Monday, September 26, 2022

More on My Painted Canvas

 Well, I managed to finish the body on the bearded dragon. 

The huge triangle is a piece of ultra suede. It is the right color, but I need to figure out ruffles...

I thought I could do bullion knots with Patena thread by Rainbow Galleries. Nope.

So I played on the edge of my fabric with some cotton thread and I love the look(bottom photo), but it didn't work in the Patena either(above photo). So I need to see if I have something that is the right color for the pads of the gecko. With my stash, it should be easy.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

TUSAL September 2022

 Well, it is the New Moon and time for the TUSAL. Post a photo of your  orts and see how much (or little) stitching you have  completed.

I can tell I have been working on my lizard canvas. Someone asked if it was picked out for my son Sam. When I originally purchased it, no. I just liked the colors. But when I started stitching on it, I did think of him because he had a pet bearded dragon.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Background Done, Now on to the Bearded Dragon

 Sorry if you don't like reptiles, but I need to share this piece. It is a painted canvas piece that I have had in my stash since 2003. It is time to get it done. I'm not sure I like the bearded dragon, but he is going to be stitched as is. No red markings will be added. I need to get his head and ruffles figured out and I have an idea. Time to execute said idea? Not so much.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

I Must be Nuts, But We Already Knew That

 I swore when I broke my knee cap that I would not can anything this year. Nothing. Nada. But then the tomatoes started ripening and no one came to pick them....So guess what I did? 16 quarts of tomatoes and 11 pints of salsa. Not all in one day mind you, but still.

My college kids are happy. My knee, not so much.

I took a hot second and stretched the crewel piece so I could fully finish it. 

I love how it goes from wrinkled to smooth!

I also finished this piece from Stitched Stories

I can never remember the name of this kit, but it was a blast to stitch. (Full disclosure:Debbie gifted this to me after Fiber Talk  interviewed her.) I have purchased another kit that I hope to start on my next camping trip.

And just to bore you a little more, I fully finished one of my Inchies pieces from Kathy Reese .I took a Dorset Button class through Sassy Jack's September Soiree 2022 . The Soiree was fun as was the little workshop. If you can't travel to retreats, but would like to meet some stitching friends, I highly recommend Kim Young's Soiree. I'll take some pictures of my swag and share them soon.

Monday, September 12, 2022

A New Finish

 I was camping with my husband and I managed to finish a piece:

It was a Petite Project by Judy Jeroy through the Embroidery Guild of America. It is crewel work which is a fun and relaxing technique.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Sampler September

 There are several groups of people stitching samplers for the month of September. If you go to Instagram and follow these hashtags, you will find lots of temptations!





I have made some progress on Pour ta Fete and had thought I would try to finish it before the end of the year...It's good to have goals, right?


Thursday, September 1, 2022

TUSAL for August

 Well, the new moon has come and gone, but I still wanted to post for the Totally Useless SAL-show your orts!

And here they are:

I have another jar somewhere, but didn't take a photo. Oh well, maybe next month!

Monday, August 22, 2022

IHSW for August 2022

 It was the third week of the month so we celebrated with the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend!

The idea is to stitch as much as possible and to post photos on Facebook. It is just a fun idea.

I didn't take photos on Friday of my starting point, but I will do my best to show a before and after photos.

I had hoped to get all the background done on my painted canvas:

No such luck:

I did get all the way to the bottom....

Pour ta Fete got a little stitching:

I love the little bunny:
Alice Ellen Usher is really calling my name:
I love finishing the letters!
I also forced myself to fully finish this little crewel piece. I needed a cover for my bullet journal and this worked!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Gifted Gorgeousness for August 2022

 How the month has flown! Hope everyone is having a good summer.

What is Gifted Gorgeousness, one may ask? It is a monthly post about something you are stitching or have stitched, that is a gift or was a gift or has the word gift in it.  I'm going with the last definitions....Loosely...

This is the brain-child of the wonderful Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching

I'm working on Pour ta Fete by Lindsey Lane Designs.

Here is my photo from last Friday:

 And here I am today:

I made a mistake somewhere and I will have to do some adjusting. But no one will know except me!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Working on My Samplers

 If I stuck with one of these, I might get more done....

Pour ta Fete by Lindsey Lane Designs:

And Alice Ellen Usher by Sassafras Samplers

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Working on My Painted Canvas

 I have been trying to get this piece done. I have made more than one mistake on the background, but I want to get this done.

