Sunday, May 31, 2020

WIPocalypse for May 2020

I have done a bit of stitching this month, but first let us discuss Melissa's Question of the Month:

The piece I really loved stitching recently is my Inchies project by Kathy Reese:
I have to hand out the kits to my guild members and then I will see how I will teach them the piece. It was a fun project and very fast.
1. MH 1656, My Beloved
Here she is unrolled
I have since done a little bit on the next band:
7. Autumnal Abstractions by Joni Stevenson
I have brought this piece out to stitch it with my friend:
I have stitched most of the first section.
12. Inchies is done and I posted it above.
13. Agnus Dei by Modern Folk Embroidery
I am working on the bottom page. Lots of fun, but not much progress
16. Linen And Threads Mystery SAL 2020
I have finished May and ready to start June.

I did manage to finish the background on the pumpkin canvas that my friend gave me. I just need to figure out how to fully finish this:

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

I had to look back into my posts to see when I started Uncle Sam's Hat.  It looks like I started it June 2018 and I thought I would have it done by the 4th of July. Ha!
I finally got it stitched on September 30, 2019 or that is the note I had...Could be wrong.

I finally forced myself to finish the silly thing. I could not find my notes of finishing it. (Probably buried in the mess I call my craft room.) But I followed Vonna's Drum tutorial and managed a finish:
Not perfect, but I'm glad I can display this now.

Friday, May 22, 2020

A Little Montenegrin Stitch!

I am so excited! I was working on MH 1656 and discovered I placed the Montenegrin stitch in the wrong spot! I could not fudge...
 Out it came!!!

I spent last night listening to FiberTalk and a book on tape. While listening I managed to get this much stitched:
This is very complicated. I have a bunch more to put in and it feel like I will never get done.  But I will keep plugging away because it is gorgeous.

Monday, May 18, 2020


I managed to get some stitching done this weekend.
I am still struggling with the Montenegrin stitch on My Beloved. Because it is gardening season, I don't have a ton of time. And this stitch takes a lot of time and brainpower. I may have to put it away until I have the energy and time to work on it.  
I have pulled out Agnus Dei as my go to piece when I don't feel like thinking. The little x's are making me happy.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness in May

I almost forgot this wonderful SAL hosted by Jo . You are supposed to post about anything that falls under the category of a gift. Well, I have some things to share!
First, here is the second mask my friend sent me so I could embroider and put together:

It was fun to embellish them. I could have done more, but so many projects and so little time!!!
My daughter wanted to make a new hot pack with an old sock, but after she started filling it she realized it needed mending. So here was my gift to her:
It is a lovely day and I need to see how my garden is doing. Hopefully not too many weeds! Hope everyone is doing well and getting some stitching time!

Friday, May 15, 2020

I'll Try Again This Month

It is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. I think it is hosted by Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching .
It is the third weekend of the month and the idea is to stitch as much as possible over the weekend.
I plan on working on MH 1656 although the Montenegrin stitch is still giving me fits. Yes, I have the Amy Mitten book which is very helpful, but I am still struggling.
I also need to finish another mask. My friend Cheryl gave me blanks and shared instructions to make this.
I have another one to assemble. She is such a good friend.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

My Beloved Progress

I am stuck on the Montenegrin stitch. I can do it horizontally but the next section  is stumping me...
I did a little practice piece but am still struggling. I will work on it some more when I have some quiet time.

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Little Mindless Stitching

I am working on a lot of different projects, but over Mother's Day I decided to just stitch little x's..

The first photo is where I started and the last is when I finished. I may try to work on this piece a little more frequently.  I haven't decided whether to stitch the bits that go in the diamonds to the left, but I do know I need to fix that section. I missed a tiny little x in each of the last rows next to the vertical row.
Modern Folk Embroidery has a better image of this piece on their site here

Saturday, May 2, 2020

#the100dayproject Day 25

I am still working on this project. I like it, but have realized that I may have an issue...
Here is my project one quarter of the way done...
Here is my issue: This is about half of the background fabric. Can I get 75 more hearts on this piece? Remember, this is just half of the ground fabric...I will try, but if I can't I have a plan B.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A Fun Mug

I try to stick to needlework on my blog, but I had to post this mug that I received from Calamity ware
 It makes me smile to drink my coffee out of this huge mug. Yes, that is a giant toad attacking a pagoda. Things could be worse....

I was trying to make a mask pretty for wearing around town. Not so sure I like my needle painting job. I need to take a class with Trish Burr...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

WIPocalypse for April

I think this whole stay at home order has gotten me out of wack as we say at my house. It just feels weird. Not that I do much anyway, but the whole world seems to be at a stand-still.
Does that mean I get more stitching time? No! I still have a house that I pretend to clean and a garden that needs planting. That is ok. I like my life. I do miss seeing my friends and I would like to go see my folks. It will happen soon enough, the good Lord willing.

I forgot to post that this is the brain child of Melissa . She always asks a question and this month is our longest running WIP or UFO. I was thinking about that the other day. I thought it might be Venetian Delight by Ro Pace or my Illinois Needlepoint canvas, but I think it is this Florentine Ornaments group correspondence course by EGA.
I think I should try to finish this....

