It is 1:10 a.m. and I just couldn’t stop stitching until I completed section 12 of the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL. And I have to say, that is a lot of hair! Beautiful, gorgeous hair, but a lot of it! Only 4 more sections to go and then finally a mermaid face will be revealed. I can’t wait! I am very proud of myself for keeping up with this one. Section 13 will be released on Monday, so I have a few more days to work on a new project that I started yesterday. I will post more about that project tomorrow. For now it is time for me to get to bed and get some sleep! Sweet Mermaid dreams 🙂
I Am Making Stitchy Progress
I finished sections 9 and 10 of the Passione Ricamo SAL#4. I am patiently waiting for step 11 to be released on March 9. Here is how I left my piece:
On the right is the purple mermaid tail! So excited for this one! I love the sparkly waves, too.
I have also put a few stitches into Fairy Dust.
And now I am working on Siren and the Shipwreck. She is really moving along.
She is looking a little ghostly without all of the details. I think once I finish her hair, I will be able to start the back stitching and beading. She has a lot of bling in her. Especially the chandelier. Can’t wait!! She has really been a fun, easy, relaxing stitch and I am loving stitching on her again. Which one of your stitch projects was or is a fun stitch for you?
Share Day-Knitting, Mermaid, Fairies and Stash
I’ve been pretty busy lately with all sorts of things. Let me show you what I have been up to.
Up first is a pidge scarf I finished for Sue. I used Bamboo yarn for the first time and I have to say that I LOVE this yarn! It is so soft and silky and I think this scarf will be really warm. I had a little trouble keeping a consistent tension with the yarn being so slippery, but I think it turned out well. And Sue loves it.
Next up is Emmy. I picked her up from the framer yesterday and she is just so pretty and sparkly.
I had her framed just about identical to Mediterranean. My plan is to hang them on each side of Enchanted mermaid. I will be sure to post pictures when they are hung.
I also picked up my Fairy Round Robin from the framer. In case you don’t know, I had it framed at a frame shop a couple of months ago and the framer did a horrible job. I sent it back only to get it back just as bad if not worse. So I took it in to Juanita, my awesome framer for the last 18 years or so, and she fixed it beautifully. No wrinkles, no wavy lines and my beads are not pressed against the glass. It looks marvelous! You can see the bad frame job here. Quite a difference between someone who basically used sticky tape and someone who knows what they are doing. I will never stray from Juanita again.
Thank you, thank you, Juanita. You are amazing! Now to find the perfect place to hang this beauty. While at Stitches N Things picking up my framings yesterday, I had a “bag in the back”. Things that I have ordered or were back-ordered and came in. I always seem to have “a bag” there and it’s always fun to see what I have collected. Here is what was in my bag today:
The new note cards with Nora Corbett’s drawings. The pack on the left is for Johanna. Stitches N Things was giving away an autographed card with purchase. I am so geeked to get one. On the bottom left is the Cauldron fabric for my Halloween project and the button pack is below it. In the middle is Persephone with the last pack of beads that I need for her and one of the waterlilies. I can’t wait to start her some day. She is gorgeous! And on the right is the next Santa’s village with JABCO button and specialty thread for it. That is another project that I need to start one of these days.
As promised, here is a picture of the bottom portion of the Under The Sea Fabric from Sunny Dyes which I am stitching Siren and the Shipwreck on:
It’s hand painted and to me, looks like seaweed or plants on the bottom of the ocean floor. When I first saw it, I knew that Siren just had to be stitched on it. I will post a progress of Siren in my next post. That is all of my stitchy news for now. May your needles glide smoothly and be without frogs 🙂
Some Stitching, a Framing and Some Goodies
It’s been a while since I posted. So I have lots to share. First, some stitching.
I finally finished the chickadee and cherry blossoms on the right side of my Geisha Round Robin just in time for mailing last week. The title will have to wait until it returns home next year. Here is how the whole thing looked before mailing it off to Johanna:
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, except that the fabric is 28ct Jobelan. Too stretchy for me. Since I like my fabric taught when I stitch and I tend to stitch a little too tight, the piece seems to be a little out of shape now. Maybe it will go back into place after everyone does their stitching on it. I’ll deal with that once it comes back home. It’s going to be so bright and colorful when it’s finished. I know that the 7 gals that will be stitching on it will do a great job. And I am looking forward to stitching on theirs.
