Stitching all the things!



What am I working on? EVERYTHING! I’ve been busy this week. I finished the shepherds band! It is lovely. I put in the very first stitch on the lace and then I resisting continuing. I will pull out Random Thoughts tonight. I will put in the lace when I’ve made some progress on RT.  Here is Heirloom Nativity so far:

I started Joyful World February. Here is the little fox and crow checking out what is going on next door:

I am panicking a little on this because I bought exactly as much fabric as Maja called for in 36 ct, 33″ square. This should allow a 3 inch border. I measured very carefully. I started exactly 3″ inches in, in the corner. BUT. She gave a beautiful floral border to finish the piece and I hope there will be enough room. I mean, there will be enough room for the border, but I had an idea to hemstitch the whole thing when it is done and I HOPE there is enough room for that. Or at least to frame it! It’s going to be tight. At first I wasn’t sure there was enough room for an even edge but I measured, counted, measured, counted, panicked and finally saw yes, it is set up perfectly. But that means there’s no wiggle room for me. I have to execute it perfectly. No pressure or anything!

Here’s how I’m coming on my 10-a-day. I’m doing a bit more than 10 a day to be honest. Nan has this set up so it makes more sense to do 12 or 16 or 24 a day! That’s fine. I like to see it moving along. It is nice to put just one color in at a time and watch it grow. And since it’s called “grow!” it’s very appropriate! At the rate I am going, I will get the tin topper and the pin cushion made this year and that will make me very happy!

The other two things in the top picture are my February SALs: Bunny Hop by Just Nan and Two Turtle Doves. There’s not a lot to see with them yet, so maybe next time!

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January Summary and February Plans


February 1! How did we get here so fast? And in that short time, was I able to get anything done? Let’s see. Progress made on Heirloom Nativity: not as much as I wanted (I wanted to finish the shepherds row) but it is getting closer. I was hindered by needing to take out the wrong color I used on the center shepherd’s robe- it is supposed to be blue! But the symbols for blue and light gold are similar. It wasn’t hard to fix but took time. Anyway, here it is on Jan 31:

If I apply myself this week I should be able to get this band done. It will be hard to resist the white lace bands coming up next when I really should head back over to Random Thoughts. I will see how I am feeling about it after I put in all the white snow! Maybe I will be over white by then!
In any case, I did finish my SALs and some extra ornaments:


Plus I finished January for Joyful World!

I also made a good start into the Lounging Hare pincushion box top:


And I started my Smalls SAL for February, another bunny rabbit, this one from Just Nan’s Hummingbead Heaven:


I have my Christmas Ornaments SAL all set up (I guess I have a lot of white in my future): 

I put the first stitches in the Mill Hill Harp which is my current pocket project (really not much to see here):

And finally I decided to try out the 10-a-day idea -where you put 10 or so stitches in a project everyday in an effort to accomplish something significant over a longer period just by working on it consistently. I’m starting today with  Just Nan’s Grow! tin which I have been putting off starting because of all the color changes. However I think for me this kind of project as a 10-a-day will work really well because then I don’t have to deal with the tedium of swapping colors every other minute during a long stitch session. I will just do a little each day.

This project is about 900 stitches. That means about 90 days. Figuring this out makes me wonder what will drive me battier- taking 3 months to make such a teeny thing or just dealing with the color changes! Maybe I will split the difference and put a big more than 10 a day. I’m all about following the spirit of the idea if not the technicalities. 
This may be my longest post yet! Thanks for reading it!


January Smalls check in and Joyful World


Here is my January Small for the 2017 Small SAL sweetly hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus! It is Mon Petit Jardin by Atalie. I stitched it in my own choice of mixed overdyes on 28 ct linen. And it is a day late because, I have to admit, even for the size and simplicity of this project, it was fraught with problems! Knots, slipped stitches, learning the reverse spiderweb rose stitch, French knots popping through, and I am not quite satisfied with the colors I chose. They are ok. Now that is it made up as a heart it is quite pretty. The plan is to mount the heart on some framed fabric, so I need a little square frame. If I can find the right fabric it will be lovely. And maybe you think it is nice, but you know what I mean about having one of THOSE projects that gives you a lot of headaches- it is hard to appreciate it even if it turns out fine. That’s this one. For now I am glad to just put it down!


On the other hand, I could not be more delighted with Joyful World’s January! I just have to finish the eyelet border under the fox. It is SO cute and really fun to work on. Now, before, when I just had the tail of the fox in, I was dreading what I perceived as the large expanse of monochrome fox body. Filling in is not my favorite, and this is not even that big! I was just a few lines into it and discovered Vonna’s (The Twisted Stitcher) technique of a modified sewing stitch without turning your needle. I was skeptical. After all, how could my grandma have taught me anything but the “proper” way and even if it worked, shouldn’t I do it the “proper” way? No. Not today. Faced with all this straight-forward boring stitching, I was going to try this out. And oh my goodness, I feel just like I have been eating soup with the wrong end of a spoon my whole life. I knocked that fox out, I raced through the border and the crow was done in a literal spare moment. Not only that but NO KNOTS! And the threads do lay very flat! Thank you Vonna, you have changed my life! The only thing I noticed about this technique is that it seems to be quite hard on my floss compared to the stab method. Towards the end of a thread they do get a bit fuzzy. I think I will not use it for silk. And for little bitty areas, I will probably stick with my habit. But gosh. For borders and “vast expanses” of one color I will be so grateful I now know how to do it in half the time. To watch Vonna’s method, look at her video here.