Monday, September 14, 2015

A finish and a new start

Shortly after my last post, I finished my version of Happy Halloween:

I'm really happy with how it turned out; the little peek-a-boo kitty reminds me of my Tailor Bean, and the colors are so bright and cheerful. I might have to get this one framed pretty soon so I can hang it up and enjoy it all the time.

I was still in the mood for Halloween stitching after the finish, so I decided to pull Glendon Place's Murky Manor out of the Bucket o'WIPs, where it's been residing for a few years. The fabric is a Silkweaver solo on Belfast:

After working on it a bit more, I decided to see if there is a Glendon Place stitchers group on Facebook, and there is. Right after I joined, they had a big push to get to 500 members; Cheryl, the designer, promised a free chart if they hit the goal. Not only did they reach that goal, but in the past few days they have surpassed the 1000-member mark!

So, Cheryl released a mandala design called The Friendship Compass. The chart does not come with a color key, so you are supposed to choose six floss colors and four bead colors and make it truly your own. I spent a fun couple of hours playing in my stash, and finally came up with this color scheme:

I'm going to wait to choose the beads until all the stitching is done, so I'll have a better idea of what I'm looking for. It is a really fun stitch, although working on the black linen is definitely getting harder as I get older!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!


  1. Congratulations on your Halloween finish! I really like the blue you used. Nice start on the Glendon Place mandala. I like your chosen colors.

    Robin in Virginia

  2. Great finish and nice progress on your WIP. I like your choices of fabric and colours for the mandala too!

  3. Love your projects! Sounds like so much fun to pick your own colours for a chart:))

  4. Cute Halloween finish and new start! I adore the colors you chose for the Mandala.

  5. Hi dear friend
    Congratulations for the progress, I adore Halloween projects and I look forward to see other wip.
    I like your colours choice for the Mandala design.

  6. You've got some really pretty projects going! Fun to get into the fall spirit by stitching some Halloween!

  7. I love your Mandala choices! Great colours against that fabric.
    Your Halloween finish is really cute.

  8. A great finish, looks good on that fabric.
    Can't wait to see more of Murky Manor, and the free design looks interesting.

  9. I love the look of the mandala. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  10. Congrats on the great finish! I love the colors. Nice progress on everything else, too. I like a lot of Glendon Place pieces, but I haven't bought any yet. Cute needleminders :-)