Friday, February 27, 2015

Jim's Cookbook Addition

We decided that Jim's Cookbook needed a matching spine.  So I did that this week.  It went quickly, I think I only worked on it 2 days.

I'm still working on the other secret project and it is taking longer than I anticipated.  Of course.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jim's Cookbook

One secret revealed!  My husband is taking cooking classes and has started a notebook.  He is on his way home today from a week long business trip and I have spent the week stitching a slip-in cover for his cooking notebook:

This is cross stitch (yeah I know) on perforated paper.  The paper is a rust color.  I used an overdyed floss for the lettering and all the rest is regular floss.  All of the elements came from various books and online sources.  The only thing I actually designed, besides the layout, was the chef's hat!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Yes, I'm stitching!

Good morning!  Yes, I am stitching but I can't show you yet. I'm working on two secret projects. Both are gifts and I don't want the recipients to see!
One is a small project and I hope to have it finished by the end of next week. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Purrfect Spring

This is a painted canvas (OMG! ) called Purrfect Spring by Dee Ross.  I purchased the canvas several years ago from one of the destash sites.  It came with lots of threads too!

Last month I decided to use this canvas to participate in Stitcherie's 2015 Stitching Games.
For January, I did the green leaves at the top in #5 pearl cotton.  
For February, I stitched the brown kitty.  There wasn't any thread in the bag that came with that seemed right, so I used some Appleton tapestry wool from stash.  Awful stuff!  I would never use it for anything but animal fur - it is very coarse and inconsistent in thickness, and a bit hairy, but it did brush up nice which doesn't show in the photo.  That said, it is very old and newer Appleton may be better, I don't know.

Progress to date:

P.S.  Did you notice I finally got the new picture up for my header?!!  Now that I know how to do it, maybe I can change it with the seasons.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

American Beauty Rose, Progress 3

The only real needlepoint I've worked on for months, is my rose.  Well, it's Debbie Rowley's design, but my colors.  It is beginning to look like a rose!  This is a fun piece to work on.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting back to normal

Unpacking and organizing continues, but we have made great progress.  I now have a studio, but it is not organized and I can't find anything!  

I still haven't figured out how to change the header photo.

I have been stitching more, so I will try to post a little more regularly, once a week for now.

Frequently I have wanted something small and simple to work on, so I started a Mill Hill kit, Sapphire by Jim Shorr.  She is ready for beads, but I haven't found my bead buddy yet!  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Moving update

We are moved, but unpacking will take forever!  This is the view from the breakfast nook of our new home.  I will use this photo as my header when I figure out how to change it!
Still no stitching being done, but eventually I will have a nice big studio.