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.

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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.

So Many Stitches

Hello, everyone, I’m back.

Just like I said in my last post I would try and make another blog post for the next week with all my stitching that I have done in the last two to three months. And there is a lot, though part of me wishes that there was more, especially when I see so many people having a new finish every week or every second week.

Anyone, I guess I should give a little life update. I am still wearing a brace on my left wrist but it is feeling a lot better. I also have physio for it tomorrow and I will find out if I need more or not. Though after what happened on Sunday I really think that I will now need to go there for something else. I don’t actually know how it happened but I was lying in bed relaxing and a little while later I moved and I felt my neck was stiffening all along the left side(what is with me and my left side). So because it just feels weird with stitching I haven’t been really stitching yesterday or today. I’m hoping though that with going to the physio that maybe they can help me. I have always had problems with my neck and sometimes it will be fine and other, not fine at all. I have done stretches myself and I sometimes go and get a massage, but it just doesn’t seem to help at all. So I am really hoping that the physio can help me.

So this piece I actually have not work that much on at all and according to my monthly WIP tracker I actually last worked on it in late April. I should really work on it more since I am still going to be gifting this to my dad on Christmas, at least I hope so if I can finish it.

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The next piece I have done so much work on. I had gone away on a weekend trip to my family cabin in La Ronge with my parents. And I did so much stitching there and since I got back I haven’t worked on it again, but even still I am just so happy with how much I have done in just the only four months that I have worked on it since I started it.

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The next piece is actually a finish. So, of course, it is the finish of my mom’s mothers day card. She loved it and since I always give her something else with the card she told me that I didn’t need to do that and that she would be happy with just getting the made card.

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The next piece is the piece I have been working on the most and the most recent start as well. This piece is one of the patterns that I bought in Calgary and I have decided to do it for my mom’s birthday. I haven’t gotten too much done but I am happy with it and also all the stitches on it are new stitches that I really haven’t done before or if I have done it, it might have only been once or twice.

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So that is all my stitching so far. I guess this blog post isn’t going to be that long, which I guess some would see it as a bad thing and some would be okay if it. I have read blogs that are both really long and that are even shorter than this and might even only be a few lines. This blog is really just to share my love of stitching and along the way share my life.

I am hoping that I can do these posts more often, though I know I have said that many times, but I am still hoping that I can really make this a blog that is posted with new content on a more regular basis.

So buy for now and as always happy stitching everyone. 🙂

A Month Has Past

Hello, Stitchers! It’s been over a month now since I last posted an update. I really want to do more blog posts, because I am almost stitching every single day. So it isn’t like I don’t have anything to talk about or show you. Trust me I have lost to show you.

So for finishes, I actually finished two of my WIP’s since I last talked to you all.

The first that I finished was Forest Snowfall by Country Cottage Needleworks. I started this piece on January 15th of 2018 and I finished it on March 1st of 2018. I added a yellow thread and black thread to fill in the windows so it looked like there were people living inside. All snow is done with Petite Treasure Braid PB10 with one strand of white DMC thread, and then the leaves on the top and bottom border I picked out a darker green of DMC just to make more of variegation and difference between the branches and leaves, also I did add beads for the eyes of the animals and I added one to make a doorknob. I started this piece as part of the #pcforestsnowfallMy other finish was my Rainy Day Kitty that I got from a magazine, The World of Cross Stitching. The pattern is by Durene Jones. I started this piece back on May 19th, 2017 and I finally finished it on March 12th, 2018. This piece got put away so many times. When I first started it I did so much work on it and then I just got tired of it and fed up stitching it. So here it finally is:

So now on to the other piece that I have been working on as soon as I finished these two pieces. And that piece is, of course, my big giant Death by Cross Stitch on the black Aida. I have done quite a lot since the last time that I showed you, which of course I am really happy about. See, I almost have a whole page done!!! Yay!

That’s all I have to show you today. Happy Easter, happy April Fools Day, and of course happy stitching.

My WIP’s and 2018 Finish

Oh Holy cow, only two more days and it will be March already. I just can’t believe we are two months into the year and soon to be three. I must say that as you get older time seems to go by faster, or maybe it only feels that way because we seem to be more and busier and have less downtime. But any I’m here, to finally do my post about all my WIP’s that I am working on. Now I am not going to show about two or three of them as I haven’t made any progress on them since I last showed them on here.

