Sunday, February 23, 2020

Time for the TUSAL

  What is the TUSAL? It is a time to post an image of your jar/container of the little bits that are leftover when stitching or sewing.  I love seeing everyone's containers and little bits of color.
No one is leading this that I know about. If you see a blog that has a link to other blogs, let me know!

Here are my bits for February:
Can you tell what I have been stitching lately?

Friday, February 21, 2020

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

I'm not sure who started this lovely event, but it has a nickname of IHSW.
It is just the third weekend of the month where you try to take some extra time to stitch.
These are the pieces I hope to put some stitching on this weekend:
#dragonflyartquilt I'm trying to stitch on it for 30 minutes every day. Will post a photo of the whole thing soon.
 Inchies: I need to get this colorway done so I can teach it to my local guild.
 MH 1656: I actually like this band more than I thought I would. Will take a full photo of it soon too.


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness for February

We have had a bit of a chill here lately. Cold and a little bit of snow. The weather has been fairly nice here this winter so I am trying not to complain. But several of my friends and family members are where it is warm and I must admit I am a little jealous.
Today we celebrate Gifted Gorgeousness. Basically you post photos of projects that are gifts, were gifts, are going to be gifts....You get the idea! It is the brainchild of Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching
I love it that she hosts all these as it forces me to post on my blog!  

2020 GG
I stitched a little on my butterfly since I last showed it at the end of January.
Here is where it was last time:
 And here I am today:
I am also plugging along on My Beloved. Here is the last photo I showed you:
 And here I am now:
I know that yellow looks very bright and it does in person too, but it looks fine with the whole piece. I think I am technically half-way through this, but the next band after this one is a pineapple with tiny little satin stitches. They will take a while.
Are you stitching anything that counts as a gift?



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our lovely friend across the pond   Jo  has a great blog hop for Valentine's Day. I sent her a  photo of a project that would be appropriate for a stitching friend   and Jo forwarded the photo to someone and then she sent this lovely photo to me to post for you today.
Aren't these too cool? Looks like they are made with wood.  Wonder who my Secret Stitching Sweetheart is? Will have to go to Serendipitous Stitching and hop around so I can guess.

I also received another stitching exchange gift. This was from Sassy Jacks Stitchery . She hosted a swap where we stitched a piece and then sent it to the shop and she swapped it and mailed it back out. The fee was $10, but well worth the price.
Here is what I received:
 Kim sent us a chart from her and one from Jeannette Douglas along with a needle nanny and some counting pins.
I received this adorable needle book and card from Patti Thomas. Need to place it next to my stitching spot and put my needles inside. How did she know that I am so horrible about storing my needles?
Hope you have a great weekend with lots of stitching time.
 

A Finish!

I was able to fully finish my little needle rolls from Brenda Gervais.

I took them to a guild meeting and we decided they would be great bookmarks. Now I have a gift for a certain someone!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

I Have to do Some Finishing

First, just to let everyone know, that penguin was stitched by my son when he was about 9 or 10. He is currently 23 and working on his PhD in electrical engineer. He no longer stitching but maybe some day.

Anyway, I was so excited when I put the last stitches in this last night:
The top one is done with PR126 Silks4u. The bottom one was done with Dinky Dyes Warratah.
Now I need to get them fully finished. I have an idea on what to do with the extra one. I would love to have them finished this month.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

People's Choice-Penguins

 

If you go over to   Jo's Blog you will see on the first Saturday of every month a post called People's Choice. She has a vote on a subject and then we are to find things we stitched (or want to stitch) and make a post about it. This month is Penguins. I didn't think I had anything with penguins, but then realized my son had stitched this Mill Hill Kit ages ago.
   
Isn't he cute? Love those Mill Hill kits!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

My Wipocalypse Post for Janurary 2020

Well, this was due last Friday, but I am late. But I have some stitching progress to share with you!
Here is the link to see what this SAL is all about- Measi Musings 2020-wipocalypse

Melissa always asks a question and this month's is what SALs are you participating in this year?
I hope to join the Linen and Thread SAL that has already started. Also plan on joining Vonna and Gary over at Fiber Talk for their Modern Folk Embroidery Lent SAL.

