Monday, October 16, 2017

The witch is stitched

This past weekend I was able to finish the flying witch and moon in Halloween Quaker, which is about a quarter of the way done now:

I've already cheated on my "work" rotation, by taking a day and a half to stitch up this cute little design by Mani di Donna:

Now when the mood strikes me I'll take a day and finish it into an ornament.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Trying to be disciplined

Since I currently have three models needing to be completed, I'm trying a new approach--I work on a model during the week, then stitch for myself on the weekend. I've only been doing it for a week, but so far, so good!

Last week I worked on the Rosewood Manor piece, then pulled out Lila's Studio Halloween Quaker this past Saturday. I had a partial thread left from last night, so I finished it this morning and this is where I will leave off:

In other stitchy news, I was at Target a couple of weeks ago and I saw a fillable lamp. Of course, I had to buy it because I thought it would be great for keeping orts (thread remnants) in; I've been filling glass ornaments for the past several years, but you can only use so many ornaments! This lamp should hold several years worth, and it can be enjoyed year-round:

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Loving Halloween Quaker!

I spent some more time on Halloween Quaker by Lila's Studio this week, as I'm having a hard time putting it down; I tell myself I can stitch one more motif, but then it's so hard not to start another one...

I've decided to try to use Silk'n Colors floss for the entire piece, except for some Silk Lame Braid, Kreinik braid and beads to add some sparkle and texture. I'm also debating using some black Wisper to stitch the spiders; I'll have to see if I have any on hand. I've pulled a bunch of SNC colors, especially ones that have great Halloween-y names: Witches Familiar, Monster Mash, All Hallow's Eve, Warlock Road, Broom-Hilda, Sleepy Hollow, Ghosts & Ghoulies and more--I'm afraid I'll run out of motifs to stitch before I can use all these great colors!

Here is where I left off last night:

I'm going to try to make myself put it away for the week and work on the Rosewood Manor piece, but we'll see if I can resist starting another motif...

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Good year for Halloween designs

Last week I received a couple of new Halloween charts that were just released, Halloween Quaker by Lila's Studio and Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings:

I really like both of them, but Quaker is my favorite so I started it this past weekend. The fabric is Fall Foliage by Enchanted Fabrics (now out of business) and I'm playing with the floss colors as I go:

A few weeks ago my Walmart had some fat quarters of Halloween fabrics for sale, so I picked some up to use for finishing ornaments (they also had floss on clearance for $0.10, so I might have ended up buying almost 200 skeins over the course of a few visits...):

The fabrics inspired me to pull out my Witch's Hat by JBW Designs that I stitched a year ago and finish it into an ornament:

On the "work" stitching front, I finished up the two models for Wichelt last week, so now I need to spend some time on the Rosewood Manor piece, which is probably about half done.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Friday, September 15, 2017


I was very excited to wake up this morning to find that the first two Nora Corbett models that I stitched have been released, so I can finally share pictures! Nora has designed pixies based on butterflies, and the wings are so pretty; this is Miss Solar Ellipse:

And Miss Lole's Daggerwing:

I can't really choose a favorite, as I love them both!

I'm actually working on a couple more NC models right now that are a rush job; they were due on September 20th, but the original stitcher ended up not being able to do them. I received them on September 1st, finished the first one on the 8th and should finish up the second one by mid-week next week. And I already had two more waiting to go, so I guess I'll be busy for a while!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Eclipse trip

I didn't blog last week, as I was pretty worn out from our trip to St. Louis to see the eclipse. We drove down on Sunday and came home on Monday; even though the trip home actually went faster than the trip there, it felt longer, and over 17 hours of driving in two days tired me out pretty well for a couple of days afterwards! However, I am really glad that we went, and that I was able to experience something so amazing with my son; he just turned 16, and the time I have left with him at home feels so fleeting.

We missed the totality by a few miles, but it was worth it as we found a nice little park in downtown St. Louis to watch it from, near the Gateway Arch:

At the peak of the eclipse the outdoor lights came on and the locusts started whirring and a swelling "oooh" from the crowd made the moment truly magical. I took this picture a bit earlier (the picture I took at the peak is just a tiny dot of light):

The day before we left I was able to finish up my Book of Spells project; I finished the stitching on Friday and mounted it on the box Saturday morning. I always wish my finishing skills were a bit more polished, but I'm happy with the result:

The name is a bit hard to read, but it's Ida Kerstum--try saying it out loud...

The project even got picked as project of the week by The World of Cross Stitching magazine on FB:

Part 5 of The Great Cheshire Pumpkin SAL was released the night before we left for our trip, so this past week I was able to finish as much of it as I'm going to until the next part is released:

It just keeps getting cuter--those naughty kitties have broken a jack'o'lantern!

Now I am back to work on the Rosewood Manor piece, until the next part of the SAL comes out.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, August 14, 2017

In the mood for Halloween stitching

Back-to-school registration, less humidity during the days and cooler nights--it's starting to feel just a bit like autumn, and the Halloween stitching bug has bitten me! It started with the Great Cheshire Pumpkin SAL, which has now released half of the design:

Still a lot more fun things to come with this one; the next part will be released this coming weekend, but I won't be able to start it right away. My son and I will be driving to St. Louis for the solar eclipse--sure hope the weather cooperates and our eclipse glasses get here this week!

Last week my mom came to visit for my son's birthday. so of course I needed something I could do with my hands while spending time upstairs. It's getting harder and harder to stitch without the lights in my craft room, so I decided to pull out the wooden "book" box I bought last year and paint it in preparation to mount a design on it. Here is the picture I took last year:

And here is the finished box, along with my start on The Goode Huswife's The Book of Spells:

I've been working on Book of Spells for a few days now, and here it is as of last night:

The only color that I'm using from the pattern is the black; as it is a "primitive" design it is charted with a fairly muted palette. I'm going with my preferred palette of bright colors, and adding quite a bit of Kreinik for sparkle. I've had to rechart the bottom, as it was too long to fit on the box as charted, so we'll see how it turns out.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!