Two Quickies in a Long Post

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Sometimes I’m just really irresponsible and I don’t do my plan but follow my whim. I did that this week and started up this DMC alphabet heart, which was an old freebie that I’d share if I could find the link, but it seems to have been removed from the DMC site. Here it is so far, half done!

I’m stitching on 36 ct Truffle from Picture This Plus using a combination of Caron Waterlilies Chili and Cherry. Sounds delicious! Chili Cherry Truffle! Perfect for Valentine’s Week, not perfect for Lent! Let me just say again, how much I love Waterlilies silk. It is fantastic to work with, and so, so, so pretty.

The chart actually asks you to use 3 shades, combining them over each letter to get an interesting gradation. Maybe I’ll do that someday, but I have so many gorgeous silks in my stash, I really like to find projects to use them on, and this is the perfect kind of project for overdyed silks! Sorry DMC, but thanks for the pattern!

Earlier I promised that I would also show you some over one. Here it is, Snowbirds by Country Cottage Needleworks, Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2014. I’m using the closest color match for the fabric I had in my stash, 28ct pearl gray Quaker linen, which is a linen-cotton blend. I’m totally cheating on this one and loving every minute of it. See me stitching continental tent stitch 2 over 1?

So…why? Well, I bought this issue for this chart, after seeing it made up at my LNS. But I’m so lucky, my LNS is Attic Needlework. And they just love to present all these fabulous designs in teeny tiny versions! I go in there and fall in love with all these dainty little works stitched on 52/60 or 40, or over one on 36 ct, or whatever. Evidently that had been the case with this design because when I started to stitch as over 2 I thought, whoa, this is enormous! (it isn’t, but it is bigger than the shop model was). Now, I always have a fresh Christmas tree with little floppy branches, and if I made it full size over 2, it would be a big ornament. I need little ornaments. So I picked it out and set right back again over one. But that was tedious, so I switched to tent stitch, and I’m happy. It’s so cute!

I think sometimes we need projects where we have to work hard towards perfection in spite of frustration, to hone our skill and make a beautiful work of art. But other times we need projects that are just fun and easy, to play around and experiment with techniques while enjoying a quickly finished product. Do you agree? Or are you all perfectionists out there? 🙂

Secret Stitching Sweetheart!

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This is the first time I have ever participated in a blog hop! Thank you, Jo, at Serendipitous Stitching, for organizing this for us! We all sent a friendship or love themed project we had made to Jo, and she swapped them around to send us each one from Secret Stitching Sweetheart. Now our job is to visit all the blogs and find out who received our picture! Here is my Valentine from my Secret Stitching Sweetheart:

 

What a cute lucky elephant! Thank you so much! I love how the ear is a heart! Please, Stitching Sweetheart, if you see my post, comment and tell me more about this project!

Thank you to everyone who is coming over to visit for the blog hop! Feel free to look around, leave me a comment, and come back! I post every week or so! Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Random Thoughts Update!

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I am so excited to share with you the progress on Random Thoughts! I’ve kept working away on it and here is the top 3/4 of the center design, all done except for charms!

I love how the little stitcher is the same as the one on the needleminder!

The final motifs I was putting in involved quite a few special stitches that I was doing for the first time. I’m not sure how well I executed them but I figure practice is as much the point of a sampler as anything and I mostly wanted some exposure to these stitches so I have a better appreciation and knowledge of them.

Here’s my queen stitch:

This area was time consuming. The dark floss was hard to see. I think they are just ok but I can imagine them being very impressive in other materials or design.

Double faggoting stitch:

I LOVE the Jessica stitch on the sunflowers too!

I really am doubtful how successful this one is, I can barely see it myself being white silk on cream linen, and I could not find a clear example online to make sure it looked right. Hmmm…

Spiderweb roses:

I have had a bit of experience with these before and they are fun and pretty.

Four-sided stitch with satin stitch and diamond eyelet:

This makes a such pretty pattern and was therapeutic to stab and pull! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Combo of ray stitch and Smyrna cross

Picky picky! My tension is uneven! But a pretty combination!

Double running stitch:

I couldn’t figure out how to get this particular pattern perfectly repeated on front and back but I appreciate the experience and really wanted to learn how this technique works! Neat!

There are about 2 “rows” left in this whole center piece (plus a border). Being so close I really want to get the center done! But about half the motifs are more special stitches to learn. And I really want to get to that baby sampler! Decisions decisions!

I’ll end with these sweet little over 1 sections.

You can see the grass in rapid stitch here too, at the top.

I always dread over 1 but then it turns out not to be so bad. I’m relying on that fact for my Snowbirds Ornament which I’ll show you next time!

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