Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Well after one or two (or maybe more) drastic days I seem to have got back on course. One poor leaf was done three times at least you know the system -right place wrong colour, right colour wrong place finally right place right colour. Next disaster was the realisation that I'd run out of a thread. Now to contact Janlynn. Thread on the way-Yippee-. Anyhow it's not as thought there isn't much else to do so I've battled on regardless. Huge amounts of backstitching done and also the border is growing . Any way my mind is now definitely drifting towards framing and also finding out my next UFO (perhaps this is wishful thinking for a while yet but HOPE springs ETERNAL. Happy stitching to you all and keep the good work with your own UFOs
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Over the weekend I spent some time on my Christmas CQ. This first picture is before I did anything to it.
And this last one is a close up of the changes I made. I never liked the long stretch of red here so I added the green/gold section to cut it up. The two seam treatments are incomplete now. I'm not sure I like them but will just live with them for awhile and see what hits me. I plan on putting a pretty button or something at the tip of the addition to decorate it. Maybe I'll add another of the red mints. Something to think about.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
BEFORE August 25, 2009
AFTER September 15, 2009
St. George & the Dragon (started July 1996 - UFO)
Donna Vermillion Giampa
28 ct beige unknown evenweave, suggested fibers
I really love this piece and I'm so glad to be back working it again. Thanks for looking.
One stitch at a time,
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I'm returning to stitching after having a bit of a break. I've been cross stitching since I was a small child & up until last year I had my own successful Needlework Shop. I sold my shop when I found out I was expecting twins. The twins were born in May 2008 & apart from the picture below I haven't stitched a thing.
I thought i'd get back into it with a small design. I picked out two little birth samplers to do after the twins were born & I started on my daughters first. I managed to stitch for probably about a month before it became impossible to get anything done, let alone stitching.
The design called Baby Love & is one of the Kittens range by Cinnamon Cat. It's been a UFO now for about 14 months & I plan to stitch at least one evening a week & hopefully get some lunch time stitching in too.
I love reading everyones progress on here. Happy stitching.
Lisa's Stitching Life
Hi there. Well here's how I'm doing. Very slowly at the moment I'm afraid. I went along and did quite a lot of the purple/blue border and then discovered I had counted it one thread out. So enter the frogs. I was really disheartened at this point. Anyway I've taken it out and re-done a section of it. I've also started on the blending filament on the corner fans again. After me first attempt at them getting in a mess I was unsure whether to bother putting it on but I've had another go and this time I've used shorter threads and have not got in such a muddle. Must admit the weather has been rather good just lately and have been enjoying myself watching the European Volley Ball competition being held on the sea front and also the finish of a stage of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race- makes me feel super fit!!! Please note only FEEL fit. Still now it'll be back to the Land of Stitch and hope I can make better headway with my horse. All you out there with your posts are really doing well you should all be proud. Happy stitching to you all.
Monday, 14 September 2009
This is the entire piece:
The following star motiff and seam treatments aren't in the above pic because I don't have a current photo of the entire piece to date.
Even though it's the middle of the month, I'm going to get something done (though it may not be much) on it before month's end and will post an up to date pic of the entire piece.
Please excuse the messy layout -- I'm new to blogging and haven't figured out how to make things look nice yet -- any suggestions would be appreciated.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
My dilemma now is to decide which of the UFOs left should get my attention....I have 5 left, not counting Flower Power (which I have discovered is also miscounted (too low on the fabric), so that one goes in the re-start category (thankfully I had only stitched a few leaves, and I do want to stitch it still!)
The 5 UFOs are:
17th Century Italian Garden by Liz Turner Diehl (aprox. 50% done)
Evening in the Park, Chatelaine Designs (just past the halfway mark)
Dragon Feather Afghan, Fanta Cat Designs (again aprox. 50% done)
Companions by Teresa Wentzler (maybe 25% done?)
Breaking Dawn, Kustom Krafts (only about 5% done, if that...)
All of them are either large, or detailed, or both! I'm already working on another Chatelaine piece (Holland) as well as the Papillon SAL Castles in the Air, each on a monthly rotation, or close to it. I need another large, detailed piece like I need a hole in the head! I'm leaning toward the Italian Garden, or maybe the Dragon Feather afghan, but I'm not sure! If you wanted to finish one of these THIS year, which would you choose?
Thursday, 10 September 2009
My major project this year is the large Serenity Prayer sampler by My Big Toe which I've been stitching for my cousin's 20th year of sobriety anniversary. I was about half way done when I discovered a major mistake that couldn't be worked around. I had to rip out about a third of everything I had done. (Did you hear my primal scream?) It took me three weeks to rip and I didn't want to work on my WIP until I had corrected all my stitching.
Now, finally, I'm back with a little progress to show and it's very good to be here. Thanks for looking:
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Anyway, I'd like to introduce you to my two UFOs of choice for now. First my Vierlanden Sampler by Martina Dey.
I'll get a better picture for you. It's about 3 feet square and I'm maybe 10 inches down from the top on it. I'm working it in 2 Carrie's Creations threads and 1 Needle Necessities. I probably started it in 2006 or maybe 2005. It was originally a mystery sampler where we got 1 page a week for a year. My problem, I think, is that the very large motifs are disheartening. If I could finish one in a couple days I'd be happily working away one it, but at my pace it takes steady for for more than a week to do one motif. That's just depressing.
I'm also bringing along a needlepoint UFO:
It's a powwow shawl dancer that I started in 2005 I think. It's really simple stitching, but the problem is I am doing it mostly in Kreinik and I really, really hate working in Kreinik.
I'm hoping for an hour a week on both pieces, but my history indicates that might be a bit too adventurous a promise.