Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer stitches and finishes...

Got a fair amount of stitching done in June and July... August is a toss up so far, as I am trying to get some finishing done... But... let's get to what you CAN see!

Starting the end of May, after Maynia, I've been stitching the free monthly Ellen Maurer Stroh (EMS) Flowers. They are all going to be stitched on 32-count Platinum Linen, using DMC floss. So, here are the first four...

May's Flower is Lily of the Valley...

June's Flower is 'June Wild Rose' 

And July is 'Larkspur' while August is 'Gladiolas" . I may start finishing them soon, so I don't get overwhelmed when ALL TWELVE are awaiting finishing! 

This is how far I have progressed on Lae Elizabeth by Jan Houtman. Love this one! It is on my first set of Rolaframes (thank you Vonna for the recommendation and the tutorial on how to load them!!) that I LOVE! They fit in my stand that has been in a corner for quite a few years... so that makes me want to stitch it more!! I have a SECOND set of Rolaframes for my first 'full coverage' piece, that is going to be shown in the next blogpost, cause I haven't started it yet!

Finish-finished the LHN Summer Band Sampler, but needs a little tweaking. 

 And the Spring (and Autumn, when stitched!) will be interchanged in that same frame, using different backing fabrics.  This  yellow seersucker Gingham will be what Spring will be paired with, NEXT year!

And Surprise! I was just not enjoying this Maynia project, so... I changed it up! Brighter fabric, and brighter thread. Unconventional but I like it!! I had this thrift store frame that worked for it, but it was a much darker brown color... So... my husband refinished and restained it... Perfect! 

This is called Lighthouse by Bent Creek. Been in my stash for MANY years! Was seeing it on Pam and Steph's wall behind them, in  their Flosstube videos (justkeepstitchin channel) and telling myself to pull it out and stitch it! So I did! This is another thrifted frame, that was a lovely green color... sprayed it blue and dinged it up a bit. Love it! 

Finished stitching this one yesterday... I started it late Friday night... a quick stitch. It is called "Sunshine on a Stem" by Hands on Designs. I basically followed the colors, but used threads from my stash. It is so very cute!! 

Now comes some finishes... Not many yet... had a few fails... reworking them... 

My stitching buddy stitched this elephant for a family member. This metal tray was the perfect size for my finishing idea! Sprayed it with grey chalk paint, attached magnets to the back of the stitching, and put gathered lace around the edge. It is very cute! 

Made a square pincushion and stitched it together a bit ago. It is a secret piece...  

There is a LOT of stitching in that piece!  

This is also a secret piece, traveling with the pincushion above. I will be making it into a flatfold with the fabric shown.... 

 So far, I laced this piece. Still needs a trim of some kind, and the metal pieces on the back to attach it to this wood hanger which has magnets already. But... did I mention that it has been RAINING so much lately, (97% of the time for the past six weeks at least!!), so the lighting is horrible. Not at all conducive to much finishing work. I have an OTT light, so I can at least stitch! 

Lastly, this WIP is for my oldest daughter. She (and all of us girls!) LOVES the movie, "Princess Bride' and this is a favorite line from it. She loves the color orange, so I dyed a piece of 22-count aida, then picked a DMC that would not look black, and would stand out on it. Peacock Blue  (807) DMC it is! Note to self: Don't dye anymore 22-count... it is sooooo tiny and sorta hard to see! :/

That's it for now! Thanks for visiting! 



Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lots of Stitching, because of Stitch Maynia 2018 and just because!!

April was a VERY busy month because it's the start of Warbler migration, so I was out and about lots and lots! Then I would get home, eat and start stitching... Usually, during that busy time, I fell asleep too! So, I got more stitching done after dinner than in the afternoon. And I made plans for joining the madness of Stitch Maynia...I decided I would stitch Freebies... and only 18, for 2018. So, I pored through the stacks, picked them, and kitted them up... Yeah, that took quite a bit of time... May was the same scenario, tho birding fell off because it rained so MUCH that we couldn't go out, or the roads on the places we went were washed out, and so on... So, I stitched like crazy! Well. That about covers what I have been doing for the past two months! On to the pictures!! Of course, there are finishes, WIPs, and a thrifting find... the usual... Just where to begin...?

