Friday, March 24, 2017

Girls of the World- Korea

A new project I started last year but haven’t yet shown here is one I first saw on other blogs. This is the Girls of the World Collection designed by Soda Stitch:

I decided to work them as shown in the pattern, horizontally in a row, although some other arrangements were quite tempting as well. I particularly liked when they were paired up with the Boys of the World, but as that pattern was acquired later on and I really wanted to start on the girls (so cute!) the two patterns will be done up separately. This first girl is from Korea and I hope to finish her up at some point this year (a goal!).

A Return to London

Every year I set goals for myself on each of my projects, but more often than not I rarely complete all of them (or even most of them). I do tend to make them fairly ambitious for myself, mostly so that I can get excited and think things like, “Ok, to get all of these done I’m going to need to stitch a bunch this year!” (I never think I get to stitch enough J).

This year, in an attempt to take some of the pressure off, I only set goals for half of the projects I have started. I don’t know if that will make any sort of discernible difference, but it amuses me at the moment so I’ll just go with it J. One of the pieces I set a goal for is one of my oldest WIPs, London.

Now I did actually work a bit on London last year but I didn’t post about it as I didn’t think the progress was worth showing- a bad habit of mine with my larger projects. Here’s where I was at when I last posted a picture:
Since then I had finished another square. My goal for London this year is to complete six squares (each square consists of 400 stitches). Here it is with 3 new squares added since January:
As I haven’t posted this month before now this picture is already dated. At this point I have another 1 ½ squares done. Since the start of 2017 I’ve mainly been working on this piece and my excitement for it definitely waxes and wanes J. That’s probably why I have as many WIPs as I do! Still, as long as I don’t truly make myself sick of it I’m going to attempt to continue focusing on it until I complete my goal. With a bit of luck it won’t be long before I post my next update on it.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Another Spring-Like Project

Here is start number 2 for the year!

This is the Blackwork Hummingbird that appeared in Issue 231 of The World of Cross Stitching. It’s designed by Valentina Sardu of Ajisai Press and after browsing around her website I’ve already seen several other designs I’d like to add to my wish list! This is only the second blackwork design I’ve started (and granted I haven’t actually gotten to the blackwork portion yet) but I’ve seen more and more designs lately that have caught my eye. Here’s my start:
This is also the first project I’ve started using hand dyed fabric. I had been searching a while for the perfect piece for this project and finally got this lovely piece of purple lugana. It’s called Lila and I got it from the wonderful site Chromatic Alchemy. Purple is my favorite color and I thought the greens of the hummingbird would stand out really well on it, as well as provide a great contrast with the actual blackwork. I’ve been very excited by this one so far!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

An Introduction to Spring

I’ve only been tempted into one new start so far this year J. That certainly won’t last forever as there is some fabric on the way for one project and I’m working on wrapping the floss for another. I still have yet to post about all the projects I started last year too, haha.

My New Year’s start for this year, which finally got underway around the middle of January, is a piece I’m calling Spring Lady. Here is my start:
Since you might not be able to get too much from that blob (J) here is a picture of the finished piece:
Yes, I have finally started the third seasonal lady in the series. The designer is the ever wonderful Maria Diaz and the pattern I’m using appeared in issue 20 of Cross Stitch Gold. She’s got some really pretty purples and greens in her dress (how spring-like!) and I’m looking forward to working on her this year. With luck it won’t be too long before she can join her sisters Summer and Winter.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snowflake Serenade Finish

I actually achieved something I said I would and finished this piece last year.

In the end I do still think it’s a nice picture but I definitely struggled with that fabric. I’ve been admiring some patterns in Country Cottage’s Afternoon In (City) series lately, so the next piece by this designer I might start will probably be one of those. I think I know some nice fabric for it too… J.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy 2017!

Yay, a brand new year for new stitching goals! And plenty of time now for those goals to go astray, haha. I’ve made some new resolutions and hopefully they’ll stick around for a bit J.

It’s been a while once again and I have plenty of things I haven’t posted about from last year. But I plan on just easing back in so that I don’t feel I have nothing to post about later on.

First up is the annual Christmas ornament I made for my mom last year. She really loves the retro style from the sixties so this one was a big hit J.
This piece was designed by Maria Diaz (of course!) and appeared in the book Cross Stitch Cards for the Holidays. Several designers had patterns in the book and there’s one by Angela Poole and Sharon Blackman I have my eye on and may have to start soon…
Celtic Spring has been getting a fair amount of attention lately. Apparently I designated her my “football stitch”, as after the Super Bowl last year I didn’t touch her again until the new season started up in the fall. That seems to be working well for her so far.
I’m perhaps halfway, or almost halfway, done with her cape. After that I’ll still have the metallic stitching, the beading, and the lettering I’ve picked out to do, but I’m not actually going to do the elaborate border that surrounds her. I’m looking forward to seeing how far she comes along this year J.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Samurai Update

I’m pleased to report that while I’ve not had any blogging mojo recently I have still been stitching. As part of my goals for 2016 there were a few pieces I had pinpointed as wanting to finish this year, one of which is the Samurai. In June and July he was my main focus (with a few occasional side stitches J) and I have a few updated photos:

As of right now, all the “main” stitching is complete on him (the full and half cross stitches) with the backstitching and specialty stitching still to go. I’ve switched my focus now to Snowflake Serenade, but I’ll come back around to finish him before the year is out J.