Monday, December 15, 2014

Love this frog!

I've finally put the last extensions on my Q-Snaps, and am heading toward a finish on Witches Hollow. There is a cute frog on top of the tombstone:

Here is the whole piece so far:

I'm hoping to be done in a week or so, but this week I need to get the Christmas tree up and do some cleaning, so it might be close. On the other hand, my guys are heading to Iowa this coming weekend, which should mean lots of stitching time, so it's possible I might be done by next week; I guess time will tell.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

I'm in love with this needlework stand!

I have to confess, I've never worked with a needlework stand, as I just didn't see how it would work with the Q-Snaps that I always use in a great variety of sizes. I also flip my pieces over a LOT during the process, both to tie off ends and to check for/fix knotted floss, and I thought this would be difficult to do with the piece attached to some kind of holder. So for 25 years I have worked at a table of some sort: kitchen, dining room, craft room, folding...I've worked at them all.

Well, now I have a stand that I can use and take with me when I travel, and it is beautiful. It was designed by Judy Odell, and she has posted a lot of information in her blog. I just received mine today, put it together in about 5-10 minutes (only five separate wooden pieces) and I'm ready to go!

Here is a picture of the whole stand:

A side view:

The part that holds the "arms" can be set at two different heights (I've got it at the higher setting right now), and can also be set at a large variety of angles to get just the right setting for your own taste:

The two arms at the top can be placed in a several positions, from very close together to far apart:

They can also be angled so that they are further apart at the top and closer together where you're working.

My Witches Hollow WIP is on Q-Snaps that are about 15" x 24", and it rests comfortably on the stand:

When I want to turn it over, I just pick it up and flip it, then place it back on the arms, where the little posts at the bottom keep it in place.

As I said, I've never used a stand before, so I can't compare this one to any of the others out there. I just think that this is a beautiful and easy-to-use stand at a reasonable price. And if you go to Judy's blog, you'll find she's offering this at a discounted price until December 24.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend, and I'll be back on Monday with hopefully my last Witches Hollow WIP picture until the big finish!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Getting there...

I was hoping to have the fourth scene in Witches Hollow finished by today, but it was not to be. Here is my progress as of last night:

Hopefully I'll be able to finish the scene this week, but stitching time will be a bit limited as I promised my son I would get the tree set up this week. That means that I also need to wrap the presents I've already bought, so there's something to put under the tree!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, December 1, 2014

It didn't look that big when I started...

...Witches Hollow, that is; maybe because the chart picture is so small. The stitch count is 197 x 395, which means I'm using a full fat quarter of the Edinburgh linen. I've extended my Q-snaps for the third time now, and am almost finished with the third scene:

I spent the weekend stitching grass, and I still have two rows of it to stitch across the width of the design--ugh! But then I get to move on to the fourth scene--yay! Still hoping to have this finished by the end of the year.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

More Witches Hollow

On Saturday I finished the second scene (which I think will be my favorite):

Yesterday I started on the third scene (there are five total):

Teresa, the kind person who loaned the chart to me, commented that she liked that I had a different needle minder each week. At first I was using a witch hat, which I had picked up at my LNS. Then I received a big, blingy bat in the mail, so I had to use that one for a while. But both of those were large, so they only fit  when I could put them at the top of the fabric; now that I've extended the Q-snaps, I need smaller minders that fit along the side. Besides, it's always fun to switch things up a bit!

For those in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving; to everyone else, a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 17, 2014

More Progress...

... on Witches Hollow by The Primitve Needle:

I'm hoping to finish up the second "line" this week; then I'll be about 2/5 finished. :)

Stitching will slow down around Thanksgiving, as I can't spend as much time in my craft room when there's cleaning, cooking and visiting to be done. I've got a small project kitted up that I can work on in the kitchen while my mom is here (hi Mom!!).

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress on Witches Hollow

I'm working steadily this piece, and have now completed the top "line":

There are four more "lines" like this one in the pattern; if each one takes about a week and a half to stitch, then I should finish this one around the end of the year. Although, it might be a little longer because holiday preparations take a bite out of my stitching time this time of year. I am really enjoying working on this, though; it's hard to put down!

As I've mentioned before, I spent several years stitching models for Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor. Part of the contract is that once she is done with sending the models to trunk shows around the country, I will get my pieces back, already framed. Well, I finally got a couple back, and they are gorgeous!

The first is the first model I stitched for Karen, called My Token of Love:

I stitched this right before my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary, and I was allowed to personalize it, which makes it even more special.

Having passed the "test" of my stitching abilities, the next project Karen sent was Past & Present, which I absolutely love:

The last model I've gotten back is My Heart's Desire Needleroll, which appeared in the February 2011 issue of The Gift of Stitching:

That's all for now from my little corner of the crafting world; hope everyone has a great stitchy week!