Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stitchmaynia 2017....


I decided to participate again in Stitchmaynia,
where you have 15 new starts in the
first 15 days of May.  I decided
to tweak it to better suit my schedule
and have a new start every other day. 
I was able to get a really good start on my
projects and still have time for other stitching.

To make it even easier I decided to us the
club kits I have been accumulating the
last 3 years as my new starts.
All of the projects are small and this
will give a good variety to pick up
and go over the next year.

The clubs kits were included the
Colonial Gatherings Club, which I
have been a member of for 3 years. 
The designers are Plum Street Samplers and
Scarlett House so you know these will be good.

The third club is Silver Needle's
A Little Help from our Friends Stitching Circle. 
Each year has featured 5 different designers
so I have a good variety with this club.

I did have to swap out some of the fabrics
because of color or texture but I know I will
have some finishes I will treasure.

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Plum Street Samplers
Thistle Pocket

Cricket Collection
Autumn Blooms

Scarlett House
On Redware Road

Lizzie Kate
Stitch With Me

Plum Street Samplers
Fraktur Friends

Scarlett House
Nice to Meet Ewe

La D Da
My Friend

Shepherd's Bush
Heart of My Heart

Scarlett House
Strawberry House

Plum Street Samplers
Colonial Candle Pocket

The Drawn Thread
Threads That Bind

Scarlett House
Button Posies

Plum Street Sampler
Autumn Cottage

Scarlett House
On Stoneware Street

Blackbird Designs
Patchwork Pinkeep

Plum Street Samplers
Hurt Not the Earth

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I hope to finish many of these this year. 
Some of these were hard to put down
so I will definitely visiting with them this month.
It will be nice to have a basket of smalls to
sprinkle within my bigger projects

I hope you are finding time to put needle
and thread to fabric.
Thanks for visiting my little space
on the stitching universe!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April progress....

April was a good stitchy month and  I
finished the next installment of my
Prairie Schooler ABC's sampler.


Prairie Schooler "G is for Gardern"

This was great stitch for April as the gardens
were so appropriate for the month. 
I only have 11 left to stitch and would love
to finish this one this year.   I just have to
double up a few months...easy peasy!

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I was also able to finish two more on my
BBD Garden Series.  These stitch up
very quickly and I hope to finish this one
up by year end.   

BBD "The Gardener"
stitched with recommended thread
on Silkweaver 40ct Clay Pebble


 BBD "Lily in the Garden"
stitched with recommended thread
on Silkweaver 40ct Clay Pebble

Progress thus far....


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I am taking part in Stitchmaynia 2017
and have decided to finally start all the
club kits I have been accumulating the
last 3 years.  All of the fabric and threads
are ready to go so it is easy to pick one
up and go.  Since they are all "smalls" I
am also going to challenge myself to fully
finish these so I can enjoy each day.

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I am excited to be attending the
Primitive Stitcher's Society retreat this
weekend in Columbus Ohio.  I am so looking
forward to spending great stitching time
with both old and new friends.   I am off to pack
and hopefully get a few stitches in.
Happy stitching....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stitching progress.....

Hope all are having a great stitching month....

I finally decided to start the BBD
Garden Series from this month after
seeing Nicole's beautiful finish.

I started in the bottom right corner which
meant the last one would be the first.

BBD "All in A Row"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

This was a quick sweet stitch but I have
to admit I was a little disappointed
in the colorway of the hand dyed threads.

I know the variegation of the threads can
cause the stitched piece to vary from the
model and I wish I had now changed the
threads to better match by taste.  I will
definitely do that going forward.

After finishing up my monthly PS Alphabet series,
I decided to stitch another in the
Garden Series. I just love the colors in
this one.  I can tell this one will
be a fun one to complete.

 BBD "Fairy Garden"
stitched on Silkweaver Clay Pebble
with recommended threads

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Speaking of my PS Alphabet,  I have finished
my next installment and stitched
"F is for Friend".  This was a fun
stitch even with the solid blocks of color.

PS "F is for Friend"
stitched on 40ct linen with recommended DMC

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Wishing you many happy stitches and
thanks for visiting.....

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February frolics....

Hello stitchers....

This past month has been a good stitchy
one.  January's installment of the
PS Alphabet
has been completed and I can
honestly say this was not a favorite.

I dreaded stitching it before
I even started but decided to
go ahead and get it over with....

Prairie Schooler "D is for Drum"
stitched with DMC on 40ct linen

I wasn't thrilled with the design and think that
attributed to my lack of desire to stitch. 
I really didn't like that the letter was
at the top, which is the only one like
this.  I decided to switch it which meant
a little bit of a redesign but I am happy
with how it turned out in the end.

