Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's finished....

It's finished.  A wonky photo, but it is just my crap camera skills.  It used just the two skeins of each color of the 12 ply silk to finish.  But I am stitching one over one, on 28 count jobelan. 
There is just one mistake on the pattern.  On the first page - it's got missing stitches on a stem if you want all 8 flowers to match. 
Mostly I am just glad that it is done.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

And then there was just one...

And then there was just one more.

I'm trying to finish this one.  Widening it still appeals to me, but not right now.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Just 2 More Parts

Just two more parts to go - one band, and that top repeat of the bottom area.
Ordered part 2 of the Schoolhouse series, and Life after Death, and a couple more charts.  I could not make up my mind about Life after Death.  I think the name finally got to me. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lower Half Done

Okay, finally the correct colors in the photo.  Shows the thread color Tulip correctly.  The next row above will be a repeat of the bottom flowers.  This is still the first floss of each color with just a couple strands left. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Five Bands Done

Five bands completed. 
The middle of that top completed band is the pattern halfway mark.  Gotta finish that corner yet. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Three Bands done

Three bands done... 
Mostly trying to figure out if I'll need more floss.  But I am using a red silk floss, and since I never bother to put one thing away before starting something else, I still have the other different red silk floss inches away in threaded needles for the Dragons of Sumatra pattern.  I'm clearly living dangerously and on the edge.  I'm old, this IS dangerous and on the edge enough for me. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Working on the Lower Half

Lower half of the pattern.  One band is done.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just for my records...

Mostly for my own information.
Garden Fair from Courtney Collection.
On 28 count Antique White Jobelan from Hobby Lobby.  One over one.
Using suggested Classic Colorworks Belle Soie Silk Floss in the color Tulip.
Started with quantity 4 - each are 5 yards - 12 strands.
Using a different Gloriana Silk in the color India Ink #103 for the dark.
Started with quantity 4 - each are 6 yards - 12 strands.
The plan is to do the pattern as charted - then see where I am on the floss used.  The plan was to buy twice the floss needed and then double the pattern design width.
14.357 inches long by 6.035 inches wide - or doubled to approx 12.07 inches wide
This floss was purchased at ABC Stitch.  But it will be the last purchase from them. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Filling In...

Crappy photo for some reason.
I am not sure about doing the grass, which is a straight stitch over three threads, using two strands.  If it's the only chart done that way - I won't, so that is gonna wait till I see more.
On the 'With Thy Needle and Thread' site, there is a lovely behind the scenes story about this series.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Clearly no reason...

Clearly no rhyme or reason to the parts and order I am stitching this in.  And completing an area is never needed before doing a different area.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Schoolhouse....

 I ordered the With Thy Needle and Thread - Summer Schoolhouse kit with the first pattern, floss and fabric.  It was supposed to be 28 count fabric, stitched one over one...
Finally a series that is to be stitched exactly the way I do stitch all the time, on a fabric that I'm just fine with.  This just doesn't happen.  And I understand, not whining, just saying that THIS ONE was clearly right into my comfort zone.  So I pre-ordered it.  It came yesterday.  So I pulled out the fabric, a long narrow cut - 9 x 55 - and it's cut wonky...  so I pull edge threads to get straight.  Now it's straight, but it's not 9 inches wide anymore.   It's 8 inches wide now. 
But it's a crap mistake to make from somebody cutting a lot of fabric and either they just did not care - or they didn't know how to cut stitching fabric. 
And I'll give you two thoughts to this - if there are 6 designs on four patterns, and you did them as individual things - then you'd cut as you went - and the fabric being wonky doesn't matter as much - you'd have it cut after less than 8 inches in length.  This pattern design finishes at 5 inches wide - so they are allowing a 2 inch side border on both sides.  Mine will just be a smaller border, but it's wide enough to easily work in my 7 inch hoop.  But in a length of 8 inches - you'd only pull a few side threads to square it up. 
But my idea was I have no clue what the rest of the patterns look like - so maybe it would work like a bellpull, long and narrow.  So I started it from the top, which I never do...  But actually, I just am starting from the top center, and stitching the pattern upside down.  Once you have a few landmarks, you can then flip it and stitch it right side up. 
Where there is a will, there is a way...
It's a lovely little pattern so far.  

