Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Starts

This year our EGA Chapter has a needlepoint SAL and a cross stitch SAL.  We had Kathy Rees from Needle Delights Originals come last year and speak to our Chapter.  Since she has so many beautiful projects and brought kits for everything (she was on her way to market), the needlepoint SAL was member choice of any Kathy Rees projects.  I chose Color Delights Rainbow.  I started on July 12th and finished on August 9th which is a super quick stitch for me.  The called for Vineyard Silks were used.  It was a fun stitch and there is plenty of silk left over to use in another project.  If you're a cross stitcher this type of counted needlepoint is a perfect project.
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For the linen SAL, we chose a specific project from Amy Mittens 80 Days Around the World projects she is releasing this year.  We chose Excursion #1 Scotland.   I ordered the chart and threads preferring to select my own linen (which is 32 count Vintage Pearled Barley from Lakeside).  I started this right in January and later set it down to work on Shores of Hawk Run.  I'll be picking this up again soon.    I love that this sampler includes personalizing it with family members initials and I've enjoyed stitching this to date.  What I have left is fairly densely stitched so lots more to go!
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I've not stitched with Amy's silks before.  The colors are beautiful and seems to have a lot of twist to them.  You can see it in the photo below.  This project also uses some couched chenille for the grass and steps of a house that is yet to be stitched in on my project.  That's going to be new for me!
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With the prior post, that mostly brings everyone up to date on what I've been working on stitching wise this year.  It seems I've been doing more stitching than anything else.   What are you working on?  I'll be back again soon, I hope all your stitches are happy ones!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sound of Silence

Is anyone still out there?  I didn't mean to be gone so long.  Truth be told, I thought about blogging almost every weekend but never seemed to put the thought into action.  But I did this weekend!

Just because I've been gone does not mean I haven't been stitching, knitting or sewing.  I have been!  Working on finding my sewing mojo which seemed to disappear year before last.  Knitting some here and there.  I'm having numbness/tingling/pain in my hands and knitting aggravates it the worst.  I have been doing more stitching than anything and today I wanted to update you on my progress on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  This has been a focus project for me this year as it is on my WIP Challenge list with my EGA chapter (our Facebook page is here) and I have the maximum pledge placed.  September of 2013 was my last blog post about this project. It's time to get this one finished!

This block was a pretty quick stitch for me.  I outlined the house first so when I needed mindless stitching, I was prepped for it.  I really like the trees on this one too.
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Super fast though there is a counting mistake somewhere in the bottle.  Can you find it?  Me either!
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We don't talk about how many times I stitched that row of fish.  Four.  Counting is not overrated.  And yes, it would have been obvious that there was a problem.  I would have left it as it was if not.
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 Probably my least favorite block, though I do love the butterflies.  To me it looks like a peacock on a piling in the water.  A peacock!  
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And this is the block that sloooooowed it all way down.  The dreaded double bock with only a few colors and lots of big blocks of stitching.  In hindsight, I should have just started another block and worked on it like you do a border - a little bit here and there and eventually it would get done.  You can see more of the entire project in this picture as well.   I have just one block left!  It's the one to the right of the ship.  It's another densely stitched block and is in many of the same colors as the ship.  I just couldn't face it right after the big block so I decided to leave it for last.  You can see a peek off to the right of my start and there isn't much more done than what you see.  
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I have had two starts this year too.  Both of them are EGA chapter Stitch-a-Longs.  One I started in January and the other I started last weekend.  I'll save them for another post since I don't have pictures one of them yet.

Even though I haven't posted here on the blog (I have been posting here and there on my Instagram page), I am still reading your blogs and you continue to inspire me every single day!    I can't tell you how much I appreciate that.  Wishing you all happy stitches!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Three Months?

I was so surprised to see that it's been over three months since I posted on my blog.  We can't have that!  Lots has been going on - vacation, work, blah, blah, blah.  Let's move on!

I did get just a little bit of needle oriented type stuff done.  This is little cardigan - I think it came out about a size 2T.  Yarn was the wrong weight so I knit the larger size on smaller needles with the intention of getting the small size.  It will fit some toddler one day!  Interesting construction.  I've never done a flat raglan (is that even the right term).  Regardless, it was new to me!
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Entrechat by Lisa Chemery
US Size 7 Needles
Tanis Fiber ArtsYellow Label
Lemongrass colorway

I've also made some progress of Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs.  This is the final block.  I'm in the midst of planning all the personalizations and hope to stitch them soon.  Lots of trying to figure out placement and over 1.  I hope I can finish this up this year.  Who knows?  I have a block (March) that I'm pretty sure I don't have any family birthdays or anniversaries to honor so I need to figure that out too.   Not a great photo but you get the idea!  

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I hope you all are having a good week!  Even though I haven't been blogging, I have been reading blogs.  Thank you for the inspiration!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Remember Me

I've picked up Anniversaries of the Heart and made some progress on it, finishing the December block.  This project is on my guild's WIP Challenge List and I really hope to finish it this year.  I still have to finish that last double block, I've made a good start on it, and plan out and stitch all the personalization for each block.  So I have quite a bit to complete yet.  This block will be dedicated to my almost 83 year old Dad as December is his birth month- just have to plan it all out.
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Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs
Remember Me (December block)
Called for threads with minor substitutions
36 count Lakeside Linen in Vintage Light Examplar

I've been knitting too but don't have anything to show.  I'm actually contemplating ripping out half of an almost finished project.  Still pondering that one.

I hope you all are having a good week!  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Framed!

I picked up two framed pieces last weekend that I wanted to share with you.  Hard to take photos of glassed pieces but you get the idea.

What drew me to Sarah Elizabeth Brooke by The Scarlet House was the verse and the border.  Really enjoyed stitching this one.  The variety in the motifs really kept my interest. 
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Sarah Elizabeth Brooke 1842
Reproduction by The Scarlet House
40 count Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar
Belle Soie (substituted the color Mer for the urns - thank you Mel for the suggestion!)

Close up of the frame
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Sarah Seifer is a much smaller piece and I chose a bit of a chunkier frame for it.  I love the tree and snake on this one along with the angels.
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Sarah Seifer
The Goode Huswife
36 Count Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar
Conversion to NPI
Mods - Left the trombone's off the Angels

A close up of the frame
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Both of these were started in January of 2014 and finished up in 2014.  I don't stitch anything fast so I was especially pleased to have these framed and on the wall.  

I have a couple of new knitting projects in the works and I've picked up Anniversaries of the Heart again.  I hope to have a little something to show you soon!

We also have been on vacation since my last post - we made a quick stop at Eat. Sleep, Knit along the way.  Great yarn shop and a great vacation!  It's always great to get away and re-charge. 

Hope you've all had a great weekend!  See you next time!