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I decided to carry on with the next installment
for February and have to say this is one of
my favorites.  I love the tapestry even
though I did a little unintentional redesign.
Counting is hard.

PS "E is for Embroidery"
stitched with recommended DMC

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I was able to get together with some stitching
friends the end of January and decided
this little design would be good for
stitching and talking simultaneously. 
Someday this hopes to be a pinkeep.

Threadwork Primitives "All in Bloom" kit
kit from the Primitive Stitcher's Society 2016 retreat

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I also had the opportunity to have a few pieces
framed and glad I veered away from the
brown frames to choose reds.

Carriage House Samplings
"Matter's Choice"

This is still one of my favorite finishes from last summer.

Heartstring Samplery "Three Little Proverbs"

 This will be on display as a daily
reminder of the poignant messages.

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Thanks for visiting and I am off to stitch!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Out with the old....

 Time got away from me before year end
so I start 2017 reflecting on my
last finishes for the year....

"O is for Owl" was this month's stitch
for the Prairie Schooler Alphabet. 
Like the last two, this one had a lot of
stitches in brown but I persevered
and got it down before year end.

PS "O is for Owl" stitched on 40ct linen with DMC


Here are the last three stitched.  "N" and "O"
really tested my patience so I'm glad they are done.

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I had a few days left in before we turned the
calendar page and I decided to focus on a finish
from one of my Crazy January Challenges. 
I have put a few stitches in this one here and
there and decided this one deserved my attention.

BBD "Quaker Garden"
stitched on PTP 40ct Legacy
with overdyed threads

This was finished on New Year's Eve with
the help of some all day football
and a little time to spare.
I did change the color scheme slightly
using WDW Caper instead of Palomino. 
My ivory thread is a little lost on the
fabric but I am very happy with the
way this one stitched up.

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I think I have counted 10 WIPS I will be
carrying over to 2017.  As always,
I like the Crazy January Challenge
of starting 15 new projects the first 1
5 days of the month.  My least favorite
part of the cross stitch process is the
gathering of supplies and the initial stitches
in a design.  I guess I am always second
guessing my fabric or thread choices
(yeah....I like to make a lot of changes so I
guess I bring it on myself!)
so once the first stitches are done I am
pretty much committed and can relax.
Once I have all started, I enjoy having some
many stitching options and can choose
as my mood suits.

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I hope to be back later to document my
lingering WIPS and their current status as
well as the projects I have slated to go. 
With so many WIPS, I am changing my
plan and will start a new project every
other day in January.  This will allow me
to have some extra time on each project. 
I also plan to devote at least a few stitches
each day to one of my WIPS.  By the end
of the month, I will have at least touch all
of my projects with either 1 stitch
or 100 stitches.  Wish me luck!

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I hope everyone had a great new year
filled with many stitches!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis the season....

The Christmas season is upon us as we
begin the wave goodbye to fall.
I had a pretty good stitchy autumn since
last we spoke.

October's installment of the
Prairie Schooler Alphabet
was a mermaid.

Prairie Schooler "M is for Mermaid"
stitched on 40ct linen with DMC

Honestly I was not looking forward to
this block due to the large
chunks of color.  I was surprised to
find the blues and greens were a
nice change of pace from 3371. 
This is one of my favorites thus far.

Yes...November is over and I should
have the next installment, N is for Nest,
finished but I am can't find my
motivation to stitch finish it. 
Good thing about being an adult is
I can stitch a little bit at a time
until it is done.  My goal is to finish
N and O is for Owl by December's end.

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A favorite finish in the month of October
was Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 8:11".
This is a three-part series and I stitched
the other two parts in 2015 and decided I
really wanted to finish this one this year also.
 
Heartstring Samplery "Proverbs 8:11"
stitched on PTP 40ct Legacy with recommended hand-dyed threads

I loved this series from the first time I saw
them not only for the messages but for
the softness and beauty of the designs.

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I decided to throw in two more Christmas ornaments too.


Summer House Stitche Workes "Barn Star Ornaments"
stitched on PTP 40ct Ale with Victorian Motto Red and WDW Bark

I love these little ornaments and hope
to finish as bowl fillers.

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Who doesn't love Lizzie Kate and I was
gobsmacked as soon as I saw her
"String" snippets.  Is this not the cutest?

Lizzie Kate "Merry String"
stitched on 28ct over one with DMC

I wanted to one to be small for an ornament
and I envisioned this one to be in a drum fashion. 
It turned out to be the size of a
Christmas tree ball which was perfect.
Oh my.... cuteness overload!


