YAY! I’m very excited for this stitching finish
The Raven – Designer: La D Da
I hope you can see the sparkly effect from the opalescent fabric in the picture, [Read more…]
This is my first finish of the year ~ YAY! A fluffy white snowflake ornament stitched on a 28 count Cashel Linen solo fabric from Silkweaver that my son picked out of the stash cabinet.
The fabric color makes me think of a winter sky at dusk when there’s lots of fluffy snow on the ground and a snowman in the yard. [Read more…]
This was my last finish for 2011 and I included it my annual stitching report, but then I realized I didn’t give it’s own blog post and formally declare it finished. So here it is…
This is Imagination Creation, design by Jennifer Aikman-Smith at Dragon Dreams for the 2005 Fantasy Faire. I had this kitted up in my stash since the event and just now finally stitched it up – and I’m so glad I did! I think instead of framing I’m going to do a flat board finish. I recently saw someone displaying their small cross stitch pieces using a plate stand and it looked fantastic, so I might try that. [Read more…]
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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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…]
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.
When 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.
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I actually finished Blackwork Unicorn from Dragon Dreams awhile ago (at the end of February), but we got the evil stomach flu and then I got my new computer and I was having a bit of a hard time getting the camera to play nice with the computer settings. I finally got it all figured out and got all my pictures uploaded, so here we go!
Fabric: 25 count light blue evenweave that I pulled from way in the bottom of my stash. It’s actually NOT a hand dyed. I decided the pretty blue Belfast linen that I had pulled wasn’t quite big enough, I needed a little more space.
Thank you for following along on my latest projects with me!
P.S. Did I tell you how geeked I was that Jennifer Aikman Smith commented on my Fairy Tale Sampler happy dance? Totally GEEKED!
Gosh! It’s been so long since I finished something like this that I almost forgot how exciting it was! I’m happy dancing my feet off over here. This is Fairy Tale Sampler by Dragon Dreams, stitched on Silkweaver Reflections ~ Precious Metals 28 count fabric.
I put the last beads on last night while we were watching the finale episode of Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. Yup, we’re Food Network junkies. I think I get the majority of my stitching done watching food shows in the evening with the hubby these days.
Progression to finish….
After I finished this up, I pulled out my blue fabric and started up Blackwork Unicorn, also by Dragon Dreams.
Thank you for stitching with me!
And the full photo time line from when I pulled out the UFO’s the other day. [Read more…]
Yes, you read that right. I actually finished stitching something. Small as it may be that project I pulled out awhile ago to stitch on is all done. It’s a tiny little thing not much bigger than a stamp by SanMan Originals.
The fabric I used is a leftover bit for a Silkweaver Solo aida that I’ve been milking forever! So if it looks familiar that’s because I’ve used that fabric before. Love the solo fabrics that they post over there. In fact part of my motivation to start stitching more often again is so that I can buy more fabric! LOL
If you haven't taken the plunge from aida fabric to evenweave fabric, now is the time to do so.
Expand your project options and enjoy something new.
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