Monday, May 4, 2020

Quakers in Japan...and Scotland!

Last week the final part of the Quakers in Japan SAL from Tempting Tangles was released, so now I can share the full model:

I think this one is my favorite of the countries that Deb has done so far. The current country SAL is Scotland, which has had four parts released to date:

My temperature SAL continues to progress, and May has been beautiful so far, though it's cooler now and probably will be for a few days:

Saturday my Princess Elliana chart arrived, and so far I have been able to resist making a small start on her as I'd really like to finish the Rosewood Manor model first. That is actually stitching up faster than I had anticipated, so I might be able to finish it with two or three weeks left before the next Mirabilia model comes in, then I could stitch on Princess Elliana guilt free for a while. I was going to use the recommended fabric for her, but the more I thought about it the more I leaned towards using something different since I've already stitched her on the purple. In the end I decided to use PTP Crystal Demoiselle, which is a pretty blue with subtle touches of pink and yellow:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Only one model in the house!

I finished up Mirabilia's MD172 on April 17th, and it was approved and sent back to Wichelt last Monday, which is always a good feeling. Even better is that I now only have one model currently remaining to stitch, though it is a rather large one for Rosewood Manor. Last year I took on a bit more than I was comfortable with, and felt like deadlines were looming larger than I would like so it is nice to have cleared my "work" table of all but one design. This model will probably take me well into July, so I have asked Wichelt not to send me anything until at least the end of June and I feel considerably lighter than I have for some time.

I spent the weekend after I completed the Mirabilia working on the Duchess of Rouen for myself, and I finished her massive hair:

After all that white and gray it was a pleasure to make a start on the colorful flowers in all that hair:

I'm remaining up to date on the temperature SAL, which currently looks like this:

Looking forward to a new high temperature square any time now...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

At last!

Last fall I was working on a large Mirabilia design, and as she was finally released today I can share some pictures. This is MD169 Princess Elliana, and the one word that most came to mind as I worked on her was "glorious":

She uses about 60 colors of floss, including all 35 of the newest DMC colors, and she took about 10 weeks to stitch. I took progress photos about every two weeks, so here is how she developed:

The fabric is Wichelt's Peaceful Purple, and it is really perfect for the design. Usually I would be thinking of a hand-dyed fabric for a Mirabilia, but if I stitch this for myself I would use the recommended fabric. It's a gorgeous color, similar to DMC 3747 but maybe a tad darker.

This is the one that had quite a few errors in the chart (so many colors probably made it difficult for the graphic designer to convert Nora's hand drawn chart into a computer program), including one I didn't catch until it was almost done. The large purple roses had an incorrect color, a dark pink, and they were a bit of a pain to fix because I had already beaded most of them, but they ended up looking much better. See if you can spot the change:

I really want to stitch this one for myself as she is probably one of my top two or three favorite Mirabilia's to date, but for now I'm going to finish the current Mirabilia model (which should hopefully be done by the end of the weekend) currently scheduled to be released in October.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Kringles progress

I decided to take the weekend off from work stitching and bring out Kringles for a little love. I had every intention of stitching the entire roof first as it's probably the least fun part, but I just couldn't stay away from one of the windows!

I'm using the recommended materials but I'm also adding some colors and switching a few colors around, so we'll see how that goes. I think I'll try to continue doing one section of roof followed by a window because that roof is pretty intense!

My Carolyn Manning temperature SAL has started to get more colorful now that April has arrived. Those first few really nice spring days are just so amazing, and knowing that all the good days are ahead is wonderful.

Now I can get back to the model feeling refreshed after a weekend off, and hopefully make good progress this week. I'm hoping the newest Mirabilia will still be released on the 15th so I can share some pictures, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see how Wichelt being closed will affect their timeline.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Another thank you

Thank you so much for the kind comments about my sweet Maxie, they are much appreciated. It seems like most of the stitchers I know (virtually for the most part) have pets as well, and it is comforting to share with those who understand the joy they bring and the sorrow their loss causes.

I have been plugging away at the Mirabilia model, though I was disheartened to hear that Nora has decided to make some changes to the skin tones which will require re-doing some/all of the skin. Getting smooth lines along the skin edges is always the hardest part of a Mira and it's always a relief to be done with it, so hearing that I'll have to frog it and do it again was not good news. She wants to see a picture when I'm closer to being finished, so at this point I don't even know how bad it's going to be. Grumble, grumble...

