Saturday, August 28, 2010

Potted Fancy WIP

The maiden thought I should post my WIP for Potted Fancy or it would just be done before we saw it (yeah right..ha ha). The fabric is fabulous, it is an OD linen called Meadow Mist on 32 count. The original is actually done on 18 count-that might have been fun had I realized that before. Anyway, I may or may not be able to match the flowers because it is impossible to tell what the symbols are..very disappointing. But, not to be discouraged, I am still working bit by bit and happy to be doing so. Miss you guys.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maiden's WIP list

1. Common Ground Sampler
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
10. Hope
11. The Dreamer
12. Rest and be Thankful
13. Lilac
14. The Kiss
15. Night Creatures
16. Nice Clean Dirt 2x (one over one)
17. Sleepy Hallow
18. Mother's Arms
19. Sabrina
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

Round Robin Revision

Can we maybe consider revamping the round robin rules to allow posts before a project is completed...I think it will help me with my motivation.
I am having a hard time getting through my first square of the mermaid.

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

Potted Fancy

Started this one..this is by far the worse pattern I have ever seen. The symbols must have been hand drawn..they are all smudged and are microdot small. I am using my jewelers cheaters and still can't tell which symbol is is truly a guessing game. The other sad part is the inaccurate color pattern...the bird looks almost turquoise on the pattern (which is what I wanted) and it is completely gray. I switched to another blue but that may not get it done either. Oh well-you might see this one you might not.
The Crone (yes I sound Cranky-but I was so looking forward to this new project!)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


While perusing other Blogs I kept coming across the term "SAL." Amused by my many interpretations of this acronym I decided to look it up:

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
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

Wish List

So I have been working away stitching my heart out but I have no posts yet (probably the only disadvatage to a round robin).
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


Railroading is a term used by stitchers to describe a specific stitching technique. When using this techniques, the floss is smoothed down with a laying tool or tapestry needles and floss strands lay side-by-side - like the rails of a railroad track. The twist of the floss in the stitch is evident if the strands are not flat against the fabric. The below link contains a visual tutorial. Maiden

Friday, August 13, 2010


I found the below survey circulating on cross stitch blogger sites and thought it would be fun! I will post it blank and write my answers in the comments so the Crone and Mother can add there's too!

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?

11. Silk?

12. Railroader?

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

Rain Rain has gone away!

Hooray....completed another WIP this week! This is La-D-Da Rain Rain pattern done on 32 Count OD Linen. The threads of choice were Sampler Threads, silk was an option but decided not to for this one. Yes, I know it says 2009, but I wasn't going to change it at this point. But I did survive my first "ONE OVER ONE!" Happy stitching ladies.

Round Robin Begins...

The Ladies of the Mother, Maiden, & Crone blogspot have officially adopted a few rules of engagement for their first Round Robin ever. These rules may be subject to change...if need be. We shall see.

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.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lilybet Nightfall Complete-yeah!

I know that both of you have seen this complete, but since this was a WIP and now is finished I felt I MUST post it out of necessity. Plus I will probably post again once it is framed.
I like our discussion this evening of the events for the "Round Robin". The mother thinks we should only see the "piece" we are completing so that we will have a surprise when all is together. I do offer this...since we will only do one project at a time (thinking of the smaller ones)-I will professionally frame our first three-my gift to my fellow lovely stitchers. Love you guys.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tree of Hope Canopy Complete 8/3

I must admit that I have some real "frogging" areas on this one. Because it is so abstract you can't really tell (thank goodness), but by the time I finish the bird I should be back on the right track again. I do love this piece..I actually am dreading working on the "ladies" that accompany it..I think I may have to switch to some type of botanicals in my future (go figure!) The Crone

Jimmy's Lighthouses

I finally finished them. The best part..... there is NO back stitching.
So now I have to decide which project to put on my newly freed stitching frame. Hmmm? Sabrina or Lady Hera? Decisions, decisions.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Stitches that connect us

The Crone and I have been discussing a Round Robbin. I like the idea of the 3 of us working on a bigger project to accomplish something beautiful. Traditionally something already broken up into squares would be best, but I have 2 projects I would like to submit for consideration: Skeleton Crew (Cross Eyed Cricket) or My Lady's Garden (Mirabilia). They would be difficult, but the Crone already has everything we would need to complete the projects and she talks about them often! Thoughts? Votes? The Maiden