Almost Done with Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

I can’t believe I’m almost done with this Lace Heart Wedding Sampler for our friend! I’ve barely had time to stitch except for a few times during stormy nights and it’s just coming along so quickly. (My new counting pins helped a lot with this recent faster progress!)

almost done with wedding sampler for friends

The original chart has two doves backstitched in Kreinik one on each side of the heart, but I’m not stitching those, because honestly I don’t like the way they look, they seem awkward and more cartoony than elegant like the lace portion of the design. SO, I figured it better to just leave those off. Then I’ll stitch the names and date in the center and add the beads around the heart and I’ll be done – then there’s just framing to be done.

I haven’t decided what type of frame yet, it’s always so hard to choose a frame for something that is going to hang in the home of someone else. I was thinking a white frame would be appropriate, but maybe too bright. I’m open to framing suggestions here, please!

==> Click here to get a copy of the Jeanette Crews Designs Leaflet Wedding Memories Leaflet, which includes Lace Heart and several other wedding designs to stitch plus charted cross stitch alphabets to customize everything!

Thanks for following along with what I’m stitching this week! I’d love to hear from you about what you’re stitching as well.

Happy Stitching!
Loretta

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New Progress on Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

Progress two weeks in a row, w00t! I actually feel like a real stitcher again! I didn’t think I was going to have any stitching time, but those storms tore through here over the weekend and the power was blinking and the internet was out, so the kids played games with my husband and I sat in the corner and stitched the night away ;)

This is Lace Heart Wedding Sampler, being stitched as a gift for a friend of ours. The pattern is part of a leaflet that has 12 different samplers in it to stitch.
It’s starting to really take the shape of a heart now!
Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Progress

==> Click here to get a copy of the Jeanette Crews Designs Leaflet Wedding Memories Leaflet, which includes Lace Heart and 11 other wedding designs to stitch plus charted cross stitch alphabets to customize everything!

Thanks for following along with what I’m stitching this week! I’d love to hear from you about what you’re stitching as well.

Happy Stitching!
Loretta
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Lace Heart Wedding Sampler is What I’m Stitching

So, I decided to put away Pirate Treasure for awhile and work on this wedding sampler that was supposed to be a gift last year, but I didn’t finish in time. This month is their one year anniversary and even though I’m already late I’d like to finish it up soon and give it to them.

This is from the Jeanette Crews Designs Leaflet Wedding Memories Leaflet, and the design is called Lace Heart. As you can see on the leaflet cover there I am not stitching this as charted, white is just so boring to stitch!

So, I grabbed the save the date card that came in the mail along with my fabric stash and I found the closest possible match to the color of purple that the bride used for the cards and invites and also for her bridesmaid dresses and wedding colors.

The closest match I came out with was Abracadabra from Silkweaver and it’s an opalescent fabric, so there’s pretty sparkles in there! I know they’re hard to see in the photos, but they really do look great in person! I’m using DMC 210 and 209 since they went great on the fabric and gave it that lacy monochromatic look, and I’m already on my second skein of 210 (although I think my first skein was really only half a skein on a bobbin from my stash)

Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Progress

==> Click here to get a copy of the Jeanette Crews Designs Leaflet Wedding Memories Leaflet, which includes Lace Heart and 11 other wedding designs to stitch plus charted cross stitch alphabets to customize everything!

Thanks for following along with what I’m stitching this week! I’d love to hear from you about what you’re stitching as well.

Happy Stitching!
Loretta
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Pirate Treasure – Little by Little

Again, this project is Pirate Treasure: Oak Island Mystery by Lynne Nicoletti. This will be my last update on this project for a little while since I’m going to be working on my entry for the Design an Egg Contest to be done by the end of this month.

I might toss this back into my WIP pile for awhile after that even and start something new. You know how those stitching mood swings can be ;)

Here’s today’s progress picture:
Pirate Treasure Cross Stitch Progress #3
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Pirate Treasure by Lynne Nicoletti Stitching Progress – one stitch at a time!

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a progress picture, but these days I am pretty slow to make actual visible progress. I remember the days I was miss speedy needle and could whip out a medium sized project like this in a week or two. *sigh* memories.

Again, this project is Pirate Treasure: Oak Island Mystery by Lynne Nicoletti.

Here’s today’s progress picture:
Pirate Treasure
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Pirate Treasure by Lynne Nicoletti Stitching Progress – The beginning!

I’ve been promising progress pictures on this one for awhile now – and I’ve honestly been very slow to make any progress, I just haven’t had time to stitch much lately, but here we are now! this is Pirate Treasure: Oak Island Mystery by Lynne Nicoletti.

