Sunday, March 25, 2018
Posted by Shirlee at 1:52 PM
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Happy Sunday one & all!
Last week I worked on Chessie & Friends by Chessie & Me. This is another ornament I had kitted up from 2014. I didn't realize there were Symra cross stitches, round eyelet stitches, & star stitches in the design, but of course I should have known ... Chessie & Me ... lol! I am glad I persevered.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:25 AM
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I would like to purchase or borrow a Little by Little Design Company sampler chart. Unfortunately I do not know the name of the design or have a photo. It features a simple floral border on the top and right and left sides but not on the bottom. The bottom has a large two-story darker pink house with three chimneys. To the left of the house is a tree with a bird on top. To the right of the house is a large pink flower and what looks to be a brown dog. Straight across the top underneath the floral border there is a line of lowercase letters from A through Q. The verse reads " If I am right oh Teach my Heart Still in the right to stay If I am wrong Thy grace impart To find that better way" ... and then there are the stitcher's initials with the words "her work in the year of Our Lord" and then the year. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Does anyone have the chart who would be willing to sell or loan it to me so I can stitch it?
Posted by Shirlee at 7:24 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Three finishes last week, eight finishes since January 31st! I'm on a roll ... lol!
From 2014 JCSCO
from 2014 JCSCO
Last night I started stitching my third ornament although I wonder if the A Little Snow design by Lizzie Kate might actually be an ornament. Hmmmmm. Last night I started stitching my third or fourth ornament which is Chessie & Friends, a Chessie & Me design from the 2001 JCSCO issue. This is one of the designs I kitted up 3+ years ago. I think I'm going to try to work on stitching these designs first. That's the plan for now anyway : )
Posted by Shirlee at 2:08 PM
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
While pondering what to do with my Joy to the World project (thank you, everyone, for your suggestions), I decided to start an ornament. I think on Instagram, or somewhere, there is some kind of "stitch 12 ornaments in a year, one for each month" group thingie. I haven't been able to find it ... but since Joy to the World is having a time out at the moment, I started an ornament.
Before I stopped stitching three years ago, I had kitted up several projects in individual plastic baggies ... working copies of the charts, the suggested fabrics, and the suggested threads or DMC equivalents. I went through these baggies the day before yesterday. Isn't it interesting how much your tastes can change in three years? I looked at some of those designs and thought, "I wanted to stitch this???" And then I took everything out of those baggies, tossed the working copies, and filed the fabrics & threads ... lol!
This design called to me to stitch it first. I think it's the color palette. I've been stitching a lot of Christmas reds and greens lately. This design is from the JCSO 2014 issue ... Give Joy by Country Cottage Needleworks. I'm using the suggested fabric, 32-count waterlily linen ... a pretty, pale mint green color. I chose to use the DMC equivalents.
Posted by Shirlee at 5:39 PM
You may remember me mentioning once upon a time that I used to be a design contributor to a cross stitch magazine many years ago. Yesterday I opened a box marked Bobbin Lace Supplies that has been sealed for 10 years. Literally 10 years. I was surprised to find some old cross stitch pieces in there that were stitched back in the early 80s. I was also happy to find three cross stitch magazine issues that contained my designs.
Posted by Shirlee at 2:20 PM
Sunday, March 4, 2018
I am so thankful for the pencil suggestions in response to my last request. Little did I know I'd be in need of assistance again so soon.
I hadn't noticed that Joy to the World has star stitches. The stitches themselves are not a problem to make, but do I make them with one strand of floss or with two? I consulted YouTube and half the tutorials there say two strands and the other half say one. Since I'm stitching the rest of the design with two strands I am assuming two. However, where do I secure the ends? I am using hand dyed floss. I tried tying a knot with two strands, which actually results in four strands making the knot, but this is quite lumpy. There's really not a lot of stitching on the back side of the star stitches for me to weave the ends under. I am supposed to place a star stitch in each bottom curved portion of the gold swag and then randomly about the design. Please see the photo. Any suggestions? Is there perhaps another stitch I can substitute for the star stitches?
Posted by Shirlee at 5:39 PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018
I have been happily stitching away on my Joy to the World design by Lizzie Kate but alas, I have encountered a problem with my linen. There was a large slub which I knew from the start would be in the stitching area. I did my best to pick it out. I'm usually successful when I do this, but this time not so much. The slub did get smaller, but the fabric dye did not soak through all the fibers and therefore the remainder of what's left is lighter, even white, compared to the surrounding fabric. Your eye is immediately drawn to it.
I tried to plan for part of the stitching to cover the slub. Obviously I failed. Can anyone suggest a way I can somehow darken this area a bit without ruining the surrounding linen and the cross stitches?
Posted by Shirlee at 7:07 PM