Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BOAF - Alphabet Sampler - Framed

Alphabet Sampler from Birds of a Feather - Framed.
Fit nicely in a $5. - 5 x 7 frame from Target.

Shopped for frames yesterday, but didn't find much.

Started stitching a HAED. Took 3 days to grid the material for the pattern.
Not sure if I'm going to stitch it or not. I'm trying a corner design to get a sense of the scale.
It's 56 pages, and I'm working on 4 pages as a test. Will post a photo - but at the moment, it's just random stitches, and doesn't look like anything.

At the moment I have three WIP with all the floss out, and it feels like chaos.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ewe Alone - Halfway

Just couldn't wait till Wednesday to post a progress photo for Ewe Alone from Sheepish Designs.

I DID know that the green and blue symbols were mixed up on the chart, but I still ended up with green for the alphabet, that was suppose to be blue.
I had it straight by the time I was stitching the flowers and leaves.

Stitched on African Daisy 28 count jobelan, one over one with DMC floss.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Progress for 2010

Just a quick list for myself...

Finished 2010 - from January - June.

1. Ink Circles - Bramble and the Rose - Framed
2. Long Dog - Paradigm Lost - Framed
3. Goode Huswife - With My Needle
4. Courtney Collection - Bernadette ( Reversed ) - Framed
5. Carriage House - Willow Tree Sampler - Framed
6. Ink Circles - Quaker Floral Puzzle - Framed
7. Goode Huswife - Black Forest
8. Goode Huswife - Pumpkins and Peacocks
9. Birds of a Feather - Happy Hearts Sampler - Framed
10. La D Da - Mares Eat Oats
11. Primative Betty - Live Laugh Love
12. Elizabeth's Garden - Trudy's Flower
13. Barrick - Kingston Sampler
14. Goode Huswife - Deerfield
15. La D Da - Lazy Alphabet
16. Escher - Mosaic - Framed
17. Barrick - 1999 Christmas Sampler
18. Long Dog - Do Bears - Framed
19. Birds of a Feather - Alphabet Sampler - Framed
20. Escher - Portrait of an Engineer - Framed

MC Escher Cross Stitch Together

Just a quick photo to compare the three completed Escher patterns laying side by side.
Not a great photo, but it sure shows that he wasn't just a one trick artist.
Portrait of an Engineer, Mosaic, Hand with Reflecting Globe.

Escher's Portrait of an Engineer - Finished.

Escher's Portrait of an Engineer - Finished.

Stitched one over one on 25 count lugana.
Finished size is 7.5 x 9.5 inches.
Started Christmas day 2009 - Finished 6 months and one day later. But it wasn't the only thing being stitched.

The pattern came from a very long way away - and bless Susan for helping me get it.
Sometimes only another stitcher can understand.

He's quite the little character.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color? Really?

I paniced. Just needed something with a little color.
Add another project to the list....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

15 Pages Completed

15 of 16 pages completed.

Down to the final page.

It has been more interesting to work random pages.
Again the advantage of having a grid.
I've miscounted twice on this project, but never got more than 15 stitches before discovering the mistake because of suddenly finding myself the wrong place on the grid.

I have one 'fear of God' stitch in the background stitches.

It occurs to me that of the three Eschers that I've stitched, none of them are the optical illusions that Escher is so famous for drawing.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

14 Pages Completed

14 of 16 pages completed.
All four sides completed.

Now the total unfinished area fits into the stitching hoop.
But I've run out of Dark Shadows to watch while stitching. I've watched 640 episodes so far, thru collection 16. Hopefully, I'll get to watch more episodes in about 3 weeks.
In the meantime, I guess the only answer is to start watching it again from the beginning...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

13 Pages Completed

13 of 16 pages completed.
3 pages left to stitch.

Top of the magnifying glass is the next page to stitch.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BOAF - Alphabet Sampler - Finished

Birds of a Feather - Alphabet Sampler - Finished.

