Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden Verses

I wish I could say I've been stitching all the things but I've only been making slow progress on Garden Verses.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Page finish and an OLD WIP

Friday, I finished page 1 of Old European Sampler.  I really like the colors in this with the pops of color in the browns.  

I moved the qsnaps and threaded my needle to start page 2 and lost interest in this for now so I tried The Forgotten by Charting Creations.  Zero progress on that one too.  So I dug around in my WIPs and found one of the two oldest WIPs I have.  I still need to dig the other one out.  I don't think it has very much left on it.

Anyway, Here is Mirabilia's Garden Verses when I pulled it out Friday.  I was using DMC metallic in this and hated it which may be why I haven't made a lot of progress in the last 10 years.  That and the fabric is not good.  I remember pulling it out since I had it and the chart would fit.  I'm going to stick it out though.

Friday night, I frogged the metallic and I've since restitched with PTB and made some nice progress on the left side.  I'm really looking forward to getting into some of the richer colors and away from the ecru and browns.

Monday, April 10, 2017

That may have worked

Starting Old European Sampler may be entertaining my stitchy bug.  I've made some great progress over the last week.

Hopefully that continues and I see a page finish soon.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Here stitchy bug!

I'm still trying to tempt my stitchy bug and it's not working so well.

Last Thursday, I couldn't face any more roses on Beaded Dragonfly Tile for a bit.  It was bad enough that I didn't even finish the leaves I was working on.  

I pull it off my qsnaps and pulled He Came With the Rain back out for the weekend.

I put about 1050 stitches in this and pulled it back off my qsnaps.  Then I went digging through some older kitted projects and found Steve Rousseau's Old European Sampler that was a freebie through the Needleprint blog in 2010

I have this kitted in HDF silks and made a little progress last night.

Time will tell if this one stays out for a bit.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

There be dragons...

Actually, their much smaller cousins, the dragonfly.  

I've really been enjoying this one.  I don't know if it's because it's a new start, a Chatelaine, beads or a combination of all three.  

Friday night, I finished the first rose bud.  There are eighteen colors, including the backstitch color, in that baby.  But the result is beautiful!

Saturday, I finished another couple rose buds and added the backstitching on the first two dragonflies.

And last night, I finished the last rose, added the remaining dragonflies and started adding beads to them.  There is a definite PITA factor to beading this way, but I love the little blingy dudes!

Monday, March 13, 2017


Since my last post, my mojo has taken a short leave of absence.  

I haven't managed much since my last post.

There were 115 stitches on Lust

Then to try to tempt my mojo back, I pulled out my kit for Chatelaine's Beaded Dragonfly Tile.  Here's a screenshot from

I didn't get very far, in part because we had a basketball tournament all weekend.  I'm stitching on 28ct white Monaco.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

They kinda look like chickens...

Last week was fairly productive.

I think the long tailed animals are probably supposed to be dragons of some nature, but they kind of look like chickens with the combs on top of their heads.

Page 23 2/28/17

page 24 3/4/17

page 25 3/6/17


Now, Lust is back out to hopefully see some good progress and the end of the flames!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Coat of Arms

I've been making some really nice progress on Coat of Arms Band Sampler.  

page 21 2/21/17

page 22 2/25/17


I should finish page 23 tonight and make some headway on page 24.  After I finish this row of pages, I'm thinking about starting the next row.  Lust is still sitting on the coffee table staring at me though so I'll have to see how I feel after I finish page 25.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WIPS and a couple of floss tosses

Last week, I managed to get the rest of the black on page 2 done.  There is now over a skein of 310 stitched.  Saturday, I started filling in color and decided I'd had enough of color changes for a bit.  this is where I left Sea Witch.  I'll come back to her.

I pulled out Coat of Arms instead for some monochrome time.  This is far as I got Sunday.  I've almost finished page 21 but I don't have an updated picture.  

Saturday, my oldest had a basketball game.  So I checked the stash to see what I need to finish kitting up Mirabilia's Snow Queen and Santa's Sleigh.  After basketball we stopped by Hobby Lobby to pick up what I was missing.

I think my floss tosses look pretty good.  I'm using Wicked Garden by Colour Cascades Fabrics.  I took pictures on the same piece of fabric but you get the idea.  When I saw the fabric, I had a picture in my mind's eye of the northern lights behind them and this fabric is perfect.  I think there could be a problem with a couple of the DMC colors, but they're surrounded by other colors so I don't think they'll be an issue.

