Friday, December 30, 2011

FEET ! ! !

My goal was to finish the pages that I've started on this. I have decided that stitching FEET is the worst thing to stitch. It's boring, and even when you've finished a whole evening of stitching, it's still FEET. I enjoyed stitching the little guys, and watching their little faces appear, but now, after hours and days of stitching, all I will get eventually is FEET.
I'm doubting if there is a stitcher around saying - Oh boy, FEET.
I'm sure I was trying to give this pattern a second chance, but I'm pretty sure that this is as far as this one will ever get. For future pattern purchases, if the pattern has shoes, that's fine, but if it has FEET, I'm not going to buy it. Life is short, I'm thinking it's too short to spend hours stitching FEET! It's really time to start the New Year with something else. ANYTHING ELSE!

So my question is - What's the worst thing that you've ever stitched, and were you able to finish it, or is it buried at the bottom of the stash?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wrapping Up The Year

Trying to clear the paperwork off the desk.
In it was the list I made of the cross stitch projects I've completed this year.
Since I'm not going to get anything else finished, it's time for me to post my list.

1. Keep Me Sampler - Moira Blackburn
2. Drawing Hands (Escher) - CSC
3. Kindness Sampler - BOAF
4. Reptiles (Escher) - CSC
5. Flower Basket - La-D-Da
6. Woodland Vines - Ink Circles.

As I've said before, real life happens, and you do what you have to do.
I'm still working at it, and will be for months to come. This year was life changing for me, and there was nothing that I could do to avoid it. I'm hoping that 2012 will be life changing for me too, but that it will be me making the changes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

4 of 56 pages completed

Completed 4 pages, started the next two pages, of 56 pages.
That little area that is actually finished is only about 3 inches square.
And yes, those are her toes, which makes it look like he's trying to smell her feet.
The hoop is a 7 inch hoop, so that will give you a better idea of the size so far.

Hoping to finish the next two pages before the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The First Creepy Little Guy


This is HAED - Selina Fenech's - Stolen In Her Sleep.
If you'd like to see the whole pattern, click HERE.
Even I think that this one is crazy, not only in size, but all the creepy little guys.

I've started in the bottom right corner, and of 56 pages, I've completed page 56 only.
Started it a while back, I didn't like it, but I didn't get very far.
Decided to give it another try. Seems like I really need to complete one of the creepy little guys to know if I'll like it or not.

Needed something different to work on, but nothing new. I was hoping to keep with tradition, and start something new for the new year. This is keeping me busy for the next couple of weeks.
I've never attempted to stitch anything this big, and at this point I'm not sure if I expect to finish it ever. Maybe the trick is to stitch one little creepy guy at a time.
When I think - if I just stitched one page a month - how long... 4.6 years....
One page a week even would be a complete year of stitching just this, and I KNOW and can't do a page a week. And I've still got that another HAED started.

I did get the Julia Line book. They sent it Thursday from Amazon in Canada, and it was at my door Monday afternoon. Amazing.

Haven't decided what to stitch for the new year. I have a couple of new charts and a new piece of material. I can see a couple of new starts in the New Year, but like everybody else, finishing up some things sounds like an awfully good idea.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Time to Change Again.

To do the changes I want to do will take some time and research.
At the moment I'm trying to stitch to relax, and not stitch to re-design, so this might be put to the side.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catching the Drawing up to the Stitching

Not much new stitching, but I've caught the drawing up to where I am stitching, and now have the next three or four motifs ready to stitch. New photo as soon as I move the hoop again.

I mentioned that I had ordered Julia Line's book from Amazon Canada. It was supposed to finally ship yesterday, but I got an email saying that they are still trying to get it.
Kind of disappointed to get that e-mail, but I'm going to hang in there and see if they will get some eventually.
(Now the Canada site says 'usually ships within one to four months', and on my order it says not before Dec 25. )

Saw that new sampler from Blackbird Designs. It's lovely.
Funny how you can see a pattern and just know that you love it, even at just a glance.

