Joy Times Two

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Here it is July and I find myself working on two “Joyful” Christmas ornaments. Here is series 3-2 from the Victoria Sampler Learning Collection, this one featuring Bargello. (I haven’t gotten to the Bargello part yet):

And here is a fun Mill Hill ornament called Jeweled Joy just waiting for beads:

I’ll tell you why I’m making these when they’re done, which should be soon!

Friday Finishing (My June Small)

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I’ve developed a bad habit of not finishing my works. I know I’m not the only one with this problem but for me it’s starting to seem unjust to all the time I’ve spent stitching! And I had an impetus this month-I finished stitching Lounging Hare from the class I took with Sherri Jones in 2016!

And so I really wanted to mount it on the box! I did it!

It still needs the cord trim but overall I’m pretty pleased! Now to do the tool kit that goes in the box! Look for that 5 or 6 years from now! Ha!

While I was at it I decided to go back and finish some other neglected projects so here’s a little finishing flashback post for you today.

First I did what turned out to be an easy little job:

This is the Little Cardinal from Crossed Wing Collection’s Silken Wings series. It is on silk gauze. I stitched it last year and finally have it mounted in a Tim Holtz pocket watch. Here’s the inside to show how it works:

It was super easy. The back just pops off, I gathered the stitching around a little cardboard circle padded and lined with cotton batiste. Next time I will leave off the padding because the watch has un-remove-able glass so there’s no point to padding it-it just mashes against the glass. If you have a small enough small this make a very cute easy display for it!

And I finally framed my Plum Street Fraktur Friends (stitched last summer) and Drawn Thread’s For the Birds (stitched in 2016). Here they are hanging up happily instead of languishing in the drawer:

I still enjoy these stitches so much! I’ll be glad to see them every day!

I stitched a little this week too, mostly on the GPA English Sampler Pillow. Here it is so far. I love everything about it!

This one will be simple to finish off-it’s stitched on a pre-made pillow and I’ll just have to stuff it and sew up the bottom!

In other news…

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I haven’t ONLY been stitching on paper. I’ve been working on a whole smorgasbord of stuff. Here’s what’s going on with my other projects:

When I wasn’t beading on vacation I put quite a few stitches in on In The Sweet:

This has gone well so far but I’m dreading the border as it looks tedious!

And here’s Lounging Hare:

It is recommended to put the grass in randomly to give it a “patchy” look rather than stripe-y since the floss in variegated. It’s coming along. I’m not sure how I like it at the moment. Hmmm…

In other struggles with variegated cross, I got sort of fed up with Leaping Cat. I was super fussy to get the “flow” of color to work nicely in the grass under the cat.

Then I put the grass on the right side, also being fussy, and now in the light when it’s all done I see it makes a jarring transition. I don’t like it. So I’ve decided to redo the grass under the cat for the third time since that is the smaller area. I really love this design and want it to be very good and this color problem will Bother me forever, so I’ve just got to do it. But not now. I have to set it aside. It is driving me nuts every time I look at it.

That’s ok, it was a good reason to get back to some other stuff:

I picked up Heirloom Nativity and finished off the bands-they didn’t need much, just beading and the queen stitch berries on the vine.

Here’s a close up:

The last scene is the actual Nativity and at the bottom there is the beautiful hardanger so characteristic of Victoria Sampler. I did start the scene. It seems to have a lot of snow so that will be nice to stitch during our hot Arizona summer.

And I returned to Just Nan’s Baby Celebration, the totally neglected birth sampler for my 7-month old.

I like this design so much, just don’t care too much for the linen I’m using. It’s not soft. But you know, it’s easy to stitch and moves quickly since each motif is so small. No excuse to not make progress!!

My fuzzy floss came so I put in the baby flamingo on Joyful World.

Isn’t he cute?? But he might need to be outlined. Here’s the whole month which you saw before:

I started June too but there’s not much to show.

And that’s it for WIPs! Hopefully something will get finished this month so I can justify new starts in July!

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