I will only post on those things that got some stitching love...
First up is MH 1656:
Here is the last photo I showed:
 And here she is today!
 My art quilt is getting a little stitching every day. First is what it looked like at the end of the year:
 I have been working in the upper corner. It needs beads!

Butterfly has gotten a little stitching most days:



L. Genders is close to a finish. I think if I concentrate on this, it would get done!



Enchanted Pumpkin got very little stitching:









 And I started a new piece called Inchies by Kathy Reese. It is for my guild which is why I am stitching it. I plan on doing one in red,white and blue threads:



Saturday, January 25, 2020

Did I Ever Show This?

I did finally finish this little owl. The heart seems to go with the owl and I love seeing it from where I stitch:
Need to stitch something for spring to put up when it finally warms up.

Friday, January 24, 2020

It is the New Moon So it is Time for TUSAL

What is TUSAL? It is the Totally Useless SAL where we share our orts for the month. No prizes. No leaders. No organization. Just show your orts.
What are orts? 
From Dictionary.com

ort

[ awrt ]

noun

Usually orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.
We stitchers call the little pieces of thread left at the end of stitching our orts. Quilters call the little leftover fabric scraps orts. This SAL is about taking a photo and posting it on your blog. No pressure, just a fun bit of color ever month to share.
Here is my image for this month:
I emptied my jar January 1 and this is all my orts so far.
Do you have something special to place your orts? Or do you just throw them away?
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

#100dayproject My Start

First, what is the #100dayproject?  I am not sure who thought it up, but the idea is to do something for 100 days that will help you to grow. This one is about growing creatively.There are no official rules except to do "something" every day for 100 days. Last year I participated in one and I worked on Here Lie My Needles by Shakespeare's Peddler.
This time I wanted to do something more challenging. After all, I already stitch almost every day. I was ready to start a new project as they gave us a theme called Secret Places. I liked it and as I was brainstorming ideas, my mind switched it to Sacred Places. This was not the real theme but it got my little mind working overtime. I even started prepping materials for my idea.
But then I realized:am I nuts? I would go totally crazy if I started another big project!
So I switched gears and decided to work on my art quilt. I knew I wanted to be more creative. I knew I wanted to explore that through hand embroidery. The art quilt was already well underway and it needs a lot more time.It is also developing as I stitch. I have ideas that I want to try and I know I will learn as I move it forward.
Here is a photo from a few months ago:
 I have been adding to the little bits of lace with hand-stitching:
Aurifil perle cotton
This is my starting point for this week:

I won't bore you with daily photos but will try to post here every Wednesday. My goal is to stitch on this piece for 30 minutes every day. It needs so much more work! There is a chance my husband and I may travel. If we do, I may or may not be able to take this with me.
So do you want to join the challenge? It is a good way to force yourself to work on a project and to push yourself creatively.

Monday, January 20, 2020

IHSW for January

This past weekend was the third weekend of the month and it was time to Hermit and Stitch! Our sweet Jo    host this and you can find more enablers on Facebook if you so desire. Click the link and she will explain it better than I can.
Here is what I worked on this weekend:
I am slowly working on MH 1656. I had to rip  out some satin stitch as I didn't like the color I used.
 L. Genders is close to being done, or at least one is almost done.
 And here is a bit of a secret stitch.
What did you stitch this weekend?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Take A Stitch Tuesday (on Thursday)

I have joined Sharon B on her TAST SAL the first two weeks but have not posted my progress here.
For information on TAST, go to  Pintangle             .
The first week was the chain stitch:
I am putting it in the grooves of the lace.
Week 2 is Fly Stitch and the Italian Border Stitch
I love the Fly Stitch and use it a lot, but the Italian Border stitch is a new twist. Basically, it is a French Knot holding down the "U" of the Fly Stitch instead of using a straight stitch. I see a couple of places where this would be great. I may even add a different color thread to make the knots.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness for January