On Black Friday I ordered the Bygone - Quaker Christmas II pattern to add to my stash.
It arrived yesterday, but I haven't gotten to look at it. I enjoyed stitching the first Quaker Christmas. And I'm already wondering if I can alter it and remove the songs, which I know is a huge part of the pattern. I think that I just love the Quaker motifs and it is a challenge to see if I can do something else that I will like even better.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Less is more...

A little bit more, while trying to keep just the parts that I really like.
When I look at the original pattern, it all just looks so dark.
Maybe that was the point, but I think that I prefer it with a little more of the motifs left open.

So I'll stitch till it feels balanced to me. I can already tell there are going to be lots of changes, but that is the fun part.

I can end up close to where I started when I change a pattern...
I started with ( Here ), and ended up with ( There ).
But sometimes the two don't look at all alike at all by the time I'm done.
I started with ( This ), and ended up with ( That ).
Even the border spacing of the leaves wasn't the same by the time I was done.
Time to start to learn that new pattern program, just to see what happens.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Switching Again


At least I didn't start anything new.
Back to my already started Spirit of Vierlande from Long Dog Samplers.
I'm already thinking about what I want to do to make it my own.
For now, I'm just going to fill in the border and the large motifs, and make it my own with the small things later.

I've been wanting to order the cross stitch drawing program to get the latest version, which is a completely new version. I googled to get the coupon code, and then it was a great deal.
I really like to draw out the changes I want to make. I haven't been able to do that since the last computer crashed. (The coupon makes the program $20 instead of $50.)
I'm sure I won't need a lot of the new features for what I want to do, but I'm glad to have the program on the computer again.

Ordered the Julia Line ( Long Dog Samplers ) book from Amazon Canada.
It will release there on Dec 2.
With shipping the cost is $40. For 8 of her patterns, that is still a great deal.
Still have not seen any store in the US offering the book.
Now that I've got it on order, even it if takes a while, I'm still happy with that.

So I'll have a new drawing program, and a book of new patterns for inspiration, and winter.
Sounds like a nice way to start the New Year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Rows Started

It's coming along. I've barely started the top row, and then it will finish with a mirror of the white border that is at the bottom. I think that the gold in this design has always not appealed to me. I probably should have tried a different color. Actually I did try different golds, but gold was never going to be the right answer for me.

I'm ready to start something else. But it would do my heart good to finish something that I have already started.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Start Another Row

A little more. And I've started the next row above this for next time.
The top row in this photo, of the three completed, the center one has slightly darker blues.
Very subtle, and just enough to confuse me if I'm not paying attention.
I think to hold my interest, the answer is to just work a row till I get bored with it, and then move up to the next row. You just sometimes have to do what will work to get it done.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Slow Progress

Finally an updated photo.
And I notice that I've skipped a few stitches here and there.
I know there are supposed to be something between the circle motifs. But I know I also never follow the pattern. But I have unfinished motifs, and uncrossed stitches.
The row I'm working on will have 5 full motifs across, and the spacing is different from the pattern. It slows down the stitching. I probably should just re-draw it in the colors so I wouldn't be working from two patterns at the same time. On the list of things to do, it is the bottom of the list. It would be easy if I hadn't lost the original drawings when the computer crashed.

I can see that Julia's book will be available in December from Canada.
Found photos of all the book patterns on another blog - here.
Not great photos, but it will give you an idea if you are considering ordering the book.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Siam Fusion Band Sampler Returns

Back to something I'd started before. Siam Fusion from Sampler Cove.
I'm doing the band sampler design.
All I can remember about this was that it was about $50 just for the fancy floss.
I've never spent so much for just floss.

And just to add to the confusion of stitching this. The original pattern design is long and skinny.
Which makes it hard to put into a standard frame. At the time I thought - no problem, just widen the pattern. For example the original pattern would have had just 5 of the bottom motifs, but mine will have 7.
So I made the new pattern, and got things shifted. Like the original pattern had only one stitch between the bottom motifs, mine has two.
And I stitch the first motif, and then only left one stitch before nearly completing the second one.
Yep, so much for a plan. Ripped out the second motif and started over.
So I look at the original pattern for colors, but not spacing, and my version for spacing but not colors.
And I got to the second motif before I realized I'm not that smart.

