Monday, May 16, 2022

A New Start-Kind of....

 This piece was from a workshop that I took with my daughter many years ago through my local guild. It was a Petite Project on the EGA website that Judy Jeroy kitted up for us and taught. I finished mine and kept thinking I would change the colors on my daughter's piece after she abandoned it. I never bought different crewel wool so I finally decided to just stitch it.

What will I do with two pieces that are exactly the same? No clue. I am thinking about making a bag, but that requires  my sewing machine. Hmmm. Any thoughts? Oh! I didn't eat all that cake! It was shared among family!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Gifted Gorgeousness May 2022

 Well, this has been a super busy weekend with my youngest graduating from college. Bittersweet, in so many ways.

Gifted gorgeousness is the brainchild of Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching . You are supposed to post anything that was gifted to you, is a gift for someone else, has the word "gift" in it...You get the idea!

I think Pour ta Fete by Lindsey Lane Designs works as the original stitcher made it as a gift for an aunt's(?) party. 

I think the colors are working although the french horn looks a little "green" in person. I am close to the bottom on this piece. Yipee!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Getting Brave

 I started on my first petal for my More Than a Rose center flower. Not perfect, but I am enjoying it.

I think I will detatch it and add it to the piece and then start the next one today.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Pour ta Fete Progress Report

 I love working on this, but try not to stitch on it too much. Why? I have two other pieces that are close to being finished. If I can get them done, I will feel like I can work on this more.

There is a French horn in the center of the cartuche. When it is done, there is one large motif underneath and that is the bottom of the piece.
Even on 53 count, this is big! But if I can get it done, I know where I want to hang it.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Crewel Finish

 This was such a fun stitch that I am thinking about starting another crewel work. This was a piece from Chrissie Juno-Mann that I took at the Royal School of Needlework.

I am trying to finish at least one more piece before I start a new one. What would you do?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Progress on Pour Ta Fete

 I try to stitch on this piece every day. It makes me happy to see progress so here is the last photo I shared with you:

 And here I am now:

I will try to take a photo of the whole project next time I share.

And the More Than a Rose piece- I need to make detatched buttonhole to the gold thread. I still need to figure it out.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Why Chocolate?

 Jo asked why so much chocolate in my photos. I'm doing  #the100dayproject on Instagram.  I decided, as a joke, to do #100daysofchocolate2022 . I try not to eat the chocolate every day...

Here is my calendar for April:

And here is my calendar for March, since I didn't seem to post it:

I am trying to finish More than a Rose:

I think I am doing this wrong and need to take time to play with it.

Monday, April 25, 2022

What I have Been Stitching?

 First, thanks for all the encouragement on Blue Larkspur. I still need to get with my friend as this piece has caused me numerous frogging encounters. If it is not in properly, the other motifs don't fit. Sigh.


I have been able to get 15 stitches a day(Mostly)  on Purple Mountain Majesty by Gay Ann Rogers.

I need to add the white snow caps next. No chocolate while stitching that!

More Than a Rose is progressing nicely. I am no expert on needlelace, but I am enjoying the process:


And I needed a piece to stitch on Sunday's at my mother-in-law's house. It is dark in there and I need to be able to see my stitching and keep up my end of the conversation. So out came the class I took at the Royal School of Needlework when I visited in 2019. It is a little crewel piece by Chrissie Juno-Mann

No clue what I will do with it, but it has been so fun to stitch!

Monday, April 18, 2022

IHSW April 2022

 Well, this weekend was a blur. My husband and I are busy doing yard work and Saturday was the perfect day for tree trimming. Or that is what he told me. 😂So I really didn't do much stitching as I was fairly tired after that. Sunday morning I was up early making cinnamon rolls and egg casserole for Easter breakfast at church. When I finally sat down to stitch, this is what I discovered:

No! Not the chocolate!!! I am pointing to the little red motif where I made a mistake...all the way on the other side of the project!!! I, obviously, can't count. It is not the fault of the designer, Krista West. Her work is fantastic. I am going to put this piece in time out. Hopefully I can get a friend to look at it and help me decide what to do. Her super-power is finding mistakes and helping you figure out how to fix them.

I need to start an easy project to get my mojo back. Or eat the chocolate!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Easter Treasure Hunt 2022

 Well, this is all Jo's fault. She talked me into it. Jo holds a fun blog hop every year at Easter and she talked me into starting something new. Only one problem. I gave the said object away before I took a photo. 

First the details: hop over to Jo's blog which is linked above and follow all the links she shares. There will be a letter at each blog that will be put together to make a phrase. It is fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

Back to my problem of mailing said object before I took a photo..... 