Anyway, I didn't stitch on much this month. I did keep pace with the Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler here
And I am making progress on My Beloved, MH 1656 by Hands Across the Sea Samplers
Did you know that Nicola has been posting PDF charts to her online store? If you are in need of another chart.....
I may have stitched on something else...It seems like I did, but I can't remember what it was. Anyway, I hope you are having more luck than I am finishing projects and staying focused.

Are You a Lefty?

I  am not, but I found these YouTube videos online and thought some might enjoy watching.

 On the Other Hand
Ariane is stitching Sue Spargo's Toned-Down Circle Sampler. She is doing for those who are left-handed. I find her creative process interesting. Also, to take a class from Sue is on my bucket list. I may just bite the bullet and do it in 2021. Although I wonder if the 2020 online class is still open?

This is my little wool piece that my local guild was stitching before the pandemic. I think it is done and living in the basement. Really should fully finish it...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness

Well, it is time for Jo's monthly post on Serendipitous Stitching about things we have received as gifts or that are gifts for others or anything that we can squeeze into the gift category.  My piece fits into the last category. Nicola Parkman from Hands Across the Sea Sampler received this antique as a gift from her husband.
Here is where I am on this piece:
I am making progress slowly.  I don't think this will be done by June, but I hope I can get close to the end.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Our friend Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching hosts this fun Blog Hop every year. Start at her blog and follow the clues and you will have an Easter phrase. Go back to Jo's blog and leave the phrase as a comment. It is fun and you get to see a lot of fun stitching.

So here is my spring/Easter stitch.
The first is an old Shepherd's Bush needle roll. Can you see the little bunny?
 I also have out this Mill Hill bead kit. The toads are out around here so I thought it would work. I love the colors.
And what you are really here for:

Rainbow Loom Nederlands, letter i - YouTube
 Happy Hopping! Here is your next blog

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 8 and It's Time For The Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long! (Oops! Too early for April!)

 So what is the TUSAL, you may ask? On the new moon of each month we post a photo of our orts-bits and bobs left over from stitching. That is it. It is fun to see what everyone else puts in their orts into.

As you can see, I have a bit of blue in my jar. I think it is from ripping my Inchies border out several times....
Edit: I looked online to see when the next New Moon was and today came up. But today is the full moon. Sigh. I'm blaming this on the virus-which I don't have, thank God.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

100 Day Project-Again

Well, a new round of the #100dayproject has started. I am going to try to keep up with the challenge this time. The last round, I was working on my art quilt. I think I was tired of posting an image that looked the same as the day before....(Reminder to self:get back to my art quilt...)

I am nuts so I am doing two projects. the first is to stitch every day for 100 days. I pretty much do that so it isn't a real challenge. My goal is to stitch on My Beloved, MH 1656 until it is complete.
 Why? It is my challenge piece for my local guild. And our projects are due in June. Totally Finished. Framed. I really don't think mine will be framed, but I hope to have it completely stitched by then.
Here is where I am today:
The next row is going to be a huge challenge as it is Montenegrin Stitch, which I have no idea how to do! But first I need to get that pineapple in with all its little satin stitches.

My other project is #100daysofheart2020  I plan to stitch a heart on a piece of muslin for the next 100 days. (I won't post daily so as not to bore you!) Here is my start:
I have learned one thing-I don't like sewing through the fusible I used on my heart. I need to find a Plan B for getting those hearts onto my fabric.


Monday, April 6, 2020

Easter Fun

I'm am sad that we will not be able to attend church in person on Easter Sunday. I had actually planned on visiting my folks in Albuquerque. We were going to leave on today. Sigh. I won't travel to see them for a while, but hopefully will get a trip in before the end of summer.

But I will be attending church virtually. If you don't have a place to worship, join us Easter Sunday at Wildwood Church

Anyway, I wanted to share a few things with you. First, Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is hosting an Easter Hop. I  believe the posts go up on Good Friday. It is a fun thing to do.

The other thing I wanted to share is this:
If you do not follow Fiber Talk on Flosstube, you may want to do so. It is great way to connect with other stitchers and learn some new information.
Anyway, stay safe.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

People's Choice for April

The first weekend of the month Jo at Serendipitious Stitching hosts a SAL where we choose the topic each month. It is called the People's Choice SAL.
This month we are discussing Modern Samplers. I think the ones put out by Linen and Threads 
count as Modern Samplers.
I need to start on April. Go look at the fun samplers Jo posted....

Monday, March 30, 2020

WIPocalpse Post for March

Well, I am sure everyone is stitching from their stash right now. I am trying to finish a few things before I start anything new!
Melissa over at   Measi's Musings   asked us if we ever adopted a piece from someone else. A dear friend who just passed gave me this piece when she was going through her stash.

It is an old hand painted needlepoint canvas. I love the colors but don't really want to continue doing the tent stitch. So it sits and waits for me. One day I will pull it out!
1. MH 1656
I am working on the pineapple band. Really close to the bottom of this piece, but I know the next section will be a huge challenge!
3. Art Quilt
I have totally lost my MOJO on this one, so I hung it up. I see places that need help, but I am not in the mood for this piece.
11. Enchanted Pumpkin
A little more stitching on this one.
Finished the Red, White and Blue one! Now I need to wait until I can see my local guild and get started on the next one.
13. Angus Dei
I don't work on this much, but I am making a little progress. Won't be done for Easter!
16. Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler
March is done!

BTW, the numbers are from my original post 
Hope everyone is well and getting a lot of stitching time.