Pirate Treasure Cross Stitch Project

This is has been in my stitching pile for awhile to be honest, I started it when my grandfather was ill and when he passed away it ended up getting stuffed way back behind everything else, I just couldn’t look at it.

I’m stitching it on the perfect Silkweaver hand dyed fabric for it, it looks like a treasure map already before I even get the design on there! It’s beautiful fabric, I’m not sure if you can see the opalescent threads in the picture here or not, love the extra sparkle.

One of the things about this pattern that I really enjoy is that the stitching is done with one strand of floss over two (instead of the usual two threads) so it creates sort of a painted look or a I guess you could say a worn out map look in this case.

Here’s what the stitched model looks like. You see the pirate face in the middle there? One of the options is to add the Kreinik Glow in the Dark threads there so that his face glows in the dark – I bought the threads to do that (in both Lime and Grapefruit), but I haven’t decided if I’m actually going to do that or just use the DMC threads for him.

I have this suspicion that if he glows in the dark someone is going to be walking through the house and night and throw things at him hanging on the wall -lol-

I’ll post another update when I get a little bit more done – hopefully soon! In the meantime I’d love to hear about what you’re stitching! (Leave a comment, won’t you?)

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

==> Click here to add Pirate Pirate Treasure: Oak Island Mystery by Lynne Nicoletti to your stitching stash today and stitch along with me!

Winter Sun – Owl Cross Stitch Kit

Check out what I got for my birthday! I almost never get cross stitch gifts, so this was a huge surprise for me. I spied this kit awhile back and I had posted the link over on Facebook commenting on the pretty fall colors and the adorable little owl sitting there. I post cool stitching stuff all the time, so it wasn’t something that really stood out in my mind.

Well, my mother-in-law who insists on buying everyone a Christmas gift and a birthday gift every year saw me post it, saw the great comments it got in response, and filed it away in her bookmarks for the holidays. (My birthday is right after Christmas and she insists I’m the most difficult person to buy for, LOL)

The last thing I expected when I opened my gift was this pretty Winter Sun owl cross stitch kit – I was truly surprised. It took a minute to register that I had actually chosen my own gift in a round-about way, but I realized it after admiring it for a few.

Do you get cross stitch gifts? I’d love to hear some stories here, so please leave a comment!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

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Finished Jingle Mill Hill Christmas Ornament Kit

My first finish of the new year was the Mill Hill Jingle ornament cross stitch kit, I actually finished it a few days ago on January 2nd. These little kits from Mill Hill are a lot of fun and I’ve stitched a few of their ornament kits before so I knew I was going to get a great product when I ordered them. (I also ordered the Frosty kit, but haven’t started stitching it yet.)

Kit includes: Beads, charms, perforated paper, needles, floss, chart and instructions.

Finished Mill Hill Jingle Ornament Cross Stitch KitWhen I looked at it online I thought it was stitched on a plastic canvas material, but it is perforated paper. (my own mistake for not fully reading the description!) While Mill Hill makes a great quality strong perforated paper for stitching, do be careful because it will tear if you’re too rough on it.

I made it through with no tears, but I came close to tearing it when I was trying to tuck a short end piece under stitches on the back.

I think my only complaint about this kit was that there was just enough of the white floss to complete the stitching, I had but a tiny three inch two strand scrap left when I was finished. Now, I did make a mistake and have to “frog” a little bit, maybe 10 stitches.

So, if you’re a one-X-at-a-time style stitcher and you pick up this kit, be mindful that you may need a little bit of extra white to finish up. I stitch all to the right across and then all to the left back across and I ran out, and usually one-X-at-a-time takes up a bit more floss, not a lot more, but in this case enough extra that you might run out of the white. I did have plenty left of all the other colors.

When it came to beads there were plenty of those too in case you find any irregular shaped ones in your bag. However, the beads are not sorted like they would be if you were buying your beads individually, so you do have to pick the gold apart from the red. Fortunately, there were only two colors with this kit, red and gold. Frosty has way more bead colors, which is why I haven’t started it yet, because I didn’t want to pick through the beads right now and sort them out.

For finishing the kit suggests that you create a beaded hanger by threading red beads onto two strands of floss, and that’s how it’s finished in the model photo online and on the cover of the kit. (Pictured here at left)

However, in my opinion this is a heavy ornament when it’s finished and I was worried about that not being strong enough on my tree… after all I do have four kids and a cat to think about when it comes to ornaments.

So, I’m going to add a felt backing to mine and use a thicker ribbon hanger that runs through the “sandwich” of ornaments and backing instead. I might use the leftover beads to make a tassel or double up the hanger, I haven’t decided yet.

==> Click here if you’d like to grab the Mill Hill Jingle Ornament Cross Stitch kit to your stash and stitch it for the 2011 holidays!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

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