Monday, June 22, 2020

No excuses, just progress. (Picture heavy)

I am trying my best to update my blog to be current with what I am working on but let’s face it. I just can't keep up. 2020 has not been kind and my needlework, now more than ever brings me just a bit more joy. So in an effort to share where I am and what I am doing, here we go. Last year was the year of gift stitching,  and I literally spent the year working on Wedding gifts for two couples very dear to me. I let the brides - to - be pick the patterns and that is what I stitched last year. I am not a very good deadline stitcher- my life does not lend itself to that very easily- but I made great effort to stay on task and I got it done on time and delivered before the weddings. By then it was end of 2019 and about all I stitched after that was Christmas ornaments. I did however makes lots of plans of what I was going to stitch in 2020.
My Big Toe Design The wedding Sampler
Kooler Design Co. Wedding Sampler
I have so many WIPs that I decided that no new big starts until the WIP pile was decreased at least a little. Lofty goals for someone like me who is a slow stitcher. I am however very stubborn and have so far resisted any temptation to start something new. I have a few to share. These are all long ago started, still very much loved and now they are finished. First up is Alpine Garden from
The Drawn Thread. This was long ago started (reallyI have no idea) and I made a mistake with the top tree line and into long term timeout it went. I finally pulled it out and finished it in 2020. One of my next finishes was Random Thought also by The Drawn Thread. This just needed me to finish the hemstitching in order to be done. Blogger will not let me upload that picture so that will have to be next time.
Alpine Garden by The Drawn Thread

For some reason blogger is giving me fits with uploading photos so I will end with these two small finishes. April from the ladies at Shepherds Bush; the second is a Little House Needleworks Ornament Pine Tree Inn. 

For now I will close and hope this finds you well. Take some time time to put needle to thread and see you soon. Marjo 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Progress, progress and more progress!

during lunch I have decided to spend 15 minutes stitching after I grab a quick lunch in order to get more progress on my extensive WIP’s that are calling to me from the black hole. . I have a big sampler, Mary Wigham that I have been working on forever. So in addition to that I am going to keep stitching on the BBD stockings, I may make them my lunch travel piece because they are easier to stitch in lower light. I need to pick 2 more from the pile.... it is such a huge pile. Finished little House Needlework Sheep Virtues. Loved stitching this piece.  This a series of 12 sheep that was a SAL sponsored by the ladies of Shepherd’s Bush with a fabric and floss conversion they chose. I have loved stitching these. Each one felt like a finish.



 Mary Wigham from Needleprint. This is done on 40 ct unknown linen with Belle Soie silks from a thread conversion by the ladies of the Attic. I love Quakers and have enjoyed the journey with this piece but I have set it aside far too long.



Stitched a wedding sampler for a young friend who is getting married and hard at work on a second one for my Brother-in-law. No pictures yet on those. I had a rotation going up until the weddings came along. Once I get the second wedding gift done I will go back to these Mary Wigham and a smaller design. This one is for my husband’s office. It is Michael’s Prayer- a Prayer for chaplains





I have gotten hooked on flosstube! I think I get more stitching done watching along with some of my favorites! I have binged watched a few and have thoroughly enjoyed them.
Hope you have some stitchy time in your day! See you soon , Marjo

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Gifts and organization.


I wanted to share with you a piece my best friend Elaine stitched for me for Christmas last year. I love it. I finally got some pictures of it so I could share with you and I am going to add it to my Craft Journal. I decided I need to keep a written journal of all my stitching and what I used to stitch it and when. I am having fun with it. We will see how it goes. 

Lizzie Kate design stitch by my friend Elaine

Now that it has been delivered I can share the little Lizzie Kate I did for a good friend who lost of beloved pup of many years. This is one of three frames the other two are their personal pictures that I won’t share but it just fit a little square part. And she was pleased with it.


I have been working on getting my stitching room organized aka the black hole. It is a mess. I started with fabric and moved onto threads. My DMC are baggies in numerical order. I was struggling with my Hand dyed fibers so they were next. They are in floss away bag in boxes in color name order and by company. Trying hard to keep them up to date. 
I got a new app Xstitch, to keep up with my flosses and fabrics and what I need to purchase.  I had one I had been using but unfortunately it was unable to keep up with the updates that the phone had so I lost all my inventory. I made a copy of the inventory of each kind this time so I have a paper copy this time. No more losing all that work again.