Luckily, I can go back to Instagram and kind of piece it together chronologically. Some of you are on there, and have seen a lot of this already... But, blogging is a good way of keeping track for me, so I will still do it.

First, I have worked a little on the Jan Houtman Quaker piece. I decided on a medium blue (DMC 932) and a medium brown (3790), as that is a favorite combination of mine. My floor stand set up was OK, but... not the best. So... I took the plunge and got a set of Rolaframes! What a difference! Wow! The biggest plus is the way the dowels 'grab' the fabric... I am in LOVE! In fact, I am waiting on a SECOND set, somewhat smaller, that I can start another BAP on! It will either be a Cardinal piece or a Chickadee piece. Can't wait! So, without further ado... here's where I left off, before starting Maynia :

I finished my Jane Austen piece, by the Sampler Girl, called Sense and Sensibility Sampler. I love it and will find a frame or make one (well, hubby will make it!) . I had to take some of these pictures today, because tho they are on IG, I don't know how to get them off onto my computer. I've tried, but you can't 'save image'... only a webpage!

This is 'Giving Thanks' by Little House Needleworks. It is all ready to be finished, just have to take the time! Love it too... Stitched on 32-count Vintage Country Mocha, which I intend to get more of, cause it is wonderful!!

This is Redbird, a Nashville Market release this year, by Heart in Hand Needleart. I did a bit of finishing once Maynia ended for me on the 18th... was kind of tired of stitching! It's a magnetic one...that can be swapped out... My stitching buddy and I both stitched this piece, but I used 32-count Weathered Rose Belfast linen. She used the called fors... They both turned out well.  I made hers into a cube finish... which she loved. But, no pics.

This one is called Spring Robin, and is by Widgets and Wool. It was in my stash for many years... finally got it done and finished this year! And it is stitched on 32-count Vintage Smokey Belfast linen, yet another color I want to get more of soon! I finished it as a magnet one too... this is MY board. The Redbird above is on my buddy's board, which has yet to be used.... so I grabbed it for the picture! Spring Robin is up on a wall in my living room, but will be switched out soon for Redbird, cause it seems that Summer is upon us... it is HOT! 

Here is another Little House Needleworks that I stitched just before Maynia, and finished just after Maynia. I LOVE THIS! I can't say that enough!! It was a perfect finish for this vintage frame that I found when I was in PA last fall... oh, it is my favorite! So perfectly shabby and dainty. It's actually my second try at stitching it, because my first attempt was on a different fabric, and one of the pinks was not showing well... so... tossed it and started over. It is called Rose Sampler, stitched on 32-count Flax linen... one of my faves.

Now, comes the MAYNIA stitching stuff... I finished-finished just a few of the ones I stitched. And I finished stitching all but three... Not bad... The three I did not yet finish, I was really struggling... lost interest, and wanted to do other things, of course! To start it off, I made a list of the 18, then 15, new projects, and randomly generated which ones to do each day. So, lets get to them! (Remember these are all Freebies!)

 Day One: "Home Again' by Stone Street Stitches... stitched on a scrap of old Aida that I tested dyeing some blues on... It's a pretty quick one! Just used two called for DMC colors. Framed in a Thrift store frame... They are a fairly new designer, and this can be easily found online.

 Day Two is a Freebie by Kissy Kross (or Kirsten Schmidt)... using an older piece of Flax that was in my stash, with GA Lavender Potpourri and Weeks Scuppernong. I finished-finished it after Maynia was over... This WAS a black metal display thingy... we painted it white. Got it on Sale for $1.25 at Hobby Lobby! Actually, got three!! Got them all!! Perfect to switch out small finishes... and, uh, I think I have a few of those now!!

Day Three is 'Checkerboard Bunny' by Waxing Moon Designs. I put this one down and never came back to it. It has a pretty long list of threads and is pretty detailed, so I wasn't ever in the mood to pick it back up! I shall this week, along with the others...

