If you love photos of completed cross stitches, you've come to the right place. Here you will find several years worth of my completions including a healthy dose of Mirabilia among a few other designers.

Dec 18, 2014

RED Week 3

I'm really getting somewhere now, it is starting to look like something.  The beads really make it sparkle irl.  I will work on it for one more week before switching to my next focus piece.

I don't care for all the light color of the fabric showing through between the darker colored stitches but I have tried stitching on 32 count fabric and I don't like how lumpy my stitches look on it, not to mention the beads getting crowded so I will stick with 28 count and deal with it.  I think it is only noticeable real close up and once the dress is stitched, I don't think it will be as noticeable.

Another thing I wanted to share with you is a new stitching stand that I received early as a xmas present.  I just learned about it on Saturday, ordered it the same day and it is already sitting in my livingroom.  It is from Judy Odell, the designer, and it is very affordable (she is having a special until Dec. 24th which is why I wanted to get this out there right away).  The special price is $120 plus shipping.  It got here quick too.  It was easy to assemble and looks beautiful in my livingroom plus it holds my needlework nicely.  Judy Odell has a facebook group called Just a Thought where you can learn more about it.  She also has a webpage (can't think of it right now so just google "just a thought needlework stand").  I will post pics next week.

In case I don't have another post before xmas, I want to wish you all a merry xmas and tell you thanks for reading my blog and leaving me such encouraging comments; I really appreciate each and every one.


Dec 16, 2014

Graduation

My oldest daughter who turned 28 today also graduated with 2 bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University today.

Dec 11, 2014

RED Week 2

I am making good progress, she now has a face.  This piece is starting to take shape but it is still a little choppy.  This week I will fill in some of these areas and add beads.

I got the fabric for "At the Met" ready but I don't plan to start it until Christmas day. The fabric is called "Aphrodite" by Polstitches.

As a side note: wouldn't a Cleopatra from Nora be phenomenal?  That is what I wish for, decked out with jewels and a gold gown.

Dec 4, 2014

RED Week 1

This is Red after one week.  It is approximately 3000 stitches.  It still doesn't look like much, next week I believe I will have the face and hood completed.

I received my scroll rods today so I can put the fabric for ATM on but I want to stay with Red for a while before starting a new one, it will be tempting though.

Nov 28, 2014

First Day

This is what I accomplished on my first day stitching "Red".  This is about 400 stitches more or less.

The fabric is 28 count opalescent lugana by Polstitches (cosmos).

Nov 24, 2014

Blue Monarch Flycatcher

I completed my lovely Audubon piece yesterday.  It took me 15 days from start to finish.  I really enjoyed stitching this elegant piece.

I will be starting "Red" on Thursday, Thanksgiving day.  A special treat for me.

I will not be able to get a start on "At the Met"  for a very long time because I had trouble obtaining a second set of scroll rods that were long enough.  I looked at Joann's and Hobby Lobby in person.  The day I did that I had a 60% off coupon but they only carry the split rod kind which I don't care for.  Joann online was not taking the coupon and they did not have in stock the 24 inch long ones that I wanted so I looked on Amazon.  I thought I got lucky because I found what I was looking for (American Dream brand) for only $12 with free shipping.  Unfortunately, they sent me a different brand that does not fit into my american dream extender bars.  I got a refund but now I still don't have the scroll rods I need ( I really prefer to stitch on scroll rods rather than other methods).  So unless I buy them directly from the manufacturer ($30 with shipping), I will wait until I complete "Red" before I get to start ATM (At the Met).

edited to add:
I ordered some scroll rods today (nov. 25) from
Joanns.com with a 60% off coupon.  I paid $20 including tax and shipping.  Now to wait for them to arrive.

Nov 17, 2014

Siren Framed

My husband insisted I get Siren and the Shipwreck framed for my birthday since it has been patiently waiting for over a year.

Nov 7, 2014

Mari Bewitching Pixie 3

I completed my third bewitching pixie today.  I added some bat buttons and placed them on top of the bat stamps that are on the fabric, I really like the effect.
I recently added Gigi to my stash and bought some fabric from under the sea fabrics for that one, the color is called bloodlust but it is not in my hands yet.  I do not know when I will stitch that one but that will be the last from the bewitching series for me unless new ones are created by the designer.
This one was stitched on Sunny Dyes fabric.  It is 28 count opal lugana and the color is called Vampire Moon.  The size of the fabric is a fat eighth.
I am starting Blue Monarch from Nora's Audubon series today and very soon I might start Red, I got the fabric all ready and don't think I can wait until January.
I had a great birthday and added a few more Mira charts to my stash; Cassiopeia and Shakespeare's fairies.  I also took Siren and the Shipwreck to be framed.  I completed it in May 2013

Oct 17, 2014

Luna - Bewitching Pixie #2

I completed my second bewitching pixie tonight.  This series is quick and fun to stitch so I am going to start a third one tonight, Mari.  I don't presume I will be done with it by halloween but who knows.  I am going to stitch her on Sunny Dyes "Vampire Moon" as seen in my last post.
This one is on Polstitches "Blue Moon."

