Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Keeping Warm

The past few weeks I have been busy stitching and just keeping warm.  The good thing about a good Utah winter is that you do not want to go outside so it makes for good stitching weather.  Here are a few things that I have managed to stitch since the first of the year.

The first 2 are from Bent Creek.  The snowman face is from the Cold Snowman leaflet.  The second one is called Blue and White.

This one is from Pickle Barrel Designs.  I am really liking these patterns from them and they look perfect hanging on the back of my front door.
If you have noticed by now I really love mice and another love of mine is Dandelions, yes I love the crazy weeds, so this little design that I found on a foreign blog is a perfect little project for me.
Just Nan Butterfly Heart stitched on 28 count raw opalescent linen.
This is from the Light and Shadow pattern from Firewing designs.  The fabric is called Thunderstorm and the floss Spice Market from Artiste.  The Artiste floss can be found at Hobby Lobby and so far I am really happy with it. 

This is an old Silver Needle Secret Needle Night chart that I borrowed from a friend.  I used DMC and Artiste metallic floss on the project and I have to say this is one time that I am not happy with DMC.  The Artiste floss did not frey like the DMC did and was easier to use.  I will stick to the DMC for solid colors but I have never had a good experience with their metallic floss.

So far its been a good year for stitching and I am happy to say that I finished a UFO/WIP off my list.  I finished the last 4 designs from the One Froggy Night project.

My next projects are going to be 2 small Valentine projects and then I am going to start on Easter.  I have several small detailed projects planned and I cannot wait to get them started.

Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and Stitching Goals

The New Year is barely here but already I have decided to post and mention my stitching goals for the upcoming year. 

The other day while going thru a box of stitching projects I came across a WIP that I started in 1997.  It was a project from de la Tour Designs called The Tinsel Fairy Mouse and was in the 1997 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue.  I had all but the wings stitched on it and actually had a small part of the wings done.  I ended up unpicking the silver floss that I had stitched and restitched it using a floss that I like to work with better.  I am happy to say that it is no longer a WIP and is a completed project.

The project is stitched on a light blue aida but its hard to tell in the picture.  I used DMC threads and the metallic is  PB27 silver treasure braid from rainbow gallery.  I will probably frame it or make it into a pillow.

I guess you could say that finishing the old WIP has inspired me to finish more WIPs so I am going to try to dedicate the year at least partly to WIPs.  Now I am not saying I am not going to be starting new projects and that I am setting a goal to finish all my WIPs but I am going to at least give it a shot.

Here is a list of some of my current WIPs that I hope to work on.

1- One Froggy Christmas-  4 out of 8 are done.
2- Month By Month by Sunflower Seeds- 9 out of 12 are done.
3- A Year of Events, Dimensions kit- 5 out of 12 are done.
4- On Christmas Day by Cat's Whiskers- 3/4 of the way done.

I am sure I will come across more as I go through things but those are the ones I have in mind right now.  I know of a few others but they are not a priority right now.

Hope everyone is having a good New Year and I hope to keep you more up to date on my blog.