My Time Stitching

What I have been up to…

Back To My Personal Stitching

I finished the model stitch I was working on and it turned out beautiful!  It was about a 6 1/2 month journey from start to finish.  Now it’s time to get back to my personal stitching.  I didn’t start Undine  as planned, instead I picked up a piece that has been calling to me since I had to put it down; the Passione Ricamo Mystery Stitch A Long.

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I finished section 1last night and had to unscroll it to show you.  It is going to be a gorgeous, gorgeous piece! I am stitching it on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Passione Ricamo has a new Mystery Stitch A Long starting on November 3.  It’s Called “Under the Moonlight” and I am sure it will be another beautiful design.  I am all ready to start that one, too.

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The fabric is another gorgeous fabric from Stephanie called Neverland Sea.  It is also 16ct Aida and it is just beautiful in person!  My specialty threads arrived from Stitches N Things last week, and my new huge scroll frame arrived on Monday from Stitcher’s Paradise.  So I am all set to begin another adventure from Passione Ricamo.  I am sure that I will be starting Mirabilia’s Mermaid Undine in the very near future, too.

So, that is what I have been up to.  What are you currently stitching on?

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My Next Project and More Stash!

I promise you, I am still stitching away.  I can’t share the project, but I am seeing a finish in the near future!  In the mean time, I have still been adding to my stash collection and have even picked out the next project I will start once I finish the model stitch.

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That gorgeous mermaid is Nora’s newest release, Mermaid Undine by Mirabilia.  I fell in love with her immediately and ordered her right away. Her colors are magnificent and I just love her tail.   I will be stitching her on 16ct Aida Gina by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephaine.  It will be perfect for her.  I am still missing 2 of the Waterlilies threads, in this photo, but they are at my LNS and I will get them before I start her.  I know that I have other projects that I want to work on and finish, but I am really itching for a new start and Undine will be it when I finish my current project.

I have not slowed down in adding new beautiful things to my ever growing stash either.  When I picked up Undine and her supplies at Stitches N Things, a few other things fell into my bag ;)

cross stitch stash

Let’s see, we have the 1st and 3rd editions to the Snowglobe Mantle by Bent Creek.  Love this piece, but I will definitely be changing out the fabric on this one.  Do not like the brown linen it came with.  I’m sure I have something in my stash that will work out wonderfully.  Noel by T. A. Smith Designs, Trick or Treat by Needle Bling Designs, Summer Laguna Mermaid by Nora Corbett, some petite braids for the PR SAL, a tea pot needle minder (I love tea pots) and Santa Claus Weeks Dye Threads that I want to try on a project.

These beauties I received from my good friend, Annie.  She is such a sweetie.  I love all the gifties she sent:

Gifties from Annie

 

 

Last week I received these beauties from Stephanie’s 4th of July sale along with my August Fabric of the Month.  All are 16ct Aida and are gorgeous!

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From top left, clockwise, we have Soaring Dragonfly, Pretty in Pink, Oberon, Storm, Silvermist, and Hexing.  I can’t wait to stitch on them all some day.

And my most recent additions are a magazine that hubby picked up for me.  He works near a Barnes and Noble and new I was waiting for this issue to hit the stands.

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Joan Elliott’s Belle de Mer is exquisite! Can’t wait to stitch this one someday, too and I already have the perfect fabric for her.  And the Halloween pattern I received in the mail yesterday is an Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks pattern and I LOVE it!  I have been wanting to stitch one of her designs.  She had a rough time on her face book group from a not so nice individual and I wanted to show my support of her work.  There are several other designs by her that I want to stitch, too, but I settled for this one for now.

So, there you have it.  All of my new stash.  Lots of things for me to dream about stitching one day.  For now I will keep plugging away at the model stitch.  I’d love to know what you have added to your stash lately??

 

 

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I’m Here! I’m Here!

I see it’s been a while, but  I am still here and stitching.  Some things happened in my life that caused me to be off-track.  I am trying to get back into things again.  Some good things that happened-My youngest son graduated high school and will be attending college in the fall.  I wasn’t sure what he was going to do, but we finally found the perfect college and he is excited about starting.

I have been stitching on a model stitch, so I can’t share that one.  I will say that it is quite involved and is coming out beautifully.  I have been able to add a few stitches to the Passione Ricamo Stitch A Long and here is where I am with that one:

Progress on PR SALThis piece is such a joy to stitch on.  It will end up looking very similar to a Round Robin.  You can see it here on Passione Ricamo’s website. It is going to be beautiful when I finish it someday.

I also have some new stash to share.  I visited my LNS yesterday and a few things fell into my bag that was already on hold.  A couple of these I picked up on my last trip, too.

Stash purchasI picked up that last 3 Mira’s released.  And today 2 more witches and a mermaid were released.  I will have to pick them up next time.  I found the Snowglobe mantel piece by Bent Creek.  I picked up the 2nd piece as the shop was out of the 1st and 3rd pieces.  What a cute piece that will be.  And my cute froggy bag.  Love the fabric, was bummed that the bag is flat.  I’m sure I will find some things to put inside, though. Two adorable Christmas patterns by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I have seen both of these in progress on a couple of blogs and I just love the colors! Pink and blue and pink and green, marvelous! And last, Chocolate Monday by Kit & Bixby.  Before I gave up chocolate in February, I was a chocoholic.  This pattern just called out to me.  I love the pink and brown and the font is way cool.