And I stitched a little more of Salem Sisters 3. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

It was Quick...

 Changed a few things, omitted the cats from the bottom.  In real life, that 'T' in the middle is hard to see unless you are at an angle.  I might need to stitch those boxed letters with the orange.  Calling it done for now.
This shows that I'm starting Salem Sisters 3 on the same fabric.  There is 4 inches between the two designs, giving you a better idea that the first one is not that big.  Not cutting the fabric just lets me put it in the bigger hoop when stitching smaller patterns.  Cameo Peach 28ct, one over one, using suggested GAST flosses.  Bottom photo might give a close idea of the actual fabric color. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Back to a WIP....

 Went back to this one for a few days.  The frame was done before, so I was working on that top row from the bird over to the flower like circle thing. 
But tonight I HAD to start something different - this is Salem Sisters I from Plum Street Samplers on Cameo Peach jobelan, 28 ct, one over one.  Using Classic Colorworks suggested floss.  It's basically a brown/tan neutral fabric.  I ordered all three of the Salem Sisters charts, but only 1 and 3 shipped.  This one is supposed to finish at  4 x 4.5 inches.  So it will be quick. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nicer Than The Photo

A Stitcher's Sampler from The Primitive Hare.
Finished.  On 28 ct Queen Anne's Lace, one over one, GAST Garden Gate, way more than 5 yards used.   
I made the border line the same on both side, fixed the 'feed' into 'fed',  altered a couple of other letters.  Finished size is 4.5 x 7 inches.  It's nicer than that photo shows it to be.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Sun Faded Effect

I pulled this one to start, and it has just been the nicest thing to stitch. 
A Stitcher's Sampler from The Primitive Hare.
The chart says - My Soul is 'Feed' with Needle and Thread.
Which was just enough to make me debate buying the chart... but I found the designer corrected version of the words on-line, so that it will read - My Soul is 'Fed' with Needle and Thread.   Then I ordered the chart.  And it would have been an easy fix, to just leave out the extra letter, making me really lazy.  
I'm using the GAST Garden Gate suggested, and stitching on Queen Anne's Lace 28ct jobelan, one over one. 
But the floss reads as sun faded for most of the stitches.  Look at that top row of bees, you get a couple of dark areas on the wings, but the rest reads as sun faded bees.   That sun faded effect is interesting.  Something I'd like to play with on other charts with this same fabric / floss combination.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Another Quick Finish

Another quick finish.
This is Primitive Moodkeep from Plum Street Samplers.  There are two patterns that are done into little pillows.  This is called 'Blessings to Thee'.  There is also another pattern with this one - and the reason for me to buy this pattern - it's called 'A Pox Upon Thee'.  But if I do that first - this one never gets done.  So I did the nice version first.  And it stitched up in a single day. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Calling it 'Done'

I'm calling it 'Done'.  Omitting the single stitch square border, the year, and initials.
If you put on a border like that, you are limited on the frame.  Without it, even a round frame would work.  Sometimes, simple works better. 