I can't go back and just add the proper colors to my version, that computer was crazy after a nearby lightening strike, and I had no back up for that pattern design. And even if I did have a back up, the pattern drawing program will not work with the newest version of Microsoft that is on this computer after the last computer crapped out.

So I have one copy of the changed pattern, and it's been so long ago that I don't remember what I was thinking at the time. So I'll stitch away and see what I end up with.
I'm going to be just as surprised to see what this will look like as everybody else.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Woodland Vines - Finished.


Woodland Vines from Ink Circles - Finished.
Stitched on 25 count black lugana.
Stitched one over one with Weeks Dye Works - Whiskey floss.
Took just under 25 yards of floss.
Finished design area is 9 inches square.
The pattern was in the June 2011 - Issue 64 of 'The Gift of Stitching' on-line magazine.
Started Sept 24, 2011, and finished October 22, 2011.

It's always a pleasure to stitch Tracy's designs.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Almost

Woodland Vines continues...
Used 20 yards of floss at this point, and have 5 of 6 pages completed.
And the finished size will be 9 inches by 9 inches.

I thought it would take over 20 yards of floss, but less than 25 yards.
Now I'm wondering if 25 will be enough.
That should make it more tense as I get closer and closer to either the end of the floss, or the end of the pattern stitches.

And I don't have a clue why I thought that it would be between 20 and 25 yards of floss.
If it took me 28 yards to do Quaker Floral Puzzle, and it finished at 9 inches square, and it is much denser in design, then I might get there with 25 yards yet.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Vines

More Woodland Vines from Ink Circles.
4 of 6 pages completed.
Progress is slow, just because I'm not getting the time to stitch.
It is turning into a very nice design.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vines Continues.

Here's the next photo for Woodland Vines.
Just a few strands of floss short of using 15 yards of floss at this point.
And officially I've completed three of six pages completely.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tired

Okay, let me just catch up.

To 'gmarais11'
Thanks for letting me inspire you. St. Sylvestre is the hard one because of all the fussy stitching.
But I've stitched it twice, so I obviously like it.
( Hint - if you add a couple of stitches, those arrow points come out so much nicer and symetrical. )
I also love stitching the Ink Circles patterns, so I can only hope that you enjoy stitching her patterns as much as I have.

Next...
I have added a few more stitches to the Woodland Vines. I'll put up a progress photo next time.

Real life is keeping me busy, and too tired to get much stitching done.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Woodland Vines - Starting to Pop

Woodland Vines after more than 10 yards of floss.
Now that it's getting some size to it, then the design itself is really starting to pop.

This is the seventh design from Ink Circles that I've stitched, and I've enjoyed stitching every one of them. All three of the Cirque patterns, Bramble and the Rose, Floral Quaker, Growth Rings, and now Woodland Vines. All stitched with whiskey floss on black.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Woodland Vines Continues


Woodland Vines continues.
This is after the first 5 yards of floss plus a little more, and two days of stitching.
Still not a fourth done yet, but getting closer.
A quick Monday photo because I know I won't get to stitch for a couple of days.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Woodland Vines - start


Well, there isn't room to put stuff away in the sewing room, so I'll just have to stitch something new...

Here's the start of 'Woodland Vines' from Tracy at Ink Circles that was in issue 64 -June 2011 of 'The Gift Of Stitching' magazine.

Using Weeks Dye Works 'Whiskey' floss, one over one, on 25 count black lugana.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Finished?


I'm looking at this, and thinking this is enough.
Changed the berry things to pinkish floss. Maybe it was too much pink.
I tried to put the year on the right hand side, but it doesn't work.
I don't think a second bird would add to it.
Simpler seems better. Just this alone might be enough.
I saw it made up in the store and really liked it, so I don't know why this just seems nicer now.
Maybe I'm just ready to move on to something else.

Worked on organizing the sewing room. Found the top of the sewing table again.
Need to organize x-stitch patterns and material, and I know when I do, I'll start some other pattern. It's so hard to sort through that and not want to just start something new.

