Fabric · Geisha · Joan Elliott Round Robin · Storage

Hand Dyed Obsession and RR progress

I think the title speaks for the photos.

My fabric storageThis is an under the bed storage box that I have all of my hand dyed fabrics in. I remember when I didn’t have any hand dyes, and now I am obsessed with buying them.  And I have plans for every one 😉  Well, most of them.  Some may be just too pretty to stitch on right now.  But I have them on hand when I need.  I am not a patient person, so waiting for hand dyed fabric to come in the mail is very hard for me.  So now I have a pretty good stash.

some of stephanies fabricsJust some of my  Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Silkweaver fabrics

Some from Silkweaver.  Just can’t seem to stay away from their auctions 🙂

PTP fabricsA few from Picture This Plus from last years sale.

Liberty and CalypsoThese are my 2 latest fabrics from Stephanie. On the left is her limited edition Liberty and on the right is Calypso.  Both are 16ct Aida and both are gorgeous!!  Not sure what I am going to put on Liberty, but Calypso is perfect for a mermaid 😉

And here is what I am currently working on.  When I can stay awake that is.  I have been getting up at 5:00 am 4-5 days a week to walk with a friend and it has been really kicking my butt.  Can’t seem to stay awake at night to stitch.  Hence the very little progress.

Geisha on Julies RRThis is going to be Joan Elliott’s Eastern Promise on Julie’s Asian RR. Sorry for the bad photo, but the colors are truly bright and beautiful and Julie’s fabric is a blue sky with a touch of tan here and there.  It’s gorgeous!

That is my update for now.  Thank you for visiting and have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.


Surviving Afghan

I learned how to crochet when I was 12.  I wasn’t the best of students and had quite a time picking it up the way my sweet instructor was teaching me.  But I stuck with it and one day picked the crochet hook up in a different way than she had been holding it  and I was off and running!  This is one of my very first afghans I crocheted up about 31 years ago.

crocheted afghan

I made this for my mother when I was 18 and in the Army in Germany.  I ran a one-man post office for a time and during my down time I crocheted afghans to mail home at Christmas time.  I must say that it is still in great shape.  I had been wondering if any of my crocheted afghans were still around after reading this post at Not Your Average Crochet by Hannah.  Amazingly, I went to over to my Mother’s house the other night and this afghan was folded up on the floor.  I was ecstatic!  I told my Mom I had just been wondering if any of the afghans I had made years ago were still around.  It does look a bit felted, but I guess that means that the stitches are truly locked in now.  The Ripple afghan was the first thing I learned and I have made several ripple afghans over the years. I’m pretty sure this afghan was made using Red Heart basic worsted weight yarn, as that was what was quite available back then.  Seeing this afghan really made me feel good.   Not only to know that it had stood the test of time, but that my Mom had kept it all of these years.  I really need to pick up a crochet hook again.


Siren Weekend Update

In the middle of cutting tons of card stock this weekend, I was able to find a little time to stitch on Siren and Shipwreck. Here is my progress:

Siren update

She is coming along fabulously.  I am working on the tail and loving the colors.  Unfortunately, I have to put her away for a while as I have 2 Round Robins in my possession that are screaming for my attention.  In case this is your first time seeing posts about my Siren, it is Mirabilia’s Siren and the Shipwreck and I am stithcing  her on 16 ct Aida Under the Sea from Sunny Dyes Fabrics.


Fabrics A Plenty

I have been on a bit of fabric spending spree lately.  This is what I received in the mail last weekend:

Nantucket sky enchanted glen shimmering pool

Aren’t  they just beautiful?  They are all from Hand Dyed Fabrics By Stephanie. On the left is Nantucket Sky-I plan on stitching Lavender Lace’s Spring Angel on it.  Top right is Enchanted Glen and on the bottom right is Shimmering Pool.  They are all 16ct Aida and all are beautiful.  My camera really captured the true colors of these fabrics.  Not sure what I will stitch on Enchanted Glen.  Shimmering Pool is perfect for a mermaid.  I have also purchased quite a few fabrics from Silkweaver lately.  I don’t have pictures of those, but will have to pull them out and take a picture of the many I have purchased.  I think that I have enough fabrics now for whatever design I want.  Now I just want to stitch a little on each of the fabrics 🙂  Thanks for visiting today.

Fairies · Joan Elliott Round Robin

Another Round Robin Finish

It’s been a crazy, busy with a whole lot of nothing the last couple of weeks.  But somehow I managed to finish stitching on Kaye’s Round Robin:

JE Spring Fairy on Kayes RRThis is Joan Elliott’s Spring Fairy.  She turned out to be a sweet stitch.  She does have quite a bit of confetti stitching in her hair, but it was not so bad.  I usually don’t like to stitch on anything but Aida, and especially linen.  But Kaye’s fabric was such a breeze to stitch on.  It’s coming along nicely and will be a lovely fairy piece when finished.  Here is what the entire project looks like so far.

Kay's JE RRJust lovely.  Can’t wait to see it finished. Thanks for stopping by 🙂