Well, I know where last week went. My daughter was home from college and I was enjoying her company.
I did manage to get some stitching done.
This is a fun piece to stitch. I am using a Victorian Motto Thread for the dress- Olde Salem Spell-which has a bit of variegation in it. She has a new set of colors up on her page that are Patriotic. So tempted to add it to my stash! Like I need more threads!!!
Today is the start of the third weekend of the month and it has been designated International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. It is a time to try and take a little extra time to stitch. Do you have to stitch all weekend? No. In fact, if you just do a little, post it. Just link up on Jo's Blog or there is a Facebook Group
I hope to do a little stitching on several projects.
First up is Tall Year Squared:
I hope to get some of the lining pieces done.
Next is First Christmas Stocking:
A little each day this month has been my goal so far.
Here Lie My Needles is my carry along project. I have more done than this photo shows, but maybe I can get some lettering in this weekend.
I also need to get started on MH 1656:
And I do have my map class to start stitching......
Will see what I manage to do before Monday. Hope you get some extra stitching time!
I had high hopes that this would be fully finished by now. No such luck. There are tons of little pieces that need to be put together to get this into a box. I am spending time today making the linings but wanted to show where the project stands today.
I was reading Linda's Blog and she was stating how so few people blog anymore. This is so true. I like Flosstube as well as the next person, but reading a blog is way faster and I find it more helpful. I decided to do the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. I really don't have a theme and I haven't figured out all my posts, but who cares? I feel like I need to challenge myself to blog on a daily basis for a month. Since a personal goal is to get some of my WIPs DONE I will be using the challenge to push this along. At least that is the thought currently. Anyway, I hope some more crafters join the challenge. I don't want to be the lone stitcher in the challenge.
I know that is a common complaint for a lot of people, but I also know that backstitching makes a huge difference on a piece. Look at the ox, for example:
I think he looks so much better with the little backstitching I managed to put in:
I am trying to get Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in this month, but this is a Cross My Heart design and there are a lot of little color changes and 1/4 and 3/4 stitches. I figure if I stitch a thread length a day as a minimum, I will see quite a bit of progress. But so many other projects are calling my name!
I am trying to work on this but my mojo is gone for this project. Is it because I am left with mainly white cross stitch and beads? Or was it the mistake I made and I am ready for this project to be done? I need a finish in March, so I will keep plugging away at this.
Well, part of one. I have been taking this piece with me when I go places although stitching on 40 count can be a bit difficult. At one point I had the outline of the dress done but I used a blue/grey and I knew I would not like it. I think with all the pink this piece will have, the dress needs to be dark.
Any opinions? I need to get to work and finish a project for the FFO challenge. Tall Year Square has too much to be finished, but maybe I could get the scissors fob done on it! Or one of my many other projects. Sigh!
I missed the new moon, but wanted to post any way. What is TUSAL? It is the Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long run by Daffy Cat . Lots of us bloggers take photos of our orts and post them on social media. I love looking at the colors and seeing everyone's little bits and pieces.
Here are my photos:
I have been working on Reptiles along with my Christmas stocking so there are a lot of greys in my jar. Hopefully I will get some pretty colors in there before next month!
As I posted yesterday, I am doing a 30 day challenge to stitch on one of my WIPS every day. Because I want it finished for Christmas, the obvious choice was First Christmas Stocking.
I began it in January of 2017
I think this is the last photo I showed of it, but I was able to work on it a lot last week. I went away for a few days to craft with friends and was able to make some serious progress, as you can see.
I need to get some more cross stitch done so I can do some back stitching. And I do have other projects that need some attention!
It is time for the People's Choice SAL. Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching hosts this where the people get to choose what the theme is for each month. This month it is freebies.
I had great plans to stitch something up for this SAL. I thought it would be fun to make another small like the Valentine ones I stitched last month:
The larger one is from The Scarlett House and the other from Heart in Hand.
But I never took the time to stitch it up. I am sure I have some things that were free charts over the years, but where they are and what they are is another question.
But there is a free chart that I really want to start. It is the Linen and Threads 2017 Mystery Sampler. You can find the information here .I may even have the linen and threads to start this. I am trying to behave, which is very unusual.
Well, you would think I would have more to show for all the stitching time I had this month....
I also wanted to let you know that my list of things to stitch this year is up to 31!!!!How did that happen? Anyway, here are photos of my progress. Things that I finished last month, I'm not including, but things I finished this month are here. More so I can see my progress than anything else. 1. First Christmas Stocking:
I am making progress. I hope to spend some serious time on this piece over the next few days.
I spent most of the month stitching on this piece. March 1 is coming fast and I will need to start on the next row.
8. Reptiles by HAED
1200 stitches! I am trying to take a stitch or two a day on it so I can make real progress on this piece.
10. FFO stack (And 28 and 29 on my WIP List)
The heart and Santa were in my stack of stuff to finish while the Valentine pillows were quickly stitched and finished this month.
12. Warm and Wise by Mill Hill
I have made a mistake on this piece and I thought I could fudge it. No such luck. So I am thinking what to do. I need to look in my stash and see if I have more perforated paper. If so, I can salvage this piece. Will let you know next month, hopefully.
I have traced my lines and now need to start stitching. This is a class I am taking with Cyberstitchers , an online EGA group.
16. Pumpkin Canvas
Stitched! Now I add it to the FFO pile!
30. Here Lie My Needles
A friend asked me what I do with things I finish. I was working on this piece when she asked...Great question. Most sit in a pile waiting to be finished into something.....And I have a lot of things in various stages of completion. Sigh.
31. Imperial Diamonds Heart by Gay Ann Rogers
I decided to start on this for several reasons.
1. It is February and I like doing hearts in February.
2.I have no canvas pieces that are calling my name-they are all too complicated or big to pull out.
3. This is small.
4. Gay Ann Rogers was posting her hearts on her Facebook page.
So now I have 31 projects on my list. I did finish 4 so my WIP pile is technically down to 27 but I also removed one from the list so I guess I am really at 26. If I can get a bunch of things finally finished (number 10), I would feel a ton better.
Let the insanity continue! Happy stitching everyone!
Now I forgot to answer the question: What do you listen to while stitching?
I often listen to Flosstube. It is always interesting although I do have a few favorites.....
Audio books. I am re-listening to the Mitford Series but I also like listening to the history courses from the Greatest Courses.
TV or movie. Just whatever my husband is watching.
I hope to be working on MH1656 this weekend. I spent most of yesterday playing with the colors. The pink bothered me so I changed to grey. Here is my progression:
The pink in the center is the same as the pink in the satin stitch, which I find interesting.
Oh! What is IHSW? It is the third weekend in the month where you are supposed to take time for yourself to stitch.You do not need to kick your family out of the house or run away from home. Just take a dedicated bit of time to stitch.
Gifted Gorgeousness is the brainchild of Jo over at,you guessed it, Serendipitous Stitching
The idea is to stitch something that is a gift, will be a gift, you can shoehorn into the idea of gift...You get the idea. But how can I do that with MH1656? Well the full title of this piece is MH 1656-My Beloved's Gift because Nicola Parkman received the original sampler from her husband as a gift. I want to work on this and can't think of another project for GG...
It is also Friday Off the Grid so I hope to join that group too! No, I have NOT joined the Magical Stitches group. In fact, I unsigned up for it as they are doing Harry Potter. I am not a fan, sorry to say.
Anyway, hope you have a great stitching weekend!