|The above pink is closest to true color, though the actual fabric color does |
have a smidge of a coral shade to it.
These are letters from "Love Blocks" by Needle Bling Designs from the Jan 2016 JCS magazine. I used all stash for this - I had some 32 count Lugana "Coral Reef" (not sure by whom); and I used Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads "Be My Valentine" and "Heirloom Grape" and GAST "Picket Fence." I had hoped to finish all 4 letters, but I didn't have as much time to stitch on my business trip as I usually do.
Incidentally, does anyone else have issues with the stretchiness of evenweaves? I'm guessing it's due to the polyester blend of the fabric. I just find it stretches out so much in both hoops and snaps. I don't really enjoy working with it.
Other February finishes:
Chilly Winter scene #2 by By the Bay Needleart:
I knocked out two mid-sized WIPs from 2016; these are both projects that got put on hold for seasonal (Halloween/Autumn/Christmas) projects.
Ink Circles "Village Square":
Modern Folk Embroidery "Japanese Hiragana Sampler":
|The gradation from dark to light is due to the |
lighting - I snapped the photo at work. The
middle is most true to color.
And finally, I framed Woolen Sheep for my friend:
I started a freebie back in January, but still haven't finished it.
And I'm behind on the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL - I put it aside (with everything else) in January to work on Woolen Sheep, and now I'm 3 parts behind. I'm also finding that my interest in it is waning. The colors are very pretty, but...I don't know. Maybe it's just mid-project-meh. I'm trying to decide if I want to push through, or move on.
Stitch from Stash report:
I'm doing pretty well so far! I've earned $58 in credits (not counting the Love Blocks), so even though I did spend $42 on silks for a near-future project (I wasn't going to do that, but after busting my a** to get Woolen Sheep done on time, I felt I deserved a treat), and $14 on a couple of cross stitch books I found at a secondhand bookstore, I have a remaining budget of $42 this month (via adding in last month's carryover budget and this month's budget).
|SUCH PRETTY COLORS.|
I am, however, keeping my Just Cross Stitch subscription and my Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe thread-of-the-month subscription. I get a lot of pleasure from perusing and re-perusing stitchy mags. And the VMSS threads are so high quality and such a deal in terms of cost per quantity, and I'm finding that as I accrue more of them I'm able to use them in place of other hand-dyed cotton threads as well as DMC.