I was pleased that I got more done this week than I did in the last four weeks. But I've spent a lot of time learning to ignore things that needed to be fixed because I couldn't get it all done. I'm trying to fix things, and hoping that I'll be better organized. And at the moment, I don't have any more excuses not to get things done, and make a better life for myself.
I'm at a place in my life that I can make some major life changes, but it needs to start with lots of small changes. But then they say after somebody dies not to make major life changes, don't they. I'll start with just fixing all the things I need to fix and do, and then see where I am again.
So far the spare bedroom is 80% clean and organized. New smoke detector up and seal the windows for winter yet to do.
And the sewing room is 60% cleaned and organized, and last week they were both chaos.

I used to be organized enough that I should have done all that in a single day, but I lost that somewhere too.

Now where are those stitching patterns that I need to put away...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Little Projects

This is what I did over the weekend instead of putting all the crap back into the bedroom closet.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rabbit Shoes?

A little more progress on the UFO, and a flipped bunny.
But I'm ready to move on to something else to stitch. It's just going to be a pattern that drags me down to stitch it.
( I like the rabbit facing this way better, but I think it looks like he has baby shoes on his front feet. Weird. )

Saturday, September 10, 2011

And the UFOs return

It's time to work on the UFOs again.
Productive day on this. Stitched most of the side border, one of the four squares, and the cupid.
The last time that I worked on it was April 2010, so it's been a long time.
Used a total of 16 meters of floss to get to this point.
I'd still like to make a few large changes to this pattern, like a different alphabet, mirror some of the motifs, but I'm hoping to stitch the stuff that I'm not going to change.
Last time I was stitching this it was painfully slow, and it felt like it was going to take forever.
Getting to see some real progress on this in such a short time has been great.
Still don't know if I can keep stitching on just this, or if I'll have to rotate the UFOs till I can get at least a few of them finished. Whatever works at this point.

Thanks for all the nice comments about my last finish. I'm really glad to have it finished.
I think I bought floss to do another one, but I don't even remember which one.
Maybe someday I'll start another one. Maybe.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Page 15 of 15 Completed

Page 15 of 15 completed.
Finished this page in 4 days.
Finished size is 7 3/4 by 9 1/4 inches.
Stitch count is 240 x 204.
This is the Cross Stitch Collectibles - Escher - Reptiles - ES-22 pattern.
Stitched one over one on 25 count lugana.
Hooray, it's finished.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Page 14 of 15 Completed

Page 14 of 15 completed.
Four days to complete this page.

This pattern will be smaller than a standard sheet of paper when completed.
And I just noticed that I finished the first page of this pattern last Sept 13, 2010.
It would be really nice to finish this before Sept 13 comes around again.

Did a few things around the house over the long weekend, my excuse was that it was crazy hot.
Still gotta find a groove, and get a plan. But it's easier to decide to just watch old classic comedy movies and stitch, and become a perfectly organized person tomorrow.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Page 13 of 15 Completed

Page 13 of 15 completed.
This page was stitched in two days.
On one hand that's great and would mean that I only need to stitch for four more days to finish.
On the other hand, I've done nothing but stitch and mess with the computer.
I have to do something else other than stitch tomorrow. I really can't keep doing this, and the stuff isn't going to go away just because I'm ignoring it.

Thanks for your encouraging words about my feeling lost at the moment.
Your comments have meant more to me than you can ever know.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Page 12 of 15 Completed


Page 12 of 15 completed.
Only 3 days to complete a full page. Probably stitching too much, and not working on what I should be doing.

Today would have been my mother's birthday. It rained most of the day, which made it seem like a really good day to catch up on sleep, stitch, and cry a little.
I'm still pretty lost about what to do about most things. I've done what I needed to do with some things that I've had to deal with. I've started to deal with some of the obvious things.
It still feels like there is a proper time to wait, and that I haven't reached that yet.
Maybe I need to wait for the first full month to pass. Time just feels really odd at the moment.



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pages 10 and 11 Completed

Completed pages 10 and 11 of 15.

Thanks for the comments about my mother.
I haven't run out of stories about the goofy things that people say to me.
And I warn anybody that will listen to me about the crazy people I've dealt with, and to avoid them.

