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 ;)
Loretta

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Just a few more stitches to go on Lace Heart Wedding Sampler!

I’m soooooo close! I’ve been working on this a little at a time for awhile now and I’m almost done. Just need to finish the point of the bottom of the heart, add the names in backstitch, put a few shiny beads on and then I can go pick out a frame.

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==> 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.
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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

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