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!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ah, spring in Wisconsin...

...NOT! This past weekend we got over 16" of snow, which is almost more than we got all winter! The mail didn't even make it through on Saturday:

We had gotten several inches of snow a couple of weeks ago, so I filled the bird feeders for the poor birds that came back too soon; with the current snow they hardly have to fly up to the openings!

On the plus side, no spring yard work means more stitching time. I've made fairly good progress on the current model, so I took a few days to get caught up on a couple of SALs. The first is Catch the Wind, which now has had two parts released; I added one more color of floss to this one (so far), and both the color and the name fit in well:

The Swans & Shears SAL is up to part 7 now, so almost to the halfway point. I finished part 6 just before the next part was released:

Then kept going on to part 7:

The lightness of the swans has been bugging me, so I decided to see if adding some back stitch was going to work. Here it is before:

And after:

I probably would have liked the motif better if I had used darker floss, but I'm happy enough with the back stitched version so it will stay as is.

I did put in a little time on Spook Town Square as well, though I'm starting to think I won't have this part finished before the next chart comes out in May:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 26, 2018

A couple of spooks and a new SAL

I tried to put Spook Town Square away to get some "work" done, but after three days it refused to be ignored any longer! This past weekend I finally got around to stitching a couple of the spooks:

I also started another SAL by Tempting Tangles; this one is called Catch the Wind Mystery SAL, and it uses cotton floss by Ship's Manor. I usually choose my own colors for these SALs, but I really liked the called-for flosses so I'm using them:

Here is most of part 1, which was just released last week:

I'm looking forward to seeing this one progress.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!