Stitched on 28 count antique white evenweave, one over one.
Added the DMC 315 to add a bit of color.
Added the bottom border.
Finished size is 4 x 5.5 inches.

Lovely little pattern.

12 Pages Complete

12 of 16 pages completed.
Three sides complete. Four corners complete.
Four pages left to stitch.

Stitching white on white is STILL just maddening for me.
Escher's Drawing Hands pattern calls for 40 yards of white floss -
Hummm, time to reconsider.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Do Bears - Finished.

'Do Bears' from Long Dog Samplers - Finished.
Stitched on 28 count China Pearl Jobelan, one over one.
Used 32 yards of DMC 938 floss.
Four skeins of DMC was enough for what I stitched, but I omitted some of the fussy stitching.
Changed the birds only slightly, omitted some of the curly fussy stitching, but kept lots of it.
Finished size is slightly larger than 10 x 9.5 inches.
Started Feb. 2010 - Finished June 2010, but not the only project being stitched.

Loved stitching the rabbit trees. Nice band design in the middle.
It was a nice pattern to stitch. Just fussy enough to be fun.
Wanted a masculine feel with the floss and fabric choices, and it worked nicely.

Page 11 Completed

11 of 16 pages completed.
The plan - to stitch the pages that look easy to stitch first...
Only 5 more pages to go...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

How A New Project Starts

This is what happens -
1. You finish the word 'Enough', and decide those birds are really too crude and maybe you could substitute something else.
2. You drag out your pattern stash, knowing you'll find something that will work.
3. You can't make up your mind about what to substitute for the birds.
4. There's nothing on tv, but the next Dark Shadows series is waiting.
5. You have another pattern, floss, and scrap evenweave sitting near where you stitch.
6. Then you decide that THIS needs just a hint of color, so you dig through floss till you find some DMC 315.
7. Then stitch until your eyes start to cross, and you just can't count anymore.

Isn't that how every stitcher starts the next project?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Do Bears - again

It's photo day again, and back to 'Do Bears' from Long Dog Samplers.
Used almost 32 yards of floss at this point.
Should be able to finish this one up in a few hours - it's been a relaxing pattern to stitch.

There is a beautiful red version of this pattern here.
She stitched all the fussy backstitching in the trees and band borders that I'm choosing not to stitch.
It's always nice to get more color ideas, and get to see another version of a pattern.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Page 10 Completed

Completed 10 pages of 16.

Two sides completed. Still very dull progress photos. A black coat, an ear, and a bald head.

Still watching Dark Shadows and stitching. Characters you love, characters you love to hate.
Watching Collection 11 at this point.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Halfway - Finally

Halfway - Finally.
Completed 8 of 16 pages.

Should rotate to another project - especially when I'm still only halfway now.
But I just keep hanging in there with this little old guy.

If I can finish up this Escher - then I can go back to stitching things NOT ESCHER again.

This guy's going to finish up at 7.5 x 9.5 inches. Smaller than a regular sheet of paper.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Still Not Halfway Yet

Completed 7 pages of 16.
Yep, back to this again... And starting in a new corner made it feel like a whole new project... lol.

Thanks for your comments on projects you were disappointed in, or that didn't turn out the way you expected. It's really interesting, especially when the charts are one's I like too.

Let's try a more positive angle...

From everything you've ever stitched, what project did you really enjoy stitching??? And why???

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Christmas Sampler 1999 - finished

Christmas Sampler 1999 from Barrick Samplers - finished.

This didn't come out at all as I expected.
First the two colors of the trees are DMC 733, and DMC 734. In real life, the colors stitch as nearly the same. In the photo it looks like two colors, and this is a terrible photo.
Second, there is an off white, cream color that is added to the tree bases, and the stars.
That didn't work for me at all, so it was un-stitched from those areas.
I'm not going to bother with the border stitches.
It's just one of those patterns that doesn't look like you expect it to look.
I'm glad it happened on a small pattern and not something big with lots of stitching.

So what have you stitched that you were disappointed in??? And why???