Monday, October 31, 2016

Last minute Halloween FFOs

Happy Halloween!

I managed to FFO a few of my Halloween smalls this afternoon:
Here's Rats! and Black Crow, both by The Stitcherhood, from the 2016 & 2015 JCS Halloween issues. They're posing by my favorite Halloween decorations, handmade dolls I bought over the years at a local art/craft fair. Here's Rats! close up:
He's mounted on a little wooden Halloween craft ornament I got deeply discounted at Michaels last week.

And I got the Spooky Friends FFO'd! These guys are by Crafty Like a Fox:
My glittery orange Styrofoam skull is very pleased with his new friends.

VERY happy to have those out of my 'unfinished' drawer.

I hope you all have a fun, safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Smalls SAL & other smalls

My October small for the Smalls SAL, run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
"Fran & Frankie" by Crafty Like a Fox on Etsy. I had hoped to turn it into a little something along with Fangtastic by now, but haven't gotten to it. Stitched on 32 ct "Dwarf" Belfast like Fangtastic, though the fabric didn't photograph well this time. Fran's dress and the 'lightning' are stitched with glow in the dark thread.

This month I also finished parts 1 and 2 of the Ship's Manor 'Beautiful Sea Quaker' SAL:
Using Ship's Manor threads on 32 ct "Loki" evenweave by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

And "French Country Squirrel" by JBW Designs:
I used Silk 'n Colors "Big Leaf Maple" silk floss for the majority of the design, and Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe threads for the little pair of acorns. I stitched it on VMSS 32 ct "Parchment" Belgian linen, though the linen is much more yellow than this picture shows. It turned out super cute!

The one other small finished this month was the Pawprint Keychain (or purse fob, in this case).


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Cats on Parade" finished & a new (tiny) SAL

Finally finished "Cats on Parade" this weekend, and framed it last night.
Stitched on 32 count mystery fabric with DMC 310
I objected to spending $30 on a nice frame, so I got an inexpensive frame, roughed it up a bit so it would hopefully look less plastic-y/MDF-y, and then dressed it up a bit with black lace 'matting.'

I do like how it turned out, though someday I would like to get it professionally framed, with glass. I laced the fabric onto the backing board and secured the black lace with a couple of small glue dots on the back, so I'm hoping my frame job will be easy enough to undo with minimal damage.

Also, I joined another SAL because I've been bummed at not being able to keep up with the Joyful World SAL - wait, let me finish, this does kind of make sense - and each installment of the Ship's Manor "Beautiful Sea Quaker" SAL is really small (35x35 stitches), which I can totally keep up with! So that counteracts the bummed-ness. Plus the colors are very pretty and what a great deal on the hand-dyed threads.

Here's part one all finished:
I'm stitching it on 32 count evenweave in "Loki" by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. I think I'm going to give this to my BFF for her birthday next year. She likes bright colors and ocean themes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Needlework Galleria, and a finish

There was an event called the Needlework Galleria in St. Charles, MO this past weekend; that's not too far from where I live, so a friend and I went on Saturday. Neither of us were able to attend any of the classes or anything on Thursday or Friday, but we were VERY EXCITED to shop the vendors!!!

I managed not to spend all of my 'fun money' (mainly because I was breaking my stash diet and felt a bit guilty about that), but if I had been able to go more than one day, I'm sure I would have. On Sunday I was thinking of everything I'd seen and loved and not purchased, and wished I could go back and get it all. :)

What I did get:

Patterns:
- ScissorTail Designs "Holly Tree"
- Rosewood Manor "Birds of a Feather" (on sale!)
- JBW Designs "French Country Squirrel" and "Very Merry Winter"
- Rovaris "December 25" and "Pawprint" keychain kit
Threads:
- Romy's Creations - 2 skeins of a gorgeous Christmasy red
- GAST - 2 colors I need for existing projects
Fabric:
- Hand-Dyed by Stephanie "Banshee" 32 count linen, to use for a couple of Nora Corbett witches
- PTP "Crystal Conifer" 28 count linen, for Xmas ornaments

I'm absolutely kicking myself for not getting a couple of Needle Bling and Romy's Creations patterns that I loved, but it's not like I neeeeeeeeded them, I suppose. *wistful*

Of course I had to stitch something with my newly acquired stash, so I stitched up and finished the Pawprint keychain:
I made it double-sided, and used GAST "Deep Sea" instead of the red used for the model. The chart came with the pattern, fabric, keychain ends and heart-shaped key ring, and the cat charm and a little bell. I saved the bell for another use and added a little dog charm. I also decided to turn it into a purse fob, because I don't think it would hold up very well to being tossed into my purse or stuffed in a pocket multiple times daily. :)

The finish isn't perfect. There were no instructions with the kit, so I wasn't sure if I should stitch over 1 or 2. Over 2 turned out bigger than the kit picture makes it look like it should be, but over 1 would have been really tiny. And I didn't do a very good job with the finishing. If I ever do this kind of finish again, I'll hopefully do a much better job of centering the ends and blocking the design. But I still really like it!!

I hope everyone had as fun a weekend as I did! <3

Monday, October 3, 2016

A few seasonal FFOs

I did a bit of finishing this weekend: a mini from Prairie Schooler's All Hallow's Eve, Gobble by Bent Creek, and Lizzie Kate's Autumn Boxer.




I also pulled out a couple of FFOs from last year. They are both freebies. The first is Le Chat et Les Corbeaux from Gazette94; the second is Pumpkin Witch from Craftown. Le Chat et Les Corbeaux is the first thing I stitched last September after not doing any cross stitch for years.



As you can see, I find it easiest to simply frame finishes. I am getting a bit better at doing flat finishes, but I'm still not that great at it. I'd like to do more flat finishes and learn to sew well enough to do little pillows, but my problem is that I'm not really creative enough to make them look really nice. But I suppose some plain non-framed finishes is better than a million little framed ones. :P

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 ...