MIA

I haven’t been stitching much this year.  I’m in a major slump. I think it’s been close to a month since I’ve stitched.  Here’s a couple of WIP photos I took in February, I think. The lighting was horrible. So was the weather in January and February, am I right?

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272 Words WIP

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Going to Market WIP

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Going to Market WIP with clock

I received this Olde Colonial clock for Christmas so I can insert Going to Market. I hope it’s as lovely as I imagine. Looks like it probably will. :)

I hope you’re not in the slump I am, and are having a grand stitchy time. Happy stitching! :)

Final sharing from 2013

It’s time to clean up the hanging threads of 2013 and make sure I’ve shared everything I’ve meant to share. I’ve been a neglectful blogger this year, so I have a few pictures I haven’t yet posted.

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Bone Appetit from Lizzie Kate’s Halloween Thrillogy. I finished this a few days after Halloween.

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Later in November, I got Pieta framed. I took a quick picture to show my father before Christmas. He was traveling for the holidays, so I’ll be sending this off to him shortly. I never did get a better picture than this. Dad joked I should take a picture with my phone. I thought it was a good suggestion. That one wasn’t better.

After I sent Wendy her ornament, I started working on ornaments for myself that I’ve wanted to stitch for a very long time–Brightneedle’s “To Thee” stockings from JCS Ornament issues. I stitched them on 28-ct. Country Cream Vintage linen. I used all DMC for each ornament.

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To Thee Love, from the 2004 JCS Ornament Issue, and To Thee Hope, from the 2006 JCS Ornament Issue.

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To Thee Peace from the 2003 JCS Ornament Issue, and To Thee a Very Merry from the 2008 JCS Ornament Issue.

I rotated the colors in Peace to give her a pink dress instead of pink accents. For A Very Merry, I added the year and moved around the eyelet stitches above the year to fit. I also had fun with the eyelets. Many of them are off center.

Finally, I made progress on 272 Words by Primrose Needleworks. I’m not quite done with the first page. Instead of GAST Nutmeg for the text, I’m using soot by Nina’s Threads, which I ordered from The Thread Basket.

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That does it for 2013. I’m going to participate in the Sampler World Snoot Parrots SAL 2014 on Facebook, so I’ll have another WIP very soon.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year.  Happy Stitching! :)

Merry Christmas

I participated in an ornament exchange with Wendy this year.  She sent hers early, but I had to wait to open it. Like all things this autumn/winter, finishing and sending Wendy’s ornament took longer than it should have. Here’s what she sent me:

425 Fresh Fallen Snow from Wendy 12 13It’s the gorgeous Fresh Fallen Snow by Little House Needleworks, which was published in the JCS 2011 Ornament issue. It was quite easy to verify the particulars, because this was on my list of ornaments to stitch–

to stitch list

I’ve got a few ornaments rated 10 before I move on to the ones I’ve rated 9 (or lower), but I don’t have to wait for this one. I’m so lucky! Thank you, Wendy. I love it.

Here is the ornament I stitched for Wendy. It arrived before Christmas, and we opened our packages sort of together on Facebook. That was nice. :)

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A “Tweet,” Merry Christmas and Healthy, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Happy Stitching. :)

Cat Pumpkin

I frogged the cat’s original 844 as planned, and left the tail with the “old” thread.  Then the boy let me know I finished it too late, what was I thinking stitching on it in November? I love having a supportive family. He’s a sweet child.

Because my fabric is brighter than the fabric used for the model, I decided to change some colors to a lighter version. In the case of the cat’s bow, I changed it entirely.

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Vitals:
Cat from Pumpkins by Prairie Schooler
Stitched on 30-ct WDW linen with DMC threads
Changes: 166 for 300, 613 for 611, 581 for 3012, and 677 for 3046

Happy Stitching! :)

Joint Project

After my sister repinned this pin from one of my Pinterest boards ~~

handmade pincushion

She asked me to stitch a couple of circles so she could make each of us one of these pincushion jars. So, I did.

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I used the color placement of this classic Quaker motif in the June 2010 issue of Gift of Stitching magazine from the Tropical Quaker Sampler designed by Wal D’Champs. I used Dinky Dyes Mango Tango silk and Caron Waterlilies Flamingo Pink.

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This is chart #569 from the French book Repertoire des Frises. I used Thread Gatherer’s Silk ‘n Colors Picadilly Circus and Tidal Pool.

I just need to iron and mail them, and then…wait…

Happy Stitching! :)

UGH

So much for consistency between dyelots in DMC floss. I ran out of floss while stitching. Off I moseyed to the craft store. I recommenced stitching. The next day…

cat pumpkin floss difference

I find it’s easier to notice when the image is smaller. It took the boy a while to discern the difference. He agreed that once seen, it can’t be unseen. I’m tossing it in the naughty pile. If I were to frog, I wouldn’t frog the tail (who cares if a tail is darker?), but if I frog, I fear it could lead to more stitchy misadventures. I’m not in the mood. I have other things to do, and a series of unfortunate events have robbed me of enough stitching time.

Onward.

Happy stitching! :)

Pumpkins for Cathey

Today is Cathey’s (Pumpkin Patch & Co) fourth blogoversary, and many of us in the blogosphere are celebrating Cathey with pumpkins, thanks to Daffycat’s coordination. Surf over to this page of Sharon’s blog to see more pumpkins, and check the comment section for links to more Pumpkin Day blogs.

pumpkins

Pumpkin Bunny by CondemnedWire @ Deviant Art

Pumpkin Bunny by CondemnedWire @ Deviant Art

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pumpkin smiley       pumpkin pom pom

 lego pumpkin

Mario pumpkin shelf made by the boy many, many moons ago

Mario pumpkin shelf made by the boy many, many moons ago

I was inspired to stitch a few pumpkins in Cathey’s honor. I didn’t factor in the husband’s homecoming into my timing, so nothing is finished-finished. Plus, I bit off more than I could chew. As usual.

Halloween Pumpkin Ornament by Jeannette Douglas Designs

Halloween Pumpkin Ornament by Jeannette Douglas Designs

Pumpkin Flower Sampler by Bent Creek

Pumpkin Flower Sampler by Bent Creek

Pumpkins by Prairie Schooler

Pumpkins by Prairie Schooler

Lost Spirits by Birds of a Feather wip

Lost Spirits by Birds of a Feather wip

Jacks are WIld, completed 11.11

Jacks are WIld, completed 11.11

Now, lest you think I don’t finish anything, and to extend the celebrations, here are some oldies…

October Tuck by Pine Mountain

October Tuck by Pine Mountain

Pumpkin House by Kreinik?

Pumpkin House by Kreinik?

And last, but by no means least–

Pumpkin Sampler

Pumpkin Sampler

PHOTO BOMB!!

All the best, Cathey. We love you, and are praying and pulling for you.

With much love,

Happy Stitching! :)