Monday, March 19, 2018

Spook-y stitching

Spook Town Square, that is. I received the first part last Monday and had to start right away; here it is as of last night:

I'm using the DMC floss and PTP Haunted Belfast. I need to get back to "work" for now, but at least I think I'll be able to finish this part before the next one is released in May.

I also took some time to stitch part 5 of the Tempting Tangles Swans & Shears SAL:

I'm wishing I would have done the swans in a floss a couple of shades darker; it looked fine close up but tends to disappear as you get further away:

I'm toying with the idea of back stitching the outer edge with a floss a few shades darker than the fabric, but I'll decide after the entire motif has been completed.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring is coming

Last week I saw the first robins in our yard and some Canadian geese flying over, so spring must be coming! Of course, we have a winter weather advisory for tomorrow, with 4" to 7" of snow possible--this is Wisconsin after all!

At least I have my Swans & Shears SAL piece to look at, with its spring-like colors. Part four was released last Thursday, and this was my stopping point for that part:

I also worked on a small project that I've been wanting to do for a while now, which was to make a display for these amazing little dragon needle minders from Claybykim that I've been collecting for a few months now. I used a canvas that I found in the craft section at Target, stitched the words on a piece of fabric and then stretched the fabric over the canvas; the back is open so I can attach the magnets easily. Now it hangs in my craft room and I can admire these works of art while I stitch:

On the model stitching front, Rosewood Manor released one of the designs I stitched at Nashville Market this past weekend:

Also at Market Glendon Place released a new Halloween design that she first mentioned in her FB group last July (I've been waiting impatiently ever since!); it is called Spook Town Square, and it will be released in four parts, with the first part being the gazebo in the center:

The model is stitched on PTP Tarnish Cashel, but I have a piece of PTP Haunted Belfast that's the perfect size, so that's what I'll be using. Yesterday I pulled the flosses and fabric from my stash, so now I just need 12 more skeins that I didn't have on hand, a box to hold all the floss and the first chart:

It's a fairly large piece, so I'm hoping to have each part done before the next part comes out; might be wishful thinking, though!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Swans & Shears

So far I'm keeping up with this mystery SAL from Tempting Tangles, and hoping to stay that way! This is parts 1 to 3, using some Silk'n Colors, RG Petite Silk Lame Braid and a few crystals:

Part 4 will be released at the end of this week, so I'll probably take the weekend to stitch that.

Yesterday I started the Mirabilia model, so I'll get an idea of how long it will take after I work on it for a bit. And I still have a Rosewood Manor piece waiting in the wings, so those should keep me busy for a while.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's done, it's done!

Yes, I'm shouting, because last night at about 6 o'clock I put the last stitch into Halloween Quaker! The chart is from Lila's Studio, the fabric is Fall Foliage Belfast from Enchanted Fabrics (no longer in business) and the floss colors were picked from my stash--about 95% are Silk'n Colors by The Thread Gatherer:

The threads that aren't Silk'n Colors are from Rainbow Gallery; I used a few colors from their Petite Silk Lame Braid, including white glow-in-the-dark for the ghost (but I couldn't get a picture of it glowing):

I also used Rainbow Gallery Wisper for the spiders, so they are creepily hairy, and Petite Treasure Braid for the web:

A few more pictures:

After I finished last night I spent some time returning all the threads to their proper places in storage; it took a while considering this is what I started with!

So now my table is clear and I'm almost ready to start the Mirabilia model that's due in a few months; I might just take a couple of days to stitch part 3 of the Tempting Tangles Swans & Shears SAL that was released a few days ago.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 12, 2018

More Halloween Quaker

I've been continuing work on Halloween Quaker, and have made good progress; I'm starting to think I could finish it up in the next couple of weeks. Here it is as of this morning:

I'm really happy with the way the upper right corner turned out:

And the little village, which was a large part of the reason I bought the chart in the first place:

I also stitched part 2 of the Tempting Tangles Swans & Shears SAL, and the colors I've chosen have taken a decided turn towards Valentine's Day:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Halloween Quaker reappears

Last Thursday I finished a model, and then spent some time getting some housework done. I did a little reorganizing in my craft room, and while I was sorting through my WIPs Halloween Quaker by Lila's Studio caught my eye so I decided to spend some time on it this past weekend. Here is the progress I had made up until last October:

And here it is as of last night:

I've had three black cats and one black with some white, so the kitty motif was a fun stitch:

Of the two models I have left, one doesn't have a deadline and one isn't due until June, so I think I'm going to spend a week or so on this piece and see if I can't get to at least the halfway mark.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 22, 2018

No cure for start-itis

Why is it that once an idea for a design enters my head I just can't let it go until I actually put needle to fabric? About a month ago I bought Butternut Road's Provence Sampler, thinking that it would be a fun piece to do with new colors; then as I stitch on other things I play with colors in my head. I came across a limited edition Silk'n Colors called Birds of Paradise, and the two just clicked! And once that happened I eventually had to give in and make a start:

Right now I've pulled fuschia, aqua and purple SNCs that match the colors in Birds of Paradise, and I'll probably add some beads as well. This will be a good project to work on a bit at a time when I feel the urge to do some stitching for myself.

I've also started a new Tempting Tangles SAL piece, called Swans & Shears, which just had the first part released on the 19th. With a small part coming every two weeks,  I hope to be able to keep up with this one. Here is part 1 (minus the start of a larger motif on the right, which I'm waiting  to see more of before choosing colors), using whatever colors appeal to me on a piece of PTP Meditation Belfast:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!