Monday, July 19, 2021

IHSW for July

 I was so lucky this month! Our church hosted a scrapbook event and I went and stitched all day! Well, not all day. I sat and chatted too. And ate. And did a few laps around the gym. But mainly I stitched!

So here is my starting spot for Agnus Dei:

And where I ended:

I took Royal Garden with me:

And I finished the sprats heads in one corner. (Hard to talk and count with them!)

And I ripped a bunch of stitches from my Bristol Squirrel (I made a mistake on some of my x's!)

Pretty orts, don't you think?
And where I ended:
I would like to get this stitched so I can learn how to make a berry with my local Embroidery Guild of America.....

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness for July

 This is a wonderful SAL put on by Jo over at   Serendipitous Stitching  . It has to be a gift for someone, a gift from someone, have the word gift in it....You get the idea!

This is going to be a gift for my mom, if I ever get it done:

Agnus Dei-Modern Folk Embroidery

I am so close to getting that right border done! I do the little circle motifs as a treat...

If I was smart, I would work on Agnus Dei until it is complete, but I never said I was smart...

So I started a new project:

Bristol Squirrel Partial

How could I resist?!? It will be a gift for my mother in law who likes squirrels.

Monday, July 12, 2021

An Abandoned Project

 This isn't really a WIP, but I haven't worked on it in ages. Does that make it a UFO?  Anyway, I pulled it out to stitch on with some girlfriends this past weekend:

I don't think this is quite done but I am not sure what to do. And we decided it looks like a face...I must fix that. When I get back to it.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

TUSAL for July 2021

 Today or yesterday was the new moon in July and we are supposed to post a photo of our orts. This is the Totally Useless Stitch a Long :

Yes, I went back to my mason jar. I like keeping them all until the end of the year. I still use my wooden one. I put things in when I am Zoom stitching with friends.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Are the Eyelets Done?

 I think I did all the eyelets on this piece! Yipee! 

I wonder if I am half-way through this project? I am not trying to rush it. I enjoy it so much.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Because This Project is a Year Old

 Well, I think it is a year old....My blog only has a photo from August, but I think I started in July...

Here is my first post: Royal Garden

I wanted to try the Chilly Hollow stitch in a thinner thread as I didn't like my tension. I tried the Silk Lame Petite in the same color.

This is the whole piece:

With the regular Silk Lame:
With the Petite:
It is much smoother with the Petite, but I don't like the how it covers. Luckily this is easy to remove. I think I need to yank on my thread a bit more....And can I finish this piece in July?

Monday, July 5, 2021

Answer to the Eyelet Question

 I think it is hard to understand the eyelet stitch unless you have images. So let us give this a go!

 I started the E with a waste knot:

 I did three legs of the first eyelet and then moved to the next eyelet. I did three legs on it and moved to the next eyelet where I did four legs before moving on:

 Doing eyelets this way keeps the tension correct on the  thread and opens the holes in the center. It also keeps the thread from dragging behind and blocking the hole. And it keeps you from having to weave under the back of your eyelets!

 As you can see, I went out and then back. It really helps when stitching these things. If that is as clear as mud, comment again and I will try to make a video. (My college students are home and can help with the technical bit!)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy 4th of July!

 Hope you are able to spend this holiday with family and friends!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Agnus Dei Progress Report

 I have been able to make some serious progress on this piece. 

I need to dig through my stash to find a thread that I like to do the center, as I want the Lamb of God to be a pure white. The thread I am using is variegated and I don't think it will work.
So close to having that little bit meet.
Can I concentrate on this piece and get it done in July?

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July is Here!

 First, let me answer Nicole's question about eyelets: the idea behind eyelets is to make a small hole in the center of the eyelet. Some stitchers say there doesn't have to be a hole, but there should be no threads covering the center where your thread goes down into the center. If you want to keep the back neat and tidy and the front so you can see a hole in the center of the eyelet, it often helps to plan a path around each letter doing half, or less, of each eyelet. I will try to remember to take photos when I  work on my next letter to show how it works.

Anyway, after that long-winded not very good explanation- here is my calendar for June:

I missed a few days stitching, but that is life. But I also completed two projects! 

First up, Ode to Palette color wheel class:

I made it into a cover for my bullet journal. Perfect stitching? No. But it is done and I learned tons about color. I highly recommend Natalie Dupis class.
I also finished my great-niece's birth sampler, but you have seen that already. 

