Monday, February 6, 2017

Rosewood Manor designs

I completed five models for Karen last year, with the Hannah Bacon reproduction sampler being the only one released until now. With Nashville Market right around the corner, three of the five new Rosewood Manor designs are ones I stitched.

The first was Morning Glory Sampler:


Followed by Four and Twenty Blackbirds:


Then Merlins Tulips:


These designs are such a pleasure to stitch, and it's especially nice knowing that I will get them all back someday (even if I am already running out of wall space!).

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Little Chapillon

If you've ever looked at charts by Nimue, you know they have a really cute series of cat/fantasy designs. I have two or three in my "Cats" binder, and then last October they came out with a new one called Chapillon and I fell in absolute love with it!


I ordered it right away, at the beginning of October, and I finally received it just over a week ago. Since I had a bit of stitching time for my own projects last week, I made a start on it right away.

It's a bit tricky to stitch, as there isn't much regard for the actual squares in the fabric when they draw the back stitching lines, and I'm not a fan of colors going through the lines (it just looks sloppy to me), but I have to admit that the details do look nice. Here is the first butterfly before back stitching, on a Silkweaver Cashel linen solo:


And after:


Then I worked my way down to the kitty's face, and gave him green eyes because none of my cats have ever had blue eyes. Here's the face partially completed:


And finished:


Now I can look at that sweet little face while I stitch on the rest.

This past weekend I started on a fairly large Rosewood Manor model, so my own stitching will slow down again. I also got a "thumb's up" from Wichelt on the Nora Corbett models, and they're already sending two more, so I guess they were acceptable to them.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stash diving!

Last week I finished the second Nora Corbett model, so today they will wing their way back to Wichelt; fingers crossed that they will be good enough that I can do more of them in the future!

After that finish, I spent a couple of days getting caught up with the two SALs I'm really enjoying. This is Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, parts 1-10:


And The Beautiful Sea SAL by Ship's Manor, halfway finished at eight parts:


For the past several months I've been a member of the Chatelaine Support Group on FB, and seeing all the pictures of these gorgeous, blingy designs has made me want to work on one again. Back in 2007 (wow, 10 years ago!!) I started the big Mystery X, Secret Victorian Garden, and kept up with it for the first four parts. Then the parts got larger, and I got distracted, and into the WIP bin it disappeared!

This past weekend they had a SAL in the group, where you post before and after pictures of your weekend stitching, so I pulled this old lovely out and worked on it again. Here it is on Friday (just as it was when it went in the bin 10 years ago!):


And last night:


These really are amazing designs, so intricate and full of sparkle. Perhaps if I keep this one out and just work on it a bit here and there I could finally have my first "big" Chatelaine finish this year.

Back when I was first introduced to Chatelaine designs, I bought three of the big ones and kitted them up, as well as a couple of smaller designs. All of the supplies have been in a bag in my craft room closet for 10 years, and when I pulled it out last Friday I found that I hadn't labelled the floss rings; this is what it looked like:


I was able to get everything sorted (and labelled!), and during this process I found a floss ring for Mini Mandala Mystery 1, with some of the floss already used. I honestly have no recollection of kitting this one, let alone starting it, but I went diving into my WIP bin again and came up with this:


It makes me wonder what other treasures are hiding in there that I've completely forgotten!

I've received a model from Karen at Rosewood Manor, though I'm still waiting for the floss to show up from WDW, so my own stitching will have to take a back seat again. The two SALs will be releasing parts this Friday, so I will at least keep up with those--don't want to fall behind now!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Still keeping up

I think this has to be a record for me, keeping up with not only one, but two, SALs. I'm starting to think that I might be able to go all the way with these!

Here is the Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, parts 1-9:


Now that the word "welcome" is finished (except for some bits at the bottom), I'm looking forward to seeing the parts that come next.

This is The Beautiful Sea by Ship's Manor, parts 1-7:


It will be half way to completion after the next part, and I'm hoping for more little sea critters.

I spent a day getting caught up with those pieces, and another day working on one of the designs in Sue Hillis' Dark Shadows leaflet:


This is stitched over-1 on 20ct Peoria Purple linen from WDW, and I used petite black beads for the dangling bits at the bottom. There are six charts in this leaflet, and I want to stitch them all; I bought the WDW linen in Aztec Red and Blue Jeans as well, so I think I'll stitch two on each color. Maybe I'll have them all completed by Halloween...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

I haven't blogged for a bit, because I didn't have anything to share, but now that the holidays are over I finally have time to stitch again!

