Stitching the 2017 Rainbow SAL from Connie Gee Designs

This is a free design being released in parts as a stitch-a-long at Connie Gee Designs. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2017-sal.html.

[2/21/2017] Monday stitching…. about half way through the February section.
a little more progress on February rainbow sal section

Weekend stitching [2/20/2017] made a lot of progress on the February medallion:

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Stitching the 2017 Mystery Band Sampler SAL from Linen and Threads

This is a free design being released one band at a time on the Linen and Threads website. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long.

[2/16/2017] a little birdie has made an appearance…. or maybe he’s a dragon, a tiny garden dragon? Hopefully his friends will be joining him soon.

and we have a corner:

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January Stitching and Stash Acquisition

january title block

A quick look at everything I stitched on in January… The first week and a half I didn’t get any stitching done really, but by the middle of the month I was back to stitching every day again, even if it was in 15 and 20 minute chunks some days. [Read more…]

Almost There on My Token of Love

[update 1/24/2017] Finished a motif and a skein of floss at the same time, seemed like a good place to take a pause and put her away for a bit.

progress on my token of love by rosewood manor

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Almost Done Stitching a Bookmark….


I’ve been working on this chevron design off and on, it’s part of a series of monogram patterns that I’m working on charting to be released this year (there are bookmarks, ornaments, and in-the-hoop designs) This one is almost ready and I really like how the chevrons come out doing one X at a time using a hand dyed thread (The thread I’m using here is Sharrin’s Peach from Ship’s Manor)  

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Halfway Point Stitching Azul Calavera

I’ve reached the exciting tipping point of a Mill Hill kit where all the solid cross stitching is done and it’s time to add the beads.

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Framed and Gifted Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

So I’m a horrible friend in general. I forget things, a lot, frequently, and all the time. If you look closely you’ll see the date on the piece is April of 2010. My husband became very ill that month and we missed the wedding. With so many things going on, I set the piece aside and figured I’d finish the beading and give it to them later.

And then, well, life happened I guess. A year later I finished the beading, but I wasn’t sure how soon I’d be able to have it framed. My intention was to give it to them as an anniversary gift, so I put it in my finished project box for safe keeping until I was ready to have it framed. I even blogged the finish here.

Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch
(The design is Lace Heart from a Jeanette Crews Leaflet of wedding sampler designs, all the details about fabric and supplies are in my other blog post)

I’m not sure what happened, but I must have been distracted by life between my husband being ill, buying the house, stuff with the kids, and then me being ill, the past few years of life are really just a blur of doctor’s rooms, trips to the hardware store, and a lot of confusion. [Read more…]

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