Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Row Finish for Wind Moon and Much, Much More

Hello Kindreds,

This row took me forever to complete, mainly because I started Generations in the middle of it, then made "Welcome Friends" for a wedding gift, then made two Christmas stockings.  So I was a little bit distracted. But here it is, 6 and a half pages of Wind Moon done, completing row 3.  Her lovely face is finished as well as the bulk of her hair, and in the next row I start on her wings and her beautiful, beautiful dress.

She doesn't look so stark in real life, she's very lush.  I tend to have these row finishes very late at night - it's just coming up to 2 in the morning, and I think the light I use to lay the work under is very bright, which leads to the starkness.  But I can tell you, she is very lovely up close.

As I mentioned, I made a wedding present, "Welcome Friends" for friends of ours whom we will be staying with in Scotland, but for our lovely hosts in England, I made stockings for their two children.

I wanted to have a snow motif that connected the two, so, with the help of a dear friend who sewed these for me, we picked out the fabric you see below.  Alice's stocking is backed with a grey/blue velvet with a blue polka dot tulle over top (the polka dots symbolizing snowflakes). Monty's stocking is a red velvet backing with these adorable cotton balls that look like snowflakes that line the seam of the stocking.  The inside is lined with a pale blue polka dot cotton fabric. I think they turned out perfectly.  I hope they like them!!

We just had our summer fair and I entered Adrift, Meeting on the Turret Stairs and Welcome Friends. It was the first time I've ever entered any of my work into a fair and guess what? I won all categories, with Adrift taking home the best in division.

This is a terrible photo, because she was laying flat on a table and the lights were directly above her, which makes her look really red, but also puts some strange circles on the piece.  But this is what I saw when I went through the fair on the day before it closed.

People were really amazed and I felt really proud bringing home those ribbons and cash prize (A whopping $9)  It's nice to be able to show people what cross stitch is capable of being.

I'm on my way to England and Scotland this Friday and I haven't decided what to take with me.  I bought a little HaED quick stitch, so I'm either going to take that or Generations, which I haven't worked on in ages and I need to get cracking on that.  I guess it will come down to the night before and how much room I have in my carry on as to what I will take. I hear the weather has cooled there, thank goodness, so it seems the perfect time to travel.

Happy stitching to you all and I'll see you all when I get back, at the end of September.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Back from the Framers

I bet you think I've fallen off the face of the earth, haven't you? But I've actually been busy stitching like mad.

First off, I FINALLY got around to framing Meeting on the Turret Stairs.  This was surprisingly hard to frame, because how I envisioned it in my head just didn't seem to work.  I was planning on using a mottled matting in browns to compliment the castle walls, but it just didn't work.  So in the end I chose a very, very dark plum, almost black. I felt it brought the shadows to the foreground and showcased the piece in the best light. 

I had to take the photo on an angle, because of the reflection, but this was the best shot out of all of them.  I'm really happy at the end result and I will hang her on my wall tonight. 

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I'm going to England and Scotland in September. I'm so beyond excited for this trip.  We are staying with a couple of friends in England and I'm making Christmas stockings for their two children, they aren't quite finished yet, but I hope to have something to show you by the end of the month.  And the couple that we are staying with in Scotland are friends who we met on our first cruise and have stayed friends with.  They visited us here in Canada and now it's our turn to visit them.  They got married back in May, so I when I saw someone stitching this pattern, I knew it would make a perfect gift.  Thanks to Amazon.com and their 24 hour delivery, I got it.  I changed up the fabric to an 18 count Aida with a sparkle running through it, and stitched this up in one month.  For the matting I chose an emerald green. 

This is Friends Welcome (In Gaelic)  I think it will make a perfect wedding present for them and I can't wait to give it to them.

The sparkle in the fabric doesn't really show, but trust me, it makes a delightful little addition to the piece.

Because I've been busy making this and the stockings, I've had no time to work on my HaED's, although I did get about three pages of Wind Moon completed and I'll post a photo when I have a row completed. I've finished stitching her beautiful face and it does not disappoint. I'll be back to working on my HaED's after my trip and will hopefully have something to show off in October sometime. Until then, this blog might be a bit quiet. 

I'll, of course, post photos of the stockings when they are complete. 

