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!

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!