Amazing Stitching Month

Wow, April will be over, by tomorrow it will be the first day of May. I still feel like the new year has just started and now I realize that the year is almost half over. Half over and I am still not used to writing in or seeing the year 2019. But I guess when you get older or maybe it is when you finish school that the year just seems to pass by so quickly.

So anyway in this month of April I have done so much stitching as my patterns finally arrived.

JpegI got all the months (except the month of November which will come with my next month fabric piece). 

I decided to start with the month of “May” as I thought each piece wouldn’t take too long to finish and that maybe I could finish each piece before the month that it would be.

I’m not done with the piece of “May”, but I think I could finish it in about one more week and then I can go and start on the month of “June”.

This is where I am now:Jpeg As for me, nothing much is going on. Thanks to going to physiotherapy twice a week for a month and then for two weeks just one a week my back is so much better, neck is still very stiff but it is not too bad at least it wasn’t till last night where I fell asleep on the couch and my neck and back was in so much pain after waking up. After taking some strong pain meds that didn’t help at all the only thing I have been able to do is do my stretches and put pain relief cream on my neck. That has happened, however even though my physiotherapist told me I could start coming once a month now I think I might have to come in for an appointment sooner than that.

So I actually don’t have much more to update you on at all. I should be back really soon as I plan to make a blog post as soon as I finish the “May” piece. I also will take about full finishing ideas once I get some of the stuff and once I have a more solid idea of how I plan of fully finishing all of the series.

Happy stitching everyone!

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Stitching Update and Turning 23

Hi, everyone, how have everyone’s weeks been going? Anyone do any stitching?

Well, I hope you have all done more stitching then I have because I really haven’t done much. I don’t know what it is but I haven’t wanted to stitch. Okay, that’s a lie. I have wanted to stitch but every time I look at my stitching I just feel bored with it. I know I could just keep up a new piece and try stitching on that, but I’m not really in the mood for any of my other pieces. I think what might be a problem is the fact the piece I do want to stitch on and the reason I am kind of bored with it is that I’m doing so many colour changes or stopping and ending threads all because the colours are all over the place.

Also part of me is waiting for the set of new charts that I ordered. I decided to order some stitching stuff for myself as it was going to be my birthday. I signed up for a fabric subscription of 40 count linen, the collection has 16 fabric colours in it, which I think is a good decent amount, after all, I don’t have lots of space to store everything. The piece will each be a little bigger than a ‘fat quarter’. I got my first piece about a week after my birthday. Just a plain off-white colour.

Now I have never stitched on 40 count before, but have wanted to try for a while now. I figured I needed something that was small and kind of easy like (meaning just using cross stitches and back stitches). So since I am doing the seasonal series from Stoney Creek I thought it would be great to do a monthly series also from Stoney Creek so that they will go together. Now after looking at all of them, I thought the one that really only went well with the seasonal series was the ‘Bird of the Month’ series as in the seasonal series there is lots of birds and flowers and each month piece has a bird and some flower in it. So with my fabric collection, I also ordered the whole 12 charts of the series.

I think with me and buying charts, when I buy something I find myself wanting to stitch it right away and I can’t focus on any other stitching it seems sometimes. This is why I think I hate buying online, you just get have it right then and there you have to wait weeks for it to get to you.

Wow, now this seems like all I am doing is complaining, which I didn’t come on her to do at all, I guess I got carried away. So sorry to any of you who think I am complaining about online shopping or the postal service.

Well, I think now I should show you some stitch.

Jpeg

So what has everyone else been stitching? And who is happy that the snow is almost completely gone, at least for me here you are only finding snow in patches in the shade?

Happy stitching everyone.

The End of the “I Love to Stitch Challenge”

Okay, so I was actually going to do a blog post in the start of this whole challenge, but then got busy with work, then I got sick, and then I just thought that it would be too late to do a post about it and decided I would do a post at the end of it.

So first off this was a challenge created by Donnett from the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/945730005565287/ She was feeling like herself and others needed the motivation to stitch so she created the I Love to Stitch Challenge, which to pass the challenge you needed to at least stitch 30 minutes every day in February. You needed to post on the group every day with your before and after pictures.

I loved this challenge and I am so happy that she has decided to make this challenge an annual challenge.

I worked on my Winter Bell Pull by Stoney Creek.