Day Four: Joyful by By the Bay Needleart. One of a series of  'word' freebies she offered last year. I intend to do many more of them! Again, stitched on a scrap of Aida that I practiced dyeing. I love the effect, and didn't throw it away! In fact, I have a little collection... :)

Day Five is an abbreviated version of a Freebie by Gentle Art called 'Flowers for Spring'. This is the part that drew me in, so that's what I stitched! It's stitched on a piece of 40-count linen, and I used the called-for GA threads, of course! It is pretty small, so pondering how to finish it! 

This is the next project I selected to stitch for Day 6. However, I didn't like how it was coming along on a random scrap of grey high-count fabric over two... so, I tossed that part, and started it again with ONE thread. Nope! Didn't like that either. Realized it was the fabric, so put it aside for a while...

This was my Day 7 project. It was so tiny, I finished it that day. I have since finish-finished it, and gave it to my Stitching Buddy. It is called 'Kaschen in der Grube' by Ulrike M. Stickvirus. It is charted for one color, but I decided to change things around a bit! It is stitched on a scrap of 36-count fabric, using three randomly picked cotton threads, and light yellow-y beads for a pop!

This is Day 8, and I also love this one!! I know it's kinda close in the frame, but it really is cute to me! It is called 'Tweet' by Kincavel Crosses, and stitched on a really stiff piece of cream fabric, with randomly chosen DMC threads. One of my favorites that is already on display!

Day Nine is 'Hare's Another Rabbit' by Mosey 'n Me, on 32-count Flax linen (can you tell I was using up stash??), and using GA Highland Heather and DMC 3790. I is an abbreviated version, as there is more to the border, but I decided not to go that route! 

This is Day 10, by Modern Folk Embroidery. I love many of his designs, but wanted to start small, so found this one. Stitched on R&R Beach Brew, using GA Cranberry. Much as I love Quakers, this is one of the yet-to-be-finished ones... ? 

Day 11 was started and finished on the same day (must have rained!)! It is so tiny... those are regular embroidery scissors... what four inches? Anyway, this is by Prairie Schooler, think it is called 'ABC'. I used a scrap of 36-count linen and just random DMC. However, it is so so tiny, I haven't come up with a finish idea yet!

Day 12 is a Freebie by Hands On Design, called 'Tulip Time'. I originally started it on a piece of really soft, 32-count linen that is not my favorite (wasn't labeled but this scrap is about the end of the piece I originally purchased... yay!!) Anyway, it was barely pink, and I wasn't too enthused about the combinations. So, as I was contemplating this, my eye fell upon my 'Welcome Spring' on the purple fabric that I dyed, and I decided to experiment. So I went from one light pink extreme to the other extreme of dark pink. Meh... I like it. I used the called for colors at least! No finish in mind yet.

Day 13 is called "The Simple Things' by La Contesse @ Le Point de Croix. I used part of my last scrap of specially dyed 16-count Aida (by R&R for my Rosemarkie), and I used a little bit of GA Presidential Blue. Easy peasy... It had more little flowers and such through the design, but they weren't appealing to me. I may go back and sew on some buttons... depends on the finishing.  But, no finish in mind yet!

 Day 14 is a Freebie by Bent Creek called 'Robin on an Egg' and it is another teeny tiny piece. I used a scrap of 36-count mystery linen and the called-for threads. It is really cute, and I look forward to finishing it... sometime soon! This was the day I changed from 18 projects to 15... I was not enjoying it anymore.

And... the Final Project...!!!

Day 15 is "Spring Thyme' by Waxing Moon Designs. It's kind of funky. I need to find a 'Sun' button to fit over the sun that is stitch, cause it is just not working for me! I'm lookin... Anyway, used 32-count 'Vintage Sahara' Belfast linen, and the DMC alternate colors except for the sun's yellow, which is GA Daisy... IF I don't find a button or charm, I will frog the Daisy out and pick another color... We shall see!


 After Stitch Maynia was finished for ME, I started on an Ink Circles design, gifted to me, called 'Blue Morpho'. I finished it yesterday... finally!! Phew! It's somewhat tedious, but the end result is certainly worth it! Now to find a frame... I don't have one in my stash... sad face!

