Friday, July 29, 2011

A Home for the Hunt

Here they are on the bottom of a shelf in my sewing room.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Hunt

I did a mini project to fill a couple of little 4 x 4 frames. These are motifs from Pelin Tezer's freebie "The Hunt" done in silk Mori on Belgian linen.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Another Rose Quaker Update

I love this project. I can pick it up and put it down so easily because each time I complete a motif, I feel satisfaction. I'm going to be kind of sad when it's finished.

It's wrinkly, but that's what steam irons are for.

Friday, July 22, 2011

UFO Rescue

I started this a few years ago when I was new to cross stitch.

It's a lovely pattern but I found out I just plain don't like doing the solid style (not sure what to call it) cross stitch designs -- the kind where the entire piece of fabric is completely covered by cross stitches. It was one stitch here, stop. Squint to find my place in the pattern. Thread needle. Make a different color stitch next, stop. Repeat forever. I found it beyond tedious but I pushed myself until I was almost two-thirds of the way through. Then I realized life is short and there is a world of gorgeous patterns out there. I put it away promising I would come back to it. It was always lurking in the back of my mind nagging me and making me feel rather guilty.

It may look like I was almost done because I cut off the bottom of the linen to salvage it too, but believe me, I wasn't. Countless hours of unpleasant (for me) work was ahead.

So I got really honest and threw in the towel and liberated myself! I cut it up and salvaged what I could.

Now it looks like this.

And I'm left with a piece I think I'll turn into a bookmark. I plan to sew ribbon along the edges to finish them.

It hurt to cut it up (accidental cutting must be every stitcher's nightmare) but now my project, or a least most of it, is seeing the light of day! And I have no cross stitch UFO's weighing me down.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Birthday Money!

That does it! I'm gonna get Marie Antoinette! Woo hoo! It's a stitchy birthday!

I need a break

Pinkie has tired me out. I'm not tired of her, but she did in my hands. The back of my hands, wrists, forearms, and left shoulder hurt. Badly! Yesterday it passed the "ignore" threshold so I reluctantly put her away for awhile. I've loved doing things with my hands all of my life and I just don't want to risk getting some kind of a repetitive stress injury that could stop me cold. I had this problem with hand quilting but this is the first time I've felt it with cross stitch. I'm guessing the tiny size of the fabric and all those fractionals did me in. Today my hands are still sore, but much better, so no permanent harm was done. I'll come back to her after a break. In the meantime I'll be working on Rose Quaker which I've mentioned here before. It's a much more relaxing piece to work on. You've probably noticed I can't simply quit cold turkey for a while.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frames for Pinkie and Blue Boy

And chart

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Cancer Cannot Do Framed

For my beloved husband.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


This project has been healing for both of us. I'm so happy I did it and Andy says he loves it. The frame we picked is in the mail and is due to arrive next week. It's a tabletop document frame. Andy wants to be able to see it from his chair and we know just the table to put it on.

I loved doing the beading and I'm far more comfortable with back stitch. I'm feeling braver about trying "Marie Antoinette" by the minute!

Electricity Addiction

A transformer exploded in my neighborhood right in the middle of my stitching! It put 80,000 of us out of power. The linen I'm working on is so tiny I couldn't see it well enough, even by the window, to keep working. I must use my trusty OTT light. I felt like someone snatched away my candy.