I hope you are all having a lovely summer and I hope to touch base with you all soon!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Page 1 of Generations (Mini) is Complete

Started March 19th and finished April 30th.  Due to work, and reno's that were going on, this page took me more time than it usually does, but I'm absolutely loving the results so far.  The urge to just keep stitching this when I got to the end of my page was so strong, I literally had to MAKE myself put it away and put out long ignored Wind Moon. With reno's complete, I'm now able to dedicate some good hours to my projects, so I'm hoping it won't be a month and a bit until my next update. 
Fingers crossed.

It's just a small update right now, because my office is still the storage area for all of the furniture while we were doing reno's and it's really cramped in here, and my chair is tilted a very strange angle, so I'll close this very small update and confirm that yes, I am still alive and I will see you all very shortly.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Meeting on the Turret Stairs (mini) is Complete

Completed on March 17th. Note, it had just come off the Q-snaps when I took this photo, so this is why you see a slight wave in the piece.  This was my first mini and I was a bit dubious as to how much detail would be lost on one, but when it came down to it, the only place I really noticed was on the hand that grasped in the knights embrace.  Other than that I was really happy with the detail.  I remember seeing a photo of a mini Adrift and I really couldn't tell the difference between them.

I'll be taking her to get framed in a few weeks and will post a photo of her ready to be hung on my wall.

A while back I decided to take the time to label where in my cabinet my DMC threat sits. This was an arduous procedure, as I, being to darn fussy for my own good, decided that I needed to cut each label down to size and put a border on it.  The reason why I did this was I noticed when it came to changing floss for projects, and as I usually have 2 projects going at the same time, that it was hard to determine where my floss went, without putting all of floss back from both projects and then pulling them again for the old project and the new.  This was time consuming and a big fat PITA, so I took the time to label my spaces.  What a difference it made! I was able to pop all of my threats from Turret Stairs back within minutes and pull the threads I need for my new project.

New project, you ask?   Why yes, I do have one lined up.  My next project will be another mini. Generations, by Laura Prindle.  I plan on hanging this one in my office at work,  when I'm done.
I think it's stunning and the polar opposite of Wind Moon, both in colour and size. 

So there you have it.  That's all my news I have for you at this time.

Happy stitching, kindred's.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

First Page Finish of the Year

Meeting on the Turret Stairs pages 8 and 9.

That's a row finish. I'm now 79% done this project. I only have 3 partial pages left, about 3/4 of a page each. The end is in sight.  It's funny, because as I was stitching the last page, I was wondering why the knight had one slim grey leg and one fat beige leg.  It wasn't 'til I was done and had a photo of my work that I could see that the beige fat leg was actually part of the pillar of the turret.  Sometimes when I'm working on a HaED, the pattern doesn't make sense to me, but I just trust it and carry on.  It eventually makes sense.  

AND I will be continuing to work on this, as Wind Moon is currently at a friend's house, a talented, talented seamstress, who is making me a carrying case for my huge Quantum frame, so I can transport Wind Moon easily to Stitch-n-Bitch on Sundays. She's making me a case that I can sling over my shoulder.  I will, of course, brag  share with you all when I finally get it.

I haven't been stitching as much as I normally do, as I have discovered the wonderful world of Assassins Creed, and have been traveling through London, circa 1869 and killing blighters.  It's seriously digging into my stitching time, but I can't help it. I've never played video games before, other than Mahjong and Tetris.  It's pretty fun, but the graphics are fantastic. I often forget to do my mission and I just wander aimlessly through the game looking at the sights, which makes me the worst gamer ever. But the shiny will soon wear off and I will be back to my project soon enough.

I promise the stitching bug will bite again, but updates may be slower than usual.

I may just blaze through these next three pages, so hopefully the next update will be a project finish. That's the plan, anyway.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

My Epic Last Post of 2017

This will be the last post of 2017.  What a year I had, stitching wise.  As I'm now back to working full time hours, my stitching time has decreased dramatically, so I doubt I'll ever have as good of a year as 2016 and 2017, as I was, for lack of a better word, a machine.  But I will continue to just plug along with my projects and keep on keeping on.