My friend from high school showed up to help, and he mowed my crazy overgrown weed filled backyard, and chainsawed the neighbors tree that had fallen across my backyard. Then cut down my tree because the falling tree broke off the top half of my tree when it fell.
He did a crazy amount of work. He also got rid of all the volunteer trees that had gotten too big for me to cut.

I got poison ivy on my hands and wrists. It was everywhere, and I knew it was there, but I thought it might not bother me. I was wrong. I felt totally useless while he was just cutting everything down in my yard. I still have areas left to clean up and groundhog holes to fill.
But at least I'm starting from something that I might be able to control and keep up with.
It was just neglected too long, then had the neighbors tree drop across it the week before.

The next day we went to my moms and cleared out all of the old paint and chemicals from the basement and took them to the local dump to be disposed of properly. We completely filled the back of the pickup bed. It wasn't everything, but it was everything out of the house.
We even found poison ivy killer, and he sprayed it at my house. Better late than never.
He was a huge help.

I talked to the neighbor, and he will pull the rest of his tree, and my cut tree, out of my way before the snow falls. He doesn't complain when I don't get my backyard mowed, so I'm not going to complain about his tree falling across my yard. I don't talk to him very often, but at least he's not crazy. I don't know if he would say the same thing about me or not.

And last night and today I decided that I was just going to stitch and do nothing else.
I'm going to have to work on an organizational schedule that isn't all or nothing. I just haven't found it yet.


Friday, August 12, 2011

My Heart is Breaking

And for those following my real life medical story with my mother.

My mom died last night.

She died at her home, and I was by her side.

And my heart is breaking.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Page 9 of 15 Completed

Page 9 of 15 Completed.

Little more than a week to complete this page. Six more pages to go.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Page 8 of 15 Completed


Page 8 of 15 completed.
Took me exactly one month to complete this page.
But now I'm more than halfway done, and the bottom row is complete.
Starting the center page in the middle row next.

Life outside of stitching feels like a roller coaster from hour to hour.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Page 7 of 15 completed

Page 7 of 15 completed.
I'll probably work on the first page of the bottom row.

My life is going to be upside down soon enough, but there is a calm before the storm, so I'm using the calm to put in a few stitches.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Absolutely No Stitching

Absolutely no stitching for now.

As before, real life happens.

I'd rather not be one of those blogs that just never seems to update, and you wonder what happened.

Eventually I'll be stitching again, and posting again, but I don't have a clue when that will be, and it could be a year from now.

But I will take a minute to say thanks for everybody's comments, and encouragement along the way. I've enjoyed checking out other stitching blogs and the stitching projects, and watching everybody else making progress.

For me, at this time, the stitching will have to be set to the side as real life happens and needs my full attention.

Thanks again.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Calming

Sorry no photo.
Not much stitching going on, real life happens, but the last few days I've tried to start stitching again.
I don't know what it is, but when my mind is racing in a dozen different directions, sitting and stitching calms both my mind and my spirit.

Maybe that's the true reason so many of us stitch.

I'm still on the first and second motif, and in a panic stole the batteries out of the camera to use in the portable cd player while mowing. It seems I don't mind pushing around the mower as long as there is something playing that will distract me.

Friday, May 20, 2011

ReStart of LDS - Spirit of Vierlande

Here's a quick photo of the restarted Long Dog Sampler - Spirit of Vierlande.
Not very impressive so far.

28 count antique white jobelan, but it sure looks white to me.
DMC 777, one over one.
Plan to stitch the larger motifs and border, but replace some of the smaller motifs, skip the top alphabets completely, but work in a random alphabet between the motifs.
Should finish under 10 x 12 inches, but I'm always wrong when I guess.
Started with 11 skeins of floss.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kindness Sampler Finished


Finished the Kindness Sampler from Birds of a Feather.
Stitched one over one on 28 count China Pearl jobelan, with suggested dmc floss.
Finished size is 2.5 inches square.

Lovely little thing to stitch.
Omitted the text.

Have restarted the LDS in red, but only have a couple of threads in it so far.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kindness Sampler


Started the Birds of a Feather - Kindness Sampler.
Stitched with suggested DMC colors, one over one, on 28 count china pearl jobelan.
Planning to omit the text.
The stitching needle in the photo gives an idea about size. Should finish at about 3 inches square.

