Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Smalls SAL post

My July small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.
This is a blackwork pattern called "Flowers and Poetry" by Hardcore StitchCorps on Etsy. I have this sitting in the bookcase that houses my shelf of poetry books.

The only change I made was to add the name of the poet: this quote is from Carl Sandburg's 38 definitions of poetry.

I'm very glad I got this done earlier this month, because between eye strain and a sciatica flare-up, I've gotten zero stitching done since last week. :(

Other smalls completed this month:
- The Sheep Peddler - Let Freedom Ring by Needle Bling Designs
- Joyful World SAL 'June' by The Snowflower Diaries

I also finish-finished my June small.
I got an 8x8 shadow box and some scrapbooking paper, and used some ribbon and pins I already had. This was my first attempt to mount stitching on foam board, and...well, I'll do better next time. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I finally finished Joyful World "June":
It took FOREVER.

I've also finally made progress on the Japanese Hiragana Sampler:
I have had to frog SO MUCH that working on this has felt like one step forward, two steps back. Argh. I'm about a third done now, though. I persevere because I know I'm really going to like it when it's finished. (The colors don't look exactly quite right here - the fabric is more of a denim-blue color, the lighter thread color is white, and the darker thread color is not quite so dark of a beige.)

Friday, July 8, 2016

July Goals

I know I'm already behind on commenting & replying to comments, but I'm getting all tied up in angsty knots about both personal (minor) and current (WTF, everybody) events, so I'm going to cope by talking about stitching.

I didn't set any stitchy goals for May or June, though I did manage to make progress on things I want to get done, for the most part. But I feel like I'm losing momentum on a couple of things, so, stitchy goals for July:
  1. Stitch something for the Smalls SAL Stitched AND framed.
  2. Complete Joyful World SAL "June" FINALLY omg.
  3. Complete Joyful World SAL "July"
    For some reason I've decided I want to catch up, and at least complete each month before the month is over. IDK. Well, it's July 22 now and I haven't even started. So. This is not happening.
  4. Make progress on Happy Halloween Having a stitch-along with a friend tomorrow (Saturday), plan to work on this. & Village Square Once I finished "June" I decided I NEEDED to work on something besides Joyful World. Was lovely to pick up Village Square again.
  5. Start this as my next travel/take-to-work project: Started, but can't take it to work anymore. The fabric I'm using requires BRIGHT direct light, preferably sunlight. Ugh. So I need to kit up another take-to-work project. :(
Japanese Hiragana Sampler by Modern Folk Embroidery

I'm going to stitch it on a hand-dyed lightish blue fabric, with white characters and maaaaaaybe dark blue flowers/flower bands.

How is everyone else doing? Hanging in there?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I need a nap.

Took a road trip on Saturday to a little needlework (and quilting) shop a few hours away, and got a few things. Then I was sick as a dog, so I spent the last few days stitching one of those things:
This is "The Sheep Peddler - Let Freedom Ring" by Needle Bling Designs. I stitched it on 32 ct Pearl Gray linen, with GAST, Classic Colorworks, and DMC threads. I'm on the fence about the sheep's zombie-ish eyes.

And now I'm going to try to work. Or maybe curl up under my desk and sleep. Bleh.

October Smalls SAL post

Here's my project for the October Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus : Very Merry Autumn by JBW Designs. I stitched it on 32 count ...