Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
While not the best picture, a post none the less.
My Internet is not cooperating, so this was taken with my picture phone (I recently switched to Metro PCS and can now e-mail pictures to myself!). While blogging at work is probably frowned upon, I am doing it anyway! Completed on Thanksgiving day, I now have the third addition to my Holiday collection. The Maiden
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Another HAED Start, and yes I am out of my mind. This is my first experiment in background removal. The only part I will be stitching is the two central figures. I began the piece on 25ct Lugana, a sparkle-gold, and after a few days I said "I bet this would look great on platinum (a coveted piece of 32ct Lugana that I have been saving for just the right project). After the floss toss I knew it was all over and I began the project again. I am a little nervous about the difficulty of 32ct, but this piece of fabric was made for Eros and Psyche and the idea of experimenting with different variables to effect the outcome of the project appeals to me.
Like all my projects this one found me, the night before it was released in fact. The Maiden
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I have added another HAED to my collection, Glimmer by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law! When I saw this pattern I knew it would go perfectly with my favorite painting by Jada Fire that currently resides in my guest room. This piece is a modest 15 pages (combined it is more like 10 pages) and 78,400 stitches.
Despite my actual postings I am making progress with my current WIPS. I am half way done with the next page on Pretty so I hope to post in a few weeks. The Maiden
Monday, December 6, 2010
This pattern needed to be added to my collection of Heaven and Earth Designs (it was screaming at me), so how could I resist the sale? This is my favorite Josephine Wall, I like her even more than Psyche's Dream.
So many patterns so little time! The maiden
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thank you. Love You. Miss You
Friday, December 3, 2010
I decided that due to the multitude of HAED designs I found myself purchasing, and having only one life time to complete them, that I would try tent stitching (continental form). This is essentially a half cross stitch. I have seen other HAED stitchers use this technique and it looks nice and allows projects to be completed in half the time! The experimentation began, and I chose moontide as the test subject.
Experiment 1: 32ct lugana, 1 strand DMC, 1 over 1
This did not give me ample coverage and I did not like all the white fabric that showed through. Also, I am slower on 32ct than 25ct.
Experiment 2: 25ct lugana, 2 strands DMC, 1 over 1
Once again I was not happy with the coverage, although my speed was AMAZING!
I thought I had abandoned Tent stitching all together and restarted Moontide for a 3rd time on 25ct full crosses, but today I found a posting with the instructions on how these stitchers are getting the look I could not. Let experiment 3 begin!
Experiment 3: 32ct lugana, 2 strands DMC, 1 over 1
I think this will solve the coverage issues, but I am concerned about the texture and color as well as speed.
I have almost completed the first page of Moontide, full crosses, so I have a good basis for comparison. The Maiden
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I have to say I am very excited to be posting the first completed Round Robin for the Maiden. I will leave plenty of space for her to comment (since we said the owner of the Round Robin will be doing the posting.) I just happened to have this at my house, so I figured we would all want to see it done-done-done! Very exciting
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I finished about 7 leaves this morning at 1:30 AM and then did a few of the numbers. I really REALLY hate the pattern write up, but really love the picture. I think I am going to have to do some more guess work on the potted fancy sign (looks like it is black but might actually be olive green-who knows). I am hoping to get this one done and then start some type of companion piece that I have in my waiting land.
Last Posted September 5th...really cool, you can look up our materials by name and it will show you all the postings! Just learned this when trying to add the date as to the last time I posted this..check it out, very cool. We definitely want to label our projects by their names so we can watch the progress. Neat feature I never saw before.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The house has become a completed Home! I cannot find the card for the fabric used, my only guess is that I bought what the artist, Vicki Hastings for the Cricket Collection, suggested: 30ct Old Mill Java overdyed linen (oddly I did not chose a 32ct and the large holes are a little bothersome). This piece uses Anchor and Silk'n Colors (the Anchor lays much nicer than the silk). My goal is to have this piece done by Thanksgiving, and now I feel I am well on my way! The Maiden
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I have the beginning of a house, Yeah! I haven't worked on this since starting my HAED, but I thought I would post my progress and maybe throw a few stitches in tonight. Halloween was a bust (I was sick and my best friend moved this year), so I thought I better get my butt in gear if I am going to get into the Holiday spirit! The Maiden
So being sick has only one advantage... I finished my Round Robbin! The Crone was not the only one to notice the difference in stitch tension, I hope my section does not look too different! With my sore throat gone I guess it is back to work, ho hum.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
This was really interesting and fun to do. I did find out that the Maiden's stitches are totally different in texture and tension so it was really hard to match into the area in which she worked..hers are poofy! The last two round robins didn't do that because the Owl's stand alone, and the Mermaid was done as the round after the Mother (which apparently stitches pretty much on the same tension as I do)..very interesting. I do love this piece. Unfortunately the colors are so much more vivid (you will see), and there is no guide for any backstitching on the original pattern. I went ahead and used the "Bramble Bush" for the backstitching. I also followed the lines of the stitches..looks kind of strange on the cats butt. We can redo this if we think we should. I really REALLY like this piece.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I finished my first full page of the Heaven and Earth Design "Pretty" by Nene Thomas! Stitched on 25ct Lugana one strand DMC over one. There are 9 pages to the first row, I have completed page 8 and 9 (the last page being only 600 stitches), and even though it is all sky I was not as bored with the background as I thought I would be. The purples and pinks not evident in the design were a nice surprise (although a little unsettling at first, I kept thinking I was using the wrong color). The Maiden
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
How can I resist a Halloween Sale? I found this HAED design by Rachel Anderson and inspired by all the rain I bought it this morning! I have been noticing that different artists stitch up better than others, and Anderson looks amazing. I have more Mermaids than I know what to do with, but who cares?
