Monday, August 15, 2016

SPOILER ALERT: Picture of L*K Spooked part 1 in this post

Thanks to all who left kind words for Tailor in my last post. Tomorrow marks two weeks without her, and while my heart is still sore from her loss, we have now adopted two kittens who are making the transition more bearable as we try to get them settled in their new home.

I wasn't able to stitch for a few days, as my eyes were too swollen from crying, and when I was able to get back into it I didn't have the mental focus to work on a model, so I pulled out a Mill Hill kit that I had started a while ago called Sophie Sheep, and was able to finish it:


She joins a finished Percy Pig, with Clarissa Cow still to stitch:


My Gracie was kind enough to keep me company while I beaded:


Another "comfort" stitch was part 1 of Lizzie*Kate's Spooked mystery, which I'm doing on SW Halloween Haunting Belfast:


Last night I started back on the Rosewood Manor model, which is being done with some really pretty WDW threads. So far I've turned in three other models that haven't been released yet, so hopefully they'll be showing up at some of the fall shows soon.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Juliet is done

I finished Juliet last week, on SW Swirling Storms Belfast:


Instead of the bead that was designed for it, I used a Mill Hill glass rose treasure, with a bead loop coming out from it:



I'm happy with the result, as roses are an integral part of this design, and it will fit nicely under glass when framed.

I was so happy last week, knowing I was almost done with Juliet and finding out that I was going to stitch for Wichelt, and now I am heartbroken because yesterday the vet found a large mass in my Tailor's abdomen. She has been my constant companion for almost 16 years; she follows me into the bedroom every night at bedtime, kneads my chest and talks to me and then sleeps wrapped around my head. Of our four kitties, she is the one who is totally "mine", and the thought of not having her in my life is killing me. So if I don't blog for a while, you'll know why.

My beloved Tailor, on the chair right behind my stitching chair, and always in my heart:


Monday, July 25, 2016

Even more balcony!

The end is in sight--just need to stitch the bottom of the balcony, finish up the border and add a few more beads:


I was doing some beading yesterday, and I had attached the hand-painted bead from Italy that was made for this design:



It is an absolutely beautiful bead and I love the way it looks, but I'm afraid that it's just too big. I always have my Miras framed with glass, and the only way that that will work with this piece is if most of the piece extends pretty far out the back of the frame. So I removed the bead, and am thinking about what I want to do. Right now I'm leaning towards making a bead loop similar to the one in the picture, with a teardrop crystal in place of the large bead, but I'll make the decision when everything else is finished.

I have extra incentive to get this finished now, as this past week I found out that I've been accepted as a model stitcher by Wichelt Imports, and will be stitching Mirabilia/Nora Corbett designs for them! So I need to finish this piece and get to work on the Rosewood Manor model currently waiting in the wings so I can be ready when I receive my first model for Wichelt.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 18, 2016

So...much...balcony!

I know that it will be worth it in the end, but right now I am not enjoying that darn balcony! So I work on it for a while, and then I spend some time on Juliet. I'm starting to think that I can finish this up right around the end of the month. Here's my progress as of last night:


This past Saturday I got a great surprise package in the mail: a member on the 123Stitch MB was giving away some embellishment packs from Mill Hill kits to the first person who emailed her. Unfortunately, I missed being the first by about a minute, but she said she had some other kits to go through, so she would send some to me after she did that. I figured she'd send a few packs of beads, so I was blown away by what I received:


Since I like to change things up on designs, it's nice to have a variety of embellishments around to play with, and these will certainly be put to good use!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 11, 2016

One month in

Today marks one month since I started Wherefore Art Thou, and even though it sometimes feels like I'm hardly making any progress, I guess I must be!


The bottom half of the chart has quite a bit more stitching than the top half, so it will probably take another few weeks to finish. The summer is definitely flying right by!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Halfway point

I think I'm about half done with Wherefore Art Thou, which seems to be a bit larger than it first appeared. Most of the past week was spent filling in the balcony, and then last night I started with some of her purple cape:


Considering that the whole thing consists of little Xs, it's funny how much more I like working on Juliet than I do the background. The background, in this design especially, adds a lot to a design, but I just love working on pretty faces and dresses! But, there's quite a bit of balcony in the lower half, so I'll just have to soldier through it.

Hope those in the US have a happy Fourth of July, and to everyone a great stitchy week!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Need a hand (or two)...

...Juliet, that is; I couldn't quite get her hands finished this weekend, but they'll be done later today:


She has a LOT of hair, which took a good part of last week to stitch; it was definitely worth the time, though. The further along I get with this one, the more I know that she's going to be one of my favorites; I'm already fantasizing about having her framed and hanging on the wall!

Speaking of hair, the latest Mirabilia release was Rapunzel, which is now on its way to me:


I've also just received the latest Lizzie*Kate Halloween design, which is a 3-part mystery called Spooked:


I'm looking forward to stitching this one, especially since L*K didn't release a large Halloween piece last year. Her designs are always a fun stitch, with cute motifs and great colors.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!