Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 2015 Update - Photo intensive

Hello again Internet!  It's been too long. I'm sorry that I've been away but it has taken me a while to get back in the game. The past year  and five months have been crazy.  It sort of went like this...fine...vacation..fine...What the?!?!..surviving...good...great...sad...great.  And tah-dah,  here we are.  There is no need to go into all the gory details, so I'll just say that everything with the exception of my darling Max passing away was for the best and I am much happier now that I could have ever been if things hadn't gone haywire.  Although if someone could fill me in on June, July and August of 2014, I would appreciate it.  I have no clue what happened those months.  I do know that I stitched and I stitched A LOT!!!

First, to answer this month's question: Reality or Fantasy. Which do you prefer to stitch? Figures or Abstract?  I guess it depends on the pattern.  I've done both reality and fantasy.  When it comes to figures or abstract, I think I tend to stay with figures.  I can't think of any abstract designs that I've done.  Although, I'm sure if the right pattern came along I wouldn't be opposed to trying an abstract design.

Anyway, in no particular order here are the things that I finished and am currently working on.  Sorry for blurry pictures and wrinkles.  I need a really good camera.  One of these days.

First up, a few cards that I've finished.  The first three are obviously Christmas cards and the last I think would be cute for Mother's Day.  The penguins were from Cross Stitch Gold and the other two are from World of Cross Stitching.  Both are British cross stitch magazines I receive.  They were super fast to stitch up and I switched the Aida that was provided with even weave.

Here are a couple of ornaments that need to be finished and a sweet little penguin.

Here is the Ursula Michaels "Let's Have Tea" completed with 2 strands over 2 on 28 count Coffee Jobelan. "Let's Cross Stitch" is on 18 count Silkweaver Summer Breeze completed with 2 strands over 2.  "Let's Purr" was completed with 2 or 1 strand(s) over 2 on 28 count Coffee Jobelan.

Halloween designs completed are the Fat Bat Cat by The Victoria Sampler with 2 strands over 2 on 28 count Summer Khaki Lugana, Under the Harvest Moon by Lavender Wings is stitched on 16 count Crystal Haunted Aida and Hallowee House by Chessie and Me.

Christmas designs completed are Holly and Hearts mystery sampler by Lizzie Kate, stitched with 2 strands over 2 on 32 count Belfast Doubloon, and a Santa stocking for my boyfriend stitched with 2 strands over 2 on 28 count Denim Blue Jobelan.

Easter and Spring designs completed are The Busy Easter Bunny by The Sweetheart Tree and Chicks by Lizzie Kate.

Miscellaneous finished include this little pillow.  It was a free pattern given to me at a retreat that I attended.  I'm not sure who the designer is but it was easy and fast to stitch.  My friend Pat actually finished it into the pillow.  My sewing skills are still lacking.
And this sewing machine cover that I stitched for my sister and then sneakily had her stitch together (she thought it was for our mother).  It is Ursula Michaels Let's Sew on count 18 ct Silkweaver Tutti Fruiti

Here is a golf design called "Tee Time" by Hinzet that I stitched on 18 count Silkweaver Days Gone by with 2 strands over 1.

Here is Season of the Trees by Rosewood Manor.  I stitched this with 2 strands over 2 on 32 count Lambswool Linen. This was my thread a day, started on 9/1/14 and finished on 6/9/15.

I've stitched a few baby gifts shown here.  I've blurred out the last name if applicable.

First there is Countdown to Christmas by Needle Bling Designs.  It will look like this when finished. I'm stitching this with 1 strand over 1 on 28 count Lava Jazlyn.

And here is where I am.

My new thread a day project is Witches Night Out by Blackberry Lane Designs.  It will look like this when finished.  I'm stitching it with 1 strand over 1 on 28 count Stormy Gray over dyed Jobelan.
And currently looks like this.

I've also started Mirabilia's Dressmaker's Daughter with 2 strands over 2 on XX count XXX.  This is what it will look like when finished.

