Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Another Post

As promised in my last post, I am going to show you the other things I've been doing this year. Some you may have seen before as wips, some you haven't. These are in no specific order:

 "31" is from Pine Mountain Designs and it's stitched on 28 ct Lugana called Lycan's Moon from Under the Sea Fabrics, with all DMC floss. The color of the fabric is fantastic.

Blackwork Easter Bunny

 Blackwork Easter Bunny is a small design from a Cross Stitch Collection magazine by Lesley Teare on 28ct white even weave. If you look closely you can see the little gold accents I added.

Bunnies Galore

This little cutie is just one of the three designs included in the Britter Cup Designs Bunnies Galore chart. I just love those floppy ears. It is stitched on 28 ct off-white evenweave, I used Weeks- Havana and GAST- Cranberry for some needed variegation.

Remember Me
 Remember Me is one part of the Cape Cod Keeps chart by Plum Street Samplers, stitched on 28ct Lugana called Gossimer. I used one Classic Colorworks and the rest is DMC. I also love mermaids.

Diamond Mystery SAL

This is one of my oldest and favorites, it is Connie Gee's (Connie Barwick) 2015-2016 Diamond Mystery SAL. I used all DMC variations and Coloris flosses on 18ct Ivory Aida. I loved seeing how each of the diamonds would turn out with thoses flosses.

Cross Eyed Cat
 The Cross Eyed Cat is another old one, I started it back in 2016 and I have no idea why it took me this long to finish it, other than the two cats it all letters and zigzag lines. It is from Notforgotten Farms on 14ct marbled Aida with DMC 310 floss

 This little monster is from a collection of Halloween ornament designs called Creature Feature by Sue Hillis. He is on 28ct Jazlyn in a dark purple from Needleworker's Delight, I also used all DMC flosses.

It's In The Bag-Coffee

As you can see I actually FFOed this one, it is one of two designs from Noteworthy Needle. I picked this chart up at a retreat I went to last year.  I stitched it on 14ct Oatmeal Aida and to get that burlap affect the bag is stitched with a mixture of two different colors. I added brown beads to the bag of coffee beans for a 3D affect. I had a lot of fun with this one. A wonderful lady sent me this coffee bean fabric I used to make the little pillow.  I love it!

Johnny Appleseed

 Johnny Appleseed from Silver Creek Samplers was fun to stitch, it was mostly letters but there were also pictures that added a little something different that attracted me. It's on 28ct Lugana in Truffle from Picture This Plus and I used all DMC.

Mini Strawberries & Shoe
 I wanted to make some small items for my salad bowl display these were really quick. The Strawberries & Shoe designs are both from Pineberry Lane stitched on 28ct Mushroom evenweave.

Seafarer's Globe-Seven Seas
 Seafarer's Globe was an older wip you've seen many times. I got this chart from a Cross Stitch Collection magazine March 2016 issue.  I fell in love with it at first sight.The design is by Maria Diaz Designs stitched on 18ct Ivory Aida with all DMC flosses.

These Old Bones
 Last but not least is These Old Bones from Lone Elm Lane stitched on 28 ct Cashel linen in Charcoal Grey.  As you can probably guess I kind of love Halloween. Hopefully I'll have this fellow FFOed in his box before then.

As a challenge I issued to myself, I attempted to make some project bags. The white zipper front was interesting to make and not too difficult, with the lining and having none of the seams show. I think I did a pretty good job on this one. The clear-front bag is another story. If I decide to use up the large piece of clear vinyl I bought and try another, I may have to make some adjustments to the guide I followed or at least read it all the way through first. Now the last one is inspired by the "Finishing Guru" as I call her Vonna Pfeiffer also known as "The Twisted Stitcher".  After watching her video tutorial, if I couldn't make this bag there was something really wrong with me. She made it so easy to do. Thank you Vonna!
Well I think I have bored you for long enough so I'll return now to making some wonderful little xxs. Have a great day and happy stitching!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter and Wip Update

To all of my followers and visitors I hope you had the Happiest Easter ever!
I know I missed the Wipocalypse for the month of March so to make up for my neglect, I present a full wip parade.
Advent Animals-Brooks Books
Bella Butterfly-Nora Corbett

Christmas Dreams Blue Santa-Joan Elliott

Coffee Quaker-Heartstring Samplery

Dead Girl- Lovemystitch

Elphaba-Joy Egan, Keenah's Cross Stitch

Four Freedoms - Little House Needleworks 

Frankie The Thinker-Glendon Place

Hogwarts Crest- Colleen Carrington

Hot Chocolate-Alessandra Adelaide

Just Me- commissioned by my niece

Mademoiselle Rose-Jardin Prive'

MLKing Memorial-Posey Collection

On Wednesday We Stitch Black-The Primitive Hare

Pray-Teressa Kogut

Pretty Little Chicago-Satsuma Street

Seeds Of Freedom-Silver Creek Samplers

Three Kimonos-Joan Elliott

Vixen-Alice Alan

I have been busy stitching away and I have 12 small finishes for the year but I'll save those for the next post. The question asked for the Wipocalypse was "Do you use stretcher bars, hoops, q-snaps or lap-frames and why? My answer is I use q-snaps, hoops and scroll frames.  I recently purchased my first set of Rolaframes, but I haven't used them yet (would require another new start) I am very impressed with their workmanship. I used to only use hoops but I found it hard to get the circles out of my pieces so when I found out about q-snaps I switched to them and I love that they are so light weight and I can hold the small to medium size in my hand to stitch. My Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler was the largest piece I think I've ever worked on and I used my scroll frame.  I have not used stretcher bars before but I've heard they work great for really small items. 
Well I guess I should go and make some more wonderful little xxs. Thanks for visiting and happy stitching.