This is where I was the day before the challenge started:

And stitching all days, except for one day, this is where the project is now:

I am just so happy with the amount I was able to stitch on this piece in one month. I still have a few more stitches to do before backstitching and then I can go to the next letter, which will be the ‘N’.

This is what it looks like with everything I have done so far (the last letter I finished at the end of January):

I would have never thought in just two months of stitching this piece would be this far. So happy that I’ve done this much and I really think a big part in getting this far was because of the challenge. I almost wish that the challenge was still going on so that it would just give me that extra push to stitch every day.

Well, that is all I have stitched on since I last posted. I just wanted to say sorry for not posting an update sooner and I’m sorry for yesterdays kind of depressing post. I think that when you start this blogs you put so much of yourself into them and somedays when things are going bad you can’t hide your feelings when writing a post, you need to write what is going on our what you feel at the time. This blog for me isn’t for me to just share my cross stitching and other hobbies, that’s the main purpose for it, but I find I put some much of myself in posts that I can’t just pretend on them.

Thanks for always reading;

Happy stitching

Good Bye 2018, Hello 2019

Wow, it has been a long time.

Sorry everyone for being gone so long. Between the time I have been gone I have decided to get rid of my laptop and get a Google Tablet. So I have to clean out my laptop so I could sell it and then use the money from that to buy the tablet. Sadly though, I have not been able to sell it yet. So no new tablet and I am typing this up on my phone, which I don’t really like, however, I have been wanting to make a new post for so long and I just don’t think I’m going to be getting the tablet for a few months.

So a lot has happened. New Year’s start, finishes, and amazing Christmas gifts.

First up I’m just going to put up my finishes.

This you saw finished up last year but I finally got it framed and it is up by our stairway.

Last year I was able to finish two ornaments, but this year I was only able to finish one. This is a Mill Hill kit in case anyone wanted to know.

So before the year was over I was able to get this piece finished and framed. I love how this turned out. If anyone wants to know the changes that I made my blog post before has a list of the colour changes.

I have to say one of my biggest finished that I finished this year has to be my Specialty Stitches pieces. It isn’t the biggest in size but it was big as in important as I started it back in the late year of 2017 worked on it for two months and then only worked on it for the last month of 2018 and few days of the new year and I finished it.

Now to the new start that I started on January 9th (which was when the fabric arrived)

After buying this a year ago I am finally starting this:

This is how far I am now:I have so far worked 28.75 hours on this. It might not look like a lot of progress but I’m a very slow stitcher and there are so many colour changes in this. You would think there would be just by looking at it, but don’t be fooled there is. But a very good thing about lots of colour changes is that there is very little backstitching.

Now let’s talk about some of the Christmas gifts that I got. My parents got me a floor stand and a lap stand for my stitching. One of the gifts that my partner(no we haven’t got married yet, still engaged. I just find it easier to write partner and I find Fiance is just not as meaningful of a word as saying, partner. People think that Fiance isn’t as meaningful as being married and I get told all the time when I call him my partner that ”oh you aren’t really married.” Sorry for the side note.) not as got me was the three-layered trolling cart that everyone has been getting for the last two years.

Pictures below:

The one thing that I found was very interesting where my mom got the floor-stand and the lap-stand from was that the person selling it her mother used to stitch but is going blind now so will not be able to use it anymore, which is so sad but she was happy that it was going to a Stitcher, however, before it was hers it was her mother’s that her father had made for her. So it is over 100 years old. I just love that it is in such good condition and that it is being passed along through Stitchers.

So I’m going to say bye for now and I will be back February 1st for an announcement. But I’m not giving any hints you’ll have to wait and see when I post.

Happy stitching everyone!

My Home of a Needleworker

Hi everyone,

I am back to do a stitching update and also show you the piece that I have been working on for the past four and a half months.

This piece is Home of a Needleworker. You all know what it looks like, but in case you don’t, I put a picture below of the chart.

Now I made a lot of changes to mine, as this piece has been done so many times I really wanted mine to look different. For starters, I did not use any of the called for DMC threads, in fact, I did not use any DMC threads. I wanted some variegation in the piece so I actually changed over into using Silk ’n Colours by The Thread Gatherer.