Thank goodness I am easily enabled. Helen D. over on FlossTube is holding a SAL on Erica Michael's  seasonal berries.The hashtag is #berryseaonalsal . I, of course could not resist. And unlike the SAL's I do with  Fiber Talk (which are more like START a longs), Helen D finishes her projects.  So I managed to finish one berry, just in time for the Easter Treasure Hunt.

Not the best fully finished object, but I did finish it! My goal is to get a summer one done before the 4th of July. Don't hold your breath!


Oh! You need a letter, don't you? Here it is:

 Layered Letter L, Layered letters SVG, Multilayer Letters ...


 And next hop to

Tales of a Stitching Mouse






Monday, April 11, 2022

Purple Mountain Majesty Heart

 I try to stitch on this piece every day. It doesn't always happen, but I am making progress.

Here it is from March 21:

 Here I am today:

Trying to get all the tent stitch done so I can work on the fun stuff!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

A Bit of A Party

 I am enjoying stitching on Pour ta Fete. I wonder if I just worked on it, would I get it done this year?

I pulled an orange thread for the lone "A". It is close to the color of the chocolate wrapper....

Working on the left side of the sampler and trying to get to the bottom. I am truly enjoying this piece!

Friday, April 8, 2022

A Dragonfly and A Snail!

 I have been plugging away on my More Than a Rose Group Correspondence Course from EGA. I finally completed the background and was able to move to the fun stuff.

Here is the background completed with bullion knots and dragonfly:

The snail is supposed to have a thread woven in the shell. I am debating on whether to use brown or another color. Thoughts?

I originally did the dragonfly with pink, but didn't like it. The blue works in my mind!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Not an April Fool's Joke!

 Well, it is the new moon so it is time to post my Totally Useless Stitch a Long-(TUSAL) a photo of my orts.

Does anyone else have more than one ort bowl? I have one in my bedroom for when I stitch there and then one by my stitching spot. Well, I have one more in the basement but we won't discuss that!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Also Jo's Fault!

 I can't show progress on the Mill Hill kit, but I wanted to share this as it is also for Jo's Blog Hop that is coming up. I need to blame someone for my lack of self control!

Monday, March 21, 2022

IHSW: My Progress for March 2022

 Well, it is all Jo's fault! I started something new this weekend.

A little Mill Hill Bead Kit. Hopefully I will have it done for the Blog Hop Jo is scheduling.

Pour ta Fete got a bit of attention:

As did Purple Mountain Majesty:

I stitched very little on the Lizard Canvas as I need some threads to do the background:

And I'm not sure about the gecko's head. I may have to do some ripping.

Plugging away on More than a Rose. That background!

And I managed to start the hemstitch on Red February:

So what did you stitch this weekend?

Friday, March 18, 2022

IHSW March 2022 :What I Will Try to Stitch

 The important word is TRY!

Pour ta Fete by Lind

Purple Mountains Majesty Heart by Gay Ann Rogers
Lizard Canvas:
More Than a Rose by Melinda Sherbring:

I really want to start a new piece as I feel like it might cheer me up a bit. But a bit of progress on one or all of these would also be a blessing!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Gifted Gorgeousness March 2022

 Well, I am glad I have a reminder on my phone for this lovely little challenge. I was wondering, what have I stitched that could count as a "gift"? Hmmm. Not Purple Mountain Majesty by Gay Ann Rogers-

(The trees are supposed to be half crosses, BTW. They just look a little weird to me.)

Not More Than A Rose by Melinda Sherbring:

You can't tell, but there is a ton of shiny threads on this piece!

Put Pour ta Fete will work!  I think the original sampler was stitched as a gift for an aunt! That counts, doesn't it?

Go check Jo's Blog out to see more Gifted Gorgeousness!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Pour Ta Fete Progress

 I love stitching on this piece. Teeny, tiny stitches:

I did have to frog the "F": Sigh
I may finish this in my lifetime.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Gay Ann Rogers Challenge

 Gay Ann Rogers posted a challenge to stitch 15 stitches a day. I'm all for a new challenge! I decided to use Purple Mountain Majesty Heart as it has a ton of tent stitch that needs to be done.

Here is my start:

Here is my "15 stitches:"

Ignore the crazy trees. They get another layer and I will fix them then.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

I Can't Believe it is March!

 New numbers were called for WIPGO, so I have abandoned the Lizard Canvas until I catch up for this month. But I did spend some serious time with Springhill by Rosewood Manor.

Here is where I started:

And here is where I finished:

I'm a slow stitcher so I am happy with my progress. Now to dig out Angel of Love by Lavender and Lace.