Friday, September 26, 2014

Boo!

That is what ghosts say, so it seemed a fitting title for this post since I finished Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles this week:


The pattern can be found in the Just Cross Stitch 2014 special Halloween issue. I stitched mine on PTP Mire Cashel, using Mill Hill beads (requires 5145 beads). While the beads look black in the picture, they are actually rainbow black; this picture shows the different colors a bit better:


I have now moved on to my Lizzie*Kate Tingles WIP. Today I finished up part nine, so there are three parts remaining:


This one is being stitched on PTP Cauldron Belfast. Depending on how much stitching I get done this weekend, it might be close to finished by Monday. Ever since I finally finished the model I was working on for two months I've been loving getting to decide what I feel like working on; so many projects are calling to me!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Model is finished!

This past Thursday evening, I put the final stitches in the model for Judy Odell. On that Monday she told me that she had decided to enter the Online Needlework Show, so she wanted me to get as much done as I could, and send whatever I had done back to her in a week (i.e. tomorrow). The thought of sending it back unfinished bothered the heck out of me, so from Tuesday to Thursday I stitched for probably 30 hours to get it done. I was headed to my mom's house for the weekend, and I knew I wouldn't get much done there. So Friday, on my way out of town, I mailed the finished piece to Judy, and in a few weeks you'll be able to see it in the show at the Just A Thought "booth".

As you might imagine, I was a bit burned out after my marathon stitching sessions, so this weekend I didn't stitch at all. I did, however, get all the floss for Michael Jolly's Little Women wound onto bobbins. Tonight, after I got home, I went through my fabric stash and found a pretty blue and white piece of opal Belfast to stitch the design on, which should look like a beautiful summer sky:


I'm not sure when I'll start this one, but it's nice to know that it's ready to go when the urge strikes.

I have two pieces in line that I want to finish before I start anything else; they are Ink Circles Ghostly Mandala and Lizzie*Kate Tingles:


I'm thinking I'll finish the mandala first, just because it's so much fun to work with beads. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

They're home!

My framed pieces, that is. For me, seeing a framed piece for the first time is almost as exciting as finishing the stitching; framing just adds that little bit extra sense of accomplishment. The pictures aren't the best, as it's difficult to not get glare from the glass; they look better in person!

First up is Nora Corbett's Red Kitten:


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll remember that I stitched this when my black cat, Tailor, was undergoing radioactive iodine treatment for her thyroid last year. I am happy to report that she is still doing well, and will have her 14th birthday later this month. I will always think of her when I look at this piece. :)

Next up is JBW Designs French Country Scaredy Cats, stitched on a piece of PTP Haunted linen:


The final stitched piece is Nora Corbett's Gigi, stitched on a Silkweaver solo:


I also had Nora's watercolor framed, and I wish I could get a picture that does this one justice; the outer mat is suede, and the frame has a great texture to it that really enhances the black swirls in the picture:


On the stitching front, I'm still working on the model, and didn't even take a day to work on anything else. I'm horrible at estimating stitching times, but I'm hoping to have it done in two to three weeks; then I'll have more stitching pictures to share.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beaded mandala progress

I'm still plugging away on a model (and will be for a while!), but I did take a day off to work on my beaded Ink Circles Ghostly Mandala:


It now has just over 2000 beads, so about 3100 to go. If I can get the model done in September, I should be able to finish this one before Halloween.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I dropped pieces off to be framed, so hopefully I'll be getting a call this week that they're ready to be picked up. I can't wait to see them!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Not much stitching to share

I haven't had much stitching time lately; my birthday was at the end of July, followed by my son's a couple of weeks later. My mom came up for both weekends, so between the shopping, cleaning, baking, eating out and visiting, I didn't get much done. And now we are about two weeks away from the start of school, so there's registration, clothes shopping, supplies shopping and the general flurry of activity that the start of a new school year necessitates.

Unfortunately, I also ended up with malware on my trusty laptop, so I haven't wanted to log into my blog or any other password-protected sites for fear of losing control of those sites. Luckily, my sweet husband had gotten me a new laptop for Christmas, which I had slowly been learning to navigate (as it has Windows 8); I guess I will be making the switch complete now, since Geek Squad wants $200 to get rid of the malware! The biggest problem with making the switch is that none of my pictures are on this new laptop; I guess it's time to pull out a flash drive and get to work!

What time I have been able to set aside for stitching has been mostly devoted to working on a model, which I can't share yet. I did make a small start on The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's All Hallow's Eve while my mom was visiting:


For my birthday, my wonderful husband gave me a gift certificate to the gallery where I have my framing done, so this past Monday I took in three stitched pieces and a watercolor by Nora Corbett. The stitched pieces are Nora Corbett's Gigi and Red Kitten, and JBW Designs French Country Scaredy Cats; I will be sure to share pictures as soon as I get them home.

The watercolor by Nora is the third one I have bought from her, and is just gorgeous:


Once she is framed, she will join the other two paintings that I've already had framed:



I am really looking forward to having more stitching time soon, so I can get this model done and get back to some of the pieces I'm working on. I just bought season 1 of The Blacklist on DVD; I never watched it during the year, so I can't wait to jump in and binge watch and stitch!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fun with beads

When I was looking through the Just CrossStitch 2014 Halloween issue, I came across Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles and my first thought was that it would look so cool stitched with beads. I contacted Tracy, the designer, to get the actual number of stitches so I would know how many beads to order (5145, if you're interested), placed and received an order for the beads and some black floss from 123Stitch, pulled a piece of PTP Mire Cashel linen from my stash and I was ready to go!

Here's a picture of a small start, that shows the design:


And here it is as of this past Saturday:


The beads look black in these pictures, but they are actually called Rainbow; the colors show up a bit better in this picture:


I've now used just over one full pack of the beads (1000/pack), so I must be about one-fifth of the way done. I'm still working on a model, though, so it will be a while before I finish this one; it makes a nice break now and then from the model to play with beads.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Some small finishes

As mentioned in my previous post, I've been doing some stitching for Judy Odell, who has un-retired and is back to work with a vengeance! Here are a couple of the finishes she has done for me in return for model stitching for her:




I don't think it will be giving too much away if I share pictures of what I stitched for the piece she's coming out with soon, and they're too cute not to share. The first is Lizzie*Kate's Spooky String:


The second is L*K's Tingles/Spooky:


Both of these are stitched on PTP Haunted Edinburgh. 

I'm also sending a piece I finished more than ten years ago, Just Nan's Honeysuckle Rose:


I never knew what to do with this pretty little piece, so it's been sitting in my "finished" bucket all these years. Now Judy is going to work her magic on it, and you can be sure I will post pictures of these finishes as soon as I get them back!

I'm also working on a fairly large sampler for Judy, but I did take a couple of days off to get caught up with The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Mysterious Halloween Town:


This is also stitched on PTP Haunted Edinburgh (I must have had a large piece of it in my stash, as it's my favorite Halloween-stitching fabric!). Parts 1 and 2 are now complete, with two more parts to be released. This is a really fun stitch, as I have been raiding my floss stash and playing with the colors; I even did a bit of "architectural" work on the door frame!

I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of my poor little Chloe, who somehow ripped off one of her toenails this past Saturday:



Last night both the bandage and the cone came off, so she is completely back to normal now. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!