Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Small & FFOs

A couple of days early, my March small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.

This is 3 Violets Humbug, my first Just Nan project. I used the called-for threads on a gray-blue Cashel linen; the color of the linen is shown accurately in the second set of pics. I really enjoyed stitching this, and making it up into the cute little humbug. I now want to stitch so many Just Nan things! I've kitted up Spring Mouse in a House for April. :D

Other Finishing

I also finished stitching & FFOd Happy Easter:
I LOVE how this turned out! I stitched the design on 32 count opalescent Cerulean Blue by Silkweavers. The finishing required sewing, and I am really not good at sewing so there are errors; but I don't think the errors are too obvious. I love the blue flowered fabric that I found for the top and bottom bands. I had the white grosgrain ribbon and the pink and white string. (Design is by Tiny Modernist from the March 2016 Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.)

Finishing those two over the weekend inspired me to pull out something I stitched back in December. It needed beads, buttons, and FFOing.
Merry Little Bird by Lizzie Kate. It was a kit that came with the bird-shaped fabric piece, which was open at the back pocket-style, and the beads and buttons. Stitching it was a paaaaaaaain. Attaching the beads and buttons was even more of a pain. But it turned out very cute, so I look forward to hanging it on my tree at Christmas. :)

Stitch from Stash

I have done so very very badly at this in March. My ability to resist purchasing things evaporates when I'm really stressed out, and March has been incredibly stressful. So when shops advertised sales on their Facebook pages, I...sort of bought all the things? I mean, not ALL the things, but definitely quite a few of them.

I spotted a couple of designs released at the Nashville show that I needed (neeeeeeded!) - I purchased Spring Mouse in a House, and have Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery and Rorschach by SamSarah Designs ordered. Also bought Dorothy Parker Quote by WhatSheSaid & Sorry We're Dead by Satsuma Street. Bought some (more) gorgeous Silk n Colors threads, mostly for use in Mirabilia's Feather Fairy.

And I bought a cute OOP design by Raise the Roof called In Every Nest. I started this one over the weekend. The charted threads are by a company I've never heard of (Sweets Over-Dyed Floss?) so I'm subbing some WDW, GAST, and DMC, on 32 count Parchment by Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.
Luckily, with all of the stitching I've done this month, I'm not completely in the hole. But I must do better next month. Ugh.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Quick Freebie Stitch

If you're looking for something cute and quick to stitch for St. Pat's Day, you might like this Good Luck Robin freebie by Kitty & Me Designs.

Friday, March 3, 2017

It's way too early for Spring, guys

I feel like we got absolutely no winter here. Winters are usually unsatisfactory anyway (I want ALL THE SNOW and at LEAST a solid three months of icy temps, but I'm too far south in Missouri for that), but this time, we had a touch of ice, a few cold days, and that's it. I feel like Santa forgot to visit my house on Christmas Eve or something.

I think the Spring temperatures are giving me Spring Fever, too. I'm restless. I want to clean all the things, start all the projects, finish all the projects, travel around the world, climb the walls.... And I'm in a weird mental place where I want to talk to people, but I also want to be completely alone. I was deep in the throes of this last night, and I solved it by talking to my dog. He's a good listener and low maintenance company, so it was perfect.

Anyway, I've been stitching:
Welcome Spring is a 'free' chart by Little House Needleworks that came with the purchase of 3 Classic Colorworks colors. I stitched it on Dwarf Blue Belfast linen, which turned out to be a touch too dark for the thread colors. But it gives the design a "stormy Spring day" look, so that's ok.
And I finished the last of the Love Blocks, hooray!

The project I took on my business trip this past week was Whimsical Advent Calendar by The Primitive Hare. I finished the front designs for the first 5 days:
The designs are very cute and stitched up easily, but Spring Fever struck and I got bored. I finished the book I had brought with me ("Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, which is GREAT), so I went to the bookstore and found "Relativity" by Albert Einstein and "Spooky Action at a Distance" by George Musser.

"Relativity" is apparently Einstein's attempt to write "The Theory of Relativity for Dummies" back in the 1920s. :D It's not dumb enough for me, though, so I have been struggling with it. I switched to "Spooky Action" for a (haha) easier read. It's about a phenomenon that, basically, challenges the known laws of contemporary physics (i.e., the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics). The book has turned out to be a sort of mix of science philosophy and science history so far, and I'm really enjoying it.

Once I got home, I was itching to stitch, and finally realized that what I wanted was something bright!!! and happy!!! and cute!!! So I started this:
It's from Feb 2016 Cross Stitch Crazy, by Tiny Modernist. Since I'm stitching from stash, I've ended up using an opalescent light blue 32 count linen. I don't think I'll have to backstitch the sheep to make sure they'll show up, at any rate.

(Another blue linen! I know. The reason I'm stitching on blue linen so often is that last year I discovered Stash Unload on Facebook and went crazy buying all the pretty fabrics I saw...and it turned out that I'm particularly attracted to blue fabrics. LOL woops.)

Oh, also, here is a cat in a backpack. I saw him at the airport; his family was moving across country and this is how he traveled.


A first: biscornu!

I finished my first ever biscornu! This is a pattern by Durene Jones posted as a freebie at the Lakeside Needlecrafts SAL Facebook group. ...