Tuesday, September 24, 2013

...and another start

I was so excited to be able to finish "Autumn Leaves" so quickly, I decided that, while the iron is hot, so to speak, I might as well stay on a roll and start another canvas project.

This next one is called "Woodland Star" from Nancy's Needle.
It's 152 x 152 stitch count, done on 18ct sandstone canvas, using:
  • three (3) Caron Watercolours - Rainforest, Chianti, Seaweed
  • three (3) DMC Perle Cotton flosses - 902 Vy Dk Garnet,
    934 Black Avocado Green, 676 Dk Yellow Beige
  • one (1) Rainbow Gallery Gold Rush 18 metallic floss - Bronze
Here's a photo from the front of the packaging:

...and photos of my progress. Not too sure I'm diggin' the colors, but I'll soldier on and then decide when it's finished.

Started Saturday night and got this far....

...and here's what I accomplished while watching the Emmys: (the colors are growing on me a little more)

Sunday night's progress...

And of course, Miss Autumn insisted on showing her exciting fall activities, so here's what the Princess has been doing lately....

See how beautiful and photogenic I am??

Ahhhh....leading a dog's life couldn't be any better!
(out on the patio on Sunday)

The weather is very cool today; it was 46° this morning. Currently it's very sunny and warming up to a whopping 57. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this weather! I had an annual tune-up done on my furnace this morning, and while the repair-person was working, I dragged out the down featherbed and down comforter for my bed. So H.A.P.P.Y!

And that's it for today's activities. Hope you're all well and staying warm!

So very thankful for my little piece of heaven
out on my patio!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Another finish....

Doin' my Happy Dance! Another one finished! This is Autumn Leaves by Nancy's Needle. Bought it last January at Salty Yarns while in Ocean City, Maryland, at a stitchy get-together, and loved the colors and the design, and the fact that its theme is Autumn didn't hurt either....my favorite time of year. 

I started this at the beginning of September and finished this past Friday (20 Sept). I think this has to be the fastest I've ever stitched any project EVER! I loved working on this and the stitching went quickly, especially since it didn't involve having to look at the chart repeatedly. Once you get started with a certain stitch, you just keep going! The slowest part was making sure the colors in the overdyed strands were consistent on all 4 sides. It involved a little bit of planning in advance, and making sure I had the same lengths of floss, with the same colors, but once I had that figured out, the stitching went so quickly. Love the feeling of (almost) instant gratification!

The colors are much more rich than the photo depicts... It's really gorgeous!

Oh.... and I finally decided on Belle Soie "Buttercup" silk floss (4 strands) for the main yellow-ish background. It suits the design perfectly.

So happy to have another piece of artwork finished. I've started another canvas chart, and will have updates in the next couple of days. Stay tuned...

Thankful for the gorgeous fall weather we're having today, and for my cozy patio on which I'm stitching and enjoying every minute of this beautiful day!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My RED Snowman....

[Let me preface this post with the fact that it was written and scheduled to post over a week ago, but never did, so the weather conditions have changed considerably, so bear that in mind as you read....]

In this sweltering weather, I thought I'd share something "cool." I finished another snowman in the series by Shepherd's Bush. This is the RED snowman.

I'm currently working on the Green Snowman, but my progress is so minimal I won't bother to show it just yet.


And another "small" project I finished back in June called "Grateful Hearts" by Heart in Hand Needleart, stitched 1 over 1 on 32ct linen. The fabric color is called "Days Gone By" and the chart was published in the 1999 Just CrossStitch magazine.

Enjoying all the stitching I've been able to finish,
and hope you enjoy it, too!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Several projects to show you...

It's really pathetic how lax I've become about posting, but today I'll try to make up for it. 

First, let me say that even though it's a somber day (9/11), I want to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to my mother. She's an amazing woman and I would NOT be the person I am today without her. I love her sooooo much!

Next I have several photos of some finished/ongoing projects:

Here's my  Sherwood Garden "Stained Glass" project all finished:

...and here's another canvas-work project I've started called "Autumn Leaves" by Nancy's Needle. This is just the center area of a much larger design. The colors in this photo look exactly the way my stitched design looks so far...

However, the photo on the front of the packaging looks like this... NOT EVEN CLOSE, right???!!!!!!!  

Yes, I'm using the flosses it calls for...just goes to show you how the manufacturer never color-corrected their photo of the product to actually match the flosses.  Hence, I'm having a bugger of a time getting a yellowish-gold color to fill in the majority of the background. What the pattern calls for and what the flosses actually look like? UGH! Need to find something else....for SURE! Stay tuned for my solution.

And here's another very tiny project called "Seahorse Fob and Scissors Kit" by The Heart's Content (Maureen Appleton). I've always admired this beautiful project and finally found the entire kit in a store called "Threads" near Lancaster, PA while visiting a friend. AND it was on sale, so I just couldn't resist! Here's a photo of what it will look like when finished: (click photo for a larger view)

The kit comes complete with chart, flosses, fabric, scissors, beads, and a complete tutorial of how to make the tassles. The worst part will be completing the entire background surrounding the seahorse in grey. Can you say tedious? ...and here's my progress so far. (the quarter shows size relativity)

I'm stitching it 1 over 1 on 32ct linen and I'm really lovin' how it looks!

So in a nutshell, that's what I've been working on...

Happy Birthday to my Mother!!!!