Planning to restart the Long Dog as a red on white. Couldn't find enough of the same 318 dye lot, but there was enough 777 dye lot, and when I got them home, I couldn't tell the differences between the 318 and 777. Odd.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wishy-Washy

Here's the first 8 meter skein of floss.
I like the pattern, but I'm don't really like the black floss on what is a very light brown fabric.
It just feels like the floss should be a brown or a red.
Feeling wishy-washy about what I've stitched doesn't usually happen to me.
If I'm going to start over, then it seems like now is the time.
And having the photo look like black on a very light gray fabric confuses me even more.

On the upside, the crochet project is done as far at the pattern goes. My plan is to add a couple of extra rows around the edge. A couple of more days on it, and it will be done.

And it was a nice surprise to see that the newest issue of Samplers and Needlework Quarterly was featuring 'Praiseworthy Stitches', and there is a fifth quaker sampler pattern to add to the quaker 'Simple Gifts' series in the magazine. I ordered the magazine, and also a couple of fabrics so I can do the set all on the same fabric.

I'm not sure what to spend time stitching, till I can make up my mind and commit.
There's just seems to be nothing worse than feeling like I'm a wishy washy woman that can't make up her mind. I'm pretty sure I'm wishy washy about everything lately.
I sure hope that this doesn't last long. Too much to do to be wishy washy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Little Bit of Progress


A few more days of stitching on this...

Took the crochet project to work on in the waiting room. Opened a bottle of soda pop, and it sprayed all over me and some of the crochet project. Luckily, the waiting room had a sink, so I could rinse it with soap and water right away. Could have been worse, and at least the thread ball stayed completely soda pop free.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Start - Spirit of Vierlande



Just HAD to start something new...
Well, it was what I planned to stitch next, I just was going to finish the crochet project first.
I still have about 7 more rows to crochet.

Started Long Dog Samplers - Spirit of Vierlande.
Stitching with dmc 310 black, one over one, on 28 count China Pearl jobelan.

"Do Bears" from Long Dog Samplers was also stitched on China Pearl with brown.
I didn't want to stitch black on white, or antique white.
I wasn't really sure about the black floss. Decided to stitch a page and see, and the only thing I've decided is that it will be the last thing I stitch with all black floss.

Oh, and that big open space needs something different than the pattern shows, don't have a clue what yet. And I've already changed the dragon in the corner by adding stitches here and there, and giving him a belly. I'm going to skip all the alphabets at the top of the pattern.
Couldn't even make it through the first page without changing something.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three More Framed

Three more framed.
5 x 5 frame from Michaels $5. ( Not on sale this week... ) 5 x 7 frame from Target $5.
8 x 8 frame from Michaels $?.

Fixed the rock bunnies under the tree, and they became flowers. Better.

One more to restitch parts of, then frame. Another one to cut the suede mat and frame.
Haven't had any time to stitch, but things are shifting again, so maybe I will soon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Four Framed and Finished

A few finished and framed.
Square 5 x 5 inch frames $3 each from Michaels. 4x6 frame $6 from Kohls.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Still..... - Still Crocheting

On row 134 of 142...
I think it's taking me 4 hours to stitch a row, or maybe it just seems like 4 hours.
Finding something to watch / listen to while I stitch has been a problem, but I think I've found something that is working for that too. For me, that's half the trick to stitching for long stretches.

Found some picture frames that will finish some already completed stitching.
Listed what I had, and what I needed, and went shopping. After looking and buying, after framing, I'll need to make a new list again.

Really, I used to be organized.
I can't decide if the older I get the more there is that breaks, or the more things there are to keep track of, or if I've just misplaced my organization skills.
Maybe organization just takes me longer than it used to.

I jammed the paper shredder motor trying to pick up and be more organized today. Time to go see if I can fix that. At least I already know what the shredder looks like inside, probably from fixing it the last time I was trying to organize paperwork.

I'm going to finish that crocheting, and get back to stitching again. Hopefully soon.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Still Crocheting...

Still working on the crochet project....
On row 124 of 142, and it seems like a row a day is my average.

