Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Enter Juliet, center stage

I am so in love with Wherefore Art Thou that I am having a hard time putting it down, especially now that I'm working on Juliet. This past Sunday I finished the second urn, so yesterday I was able to start on Juliet:

I always like having the face done on Nora's designs, as it gives me something beautiful to look at while I continue stitching.

I'm thinking I'll finish part 1 this week, and then I should probably get started on the model that came in last week (even though I don't want to put this one down!!). I'm looking forward to seeing how her dress colors look on this fabric.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A new start

I finished a model last Friday, and I was planning on getting back to The Moss Collector, but for some reason Nora Corbett's Wherefore Art Thou (WAT) has really been calling to me. I received the chart and threads from Casa Cenina back at the beginning of April, and picked out a fabric for it then, but I wanted to finish The Blossom Collector first. Long story short, I gave into temptation and stared WAT!

This was a 3-part mystery SAL, so there is no chart photo of the whole design. Here is a picture of the piece that Casa Cenina shared on their Facebook page:

When I chose a fabric, I wanted to get a "stone balcony in the moonlight" feeling, so I picked Silkweaver's Swirling Storms on Belfast linen:

When I was stitching this part on Saturday, I had strong flashbacks to my very first Mirabilia, Villa Mirabilia, as it also had an urn with greenery in the top left corner; 20 years later and I can still never get enough of these gorgeous designs!

Here it is as of last night:

Today I'll be stitching roses, and I'm looking forward to seeing them come to life.

I will mention that several people who have stitched (or are currently stitching) this have run out of a number of the threads; apparently the key does not have an accurate number of the skeins needed. This can, of course, cause problems with dye lots not matching at a later time; since I ordered mine from Italy a couple of months ago, it would be pretty unlikely that I'd get good matching skeins if I order more from a US shop now. So, I am once again going through my stash and playing with colors so I don't need to buy more floss. I'm pretty happy with what I've come up with, but won't know for sure until the floss is on the fabric.

Speaking of floss, I received the threads that I ended up ordering from Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe (though I could still win a set, too!):

The colors are fabulous, and a great price for 20-yard skeins. I'm thinking these would be great for a Halloween Quaker design.

Nancy is having another great giveaway on her blog, this time for some Star-Spangled Banner floss:

I think I could definitely get addicted to her threads!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

ETA: It turns out that the WAT piece shared on Casa Cenina's FB page was stitched by LuLy, and you can see it and other gorgeous pieces on her blog. Thanks so much for letting me know that it was your finish LuLy!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Witches Hollow finally framed

I used the gift certificate that my husband and son gave me for Mother's Day to finally get Witches Hollow framed, a year and a half after I finished stitching it:

I choose a fairly plain black frame with a distressed texture but fairly glossy finish, and I'm very happy with the result.

I also took in Lizzie*Kate's Tingles, which I finished quite a while ago as well:

This one has a smooth, plain black frame, which matches the other two large L*K Halloween pieces I've had framed, Boo Club and Halloween Rules:

I have so many other Halloween pieces that need to be framed so I can add them to my Halloween wall in my craft room:

Another nice part of getting things framed is using the paper that they come wrapped in to make kitty toys; Gracie always appreciates my efforts:

In my last post I mentioned that I had signed up for a Monthly Bits club to start getting Rainbow Gallery's Petite Silk Lame' Braid, and last week I got my first installment:

I can already tell that I'm going to love being in this club!

I will leave you with a picture of the ducks I saw in my back yard a few days ago; who knew that they would like to eat songbird food? Either that or the mom is looking for her baby that I took away; apparently that "ducky" penny is still working!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

ETA: I just came across an awesome giveaway from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, who is giving away some absolutely gorgeous threads:

You can find out more on her blog; good luck!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How did I not know about this fiber?!

