Wednesday, September 30, 2015


 A photo of the floss order I have been waiting for - $100 worth of sale floss.  Several patterns.  I think I got them all sorted to the correct pattern - I had two left over... I think I know where they go.
I worked on the green version of the cardinal design.  Not going to use the dull red, just the substitute 815.  Had to substitute the beak and feet color again - to dmc 780, which seems perfect.
And this is the pile of stitching on the footstool.  This is only one of several piles of floss and patterns and fabric around me and my stitching spot on the sofa.  It is like a race to stitch myself out before it all surrounds me.  It would be nice to finish something - getting the floss I was missing on a few projects should help. *** I picked up the mess surrounding me, most of it, and put it in a plastic tote so it is more organized, not randomly falling on the floor, and it will stay together. 

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


The pattern is two pages - and the first page is completed.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Just Playing

I know I am just playing with this pattern at this point.  My floss order is still on back order.  I am not playing with the whites anymore - I had changed the bird to a darker red, dmc 815, and the berries to that same darker red.  So the stars and snowflakes I will use the original bird color.  I had to darken the beak and feet.  I used the color from outlining the boxes on the other pattern and it worked great.  I am thinking text in the same darker bird red.  Pattern is called Tis The Season from the Joyeux Noel book from Blackbird Designs.  I probably will mess with this pink version and the green version just to see how far I get.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Testing Whites

Okay, the original white blob is still there -
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

Never Smooth

Wanted to stitch this for a while - but not with the $6 a skein floss - I got just dmc floss instead.
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...

See the white?  It is almost dead center in this photo.  Slightly left of dead center.  And it is just the same in real life - and I know the green is washing out in the bottom photo, it is closer to the color green in the top photo.  And I changed the red to dmc 815.  The white used is dmc 3866 - but it is going to HAVE to be a different color.  It is also the color used to do the text on the bottom - what would be the point if it all reads like the star motif in that bottom photo. 
Sucks.  Just sucks.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stitching Away

Worked on block #11.  Need to finish the trees, but the rest of it is done.  I think the orange bird is just crazy - but I stitched it thinking I could always un-stitch it.  I have just decided that every square has something odd.  I can't finish a square every two days of marathon stitching - it takes at least three days per square.  Did finally finish the lower left box border.  It takes most of a skein just to stitch all the box border outlines.
The floss order is still back-ordered.  So sticking with just this project has been just fine with me.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Random Filling In

Just random filling in at this point.   Worked on that fifth block house - but then got bored and moved on to stitching that 11th block.  I know it is because I want to make changes - and I am also thinking - just stitch the thing like the pattern.  But I don't want to... So I stitch what I don't want to change.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Four Blocks Finished

Four blocks finished.  Blocks 2, 3, 4 and 7.
My floss order has still not shipped, but that is okay.  It keeps me stitching on this till that floss shows up.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Three Blocks Finished

Finished that second block, and that first block I still need to fill in the cream that will not show in photos.  Text at the top I am still thinking about.  I am going to need to finish that first block - last.
Going to work on finishing the two blocks, #4 and #8 that are already started.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Still Working On It

Not done with the first or second blocks yet.  It seemed like I was due for a photo update.
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

Blocks and Stash

Almost have the box borders completed.  The biggest problem so far is keeping the floss from tangling since the are so many colors.  I finally got smart and just have the floss for the block I am stitching piled together.

Here is a photo of the patterns that I was chasing for so long.
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

Two Blocks Done

Finished the second block.  I think the colors are just bizarre - but I just stitch along.  The houses are supposed to have two chimneys - but I am okay with just one at this point.  I darkened the birds legs and beak in the first block, and also altered the text letters just slightly.

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

Nearly a block done

I was curious to see how long it would take to stitch a block, and once I knew that the fabric was the correct size, it seemed safe to finish a block.  But I am not quite done with that block, it will take another night to finish it.  It is a piece that you stare at so closely that you think - this is odd, that is odd.  The peach color bird on the roof - the birds at the base, the feet and beaks are so light they don't really show, so I might need to pick a darker color and restitch.  Little things I could fuss about, but I know it is the overall design you see, not all the fussy little things you notice while stitching.  I like the piece, and I like stitching it.  It was nice to get a break from just stitching out the block boxes. 

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...