Monday, January 26, 2015

That's a big dress!

I was so excited when I finished the wings on July's Amethyst Fairy, as the one wing is so large, and I used blending filament for the whole thing, which isn't the most pleasant thing to stitch with. However, I think the size of the wing drew my attention away from the fact that the dress is also pretty darn big!

I've been working on it pretty steadily, and it doesn't feel like I've made much progress. But when I compare the picture from this week to the one from last week, I can at least see progress:

I'm starting to doubt that I'll get her finished this month, but hopefully early in February. I guess she would be an appropriate finish for February, with her Valentine-y colors. 

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ruby progress

I spent the weekend working on my fairy's dress:

Getting the wings done felt like such a big accomplishment, but now there's been a bit of a let-down to realize there is still a lot of dress to go. However, I will keep plugging away until I have a finish!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A mini happy dance

Last night I finished stitching the wings on my July fairy, so I am now finished with the blending filament--woo hoo!

I spent Tuesday taking a break from the wings and playing with the bling, trying to choose bead colors. I'm pretty happy with the results:

Now it's on to the bottom of the dress; it would be nice to have this finished by the end of January.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Making ort-aments

For so many years, I threw away the thread snippets, or orts, that I ended up with while stitching. Then, a few years ago, I came across the idea of saving those orts and using them to fill a glass ornament. So midway through 2012 I started saving my orts, and at the end of that year I put them all in a labeled bag; I then did the same thing in 2013, and had a jar full of orts from 2014. I finally went out and bought some clear glass ornaments and some metallic pens to paint the year on them, and here is the result:

The ornament on the far right contains DMC labels, which I recently heard someone mention doing. I just wish I had flattened the labels before putting them in, so the insides didn't show so much. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the project. It was fun putting the orts in the ornaments, and coming across piles of colors from certain projects.

Another year-end task was to get my stitching journal up-to-date; I found out that I hadn't updated it since last March! 

While doing the updating, I realized that I had only stitched two Nora Corbett designs in 2014, Faerie Summer Love and Gigi. This, of course, made me want to stitch on a Mirabilia design right away! On Saturday night I finished a model for Judy Odell, so yesterday I pulled out Mirabilia's July Amethyst Fairy, which has been sitting in the Bucket o'WIPs for many years:

Having a July birthday, I remember being very disappointed when this design came out as an Amethyst Fairy, as my birthstone is ruby:

I set out to convert her to a Ruby Fairy, which wasn't easy! However, I'm pretty pleased with the result so far, so I would really like to finish her up before I move on to another project. I did just a bit of work on her yesterday:

I remember now why she ended up in the Bucket, as the wings are a blend of floss and blending filament, which is not great to stitch with (and the wings are huge!). But I am determined to persevere this time! As an added incentive, she is one of the original 20 WIPs that I set out to "slay" back at the end of 2011. I have gotten pretty far off from that original goal, but I do still know that the list is there!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Halloween finished...

...and on its way to Donna. This turned out really cute:

The fabric is Silkweaver Mocha on 32ct Lugana, and it only used six floss colors (the chart calls for only three colors, but Donna wanted to add more color).

When I kitted this up for myself I chose PTP Haunted for the fabric, and I'm going to use over-dyed threads to add some more visual interest. The carvings will be stitched with a gold, so it looks like the pumpkin is lit up, and I've got a fun multi-colored silk to use for the border. I might even use some glow-in-the-dark Kreinik for the wording. Here's a picture of my supplies:

It will be a while before I can start it for myself, as I'm currently working on a model. Once that is finished, I don't really want to take on any more obligation stitching until after my trip to Italy in May. I really need to start getting prepared for that; it seemed so far away last May, and now it's only four months away! Actually, this design might be a good one to take with me, since it would be small enough to work on while traveling.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, December 29, 2014

More Halloween stitching...

...because I didn't get enough Halloween stitching while working on Witches Hollow!

This one is called Happy Halloween:

Actually, I had kitted this one up to start right before I found out I could borrow Witches Hollow; this one then got pushed back. Then, someone posted on the 123Stitch MB that they were looking for this design, and it is apparently very hard to find. It turns out that the designer, Curtis Boehringer, lost a lot of his cross stitch patterns in a fire at his printer's shop, and this was one of them.

Donna, who was looking for it, had seen this picture of it stitched up into an ornament:

She was looking for someone to stitch it using similar colors (the chart only calls for three colors), so I offered to do it if she could wait until the end of the year. I have it kitted up with PTP Haunted and over-dyed threads, and I'll stitch it for myself later; it lends itself to all kinds of color combinations with that border and wording.

I have spoken with Curtis, and sent him copies of both sides of this chart (the other side has a jack'o'lantern sampler). He is planning on starting a web site where his patterns will be available for download, and this will be one of them.

I should be done with this one in a couple of days, then I have a model that needs to be finished. I need to decide what project I'll start for myself in the new year...

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and stitchy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Witches Hollow is done!!

I was doing some major happy dancing last night at about 11:20, when the last stitch went into this piece! Witches Hollow by The Primitive Needle, on PTP Haunted Edinburgh:

The stitch count on this is 197 x 395, so on the Edinburgh it measures about 11" x 22"; the size makes it difficult to get a detailed picture of the whole piece. Here are a couple of closer shots:

I played around with floss colors on this one quite a bit, both to add more color and because the different fabric seemed to call for it. I'm really pleased with the outcome.

Again, I have to thank Teresa for loaning her chart to me. I made a wish on the 123Stitch MB to borrow this chart, and Teresa actually trusted me enough to grant it, even though we've never met. Stitchers are the most amazing people! It worked out well as an incentive to finish it, too, because I didn't want to hold onto it too long.

Wishing those who celebrate it a very Merry Christmas!