Thursday, April 28, 2011

As promised, Evening in the Park update!

Took over a week of stitching after dinner, but here's my latest picture update on Chatelaine's Evening in the Park.

Part 8 includes all four wall corners. Gates go in the openings, and the winter bare trees and lampposts sit around the outside of the walled areas. EP is now 2/3rds done! The fabric is a 32ct opalescent called Blue Mystery, from Silkweaver. Just the right touch for a rainy evening in old London maybe? I keep expecting 101 dalmatians sneaking around the corners!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weekend stitching on next Kitty Kalendar cat

Over last weekend I was able to squeeze a quick stitch on the July Kitty Kalendar cat from Val's Stuff. Plain old gray jobelan and Weeks with a few color adjustments due to stitching from stash. Another reason I miss my LNS that closed.

I am ready for summer after stitching this!

Now I am working on Chatelaine's Evening in the Park again. Happy Stitching!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rose Garden Sampler SAL progress

My last couple of weeks, I have been working slowly on the WDC Designs Rose Garden Sampler SAL, and now can say it's over 20% done. The entire top row of this 24 page design is complete. Stitching with DMC on 25ct white lugana, one over one.

I have so many large pieces going or just about to start, I am giving each one some attention, rotating thru them as I go, and mixing in some small designs to give myself a break. Next up is from the Kitty Kalendar series, and later this month, back to a neglected Chatelaine, Holland Landscapes.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April's Tiny Biscornu

Over the weekend I stitched up another tiny biscornu from Tor Rhuann, the Daisy Garden. The fabric was a scrap of 28ct linen called watercress, thread from leftover kit floss. (always frugal with thread around here!) On the back I added little flowers of my own, inspired by the lazy daisy stitches on the front, and used french knots in the flower centers as contrast. You can see by the needle that this is really tiny, about an inch square!

This completes Belinda's Getting Squared Away series. I now have four tiny biscornu to wear on a chain! I will be going in search of more tiny patterns (16 stitches square or so) in my stash and on the web.

Now I'm going to spend a little time stitching on my Rose Garden Sampler at least until it's time to go down to the DMV and renew my driver's license....just like me to wait until the last day (my birthday!) to get it done! If it's not stitching (or reading) I just put it off. Going out to dinner with my hubby and daughter tonight, then stitching the evening away!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Castles in the Air progress report

Hi all! So far, so good this year on keeping on my rotation! For the last week of March I was working on Papillon's Castles in the Air, adding part 14 along the bottom edge, which consists of two sides of a large blackwork gate covered with flowers. Anyone else stitching this might notice my little boo boo on the top of the gates. The fleur de lis motifs along the top should have all been in gold metallic, but I did not realize that until I had already done them in black, so I just did the larger post top ones in gold and left the smaller ones black. Se la vie...if you know what I mean!

Here is a close up of one side of the gate. The other is a mirror image.

Here is the entire piece so far....

Today I am going to finish up my monthly tiny biscornu and get out my next big project to work on. That is if I don't get caught by my latest new book by Jean Auel! We've waiting a long time for the last book in her series!

Friday, April 1, 2011

March Progress, April Goals

March Recap

~Class project-Tree of Life Journal, Catherine Jordan Completed front panel!
~Hummingbird Mandala, Chatelaine...finish beading on center motif Done!
~Castles in the Air, Pt.14 Done!
~Rose Garden Sampler SAL...finish Pt.1 corner motif New Starts...
~Daffodils Tiny Biscornu Done!
~Micro 02, Chatelaine Done!
~Kitty Kalendar-June Done!
~By the Light of the Moon, Primitive Needle honor piece Done!
April Goals
~Rose Garden Sampler SAL...finish Pt.1 corner motif Pt.1 Done!
~Evening in the Park, pt.8 Working...
~Hummingbird Mandala, pt.2
New Starts...
~Daisy Garden Tiny Biscornu Done!
~Kitty Kalendar-July Done!
~Little House Fruit Series-Apples
~Winter Watergarden Mandala (yes, I am certifiable!)