Sep 27, 2014

My First Bewitching Pixie

I completed my first bewitching pixie by Nora Corbett today.  This one is Ana and I started this on Sept. 9th. (19 days to complete).  I added a few things to this piece: a moon (using 1 strand of threadworx "pirate's gold" and 1 strand of dmc 3823), a couple bats, and an old fashioned gothic style sign that I designed myself.
This is stitched on 28 count opalescent lugana called "blue moon" by Polstitches fabric.
I so enjoyed stitching this piece that I have 2 more bewitching pixies lined up.  I also really enjoyed creating the sign.

Sep 25, 2014

Finally Framed Mirabilia Collage

I finally got my Mirabilia collage framed after nearly 2 years since it was completed.

I put it in a 6 foot curio cabinet (the kind with glass shelves).

To see the progress photos go to the post from 1/2013, here.

Sep 13, 2014

Scarlet

I completed Scarlet in only 6 days (of course I didn't have to stitch the blue background)   It was stitched on 28 count opal lugana--Serenade by Polstitches.  I love this one so much and stitching with red floss got me enthusiastic to stitch with more red...Red by Mirabilia is what I have been looking at and I think I am ready to take the plunge to stitch my first full size Mira in over a year, I am getting very excited about it.

I also started Ana.  Nora's bewitching pixie and I am loving this piece too.  I am stitching it on another Polstitches fabric called Blue Moon.  I am also thinking about stitching "Red" on this fabric.  It is my last piece of hand dyed fabric so I am itching to buy more soon (my birthday is coming up in a couple months).

I put up 3 more Mirabilias on my livingroom walls today that I had stored in my closet and I know that I am falling in love again.  I see myself stitching many more in the future.  I want to stitch Cassiopeia and possibly Shakespeare's Fairies.

I also think I will get my Mira collage framed soon.

Sep 3, 2014

Leopard Cub and More

I have been a busy little stitcher lately because it is so hot here in Arizona that I don't want to go outdoors.  I think I am also getting quite the stitching bug again because I have more than one project at a time going now.  That hasn't happened in a very long time.

First, I started my Leopard Cub by Dimensions on August 27th and I got about or over 3,000 stitches completed in 7 days time:

I am just loving this piece but it has confetti stitching; not a lot but enough of it to make me need a break on it for now.  He is being stitched on 32 count ivory jobelan.

Then I finally decided what stitching I want to do next, and I ended up choosing four different projects and I also got the fabric ready for each one.



So now I am set for several months.  I started Scarlett today but she is only a blob of red at the moment ( I did substitute dmc 606 for an npi that I had and I love the way that looks.  I am considering substituting the black for either npi or petite beads as well).  I still have Butterfly Profusion in my rotation too.  I want to rotate them once a week so now I have 6 projects on the go.
These 4 are all 28 count opalescent lugana from either polstitches or sunny dyes fabrics.

In other news: My grandson started walking at 9 months old.  Here is a recent photo of him:

Aug 24, 2014

Summer Stitching

I have been stitching quite a lot lately.  On August 1st I started Nature Study by Dimensions and I have been stitching on it day and night, I completed it today August 24th.  I changed many of the elements and I am pleased with how it turned out (the crown is stitched over 1 and took about 3 hours to stitch).  This was stitched on 32 count cream Belfast linen.



I put two weeks into Butterfly Profusion before I put it away for a while.  This one is being stitched on Polstitches lugana. I am loving the colors in this one.


I have also added some charts and kits to my stash collection.  The Leopard and the Anniversary kit I will be doing soon (next year is mine and hubby's 25th anniversary).



I had to add the new petite mermaids to my collection though I do not know when I will stitch them.  I have not been much into stitching any of the Mirabilias lately though several new ones are amazing (I especially love Cassiopeia, Persephone and Red) but I am already rotating the 17 full size pieces I have into the few spaces I have for stitching on my walls and I have 2 that still need to be framed.


I have been combing the 123stitch website to see what I want to stitch next.  I want something easy peasy because stitching "Nature Study" got me real tired with a big project (even though it is really more of a medium project).  I considered folk art designs because those are so simple but the truth is that it really isn't my style.  I looked at the Lanarte designs and though they are lovely (I am eyeballing "Eyes of Amber", a Cheetah design, I just don't have the will power to stitch a design that intense.)

I have not gone back to work and I am getting used to life with all the time in the world to do as I please.  The days and weeks just fly by.

I still read many of your blogs and enjoy seeing what you are stitching and what your lives are like.

Jul 18, 2014

Mermaid Azure +

The last few months I have been stitching more and more.  I am starting to have a passion for it once again.
I have completed the following projects.


Mermaid Azure by Mirabilia stitched on fabric by Under The Sea Fabrics on Caribbean Tides



Tocatta in Green by Heritage Stitchcrafts stitched on Polstitches fabric.

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I have also started a new one. A Dimesions kit called Butterfly Profusion on Polstitches "friendship" opal lugana

May 23, 2014

Poppies

This is my recent completion from Watercolor Blooms by Stoney Creek.

I have been stitching a little more lately and I am working on Toccata in Green presently which has beautiful colors in it but I have not decided if I am going to go back into stitching full blown yet.

Aug 5, 2013

GYPSY MERMAID

 Week 9 (+ 2 days)
Completed on August 4th, 2013







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Week 2 

Week 1


Gypsy Mermaid
Mirabilia Designs # 126
Fabric: 28 count opal lugana
by Polstitches
Cosmos 
Started on June 1, 2013