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:
This 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.
I 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?
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.
It 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?
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:
Not 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?
Well, 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?
I 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?
In my last post I told you I pulled out my Passione Ricamo mermaid. Here is my progress so far:
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:
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:
They are so beautiful! I am happy to add them to my small PR collection.
So, what are you stitching on today?
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:
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?
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:
I 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.
I currently have 3 boxes full, with the 4th box just about full. Here is how they look from the bottom:
So 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:
So 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?
I feel like I am getting things accomplished. Yesterday I finished another block on a Round Robin.
This is Joan Elliott’s Spring Garden Fairy. She is in the March 2014 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. She was a fun, easy stitch. I usually hate stitching the hair on JE’s fairies, but this one was super simple. I love the way she turned out. I stitched her on Johanna’s Round Robin. She is going to love getting this one back. Here it is in full:
Such a beautiful RR. Everyone did a great job on this one. So sweet and sparkly. I will be putting in the mail to Johanna soon..well, maybe..yeah I will return it :)
I also finished this pidge scarf for a sweet stitchy friend.
She received it in the mail yesterday and loves it. I knitted it using Deborah Norville’s Serenity Chunky weight yarn. When I first started knitting it, I thought it may be a bit too bulky. But once finished, I think it turned out nice and will definitely be warm during this cold winter. I need to knit myself one in reds to match my coat. The buttons took me a bit to find, but once I saw these, I knew they would be perfect.
So, 2 more projects off of my list. Now on to the next Round Robin piece. What are you trying to finish up?
Weird title, huh? Well, I have sort of a Spring theme going on. First, I have been working on Spring Garden Fairy on Johanna‘s Round Robin.
She is Joan Elliott’s Spring Garden Fairy that is featured in the current issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework. Johanna asked if I would like to stitch her on her Round Robin and I am so glad I am. So far she has been a pretty easy stitch and she is so sweet. Even the hair in this one has been no problem. Can’t wait to finish her.
On Saturday, February 1, I started Lavender & Lace’s Angel of Spring:
That is all the progress I made on this one. I wanted to start this one with Tanya, a stitching friend , and I am so glad I was able to. After many fabric changes and problems with scroll frames, this one finally came to life. I will have to put her down and finish the RR, but I will pick her up again soon.
And for the final “Spring”, where is the real Spring? Here in Michigan we broke a record for the most snowfall in any month this year. Can I say that I am so sick of snow and winter? And we are expecting 2 more snow storms this week :( I have no idea where hubby and son are going to pile up more snow. I think a lot of people are saying that this year. So…where is Spring? Is is just around the corner?
What are you stitching these days?