stitching Halloween Blog Hop.

First, a little "scary" stitching from me, hot off the hoop. Mill Hill's Spooky Spider. The gem in the middle of the spider's abdomen is supposed to be red, but when I saw the colors on the bottom of the gem, dark blue and purpley, with little flashes of red, I decided I liked it better.

Now on to the hop.

Looking for a letter? Well, here are some clues:

If you are looking for my letter in the forest and you hear this guy howling, you are in trouble. His boy Damien is not far behind.

Beware, for this lady may come and carry you away, never to be seen again.

And if you need help, forget asking this guy. He can't even keep up with his head!


Did you get it?

Are you ready?

My letter is ...............................................................................................

Your next blog is Justine's Cross Stitch. Have fun!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halloween House update

My  poor neglected blog. I see my last post in January of this year started the same way. And with an update on my Halloween House! lol

Well, I'm very excited! I finished all of the cross stitches on my Halloween House this past Sunday. Now I just have to do the back stitching. I am so close to a finish on this, I can taste it!

I joined in on a Tempting Tangles Mystery SAL called Welcome. It is her first one, and I am enjoying it. I got part 1 done, and she just released part 2, which I will try to get to this weekend. I am going to put beads for the flower center. The parts are small and a really quick stitch.

I have been watching the Floss Tube videos on youtube, which are videos or vlogs I guess made by stitchers, talking about their stitching, their hauls, and their lives. The videos are just fascinating! I love stitching and watching them. It's like you are sitting down with your friends to stitch. I wonder if that will be the death of blogs? I hope not, because I enjoy reading blogs too. And I don't know that I would ever have the nerve to do a video. I hate seeing myself. lol But I really enjoy watching them.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

First 2016 Post

Tis been a while since my last update. My poor neglected blog. I always have the best intentions, but poor follow through. Let's see if I can do better.

I have made some good progress on Halloween House. I am determined to finish it this year. Here is where I left it at the end of January. I didn't get to stitch on it last month. But getting close!

As you may or may not know, I love Halloween, horror, and all things ghouly and ghastly. :o)  So I am participating in the Halloween Ornie Stitchalong hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. I have challenged myself to not only stitch according to the Halloween theme, but also to also follow along with the Alphabet Club. In January, the Alphabet Club was up to 'F' and the Halloween theme was Winged Creatures.  My ornie for January was a Flock of Owls. This is my own design, my very first counted design, and I must admit to being a bit proud of myself. :o)

But alas, I am behind for February. I wonder if I can get both February and March done before the end of March?

I am currently madly stitching as a pilot stitcher for a new EGA group correspondence course. Unfortunately I can't show a photo. But I will say it is a delightful project, and I'm enjoying it very much. It has goldwork and stumpwork in it. I haven't had much experience with goldwork at all. I have such a limited time to stitch this project, I have to leave my mistakes in there because I don't have time to redo what I did wrong. And let me tell you, that is driving me NUTS!

I have new babies....plant babies that is. They should be ready for transplanting into the garden by the time our wild, weird winter to spring weather is finished.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 31, 2015

July Stitching

Stitch from Stash 2015B - July Report

Budget for July 25.00
Amount Earned 0.00
Amount Spent 0.00
Carryover to August 25.00

I spent most of July working on a soccer jersey quilt for my hair dresser. It was a lot of fun to design  and stitch together. It is the largest quilt that I have quilted on my machine. I thought that the bulk of this quilt going in my machine would drive me nuts, but it wasn't bad at all. And the best thing is I got to spend money, but it wasn't my money. :o)

I have also been sewing covers and cushions for our djembes. They travel a lot to drum circles and workshops, so we have to protect the heads. And of course, they must be well-dressed djembes. :o) Here is one I worked our name in embroidery on.

This one I designed based on an African mask called The Good Mother. I am enjoying embroidering this, so I will probably do some more masks.

And I have been working on some smaller motifs. These are for a Redwork Class that I am taking from a group called StitchMAP (Stitch Mentor Apprentice Program). I should have already finished these, but with one thing and another, they are still hanging out there. They are now my number one priority.

I'm excited that Tanya Berlin's beginner needlepainting online class is coming up. This is a skill I want to work on, so I am looking forward to the class.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stitch From Stash - March Check In

I cannot believe that March is over.  And I haven't posted as I intended!  Oh well, April is another month.

Time to check in for the Stitch From Stash challenge hosted by Mel of Epic Stitching.  I have done very well!  No purchases this month, AND a finish!  Free pattern, and everything from my stash.

My March report:

Carry Forward from February 35.14

Budget for March 25.00

Item finished from stash 8.00

Fabric 0.00
Thread 0.00
Patterns 0.00
Kits 0.00
Books 0.00
Total Spent 0.00

Balance Forward to April 68.14

I finished the January flower, "Carnation," a free pattern from Ellen Maurer-Stroh's flower of the month seriesAlyssa Feller of Brownie's Chair is hosting a SAL of this series.  I'm not managing a flower a month though, I think it will be a flower a quarter for me. lol

The fabric is a very pretty overdyed 28 count linen, soft greys and grey-greens.  It made me think of our cold, grey January weather, and that is why I used it.  I have no idea where I got it. :o)  I'm not sure how I will finish it yet.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Stitch From Stash Check In

Two months into the year, and I'm doing well stitching from my stash.  I have been tempted a lot, but I have been strong.

Here is my SFS February Report:

Carry Forward from January 25.00

Budget for February 25.00

Fabric 0.00
Thread 0.00
Patterns 0.00
Kits 0.00
Books 14.86
Total Spent 14.86

Balance Forward to March 35.14

My purchase this month was a book.  I pre-ordered Trish Burr's new book Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery back in December, and it came last week.  I'm so excited!  She is one of my favorite designers and teachers, and I have all her books.  I can't wait to try my hand at some tiny needle painting.

I have been making time to stitch every morning, and I will post photos of my progress this weekend.