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!

Itty Bitty Small for May


The last Friday in May this year really snuck up, being on the 26th this month! Good thing I picked such a teeny tiny small! 🙂 So…here it is for my contribution to the Smalls SAL hosted over at Stitching Lotus (thanks, Heather!). 

I Love Strawberries by The Sweetheart Tree

It really is small at 2.5″ by 1.75.”

Now, I haven’t done any serious backstitching in a while and if you’ve ever stitched a Sweetheart Tree design, you know she just loves backstitching! So I was super glad this was so tiny-when I started I thought, this backstitching is going to take me as long as the cross stitches! But it was ok. 

My only annoyance is, I did not figure on the flower beads being so big and chunky on the 32 ct I used (she recommended 28 ct). I ordered some smaller flower beads that seem better but I’m not sure I want to redo it or if I’ll just do this quick stitch a second time.

Anyway my finishing plan is to frame it, because that’s how I saw it in the shop and I thought the mini framed piece was just charming.

I also just about finished up March and got a good start on April, like I planned for Joyful World. Woo!

(I need to decide on a fancy stitch for the water)

I changed the bunny from white to brown and I will change the squirrel to gray I think.

No work done on my big things, I will get to one or the other in June, but I expect to have a lot less stitching time this summer with the kids home from school and no car pick up line to wait in!

Here’s a PSA for good measure-Victoria Motto is hosting another great giveaway this month! Absolutely stunning colors!

May progress


Today I finished up the Just Nan grow! pin cushion for the facebook smalls spring challenge. Here it is! 

The finishing was harder than the tin actually! I was concerned about being able to sew it in a circle without it being lumpy. That part actually went fine. But when I turned it, I didn’t leave a big enough opening and the linen tore into the the border area around the stitching. Yikes! There was no fixing it. But I was lucky I decided to put the opening at one of the places where I knew one of the criss cross  threads would go over. So I think I was able to fudge it ok. It is not as perfect as I would like but now that it is done it looks fine. Moreover, I am really glad I could make this shape come out this well on my first try, because I will have the chance to make the same style pin cushion again soon-stay tuned!

I have also been working on Joyful World.

I am totally backlogged, and my hope is to get March and maybe part of April done this month. 

I am ok with this taking longer than one done a month at this point because I have been getting quite a bit done on so many other projects. However, I am going to take a break from the Christmas ornies SAL this month, and only do the Smalls one if I get to it. I have my project kitted up, and it is super tiny, so hopefully it will work out!