Trying to Love Mill Hill’s Owlets

Mill Hill released some new Spring designs for the 2015 line up, including a series of little owlets still in their eggshells. I love Mill Hill kits and I love owls, but I’m not sure if I love these little owlets or not. I like them, but I’m not sure I love them.

The turquoise guy pictured here at left is definitely my favorite of the six. (Finn Owlet)

I get it, Spring, renewal, easter, pastely colors, etc… but I’m having a hard time loving the owls in the eggs. I guess maybe I just want to see wings and feathers and majestic owl beauty. Lately it seems like owls are being represented as cutesy and colorful everywhere, almost to the point of annoying and tiresome. (I said almost, I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of seeing owls represented in art and needlework, even if they’re pastel and cute.)

What do YOU think of the new Owlet designs? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below…

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Believe Mill Hill Kit is Chart of the Week

Believe Santa Mill Hill KitI’ve been seeing a lot of Christmas in July celebrations being planned and it got me thinking about holiday stitching ~ of course.

This week’s chart pick is Believe from Mill Hill, and it’s actually a full stitching kit. I love these Mill Hill beaded stitching kits, they’re quick, they’re fun, and they have some really great holiday designs. (Which reminds me, I have one in the UFO pile.)
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Mill Hill Peacock Kit is Chart of the Week

peacock-mill-hillTo be fair this is a “kit” and not a “chart,” but I really love these fun little kits from Mill Hill.

They’ve really been stepping it up with their designs this year and I’m really pleased with the things they’ve been releasing.

Have only one rule:

Be your wild courageous brilliant self every single day, no matter what.

I certainly agree, that’s a great rule to have and live by :)

==> Click here to pick up the Peacock Mill Hill kit and get stitching! [Read more…]

Almost There on Paisley Pumpkin

I had hoped to stitch *two* of the fall Mill Hill kits this month, but things have been busy lately so it looks like I’ll only get one stitched up. I just realized I haven’t posted an update on this project recently, I’m such a slacker. But there is progress and I’m well past half way now.

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Sleepy Hollow is Chart of the Week

… and it’s on sale! bonus )

I know I’m ready for some Halloween stitching and when I mentioned it the other day it seemed like a lot of you were too! This is one of my “goal” pieces for this year, Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stitch the entire thing, but I at least want to make it that far through my to-start pile and get a little bit of it stitched, with the hopes of finishing it next year in time for Halloween.

In a grave lies the horsemen,
his head is at his side.
Be brave enough to take it,
and again by night he will ride.

A few of the things you’re going to need to stitch this design:
~36 skeins of Anchor floss (it’s charted for Anchor, but you can convert to DMC if you prefer)
~3 spools of Kreinik #4 Braid – colors are 4001, 4004, and 105C
~Mill Hill Beads – MH03007 and MH03022
~Waterlilies Threads – Lemon-n-Lime
~The recommended fabric is a cut of 18×27 28ct Haunted Cashel from PictureThisPlus

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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 holidays!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,

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