Lickety-Split Framing

We picked up Magnificent Wizard yesterday.  I think the boy did a good job picking out the frame.  I pushed for something more ornate, but it’s his, and simpler was more for him.  I’m including two shots, because the best shot had the top of the frame cut off.

Magnificent Wizard Framed 05-08 porch

Full Frame, not as clear

Magnificent Wizard, framed 05.08

Better picture, a little glare

Magnificent Wizard
designed by Don Maitz
published by Dimensions, Gold Collection
stitched on 18-ct. aida using supplied threads

Magnificent Wizard

I didn’t get to stitch on Desiderata last Monday b/c stuff happens, and I skipped this week because I was sooo close to finishing Magnificent Wizard, I couldn’t think about taking it off the stand.  Late last night, I finished!  Yay, yay, I actually finished!  I love this piece now that I’m done.  Yeah, I remember calling it “Cross-Stitch Jail,” but now I’m done and I can appreciate its loveliness.  Cuz I don’t have to stitch it anymore.  😀

 magnificent wizard complete 05.08

It doesn’t show up well in the picture, but the bottom part of the design, where the rocks and mist are, are so beautifully designed, the way the colors complement each other.  I think knowing I was almost done, and then the color combinations, combinations I would never have chosen, were so right together, it kept me motivated.  Hooray for that. 😉

On Tuesday, I will pick up my son from school, and we’ll take it to get framed.  He’s so excited.  He’s been waiting to pick out the frame since he got his Gaara framed.

Now to finish Desiderata!  squee!

Stitching the Line,

the lines, you know, whatever works for you. 

“The Line” refers to the 60% line that I’ve stitched: Sixty percent of the rows of this magnificent beast have been 100% stitched.  Sure, I’m way more than 60% finished with this project–I’m guessing it’s 70-73% done.  I only count the completed rows in my calculations.  I have to get all of the stitching done to be done, but suddenly, I’ll go from  struggling to finish 10% to having quickly finished 20%.  It’s a quirky mindgame I play.

 Or, if you prefer, “the lines” are all the backstitching and couching that I’ve done since my last update.


I ran out of two more colors of floss (thank you, Dimensions, you cheap b*stards).  If you look, you can tell where I did my best with substitutions (tiny part on left sky, tinier part on right castle/sky, but it’s not obvious enough to freak out and contact Dimensions and WAIT.  There’s no excuse for the running out.  Honestly, I expected to run out of the blues and grays I used up the first time I started this guy on the wrong-count fabric.  I didn’t.  Still have plenty.  I did not expect to run out of gold for the wizard’s robes, or blue or teal for the skies.  It’s most annoying.  Huge disappointment.  I do not love Dimensions.  I do have one more kit from them that I might actually get around to stitching some day, but I’m pessimistic about having enough supplies.

Most of the time I have trouble thinking up titles for posts.  Hence, the incredibly catchy “Desiderata Monday, pt. 2 million” titles that abound.  This post?  Not so much.  I had settled on Stitching the Line early on, only b/c it gave me something to work toward.  Yesterday I started humming to myself, “Off to see the Wicked” (rather than wizard) b/c I’m cashing in on my Christmas present this weekend, and we’re going to Chicago to see Wicked.  I thought it somewhat appropriate for this post, since my finishing stitching the ‘lines’ on the Wizard coincides nicely with our trip to see Wicked.   Yeah, it’s a stretch. 

Then, while I was stitching, I thought, “Hey, look at me, I’m couching on the couch!  Isn’t that incredibly clever and amusing?” OK, not incredibly clever and amusing, but mildly so, at least.  I like couching, generally speaking, but I really enjoyed couching the wizard’s robe.  Except for the part where I had to use the metallic floss.  That was a nightmare, as usual.  The floss is fragile, and kinky, and I hated it.

Sharing the wonder that is me: before I couched the aqua part of the wizard’s robe, I had to take a picture of the uncouched golden part.  It’s like, my favorite part of the whole project, and while I stitched on other parts, my eye would wander to that part and I’d get all happy.  I have no idea why.  It works for me.  I wanted to have a picture of it before it was covered up with couching.  So, as a treat for you, and a reward for all the chatting, I will share my before and after couching pics with you.





And because while I stitch this project, my mind wanders quite a bit, I will share with you one of  the deluded places it goes.  I start to despair ever finishing this project, and I start to believe–truly and unreservedly–that if only this project were finished, I could begin and complete other projects I’m wanting to stitch with superhero stitching abilities.  I blame this project for all the stitching I’m not doing.  Because, well, if I weren’t stitching this project,  I could finish a project like Village of Hawk Run Hollow in a month.  Or something equally audacious and unattainable.  And I believe it.  The Land of If Only is filled beyond capacity with my delusions alone.  It’s like I believe looking at a chart equates stitching it to completion, and I would be able to do it If Only I were finished with this Magnificent Wizard. 

So there you have it.  You’ve suspected, now you know: I’m weird, deluded and insane.  In a good way, I hope. 😉

Happy backstitching!  I’m off to see the Wicked. 😀

The Wizard’s New Clothes

So there I was, proud and happy at stitching the wizard.  Then the voice began nagging.  “That’s no wizard!  It’s a spell-casting head.  No more than that.  You think I can’t see?  That guy’s got no clothes!  He’s the step-brother of the infamous naked emperor.”  What’s worse, I let that poor magician float disembodied for months.  It’s taken me six months to give him a proper outfit.  Go, me!  <snicker>


Now I’m taking a break to baste my fabric for the Yahoo group Stitching Smalls SAL’s  Peacock Stitching Chair SAL (aka PSC SAL).  The SAL officially begins on Jan 23.  I want to get a jump-start now so I can take a break from the dragon and so I don’t fall behind if I’m not at a good stopping point on the dragon when the SAL starts.  I’ve been looking forward to this SAL.  My son asked me if I was going to give him the chair when I’m done.  It is to laugh. 😀

Mischief Managed

Thanks to Harry Potter, the Half-Blood Prince, audiobooks and Dimensions’ use of half cross stitches for artistic effect (and no thanks to Deathly Hallows!), I achieved my goal only one week late.  Magnificent Wizard is now over half finished, with 50% of the rows completed.  Yay! *claps*  I’ll be taking a break for a bit.  I really enjoy looking at this project.  I’m glad I’ve soldiered on with it.  And, I’m glad for a break! LOL