Dec 18, 2014
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
Dec 11, 2014
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
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
Nov 24, 2014
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
Nov 7, 2014
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
This one is on Polstitches "Blue Moon."
Sep 27, 2014
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
Sep 13, 2014
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
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:
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
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
I have completed the following projects.
Mermaid Azure by Mirabilia stitched on fabric by Under The Sea Fabrics on Caribbean Tides
May 23, 2014
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.