Well, Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching    hosts this lovely stitch-a-long where we post photos of our progress of our stitching projects that we are giving as gifts, were gifted to us or we can shoehorn into the category of gift.
I am trying to get this out of my stash. I have made so many mistakes on it that it is pitiful.
This is the photo from my WIPocalypse post:
And here it is now:

I was trying to take an "arty" photo-see my cat in the background?-so you can't see that I have stitched more on the left of the butterfly...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Because I'm Not The Brightest

I knew I was going to start Enchanted Pumpkin this year from Mill Hill but I wasn't sure when. I was looking for a project to take on a road trip and thought it would make a great piece to take. Then I realized it was full coverage. Did you all know that? Like a fool, I still decided to start it:
Two things I did wrong: I started with the black and some of it migrated over to the light orange. NOT picking it out! Then I signed this piece up for Full-Coverage Fanatics on Facebook. Not a big deal except I need to finish it before I can stitch on Reptiles for that group. Or maybe I could figure something else out...
Anyway, a new start, just what I needed....

Sunday, January 5, 2020

2020 WIPocalypse Introduction and Plans

I had thought I would post plans on January 1st, but that did not happen. Luckily for me, Melissa is hosting the 2020 WIPocalypse SAL. This post is supposed to be about ourselves, our projects and goals for the year.
I love all types of needlework. I don't smock or knit which is good as I dabble in about everything else. I belong to my local Embroidery Guild of America and to several American Needlepoint Guild chapters. I have a HUGE personal goal this year to put something-ANYTHING-into a fair or exhibit to be judged. I think it will stretch me.
Last year I went wild and posted all the WIPS I could find in my stash. This year I am trying to keep this to things I really will be stitching.
1. MH 1656, My Beloved by Hands Across the Sea Samplers

I think that pink is coming out....This piece has captured me. I really don't want to work on any other large pieces until I get this done. And we all know I have a lot of large pieces in my WIP pile!
2. Drawn Thread Sampler and Doodle Sampler by Gay Ann Rogers
I haven't touched this in over a year, but it needs to get done. It is lovely and I don't want it to live in my basement.
3.Art Quilt

This project will NOT get done this year. I have too much slow stitching to do on it. My plan is to work on it while traveling. Will see if that pushes it forward. The first photo is just for placement. I have not stitched all those bits down. ..Maybe I should post a photo of it once a month to see if I can see any progress?
4. Butterfly- Alesandra Adelaide

My plan is to stitch on this every day, even if it is only a few stitches. I won't do all the flourishes around the edges, but try to get the center bits done.
5. Lotus Box by Terri Bay
This box intrigues me. I will restart it and hopefully get it done. Ha!
6.Reptiles by Heaven and Earth Designs

 I am so slow on this piece. I hope to get back to stitching on it every month. It has been forever since it has seen the light of day...
7. Autumnal Abstractions by Joni Stevenson
This piece was a workshop my guild held. When I get MH 1656 done, my friend Mary and I hope to pull this out and get it done. Or we may start something else. But I want to do some stitching with her this year.
8. L. Genders- Brenda Gervais
I love this little piece! Hopefully I can finish them and have them on display this year. Or maybe I should give one away?
The rest are plans as I haven't started them yet.
9. A Janet Zickler Casey Santa. I have quite a few and would like to get more of them done.
10. Gay Ann Rogers Heart. I have a few (cough, cough) in my stash. I love stitching them and they are easy to finish.
11. Enchanted Pumpkin-Mill Hill Kit Because I love stitching on Mill Hill Kits and I think this one if fabulous.
12. Inchies by Needle Delights  I must start this one ASAP as I am leading this one for my guild.
13.Angus Dei- Modern Folk Embroidery Well, Gary and Vonna are doing this for Lent and I want to join the fun.
14. Group Correspondence Course though ANG It starts in March...
15.Mandala Musings from Inspirations Magazine-My local guild is doing this and I have a plan to do my own version.
16.Linen and Threads Mystery SAL 2020- I have pulled my threads and linen but have yet to make a stitch.


I hope I gave you enough eye candy for one blog post. I have lots of other plans floating in my brain, but I will keep them there for right now.
Hopefully you have lots of plans for 2020. Love to see them and read about them.