Sunday, January 20, 2013

Did you hear me squeal ?

CHS Alphabets
I am surprised if you didn't. My framed pictures from the Rensel Studio came in the mail late Thursday and I was so excited and happy. I knew they were on the way but didn't know when they would arrive. The frames are gorgeous. I am so pleased. Jill found the perfect compliment to the designs. They are just so awesome. The sun is not up here yet so I the photos do not do them justice but I just had to share them with someone. I love them. It is always exciting for me to be able to add something to the walls.
The first is Carriage House Samplings Alphabets. I finished this a while ago. I did not stitch it with the charted bittersweet as the fill in at the bottom of each letter. I am just not into orange or yellow so much. So after much agonizing over it I chose to go with blue and I love it. It is bright and cheerful and when you live where grey can be the predominant color for most of the year bright and cheerful is good. Thanks so much to Jill for such a wonderful job. I love how the frame inset is so much like the pattern of the border. Lovely.
detail of frame 

Next up is the small darning sampler from Trenner needleworks  that was part of the SAL that Ellen Chester from With My Needle sponsors every year. It called for green but I used a deep rose color. I loved stitching this and am definitely going to do a large darning sampler after I get some of my WIP's finished. I really like the darning, it goes quickly and makes such lovely designs. I just have to choose one I want to do.  Jill found the perfect inner border that really makes the color of the thread pop. I can't wait to get them on the wall.

Trenner Darning Sampler
This week I am stitching on the Maryland Inspiration sampler. So far I have had to take out exactly every stitch that I put in because I caught the thread on the back and did not realize it until it was more than a knot, it was just a mess. and what  a mess it was. Talk about waste of time.  I hope to have a Monday progress picture to post on that lovely piece. The thread colors are just beautiful.

I am taking a small design to stitch group on Thursdays  that a friend came up with as a teaching piece for our EGA several years ago that I never got finished. I am hoping to make Thursdays stitching time for some smaller more portable projects so they too will get done. I was without scissors and missing a thread which just makes me realize how disorganized my stitching stuff has become. So this weekend, along with mailing out some of the stash for my friend that has sold I am going to be sure all my projects have scissors, all their threads and thread holders so the process is not held up when I do have time to stitch. Fortunately for me I had a second project with me or I would have been out of luck. I made some progress on the Button Up Birdies Whiskey Jack since I couldn't work on the drawn thread piece I had taken (without the appropriate threads.) These little birdies are quite fun to stitch. I will be able to move onto a new one by the end of the weekend as all I have left for this little guy is the backstitching.
Well, I am off to get to the post office and mail some packages off and then it is time to stitch. Hope there is some stitchy time in your day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stash for sale listed

Just a note to let you know I posted the list of stash I have for sale on the page at the top of the blog. I have pictures of everything so let me know if you want to see something.  I did post pictures of the Needlepoint canvases that are for sale. The pictures are not the best but it will give you an idea and I am  happy to take another shot if you want it.
Have a stitchy day.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

First finish of 2013

Well it should have been the last one for 2012 but finally, at last it is done. The hummers are ready to fly to my sisters house where they will reside from now on. Yeah!

Hummingbird Art by Dimensions

I am working on getting back into working on my rotation. It has been so long since I have done that it has taken me a while to get into the swing of things.  Last week was gift stitching and I made a good start on it. This week is Dorothy Walpole. I love the colors in this one. I decided that I would not take her to Thursday stitching with my stitch group but to take some small, older pieces that I also want to get done. I took a small drawn and pulled thread design piece this week and got two rows done on it. Should have it finished in a few weeks. Will take pic of it next time to show you. It is a design put together by a friend that she taught at our local EGA group a long time ago. It was a lot of fun.

Dorothy Walpole Scarlet Letter

My husband is frequently on call with his job and so on weekends I will occasionally accompany him. I take ornaments to work on while I wait. Here is my progress from yesterday's calls. This is Victoria Sampler Button Up Birdies. They are so much fun to stitch and easy for me to do in the car with variable light. I am enjoying these little bird designs. Though I must admit the Wisper on this one is giving me fits. I had never heard of the Velvet stitch and it took me a while to get it right to make the willows on the design. It s good to learn something new--once I have learned it. Fun stitch. One more day on call and it should be done. Sorry, he looks a little odd with no eye or feet but he is a WIP..

Well no more stitching to report. It is cold and rainy here with icy roads and just general uck. Therefore I will finish the evening with Dorothy Walpole and some listening to book on tape. Hope you have some stitchy time in your week.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

And the hunt continues

My pattern was safely at my friend's house for the hummers so that turned out well. I was so relieved as getting the extra threads was no problem, explaining why I needed a second pattern was not going to be so easy. I am anxious to get back to it as this weekend is my time to finish that design if at all possible. Since my pattern for the hummers was missing in action I moved on to a new start to usher in the New Year. It was wonderful to start something new. I had been stitching exclusively on the hummers since May (yes, I am an incredibly slow stitcher). I am looking forward to getting started with the rotation once the hummers move on to their permanent home at my sister's house.

