Small Triumphs in Blue


I’m winning against the pile of projects! I got those bands completed on Heirloom Christmas before July like I hoped. Yay! I even started the next band which is the 3 Wise Men:

I love this project. It is so beautiful. Here’s a close up of the bands section I completed:

The last stitch I learned, the green interwoven stitch with the gold beads, is stunning.  It was not hard at all (but I did need to be awake to do it!). I’ll put this aside now and take Joyful World on vacation. But I can’t wait to get back to it!

The floss stitching is done on Petit Coeur Bleu. Now I have to learn the ribbon stitches. I’m nervous about it for no reason.

The Atalie silk floss is so pretty. I think if I do this again I might pick something richer. But the great thing about this design is how it lends itself to so many colors. I have seen some stitchers do it over and over again in a veritable rainbow. What a good excuse to go shopping for ribbons and floss!

I finished my ornament for July. Isn’t it cute?!  I better get the June one done!

And I finally went back to the birth record by Sisters and Best Friends which I finished last year. I wanted to add a star charm on the moon and I finally found the perfect one so here it is all framed.

I love this piece too. It was quick and the colors I found turned out perfect. The dark blue is Auntie Dee and the rainbow silk is Glowing Embers by Caron Waterlilies.

I’ve got a short week this week to finish up a few things before vacation. I’ll check in on Friday with whatever I accomplish!

Starts, finishes, and right in the middle: not in that order.


I picked up the Heirloom Nativity last week. I’m trying to get the bands done between the shepherds and kings before July. Then I will be about half done with this thing if you don’t count the hardanger at the bottom. That will feel like an accomplishment! 

I need to add the beads to the lace, finish the vine, and figure out the stitch between the scotch stitch and the vine. It seems complicated-at least too much to do when I was tired watching tv.

I love the Gloriana Bellagio (rainbow) silk! Gorgeous!

Last week I finished April for Joyful World-except for the ground. Still thinking how I will approach this with a different specialty stitch in the ground on each month.

I also finished the stitching on the little snow girl:

Just need to put her together.

I started my Facebook Smalls summer challenge, Petit Coeur Blue by Atalie. This is small-it’s in a 4″ hoop.

This silk is lovely too! It’s from Atalie called Bora Bora.

I started my next ornies SAL-the theme for July is animals and this is Mill Hill’s Cat in the Box. 

It’s got a lot of blue. So far not as interesting as many of the other ones I’ve done but I know the end result will be cute. I have 3 Mill Hill ornaments with cats- they are all orange cats so they remind me of my cat Kiwi. That’s why I got them.

I declare this week FFO week! Let’s see how much damage I can do to the stack of FOs!

Stitching time


I had a 3 hour blood test today which meant an unusual amount of daytime stitching time. I was actually looking forward to it in order to have that stitching time! I didn’t get anything finished, but made some progress on a couple things:

First, my June small which is this adorable little Riolis kit. It is on plastic canvas which at first I thought was pretty cheesy but after working with the nice fuzzy soft yarn-floss Riolis gives you, it turns out well.

I like this fuzzy yarn-floss. Not for all the time but it is very cozy to use and gives the effect of that needlepoint on plastic canvas but a bit more delicate and nice.

Next I worked on April for Joyful World (yes. I am behind.) I must have worked very slowly because I look at it and feel I have almost nothing to show for the amount of time I spent on it. However, it is getting there. Another session or two will get it done.

You see I decided to make a brown squirrel, instead of gray. The bunny was already enough gray for this design. I think the pink flowers on the right are too pale so I am going to redo them in the brighter pink you are supposed to use in their centers-just flip flop those colors.

Finally I also have to show you this little freebie from Log Cabin Designs, Noel, which I actually finished last month. I used my own colors: GAST Dried Thyme and Cranberry and I used beads instead of Xs for the berries.

This is for the ornies SAL; the theme for June is “words.” 

I have a ton to FFO. I think I will have to give some hours to finishing this summer. Now that’s a post you can look forward to!