I've still been doing a square each day on the Carolyn Manning daily temperature SAL, and am looking forward to seeing some brighter colors appearing in April. That orange in March seems like a long time ago, and even that was only 54F!

Little House Needleworks came out with a new design at Nashville market and it was just too cute to pass up so I ordered the chart along with the Classic Colorworks floss and the recommended fabric. When it arrived I took a couple of days off from the model to make a start on it, as it was just too tempting having all of the materials right in front of me!

I probably won't work on it again until the model is done, which I am hoping will be next month some time. I have a large Rosewood Manor model to start at that time, but I'll probably take a week or so to play with my own stitching before I do so.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Thank you!

Thank you to all who wished my mom well with her health problems--I am happy to say that she has been recovering and getting some of her strength back. She is currently back at her own house so she can start going through things and donating or selling those things she no longer needs or has room for as she prepares to sell her house and find a more manageable place to live near us.

While things were improving with my mom one of my cats had a rapid decline and died at home in the early hours of the morning last Wednesday. My sweet Maxie was around 16 years old, and we adopted her when she was about 2 so we have 14 years of wonderful memories to take comfort in. She was allowed access to a couple areas of the house that the other cats were not, so she would stand by the door and talk very loudly until we let her in or out of those areas; the house is much too quiet with her gone. Here is my favorite picture of my girl:

I've had a hard time concentrating on much since she passed, so this weekend I decided to put the model away for a couple of days and stitch on something that I love. I had already kitted up Mirabilia's Duchess of Rouen, so I started her Saturday afternoon on a piece of Sugar Maple Fabrics Bewitched opal Lugana. Yesterday I finished her beautiful face, which was brought to life by the back stitching:

And stitched a bit more of her hair last night:

I'll see how progress goes on the model this week, and maybe work more on the duchess next weekend.

I've also been keeping up with Carolyn Manning's daily temperature SAL, though the temps have been going in the wrong direction lately:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week, give your critters some extra love and stay healthy out there!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Life got heavy

Without going into detail right after my last post my mom started having some health problems which required a couple of hospital stays and then some time at our house, which was made harder by the fact that one of our cats wanted to kill her cat! I am an introverted person and am very much comforted by my usual routine, so a month where nothing was normal was extremely stressful. Things have smoothed out a bit for now, so I am enjoying the lull and trying to get back into a more "normal" frame of mind.

I will say that all of the time spent in hospitals was made easier by having some stitching with me. One of the projects I worked on was Just Nan's Bumble & Hoot Needle Book, which I had started at a car appointment and worked on a bit more at the laundromat. I had finished the border and was about half way done with the lightest color in the owl after the first two sessions, and I finished it during the first hospital stay:

It still needs to be finished into a needle book, but that level of concentration is beyond me at present so it will wait until I feel up to it! The chart calls for over dyed threads but the design is so small that I didn't see the point of spending a lot of money for them so I just used DMC floss that looked similar and am happy with the results.

During the second hospital stay I started and finished one small Lizzie Kate designs and started another; the finished piece is Eek! on a piece of PTP Haunted Belfast with some minor changes:

And then I started A Little Boo on a great Belfast Silkweaver solo:

Once I was home again and things settled down a bit I was able to spend time in my craft room again and I decided to finish Nora Corbett's Luce Mia before starting a Mirabilia model; here she is on an orphan fabric from Ship's Manor:

The Mirabilia model is a fairly good-sized one with a finish date in May, but I've made some good progress now and am not feeling overly stressed about being able to complete it on time. Because of that I took some time this past weekend to update my daily temperature SAL, which hadn't been touched since the beginning of February. It is now up to date as of yesterday, and I'm hoping to get back into working a square every day:

On the non-stitchy front I am pleased to report that while life got heavier Roxie got lighter! The girl who came to us on 12/31/19 at 58lbs is now down to 49.9lbs! I had thought she was looking slimmer but thought maybe it was just my imagination or that I was getting used to her size. It doesn't really show up in pictures very well, especially since I can't get the same pose for any of them, but here is a picture from the first day:

And from last Friday:

Only another 22lbs to go! And in more good news she and Murphy, while not best buddies, are reasonably good pals:

Two dogs is still more work than I really wanted, but on the bright side it's not as much work as three dogs, which is what we had when my mom's dog Ellie stayed with us (though they all got along pretty well)!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!