I started working on Nora Corbett's The Moss Collector before a model came in last week, and it calls for four cards of Rainbow Gallery Petite Silk Lame' Braid--holy cow, is this stuff wonderful to work with! It is basically RG's silk thread with a metallic fiber woven into it, so it feels nice to work with, doesn't fray in the needle and gives a soft, shimmery effect. Here is how it looks on the card:

It's hard to capture the shimmer in a still picture; the white and very light pink here are the braid:

I like it so much that I signed up for the Monthly Bits Club at Stitching Bits & Bobs, so I'll get eight cards of this each month for as long as I stay signed up. I can definitely see using this for conversions in the future!

This is as far as I got on Moss Collector before I had to put her away, stitched on Polstitches Crushed Apple 32ct Lugana:

Luckily, the model I'm working on is another fairly small one, and I'm hoping to be done with it in another couple of weeks so I can get back to Miss Moss.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blossom has bloomed

Yesterday I put the last beads on The Blossom Collector, and even though I'm not a big fan of pink, I think she's beautiful:

She has such a sweet face:

I ended up using the red and root beer beads that were called for in her dress, but played around with four other colors for her "swirls". I decided if she was collecting blossoms, she would be picking lots of colors!

I have a model coming in later this week, so that will be my main focus until it's finished. However, I have made a small start on The Moss Collector, so hopefully I can squeeze some time in on her once in a while.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Find a penny, pick it up...

...later on you'll find a duck? Yep, that is exactly the kind of luck I have.

I've been trying to get back into a walking routine for the past few days, and today I happened to see a penny in my path. Never one to pass up free money, I pick it up, even though it was tails-side up. Apparently, that whole face-up-to-be-lucky part is true, because about a mile later I ended up not with luck, but with a duck...ling. And it wasn't even that nice of a penny, as it's all dinged up:

A mile later I'm walking by a house and an older gentleman who I've exchanged greetings with in the past asks me to come help him catch a baby duck. It's a sad fact of the times we live in, but the first thing that pops into my head is that he's trying to lure me into some kind of trap! But we're outside on a fairly busy road and I'm pretty sure I can outrun him, so I follow him to the side of the house and sure enough, there's a duckling hiding in the shrubs. His Doberman had chased the mom away, and the duckling's peeps were drawing his cats to it, so not a good situation.

He finally manages to catch the baby, and then hands it to me, making it my problem! We wait a while to see if the mom comes back, but she doesn't, so now I hold this little life in my hands. Nothing to do but walk the last mile home with him/her cradled to my chest.

I put her (I'll call it a "her" just to make it easier) in, kind of ironically, one of my cat carriers while I call my vet. My cats, who usually run at the sight of the carriers, are fascinated by her peeps; they probably thought I'd brought them another toy!

Luckily, my vet told me about an avian rescue group about 20 miles from my house, so off we went:

Our timing was good, because the woman who runs the place said they were going to be busy this afternoon performing surgery on a peregrine falcon. She also said that they already had a solo duckling, so this little baby would have company right away. Here she is getting ready to enter her new (hopefully temporary) home:

So, it turns out that "lucky" penny cost me about $3 in gas and a $20 donation; but hey, I'm only out $22.99!

Sorry for the non-stitchy post, but I just had to share this little cutie. More stitching to come next week!

Edited to add a happy ending: the rehab center called just now and said that they were able to foster the baby into a wild duck family, so she is now back in the world with a new mom and eight siblings. I'm so happy!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Back to Blossom

Fittingly enough for spring in Wisconsin (finally, maybe...), I'm back to work on Nora Corbett's Blossom Collector. She just needs her legs, some more "swirls" and a bunch of bugle beads:

As charted there are two colors of bugle beads, red and root beer; I really love the red, but not so much the root beer. So, just in time for the finish, I received an order from 123Stitch today with four different colors of beads that I can play around with:

I'm hoping to have her finished up by the end of this coming weekend, so stay tuned to see which colors win out.

Today I also received a package from Polstitches, with two of the new Bothy Threads kits:

I really like that when you order these from Polstitches you can get fabric other than Aida. I got opal Lugana in both of these, though they mistakenly put non-opal in the Fairy Glade kit. Fortunately, as soon as I told them about it, they told me to keep this piece and they would put another piece in the mail right away; great customer service! Aren't the dandelions in Fairy Glade just adorable?

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!