Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
When I started the Snow Belles, I just grabbed my threads from stitching Six Fat Men, since the colors were the same. I was fine except for the three stitches on her cheek - she is wearing a little blush on her cheeks, and the Six Fat Men didn't use that color! Since this is my travel project, I kept forgetting to pull that thread to finish off. So, I finally remembered to bring my stitching bag upstairs, make the three silly little X's, and take a picture.
Assuming I don't fall down on the job, there should be another update soon since I'm probably 3/4 of the way done with the SECOND Snow Belle.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Here's what I have stitched so far - it's 4 pages out of 35. It's slow going, and this will be a VERY long term project, but I am loving it. It's called "Boulevard of Dreams" and it's a Heaven and Earth Designs pattern. It's a Las Vegas sky line. By the time I get to page 7 (the top right corner) there will be the very top of a building (It's the top of the Stratosphere, for those of you who know Las Vegas! LOL)
Here are my statistics on the project so far.....I keep an Excel spreadsheet to track my time (doing that for this one and my other HAED I have in progress).
Started - 7/12/12
Finished - 11/23/12
Days Stitched - 35 Days
Time Stitched (Page 4 only) - 57 Hours
Time Stitched (Project to date) - 243 Hours
Stitches (Page 2 only) - 7,546
Stitches (Total Project so far) - 30,478
Percent Completed - 14.51%
Thanks for checking it out!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
So then I converted the flower colors to bolder colors (to try to match the colors in the variegated floss) and made the border a solid color because I felt it would be too busy if it was multi-colored as well. I am happy with how it turned out....
Oh, and by the way, the pattern is from My Big Toe Designs, and it's called "Normal Family". It cracks me up because My Big Toe seems to focus on more religious themed designs, and this seemed rather sarcastic for them.
Thanks for checking out my blog.....
Sunday, October 7, 2012
So - inadvertently following my "if it's a holiday, it must be time to post" I have a blog update today! (For those who don't know - tomorrow is Columbus Day. I'm not off work, but some people are and the post office and banks are closed - hence my description of "kind of" a holiday).
My local stitching group got together yesterday at our "list Mom's" house. Some people actually went to a quilting show first - I opted to just meet them for the stitching portion of the day because most of my day today was going to be taken up with football. I worked on "Six Fat Men" and got so close to finishing it, I decided to continue stitching on it last night and this morning at home (even though it's usually my "travel" project).
And while I was stitching a lot of white snow on that as a travel project, at home I was stitching mostly black.....
Here is my progress so far on "Love, Quaker Style" - it's an Aury TM Design. It's stitched on 30 count white linen and I really am liking the contrast. It's the first Quaker design I've ever done. I've been trying to complete one page at a time, but also complete full motifs if they crossed over onto other pages. However, it was kind of time to quit one night, and I just didn't feel like pulling out another project in my rotation, so I violated my own rule. I would say this is somewhere between 1/4 and a 1/6th of the whole project - I forgot to look how many pages it was total! LOL
Anyway - thanks for checking things out. It will be interesting to see how my travel projects go the next few weeks. I work two jobs (one M/W/F and one T/Th) and my travel project gets worked on during lunch at the two jobs. This coming Wednesday is my last day at my CURRENT M/W/F job, and then the following Wednesday is my first day at a new one. I'm not sure what my lunches will be like at that job to know whether I'll be able to stitch....time will tell!
Thanks for checking out my blog - I do appreciate it!
Monday, September 3, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I'm going to put it aside for a little bit just because I have another project I've been DYING to start as well - it's a My Big Toe design that says something like "Remember, as far as anyone knows we're a nice normal family".....it just seemed SO appropriate for my family.
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
For some reason, I've felt drawn to Quaker designs lately. I found this pattern when I was in Las Vegas the last time, and decided to give it a shot. It's almost monochromatic (mostly black) with a few splashes of gold and red in different spots. It's an Aury TM Design. I have finished page 1 plus a little - basically any motif that had any part of it on page 1, I finished off, even if it overflowed to the page to the right or the page down below (or both! LOL). I even started another motif on Page 2 before the week ran out.
I'm also working on Lizzie Kate's 6 Fat Men - had a stitching get-together yesterday and got a lot done on it. I'm almost done with the first square - when I'm done with it, which should be in the next couple of days, I'll post a picture of it as well.
Thanks for checking it out!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Here is the full picture of Queen of the Needle by Just Nan - finished attaching the beads last night. It was hard to get a good picture of the whole thing, so I've also posted some close ups of some of the details.
A close up of the verse on the picture. The white line is a fan vault stitch, and the hearts are a darning stitch.
A close up of the white flowers with a floral satin stitch and some beading, along with the purple flowers with the eyelet stitch in the middle.
A close up of the beading in the white "lacy" area at the bottom of the picture. There are pink "pearly" beads and some tiny white beads.
These were some unique stitches to make flowers that look like roses....they were interesting! Also some satin stitches for the pale pink divider, and some daisy satin stitches to make the white flowers.
Just some beads as the centers of the flowers, and the blue line is something called a cashmere stitch.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Well, I made my first ever tuck pillow - it's not perfect, but I was pretty proud of it! A friend of mine tried to make one for me, but when I got it, the part where you tuck the stitching into wasn't deep enough. So, I decided to try it myself. I found the instructions on Cyber Stitchers. The fabric has yellow dots in the middle of the flowers that are hard to see in this picture, and the Letter S is a yellow background with blue flowers with white centers, so it's kind of the inverse of the letter S. I even found a daisy button to stitch on the top of it (I played with a couple of options - my first thought was a button on each corner, but that looked too busy, so I went with the top center button.