While we are on the subject of Round Robins, this is the Round Robin I did last year. I finally put it in to be framed a few weeks ago and picked it up today. I tried a new framer, and not sure if I am 100% happy with it yet or not. There seems to be some puckering at the bottom, but I will leave it for a few days to see if the hot, humid weather has anything to do with it.
Sorry about the poor photo. Seems I may have to enlist a friend with her awesome photo taking abilities to come and take blog photos for me. My camera is just not doing the trick these days. Anyway, I love all the fairies that were stitched for me on this piece. So beautiful and sparkly in person.
Now for some goodies. A few months back I won this from Pretty Little Things in a Box blog giveaway.
She made some really cute vintage rings and I won this adorable one. She folded the back down so it almost lays flat. I may use it that way. Not sure yet. If you want to make your own, you can visit her blog for directions on how she creates them.
Next up is a piece of fabric I won over at My Stitchy Ramblings blog.
OMG! I totally fell in love with this piece of fabric! It has nice light colors, it’s 16 ct Aida and it’s SPARKLY!! So, so beautiful. I love it, Karen. And she was so sweet and made me some awesome scroll covers for my scroll frames. Isn’t she just the sweetest? I will post a pic soon with the monkey ones on my scroll frame.
So, I think I am caught up now…I am currently stitching on Karen’s Round Robin, but don’t want to post until I am finished. I have some things on order, some things kitted up to start and just last week I signed up for Passione Ricamao’s Mystery SAL. This will be a first for me-SAL and Mystery SAL. The enablers out there seem to think it’s a mermaid (thanks Julie 🙂 ) And you all know that I can’t resist a mermaid. Hopefully I won’t be away for quite so long next time. I have missed you 🙂
Here is what I have been up to the last 5 days:
I knitted a scarf a day for the ladies that work at my Eye Doctor’s office.
I took them into the office this morning when I went in for my field vision test (which I passed, Yeah!!). They loved them and there wasn’t too much squabbling about who should get what color. And of course I had to add my own personal hand stamped tag. On the back I wrote the washing instructions.
Last night I was so happy to get back to my cross stitching. I was able to put a few stitches into Emerald Mermaid. Not enough to show a picture, though. Hopefully next week I can show a lot of progress on her.
Teaching Hubby to cross stitch
Good morning on this last day of 2012. Hubby and I went to Joanne’s yesterday so that I could pick up some floss for some new project starts. Here is what I bought:
Lots of floss for Emerald Mermaid and my Pixie afghan. A new scroll frame because all of mine are so stripped they won’t get tight for me anymore. And I did not expect to see the new issue of Cross Stitch Collection in but was so excited to see it I grabbed it right up. Now I have all 6 of Joan Elliott’s Flower fairies. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. So hubby bought me lots of nice stitchy stuff. And…get this….He decided that he wants to learn to cross stitch. Yep! All of a sudden, out of the blue. So here is his new stash:
He decided to start with a bookmark and he found a cute little dragon that he wanted to stitch. I promised him a Heaven and Earth designed bookmark a few months ago. I wanted to try a HAED and a good stitching friend suggested I try a bookmark to see if I like stitching over one. So Hubby picked out a pattern and I have started it. About 12 stitches. Hehe. It is on my list of things to finish for 2013. Anyway, I think he is tired of waiting and decided to do one himself. So, he wound all of his floss, I set him up with a box, needle, highlighter, pattern and got him started. So here he is working on his second cross stitch-I say second because I did teach him years ago and he didn’t like it.
He is doing really good. He says he can’t watch tv and stitch. I’m sure he will get the hang of that if he continues on. Here is his progress so far:
I think he is doing great. I can see us…sitting in our side by side recliners, stitching the nights away. Ahhhh, peaceful.
Since this is my last post of 2012, I want to thank you for visiting me this year to see what I have been up to. May the New Year bring you Health, Happiness and Love.