Saturday, November 7, 2015

Swimming Along

Yet another amazing project from the hands of The Mother. I still have stash envy!
Moonlight Laguna Mermaid by Nora Corbett
The Maiden 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Forgot and Found

Inspired by the Mother I began searching long forgotten nooks and crannies for projects and came upon a mystery box. Here is a sneak peek at what was inside...

Stitched on 32 ct. Lugana "Prank" by Color Scapes
The Maiden

Wee Hours of the Night in a Las Vegas Hotel

I was so excited to see The Mother earlier this week, especially since she brought all of her fabric stash and cross stitch projects! Her last night here we ate takeout from Outback Steakhouse and talked about life and projects (I, of course snapped away with my camera phone)! Here is her progress on Ella (purple conversion) and Roses.

The fabric is a lovely green in person and I was shocked to see how LARGE she is! I stole a peak at the pattern, it has a wonderful flow to it and looks so fun to work on!
The Maiden

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Rose by any Other Name

In preparation for the Mother's visit I have dug out a long forgotten Mira so that I too may stitch a rose or two!
The Maiden 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Long distance posting

I was so excited about the Mother's new start that I had to share! While her computer is on the fritz, our phones thankfully are not! She will be here is a few days and I will get to see this beauty in person.
Damask Roses on 28ct Lugana Thornhaven (Hand dyed by Stephanie)
"I'm Obsessed with my new start!"

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Today I had many firsts: my first start of 2015 was also my first finish...
Moon and Spider Apple Cider by Needle Work Press
Stitched on 32ct ODL Cider by MMC Designs
and this was also my first time stitching on fabric I had dyed myself! I found it surprisingly gratifying as well as motivating to stitch on something I had created. 
 The night would not have been complete without homemade apple cider beef stew!

In an attempt to use only items that could be found in my home (fabric, fibers, etc.) here is my conversion from the original:
Kreinik 028 used instead of Treasure Braid PB32
Waterlily 244 instead of Weeks Dye Works 1259
DMC 469 instead of WDW 2201
Gentle Arts Gold Leaf 0420 instead of WDW 1225
Fall is officially in the air!
The Maiden

Saturday, July 4, 2015

To Dye for!

 The Mother has inspired me to try my hand at dying fabric, and I could not be more excited with the results!!!
 Having no luck finding a yellow fabric for my next project, I decided this would be my first experiment...
 I wanted the fabric to look more like apple cider, so experiment number 2...
 Who knew I even remembered how to work this thing!?! Hahaha
 And finally, the finished pieces! I was in LOVE with both of these pieces of fabric, but after I slept on it I decided to go with the one on the left (I think it will showcase the silvery moon better!).
 Here is my start of Moon & Spider, Apple Cider by Needle Work Press (the fabric really is more yellow gold in person, I need a better camera than my phone!). Stitched on 32ct ODL "Cider" by MMC Designs (also known as The Maiden!)
 What is a girl to do while she waits for fabric to dye? Stitch of course! Here is my start of Raven Queen by Mirabilia
And Toby, who has decided my stitching spot is perfect for napping!
The Maiden 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Carpe Subscalpo!

Seize the Needle!
I was in a car accident back in December and due to several bulging discs and tares have been unable to stitch because of the pain. I was discharged from my Orthopedic today, for he believes I just need time to heal naturally after 6 months of physical therapy, and I asked with concern "should I not stitch, since it causes pain?" to which he replied:
"No, stitch and feed your soul"
Inspired, I raced to my LNS and picked up the last of the materials I needed to start Raven Queen by Mirabilia. The second this project came out I knew I would stitch it, a haunting sense of familiarity is embedded in the image and descriptive prose.
 The Mother spent a whole week in town for work last month, so every night was filled with great food, good company and of course stitching! I started Mermaid Verde using all materials from my stash and plan to stitch Mermaid Azure facing her on the same fabric.