The last post I showed all my cross stitching finishes for last year. Well, I actually have a 2018 finish already. I started this piece on November 16th of last year. I have had this as a kit for maybe a year and a half but I was waiting for the right time to make it. Well with living with my know fiancee I decided that this piece would be perfect for our third Anniversary, which has now passed. I wasn’t able to frame it yet but he still loved it. IMG_0468

This piece is the WIP that I am working on the most and I am almost finished, hopefully, I can be finished it before March comes. I started this piece on January 1st for the SAL of #pcforestsnowfall, which is from the flosstube channel of Priscilla and Chelsea, The Real Housewives of cross stitch. I changed a lot of the colours and added colour in the windows. The snow I used one strand of Petite Treasure Braid PB10 ad one strand of 100 #4 Kreinik braid but ran out of that of using the DMC white as a replacement. The windows I use 310 and 973 for the light up window. the trim on the house was supposed to be white DMC, but I was so tired so stitching the white snow that I changed it to DMC 712, I also used a bead for a doorknob. IMG_0502

The last piece that I’m going to show you has been on my wishlist for a long time. Well, my wonderful fiancee got me not only the pattern but also the fabric that I wanted for it. I started it on the 18th of January as I was going to have it as my New Year New Start piece, but the thread had not arrived yet. IMG_0503And yes, I already know that I am crazy for doing Death By Cross Stitch on black fabric, but just look at it. It looks so cool and I am just loving it. In case you are wondering I am doing it on 18 count Aida.

I have six other WIP’s in my stitching stash, but sadly whenever you last saw them was the last time that I worked on them, or I did only a few stitches so it really isn’t noticeable.

Alright well bye for now.

Till next time, happy stitching!

 

My 2017 Finishes

I had planned to do this post the day before New Years Day, however life and just being with the family got in the way, then really busy with work, and then there were just days that after work all I wanted to do when I got home was to come home and stitch.

So what I’m going to do, or at least my plan is: that I’m going to have this post to show off all the finishes that I had in the year of 2017, then my next posts will be what I’m working on right now and my plans for the year of 2018.

My first finish of the year of 2017 was: Monochrome Cushion by Anchor, that I got the pattern from The World of Cross Stitching magazine. I did not change the colours, however, I added more of the dark blue throughout the piece, as over half of it was only in little blue, I also had the flower turned to a red rose. I finished this piece on April 22nd, 2017IMG_0224

This card is called Roses Card that was charted by Raby Reilly Designs, which I believe I found in a Cross Stitch Gold magazine. I was able to get this finished in time for mothers day. I finished the stitching part on May 13th, 2017.IMG_0226

This is your first time seeing this piece framed. I had to get it professionally framed as I was really disliking my canvas plans for it. So I just went to Micheals and paid to have it framed. The best idea ever, they did an amazing job. I gave this to my best friend for Christmas and she now has it hanging on her wall in her bedroom above the piece that I gave her for her birthday the year before. This is called Goonies that is by Clouds Factory. I finished stitching this piece on July 10th, 2017.IMG_0474

This is a card that I stitched for my mom for her birthday. It’s titled Cutest Ever Kitten and as it was a free pattern that came with the magazine the designer of this piece is The World of Cross Stitching magazine. I had to fix some of the patterns as I ran out of one or two colours so I just substituted with using the other shades of brown for the cat. I finished this piece on August 14th, 2017.                                 image3

I also had decided on getting this piece professionally framed, because just like the Goonies piece I just didn’t like it. Once again I love what Micheals did and whenever I don’t want to frame something I am paying them to frame it. This piece is called Star Trek and it is also by Clouds Factory. I had two finishes on the same day because I was able to finish this on August 14th, 2017. IMG_0486

This was a free pattern that I got from Plum Street Samplers, I did this for someone on FlossTube’s birthday SAL(just won’t say there name here). I finished this in time for her birthday, however, bad me I have still not sent it to her. I thought I had a post office close by but I was wrong and where there is one I just don’t go there. So if you are reading this and you are the person that’s supposed to be getting this then I’m sorry I still haven’t sent it. I finished this on October 25th, 2017. IMG_0448

This piece I framed myself, which was a pain but it would have been too late to go get it professionally framed and also since it was to my mom I really wanted to do it all myself. So my mom got this for Christmas and she loved it, and since I also told her there is one going to be made for my dad she got even more happy so that not just her has one since she isn’t the only parent that raised me. This piece is called Love From Mom by Sue Hillis. And I finished it on October 26th, 2017. IMG_0455

This Sapphire Crystal and it is my first Mill Hill Kit that I have ever done. Loved stitching it and I’m so happy how it turned out. I finished this on November 8th, 2017. IMG_0435

I had hoped to get this Mill Hill kit finished before Christmas day, however, best next thing I finished this on the day after Christmas. This is called Frosty Mug. IMG_0458.JPG

So that’s it for me for today. Next week or so I’m going to show you my WIP’s and my finish for 2018.

As always everyone,

Happy Stitching!