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!

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!