Monday, June 18, 2018

Rainbow Ruminations

Last week I sent the Rosewood Manor model back, so I have been enjoying having no models currently in the house. I intended to get back to Spook Town Square, to try to get part 2 done before part 3 comes out in a few weeks, but Tempting Tangles' Rainbow Rumination called out to me and I couldn't resist!

I chose Silk'n Colors Kaleidoscope for the variegated thread, and it is so fun to watch it come off the skein and onto the fabric:


It's funny to me now that when I was a kid my box of eight crayons was always (unwittingly) arranged in a rainbow because that's how they seemed to go together best: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, then brown and black because there wasn't really a good place for them!

Mirabilia Designs is celebrating it's 25th anniversary, and part of that is a small leaflet with a blurb about Nora Corbett, some pictures she likes and a chart called Portrait of Antique Vines, which I stitched:


It's a sweet little design, and would look good in a lot of different colors.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Back from the framer, for good this time!

Last Friday my too-green L*K Spooked and Very Scary came back home in the frames they were originally intended to have, and I am very happy with the results. I was a bit concerned that I would end up regretting my decision to have them fixed, but I definitely like them better now--phew!

Here is Spooked before:


And after:


Very Scary before:


And after:


Lizzie*Kate designs make up a large part of my Halloween wall in my craft room, and I am really going to miss seeing new designs from Linda:


The empty hook in the picture had a non-L*K piece on it, which I removed for the picture. Now if I take L*K's ABC Halloween in to be framed, I can hang it there!


Continuing with the Halloween theme, I have spent more time on Glendon Place's Spook Town Square, and have finished one of the four squares that make up part 2. Here it is before back stitching:


And after:


Such a sad little ghostie! Here is all that I have stitched so far:


I am starting to think that I might be able to finish the current Rosewood Manor model in the next couple of weeks, which would give me a couple of weeks at the end of this month to try to get the rest of part 2 done, right before part 3 is released in early July--fingers crossed (well actually, fingers stitching like crazy...)!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Back from the framer...for a short time

Last Thursday the gallery called to tell me that my pieces were ready to pick up, so I made it over there about 20 minutes before they closed. There were three pieces, so we unwrap one at a time to check them over, and they all looked good so I took them home. Once I got them home and started to unwrap them it occurred to me as I opened the second one that the two frames should have been different colors--I had chosen the same frame for all three, but in three different colors, green, blue and orange. As the two that were both done in green were Lizzie*Kate designs, I thought I might just leave them as they were, but then I opened Halloween Quaker and it had a green frame as well!

When I chose the frame colors, I went with green for Halloween Quaker, blue for Very Scary (to pull out some of the blue floss in the design) and orange for Spooked (so the mats and frames carried through the colors in the fabric); for all three of them to be in green was just too much green! So last Friday I took the two L*K's back and they will be corrected, hopefully as soon as the frames come in.

In the meantime, here they are in all their green glory!

Halloween Quaker:


Spooked (should have an orange frame):


Very Scary (should have a blue frame):


In other Halloween-themed "news", I finished part 1 of Glendon Place's Spook Town Square last week:


This is going to be such a big, fun design--I may or may not have spent a little time on part 2 this past weekend...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More butterfly fairies

Just realized that the two new Nora Corbett releases are ones I stitched, so I thought I'd share some pictures. This is Miss Aurora Morpho:


And Miss Black Swallowtail:


Some close ups:








Now back to Spook Town Square!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trying to get caught up

I finished the model for Wichelt last Friday (hopefully there won't be any changes!), so before I start the next one for Rosewood Manor I decided to take a few days to try to get caught up on some SALs. The first was Catch the Wind, which now has the top row complete:


Then I worked on part 9 of Swans & Shears; there is a larger motif that starts at the bottom of this part, but I want to see more of it before I choose colors so this as "done" as it's going to be for now:


Now I'm working on part 1 of Spook Town Square, which I'm hoping to finish in the next two or three days:


I don't really see any way to stay caught up with this one, but the remaining 12 scenes are smaller than the center and should be fun to complete one at a time at any rate.

Also thought I'd share the last model I did for RM; not sure if the title has a typo in it or if it's meant to be spelled that way, but I'm calling it Ancient Embroideries!


Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Swans & Shears at the halfway point

Part 8 of Swans came out about a week and a half ago, so I am now halfway done (except for a bit) with this SAL:


Part 4 of Catch the Wind was released last Friday, but I spent the weekend working on the Mirabilia model so I haven't stitched it yet. I did make good progress on the model, and am hoping to finish it this week and send it on its way. I have had a Rosewood Manor piece waiting to be done for several months now, so that will be the next big project I take on, although I might take a few days to try to get part 1 of Spook Town Square done (part 2 should be arriving any day now). The only time I worked on this in the past few weeks was when I took my dog to the vet; the stones needed back stitching, so it was easy to work on in the waiting room:


Last Friday was four weeks since I dropped three pieces off to be framed (but the framer was on vacation for a while, so I knew the wait would be longer), so I'm starting to get excited every time the phone rings--there needs to be a word to describe this stage in the "waiting for framing" process, when you know it should be coming soon but don't know exactly when...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Small update

Part 3 of the Tempting Tangles Catch the Wind SAL was released at the end of last week, so I took a few hours to get caught up again:


I'm really liking the colors of the Ship's Manor threads, and the verse so far; looking forward to what comes next!

A couple of weeks ago I took some Halloween pieces in to my framer, so I'm starting to get excited as they should be ready in the next couple of weeks. I took in Halloween Quaker by Lila's Studio and Spooked and Very Scary by Lizzie Kate. I have so many Halloween finishes, and not many of them framed so these will be nice additions to the "Halloween wall" in my craft room.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!