Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Mother's Mandalas

I have mentioned that while we were absent our needles were threaded and none were more busy than the Mother's. Four Chatelaine's have weaved in and out of our conversations throughout the years with more being planned as I speak.
Pomarium stitched on PTP Artic

Holland Mandala stitched on white linen

Scotland Mandala stitched on PTP Crystal Helix

 
Lastly, here is a quick peak of the Mandala that is almost complete. Can you guess which one it is?
The Maiden 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fully Blossomed!




Blossom Goddess by Mirabilia
36ct Appollo Opal by Under the Sea Fabrics. Started May 5th by the Mother and finished July 2nd. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Weekend Warriors

The weekend has proved quite productive for the Mother and I as both "new" projects have seen significant progress! 

The Maiden

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wennies Revisited!

You may recall my Halloweenies, this project will continue the tradition of holiday box finishes!

The plan will be to stitch these weenies twice, but not until I finish my current project... The Maiden

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Project Years in the Making...

This project has appeared but once on this blog, and is one I was not sure I would ever be able to come back to. 

I used to be prolific, rivaling the Mother in speed and productivity. Then I was in a car accident and have struggled to find my way back to the needle ever since. This past weekend I decided I would push through the pain, ignoring what my body said to once again see what I could create with these hands.
 
The idea was to pick a Mirabilia, one that was near completion. Instead, I picked a project in it's infancy. The Maiden  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Born on the 4th of July!

New Start for Independence Day: Mirabilia Designs Queen of Freedom on Pledge of Allegiance fabric by Cindy Sorlet
Stitched by The Mother 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Opportunity Knocks

 The long weekend has allowed me to settle into my new rented townhome! All boxes are unpacked (albeit reluctantly, this has been far from an easy move) and I made this wreath from a cross stitch hoop and the Magnolia Bouquet from Walmart.

All materials cost a total of $6! The Maiden

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Concerning Charting

Years ago, when I first discovered HAED, the issue of charting presented itself. It was believed that certain retailers charts stitched up better than others. With an established retailer, like HAED you simply had to "trust in the charting" and know that the odd color you were adding would blend in the end.
 

I became concerned when the sky was not coming together as I hoped. Why was there all this green, where are the easy transitions and effortless blending? Having no time to waste on a project I would be unhappy with, I jumped to her face.

 I cannot say I am happy with the result, I realized these are meant to be viewed from afar, so I took this shot... I think I may need to sleep on this, and pause my work until I reach a decision as to proceed or not. The Maiden

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mail Call From China!

Above is my second Diamond Painting Kit, ordered from AliExpress. I am very. Curious to see how the image turns out! It is 40cm x 40cm (which is roughly 16 inches x 16 inches), so it is much larger than my first project. This is a Full Diamond Painting, meaning the entire image is composed of small resin Square Beads (as opposed to the circular beads).

Here is my progress after 100 minutes, I started at the upper left and stopped at the halfway point.

The kit arrives in a long square box, the canvas is rolled and stuffed inside are the beads and key. I really should have been unpacking the last of my things after a trying move, or studying for my Real Estate Exam, but all I wanted to do was get started on this one!

I also order this amazing bead organizer on Amazon, it has 78 slots- more than enough if I decide to take on a HAED using this technique! (I do have 2 other kits I wanted to complete first, one is already on it's way from China!). My back and neck are really sore this evening, but I am hoping I will feel better by morning and up for more crafting!
The Maiden

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Short Stroll

Here is the progess on my Diamond Painting after 3 hours of work, I will have a finish a mere 24 hours after receiving the kit!

My stitching assistant Toby, all that fur and a sticky canvas spells disaster!
                            The Maiden

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let's Take a Stroll

It looks like cross stitch... but that sparkle?
Recently I have discovered "Diamond Painting" a technique using cross stitch patterns, an adhesive canvas, and small resin beads to form an image. I fell in love with the idea when I saw That Girl that Stitches begin a Heaven and Earth design using this technique and after losing a weekend to "Flosstube" I ordered my first kit!
 
The kits ship from China and take a frustratingly long time to arrive, but I thought this was a cheap way to try the craft without jumping right into a HAED. This is called a partial diamond painting, for the canvas behind the main image is printed and will not be covered with beads. The beads come in circles (this project) or squares, and correspond to every color of DMC offered!
 
I completed the umbrella in under an hour (this technique being much faster than cross stitch) and will continue to post as progress is made.
The Maiden

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An End in Sight

The Mother has made significant progress on her Mira, cannot wait to see a finish! The Maiden

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Christmas in June!




From the nimble hands of the Mother, the completed Miss Christmas Eve by Mirabilia Designs stitched on 28ct Winter Wishes Opal Lugana Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  The Maiden

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gone but not forgotten

While we three may have been absent from the blogosphere we have not been without a needle! The Mother continues to amaze with speed and talent, her most recent project having been inspired by the Mirabilia Minions Retreat. The Maiden

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Up in the Clouds

The Mother stitches far faster than I can post! Doesn't this Gingerbread House look good enough to eat?  The Maiden

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Merry Mother

The wind is howling through the walls of my home, the Mother sleeps just down the street and I am hours away from my Birthday... I may even try to place a few stitches into one of my many long forgotten projects!
 
In the meantime, enjoy a little something from the busy hands of the Mother, I believe the Designer is Cloud Factory and it is part of a clever little series where words combine to form sentences.
The Maiden
 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mirabilia Madness

What is the madness you ask? Why preparation for the Mirabilia Minions retreat of course!
The mother has another finish and plans for this bit of tea (Silver Moon Tea to be exact)!
In just over 24 hours she will be headed to my city for work and stitchy play, and I could not be more thrilled! The Maiden