So finally all my threads are in the right box and organized. Now this is not all the thread but all I could find of the specialty threads. As I continue to dig out the black hole I am sure I will find more but this is the bulk of the overdyed cottons. My DMC are already in their place (again most of them) but have silks yet to go. But not that many of them so those won't be such a big deal.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Moving along with my WIPS Very picture heavy

I have so much stitching to share! I have made some time to get some stitching. I went on vacation and got a good bit done. First up is BBD monthly stocking March.


Next I had a piece that was actually the first project I stitched when I first moved to Alaska. I sent this out to be finished and I love it!
 
With My Needle My Favorite Basket by Ellen Chester



After months and months of looking for all of my patterns to finish LHN Sheep Virtues that I started back in 2013 (I think) I decided to just keep stitching in the hope the last two would turn up. FINALLY thy turned up in the black hole of my stitching room. I am so happy to be able to make some progress on this one. This was done by the folks at Shepherd’s Bush and they changed up the fabric and fibers. I am loving it. I am getting close to a finish and that is wonderful!!!!







This one is number 11 of 12 so getting close. 

I apologize but blogger would not let me edit this from my iPad so I had to wait for my ancient laptop to open to be able to correct this last bit. I had more to share but since it is so hard to upload the photos I will end here and start the next one with more updates to come. If I could do this on my iPad I could get so much more done. But at any rate I hope you have some stitchy time in your day. Marjo

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Project progress and a very small new start

so excited to get some stitching done this year! No more finishes yet but finally doing some small things make me feel like progress is being made.
On the sock front I am making slow progress. I still love the yarn colors. My only big problem with knitting is fixing my mistakes. Fortunately my sweet friend has been oh so patient with me slowly knitting these socks!
Legendary Socks by Karin Gustafson
On the stitching front I have worked on the February BBD stockings. I love these little treasures. I have a couple of little trees I can decorate with these. Ideally someday I would like to make seasonal trees.i have collected patterns over time but I really need to get stitching! I have always wanted a Valentine tree, an Easter tree etc, my version of the bowl that I do not own and do not want to purchase.

BBD February stockings Violets 

I am starting a small Lizzie Kate design for two friends who recently lost their pets. My best friend found the perfect frame so I will get that from her in May but meanwhile really need to get started stitching on it. I don't have all the threads for it which with my stash is hard to believe but the color is not used a lot so I will just substitute DMC for as I have all but the newest colors of that. I have to pull some fabric so I can get started this next weekend.

I will leave you with a picture of the first sightings of bears that I have seen. I did not take this (I would not be even this close)
cannot find out currently who took this photo

Here's to hoping you have some stitchy time in your week. Marjo


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Next up from the WIP basket

For the longest time I have wanted to pull out these small stockings from Blackbird Designs from quite a long time ago. I finished a couple of months of them and then moved onto something else. I had won this cute little bag from Stitches N things in Michigan and this project fits perfectly in it. 


I started back on the February set entitled  Love is in the Air. This is a fun stitch and I am enjoying it. It is my new Thursday night stitch project/travel stitch. 





Love is in the Air BBD

I also decided that I needed to do a piece on counted canvas. This is work from Nancy's Needle. It is a long languishing WIP. 
Two Cabins by From Nancy's Needle

The big piece is still Mary Wigham on my floor frame. It is a lovely piece. I love the Quaker designs.

Mary Wigham by Needleprint
I decided to move this to the scroll frame because I was afraid I would never get the hoop marks out. I am trying to stitch from my WIP pile or at least from stash. I did cave and buy a project bag by Sew Much 2 Luv. This is sized a little bit bigger than the regular sized bag. It is a little deeper and will it hold a larger q-snaps as well as all the threads. I love her bags. 
Beauty and the Beast bag from Sew Much 2 love from Etsy

Well that is my update for now. I hope to have more frequent small finishes now that the stockings are back in my workbasket. 
Hope you have plenty of stitchy time this week.






Saturday, April 7, 2018

First finish 2018 photo heavy

A dear friend reminded me that I had not updated my blog in a while so I am pleased to finally have a few minutes to get that done. This where I left off as of the last posting in February. This is 6 Fat Men by Lizzie Kate.


This is where I am now! Finally a finish of one of my long term WIP’s. This is so exciting to me because I have a huge WIP as well as a huge stash and I love it all. (Sorry the ironing isn’t better but iron was not working correctly and I didn’t want to ruin my piece)!

         

Here are some closer shots from along the journey just to show you the colors better. It was done on called for fabric and with threads as designed.








Hope you have some stitchy time in your week. Marjo