Monday, May 30, 2016

Last finish for May, & progress

I finished the Joyful World SAL "April":
I ended up making a couple of small adjustments - after stitching the purple flowers I decided they looked like lilacs, my favorite Spring flower, so I left off the yellow centers and swapped out a yellow flower that was supposed to be at the bottom left for more lilacs. I also shortened the bunny's neck by a row and made her face less round. I like the way it turned out!

And since I finished it, I got to start Ink Circles "Village Square."
I'm stitching it on an Under the Sea fabric called As You Wish, with the charted Gloriana silk.

(Let us not speak of what a pain that silk was when I first started with it. I think I've got it under control now, but initially...I was not a happy camper.)

Lastly, I've made some progress on Happy Halloween:
I really like this one, it's a lot of fun to stitch.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Smalls SAL post

My May small for the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

I stitched and finished the cover design from the What Delilah Did Secret Garden Embroidery book.

It's a pincushion! I used some obnoxiously stiff cross stitch linen for the middle piece of fabric (goes between the back of the design and the filling), backed it with a scrap of reddish fabric, and filled it with aquarium sand.

This was my first time using a sewing machine in...oh, 20 years? And I was never great at sewing to begin with. But even though it's lumpy and misshapen, I love it! My first sewn finish! Yay!

Only one other small finished so far this month:
I hope to finish the Joyful World SAL "April" before the month is out, but I'm not sure I'll have time. And I'm not letting myself start another project until that's done! Even though I'm dying to start the Ink Circles "Village Square." *twitch*

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finishes, & a free L&L pattern on offer

Two finishes:

"Tall Oaks":
I started this in January of this year, and am deeply impressed that I finished it so quickly. Well, quickly for me. I have always had a hard time with bigger patterns - I get bored/impatient halfway through, and stall. But this time I stuck to my stitching goals and kept moving on it.

I need to wash it before I take it to be framed; I'm super nervous to do that, but there's a smudge that goes right across the top of the design so there's no getting around it. 

And my May the 4th start, "The Force Awakens" by bertaMOMO on Etsy:
It's meant to have the movie title along the bottom, but I opted to leave it off. I used an old piece of 32 count fabric, "Blue Wing" by Wichelt. I like how it turned out.

The "Blue Wing" fabric was originally intended to be used for the Lavender & Lace pattern "Angel of the Sea," but I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'm never going to stitch it. :( It's a beautiful pattern, though. so if anyone would like it, I'm happy to share it on. The package has been opened, but the pattern is unused and damage-free. No cost, and I'll even spring for postage. Has been sent along to its new stitcher!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WIPs and soon-to-be WIPs

Tall Oaks as of the end of April:
Top row finished! All I have left now is the roots of the tree, and my son's name & birth date. I expect to have the stitching done this month. :D

Progress on Happy Halloween:

I initially thought I'd try completing individual boxes at a time, but I find it's more enjoyable to bounce around sometimes. As long as I make steady progress, right?

New start:

The pattern is "The Force Awakens" by bertaMOMO on Etsy; I'm starting it today for the StitchMaynia FB "May the Fourth" SAL event...thingie.

After I finish Tall Oaks, I was intending to start Woolen Sheep...

...but then I joined the Under the Sea Fabric of the Month thing and the fabric I got for April would look SO AMAZING for this Ink Circles pattern...

"Village Square" by Ink Circles
...and I even have the floss for it (I'm going to try silk! Bit nervous about that actually...). So the sheep may get bumped.

I'm still determined to start this one after either Woolen Sheep or Village Square:

"The First 'Angel of Light'" by Lavender & Lace
...again largely because I love the fabric I have for it (is it weird to be motivated by having the perfect fabric for a pattern?).

And then I may go ahead and keep a holiday-themed project in my WIP rotation, and after I finish Happy Halloween start this one:

I did not intend to buy this. But as soon as I saw it, all sorts of lovely memories of spending Christmas 2014 in Germany with my son flooded in. So I'll stitch this with the German "Weihnachtsmarkt" on the white sign. The pattern is by CuoreeBatticuore on Etsy.

Other WIPs:
  • I meant to start on the Joyful World SAL "April" last month but didn't. I will get to it this month, though.
  • Started a little snowman design kit; it's a cute, easy project, even though I'm making some changes to it.

A FFO and stuff

I actually finished a thing: Jumbled Summer by Pine Mountain Designs. It comes as a finished pillow cover with the stitchable panel; I co...