Monday, May 8, 2017

The Beautiful Sea

Last Thursday we received the final installment in this Ship's Manor SAL, so this fun piece is now finished!

I really enjoyed playing with colors in this one, and also adding some beads because I thought a design about the sea needed some sparkle:

I'm now in the home stretch on the Rosewood Manor model, hoping to finish this week, and then I need to get the two Nora Corbett models done, so I probably won't have anything to share for the next few weeks. Although my sweet husband did give me another gift certificate to my framer for our anniversary, so now I really do need to take some pieces over to get them framed...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Another SAL almost finished

While I worked on Andromeda I also fell behind on my Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea piece. I had stayed caught up with the first 11 parts, then three more parts were released. With part 14 Erik released the entire border, so there was quite a bit of stitching involved to get all that done, but I finally did it last week:

Part 15 was just released last Friday, so I should get that done this week, and then the final piece will come out on May 5 and I should have the whole design done shortly after.

I've signed up for another of Erik's SALs, the Halloween Mystery Town, which has had one part released so far. I have everything ready, but I just can't start it until I finish the three models I have waiting. That's not such a bad thing anyway, as I might play around with the colors a bit and it will be easier to do that when I can see more of the design.

I've also signed up for a Passione Ricamo mystery SAL, which starts May 1, and which I also won't be able to start right away. I really need to learn how to stitch faster!!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 10, 2017

One SAL finished

This past weekend I decided to pull out my Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL piece and finish it up. I had stayed current on it for the first 13 parts, but fell behind while I stitched Andromeda. I've had a nagging desire to finish it so it doesn't end up in the WIP bin, so I gave into the urge and here is the result:

When I picked it back up on Saturday I had the lower left corner stitched, so I decided that I would finish all of the green along the bottom row and then stitch all the flowers. When I got to the far right side, I realized that I had started the row one stitch to the left of where it should have been (that's a problem with mystery SALs released in small parts--there aren't enough points of reference to count from to make sure you're in the correct spot!). I just couldn't face frogging all of the green and the flowers on the left side that had already been done, so I decided to live with the mistake.

It's not terribly noticeable on the whole, but the stem of the white flower should line up with the middle of the orange flower, so it's definitely off, and will probably always bug me just a little!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A little stitching

Last week after I finished the housework and errands that I'd been putting off to finish Andromeda, I still wasn't quite able to settle down with the large model I should be working on, so I pulled out Just Nan's Keep A Little Secret, which I had kitted up sometime last year.

This is stitched over-1 on 32ct linen--the chart calls for white but I used a Silkweaver solo that I thought went really well with the colors in the design. The chart also had the letters A, B and C, but I replaced them with my initials and added the year; here is what it looked like before the finishing work:

Just Nan has really good finishing instructions, but I am just not very good at sewing; I was really happy with how the front turned out, but the back not so much:

Fortunately, when it is in its little needle slide, no one sees the back!

There are a couple more of these needle slides with charts, which I have now ordered because they are quite fun to work on and can be finished in just a few days.

For now, I am back to "work", and made good progress this past weekend; hoping for a finish within about three weeks.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Overly optimistic

So, you know how in my last post I said that I thought that Andromeda would take a couple of weeks to finish? Turns out that there was quite a bit more stitching to her than I thought! But I continued to take a picture at the end of every day, and yesterday afternoon I finally finished her, so here are the remaining pictures of the journey.

Day 7:

Day 8:

Day 9:

Day 10:

Day 11:

Day 12:

Day 13:

Day 14:

Day 15:

Day 16:

Day 17:

Day 18:

Day 19:

And finally, the finished piece:

My sweet husband gave me a gift certificate to my framer for Christmas (they know him by name when he comes in now!), so I think I'll try to take this over this week and get the process going; she's too pretty to leave in the "finished" bin.

Now I'm off to get some housework done, and then I need to get back to the Rosewood Manor model. There have also been two parts released in the two SALs I'm participating in, but they'll have to wait until I can make some good progress on the model--if only there were more hours in a day!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Andromeda day by day

Sometimes a design calls out to you so loudly that you just have to start it; Andromeda did that to me last week, and already having a piece of fabric that I was excited about using just made the call that much louder. As the design isn't really that big, I decided to take a couple of weeks off from the models I should be stitching and try to get her done in that time--so far, so good!

I chose to use the Mermaid fabric, as I agreed with the comments that the size of the moon on the other piece would have been a bit overwhelming and that the colors in Mermaid just flowed so nicely with the floss colors. Since I am trying to get this stitched in two weeks, I thought I would take a picture at the end of every day to see the progress made, and decided to share the pictures here as there shouldn't be too many.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6:

I'm really getting the urge to fill in all those spaces for her bling, but I think I'm going to wait until after I get her leg stitched and then reward myself with sparklies! The skin is always the slowest part on a Mira, choosing which partial stitches to use to get the smooth lines that make them look so nice, so it's always a relief to have that done.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Getting anxious... finish these SALs soon; Welcome should have the final part released in early April, and Beautiful Sea towards the end of April. I really like the previews of the Tempting Tangles Long Way Home SAL, so I think I'll start that one once I've taken Welcome off the Qsnaps.

