Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Warrior Alice, Lust and a new start

Since this weekend was three days for Memorial Day, I was hoping I would get more accomplished.  Sadly, it was a great deal like other weekends.  

I did finally finish page 2 of Warrior Alice by Eclectic Bloke Designs

And Lust is back out on one set of q-snaps and made a little progress.

But since Monday was Memorial Day, I thought a patriotic chart was in order.  This is Star Spangled Banner by Northern Expressions Needlework (chart can be found here)

I did a stash dive late last week and found this piece of fabric from Mo's Sale.  I'ts a blue and grey mottled 28 ct Monaco.  Floss is Rubbed Red, Ex. White Chocolate and Zaffre Cobalt from Hand-Dyed Fibers, now out of business.

I discovered once I started stitching that I didn't like the coverage of the 28 ct.  So I went back to my stash and found a piece of 40 ct Cauldron from Picture This Plus.  I liked the coverage, the floss toss still works for me and the bead fit into the jessica stitch on the right side of my test stitching.

This is as far as I got last night, but I did start!

Friday, May 27, 2016


Warrior Alice from Eclectic Bloke Designs has been out since I had a page finish on Nightshade.  Sadly, life has been interfering with my stitchy time.

This is as far as I've gotten on page 2 in the last week or so.  I almost finished the black last night but it was midnight and I had to pack it in so I could get up for work this morning.  There are only about 30 more stitches of black then I can start adding some dark brown for variety.

I would really love to finish this page this weekend so I can move on to Lust, but I'm planning to build a desk for my office and a potting bench for my mom.  Neither of them should take long but they still take time even with a three day weekend.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 2016 Wipacolypse

It's that time again.  The Wipacolypse!

I've made some great progress with my project this month.

Last Wipacolypse, I was working on Chatelaine's Medieval Octagon.  That one was finished 5/1/16

HAED's Nightshade (artwork by Maxine Gadd) was next up.  I'm removing the all black background as I go so I'm cutting out pages and pages of all black.  I finished page 18 which is the fifth page I'm stitching 5/18/16

Now, Eclectic Bloke Designs' Warrior Alice is out and I'm working on page two.

This month's question is "What were you stitching this time last year and have you finished it?"
Last year this time, I had finished page 1 of Warrior Alice and had pulled out Coat of Arms.  So I guess the answer to that question is nope!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nightshade page finish

Last night, I finished page 18, the fifth stitched page of Nightshade.

After I finished the page, I went back and stitched the black on her right between her hair and her neck.  Looking at the finished picture
the fall of her hair is way wider than the little bit I had stitched so it would make sense for the rest to be in shadow.

This morning, I pulled out Warrior Alice and Lust.
I plan to stitch page 2 of Warrior Alice before I move to page 21 of Lust

Monday, May 16, 2016

Face time

Here's my progress on Nightshade from this weekend.

All that's left is her dress but that has so much confetti!!  Still, I'm hoping to finish this page this week.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hat tricks

Last night, I finally finished the hat on Nightshade.  Who would have thought there are as many colors as there are there.  

I'm hoping to finish her face and hair this weekend and move into her left shoulder.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Last week was busy.  Usually, I manage to find time to pull out my stitching and make at least a little progress, but I barely made any progress last week.  There were two track meets, a couple of baseball practices and 3 track practices.  This week, there may or may not be track practices since last Friday was the last track meet and there are no baseball practices scheduled, yet.

Nightshade has been hanging out in my stitchy bag this week.  Here's where I left her last year

And here is where I left her last night.

Slowly but surely!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Last weekend was a loss as far as my stitching was concerned.  This weekend...I have a finish!!