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!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Phase 2 of our move is complete.  Vegas is history, that house is sold and the new folks are moving in!  We are living in our old house in Reno now while we fix up the new one.  We are hoping to be all moved by the end of October. These things are always a LOT more work than you think they are going to be!


I haven't done any stitching for at least a week and not much since I last posted blog.  Sigh.


When I find the camera, I'll try to photograph the little bit of progress I have made on some of my WIPs.


Thanks for being patient!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Update & stitching

We are still embroiled in moving.  The move has 3 stages and we are now in Stage 2 of 3.  Sigh.  It feels like it will never end.  But it will and it'll be great!  In the meantime, we have lots more packing & moving to do.

I haven't had time for much stitching, but I have knocked out three ornaments, which will go to the finisher tomorrow.

Two are from Pat Mazu's "Pinwheels", which was the program for Cyberpointers during one meeting.  I did the Square and the Round.  Maybe I'll get to the little stocking one day.
I've used Watercolours #025, Neon Rays Plus #NP43, and 3 Kreiniks:  003HL, 008HL, 221.
All on ecru glitter canvas.
 


Also completed is an ornament made from 2 designs we got at a local retreat, an acorn and a pine cone.  This will be finished by folding it so they are back to back.  I hope that works out!  This is on 13 or 14-mesh, so it stitched up really fast!



Saturday, August 2, 2014

What's happening?

In case you are wondering why I haven't been posting:
We are in the process of buying a house and moving!  We are moving back to Reno for good.  I don't even know exactly when yet, but it will be within the next month or two, I think.  In the meantime, we are going back & forth and dealing with banks and trying to begin packing and de-stashing.  


I am stitching a bit, but certainly not as much as usual. I will try to get some pix the next time the sun comes out (it is monsoon season here in Las Vegas & that means it is cloudy/overcast a lot of the time), if there's a few moments available.


Please check back occasionally.  Eventually I'll get back to it.  So don't worry about these long stretches of apparent inactivity!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FMTM is finished!

 From Molehill to Mountain is finally finished.  I started this in March of 2012.  It has been a long time in the doing.  The border seemed to take forever!
I don't know when I'll get it framed, but I'll show it to you when that happens.  Could be a long time though!