I have been reading about "Tent Stitching" and how it makes you twice as fast without sacrificing quality of image. Mother, Crone do you know what it is? I though I could try it on a piece I liked, but was not obsessed with (like this mermaid). She is roughly 25 pages, and the directions recommend tent stitching, must be fate! The Maiden
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I also have a new self imposed bedtime, 10:00pm, to try to stave off the effects of sleep deprivation and I am not amused to what this is doing to my stitching! Oh well, in a few days I will start the mermaid piece and I am looking forward to all those silks! The Owls are on their way to you Mother! The Maiden
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Box one is complete! I decided to get a head start on the September box as well, it is the most intesive box of 12, and hay I have a little boat! The first box went really quickly, about a week, which is good because I haven't worked on this much since. 32ct Spice linen.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious, it is the true source of art, science, and friendship."- Albert Einstein
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
2. Mermaids of the Deep Blue
3. Mermaid of Atlantis
4. Enchanted Mermaid
5. Merry X-Mas (one over one)
6. A Sheltering Tree
7. Tall Seasons
8. Venetian Opulence
9. Spring Queen
11. The Dreamer
12. Rest and be Thankful
14. The Kiss
15. Night Creatures
16. Nice Clean Dirt 2x (one over one)
17. Sleepy Hallow
18. Mother's Arms
20. Shores of Hawk Run Hallow
Round Robbin Entries
21. 4 Corner Houses
22. Outrageous Owls
23. A Haunting Mermaid
My Goals (revised) for the remainder of 2010 will be to keep up with the Round Robbin, finish both of the Nice Clean Dirt's and Mermaid of Atlantis, complete a square of HRH every month, make some progress on Sabrina, and NO MORE STARTS!!! The Maiden
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I have been toying with the idea of stitching a project for one of my closest friends Kristen, but I couldn't find the right one. I finally gave up and asked Kristen to chose one the next time she was in Las Vegas, but she was so excited she called me several hours later and asked if I would stitch Sabrina by Mirabilia!
I purchased this project last December for The Mother's Christmas gift and could not resist buying one for myself, oddly it is the only one I had kitted and never started (must have been meant for Kristen).
The thought of yet another large project is a little scary, but I would love to see her stitched so I started her 3 days ago. I will post as soon as I make some decent progress. The Maiden
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The general purpose of a Stitch-ALong (SAL) is to bring stitchers together for one common goal ... to keep each other motivated so we can all have some completed projects by the end of the year.
This led to another term I liked! "UFO"
You choose an UnFinished Object (UFO) you have that you want to try to get done.
Information gleaned from the Pattern Patch http://www.patternspatch.com/public/404.cfm
Rules etc to be found there.
~Mother: Venetian Opulence has unknowingly been a SAL for us this year, once the RR is complete we should start again.... Maiden
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Progress is being made on my to do list: I have finished a square of HRH and started another, and I completed my turn on the RR for the next month (yeah!).
To keep my self occupied I have been spending time on 123 stitch...
This has resulted in many wish lists, all of which I continue to misplace. I figured the safest place for my list is the blog, at least then I can look it up when I am at the cross stitch store!
Pumpkin Stew (Shepards Bush) 7949
Home Sweet Home (Goode Huswife) 09-1372
The Prairie Garden (Drawn Thread) DR125
Spooky House (Xs and Ohs) 09-2192
Alphabet letters by Sweetheart Tree ("o" "b" and "j")
I have been so out of control lately these will need to wait until next month! Maiden
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
1. How do you hold your fabric?
2. Floss licker?
3. How do you thread your needle?
4. What needle do you like best?
5. Are you a needle loser?
6. What fabric do you prefer to stitch on?
7. Bobbins or floss bags?
8. Are you a scissors collector?
9. Do you do your own framing, and if so, do you lace or pin?
10. Are you a floss floozy?
13. Are you a pattern or designer snob?
14. Do you get antsy when you give someone a stitched gift?
15. Have you reached S.A.B.L.E.?
16. Do you wash your projects?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Rule #1: The Owner of the piece being worked on does not do the last section
Rule #2: All projects being completed should be approximately the same size (or smaller)
Rule #3: Each stitcher will stay within their specified space (no encroachment unless specialty stitches apply)
Rule #4: The time allotted for each session will be from the 15th of the month to the 15th of the month.
Rule#5: The stitched item will be placed in the mail on the 15th-earlier is OK if section complete.
Rule #6: The owner of the piece will post it upon completion.
Any other rules may apply as we discover them or write them. If changes need to be made that is "groovy" as well.