My 2011 Annual Report of the Stitching

Hard to believe it’s the last day of 2011 already and tomorrow we’ll start a fresh new year. One of the benefits of keeping a stitching blog is it’s easy to look back through the posts and see what I’ve accomplished (or not accomplished) stitching wise for the year. So I present my 2011 annual report of the stitching…

Imagination Creation by Dragon Dreams

Status: Just finished this week! Needs framed or other final finishing touch.
Imagination Creation Finished Cross Stitch
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Working on Imagination Creation by Dragon Dreams

I’ve had this kitted up since it came out, but just finally started stitching on it. This is a Dragon Dreams design called Imagination Creation from the Fantasy Faire 2005 event.

WIP Stitching Imagination Creation by Dragon Dreams
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Almost Done with Green Dragon Bookmark

I really thought I’d get him finished this weekend, but the universe had other plans. I did however come very close to finishing him.

Cross Stitch WIP Green Dragon Bookmark

This is Green Dragon Bookmark by Dracolair and I’m stitching him on 32 count Belfast Linen Silkweaver Solo Mini with the DMC threads as charted. I do really wish I had stuck to the 28 count fabric instead of opting for 32, it’s been a tight squeeze with all the fractional stitching, but I wasn’t thinking of that when I chose my fabric.

All the cross stitching is done on the dragon and about half the border is stitched. Once I finish the border stitching I’ll go back and do all the backstitching and outlining, then figure out how I want to finish the edges and insert him into the next book I pick up.

Then comes the really tough decision of what to stitch next… [Read more…]

I’m still slowly stitching Green Dragon Bookmark

I’m actually almost finished with all the cross stitching. I just haven’t had as much time to stitch as I would like to have lately. I need to remedy that, fast.

Stitching WIP Green Dragon Bookmark

This is Green Dragon Bookmark by Dracolair and I’m stitching him on 32 count Belfast Linen Silkweaver Solo Mini with the DMC threads as charted. With all the fractional stitching I’m kinding of wishing I had stuck to 28 count instead of grabbing the 32 count, but when I did my floss toss and picked a fabric I was looking at what color would go best with the greens and didn’t think about the fabric count at the time. Lesson learned. [Read more…]

Stitching WIP Green Dragon Bookmark

Still working on Green Dragon Bookmark (design by Dracolair) over here – feeling like the slowest stitcher ever lately. I’m stitching him on 32 count Belfast Linen Silkweaver Solo Mini – and I forgot how nice Belfast is to work with, it’s been awhile since I used some. Beautiful fabric. So here is my current progress…

WIP Stitching Green Dragon Bookmark

He’s actually starting to look like a dragon now. Compared to my previous progress on him.

So what are you stitching this week? [Read more…]

Started Stitching Green Dragon Bookmark

He was chart of the week last week and I ordered him promptly since I needed to order that skein of DMC 210 to finish the Lace Heart Wedding Sampler project. and of course once he arrived I couldn’t wait to start stitching him!

Start of Green Dragon Bookmark Cross Stitch project

I’m stitching him on 32 count Belfast Linen Silkweaver Solo Mini. (This is from the original Silkweaver Fabrics, as is 99% of my fabric stash – they were recently purchased by Zweigart Fabrics so things may be a bit different now.) I’m stitching him as charted, no modifications, and he’s charted in all DMC threads.

I’m really looking forward to finishing him so I can use him as my page mark while I read the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – we just ordered the five book series, hubby has first dibs on Book One (The Alchemist) so I’ll have a few weeks before I can dig into it. [Read more…]

Finished Cross Stitch Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

Whew, finally finished! I feel like the slowest stitcher on the planet these days. I used to be able to whip out a project like this in a week, but these days it takes me months. Less stitching time and carpel tunnel combined to make stitching a lot slower.

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Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch

Notice the date on the sampler – April 3rd of 2010. Yes, I’m over a year late in finishing this gift! I had intended to finish it for the one year anniversary, but my stitching time in March was short and few so it’s running quite behind, and I still need to get a frame! I’m thinking a silver frame or a grey frame, I haven’t looked at matting yet so I’m not sure what to use there.

Here’s the project from early stages to finish…. [Read more…]

The Frustrations of Stitching and Floss

I wasn’t feeling too well over the weekend and I was sort of vegged out in the living room watching TV with my husband, I picked up the wedding sampler I’ve been working on to finish up the little bit of stitching that is left on it.

I knew I was near the end of the skein of DMC 210, but I really thought I had just enough to wrap up the project. I have maybe a dozen or so stitches left to do that in color and – poof – I ran out of it.

I know I had a backup skein of this color somewhere, but can I find it today? No, of course not. I’ve gone through all my stash, rifled through other projects that were kitted up and ready to stitch, sorted through my floss boxes, and haven’t found a single skein of 210 anywhere. I found three skeins of 211 and two skeins of 209, but no 210. I will flip this house upside down later to find it if I have to!

What is your most frustrating stitching moment? Leave a comment below.

I hope your weekend stitching is going better than mine 😉

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