While at the LNS I spied the new Halloween Magazine! 
A sneak peak at 2 of the patterns contained within...
Yes, this truly does feed my soul! 
Finally, a small update on the Shores of Hawk Run Hallow. I have picked this up for when I experience Mira fatigue!
The Maiden 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I am no longer under "Undine" by Mirabilia!
Stitched on 32ct ODL Carnival
 I felt like the beading went on and on, especially since I could not decide on whether to keep the bugle beads or substitute Kreinik. In the end I decided (with help from the Crone and her envious stash) to throw out both ideas and substitute star shaped beads instead! After placing the first few, I could see how they would tie the entire project together!
 My fabric may seem counterintuitive until you see the Jada Fire oil painting that hangs in my bathroom!

 The pictures really wash out the fabric, in person it has rich oranges and an iridescent sparkle!
I just love how the blue at the bottom of this fabric mimics water, there will be a weighted frame on this for sure! The Maiden

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ladies in Waiting

 To arrange food in an appealing manner and post pictures is called food porn, therefore by extension what follows can only be described as fabric porn!
 I have Cassiopeia all kitted (whom I have referred to as my "spirit stitch!" hahaha)
 I had originally started Persephone on a reddish fabric, but after seeing the mother's WIP bought the matching fabric!
Here is the 1/2 yard (yes 1/2 a yard!) required for Garden Verses! The next time I am up late scrolling for inspiration, I will have a titillating reminder of what is in my stash!
The Maiden

Thursday, April 9, 2015

More Weenies!

Why stop at one weenie when you can have two?
 After stitching Halloweenies three times I decided my sister and I needed Winter Wienerland to continue the trend throughout the Holiday Season! I used fabric from my stash as well as threads (I will post the conversion at a later date) to economize.
My modest start (which I have misplaced, that is what I get for organizing my WIPs! Hahaha!)
The Maiden

Monday, April 6, 2015

Let it Snow (Just not in Las Vegas!)

 While the Winter has official come to an end in Las Vegas, my needle continues to form snowflakes! 
This is my first Barbara Ann Design, but it will not be my last!
The Maiden 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mother's Love

 I started this project earlier in 2014, and while it sits untouched I know someday I will return to it.
The Maiden.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Madness? This is MMC Designs!

The Mother has been quite busy planning our next Round Robbin, there is a layout to make and fabric to dye!

The Maiden

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Gathering Place

I have added more creatures to my night scape... can you see the small river? The Maiden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Skull Banner

Here is my start of Skull Banner stitched on 32ct Huntress (one of my favorite fabric colors)!
Speaking of fabric... The Mother has been dying her own with AMAZING results!
The Maiden

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pop of Poppy

While searching the blog into the wee hours of the morning with the Mother for a project that would hold my attention I realized I had several that have never been posted! My plan is to get them up over the next week and in that spirit I present Poppy!
I abandoned this project after one day (the wings were harder to remove than anticipated and the fabric while PERFECT is a difficult stitch due to a tight weave), but I fully intend to return to her someday. Hopefully this post will serve as a reminder! The Maiden
Stitched on 32ct platinum pizazz

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Night Creatures

The Mother and I have truly become night creatures! In the spirit of this I decided to pick up one of my oldest and neglected projects entitled "Night Creatures" by the gathering place.
The Maiden.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crone's House CrossStitch

 The Crone has been very ill for the past several months and since she was on Spring Break I decided to visit her this weekend! The past few days were filled with fun projects, great food and of course Cross Stitch!
 Above is an Herb Garden  I planted during my visit and this little guy is her dog "Bubba" (he is an honorary cat). 
 I have been struggling with Undine and after several trips to the LNS decided to go a VERY different direction... here is a sneak peak of what the Crone and I devised!
I also received Vintage DMC's (I kind of just want to roll in them)! The dye lots are truly so different and are great for older patterns!
 Her internet access is limited so I took pictures of what she has been working on, this cute Carriage House!  Stitched on 32ct OD linen "Legacy."
Now we must plan a trip to see The Mother!
The Maiden