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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Smalls SAL

I am participating in Stitching Lotus' Smalls SAL, where you stitch one small piece each month. So here is my small for January.

It will be a little Halloween ornament for my Halloween tree at work. This is also my Halloween ornament for the Halloween Ornie SAL.

I love spiders, and I will confess that I allow them to live in my house. So although the cobwebs in the corners may make you think that I am a sloppy or indifferent housekeeper (which I probably am, but that is beside the point), it is really because I am a most hospitable spider hostess. So when I saw the little spider nestling on the witch hat, I just had to stitch him!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hermitting Weekend and TUSAL

Both my hermitting and TUSAL posts are just a little late. I don't know where the week went to! And how is January almost over? It seems like it just started!

The January IHSW, or International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, took place on the weekend of the 16th. I threw in Monday the 19th also, because that was a work holiday for me. I pulled out my Chatelaine Herbularius to work on.  I had not touched that piece since 2012 when the class was running, and let me tell you, I was just a tad bit intimidated when I pulled out all those charts and all those threads, to try to figure out where I left off 3 years ago. lol  It took me a few minutes, but I soon got my Herbie groove back on. I finished the four lotus pads and leaves, and now they are awaiting the center and the bead.

I finished that on Sunday, so I pulled out my Elizabeth designed by Gay Ann Rogers.  Gay Ann issued us a challenge to start working on our Elizabeths for at least 10 minutes a day. I did that last week. Here is my photo of her when I pulled her out. No progress pic yet! :o)

And finally, my TUSAL photo. TUSAL stands for "Totally Useless Stitch Along," and for this we save our orts from new moon to new moon as a different way to see our stitching progress.  So here are my orts as of the new moon on January 20.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stitch From Stash 2015 - January

I am participating in Mel of Epic Stitching's Stitch from Stash Challenge. Although the challenge is closed to new participants, stitchers could still unofficially play along. :o)  The goal is to stick within a $25 per month budget. What is not spent one month carries over to the next.

My January Report:

$0 spent! I did good! :o)