Here are parts 1-13 of Welcome:

And parts 1-11 of The Beautiful Sea:

Part 11 actually has more stitching in it along the right and bottom sides, but I need to see more of it before I can choose which colors to use. Apparently, there is some kind of creature at the right, which has "eaten" the right side of the incomplete motif (which, by the way, is driving me crazy!!); sounds like it should be fun.

I'm very excited about the latest Mirabilia release, Andromeda, which should be arriving in my mailbox today; have you seen it yet?

I already have her kitted up, but I'm torn between two pieces of fabric. Polstitches has these great printed fabrics, and I like the idea of the Moon piece for this design, but the colors in the Mermaid piece blend really nicely with the floss colors:

I'd better make up my mind soon, but it's really hard...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 27, 2017

SAL updates

Last Friday saw the release of the next parts in the SALs I'm participating in; I spent the weekend working on the model, so I'll probably take a day or two this week to get caught up again. The model is a fairly large one; I'm almost a month in and probably only about halfway done, and I'm getting antsy to work on something new--is there such a thing as stitching ADD?!

Anyway, here are parts 1-12 in the Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL:

And parts 1-10 in the Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea SAL:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

SALs still going

At this point I'm fairly confident that I'll be able to finish both of the SALs that I'm in in a timely manner (for once!). The one closest to being completed is Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, which has now had 12 parts released, with four parts yet to come. Here is mine up to part 11 (I'll share a picture with part 12 next week):

I'm looking forward to seeing what develops in the last row of this design.

Deb has another SAL that will start in March, and I think I'm going to try to stitch it as well because I like the motifs that are shown so far. You can find out about the new SAL here.

Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea SAL is now up to 10 parts released, and I'll share a picture of all 10 parts next week. For now, here are parts one through nine:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rosewood Manor designs

I completed five models for Karen last year, with the Hannah Bacon reproduction sampler being the only one released until now. With Nashville Market right around the corner, three of the five new Rosewood Manor designs are ones I stitched.

The first was Morning Glory Sampler:

Followed by Four and Twenty Blackbirds:

Then Merlins Tulips:

These designs are such a pleasure to stitch, and it's especially nice knowing that I will get them all back someday (even if I am already running out of wall space!).

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Little Chapillon

If you've ever looked at charts by Nimue, you know they have a really cute series of cat/fantasy designs. I have two or three in my "Cats" binder, and then last October they came out with a new one called Chapillon and I fell in absolute love with it!

I ordered it right away, at the beginning of October, and I finally received it just over a week ago. Since I had a bit of stitching time for my own projects last week, I made a start on it right away.

It's a bit tricky to stitch, as there isn't much regard for the actual squares in the fabric when they draw the back stitching lines, and I'm not a fan of colors going through the lines (it just looks sloppy to me), but I have to admit that the details do look nice. Here is the first butterfly before back stitching, on a Silkweaver Cashel linen solo:

And after:

Then I worked my way down to the kitty's face, and gave him green eyes because none of my cats have ever had blue eyes. Here's the face partially completed:

And finished:

Now I can look at that sweet little face while I stitch on the rest.

This past weekend I started on a fairly large Rosewood Manor model, so my own stitching will slow down again. I also got a "thumb's up" from Wichelt on the Nora Corbett models, and they're already sending two more, so I guess they were acceptable to them.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stash diving!

Last week I finished the second Nora Corbett model, so today they will wing their way back to Wichelt; fingers crossed that they will be good enough that I can do more of them in the future!

After that finish, I spent a couple of days getting caught up with the two SALs I'm really enjoying. This is Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, parts 1-10:

And The Beautiful Sea SAL by Ship's Manor, halfway finished at eight parts:

For the past several months I've been a member of the Chatelaine Support Group on FB, and seeing all the pictures of these gorgeous, blingy designs has made me want to work on one again. Back in 2007 (wow, 10 years ago!!) I started the big Mystery X, Secret Victorian Garden, and kept up with it for the first four parts. Then the parts got larger, and I got distracted, and into the WIP bin it disappeared!

This past weekend they had a SAL in the group, where you post before and after pictures of your weekend stitching, so I pulled this old lovely out and worked on it again. Here it is on Friday (just as it was when it went in the bin 10 years ago!):

And last night:

These really are amazing designs, so intricate and full of sparkle. Perhaps if I keep this one out and just work on it a bit here and there I could finally have my first "big" Chatelaine finish this year.

Back when I was first introduced to Chatelaine designs, I bought three of the big ones and kitted them up, as well as a couple of smaller designs. All of the supplies have been in a bag in my craft room closet for 10 years, and when I pulled it out last Friday I found that I hadn't labelled the floss rings; this is what it looked like:

I was able to get everything sorted (and labelled!), and during this process I found a floss ring for Mini Mandala Mystery 1, with some of the floss already used. I honestly have no recollection of kitting this one, let alone starting it, but I went diving into my WIP bin again and came up with this:

It makes me wonder what other treasures are hiding in there that I've completely forgotten!

I've received a model from Karen at Rosewood Manor, though I'm still waiting for the floss to show up from WDW, so my own stitching will have to take a back seat again. The two SALs will be releasing parts this Friday, so I will at least keep up with those--don't want to fall behind now!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!