Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 Smalls Stitch-a-Long

I discovered another fun new SAL in my recent blogging adventures HERE.  The idea is to stitch a small project every month.  Think of all the joy!  I have so many long term projects on the go that sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Little projects give a welcome feeling of quick satisfaction.

This month I stitched The Raven by Barbara Ana Designs.  I used 32 count natural linen instead of the suggested 40 count and stitched an optional border so that it would fit in a 6 inch square frame that is on its way from Etsy.  Unfortunately, the frame didn't quite arrive in time for this post.  I plan to tuck it somewhere in a shelf of books.  The project model is an adorable scissor fob on the higher count without a border and I may stitch that too in the future.

I had so much fun with these bright and cheerful colors!

Monday, February 24, 2014

My First International Hermit & Stitch Weekend

I've discovered some lovely blogs to follow lately.  I stumbled upon International Hermit and Stitch Weekend HERE and was instantly charmed.  The idea is simply, well, to stitch and then report about what was or was not accomplished over the weekend.  The "rules" are so laid back I relaxed just reading them.  The best part is that everyone who participates provides a link to their blog so that means I'll find even more pretty places to see.

I used this new event, that is, new to me, as an excuse for a new start:  "Thirsty Hart" by Heartstring Samplery. 

I'm using the suggested The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works flosses but I'm stitching this on 32 count linen, two strands of floss over two threads, instead of the suggested 40 count.  I'm thinking about starting over on 40 count since I'm not too far into it yet.  I'd use one strand of floss instead of two and I think the subtle variations in the colors of the floss would be easier to see.

I hope all my fellow stitchers had a lovely weekend too! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Victorian Ribbons

Purchasing this pattern was a rather marvelous experience:  it is designed by Pelin Tezer, who is Turkish;  I found it and purchased it online and downloaded it from a Swedish shop; and I accomplished this in my pajamas in the middle of the night in Arizona.  People with insomnia can buy all sorts of things from all over the world in the wee hours!

Victorian Ribbons by Pelin Tezer:

I'm stitching on 32 count sage Jobelan with the suggested DMC colors.  I usually stitch on linen so Jobelan is a new experience for me.  It's a cotton and rayon/modal blend that is very soft and drapes well.  I'm thinking I might finish this as a pillow and the Jobelan will work well if I do.  But first I'll need to get over my worries of the dog chewing it up or somebody spilling something on it after all that hard work!  Framing it and hanging it on the wall sounds so much safer.

Here is where I am so far:

 A couple of close-ups:


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dutch Beauty Progress

I worked on this for about a week and that's as far as my short attention span will stretch this time.  It's funny how I love a set of colors together and a pattern until all of I sudden I don't.  I start to get a fidgety feeling.  I'll put a project away and work on something else and then the next time I pull it out I'm in love all over again.  The brain is interesting.  I'm glad I'm not on a schedule so I'm free to work on whatever pleases my eye.  That's the wonderful difference between a hobby and work or school!

Here's where I am overall:

The booklet says the peacock symbolizes royalty and a chivalrous appearance.  Ah, I love chivalry!

The heraldic lion represents the unity and power of the Dutch:

Two lions guard a tree of life with birds representing fertility because they scatter seeds:

Now I'll tuck this away while I work on another project that catches my eye.

Happy stitching to all my old and new friends!