Monday, May 20, 2019

Patterns for Sale

I’ve listed some patterns for sale (see Patterns for Sale page).  Leave comment if you see a pattern you are interested in.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stitch Maynia 2019

Are you a stitcher?  If so you are probably aware of the big hoopla that started today......Stitch Maynia 2019.  Never heard of Stitch Maynia?  There are so many different takes on Stitch Maynia (and I have my own) that I will just tell you to Google it if you want to know more about it.

Some stitchers are starting a new project every day during the month of May.  I've seen where some stitchers are scaling that number back by about half.  I decided that I would start 1 new project this month for Stitch Maynia 2019.  I also have a few other Stitch Maynia goals.  Here they are:

#1 - Start one new project.  The pattern that I picked is May Pocket Calendar Cover by The Drawn Thread.  I do not plan on making it into a pocket calendar cover once it has been stitched.  I will either frame it or make it into a pillow.  It calls for Needlepoint, Inc. Silk thread but I am using DMC. It also calls for 32-count "Water Lily" Wichelt-Permin Linen.  I had Water Lily in my fabric stash but it was 28-count so that is what I am using.

#2 - Finish these two pieces into pincushions.

Isn't this cute?  I stitched this several years ago and have no clue who the designer is or the name of the design.  It is stitched on linen

This is a Primitive Hare design.  Another piece that was stitched years ago and just laying in a drawer waiting for the finishing fairy to arrive.  This pattern may have been a "freebie"....not sure.  As you can see in the bottom photo, I will need to add a piece of scrap homespun or flannel fabric in bottom left corner.  

#3 - Frame this piece.  I think the designer is The Goode Huswife.  I stitched it 1-2 years ago.  Yellow overdyed sampler thread on a denim linen.  I have a frame; however, I want to paint it as I do not like the stain that is currently on the frame.  I will be framing this myself instead of hiring it out.

#4 - Work on these WIPs

I started this Plum Street Samplers design several months ago.  My Stitch Maynia goal for this piece is to complete the stitching.  I don't have a lot left to do.

I started stitching the border of Heartstring Samplery's His Eye is On the Sparrow at least 3 years ago and I don't think I even put one stitch in during 2018.  As you can see I have almost 3/4 of the border done.  My Stitch Maynia goal is to finish the border. I think I can reach that goal and maybe even stitch a few of the flower motifs that fill out the border.  Keep your fingers crossed that I have not done any miscounting and that my border will match up.   If you are not familiar with this design (shame, shame) let me just give you the stitch count.....435x363.  Yes, it is huge! And the 28 count "Wren" Picture This Plus linen piece is huge.  I stitch in hand so having a large piece of fabric makes for slow stitching.  At least it does for me.

Another Heartstring Samplery WIP that I have been working on for awhile is the Spring Flame Pincushion.  Until recently it had sat in my WIP pile without getting any attention.  A month or so ago I decided to bring it back into my stitching rotation so I have been making progress.  Both sides of the pincushion have stitching on them.  My Stitch Maynia goal for this design is to complete one side.

This design has a small amount of stitching left to be done.  The stitching on this piece was done by an elderly friend of mine who passed away several years ago.  I "inherited" lots of her stitching stash, including this piece.  My Stitch Maynia goal is to complete the stitching and finish it into a small pillow or possibly a framed piece.

While going thru my WIP pile, I came across this ornament that I started 3-4 years ago.  The design was in the 2015 Just Cross-Stitch Annual Ornament Issue.  My Stitch Maynia goal is to complete the stitching and make a hanging ornament similar to what is shown in the photo.

I started this Little House Needleworks Winter ABC's pattern last year.  I have made some progress but have not worked on it for several months.  My Stitch Maynia goal?  I would love to finish it; however, I don't think that will happen with the other projects I'm working on.  So my goal is to stitch through the letter 'S'nowman.  Hopefully I can get the design stitched and finished in time to display it for Christmas 2019!