For my past post I have an update on Wind Moon.  I had wanted to have 2 pages to show you, but alas, I ran out of time and I will not get this page done by the New Year, so I must admit defeat. 

Also, for ease of project, I'll take photos of the page finish with Wind Moon, but I'm only going to take her out of the frame when I have a row finish.  I think it will give it more of a oomph at the completing of a row anyway.  Worth the wait? Let me know if it isn't.

So here is Page 15 of Wind Moon. Like I said, I rushed forward to try and complete page 16, so about half of page 16 is done, but as it's not a complete page, I won't count it.

Not much to see, and kind of a boring update, but there you go.

Now for the really pretty reveal.  Remember the Snow stocking I did?  Well here it is, all stitched up.  I sent her off at the beginning of the month and the little girl I gave it to was able to enjoy her new stocking for Christmas.

She was beautifully sewn by my friend, Arwen.  We used a grey satin base and used a chiffon overlay that had sparkles sewn in to the fabric.  The result was stunning.  I think of all of my stockings, this is the one I'm the most proud of. 

I thought I'd share with you my page finishes for the year.  I don't know how many of you are on Facebook, but I belong to a group called 2017 HAED sal page count (now renamed to 2018) and I just edit my page finishes into the document that they have set up on their page.

For 2017 I had a whopping 28 page finishes.  Not all of these were full pages, but I kept track of the stitches per page. 

Page 33, 7315 stitches
Page 34, 7410 stitches
Page 35, (Partial) 1140 stitches
Project complete

Snow Stocking
Page 8 (Partial) 2583 stitches
Page 9 (Partial) 2782 stitches
Page 10 (Partial) 997 stitches
Completed January 15, 2017

Meeting on the Turret Stairs (Mini)
Page 1, 7840 stitches
Page 2, 7546 stitches
Page 3, 6764 stitches
Page 4, 7600 stitches
Page 5, 7315 stitches
Page 6, 6460 stitches
Page 7, 7600 stitches

Wind Moon
Page 1, 7040 stitches
Page 2, 7546 stitches
Page 3, 7546 stitches
Page 4, 7546 stitches
Page 5, 7546 stitches
Page 6, 7546 stitches
Page 7, 5782 stitches (partial)
Page 8, 7600 stitches
Page 9, 7315 stitches
Page 10, 7315 stitches
Page 11, 7315 stitches
Page 12, 7315 stitches
Page 13, 7315 stitches
Page 14: 5605 stitches (partial)
Page 15: 7600 stitches

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty darn impressed with myself.  When it comes to the year end, it doesn't feel like I've stitched this much, but here it is, in black and white.  For pictures and posts, just hit the 2017 tag and it will take you through my 2017 posts.

Well that's about everything, my kindred spirits.  As 2017 comes to a close, it's with eager anticipation for what 2018 will bring.

Thanks for being a part of my cross stitch journey and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful projects in 2018! Until then! 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Meeting on the Turret Stairs, Page 7 is Done

7600 Stitches started October 26 and finished November 13th.  I'm 62% complete. 
I'm sorry this wasn't the clearest photo, I was holding it up by hand in not the best light while trying to avoid a cockatoo on the floor hell bent on biting my feet.  Apologies if it's a bit blurry. I had to be very quick and satisfied with whatever I captured.

I only have two more full pages and then 3 partial pages and this project is done.  I'm super happy with the quality of the mini and I will probably do Mini's from here on in. It's the only feasible way I will be able to stitch even half of the projects on my wish list. 

I can say without hesitation that I am absolutely done with Aida.  I find it so stiff and hard to pull my needle through, not to mention the thread I've wasted because of the fraying. I also find my hand and fingers get more tired working with Aida. So yeah, I'm done.  I just wish that Lugana did 20 count magic guide, because it's so convenient to just put your fabric into the Q-Snaps, or on to the frame and just start stitching.  I'm back to Wind Moon for a page, but I'll probably spend a good 2 hours gridding tonight, as I prefer to grid the entire row. But gridding by hand, I have to say that nothing beats Sulky Silver. That stuff is awesome.  It's so petite that you can't see where your grid was, which is something that the thicker red plastic grid would sometimes do.

Anyway, I'm glad to be back on Wind Moon for a few weeks, to give my poor, aching hands a rest, if nothing else.