Sunday, July 20, 2014

Eight down, one to go

Blocks in the Frosty Forest series, that is. Last week I finally got around to stitching Snowy Reindeer:

As you can see, Gracie was less than impressed that I've been able to keep up with this entire series! I forgot to take a close-up picture of this block, so you can't really see that I made the nose on one of the reindeer red; I'll have to take a close-up of each block once it's back in the Q-snaps. The final chart should be arriving at my LNS this week, but it might have to wait for a bit to be stitched.

Judy Odell, the finishing wizard, has un-retired, and I'm currently doing some stitching for her. I can't talk about it yet, except to say that I will be the happy recipient of another gorgeous finished project when I am done. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as Judy gives me the go-ahead.

After I finished Snowy Reindeer and before Judy's project arrived, I spent a few days working on Lizzie*Kate's Tingles, as the last three charts came in last week. Here is a picture of eight of the twelve designs, stitched on PTP's Cauldron Belfast:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Can't put it down!

I am really loving working on The Gathering Place's Witch Hollow Tree Houses, so much so that I still haven't gotten caught up with part 8 of Frosty Forest, and part 9 (the final one!) will be out in about two weeks. Here is where I left it as of last night:

I'm going to finish the last piece of floss there, and then move on to FF this weekend; hopefully I can have that done by early next week. The last six L*K Tingles designs should be hitting my LNS any day now, and I want to be able to finish that piece up as soon as possible.

I also picked up another chart by The Gathering Place called Michael's Tree House:

I would have loved to have a tree house when I was little. I'm going to leave off the second little boy in this one and turn the other one into a girl; then it will be Melanie's Tree House!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Gigi is finished!

She's been finished for a while, but I was lazy and took a few days to get around to ironing the linen. Here she is, on an opal Belfast Silkweaver solo:

I think the fabric does a nice job of emphasizing the blues in the dress, even though the design uses more than one skein of black floss. I was going to start Luna after Gigi, but Luna also uses more than one skein of black, so I'm going to take a break for a bit. I've kitted up Nora's Azalea, which is extremely bright and cheerful, so I'll probably start that soon.

I also finished part 1 of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Mysterious Halloween Town Club, on a piece of PTP Edinburgh:

It has been fun playing with the colors in this one, and I even added the hollow in the tree with the eyes peering out. Frankie was originally charted with an orange jacket and purple pants, but as soon as I saw him I thought he looked just like Michael Jackson; thus, the red jacket, black pants and white sock and glove!

I picked up part 8 of the Frosty Forest series, but I'm having a hard time making myself work on it. I am really glad it's only a 9-part series, instead of 12! As long as I get it done before the last part is released, I'll be happy.

Instead of getting caught up with FF, I suddenly had the urge to pull an old piece out of the Bucket o'WIPs. I started this design when it was released six years ago, because I wanted to see if would look good on the fabric I chose, which is PTP Crystal Monster Mash Belfast. After deciding that the fabric worked, it disappeared into the Bucket, slowly getting buried in a mountain of WIPs; here is where I left it:

A few weeks ago, I was going through the Bucket, neatening up the folded pieces, and I found this again. It's been niggling at me ever since, so Wednesday I pulled it out and actually worked on it! Here is how it looks as of last night:

Isn't it cute? The window ledges are little "bones", and there are just all kinds of other neat details. I am really enjoying this, so hopefully it will never go back into the Bucket.

For those in the US, have a terrific (and safe) July 4th; hope everyone else has a great stitchy weekend!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Just Nan SAL for June

I didn't start stitching this month's JN piece until the 25th, because I had a couple of other pieces that I wanted to finish (Gigi and part one of Halloween Town are done, and will be posted later this week). I thought about stitching one of Nan's WhimZi designs, because they are small enough that I could have stitched AND finished it in time for this post, but ultimately decided to stitch Miss Kitty's Pin Cube. This is a fairly new chart, and I just really like it; it has pretty colors, and is finished into a cute little pin cube.

I was able to get all of the stitching done, except for a series of backstitched border lines that will be used in assembling the cube:

I'll be stitching the border lines tomorrow, but might wait to start the actual finishing; it will just depend on how adventurous I'm feeling!

For more entries in the JN SAL, check back here in a couple of days, and hopefully more links will be available.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

I just love Halloween stitching!

I was hoping that I would be done with Gigi by now, but I ended up not doing very much stitching this week. There was even one day where I didn't stitch at all, and that is a true rarity for me! However, she is still progressing:

Yesterday, though, I got distracted by the first part of a 4-part mystery design by a company I hadn't heard of before, called The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, which I discovered through a post on Facebook. The design is called The Mysterious Halloween Town Club, and the first part can be seen here. I started stitching it yesterday on a piece of PTP Haunted Edinburgh, using a bunch of different over-dyed flosses from my stash:

Isn't it cute? I'm really looking forward to seeing the remaining three parts! I should be able to finish up part 1 this weekend, then I need to get back to Gigi, and Frosty Forest part 8 will probably be showing up any day now...I just want to stitch everything!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gigi's taking shape

I am really enjoying working on Nora Corbett's Gigi, and she is turning out to be a pretty quick stitch. This morning I did the beading on the top part of the chart, and then extended my Q-snaps to fit the rest of the design:

The fabric is a Silkweaver solo on opal Belfast, and I think it's a nice witchy, but still pretty, background for her. I'm hoping to have her done within a week or so.

I want to say thank you to all of you who have left comments; I had 11 on my last post alone! While I started this blog as a way for me to keep track of my projects and actually see progress, it is so much fun to share with other stitchers from all over the world. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Frosty Forest update

I have now completed seven parts of CCN's Frosty Forest, with two parts still to be released. Part seven was the last of the four house blocks, called Snowgirl's Cottage:

I'm glad there are only two parts left, as I find myself ready to be done with this design. ;) Here is the entire piece so far:

I also completed part three of the By The Bay Needlearts mystery SAL, which looks like this:

It is now ready for the embellishing, which Donna posted a few days ago on her blog. She embellished the heck out of it!! I'm currently working up the courage to try some of her suggestions--might be a while!

Meanwhile, I finally got the charts for Nora Corbett's new Bewitching Pixies, Gigi and Luna, and I had a fun day stash diving in my fabric bins to find the perfect witchy fabrics for them; I think I found a couple of winners. :) Gigi's is a Silkweaver solo on opal Belfast:

Luna's is Silkweaver's Odyssey on Belfast:

I've already started Gigi; she has a black cat with her, so she had to be first as I love black cats! I'm hoping she'll be a pretty quick stitch, so I'll have a lot to show in my next post.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!