Sunday, November 23, 2014

American Beauty Rose, Progress 2

This doesn't look much different than the last time you saw it.  That's because I haven't worked on it much!  I am waiting for a thread.  Since I changed one of the threads in midstream & combined a new one with an old one, I ran out.  Hopefully the new thread will be in soon.  I really want to work on this! 

AND, Happy Thanksgiving to you all this week.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Diamond Delight III, Progress 1

It's been quite awhile since I started this.  There are a gazillion pulled eyelets and that is very slow going for me.  I can only put in a thread or 2 before my hands start to hurt.  I finally got the outer row of them done, and quickly put in the next row - Waffles.  Then, oh no!  more pulled eyelets.  Well, at least this is a shorter row!  Debbie wanted all the eyelets done first, but that is too much counting for me, so I'm jumping around in the directions to work the rows consecutively.  I have just barely started the next rows after the eyelets, there are 3 rows like this, so I'll be working on them along with the eyelets.  I like the colors and, for once, I haven't changed them!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

5-4-3-2-1 and some 3s, Progress #2

You probably don't even remember this piece!  I started it nearly a year ago and, as you can see, haven't made much progress!

It is tedious to work on.  The little squares are quite small and so you're constantly changing colors.  See all the spaghetti?  Unavoidable.  And the Silk Shimmer that will lay on top is always in the way.  And then it is on black canvas.  Sigh.  How do I get myself into these things!

I hope to start working on this more regularly very soon.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Linda, Progress #5

Back to Linda, by Orna Willis.
I'm making progress, slow but sure!

There's a LOT of Jessicas.  The #8 pearl by Painter's Threads gave me trouble!  What I had in my stash that is the perfect color is waaaay different than the new stuff I got.  The new was not perfect for this piece, but I didn't have enough of the old.  So I tried a couple of different ways of using these threads and, with the help of a friend, decided to alternate the new & the old threads.It works pretty well and I don't think I could have found anything better.

Once I finish the Jessicas, each one will get a stitch in the middle with a metallic.  There will also be a lot of beads on this piece, so it won't get finished until my stash is unpacked!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Big Cats Cross Stitch, Progress #2

It's been quite awhile since you've seen this.  I don't work on it very often (I'm not really a cross stitcher), but when space is limited, like when my husband & I are sharing the love seat, it is something to work on that doesn't take up a lot of room.

I'm nearly finished with the 2nd Panther section.  Then there is just one more section and the border will be done.  Almost.  I'll still need to figure out how to join each cat to the one next to it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

American Beauty Rose

Yes, I know it doesn't look like anything.  Yet.  
This is DebBee's Designs "American Beauty Rose", but I'm doing a white rose.  Well, it is mostly tan, but it's MY white rose.  
I started this just before all the moving craziness hit.  I had quite a time finding the right threads and I ended up ripping out all of the darkest shade that I had done as it was toooo dark.  I restitched it blending the dark shade I had with the next to the darkest and it is much better.  

This is a fun design to stitch!  Each color (6 I think, or maybe 8) has it's own stitch.  The picture color isn't quite right, the lightest shade is an old Needle Necessities overdyed floss that is white to light tan.  So the lightest squares are really white.  The canvas is eggshell, so it is lighter than it appears in the pic.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Octagon in a Square, Finished

Hi!  Here I am!  We are still in moving mode, but it'll be several weeks before we can move into our new house so I have a little bit of stitching time!  I can't start anything new because all of my stash is in storage, worry, worry.... 
Anyway, my stitching is all on WIPs and I have actually finished something!

Octagon in a Square is the latest of my Mad Miters craziness.
The last time you saw this, I think I had just started the center. The Octagon is done in Mad Miters and the surrounding areas are straight Bargello.  
This is not my most successful experiment!  But it's OK, we learn by doing, so they say!  The cable pattern I chose was difficult to work with in the Mad Miters part, and these are not MY colors.  It is supposed to be liberating (or something) to work outside your comfort zone, but this may have been TOO far out of mine!

I will try to post somewhat regularly now, but only once a week till we get settled.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!