Sunday, August 30, 2009

Work in Progress

Not much stitching this past week, with back to school and then Big H's birthday party on Saturday. While I'm waiting to get the WDW Fire I need to finish "Holiday Seasons," one of the other projects I'm working on is the "Winter Baby" Sunshine Line by Brooke's Books. This will be Little H's baby sampler when it's finished. I completed the original "Baby Girl" Sunshine Line for Big H after she was born and these will hang next to each other in our upstairs hallway next to some baby pictures of the two of them. These are stitched on perforated paper with DMC floss and a little bit of beading.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Finish

I quickly stitched this little octopus last week and turned it into a magnet for my mom. She has adopted the octopus as a symbol of her fight against cancer. The design was a freebie from Brooke's Books and I used DMC floss that closely matched the called for colors on white perforated paper.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

After I was laid off in January, I started working on "Holiday Seasons" from Birds of a Feather. I've had this pattern and the supplies for ages. It's stitched on 32 ct. Belgium linen with the called for WDW floss (my first time using overdyed floss). This project was really like doing four different designs (similar to the Lizzie Kate four seasons boxers), but comes as one chart. I was so close to being done last week but then I ran out of WDW Fire, which I need to finish the last design (Winter holidays). Once the design is done, I plan to finish it in a frame I have that looks like a window pane. Lessons learned from this project - I prefer evenweave to linen and I don't like stitching on fabric smaller than 28 ct. (unless maybe I invest in an Ott Lite and magnifier).

Swirlygig Challenge

Last week, I finished stitching Bent Creek's "Swirlygig" design for Anna's challenge. This only took me a few hours to stitch and usually I'm a very slow stitcher. Now I need to "finish finish" the design and send a picture to Anna. I won't be able to post a pic here until September when the challenge is over.

Brushing Off the Cobwebs

Well, it's been a long time. A lot has happened, but without going into everything, I've decided to make this more of a cross stitch/crafts blog, since I post most of my every day and family stuff over on Facebook. So look for the links on the right to change shortly and for some pics of projects in progress. There's an incredibly active cross stitch community out there and they are all very inspiring. Since I'm not working right now, I've had a lot more time to stitch and scrapbook and I'm actually getting a lot accomplished! So stay tuned...