Finished about 5 inches each way at the wide points. 
Stitched one over one with the suggested floss on 28ct Dove Gray jobelan.  There is a slight variation in the photo of the Bayberry green floss in the leaves.  In real life, you can't really see it at all.  Changed that up and down line in the bowl to be darker.  Other than that - it's the pattern. 
It wasn't what I expected, it's different, but that's fine.  I have gotten several versions of the suggested wren fabric in  both cashel and lugana, and I liked the pattern photo, so went with a gray and not wren, which is much more brown. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Finished Two More

The second ABCD from La-D-Da.
Stitched with GAST Buckeye Scarlet.  One over one, on Dove Gray 28 ct. 
The purple one is also GAST, but just called Limited Edition. 
Went back to finish this one.  'It's Halloween', from Foxwood Crossings.  Stitched with the recommended fabric, 28ct Cyprium Cashel and WDW Onyx.  One over one.  And my first time stitching on cashel.  It's placed odd on the fabric, I thought I had room to do it twice.  But I plan to just fold it over and finish by stuffing it.   I bought another piece of this same fabric after seeing it stitched over two - but doing it once was fine for now.  It's done.  Proving I can go back and finish something.  Which is kinda the plan at the moment. 

But then there was this.... see right there in the middle????
This was outside in the dark - this is all with a camera flash.  Right there in the middle of the picture.  It seemed HUGE.  I've seen what I call corn spiders - hate those, and then I see this - in the dark you could see the outline.  I stepped inside to grab the camera, and there was another spider about the size of a dime on the wall, I swatted him, and have to clean the wall now.  But I wanted a photo to show scale - so the regular width of a front step and  hand railing...  it's bigger...  but I got some closer photos, and the head reflects, or glows in all the photos.

Not a clue why the camera flash reflects.  Not like it's got a single shiny tooth.
I ended this with a shot of spray bug killer.  I don't mind one - but the thought of this one with a breeding partner - nope.  It's not just a single edited photo, no, it's all different photos.  Once I hit it with the bug killer he ran to the crevice between the step and the sidewalk.
Mostly meaning I'm not gonna be parking my butt on these steps this summer.  That thing is big enough to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to move over...  I've been kinda waiting to hear the - tap, tap, tap, on the front door, and it asking - Hey - why did you spray me?  And to be there with a dozen more friends behind it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Goofy Photo Still

Still a goofy photo.
A photo of PeliCan with the Quarter Horse floss.  Still on the first floss.  One over one - 28 count lugana, Doubloon.

Ordered a bunch of floss to kit patterns.  And it included a free floss  Mine is a grape, mulberry color..  So I used it to start the ABCD pattern from La-D-Da, on Dove Gray 28ct jobelan, one over one.  And finished it in two days.  But the scrap will let me do it again, and so nice I'll stitch it twice - applies.  Different color.  It used more than half the floss.  Left the highlighter in to give a sense of scale.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

And the stitching is done...

Laying next to each other...  the larger one is 4 x 4.25 inches.
And the smaller ones are 2.5 x 2.75 inches each.
Finished.  Threadworks Primitives - Never Fading.
Used suggested  GAST floss.   Stitched on 28ct Bone jobelan, one over one. 

Only one thing I'd have wanted to know if I was considering buying this pattern.  If you plan to only stitch the larger design, then it only uses three colors, not four.  It uses 'Blackboard' for all the dark, but not 'Otter Creek'.  But the smaller one used "Otter Creek" for the dark parts, but not 'Blackboard' at all.  The gray is barely used - like two single strand lengths per item....  any gray would have done... or even a red or flower color of your choice...  The only change I made was to stitch the star in a different color on second fob.  And on the large one the star is filled in with the gray, but I liked it fine without filling it in.

But it was a simple nice stitch.  I liked the look of it, still do.  But at $2.40 a floss - I'd wanna know.  I could have used a simple black dmc - but I'll admit, I like the 'Blackboard', and I stitch with black ALL the time.  So I don't have a problem paying for that fancy black even, - but the gray - or finding out I'm not even using the "Otter Creek' cause I only want the large design...  yeah, I'd have never bought their patterns again...  It was totally random I decided to stitch the fobs, and stitched them first.    

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. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

A is for the word - Almost...

ABC Lesson by Lizzie Kate - a kit of pattern and floss.  On 28 count lambswool, one over one. I got this one and the Marriage pattern kit this year, and I finished them both.  So while ordering something else, I tossed a third version of this into my cart.  At least I seem to finish these. 
A photo of them laying next to each other.  ABC is 5 x 7 finished and Marriage is  4 x 6.5 finished.

