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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Uh, April?

Hey, I made it back J. You’d think all the blizzards around here lately would mean extra stitching time, but they don’t when you go out and make 6 ft. tall snowmen instead!

Anyway I have two more sprites finished that I wanted to show a few weeks ago:
Here are Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy- I love how they turned out! They are designed of course by the very awesome Dork Stitch. I don’t have any more sprites started currently but I’ve got more on my to-do list so we’ll see who makes an appearance later on.
I finished all the backstitching on the Winter Lady! Yay! I meant to take a progress photo but (and I think this happened with the Summer Lady too, haha) I just kept going so here she is:
Here are the two completed ladies together, Summer and Winter:
There are two more left in the series, Autumn and Spring:
Spring is going to be the next lady up. I don’t have any immediate plans to start her but I’m guessing that either by the end of this year or shortly after the start of next year she’ll begin showing up J.
I’ve been working intermittently on Snowflake Serenade too:
Another box has been completed and I’ve started on the neighboring one. This is a very pretty piece but man oh man do I hate how floppy the fabric is! Floppy aida apparently really weirds me out. I use a snap frame to work on it, but I can tell my mood gets dampened a bit everytime I think about working on it, haha. Oh well, I will persevere, I’m stubborn like that sometimes J.
I thought I’d end by showing an update on Sloth. I haven’t worked on her much this year but I did a lot last year and don’t think I ever posted a photo.
The entire piece is just over 3% done! Yay! Just keep stitching… J. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day 2016

An extra day for stitching is always good right? We’ll see if I can still take advantage of it J. I don’t know if I’ll end up having a new start to celebrate but I do have a couple more finishes to show.

Here are Kato and the Green Hornet from the awesome 1960s TV show The Green Hornet. Once again these sprites were designed by Dork Stitch. There will be more to come I’m sure J.