#5 - Finish this small piece into a hanging pillow.  I think this is a Lizzie Kate design.  I stitched it awhile ago.  If I work on finishing this in the next day or two, I can display it for most of the month of May!

Whew!  Looks like I got a lot to work on.  I probably won't do any further blog posts until early June when I post the results of my Stitch Maynia goals.  
 Do you have any Stitch Maynia 2019 plans?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Nashville Needlework Market

Since 2015 I have attended the Nashville Needlework Market as Beth Twist's (AKA Heartstring Samplery) assistant.  Beth is one of the nicest people to work for and I enjoy spending a few days with her each year while she is in town for Market.

Beth always brings "goodies" for me (another post for another day).  In addition, she also lets me have any Heartstring Samplery patterns that I want.  Here are the patterns that I picked out this year.

(clockwise from top left):  C is for Coffee, Coffee Drinker's Confession, Festive Little Fobs Harvest Edition, Coffee Edition, Stitching Edition, The Stitching Life, and The Cat Sampler.  Where do I begin?  Which pattern is screaming, "Stitch me first!"?

Another perk of being Beth's assistant is that I get to do some shopping at Market.  This year I tried to maintain control as I HAVE SO MUCH STASH!!!!!!!  Here's what I came home with...…..

Fox Few (Plum Street Samplers) and Stitching Bird (Heart In Hand)

A really cute needle minder from Stitch Dots with Heartstring's 'Coffee Drinker's Confession' printed on it.

Two pair of scissors (you can't have too many) and a pack of John James Size 26 Tapestry Petites (you can't have too many).  

I took some photos of Beth's room at Market to show you all of the *cute* stuff that she designs.....just in case you've been living in a cave for awhile and haven't seen any of her stuff.  

Monday, March 11, 2019

End of February WIP update.....a few days late

My last post listed 4 neglected WIPs that I was going to get back into actively stitching again. However, I decided that the smart thing to do was to focus on only one of the WIPs.   Especially since I have 2 or 3 current WIPs that I am also working on (more about those in another post).  So the neglected WIP that has been put into active stitching status is Spring Flame Pin Cushion by Heartstring Samplery.

I started this project in 2015!  Here is a photo of the progress that I had made on it as of January 2018 when I laid it aside and didn’t pick it up again until last month.

So let’s take a look at my progress during the past month.  Not great, but I have been stitching on a couple of other current things also. The color looks more vibrant in this photo.....thanks to my new iPad.

What about the other three neglected WIPs?  Two of them, La-D-Da and The Hearts Content, will get put into my active stitching pile after I finish the Spring Flame Pin Cushion. 

After much thought, I have decided to abandon the Prairie Grove Peddler Honey Bee candle mat.  It has become one of those projects that I liked at one time but now I really don’t care about finishing it.  I decided that I have too many WIPs and even more in my "to-stitch stash" to spend time working on something that I no longer want to stitch.  I struggled with that decision.  I don’t like abandoning projects (or books!) but sometimes that is the best thing to do.  What about you?  Have you ever abandoned a stitching project?

I’ll post a progress report on the Spring Flame Pin Cushion at the end of March.  I also want to do a post on the 2019 Wholesale Needlework Market that was held in Nashville last weekend. (Can we say “more stash”?)   And I need to do a post on the current projects I’m working on.  So many blog posts to do, so little time.  See ya later.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Where did 2018 go? And how about those 2018 stitching goals?

I was going to come out of blog-land hibernation by doing a series of posts on all the WIPs that I have laying around.  Some of those projects are laying around close by in the event I want to pick them up and do a few stitches, others are hiding away and haven’t had a stitch made on them in years.    Anyhoo,  I spent a few moments last night photographing those “close by” WIPs with full intentions of doing a “WIPs, Part One” post today.

