Thursday, May 25, 2017

That Floss Site...

Okay, the floss in the photo yesterday is from Colour and Cotton.  Color is 'Quarter Horse'
And I'd say that's a good name, and description. 
Link to her site - Colour and Cotton
I would have taken another photo, but I would never do the color justice.  So go look at her site.  There is a pop up saying you can sign up for email and get 10% off your first order.  But there is also a 'rewards' program, and if you sign up for that you get 50 'points'.   So if you have 50 points, you can get a 20% off code - saving 20% off your first order, not just 10%.  Her floss is 8 yard skeins, not the usual 5 yards for variegated floss.  And it's colorfast - so won't bleed.  She is dying dmc floss. 
It's $2.25 per skein, but I used that 20% off, so I paid $1.94 each, including delivery.  Her delivery charge was $2.97.  You can't 'combine' offers.  You can use points to get free shipping, but not free shipping AND money off.  Pick one.  I used the 20% off - I ordered 22 skeins - a charge of $49.50 plus shipping, but the 20% off meant $9.90 off - so the bill was $42.57 including shipping.  Or $1.94 per skein.  She even has a YouTube channel - you can see a short video of her or how she makes the floss.  Here's a link to that...  Videos for Colour and Cotton owner

That pattern is called - PeliCan.  So probably a pelican.  But the plan is to stitch it facing like in the pattern, and then flip the image, and make him face the other way.  I did that once before  - photo HERE - that is the plan for Pelican and Knightmare (black on gray).  And the reason for buying 22 skeins of floss.  I laid it on lugana fabric - Doubloon is nice - so is Legacy and Sand.  All PTP fabrics. I did do the math - it will be 13. 75 inches wide by 11.25 inches tall on 28, one over one.  But stitching it twice, I need enough fabric to do that.  So I'm still debating a few things... But I'm right there with you - I'm wanting to see where that goes too... 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quick Small Stitch


This is just a quick stitch.  So nice I'm stitching it twice.  That and it fits on the scrap twice.  Approx 2.5 x  2.75 inches   28ct Bone Jobelan, one over one, suggested floss.
Stuff in the mail today.  Floss I wanted for this...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Filling In


Still filling this one in.  The bird tail is on the next page.
And then spent part of a night on this one filling it in.
( At least I did not move onto something different. )

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In go the stitches, out come the stitches,


On the bowl, that little up and down line is just disappearing in real life.
So... It needed to be that darker floss...
But I had to pull it all out and then go darker.    So I did.
And this will be better.  I'm using the recommended floss.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A little fabric, a little floss...

I had gone to buy the fancy floss to get the moon color to have some variations in it.  And I stitched part of it in, slightly less than is shown above - but the floss just blended into the fabric way too much, so I frogged it out and went with the dmc 745.
But I needed a break, so I wanted to try the LaDDa pattern on the Dapple cashel.  But I had to restart it three times to get me this far.  And I was frustrated with the fabric again...  It's beautiful, but stitching it one over one - is sort of a job, not a relaxing thing.  But this is just playing with it for a single evening.
 So I took another day to play with it again, on Dove Gray 28 ct jobelan.  And I did not have to unstitch, it was relaxing.  Maybe the fabric shrinks just enough in the dying progress to cross me over into a something I can't stitch on comfortably.  Or something I can't quite get the floss to lay flat on.  Over two might be the answer.  But so is just a plain 28 count fabric.  And maybe it's the cashel - is just not evenweave enough - I need to try the 28 count dyed lugana yet.   Maybe a dyed and shrunken 25 count gets me a 28 count after shrinking.  I know trying to stitch over one on a 32 count was just as frustrating as this is - so I'm suspecting it's a fine line of a thread laying flat for me or not, and still wanting to stitch one over one to keep the overall project size to something smaller - which will immediately double in size if I start to stitch one over two.  Learning what works and knowing it's a person by person answer is part of this.  It's just playing around with fabric and floss.  If I let it frustrate me too much, it's not going to be fun anymore.  So both of these are just a night of playing around.  A little fabric and some dmc to see what it looks like. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

End of the Second Day

At the end of the second day the border is finished.  And I went to get more floss.  I know it looks like it's missing parts - that's the pattern.  Using mostly dmc and just two or three Gentle Arts.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

First Day on This


This is one day on Blackbird Designs - Midnight Watch. 
On 28 count coffee jobelan, one over one, using dmc floss to start.  This is just two colors so far.  The fabric is much darker and the camera flash washed out the color completely. 

It is a pattern I've been wanting to stitch - I'd worked on a Wip for a day, and I'm just not getting along with that fabric, so this was nicer fabric and more relaxing to work on.  A nice way to spend a rainy day.  And I got three corners done.  It's 4.5 x 8 inches, so not all that big.  Envelope size.