Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Recent Finishes

TINGLES October 31-Jack O Lantern Double Flip by Lizzie*Kate

Sweet Tooth (Limited Edition pattern) by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Mysterious Halloween Town (Part One) by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Stitchy Gift


Like many stitchers, I love giving handmade gifts. I have made more cross stitched, embroidered, and, even though I am relatively new to it, crocheted gifts for friends and family than I can count. I love making things for loved ones. I love the planning process. I love thinking of how the recipient will feel upon getting the gift, and how he or she will feel when looking at or using the gift for years to come.

Like many stitchers, I love receiving handmade gifts. Because I stitch, I understand what goes into handmade gifts. And because of that understanding, receiving something that was made for me, specifically for me, is truly special. So when I received this in the mail earlier this week, I knew I had something spectacular in my hands.




My good friend Glenda made me this for my birthday, and it's so perfect I could just cry. I love everything about this, from the sassy saying to the turquoise color scheme. And oh my gosh, the stitching is amazing. Glenda knows what she is doing, for sure! Even her finishing skills blow me away.

Perfection

If you want to read about the details of this piece, hop on over the Glenda's blog, Wren and Stitchy. And then settle in for a while because you'll find all sorts of goodies over there, such as hand embroidery, Zentangles, and, of course, more cross stitch.

Thank you so much, Glenda!

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

These Days


These days, I have been putting some stitches in this WIP




and dreaming about what to make with this glorious stack of fat quarters.



I think I need to make a Halloween quilt. I've always wanted to do that. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Spring


I recently took a break from my list of stitching goals to do this sweet little piece.

"Happy Spring" by The Snowflower Diaries
The colors look a bit off, as it was an overcast day when I snapped the photos. They are more muted than what you see here. And the fabric, 28-ct Ray of Light Lugana, is actually a pale, sunshiny yellow, not the off-white hue seen in the pics.


I had to make a couple changes to the recommended floss to make the patten work on the yellow Lugana. I am pleased with the outcome.


Isn't that butterfly lovely? I used to limited edition shade of GAST to stitch her. She might be my favorite part. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Goals Update #2


I've spent the last couple months trying to tackle some more items on my stitchy goals list

I started a project on 40-ct linen. Oh my, talk about tiny fabric! I chose to stitch The Queen Bee by JBW Designs. It's such a sweet little pattern. 


I don't know exactly what linen this is, but I think it's Sand Newcastle by Zweigart. It's just a bitty little piece, I do know that. What I know for sure, though, is that I am using Black Coral silk floss by Dinky Dyes. I am actually crossing two things off my list with this project: stitch on 40-ct linen and stitch something entirely in silk. 

(I wish I'd put a quarter or something next to that bee to give you an idea about how small she is. From crown to stinger, she is less that two inches! Same thing from wing to wing.)

Also on my list is trying new crochet stitches. I dabbled in granny squares, even buying a pamphlet at the craft store. The pamphlet makes them look pretty easy, and everything I've read online about granny squares is that they're pretty easy. But for me, something isn't quite clicking--yet. I know it will someday. *Fingers crossed*. 


It's not horrible, it's not great. It is what it is and I am okay with that. 

I've also been working on what I think is called the V-stitch.


I've taken to this stitch better than the granny squares, for sure. But I figure I'll be able to conquer grannies eventually, so I am not worried about it. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Goals Update #1

I have been working toward some of the stitching goals I set for myself, and so far, so good. Here is just one of them.

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I picked out a fabulous Nora Corbett pattern, "Gardenia."  I am so smitten with this design! I opted for something from Corbett's smaller Pixie Couture line rather than one her larger Mirabilia patterns (like I had originally planned) because I thought I had a better chance of completing the smaller Pixie pattern. 

I've also been poking around the internet in search of a good granny square tutorial, and I found one that clicked with me. I will share my very first granny square with you soon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goals




I am not one for making New Year's resolutions, but I thought it'd be fun to make some stitching goals. Perhaps there isn't much difference between the two, but I love the idea of setting goals. Resolutions? Meh, not so much. Anywho, here are my stitching goals for 2014. 

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Stitch something on 40-ct. fabric.
For a long time, I've wanted to do something on 40-ct. fabric. I finally bought a small swatch of it and plan to stitch something on it soon. Wish me--and my eyesight--luck! ;)

Stitch an entire project in nothing but silk floss.
Oh, silk. So luxurious. So smooth. So...pricey. Doing a project in all silk can really add up. For that reason, my project will be small. I like this pattern by JBW Designs. I think it'd look nice stitched with this silk, which I happen to have in my stash.

Stitch a pattern that is outside my "norm".
I like a certain style when it comes to stitching, but I think it would be fun to try something new, something a bit more challenging. I have my eye on some Drawn Thread and Just Nan patterns that I think would be fun to stitch even though they are just a wee bit out of my comfort zone. I would also like this goal to include incorporating some specialty stitches into my stitching. I did a pattern a few years ago that had a lot of simple specialty stitches, and I'd like to expand and try some more complicated ones. Many of the Just Nan patterns would be perfect for that.

Stitch a Mirabilia pattern.
I have done one and only one Mirabilia, and it was awesome. I would like to try a larger, more intricate Mira this time around. I don't think I would actually be able to finish a Mira by the end of the year, especially since I have the other goals I'd like to meet, so perhaps I should change it to, "Start a Mirabilia pattern." I don't want to set myself up for failure by setting the bar too high. ;) Anywho, there a lot of patterns from which to choose, and I think narrowing it down just might be the most difficult aspect of this goal!

Learn how to do more kinds of crochet.
I couldn't make a list of stitching goals without having one of them pertain to crochet! I have only been doing it for 9 or so months, but I truly love it. I don't know how to do much, though. I can manage a handful of stitches, but I can't seem to get past crocheting in rows and nothing but rows. I would like to learn how to do granny squares, I think. Or maybe learn how to stitch something round. We'll see! I am still working out the details of this goal.
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So, there you have it, my stitching goals for 2014. My plan is to keep you filled in as to how I am doing as the year progresses. My friend Julie also has a list of stitching goals and will updating her blog accordingly.  Some of my goals are the same as hers, and it will be nice to work toward our goals together. Stay tuned!

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