Monday, September 16, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness for September

Where did the summer go? Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching hosts this SAL where we post items that we received as gifts, that we are giving to people, etc. You get the idea!
This is a gift for my husband's aunt. She is a Quaker and I thought I would stitch something up for her and put it on a box. I am so close to being done!
Here is where I last showed it:
 And here I am now!
         I need to finish the last large motif and then I will start adding little ones in the blank spaces.

Friday, September 13, 2019

I Have Been Making Progress

I wanted you to see that I have been stitching on my Christmas stocking. A little every day...
Here is where it was last time:

And here I am now! I know I made a counting error somewhere long ago and I have decided to work from right to left to complete this. Hopefully I won't have to rip that huge staff that I started on the left. We shall see!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Little Stitching, A Little Ripping

Well, I pulled My Beloved out to start working on her again. I love it, but I always seem to need to restitch part of every band.
Here is where you last saw her:
 I have been excited about this grape band since I decided to purchase the chart. I changed the colors of some to the grapes to purple and decided on green for the others as I had enough shades in light values to make it work.
 But I made a mistake in the first green cluster. I thought I could make it work, but when I went to put in the next cluster, I realized the whole band would be off. So out it came!
I think it took me three nights to get the cluster stitched. Sigh. It will be so nice when it is stitched!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Some Finishes

I posted these on Facebook and Instagram but never posted here.I spent an evening stuffing these little pillows that I stitched earlier this year. Or was it last year?

I'm a little early for Thanksgiving but it is nice to have fall decorations up.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Something to Add to my Art Quilt

I decided (with the help of friends!) that my quilt needed another layer under the doilies. I am making strips of fabric that I will slow stitch onto the piece. I also wanted to add cross stitch or needlepoint pieces to the piece too.
Here is something I hope to add:
I keep my stork scissors in my Gay Ann Rogers Townhouse Needle case. I may add more stitched scissors to the piece, but we will see. I am stitching on a cocktail napkin that I hand dyed and am using DMC 08.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sampler September

My EGA has brought back the yearly challenge and I decided to join. The project has to be 50% or less stitched (Christmas stocking would not work) and the guild voted on the piece they wanted you to finish. It has to be framed or FFOed too. I had them choose between Autumn Abstraction by Joni Stevenson

 and MH 1656 by Hands Across the Sea Samplers. By my title, you can guess what they chose.  So, I am trying to work on it in the evening after I put a thread or two in the Christmas stocking. It is really a lovely piece.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

WIP Wednesday

I wanted to start something new, or at least pull out a different project, but I feel like I am so close on this silly thing. So I am trying to put at least one thread in a day. Can I finish before Christmas? Maybe. But make it into a stocking? Not so sure...
I am getting another sheep....

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Life has been a little busy or so it seems.
A friend gave us grapes. Lots of grapes. So what did we make?
Grape gelato.

My hubby loved it. Me? Not so much.
And grape jelly. I have another batch to make and then on to the apples for applesauce!

And I finished something! Well, not fully finished, but it is all stitched!
This is where you saw it last:

 I decided I really didn't have that much left and worked on it every spare moment over the Labor Day weekend. I love the flag!
 Not a great photo, but here it is stitched.

I changed a few things and used the threads and embellishments that I had. Love it! Now to figure out how to finish it so I can display it next summer.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Art Quilt

I am taking this to the library to play tomorrow. I have decided it needs more layers...(Thanks for the help Cheryl!)
I think the doilies will help, but I need more than these. I will start by attaching them and then seeing what to add next.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I Don't Think This Will be Done for Labor Day

I had hoped to get this finished by now, but I am a slow stitcher.
Here is where you last saw it:
 And here I am now:
I need to dig through my stash and figure out some embellishments. I do like stitching it. I just have so many other distractions!

Monday, August 26, 2019

I See a Sheep!

It has been almost a month since I posted this.
Here is where I left this in July:
 And here I am now:
 Doesn't look like much, but I did some serious frogging on this piece.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WIP Wednesday

I am never going to get this piece done at the rate I am going! But I do like stitching on it so I gave it some love over the past few days. (Those biscornus aren't due until October and Christmas is months away!) I am a giant procrastinator!!
This is the last photo I showed you:
 I did some black and got some fill-in done.

Every little stitch counts!

Monday, August 19, 2019

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

Well, I managed to get some stitching done this weekend despite dropping my youngest at college and working my guild's webpage.
I taught them blackwork earlier this month and I am trying to get the little squares I stitched made into biscornus.