And here is my niece at her graduation party after she opened it. I didn't get a good picture of it after she took it out of the plastic bag! Oh well!!! She seemed pleased with it - I liked it because it wasn't stuffy like a lot of graduation patterns are.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Here are some closeups of the beading....it worked out really well because one of my online stitching groups (the same one who was doign the "blue" theme last month) was doing a purple theme this month. So I worked on the beading all month long, and finished it last night.
If you've made it thru all these pictures - thanks for checking it out!
Monday, April 30, 2012
The month of May's theme is "purple". Again, I have a project tailor made for it - I'm working on the beading for my Spanish Geometric Sampler, and the beads are purple and green. Every time I say that, it sounds funny - the beads are not purple and green. There are purple beads, and there are green beads! LOL
Anyway, thanks for checking it out......
And oh yeah, I also finished a "travel" project - my Halloween Lizzie Kate "Velcome". Here's a picture of THAT (I don't think I posted one before...LOL)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Well, I finished page 2 of Boulevard of Dreams, my first ever HAED - I've been tracking some statistics just because I'm a geek that way:
Started - 7/8/11
Finished - 3/18/12
Days Stitched - 29 Days
Time Stitched (Page 2 only) - 61 Hours
Time Stitched (Project to date) - 140 Hours
Stitches (Page 2 only) - 7,546
Stitches (Total Project so far) - 15,386
Percent Completed - 7.33%
I don't normally keep track of my stitching time, but for this particular project I have an Excel spreadsheet that I open up each time I start stitching and track it. I know when I'm done, people will ask, and I will want to know, how long it took me to stitch it! LOL
And - by way of comparison - here is how much is done in relation to the whole project - YIKES!!!!!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
It was a fun quick stitch - colorful, fun, and easy. I think I finished it up in about 2 weeks or so. I made a couple of changes (so what's new). The pattern didn't call for outlining all of the letters (just some of them - which didn't make a lot of sense to me). I outlined all of them, and also outlined the mortarboard and the stars. To me, without any backstitching, the stars looked like blobs! LOL
The pattern also didn't allow for the personalization - but I figured without it, there's no way of knowing it was made especially for her!
My plan is to go to Joanne's and find some fun whimsical fabric that matches some of the colors in the picture (which shouldn't be hard - there are a BUNCH of colors in there, all fun colors!) and then a friend of mine is going to make me a tuck pillow to put it in. I figured that way it can go on her bed or on a shelf. I'm hoping she'll take it with her when she leaves for college in the fall - she's off to Brigham Young!
Obviously, the actual project has her last name and the name of her school, I just hate to post that much info on the internet.
Thanks for checking it out - once the pillow is done I will post pictures of that as well.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This was a really fun project to stitch. It was a travel project, so I worked on it at lunch time at work as well as at a stitching get together a couple of weeks ago. I did make one mistake - the bottom border is off one row. It sould have been even with the last little spot where things stick out on the side borders. I realized it when I got all the way across, but I didn't want to rip it out. First off, I didn't think it would REALLY make a difference (in fact it gave me room to put my name and the year - otherwise there would have only been one row in between the cardinal block and the bottom border), but more importantly, the red is a Crescent Colors red, and it's not colorfast. I was afraid if I took it out I would leave red color where I frogged. So I left it - and I'm okay with that!
Now I'm working on another Lizzie Kate - it's a Halloween design that says "Velcome" and has Frankenstein, Dracula and (I think) a ghost.....I'm not looking at it, so I'm not sure! LOL
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Now I think I'll pull out my Heaven and Earth Designs Vegas picture......that one I may be still working on 10 years from now! LOL
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I made a few minor changes to the pattern, and one major one! LOL
I used the DMC conversions on the chart, and changed (1) the flags on the top and bottom (subbed what was a reddish color and changed it to a more "orange" color), (2) the pots of gold on the top and bottom (made the bottom row of black one stitch smaller on each side so it looked like a pot), (3) made the J shorter (for some reason, it was taller than the other letters), (4) filled in the Celtic not (the pattern JUST had it outlined - it's between the O and the P), and finally, as usual, I subbed beads for the French Knots (on the snake - his eyes, and on the house - the door knob).
The big change I made was that the pattern called for the border to be filled in with a "checker" stitch. I tried it out, and I didn't like the coverage. I think the problem might have been that I stitched on 28 count and the model was stiched on 40 count. But I'm happy with the "open" look of not filling it in.
So I needed to figure out another travel project. I have my Lizzie Kate Christmas one I'm working on "Christmas is Forever" and I also kitted up another Lizzie Kate pattern - this one is a Halloween pattern called "Velcome" It has Dracula, a Ghost, and Frankenstein on it - but cute versons of them! LOL
Anyway, thanks for looking!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I tried to take a closer picture, but I don't know that it's a whole lot better. I will try to do some better close up pictures when I do my next photo op. I did discover (when looking at the picture) that I have a couple things I have to fix - I'm missing some green stitches next to the purple motif in the top row, and there are supposed to be purple beads in the center of each of the purple motifs in that row. But, alas, my beading patience has run out for a while! LOL
This whole beading process has given me a whole new appreciation for those of you who stitch in hand. I am an avid Q-Snap user, but I can't really put this back on the Q-Snaps to bead it for fear that I will crush the beads. So I've been attaching the beads "in hand" and it's a challenge! But - there's no deadline for it, so I will do it as I can, and it will get done when it gets done! Now....on to something else - probably Frederick, depending on what jumps out at me when I open my WIP box (which is a really bad phrase to use when I'm watching Hoarders on TV - because in that case, things really do jump out of boxes! LOL)
Sunday, January 22, 2012
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