I haven’t had many blog posts in the last year or so but thought I remembered doing a WIPs update.  When I looked back at prior posts, I quickly found the one that I was recalling, however, it turned out to be this “2018 stitching projects” post instead of a WIPs post.  Imagine my horror 😦😧😮😲 when I saw that four of the WIPs mentioned in that post, with corresponding photos, had not been TOUCHED at all during 2018.

I guess there is no reason to post the photos of these WIPs that I took last night since they look the same as the photos in my January 2018 post.  As I said “😦😧😮😲”!

Here are the WIPs from the 2018 post that were neglected for the past year:
La-D-Da - “You & Me”
Heartstring Samplery - “Spring Flame Pincushion”
Prairie Grove Peddler - “Little Candle Mats: Honey Bees”
The Heart’s Content - “Coverlet Series: Splendor IV”

Shame, shame, shame on me!  It’s not like I stopped stitching since I did finish a few of the WIPs shown in the January 2018 post......and even started (and finished!) new projects.

Hmmmmmm, what am I going to do about it?  I resolve to work on these four WIPs on a weekly basis.  And I resolve to post an update on these WIPs at the end of February.

Enough of this blogging,  I have some stitching to do!  See you in a couple of weeks!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A finish......but not really

I always get a little nervous when I go to finish a stitched project.  At least 5 years ago I stitched a small piece that required cement glue in the finishing process.  CEMENT GLUE - doesn't that sound a little too permanent???? What if I mess up?  The finished stitching was going to be glued into a metal coin purse frame.  I bought G-S Hypo Cement but procrastinated in finishing.....what if I mess up?????? Did I mention I was using cement glue???? 

Fast forward a few years. A few weeks ago I decided that I must overcome this finishing phobia.  Today was going to be the day!  

Even though the G-S Cement had never been opened, it was dried up when I went to use it.  Here is the photo to prove that no matter how much I was squeezing the tube, not one drop of liquid cement was gonna come out!  

So, this project is on hold until I get to Hobby Lobby for more liquid cement.  I did stick the stitched piece in the coin purse frame to see how it would look.  What do you think?   I'll post again once it has been cemented in the frame so you can see the "permanent" finish.

Design: Thimble Purse Home Sweet Home a stitchers necklace by Brenda Gervais.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pineberry Lane Wool & Flax

Earlier this year I signed up for the Quaint Country Ladies club that Dyeing To Stitch offers.  As a member of this club, I get a cross-stitch kit mailed to me every 3 months.  The first kit that I received was a pattern designed by Wendy Stys-Van Eimeren of Pineberry Lane.  The name of the pattern was Wool and Flax.  Sometimes I'm a slow stitcher; however, I was able to get this piece stitched in just over a month. (Note:  I'm sure there are stitchers out there who think, "A month????? It took you that long?")  I assure you that most of my projects, even simple ones, usually take me longer than a month to complete.  But anyhoo, back to the subject at hand.  

Here is a photo I took a couple of months ago after I had finished stitching the design.  Stitching was done on 36 count R&R Reproductions' Liberty Gathering Gray linen using Weeks Dye Works floss.

Doesn't this shepherdess look just like a "quaint country lady"?  The instructions called for finishing this piece into a cute little bag.  I always get a little antsy when it comes to finishing.  I have a fear of messing up something that has taken me hours to cross-stitch.  So, stitched projects always get laid aside until I can muster up enough nerve to follow through with the finishing.  I finished stitching the design in early June.  Today I finally decided to tackle the finishing.

Since this was to be finished into a little bag, some sewing was involved.  Sewing machines intimidate me so I do all sewing by hand......which takes time.....another reason why I procrastinate!  This project came with very detailed finishing instructions.  There were 15 steps to complete and I slowly made my way through all 15.  I am very pleased with how the finishing turned out.  Are you ready to take a look?

Pretty cute, isn't it?   The finished size is 7" x 4 1/2".  

I've got lots more projects piled up in that "need to do finishing" stack.  How about you?