The bearded dragon also needs to be stitched along with the border.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Stitchy Friends Summer Blog Hop 2023


Serendipitous Stitching is hosting another fantastic blog hop. In this one, we are given the name of another blogger and need to give clues to who the person is. Then we add a photo of something we think they might like to stitch and you get to guess who it is. So here we go!

This stitcher has been blogging for years and like most of us, does more than one craft. She quilts and has a love for cross-stitch. She seems to like smaller projects, except for her quilts. Oh did I mention she crochets? She is a frequent blogger in Jo's hops.

Now, I don't do many smalls, but I noticed this blogger has one VERY LARGE PROJECT!  

Alpine Seasons Garden ~ Ch√Ętelaine Designs ~ Full Kit This is the completed piece, but our blogger is very close to a finish on this one!

So if I was going to pick a project for my secret stitchy friend, seeing she is so close to a finish on Alpine Seasons Garden by Chatelaine Designs, I would give her this one:

Hummingbird Lace ~ Ch√Ętelaine Designs ~ Full Kit

Hummingbird Lace.....

Have you guessed who my Secret Friend is?

Mary is my blogging partner. Go and enjoy her blog!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Alice Ellen Usher

 I have been enjoying stitching on this piece. I find doing each letter very relaxing.

Here is where I was a week or so ago:

And here I am now:

I am stitching it on Duxbury Linen, 40 count with Blue Lagoon by Classic Colorworks.

Monday, August 1, 2022

It is August!

 I have been stitching away as I must not over work my broken knee. But the few things I can do take LONGER(Imagine that!), so I get less stitchy time some days than others.

I wanted to share my progress on Pour ta Fete.

Here she is from the IHSW Weekend:

And here is where she is today:

I must admit that I love stitching it. The small count linen-53/60 Sycamore Seed Pod- means I can't work on it when my eyes are tired. But each little letter seems like a small finish.

Here is my stitching calendar for July:

I stitch almost every day and almost always on multiple projects.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Working on My Art Quilt

 I took a little time and pulled out my quilt to stitch. Yes, it is warm here in Illinois, but I put a fan on and plugged away.

I am trying just to enjoy the process.

Monday, July 18, 2022

IHSW for July

 It was International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and I worked on two pieces.

First up, Pour ta Fete:

Here is where I started:

 And here is where I finished:

I decided to work on the alphabets. It made me happy and it feels like I am accomplishing something when I get a letter done.

I also had a finish! Well, not a  fully finished, but a stitching finish:

Purple Mountains Majesty Heart by Gay Ann Rogers. Now I can start the Mystery of St Tropez by Gay Ann with a clear conscience! 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Gifted Gorgeousness for July

 Well, I am debating on what to do with this piece:

It is Pour ta Fete by Lindsey Lane designs and I was trying to get to the edge of the top of the piece. I thought I was there as I stitched the Z, but if you look closely at the photo, there are a ton of motifs on the right edge of piece. 

So what would you do? Go back to stitching down and page completing? Or find the outer edge of the project?

Oh! It is July 15 so it is Gifted Gorgeousness SAL Day. You are supposed to post a photo of something that is a gift, will be a gift, has the word gift... You know. It is the brain child of our dear fellow blogger Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching. She will post a link soon, I'm sure, of other GG wonderfulness.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Well, I Have a Little Issue

 I went with my husband to the local Fourth of July celebration and managed to fall and break my knee cap. (My sister-in-law cracked me up by ,her best New Jersey accent, what mafia person I offended...)

At least I did not break my wrist or elbow which was a concern for a bit.

I'm getting some stitching time. I find it difficult to sit still with my knee all bundled up. No surgery is necessary, but I have 6 weeks of this thing. Sigh.

I am trying to finish Purple Mountain Majesty by Gay Ann Rogers. 

My daughter's cat is not impressed either as I dislike all the fur he gets on my cast.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Lizard Canvas Background

 Well, I think I need to get something else finished from my stack of WIPs. There is no way that Pour ta Fete will get done any time soon or Alice Ellen Usher. But maybe I can get this piece stitched before the end of August. It is a gift for my son and his birthday in in September...

The background is more difficult than I thought. I do have an issue with bargello....I am hoping I won't run out of thread especially since it is incredibly difficult to get the Rainbow Gallery threads I am using.