 I did want to tell you that if sewing/craft/stitching area organization is one of your agenda items for 2013 that there are tons of ideas on the web for how to do it. I have spent the morning looking at Pintrest and other internet sights that have groupings of what people have done to make their corner of their home be as functional as possible for their craft. Some have invested a ton of money to make just gorgeous picture perfect sites but many have used garage sale finds and inexpensive items to do the trick. We each have different requirements for what that means to organize our space and different budgets to do it with as well. I continue to jot down notes of things that appeal to me. I did find some embroidery ribbon holders which had been a search for sure. That ribbon is too precious to just jumble in the bottom of a sewing box which is where mine currently resides. I will give you pictures of the final decisions as I come to them. As for now I am still at the de-clutter stage of the project. It is a definite work in progress. If you have some ideas on how you have utilized a small space to work for you I would be interested in hearing about it.

 I am in search of a cutting table today. I found some ideas and I am going to see if I can find something like that here in chilly Alaska. We have a lot of stores but not any of the Ikea, Container Store type places where a lot of the solutions I found came from. Plus many of the regular shops don't carry everything they do normally in the lower 48. It has to do with shipping costs when everything comes by barge.  It is always a challenge to find a substitute up here for things I am I in search of for my crafts; especially ones that fit into my budget.  I will let you know what I come up with next time.

I have finished two books, going to download a new one from Audible and listen/stitch the afternoon away until my husband gets home for our shopping trip to town. Hope today finds some stitchy time for you as well.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Picture by Dept of the Interior Kenai Fiords Alaska
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve whatever that means to you. I had to work but that was okay. I spent the evening working on my organization plans for my stitching room. I had been putting off doing an inventory of the box of stuff a friend from church gave me to try to sell for her. It was a big box with more in it than I thought it had. It took me all evening to work on it but the list has been compiled. Now I have to search for prices on the internet and then put them up for sale. I investigated different avenues to do that while I was making the list.
You can sell cross stitch charts on Ebay, Etsy, and even on Amazon. I have already gotten permission from a group owner on Facebook to list the items there and Legacy Embroiderers Guild on Yuku also lets you list things. I will send the list to my stitching group first to see if there is anything they want to buy and then begin posting it in various places to see if I can sell some of it for her.  We will see. I am not much of a salesperson. If you want a copy of the list let me know and I will email it to you. Wide variety of items from Shepherd's Bush, Just Nan and heartstrings Artists Collection to name a few. She also is selling a lot of needlepoint canvases, small ones. No idea how to price those.
Along with that box this week, I kitted up my gift for a friend new start, made a list of the DMC I needed in order to take advantage of the sale at Joann's which is on the way home from work. My best friend posted about being able to get the app for Joann's and they can scan the coupons off your phone. So I got the DMC I needed on sale plus 10% off. I was so excited (doesn't take much :) ) I also organized and inventoried all my Crescent Colors and made a list of colors I need for patterns for the next time I get a sale or an opportunity to go outside and hit a needlework store. Next up to organize  is Weeks and GAST. The apps I got from the App store from Coffee Shop Works are great for inventory and shopping lists. It worked quite well for the DMC. I am trying hard not to duplicate any supplies as best I can. I still have a lot to do but progress has been made. Today I am packing up the boxes of supplies to donate to a local group that is teaching different types of needlework to kids and adults that are interested. I used to teach it before I went back to work full time and I am anxious to keep the trend going.
I did not meet my goal of finishing the Hummers before the New Year. I lost the pattern. Actually I hope I left it at a friend's house but she is out of town for the holiday so nothing I could do. I was sick at myself. Since it is backstitched in 4 different colors I couldn't tell by looking at the picture. Oh well. It will definitely be my first finish of 2013. Here is where I am currently.

Hummers almost backstitched

I also wanted to share with you a wonderful cross stitch piece I got from my best friend for Christmas. I love it. I had never seen it before so it is always fun to get a stitched piece especially a surprise. She does lovely work and stitched for her mother, sister  as well as her twin grandkids.
I could not make up my mind what I was going to work on today. Finally I decided that I was going to put a strand in all my projects for the first rotation of 2013. No stress, no fuss just needle and thread, a hot cup of coffee, tea and probably a cold diet coke before the day is over. Supper is in the crockpot, my husband is reading and I will post this and begin the ritual of needle pulling thread to start my New Year.
Best wishes to each of you in this year to come. I hope you get time to pick up needle and thread as often as you can. Hope you find some stitchy time in your day.