I'm going to hang with it and finish it.
( And I'm gritting my teeth as I say that... )

I'm ready to move on to the next thing, but I'm just not done with the current thing yet.
It seems so close to completed that it should be easy to finish - but at a row a day - it seems like it's going to drag out FOREVER!!!! I guess 18 more days seems like forever to me. Just not close enough to be able to see the end yet.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Better than on the Floor...


Quick photo of the group of cross stitch finally hanging on the bedroom wall above the bed.
Not sure about the blue wall as the background, but I really don't want to repaint the bedroom.
The other Long Dog Samplers, Moulin Rouge and Paradigm Lost, are hanging on an opposite wall.

Time to update a list of frames to find.
Finished the first ball of crochet thread at row 108... of 142. On row 112 at the moment on that project.

Need to find some organization in my life. Nearly every room looks ransacked, and piled with general disorganization. Hanging 7 framed items is better than them being on the floor, but what do I do with the 3 cross stitched projects that I took down to hang these 7?
Hummmm.....

Monday, March 14, 2011

6 of 15 pages completed

6 of 15 pages completed.

Only three days to stitch that page. I'm really happy with that.

Going to put a few days into stitching my crochet project. The schedule for that is that I finish about the same time as the last chemo treatment for the person that I take to chemo.
I still have 40 more rows, at two hours a row, and the last chemo treatment is about 10 days away. I started it when she started chemo, and I'd like to finish it as she ends chemo.

Friday, March 11, 2011

5 of 15 pages completed

5 of 15 pages completed on Reptiles.
Even got to stitch most of the little reptile guy in the corner.

It was easier to pick this up and start stitching rather than changing projects, or starting something new. I couldn't decide what to stitch next, but one of the Long Dog Samplers keeps calling me, saying 'Stitch me next...".
Just haven't settled on whether to stitch that "Spirit of Vierlande" in the traditional black or try a red instead. So maybe another page of this while I consider it more.

Thank you for all the nice comments about my last finish. This one uses the same colors, but white was 1, and black was 8, on Drawing Hands. Now white is 3, and black is 7, so I'm trying to make sure I don't just grab a color automatically thinking I know what number is what color.

And I had to laugh about my stitching gallery...
Most of my stuff that I've framed is still on the floor, leaning frame against frame.
I tried to work out a balanced layout to hang them, but there is always another piece that I want to finish, to make the layout just right... So 90% of my framed cross stitch is still not hung on the wall. I need to fix that and soon. Out of sight is out of mind for me.
I'm working on trying to not leave loose ends and half completed projects. But I have lots of loose ends, and not just stitching projects, so it takes time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

15 of 15 Completed

15 of 15 pages completed.
Stitch count is 240 x 204.
Finished size is 9.25 x 7.75 inches.
Stitched one over one on 25 count white lugana.
Used 8 dmc colors, including white and black. Used 4 complete skeins of white.
Started it August 2010 - Finished March 2011, with lots of other stitching along the way.

It just seems that this pattern doesn't have the detail of the other Escher patterns I've stitched so far. I'm glad I finished it, and I think it will still look nice hanging with the others as a group.

Since I've already started Escher's Reptiles, and have 4 pages completed, at some point it will be in the hoop to finish it. Reptiles has more detail, so it will be more relaxing and fun to stitch.

Hooray, it's done!!!
Thanks for all the encouragement to finish it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

14 of 15 Completed

14 of 15 pages completed.

Only one more page... and maybe just one more week till it's done.
It's been a really weird week with a few 'Dear Diary' moments.
I guess it's nice that I still have 'Dear Diary' moments, but I'd rather just be stitching.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

13 of 15 Completed

13 of 15 pages completed.

Less than 7000 stitches to go... 6936 stitches to be exact.
If I can just keep the pace of a page a week, that's only two more weeks till the end.

Kim, - Nice to know that I'm not the only stitcher that is gritting my teeth while stitching sometimes. And I'm still amazed that you are stitching that over one with no grid....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

12 of 15 Completed

12 of 15 pages completed.

I feel like I'm stitching my heart out, and still only getting a page done in a week.
I'm so close to the end, and I'm just trying to grit my teeth and finish it.