Oh, I have a letter 'a' in the word 'Understand' that is missing most of it.  I'll do that now...  But I'm not taking photos again...   
I'd have rather wrote - A is for Aw, Crap. But the pattern and floss are just feet away - and fixing it now is fine.   ** I fixed it, and now it IS done.  Hooray!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Still on that....

A week later and this is coming along...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Un-Stitch - Un-Stitch - Un-Stitch - Un-Stitch

You don't really need to see a photo - trust me.

So on the Let Freedom Ring - the stiffness of the fabric was just driving me crazy, and I knew it would bleed if I tried to wash out some of the sizing, starch, whatever that is...  it's like elmer's glue once it's wet....  but I washed it in the sink - and yeah, it did bleed onto all the white railing stitches...  so if you do that at the end - we'd just call it overdyed.... but since I didn't have the railing done - it's got to be removed and stitched again.. but now those stitches are dyed that same color as the fabric.... making it take a little longer to be careful....  and I have most of them out, the fabric is now tighter, a little more easy to get into a hoop, and I learned - wash it BEFORE the first stitch.

So I didn't want to do that till it had a hole - so I grabbed that Diva pink to try the Sulky floss.  It's a pattern that looks like lace.  I stitch just half the width - and three rows - but it's too thick as one over one, on 28 count -  the stitches were only in groups of 5 - and not laying flat, and other areas are 100 stitches - it's not going to work for this.   If you have a stem of just a couple stitches - it would be great, but not for this...  and that's fine - it was a test...  so I pick it all out.

I start again with white dmc, again, just half the width - I'm making it fit the space - not the pattern...  But I get to three rows up,and I find I have skipped a thread.  So it's 169 rows - I'm going to just start over, rather than have a blob in the lace edge...  So I pick it all out.

And I start over...  this time I get to row 5 and I have not skipped at thread like last time - no this time I didn't skip a thread, and I'm off again....  So I pick it all out for a third time....

So I could have taken a photo - but there are no stitches on it yet...

So then I needed away from that - so I picked up my other Lizzie Kate...  I'd already split the fabric when I did the other one - so it was ready to stitch.  And so far, so good.  I've got 10 words stitched... 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Challenge Project

I got my stuff for my challenge project - and I could not resist starting it.

But I had done a little more on that Halloween thing.  It's on cashel - and I feel like an idiot because I can't count right on it  - and it's still one over one on 28 ct, but on cashel.  Shouldn't be a big deal - but I have been off a thread maybe six times already.  It was practice for linen... and I'm screwing it up...  not a good thing... 
So that other thing there...  Yeah, that's the Let Freedom Ring pattern.  I started in the center.  And it's on 28 count - so HUGE - because I have to stitch it over two...  and it's linen...  But it was the R&R fabric in the pattern dye color in 28 count.  I didn't think they even made that - and it should have sold out long ago - but I know most people would turn up their nose at that fabric - because it will be huge...  I get it.   But I have said before - I'm not sure I can count to two over and over - I can - but I'm not going to do that - because I'm goofy...  I'm taking it and I still want it to look finely detailed.  So you know how they stitch the Mirabella skin one over one and keep that detail look by making one stitch into four small stitches?  I'm doing that with the whole pattern.  So every stitch is now four tiny stitches...  and that roof - it is two colors, but it doesn't look like that on mine - or barely...
It will work.  but it's gonna take longer.  And it's gonna go slower - cause one stitch is really four - ever time...  Yep, a challenge.    I've done that before - but never on something this big.  And honestly - it's not all that big.  It's still one over one - on 28 count - it just takes four to be one......
Yeah, it's nothing I want to try while drinking.  But so far, so good...  And I kinda like it.    I saw a video where somebody did the corner flower - it was lovely...  but it was a little clunky looking because it's still two over two - so I want to try it with the finer detail of the four into one stitch.  So it will come and go over time I'm sure - but for that kinda money - I'm stitching it.   I am trying to angle to get to that corner flower...  that is the goal.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Finish... and a message to Suzette....

Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - which includes the floss.  Stitched on Lambswool 28ct, one over one.  I'd like to restitch is again on something lighter.  The blocks of color photograph fine, but in real life they muddy into a blob, especially the gold.  But I split a material to make this match another Lizzie Kate. So maybe I'll stitch them both twice.

Okay, Suzette, one of the floss tube people, is looking for three of these patterns.  I didn't have any of them - but I went to my LNS yesterday - just to see if I could find a couple of floss tube out of print things.  I didn't find the one I was looking for, but I did find 5 of these. I came home and tracked down the sixth one - and ordered it. And I know where the seventh one is.  But I'm not on social media at all other than this blog.  So I can't email her directly. But my email is on this blog under the 'About Me' on the side - we will see if she can find me.  Just to be clear - I am filling a set for me.  I might never hear from her - and  that's fine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Okay - did you ever see a pattern, and just find it interesting, even though it's maybe not the usual style for you.  And maybe it's a new fabric to try... a new stitch...  stitching over one for a part of it would be new for you.... or maybe stitching over two is not the usual for your stitching.....maybe the floss is new...  but there is something, or a combination of things, and you just keep looking at it over and over and over....

And you know you don't need it.  It's not your style.  But you start to see that it might be a challenge.  Not a mountain to climb type of challenge.  But stepping outside the thing that you find really easy to do.  Something you look at, and the math is different... so how much floss do you really need?  And if you stitch it over two, with two - for me - that would be different.  But what if I didn't stitch it two over two... what if a single stitch is now really still one over one - so one stitch is four... like they do on faces and skin.  What if you did that on the whole pattern...  I've done that on something small - not skin, just the pattern.  But certainly not on something large.  Does that double the floss?  More? Less than double?   It would have to take more - but I'm not sure...
See, a challenge.  Because I'm not sure.

So I broke - this will be my challenge project to buy.  It started because it's a new fabric for me, in a count that most people would turn their nose up at.  So the fact that it was that count fabric - it might be in my path just for me...  because it's also the color the pattern was done on and and the same fabric dyer, just a different count.  And the fabric would have all sold out because the pattern was sold so much there really is no fabric left - but there is this odd count that I would find interesting to try this on.  It would take me forever - but would it work? - I am not used to counting to two - oh, it would be a challenge, because I'm taking it, and making it harder...  making every single stitch now four tiny stitches, which would take it back to a finer detail again...  would it look different?  well, skin on those girls does - so it should... maybe once I see it - I'll think something different.  But I want to try - I want to play with that idea...  I don't need it - I keep wanting to try a slightly different angle and version...  It would be like thinking - lets' try it on gauze...

It doesn't matter which pattern I'm talking about - it would be a different pattern for each of us. 

I ordered it all, the pattern, the fabric, the fancy floss.
I won't know till I try.  And I want to try - it's an expensive test of - can I do it?
But I've done this with other things.  Just not lately.  I'm never sure if it will work or not.  If I can or not.  But if stitching doesn't work - I'm pretty sure - nothing awful happens.

But it has to be the end of my binge.  It's enough.   The next thing I post will have to be a finish.  I want to go back to - use it up, wear it out.  I've had fun, I've restocked.  I'm happy with what I've got.  It's not all here yet.  But I have enough.
***and the next morning.... I ordered more...  Which I think completes my whole, want/wish list.  It had better...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


About halfway with a few stitches missing yet.  Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - it's a kit, suggested is lambswool fabric and it is.

And Irene - I had to laugh - before posting that photo of stash - I'd done exactly that - tried to write and justify - I know exactly what you are talking about.  I finally, after hours and hours, erased it all, realized - I don't have to explain anything.