I love these silks. Nice to stitch with (sometimes knots up) and the colours are so nice. Now I couldn’t find any conversions going from DMC to Silk ’n Colours so what I did was I looked at a colour chart online of the Silk ’n Colours and basically looked at the type of colour they were using for each symbol and picked what I thought would look best. Now, this isn’t always the best for everyone and it can turn out wrong, so if you don’t feel confident enough to do it this way then don’t. It also can take a very long time. I didn’t mind doing it and it felt like I was designing my own piece of artwork.

I started this piece on: June 24th, 2018 I am stitching it on: 32 ct. Evenweave Threads using:

    00E Ecru
    063 In the reds
    177 Simply Strawberry
    161 Bear Brown
    175 Straw into Gold
    260 Slug Bug
    089 Dark Forest
    090 Green Leaves
    00B Black
    174 Chestnut
    339 Industrial Stone

So far I have worked 50 hours on the pieces and this is what I have so far: So what is everyone else up to, is anyone starting anything new on Halloween?

And happy Halloween everyone.

A New Guide to Cross Stitching

New book from The Royal School of Needlework:

The school finally decided to update and relaunch there learning series and make it into a whole book instead of before where each topic was its own little book.

They have topics on:

  • Crewelwork
  • Blackwork
  • Whitework
  • Silk Shading
  • Stumpwork
  • Bead Embroidery
  • Canvaswork
  • Goldwork

You can get this book online at Amazon or get it at Indigo Online, which is what I did as both were the same price, but I get points with Indigo.

I only just started reading some of it and since it is broken up into chapters I have started reading about canvaswork as I love canvas work and have done a piece before.

This book has great pictures:that will then go into detail on the steps for explaining how to do certain tasks.

I might at some point as I start reading this post tips that I get from the book.

Four Months…Stitchy Time

Hey, everyone.

Yes, I am still alive,

And yes I am still writing this blog; even though I guess I’m not on here enough and don’t even post enough. When I first started this blog I didn’t care if people read it or not (actually still don’t care if no one ever reads this) I just wanted a place to write and talk about stitching. The only problem seems to be that now I don’t really update enough. I really want to try and make this a place that I am always updating and showing my work as I am stitching. I even thought of a great idea of posting my progress on my stitching though I can’t really do that until I start a new piece (which I don’t really want to do as I am working on almost past my comfort zone)

And basically, I want to post a picture of my work each time I work on it. So, for example, I will show a blank canvas as the first picture and then show another picture with how much time I stitched on it. And then from there, I will just keep showing how much time stitching it took to get to the new amount stitched. If any one is reading this I would love to here your thoughts on this idea. Thanks.

I did actually finish this to give to my mom for her birthday. I do have it all framed I but I forgot to take a picture of it framed before I gave it to her. It looks amazing framed, I went to Michaels to get it professionally framed. My sister happened to be with us that day and she went behind the counter and right away started pulling off frame samples and seeing if they would match. The forming lady didn’t mind at all and said my sister had a good eye for picking things out, though of course I didn’t ask for the price of the frame and it turned out to be almost 200 dollars. It was a shock but I wanted it to be really nice and after all, it was for mom. Besides that frame looked perfect on it.

This i also finished, though only last week or so. It is a free chart on Plum Street Samplers if anyone wants to know. This is part of a Tracy P. Birthday SAL that she has been doing for the last three years I believe. This is my second time doing it. You don’t have to give it to her, you can just stitch it like any SAL and keep it, but I actually like stitching it and then sending it to her in the mail. She liked the last one I did. I will have to show you how it looks when I get it all FFO’d.

I do have a new start (okay not new as I started it around three months ago) but new in the fact I haven’t shown it yet. I think though since I would like to write all the colour changes that I did I will make it a separate post.

So besides stitching, I guess the only really new thing that has happened is that my fiancee and I moved (about two months ago)

It actually is only a block away from our old place, the reason we moved though is that the place is bigger and actually way nicer. I am so glad we moved and it really feels like a real true home. I am already looking at all the walls and seeing what I could stitch to fill them up so they are not so plain.

It feels good to write on here again. I have really missed it. Even though I might not be actually talking to anyone I feel as though I am getting all my thoughts out about my craft and it feels so good. Even though I have a wonderful fiancee that finds it so funny listening to me rant about my craft to him, I really don’t have anyone else to just fully express myself to. I mean just even to talk about my new finishes feels good. I worked so hard on them and in a way writing about them here makes me see how much progress I have made in terms of stitching.