14 hours ago
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
It gives you an idea that if I had used the suggested red dmc, it would have been a dull color for the bird. I felt that the word 'jolly' was too far right - but I stitched it in the place suggested because the spacing was 5 between words - and it is 5 between the lower J loop - but it doesn't look that way. I changed the year date - just free handing the numbers and placement. I liked the pattern - I do admit that I uglied it up in my color choices of fabric - but you never know. I certainly would have preferred a white - but it just didn't work. Finished at 2.75 x 7.75 inches,
I got the email saying my floss order is on the way - finally - hooray...
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Then I tried just white in a few stitches directly nearest the red tail of the bird -
Then I tried that really bright dmc white - that B5200 - that is the nearly half star.
That one is better, but it almost reads like it was painted on - like painted on with a stencil? It does not look like floss stitched on fabric. Weird effect though.
So I thought of trying a gold - but on some weird conversion chart - gold turned to green dmc numbers - so that theory didn't help. I can pick random gold color floss, but they never stitch up like I am expecting. Never. Too dark, too yellow, too orange. Never golden, and a metal floss is too fussy. So I have a few more options. The red of the bird was supposed to be a different red, I can try that for the stars / snowflakes and text. I could try putting this all on a gray fabric - then the white might work... and I will have to un-stitch those whites...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I had seen it stitched on a mint green - but I thought it might be okay on the mottled pink. But the white does not really show - the white is above the left leaf on the pink - barely visible.
So I decided to try a green from my stash - it is moss green / celadan - 25 count - and started over.
So much better - this is three of the colors - I thought it was the answer -
Then I finally added the white after stitching even more - see below...
Sucks. Just sucks.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
The floss order is still back-ordered. So sticking with just this project has been just fine with me.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Going to work on finishing the two blocks, #4 and #8 that are already started.
Friday, September 11, 2015
That brick work, two stitches of this, then two stitches of that, repeat, aaauuuggghhhhh! Mostly because the cream in that first house is the same as the back ground, making it hard to tell where I have filled in and where I have skipped. But they are both nearly done. I have been doing nothing but stitching. Audiobook length marathon stitching. And the books have not been that good.
And the floss that I ordered - they must have been out of a color - so I am waiting... but there are NO stitching emergencies - so that is fine. There were 52 in the order - and only a few were doubles.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
I saw Peaceful Paradise finished and hanging at my local shop - but they could not find the pattern in their store, which I also suspected was out-of-print. So the chase began. I had seen Heaven Above started on a few blogs, I picked up the Memorial Sampler since it was in my local store, and have started it, but I am waiting for the couple of floss colors I am missing to finish it. Time is the third design pictured - it is new and NOT out-of-print, and it just seemed bright and cheery. I asked them to also send Mind Your Manners - it had just issued the day before, and it seemed if they were sending some - adding one more was a good idea. I was chasing the designer for lack of a better word. I also found that she had a couple of designs published in Just CrossStitch magazines (pictures below). A few hours later, I had the those back issue magazine charts added to my stash. Yesterday I figured out the floss order for all these patterns - I pressed the order button and crossed my fingers. It will be my winter stitching stash. And hopefully this is the last time I am chasing designers and designs that are out-of-print, or nearly out-of-print.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
I started stitching off of the computer scans of the stitching patterns. Nice to be able to use the computer to make the pattern section I am working on bigger. I always thought it would be nice to try that - but this pattern has been nice to be able to do that to see the details.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Remember my search for out-of-print patterns that I ordered July 25?... I am still waiting. They have put pending charges on my credit card, so I am hoping I will see patterns soon. At least another week till I see them in my mailbox is my best guess. Then I will need to order floss..., but I can't do that till I have the list off of the patterns.... I will order the floss from a different shop and catch it on sale, but that will mean more waiting...