I have finished my first Nora Corbett model, and it has been accepted from the photo, so I am feeling a bit more confident as I start the next one. I will feel even better when they have been mailed back and inspected in person; it's always a bit nerve wracking stitching for someone else the first time or two!

The stitching I can share is from two of the SALs I'm working on, Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea and Tempting Tangles Welcome. Both of these released another part last Friday, which I'll probably work on this coming weekend, so I'm not behind. Here is Beautiful Sea, parts 1-6:


And Welcome SAL, parts 1-8:


Due to a lack of stitching time, I fell behind on the Never Ending Sampler SAL, and as the bands come out a bit too often for the amount of time I have to stitch for myself, I don't know when I'll pick that up again...

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays with family and friends, and wish you all the best in the New Year!

Monday, December 12, 2016

SAL mania!

I have never been a big fan of SALs, as I tend to be a "moody" stitcher; that is, I work on whichever design I am in the mood to work on on any given day. But the three that I'm currently working on (and actually keeping up with, even more surprisingly!) have small enough parts that it is much easier to stay current; once I fall behind I tend to put the whole project away and forget about it.

The first one I started was Tempting Tangles' Welcome SAL, which has now released seven parts; the next part will take us to the halfway point:


The second one that called to me was Ship's Manor's Beautiful Sea SAL. I tried to resist this one, but after seeing the first couple of parts I caved in and signed up, and I'm glad I did because I really like it. It has now had five parts released:


The last one to join the line-up was Kitty & Me Designs' Never Ending Sampler SAL, which called to me because I love to play with colors and specialty stitches. This one is now up to six bands, with the next one coming out soon:


Pam Kellogg, who is offering this SAL for no charge, has a Go Fund Me page set up for her husband's cancer treatment. It would be nice if people who are enjoying the SAL could donate even $5 or $10 towards Scott's treatment. There are currently 216 members in the FB group, and this doesn't include those stitchers who aren't on FB; that would add up pretty quickly.

In other stitchy news, I finally started on my first Nora Corbett model this past Saturday, and made good progress over the weekend while watching season 2 of Poldark. I put off starting this for a few days after I was ready because I was actually kind of scared! I know it's silly, but I feel like my work is not going to be good enough for the designer who has been my absolute favorite for over 20 years. I feel better now that I have jumped in and started, and hopefully will get positive feedback when I send them in.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Oops, I did it again!

Started a new SAL, that is. Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs is offering a free SAL on her blog (the link to the Never Ending Sampler SAL can be found on the right side of my blog, under the Mirabilia slide show) and I couldn't resist it! She'll be releasing bands that are only about 6" across every few days until your piece gets to be about 18" long, then you start a new piece. I guess it will go until Pam gets tired of doing it!

Yesterday I finished up the model (yay!!), so I was able to get the first three bands stitched in the afternoon and evening. I'm using The Thread Gatherer's Silk'n Colors in a color called From Dawn To Dusk, on SW Tanzanite Belfast:


In the second band there are supposed to be either French Knots or beads at the bottom of the straight stitches in the diamond shapes, but I like it without, so I am caught up until Pam releases the next band in the next few days.

The next parts in the Welcome and Beautiful Seas SALs were released last Friday, so I'm going to get those stitched up before I start the next models. I also need to do some cleaning, get the Christmas tree up and do some shopping and wrapping, so stitching will slow down here for a bit.

As I mentioned, I've also been working on getting my craft room organized a bit better, and in that vein I have to share this bead storage system that I found out about in a Mira FB group. It's called the Tiny Container Bead Storage Tray, and it is awesome! I spent quite a while last week transferring my beads into it, until I ran out of room and had to order more. Each tray holds 78 containers, which snap shut firmly to prevent spillage:


The containers hold about three packages of the size 11 Mill Hill beads, and it comes with labels for the tops:


I might end up labeling the front of each box, but I'll try it for a while to see if I really need to do that.

You can also buy different sizes of containers that fit in the box, and they also have a tray that comes with some different sizes. I bought four from Joann.com, and then ordered three more through Amazon when I ran out of room. Here is a picture of the box, so you can Google them if you decide you might be interested in this type of storage:


I should be getting my Amazon order today, so I can finally finish getting my beads transferred; I always hate having to stop in the middle of a project!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!