Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TUSAL May Report

I am posting tonight for the Totally Useless Stitch Along hosted by   Daffycat  . It is a stitch along to show your leftover threads. Totally useless, but fun, nonetheless.
I have two ort containers, to be truthful. One is near my stitching nest:

The other is in my bedroom. I normally use a small bathroom cup:

But my dd got tired of that and gave me this little ort container for Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness and My Maynia

First, I did not post last week as my college guys were home and we did lots of yard work and things around the house. They tired me out, but it was wonderful to see them. Hopefully we will get another visit around the 4th of July.

First, have any of you had this happen?
I lost the screw on my hoop. It is either in the bottom of my bag or at the doctor's office. Oh well. I have another hoop and they are fairly cheap.

Here is where I left off on my Gifted Gorgeousness last time:
 And here is where I am today:
 It is my take along project.
I have been working on my samplers from Gay Ann Rogers Monday thru Thursday and Reptiles on the weekend. That seems to work fairly well for me.
Here is my band from the Doodle Sampler:
 That took awhile. Now I need to do some needleweaving.
And here is Reptiles:
I have a bunch of confetti to fill in and that is taking a bit. But I love seeing the progress.
I will try to check in again before the end of the week.  I think there should be a TUSAL soon!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Maynia Progress

Well, it isn't much progress, but at least I was able to take a few stitches.
I did not like the band as Gay Ann Rogers graphed it so I decided to change it a bit. I think all those blank squares need tiny eyelets in them. As my friend Mary suggested, I need to do a practice bit on the side to make sure I like it. Once those eyelets are in, they are IN!
How is your Maynia going? Hope you are able to challenge yourself and enjoy the craziness. Happy stitching!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Maynia Has Begun!

I cannot start a new project. I want to, but I have too many large projects started. I went and searched my basement and looked at all my WIPS and just could not start a new one. At least not yet. I have a feeling I will start a new small soon, but we will see.
Here is my "plan": I am going to work during the week on one of my Drawn Thread Samplers by Gay Ann Rogers. They need to get done and since Maynia is about challenging oneself, these are perfect. These pieces live in my basement because they scare me, but I am going to get them done!

And look at how the samplers are wonky! So sad. Do I need to take the off and re-stretch them? Probably. Which is how I will spend my first stitching day...
On the weekends, I plan on stitching on Reptiles. I want to get some progress on it and I really do like it.
I will post if I make any noticeable progress during the week. Happy Maynia!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Stitch Maynia Starts Tomorrow and I have no Plan!

Have you heard of Stitch Maynia ? It is a Facebook group that originally started in 2015 to stitch 15 projects in the month of May. Sort of like the crazy people who start projects in January. (We won't mention any names: Linda )

I have been lurking for  a year and wondering if I should join the insanity. What do you think?   NO?!?! (I heard you through my monitor....)

Well, you are right. I cannot start 15 projects, even if they are small, and keep any measure of sanity. And I really love big projects. In fact, several have been calling my name:
Letters from Mom
Quaker's Dozen- Long Dog Sampler
Amaryllis Artworks Quaker Ball
Do you see a theme here? I haven't purchased any of these patterns, at least not yet. But that may change before the end of Maynia.
What shall I stitch? After all, I did finish Tall Year Squared!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Another Finish!

I was looking through my photos and can not find the start point on this piece. Probably took it with a different device.
It is Red Candy Heart by Gay Ann Rogers. I think it was lurking in my stash for several years. I had hoped to get it stitched in February,  but is is done before May!

 I need to do a finishing day. May will not work as I have college boys coming home and gardening to do. Maybe July when it is too hot to be outside?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

And It Is Finished!

It took a bit, but I have finished stitching all the bits for Tall Year Squared by Betsy Morgan!
I had to make some decisions and ended up ripping a bit.
Here is what I did:
First I started stitching the scissors fob in the red with purple. I love red and thought it might work.
 I continued with the year and my initials. I thought it was ok.
Then I dug through the colors and started the base. (Yes, the base is stitched!)
 Now that I loved!
So I ripped out my stitching on  the scissors fob and stitched it in Harvest Grape-Glorianna silk.
I am glad to see the end of the stitching on this piece. Now to wait for the rest of my group to catch up. This may give me permission to start a new project soon.....