I dyed the aida myself and think it came out rather nice. Now to get 4 biscornus ready so I can teach in October.
Hope everyone got some stitching time this weekend!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness for August

I am behind, as usual, but I wanted to show that I have done a little stitching.
Jo over at    Serendipitous stitching    hosts this SAL and it is always fun to see what everyone else is working on that was a gift, is a gift or has the word gift in it!
This is a gift for my husband's aunt who is in her 90's. I am trying to get it done before Christmas. I'm so slow, it will be a race!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

People's Choice for August

Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching hosts this SAL where each month we post on a different theme.

This month it is monochrome.I had hoped that I would have been able to start a new piece by today, but no such luck. But I do have a monochromatic project to show you!
Not much progress, but I am trying to work on it a little each week.
Do you like monochromatic projects? I have a few in my stash that are calling my name, but I am trying to resist! Linda do not tempt me!

Stitching the Same Thing Again

I made this biscornu a while back but now I need to make more. Why? Because I am going to teach it to my local embroidery guild.
Here is the one I originally made:
 Here are the linens I dyed for my guild:

I am stitching a few samples on aida that I dyed:
I want to have a few pieces to pass around the meeting. Also, then I can have a few ready for when I show them how to finish the pieces. But I need to hurry as the meeting is in a few weeks!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

July Recap

I was able to stitch every day on my Christmas Stocking for the month of July. It is looking good!
Here is where I started at the beginning of July:
 And here I am today:
It has been nice to really concentrate on one project. I am thinking about switching projects this weekend. I want to get a little more done on Reptiles this year.

Melissa always asks a question for the WIPocalypse check-in. This month the question was how do you get out of a stitching slump? I did have a bad slump a few years ago. I stitched a little, but not much. I did other things instead-mixed media art was a favorite. But I have stitched for ages, so it was easy to get back into the swing of things.
Happy stitching!

Friday, July 26, 2019

A Little Dyeing

My local library held a dye workshop where we played with grey and black dyes. It was a lot of fun, although I am usually a bright person.
Not sure what I will do with these although I think they are the perfect size for backs of things, if I ever FINISH anything. Sigh.

Monday, July 22, 2019

My Hermiting Weekend Progress

Well, I got a lot done on the stocking and then I had to rip...
Here is what it looked like before I removed stitches:

 And here is where I am today:

The shepherd was off by two stitches and I was afraid of all the fudging I would have to do to get everything else in....
Oh well, at least I am stitching!

Friday, July 19, 2019

It's Time to Hermit!

It is the third weekend of the month so it is time for the International Hermit and Stitching Weekend.
I think Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching heads this up but I think most of the activity takes place on Facebook. You don't need to stitch all weekend, but just post a photo of where you started and where you ended up.
I am not sure what I will be stitching this weekend. I did start early today as my DH was working at his mom's today. It was too hot to go out and exercise or garden so I played inside.  I had finished this piece a while ago and decided to take time to get it fully done! Here Lie My Needles by Shakespeare's Peddler.

I got my inspiration for finishing from Priscilla as I got an enamel tray from Michael's that I chalk painted and then added  a ruffle. I also added a piece of tatted lace across the top and some antique buttons around the piece.
What will I stitch this weekend? Not sure. I am really making progress on First Christmas Stocking and  I hate to lose momentum on it. I am not going to be able to start a new project until I get it done so I think it is what I will be working on. Here is where I am now on it:

Monday, July 15, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness July

Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL where we post pictures of stitching things that were gifted to us or are gifts for others.
This piece is one I started last month but haven't taken the time to post. It will be a gift for my husband's aunt. She is a Quaker and I had the plan to make her The Quaker Ball by Denise Harrington Pratt.
 A friend has stitched the smallest one and I really want to try it.
BUT....this aunt is getting older and I am a slow stitcher. So I decided to grab a piece of fabric and the pattern and make something else.
The plan is to put the finished stitching on a box. Hopefully I can spend a bit of time on it soon. It is a lot of fun. The thread is a Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe thread called Continental Blue.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Little Closer to Finishing

Melissa over at Measi's Musings hosts the WIPocalypse SAL challenged us to stitch every day on a project for July. I have been plugging away at First Christmas Stocking. Here is where I started in July:
And the second one is where I am today. A little every day does make a difference.

Monday, July 8, 2019

No New Start

Or at least no large new project....We had a wind storm come through and we lost electricity. Then we spent several days cleaning up the mess in our yard. That with normal chores and gardening, I have been on the busy side! At least the college boys came home and were able to help with the mess
I have been working on this project to hopefully get it finished before the end of summer:
I realized I am a seasonal stitcher. If I don't get this finished before fall, it will sit in the basement until I remember it is there. Anyone else like me?