Lest you think I forgot about our tree, I did make two stitched ornaments and one papercraft ornament for our tree.
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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Again, these were gifts so I had to wait to post about them.
This first one is a Foxwood Crossings Design called Snow Grateful and is designed to fit on these sleds, also by Foxwood Crossings. It is worked with DMC floss on 14 count brown perforated paper.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
These were gifts I made for friends so I could not post about them until after Christmas!
Monday, December 28, 2020
While 2020 was a pain of a year, my family did have some good news! In February, my niece and her husband adopted a beautiful one month old boy named Eli. This of course required a first Christmas ornament of some sort!
I found a Baby's first Christmas ornament in the 2016 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue and adapted the original design by Frony Ritter to fit my needs.
I changed the word Baby's to Eli's. I made the buggy blue, I added the year, added extra red seed beads and I changed the teddy bear into an elephant, because I have seen many photos of him with an elephant!
The finished ornament is 4 inches square and I made it into a flat fold. I used some cute Santa face fabric for the back.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
While stitching is my main love, I also dabble in papercrafts. Here are some holiday cards I made this year.
Now get ready for stitching posts every day for the rest of the year.
Be sure to check back! :)
Saturday, December 26, 2020
I put in the final border squares (center left and center right) along with some divider lines on the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) 2020 Stitch of the Month (SOTM).
The design is by Kathy Rees and is 8" square. Previous posts on the topic provide more information.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
I finished the November portion of the American Needlepoint Guild's 2020 Stitch of the Month.
The upper right and lower left corners are the November Stitch and it is called the Hungarian Stitch.
That about covers it for now! Happy Stitching everyone.
Monday, November 2, 2020
Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine had a year long project in 2012 that I fell in love with.
I started in May of 2012 and got this far by August of 2012. I am working on the final section of Part 2 and probably a little over half of the entire sampler is done. However, part three has a LOT of stitched area and not very much open space, so while I may be over half way down the fabric, there could be more than half the stitches still to go! I hope that made sense.
When I finished the Maria Antoni Sampler, I decided to start this one back up.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
I am finished with this sampler. I made a few changes, but am happy with it so that is how it will stay!!
Many of the areas in the lower third called for long arm cross, but there were areas with a lot of color change and I just could not get the hang of the stitch, so I did regular cross stitch.
Also, there is some other lettering and numbers under her name, but I could not figure out what they said and left them out. I did put my initials and the year in an empty space to the right of the tree.
I started this at a Sampler Guild of the Rockies Retreat in 2015. All I got done then was the black and yellow stitches in the motif at the upper left. I picked the project back up in April of this year and have worked on it most evenings since. Finishing it on October 24. It is 12.5" x 17" on 36 count linen and uses Soie d' alger silks.
Now on to other projects. This is one plus of being retired during a pandemic, I am getting a TON of stitching done and I try to look on the bright side.
Friday, October 23, 2020
I finished the October sections for the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) 2020 Stitch of the Month.
October is the top and bottom middle sections, called the Willow stitch. Next month we finish the corners.
In case I forgot to mention it, the September stitch is a Diamond Pavilion.
I have been working on Christmas stitching, but can't show those in case the recievers read my blog!
That about covers it for now!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I was going through my finishing supplies and found a 6 inch finishing form. Wondering what I could use it for, I went into my box of finished, unfinished items. Those are projects for which the stitching has been completed, but they have not been finished into anything (framed, pillow, bell pull, etc.).
I found this piece called Hey Diddle, Diddle, which I completed in 2010! It is from the Sept/Oct. 2003 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine and had a companion piece in the Nov/Dec issue of a reindeer hopping over a Christmas tree.
More information in this post from the past.
Monday, October 19, 2020
I have been making pretty good progress and I am close to being done. I did make one change. On approximately the lower third, it called for the long armed cross stitch for all. I am ok with long stretches of this stitch, but the design had individual elements using this stitch, changing colors etc. So, to save my sanity, I did these in regular cross stitch.