And here is where I am.

Finally there is Mishra.  He's on white 28 count evenweave, tent stitched with 2 strands over 1.  I've finished nine pages and have started on the tenth.  The seventh page took 30 days to complete but pages eight and nine took me 119 days to complete.  Here's hoping page ten is closer to 30 than 119.  I would like to have at least fifteen pages done by the end of the year.  Fingers crossed.
I have many, many, many more WIPs and if I were to give Mishra 7 days a month, I would need a 40+ day to give each of my other projects one day.  I won't photograph all of them now, but as I pick a few to work on each month, I will post them.  I'll try to take clearer wrinkle free pictures in the future and to also be better about remember what fabric I do everything on.

Happy stitching everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Check In

Before I get to my progress this past month, I'm going to answer the topic question.

How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

When I first started stitching many moons ago I was a one at a time stitcher.  I worked on that single project until I was sick of it but it at least got finished.  As time has gone one I've started working on more than one project at a time.  I think the most I've ever had going at one time, and I mean with actual stitches in them, is twelve. 

Currently, I have eight with stitches in and another eight kitted but sitting ever so quietly and patiently to receive their first stitch.  I have a rotation set up allowing two weeks to stitch on Mishra (HAED) and then a week to stitch on anything else that I have in my possession.  This seems to be working well so far but I'm starting to see that I'm stitching more than my two weeks on Mishra if the stitching is going well.  When I hit a confetti spot in the pattern and my two weeks are up, I need a break.

Now on to my progress.
Spooky House (Stoney Creek)
Progress last month:

And this month it is FINISHED!!!  It was stitched on Silkweaver 18ct Aida Abracadabra with 2 strands of black silk over 1.

Give Thanks (Plum Street Samplers)
Progress last month:

And this month....a FINISH!  This was stitched on 28ct New Khaki Lugana with 2 strands over 2.

Under the Harvest Moon (Lavender Wings)
Progress last month:

And the progress this month is mostly in the moon:

September Sapphire Fairy (Mirabilia)
Progress last month:
And the progress this month:

Finally we have Mishra:
Progress last month:
And the progress this month with almost 3 pages completed:

I have a couple of other finishes as well.  I might have finished them at the end of 2013 or in the beginning of 2014 but never posted the progress.

First is the Halloween Season of the Witches.  This was stitched on 32ct Lugana PTP Flapper with 2 strands over 2.

Finally I have my Halloween Parade, stitched twice to account for the variation in saying and will eventually be turned into a pillow for Halloween.  This was stitched on 32ct OD Linen in Barnwood with 2 strands over 2.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WIPocalypse 2014 - January

Hello everyone, this is the first 2014 WIPocalypse posting and the topic is to introduce ourselves and our projects.  I'm Kris and live in Las Vegas, NV with two very sweet cats.  I am lucky enough to have finally found a great boyfriend and am enjoying spending time with him as well. I've been stitching for off and on for over 15 years.  I love stitching and find it very relaxing.  I'm lucky that I am able to stitch and listen to books on tape at the same time, I get to do two of my favorite things at once.

My goals this year are simple:

1.  Try to finish 15 of the 30 pages in the HAED Mishra design.
2.  Make as much progress on all of my other pieces on my WIP List page.

I would like to have fifteen of the thirty pages in the pattern completed as of December 31, 2014 so  I'm allowing myself a three week rotation.  Two weeks are spent entirely on Mishra and the third is for any of the million other projects that I have started or want to start.  I'm hoping that this rotation will help me meet my goal.

Here are the projects as they should look like when finished and what they stand as of today.


September Sapphire Fairy (Mirabilia)

Christmas Animals (HAED)

Spooky House (Stoney Creek)

Under the Harvest Moon (Lavender Wings)

Give Thanks (Plum Street Samplers)

Tranquility (Bucilla)

Siberian Snuggle (Howard Robinson)

Spring Cross (Janlynn)

Spring Sampler (Janlynn)

Happy stitching!