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As Thanksgiving neared I couldn't
resist these two cute designs any longer.

Homespun Elegance "Turkey Tyme"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with recommended threads

Lizzie Kate "Sampling Thanksgiving"
stitched on WDW 30ct Straw with my own thread conversion

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Holding on to fall a little longer, I stitched
this Blackbird Design from last year. 

 BBD "Bittersweet September"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with Victorian Motto threads

I just love the burst of orange on this
design....the over one stitching
for the alphabet not so much.
My friend Charlene shared a tip to
use a #10 beading needle for the over
one and I will say it did go a lot quicker.

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Thanks for visiting today and
happy stitches....

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer fading to fall.....

Welcome back!

Looking back at my last update from August
I can only guess it was still hotter than
hades here.  Now we are approaching
mid-October and fall is definitely in the air. 
It is so nice to enjoy the cooler temps
for a little while.

I decided to pull out one of my Stitchmaynia
starts and see if I could get another
finish to end August.
Notforgotten Farms' "Sepia Sampler"
seemed like the perfect choice.


Notforgotten Farms "Sepia Sampler"
stitched 40ct Khaki linen with my DMC conversion

I had a few unintended redesigns on this one
and decided they were good enough
to stay.   Although the color palette is
"drab" I have to say I loved it.  I found
this sampler so easy and soothing to stitch. 

My favorite part  is the simple little white house. 

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Every fall my complete attention turns to
college football as we follow our beloved
Clemson Tigers through the season.
Our first game was also our first road
trip for the season.  I always start a
quick project to take on these games
and the finish always brings
back memories of our travels.
We travelled to Auburn and this would
give me 6 hours of uninterrupted stitching. 
Threadwork Primitives
"Halloween Menagerie" 
was the chosen project and I knew
immediately it would only make
one road trip this year.


Threadwork Primitives "Halloween Menagerie"
stitched on PTP 32ct Sand with my overdyed conversion

Oh my....this was such a sweet design to
stitch and I do plan to finish it as a
drum as is the model finish.
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I did get in a few more summery stitches
in September and this one from LHN has
to be one of my favorites.
I loved it from the moment if was released
and love the soft and simpleness of this design.

LHN "Honeybee Sampling"
stitched on 40ct white linen with Victorian Motto conversion


This will be another addition to my
Bee Sampler wall soon I hope.
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Next up was September's installment of my
Prairie Schooler Alphabet Sampler.
"C is for Cow" was this month's choice and,
with this completion,
I am officially 33.3333% complete.


Prairie Schooler "C is for Cow"

And here it is as of today....




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Now that Halloween is around the corner
I pulled out another Stichmaynia piece. 
I decided to use DMC 3021 on this
piece instead of the overdyed thread and
I love this thread/linen combo.

Primitive Needle "Hornbook Angel"
stitched on 40ct WDW Straw with DMC

I am definitely make a note of this for
future uses.  I think DMC 3021 is now one
of my new favorite colors.  Weird huh?

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Hurricane Matthew decided to visit the s
southern east coast this past week and we
were closed beginning Wednesday.  We
were not directly in the path of the
hurricane but many of the schools were
being used as shelters for the coastal
residents and the Governor wanted to keep
us off the roads as they bussed the
evacuees into the shelters.   Now that
the aftermath is over, it is sad to
see all of the damage and debris 
from the storm and there are still
so many without power and water.  
Hoping they will get some relief soon!

We were so engrossed in the Weather Channel
for three days so I decided to stitch something
simple and quick.  Homespun Elegance is
one of my favorite designers and I have
so many of her smalls for Halloween. 
I pulled out several of these designs,
chose some mystery linens from stash
and pulled some random threads
that had autumnal colors.

This was my favorite one so I stitched it first.

Homespun Elegance "Witch Inn"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with overdyed threads

Stitched on the smaller count will make
it the perfect little bowl filler.  That will now
be the plan for all of these cute little designs.

I chose to stitch this cute little witch next.

Homespun Elegance "Pumpkin Gatherer"
stitched on 40ct mystery linen with overdyed threads

I think these are going to be so cute finished.

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Well....I am pretty much up to date now
so I think I will go back to stitching.  
I am headed to the Stitching at the Beach
retreat later this week.  It was touch and
go for a while as to whether the retreat
could still happen since the hotel in
Myrtle Beach was closed due the hurricane. 
Luckily they were able to move us to
another Hilton resort and so I am looking
forward to 4 solid days of just stitching!

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching....