Monday, July 24, 2017

Designers helping Italy

A couple of years ago  I was lucky enough to be able to tour (and shop in!) Casa Cenina's warehouse in Italy; here is Aida, their "warehouse" cat:


Casa Cenina has brought several designers together to aid in the efforts to rebuild after the earthquake that struck a year ago; the designers have donated exclusive charts, and all of the proceeds of sales will go to the Italian Civil Protection. An especially nice feature is that the charts are available for download, so there are no shipping fees; the charts that are available (and information about the project) can be found here: Casa Cenina.

Nora Corbett is one of the designers who donated a chart, which I bought and printed out yesterday. As it hasn't been stitched yet, there is no actual photo, just Nora's pencil sketch on the front page. It looks like it is the statue of an angel, holding an urn of greenery; I picked a fabric that reminded me of a garden to stitch it on:


I'm hoping to make a small start on it this week; it's always kind of fun to see a design appear when you haven't seen an actual picture of the finished piece.

Before I start I want to finish up part 3 of The Great Cheshire Pumpkin SAL, which was released this past Saturday (I nudged Deb into a bit of an early release, and she was an easy sell!). I'm hoping to finish it up today; here is where I left off last night:


Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 17, 2017

All caught up...

...and ready for the next part, which should be released this Sunday or next Monday; The Great Cheshire Pumpkin SAL by Tempting Tangles:


Of course I'm playing with colors, brightening it up a bit and adding some sparkle. The witch's dress and hat were stitched with Silk Lame Braid, which has a metallic woven in, and I used beads for the decorations; the beads are actually citron, to match the socks (because every good witch has to color coordinate!), but they look more gold in the picture.

I'm also using some Silk'n Colors in place of DMC; the broom bristles were stitched with one color, and the leaves with another. It's nice to get a lot of variegation without having to change colors all the time.

I'm hoping to stay up-to-date with this one, to have it done before Halloween, and in the meantime I've made a good start on a Rosewood Manor model.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stitching for me!

Last Friday I finished up Hallow-day Inn, and it will be on its way home to my customer later today:


The entire time I was stitching it I was thinking about which colors I would use if I stitched it for myself. I was tempted to buy the chart and do it, but I just have so many other projects I already own that it seemed silly.

I have a Rosewood Manor piece and two Nora Corbetts already in my possession, but I decided to take a few days to work on something for myself. Tempting Tangles has another terrific SAL going, called The Great Cheshire Pumpkin SAL, and it's perfect for my overwhelming desire to stitch with bright, cheerful colors. It was supposed to be a mystery SAL, but when Deb tried to put a small preview on Etsy it ended up showing the entire design; I think that's okay, though, as a lot of people commented that they liked seeing the whole thing.

Part 1 was released a couple of weeks ago; I stitched the partial witch from it on Saturday, using PTP's Haunted on Belfast:


Then part 2 was released just yesterday, so I was able to finish the little cutie:


And here is where I am as of last night:


I'm hoping to finish part 2 this week, then I'll start on the RM piece and work on it until part 3 is released in a couple of weeks.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stitching I can share

I am stitching Breanda Gervais' Hallow-day Inn for someone I met through Facebook, and while I like the design I am not thrilled with the look of one strand of floss over-2 on 32ct fabric. It is what the directions call for, and I did make sure that my customer was okay with it (she was, as she likes the primitive look), but as a two-strand girl it is just not my cup of tea!

I also think the chart photo is misleading, as I am 99.9% sure that the model was stitched with two strands; look at the difference:


I know the fabric in the model is darker, but just looking at the stitches I don't see any way that it was done with only one strand of floss. But, all that really matters is that the recipient is happy with the result!

I'm hoping to have it done within the next week or so:


Hope those in the US have a happy Independence Day, and to everyone a great stitchy week!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wow, almost a month...

...since my last post--I'm a bad, bad blogger! And it would have been another week, but today I got the call that I've been waiting for for almost five weeks, that my framed pieces were ready to pick up. I would have made it over there even sooner, but I had to wait until our AC unit was serviced!

Here is Mirabilia's Andromeda:


Nora's Alphabet, designed by Nora Corbett for Golden Heart Originals:


Chatelaine's Mini Mandala Circle 02 (the mat is a copper metallic, not orange):


Finally, Rosewood Manor's Bucklebury Sampler:


I'm going to hang this one by RM"s Past & Present, and then hopefully get a few more of my returned models re-framed with glass and have a whole wall of them.

It was also a good day because I finished the second of the Nora Corbett models, and they have been accepted and are already on the way to Wichelt. Now I just have a relatively small piece to stitch for an individual (finally, something I can show pictures of!) and then I really want to take a little time to work on my own "stuff"! Although I've already received the next Rosewood Manor design...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 29, 2017

The one that started it all

Well, it's been three weeks since I had anything I could share, but I am happy to say that the Rosewood Manor piece has been safely delivered to Karen (and another one already received!), and I have made good progress on the first of the two Nora Corbett models that are due in July. I was starting to get concerned that I might not make the deadline, but feel much better about it now--phew!

Last week I went through my Bin of Finishes to pull out some pieces to take to my framer. I decided on Mirabilia's Andromeda, Chatelaine's Mini Mandala Circle 2 and Nora's Alphabet; I also took Rosewood Manor's Bucklebury Sampler, which Karen had already framed, to have glass put in. I am very excited to get these back in two to three weeks!

Since I have no new stitching of my own that I can share, I thought I would take a few pictures of pieces from the past, including the one that started my obsession with this wonderful craft. Here is the pile on my crafting table:


I started stitching when I was at University of Illinois back in the late '80s; my mom had come down for Mom's Day Weekend and we were walking along Green Street shopping when we came across a cross stitch shop. Inside I found a kit of Chief Illiniwek, and fell in love! So my mom bought it for me, as well as a kit with two little unicorn ornaments that I could practice on before I started Chief, and my love of stitching was born.

I wish I could find the unicorns; I do remember the back of the first one had all these carried threads, and then the second one was better as I learned what worked and what didn't. But I still have Chief:


Later I found a leaflet from Puckerbrush that also contained the U of I logo and the Alma Mater:



I also have charts for Foellinger Auditorium, Altgeld Hall and Illini Union, which I still want to stitch someday...

I had to laugh at some of the old finishes I have; if I hadn't discovered Mirabilia Designs in the '90s, I'm not even sure I would still be stitching today!






I have a lot of finished Halloween pieces, though most of them were done after I started my blog; I did find this older Waxing Moon design (I think it's called Halloween Stack), which even has all of the buttons attached:


And what might have been my first Lizzie*Kate design, Pumpkin Fever:


For those in the US, I wish you a Happy Memorial Day spent with family and friends; and to everyone a great stitchy week!


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!