Snow Queen floss toss

Santa's Sleigh floss toss

Monday, February 13, 2017


I spent a good amount of time stitching this weekend.  Most of it in black.  There are a couple shades of dark brown at the very top but so. much. black.  And I'm still not done.  I'm getting very close to having a full skein in there.  Thankfully my coverage is good and tent stitch goes so fast!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Page 22!

When I called it an evening Wednesday night, I only had 14 stitches left on page 22.  Last night, all I did was those 14 stitches, in 12 different colors.  But I think the result is worth it.

I moved the qsnaps to start page 23 but I don't know if I'm going to take her back off for a bit or not.  I'm thinking about picking Sea Witch back up for page 2.

 I was a little bad this week.  I'm participating in Stitch From Stash 2017A on Facebook.  But when Eclectic Bloke Designs announced their closing and all their charts 50% off, I went through their charts and bought several.  I'm still in the black though, so it's all good.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


This is Sunday night's picture so I'm further than this now.  I am SO ready for a page finish!

The next page has the end of that band of flames that I've come to dread but the rest of the page looks like nice blocks of color.

Monday, January 30, 2017


I didn't get as much done as I would have liked last week.  There were two or three days that not much happened or I only put a few stitches in.  This week, I'm hoping to get much closer to finishing page 22.  There is one stitch that touches the edge...

Monday, January 23, 2017


The work on Lust continues.  I'm slowly creeping up on about half of page 22 finished.  Since I've moved away from the confetti in some of the dress, it's moving faster.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fire and Ice

I've been working on Lust since I finished Woodland Wonder.  Here's where she is now.

Last weekend ended up being a three day weekend since there was a major ice storm that came through the Midwest US over the weekend.  Here are some of the pictures I uploaded.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First finish of 2017

I put the last bead in last night.  Sadly, this is the best picture I got even directly under the dining room light.  I won't see the sun at home until the weekend.

Lust is back out on the qsnaps.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Woodland Wonder, new starts

I've almost finished Woodland Wonder!!  I just have to finish the beading and I'll have my first finish for 2017.

Here's all the stitching complete

First tree beaded

Here's as far as I got on the second tree before it got too late.

The beads definitely change the look of the trees.  They were kind of drab before the beads were added.

On January 1, I was still obsessed with Woodland Wonder.  I had a couple of kits on the coffee table waiting for my New Year's start, but I didn't manage much.  I put a few stitches into He Came With the Rain by Unconventional XS

I also put a few more stitches into The Forgotten by Charting Creations

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017, plans

I think I'm going to change up my rotation a bit.  Over the last several years, I've not really focused on any of my projects.  I think this year, I'm going to make Lust my focus piece and after my New Year's start, I'm going to work a page on her, pull another project and work a section or page (whatever works best) and go back to Lust for another page.  I'm ready to have another HAED finished especially since I have been starting other full coverage pieces.  

After my New Year's Start, of course!

Here are all my projects for 2017.

New start
The Forgotten by Charting Creations
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
goal:  page 1

Sea Witch by HAED
started 1/1/16
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
goal:  page 2

Coat of Arms
started 3/12/12
1x1 full x 40 ct from HDF
Goal:  next row of pages and decide which row to skip

Love Thy Thread
Lonliness of Autumn
started 9/6/14
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco

Goal:  Page 5-6 to finish row

started  10/1/09
1x1 full x 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  Page 22-24

Earth Song
started 3/2009
1x1 full x 25 ct Lugana
Goal:  next page

Loara Standish
started 1/1/13
1x3 50 ct Kingston
Goal:  Band 3

HAED's Nightshade
started 10/31/13
1x1 full x 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  page 6

The Master (Tilton Crafts)
started 5/5/13
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  page 4-5 to finish row

started 4/11/15
DMC 16 Color SAL
1x1 full x 40 ct from HDF
goal:  finish

started 5/10/15
Eclectic Bloke Designs Warrior Alice
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  page 3

started 6/1/15
HAED's Her Private Garden
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  page 2

started 7/25/15
Chatelaine's The Heritage Sampler
2x2 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  3rd section

HAED's SS Daybreak
started 10/31/15
2x1 tent 28 ct Monaco
Goal:  page 2

Star Spangled Banner by Northern Expressions Needlework
started 5/30/16
Goal:  finish short red/white bands

Chatelaine's Hawaiian Garden Mandala
started 7/31/16
Goal:  finish part 1

Tilton's Feathers in the Wind
started 10/1/16
Goal:  finish page 2

Woodland Wonder by Glendon Place
started 12/12/16
Goal:  finish