I'll try to take a photo of Agnus Dei to show you my progress.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fixing A Mistake

 I made a huge mistake on my eyelets on this piece.

 I didn't take a photo as I was so mad! But I attended my local Embroidery Guild of America meeting and a friend was also working on a piece with eyelets. 47 count linen, I believe!! Yikes! Anyway, she reminded me that I should be doing half of the eyelet and moving around the letter. Once I did that, it went much better.

Join us tonight for Fiber Talk Live.  It is at 8:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday June 30th. We are talking to 

Dima from D1-D2 who is a fabulous stitcher!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Close to A Finish

 I am super close to finishing this piece. It needs one more night of work and it should be done.

I think this is upside down, but you get the idea. Once it is done, I need to take the time to mount it on some cardboard and put it on the cover of my next bullet journal.

Monday, June 21, 2021

IHSW for June

 It is hard to believe that it was the 3rd weekend of the month.

There is a Facebook group for this weekend or you can check it out on Jo's blog. 

Here is what I worked on:

Pretty Little Baby-Satsuma Street


I finished the name, but realized I shouldn't post it here.... Now to fully finish it and send it to my nephew and his wife and baby.

Here is Agnus Dei:



It feels like a major accomplishment that I am almost to the corner. I still have the center to do, but I can feel a finish!


Here is my Ode to a Palette class project:

A bit more to do on it, but I feel like I made some progress. My hope is to have it done by the end of June. It is supposed to be the cover for my next Bullet Journal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WIP Wednesday

 This is a fun stitch and I need to get back to her:

So many other things are calling my name that it is difficult to concentrate on one item. Maybe if I did, I would have more finishes!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness for June 2021

 This lovely SAL is hosted by Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching. I have been working on Agnus Dei almost every day. I love seeing the patterns emerge.

I would love to get a page finish by the end of June. Need to rummage through my threads and find the right white for the Lamb of God in the center.

Monday, June 14, 2021

A Baby Gift

 Well, my great-niece has arrived and I need to finish this piece and send it off before she gets too old!

A letter a day and I would be done this week! Don't hold your breath though....

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Totally Useless Stitch a Long for June 2021

 I must admit that the TUSAL is my favorite SAL. All I have to do is remember to post!

 Here are my orts:

I keep this beautiful ort container in my bedroom to place my orts in during Zoom meetings.

Here is the jar in my living room by my glass of green tea. It was too hot for coffee this morning.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Learning More About Color

 I'm slowly working on my Ode to the Palette Class. Here is my beginning:

And here are my thread colors:
One thing I found that was interesting was my colors are an analogous color scheme:
I am not sure about my color choice of the "white" which is in the center and the pinky color... Hopefully I will settle on something soon.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Agnus Dei Progress over

 Well, I was going to try to create a video of my stitching on Agnus Dei over the past 10 days, but I cannot figure it out. I'm sure there is a tutorial, but I am too tired to think about it. Since I doubt ANYONE wants to look at 9 photos of my piece, I will just share two.

Here is my starting point which was May 28th:

And here is where I ended yesterday, June 6:

A little more stitching and I will have a page finish. Yipee!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Other Stuff

 Besides stitching, gardening season has arrived. I never realized it, but I really don't like strawberries. This is sad, because we almost always have a bumper crop.

Thank goodness my husband likes them. I may make some jam before the season is out. I do like strawberry jam!

We also picked up my daughter from the train station. We are getting her ready to do an internship so she will quickly depart again. She would like to have a car for the summer. Anyone have an extra? ;)

I also baked some bread.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Rotation Failure

 I had a brilliant idea to rotate through my stitching projects. Two days on Royal Garden, Springhill and 17th Century Whitework Sampler with Sunday for my Gay Ann Rogers piece. I stuck to it for maybe one week. Then life and the realization that I need to work on my Color Wheel course took over.

What Color Wheel course, you may ask? Well, the one Fiber Talk got me into...

Sew by Hand

This is not an easy class and I am dreadfully behind. But boy am I learning stuff! Like how colors react when they are next to each other. How colors change when on different backgrounds. 

Here is the image I am using for my color study:

 It is called "He who takes another road and enjoys the journey". 

Here are my thread choices, although I will probably pull tints and tones of them as I stitch:

Here is my calendar. I missed two days stitching in May. Not too bad....