 And one last finishing project to share... I finished  LHN's older 'Summer Sampler' in coordinating colored ruffling, and magnetized it so it can be swapped out. It is already hanging up, even tho, technically, it is not yet Summer. Tell that to the atmosphere!

I have LOTS more to share... thrifting scores! But, this is plenty long... so I am going to close for today, and finish up tomorrow... However, here is one piece that I love! I hadn't put it outside yet... Not sure that is a good idea.... someone could steal it! :(   Think I will just hang it on my wall!

I will post again tomorrow... Be sure to come back and see my 'finds'!!

Thanks so much for visiting!



Sunday, April 1, 2018

End of March Report

I know you are reaching for a drink to calm your hearts because this is the second post in two weeks... What can I say? Trying to be better! :)  I have a few finishes and/or FFO's plus a current WIP and a surprise to share from the last half of March. So... let's get on with it!

This is Kitty with Bird, a Britty Kitties design... There are a couple more in the pamphlet... I may do one more.

And of course, I flew through this cute one by LHN called Daisy Sampler... I will ponder how I am going to finish these two...

This is called Happy Bunny Bunny Day by The Trilogy... I just HAD to FFO it! My daughter is borrowing it at her house for Easter! Hopefully I get it back eventually! I know it is hard to see, but there is a little ladybug button at the bottom... Love it! I got this frame at WM, and it was sloppily painted grey which was fine. But then I did this piece and wanted a whitish frame... So I dry-brushed it with white paint...MUCH better for my project! I covered the burlap covered backboard in my fabric which really 'makes' it !

This is Snow Birds by CCN. This 'blue' fabric and also the grey one were difficult to stitch on. The dots are stiff/hard for the needle to get through... And on this one, they show through the white stitching (B5200)!! Grrrr... It will be made into an ornament for Christmas...later...

This is pretty Spectacular, if I say so myself!! It was a kit from LHN called... Welcome Spring. I originally pulled out a scrap of 36-count R&R Irish Creme, but the light colors were not showing up well on it. So, I decided to dye it! I wanted to do something purple... and this certainly fits the bill! Then, I found that it fit perfectly in this thrift store metal frame, which I had hubby paint for me with 'Paver Grey' Chalky Paint. And Voila... instant cuteness!

Then I did some finishing of older pieces that were languishing... I give the credit for this great ruffle finish to Priscilla . It is my first try doing a ruffle, and it wasn't that bad! This is LHN's Spring Sampler from many many years ago... I only stitched it a couple of years back tho... it was the last one to do of the series, which I think I started in 2007! So... I intend to finish the other three in the same fashion, using a coordinating ruffle! I will do that now, and have them ready when the seasons change! I used a Homespun green plaid for this one... And it is on the board magnetically. 

These two framed cuties are by Bent Creek, called 'Full Moon Rising' and 'Here Comes the Sun'. They fit pretty good in these two thrifty frames!

Finding something to display the Sheep Virtues in was not turning out very fruitful. Then I spotted this little wagon WAYYYY up on a wall in an Antique Store, painted an ugly green. Well, this is what I got the Paver Grey paint for... wanted a neutral color for it. It was supposed to be a very light Brown from the pictures online... but I had Hubby buy it and he did not bring his glasses. Sigh...  So, hubby painted it for me (it keeps him busy), and I made a tufted pillow for the inside because they needed a little propping... and voila! It works! Cuteness! At least I think so!! Of course I will change out the pillows every other month or so...

This is my newest WIP that I recently started. It is strange that it is called Blue Morpho and the colors are blue-green/teal... But that is fine for my tastes! It will take a while to finish... But I wanted to try doing a more complicated one... This was a gift from an IG friend in the UK. 

And... if you are still with me... Today is Easter. And I am gifting this cute little chart to a random follower! I found it at a thrift store, and it is not MY style because I dislike backstitching! But... if anyone would like to receive this, let me know in your comment below. Do NOT say anything about 'give away' or the like in the comments, cause I don't want lurkers invading our space! Just for my fellow stitchers! I shall use the generator on Wednesday, the 4th...

So, that's it for today... Thanks for reading my blog!