It seems like a good year to finish things I've started, and this will be the hardest one on that list. I don't have a clue what other stitchers do when they start a large project, and then it's just not what they expected. How far do you go? Do you throw it away or just in the drawer? Or do you grit your teeth and just finish it, and promise that the next thing will be something that you love the design or pattern?

Are stitchers all gritting our teeth while we stitch sometimes?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Nearly 10 pages complete

Not quite done with that first page, but it's supposed to snow, so I'm posting the update photo now. Nearly 10 of 15 pages complete. Just the top 5 pages left to stitch.
I stitched the grid back in using more DMC quilting thread. It's either Ecru or Natural.
I think it's 256, and I can never remember what that number is. It shows up against the white, and it's enough to let me get a few stitches in each box, then I pull the threads out of the area that I'm working in anyway. Maybe the answer is to just grid for the page I'm working on, not the whole project.
I thought that maybe one of the metallics would work nice as a grid, but what I have in my stash isn't any good for that. I might just not have the right stuff in my stash. Even the clear plastic thread, especially if it comes in a smoke color, not clear. But maybe not if I iron it sometimes.
I was at the local fabric store this morning, but totally forgot to look.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Back to 'Drawing Hands' by MC Escher.
Finished the bottom left hand page, started the second page of the middle row.

The black grid threads were bleeding onto the white, so I pulled them all out and washed it. I think the lines that still show will disappear once I stitch over them.
This is never going to be my favorite Escher to stitch, so much white to stitch and it's just not as detailed.
I'll have to figure how to put some of the grid lines back. It's so much easier to stitch with the grid. I used black quilting thread before, the weight of the thread works nicely, and it hadn't bled on the other three that I'd stitched. Maybe ecru or a natural quilt thread if I have some.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finished - Hooray!

Keep Me Sampler from Moira Blackburn.
Stitched on 28 count even weave, one over one, with the Weeks and DMC floss called for on the pattern with only one substitution.
Finished size is 6.5 x 7 inches.

Omitted the outer border, the extra chimneys, the flying birds, the pattern rabbit and squirrel.
Changed the border pattern slightly, omitted the text. Stayed close to the pattern in most of the design.

I wanted to stitch a Moira Blackburn pattern, and I still love the little flower vines on the sides.

I wanted something else under the tree, but those are kind of sad little rabbits I made, so I still might go back and stitch in something else, maybe a flower or something.

Even making the rabbits into rocks might look better...., sad little rabbits...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Still Stitching Along

Still stitching along on the same sampler.
Watching all the other stitching blogs start all the new projects, and work to finish other UFOs.
I bought a new pattern and floss, and I'm really looking forward to stitching something else.
I suppose if I can't feel like I'm making any progress, it seemed like a nice option to increase the stitching stash.
I've enjoyed stitching this, but I've been working on it since October, and it's starting to suck the life out of me. I'm too close to done to set it off to the side.
I like stitching that silly flower border, so hopefully this sampler won't last too much longer.

I've gotten a few more rows on the crochet project done, and still a long way to go there too.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stitching Away

Trying to get back to my usual Wednesday and Saturday progress photos. At least to post a photo if I have any stitching progress.
The New Year has been productive so far. And with the outer borders partially stitched, then this will finish at 6.5 x 7 inches. I've omitted the text completely, and omitted the fancy outside border. I'm happy with the simplicity of having this as the framing border.

And I finished watching all the episodes of Dark Shadows today. All 1200+ episodes.
128 DVDs, 32 sets of 4. I've watched one of the two movies, and the remade version of the series.
It was a great series to watch ( mostly listen to ) while stitching. There were some great sections, and a few clunker plots along the way, but for me it was an enjoyable journey.
It will be interesting to see where the newest version of the movie goes, but it's still a year or more till it is released.
I wish I could say what I loved about watching it, but it's one of those things I can't quite put my finger on. Some of the lines were fabulous, and yet some of the main characters, I absolutely hated the roles, and yet I hung in there and watched the whole series. And in some way, I suppose that is all part of the charm of the series.
Now the next problem will be - what to watch while stitching?