So that is my update for now.  I am off to stitch for a bit.  What new things have you added to your stitching stash?

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My Round Robin Arrives Home

Hi.  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I am still stitching, just can’t post what I am stitching right now.  But I do have a share.  My Asian Round Robin arrived home this week.

100_7970It really turned out beautiful.  When I get time, I have to find an Alphabet to add a title before I get it framed.  It’s so bright and colorful and did I mention it’s beautiful?  The girls did an excellent job in stitching the lovely ladies.  They are all Joan Elliott designs and they are stitched on Stephanie’s Mocha Delight 28ct Jobelan.

So…what are you stitching on today?

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I Am Stitching

I haven’t posted in a bit, but I am still stitching.  I started the Passione Ricamo Mystery Stitch A Long and here is my very small progress:

100_7856Not very much, but I wanted to get it started.  I wasn’t sure the colors of the castle would show up on my fabric,  so I wanted to put a few stitches in, put it on the scroll frame and have it ready for when I can work on it again.  The colors are a little muted, but that’s ok as it is supposed to look like it is in the distance.  I couldn’t put it down and this is how far I got in an evening.  I am stitching it on 16ct Aida, Nantucket Sky from Stephanie and I think it is going to look marvelous!  I can’t wait to see what it will turn out to be???

I am also stitching on a project I can’t share at the moment, but someday I will be able to.  So just know that I am stitching.  How many projects are you working on?

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My Mermaid Is Coming Alive…

100_7828Well, she is starting to look like a mermaid.  This is my progress so far.  Almost done with section 5. But now I have to put her away for a while and work on something else.  I look forward to the day when I can pick her back up again.  So, what are you stitching on today?

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Progress on Into the Deep

100_7796I have a terrible cold and don’t feel like doing much. So I have been huddled on the couch, under a nice warm blanket, stitching as much as I can. This is my progress on my Journey Into the Deep.  My mermaid is coming to life!  I am almost finished with section 4.  In my previous post, I forgot to mention my fabric details.  I am stitching this on a hand dyed fabric by Silkweaver.  It is  Pixie Dust in 28ct Lugana.  It is full of pastel pinks, blues, yellow and greens.  Very pretty.  Well, I am off to stitch.  What are you stitching on today?

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A Journey Into the Deep-Progress

In my last post I told you I pulled out my Passione Ricamo mermaid.  Here is my progress so far:

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Sorry it’s not the best picture.  And now looking at it, it seems I haven’t made much progress even though I am on step  4.  I don’t think it will be done in a month, so I may have to purchase another large frame to put the new Mystery SAL on.  Here is how this mermaid will look when I am finished:

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Just beautiful, don’t you think?  This is available to purchase on the Passione Ricamo site. As you can see, I have a ways to go.

I also purchased 2 more of her designs:

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They are so beautiful! I am happy to add them to my small PR collection.

So, what are you stitching on today?

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There’s a New SAL Coming!

I finished my last Round Robin last week.  I am taking a break from Round Robins for a while to do some personal stitching.  I can’t post it yet until the recipient receives it, but I will when that happens.

So I picked up my Ella to stitch on for a few nights…stitch and rip, stitch and rip.  Then I heard the news that Passione Ricamo was opening a new Stitch-A-Long.  It is open now to purchase and, YES, of course I am going to do it! I haven’t finished the last Mermaid SAL, but YES I want to do another one! So I signed up and received my list of materials.  We have no idea what it is, but it is to celebrate the designers 20 years designing.  I know it will be beautiful.  I already have my fabric and threads:

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I had purchased this fabric from Stephanie for Lavender & Lace’s Angel of Spring.  It is Nantucket Sky in 16ct Aida. But when I was getting ready to start it, I was afraid the wings would not show up well.  Passione Ricamo’s Laura, suggested a few of Stephanie’s hand dyed fabrics for the SAL and Nantucket Sky was one of them.  And luckily I have a 26 x 36 piece as according to the stitch count, I will need a 25 x 33.5 piece.  I can’t wait to see how a PR design looks on Aida.  I am so excited about this SAL. If you are interested in joining, you have time.  The first section won’t be released until March 25th, so there is still time to go to the  Passione Ricamo site and sign up.

So I pulled out the Mermaid SAL last night and decided I need to get that going and hopefully finish as I will need the scroll frame it is on.  I will post a picture of my mermaid progress later this week.  You can see my original start on this one here. Have you ever done a Stitch A Long?

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My Bead Storage

Yesterday a friend asked me how I store my beads for my stitching.  Then I realized I never shared my bead storage.  So, this is how I store my beads for my cross stitch projects:

My bead storageI purchased these boxes at Joann’s.  Each box has 30 little jars inside.  I use circular labels from the office store to label each jar.

my bead storage 3 I currently have 3 boxes full,  with the 4th box just about full.  Here is how they look from the bottom:

My bead storage 2So if I want to add beads to a project by color instead of number,  I can turn the box over and see all the beautiful colors and size of the beads.  It used to be when I purchased a cross stitch pattern, I would buy the fabric, beads, and any specialty threads all at the same time.  A couple of years ago, I realized that I was buying the same color beads over and over.  So I de-kitted everything and started storing my beads like this.  And this is where I keep all of the duplicates:

bead duplicatesSo as you can see, kitting things was not a very good idea for me.  So now I look in my bead box and my duplicate bead box before purchasing any more beads.  Do you have a great storage tip?

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