I took this picture at the end of my stitching day on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
Monday, September 7, 2020
My local bead club decided to try a zoom meeting and suggested a project to work on. It was fun and more of a get together to chat and bead than a learning class. We all worked on the same project. This was the first time zoom was attempted and it looks like the club will keep it up as an open beading event twice a week.
The project we worked on was 3D Peyote Squares by Kelly Dale of Off the Beaded Path. It was a lot of fun and as you can see I did quite a few and played around with colors a little. I made them into earrings and a necklace! This project used No. 11 Delicas.
I also have an update on the Maria Antoni Sampler, progress as of August 26:
Sunday, August 16, 2020
I started the American Needlepoint Guild's (ANG) 2020 Stitch of the Month (SOTM) a bit late, but I am catching up fast - the section I am working on is July. August finishes off the star and then we proceed to the back ground. It is on 12"x 12" stretcher bars.
The original is in red and blue with a cream background. I LOVE that look, but did not have the stuff in my stash. So I found two watercolors (Mountain Meadow - it has green in it) and Apple Blossom (pinks and yellows) and went from there. I had most of the type of thread called for except a good silk lame, so I am using Splendor instead. I also only had one good Neon Rays plus and am using regular Neon Rays.
The star point at upper left (kind of 10 o'clock) which is mostly pink has a small error, I accidentally used the Mountain Meadow, so it now has some green. But I figured it out after I did the last stitch and I liked the look. So, it is staying in!
Also I had a devil of a time marking the canvas. This is side two, so when I put that diagonal line in the wrong place it has to stay since I have no more canvas!! It will be covered by background anyway, so I think I am good. I also noticed I missed on one star point, but it should get covered up with background and I think we are putting in a dividing line between the star points and the background. If so, that will help too!
I have been reading in the evenings and have not picked up the Marie Antoni Sampler, so no update.
That about covers it here from HOT Arizona. Take care all!!
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
|The Mysterious Affair at Styles|
|The Secret Adversary|
|Murder on the Links|
|The Man in the Brown Suit|
|The Secret of Chimneys|
|The Murder of Roger Ackroyd|
|The Big Four|
|The Mystery of the Blue Train|
|The Seven Dials Mystery|
|Partners in Crime (SS)|
|The Mysterious Mr. Quin (SS)|
|The Murder at the Vicarage|
|Murder at Hazelmoor|
|Peril at End House|
|The Tuesday Club Murders (SS)|
|Thirteen at Dinner|
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The chart for the section at lower right was a bear to read, I had to use the color photo of the sampler to figure it out. But it is FINALLY finished! Now on to the pretty flowers.
That is all for now, take care everyone!!
Monday, June 8, 2020
|Lost Among the Angels||Alice Duncan|
|Angels Flight||Alice Duncan|
|Fallen Angels||Alice Duncan|
|Angels of Mercy||Alice Duncan|
|Thanksgiving Angels||Alice Duncan|
|Scraps of Paper||Kathryn Meyer Grifith|
|Owl Be Home for Christmas||Donna Andrews|
|Love & Death Among the Cheetahs||Rhys Bowen|
|The Victory Garden||Rhys Bowen|
|What Child is This||Rhys Bowen|
|Above the Bay of Angels||Rhys Bowen|
|A View to Die For||Richard Houston|
|Christmas Bells||Jennifer Chiaverini|
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
I also finished a project done last year by my Saguaro Chapter of ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). I attached the stitching and fabric to a finishing form which helps keep it nice and round.
I also finished a 2" square practice piece into a pin. It is designed by Catherine Jordan and was a Cyber course. We made the small square first to practice making a larger piece that consists of multiples of this square. It is call My Granddaughters quilt and the idea is for it to look like a quilt top when done.
Tomorrow I will have a post on the progress I have made on the Maria Antoni sampler, which is what I have been working on in the evenings. My goal is to post an update on this sampler every Monday until it is finished, so stay tuned!!