Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Smalls SAL post

My July small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.
This is a blackwork pattern called "Flowers and Poetry" by Hardcore StitchCorps on Etsy. I have this sitting in the bookcase that houses my shelf of poetry books.

The only change I made was to add the name of the poet: this quote is from Carl Sandburg's 38 definitions of poetry.

I'm very glad I got this done earlier this month, because between eye strain and a sciatica flare-up, I've gotten zero stitching done since last week. :(

Other smalls completed this month:
- The Sheep Peddler - Let Freedom Ring by Needle Bling Designs
- Joyful World SAL 'June' by The Snowflower Diaries

I also finish-finished my June small.
I got an 8x8 shadow box and some scrapbooking paper, and used some ribbon and pins I already had. This was my first attempt to mount stitching on foam board, and...well, I'll do better next time. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I finally finished Joyful World "June":
It took FOREVER.

I've also finally made progress on the Japanese Hiragana Sampler:
I have had to frog SO MUCH that working on this has felt like one step forward, two steps back. Argh. I'm about a third done now, though. I persevere because I know I'm really going to like it when it's finished. (The colors don't look exactly quite right here - the fabric is more of a denim-blue color, the lighter thread color is white, and the darker thread color is not quite so dark of a beige.)

Friday, July 8, 2016

July Goals

I know I'm already behind on commenting & replying to comments, but I'm getting all tied up in angsty knots about both personal (minor) and current (WTF, everybody) events, so I'm going to cope by talking about stitching.

I didn't set any stitchy goals for May or June, though I did manage to make progress on things I want to get done, for the most part. But I feel like I'm losing momentum on a couple of things, so, stitchy goals for July:
  1. Stitch something for the Smalls SAL Stitched AND framed.
  2. Complete Joyful World SAL "June" FINALLY omg.
  3. Complete Joyful World SAL "July"
    For some reason I've decided I want to catch up, and at least complete each month before the month is over. IDK. Well, it's July 22 now and I haven't even started. So. This is not happening.
  4. Make progress on Happy Halloween Having a stitch-along with a friend tomorrow (Saturday), plan to work on this. & Village Square Once I finished "June" I decided I NEEDED to work on something besides Joyful World. Was lovely to pick up Village Square again.
  5. Start this as my next travel/take-to-work project: Started, but can't take it to work anymore. The fabric I'm using requires BRIGHT direct light, preferably sunlight. Ugh. So I need to kit up another take-to-work project. :(
Japanese Hiragana Sampler by Modern Folk Embroidery

I'm going to stitch it on a hand-dyed lightish blue fabric, with white characters and maaaaaaybe dark blue flowers/flower bands.

How is everyone else doing? Hanging in there?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I need a nap.

Took a road trip on Saturday to a little needlework (and quilting) shop a few hours away, and got a few things. Then I was sick as a dog, so I spent the last few days stitching one of those things:
This is "The Sheep Peddler - Let Freedom Ring" by Needle Bling Designs. I stitched it on 32 ct Pearl Gray linen, with GAST, Classic Colorworks, and DMC threads. I'm on the fence about the sheep's zombie-ish eyes.

And now I'm going to try to work. Or maybe curl up under my desk and sleep. Bleh.


Between work, stress, and sore hands/wrists, I am not getting much stitching done lately. I'm working on the next square of "Frolic...