Sunday, 29 April 2018

April WIPocalypse

In addition to my small finishes this month which I previously posted here, I have added some stitching to the lovely Awake My Soul.

I continue to enjoy the spring colours in this one. It's such a pretty piece. I want to do nothing but work on this one right now however I'm desperately trying to get some stitching done for gifts. I dislike deadlines and I should have started them earlier but we always think we have more time than we do, lol. Hopefully I will have a few days to devote to this for my next month's post. In the meantime I will show you some pics of recent finishes that I have had framed.

 Blackbird Designs  It's Spring Fever

Blackbird Designs   Evergreen

Both of these pieces have been framed by Patti Nicolosi of By My Hand Needl'werks. I will be picking them up from Patti at the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat which runs from May 31 - June 3. I'm looking forward to bringing them home and adding them to the other treasures on my walls.

I'm scouting through my stash now looking for a new start for when Awake is complete. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't often stick to my original WIPocalypse list. I go where my mood takes me and often something will just jump out at me and say "stitch me".  

April's question of what is your longest running WIP or UFO got me to thinking. I looked it up and a design by A Mon Ami Pierre called Paradis Perdu is my longest. I started it in Jan. 2012 and it still sits unfinished. I've completed quite a bit of it too. It's a large Adam and Eve design which I'm stitching with silks. I think the reason I've left it linger for so longer is that I'm not comfortable stitching it on the larger Q Snaps. It's difficult for me to hold in hand for any length of time and I'm not interested in purchasing one of the stand frames.  

It took me a bit of time to find these pics but just seeing it again makes me want to work on it. Now if I could only find it, lol!

Warmer weather is forecast for this coming week and with any luck I could quite possibly be stitching outdoors in the gazebo. I can't wait!

April Smalls

Based on the weather around here this month, it was a very good month to stay indoors and stitch. Lots of rain, snow and cold! I did manage to complete some projects but not nearly as much as I'd hoped. You see I was out running around in a lot of that mess!

One of the reasons for a lack of stitching was a trip back to my hometown. My hubby had a recital to play in London, Ontario and since I wasn't needed there, I dropped him off and continued on to Windsor to visit my mom and sisters. One other visit I had planned was to a childhood friend. One of the ones that you don't see often but when you get together it's like you were never apart. My friend Patti enjoys crafty things so I brought her a much delayed stitch for her birthday last summer. I showed you a sneak peek of it last month. Here's my completed finish: E SubRosa Designs Happy Birthday.

I really enjoyed stitching this one for Patti and she was very happy with the results. 

On to the next gift. This one I had hoped to have finished by now but time has been catching up to me. This is for another friend who loves bees. It's another SubRosa Design called Bee Heart. Here's where I am at this point.

I'm starting the second wing this afternoon. I find I need lots of quite to concentrate on the wing's intricate pattern otherwise I can easily count wrong. Besides the second wing I have a honeycomb pattern to stitch around the bee and then the final finishing. 

I also have 3 other birthday gifts to complete, one for my granddaughter and 2 for stitching friends that I will see at the end of May. Wish me luck. Time is not exactly on my side these days!

Monday, 2 April 2018

March Smalls

We turned the page on the calendar before I realized that I had yet to post my small finish for the month of March. This is a sweet little design by Pheasant Street Samplers called My Sewing Tools which I picked up last year at the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat.

I haven't decided on a final finish yet. Perhaps a needlebook? I didn't start this until quite late in the month but it stitched up quickly.

I'm already working on April's small. After arriving home from church following Easter services yesterday I sat down and stitched more than I think I had all last month! I've chosen a sweet little design by SubRosa to finish as a birthday gift for my childhood friend. It's appropriately called Happy Birthday. Here's a sneak peek of it.

I love the colours used in this design and it's also stitching up very quickly. Although Easter has come and gone, I'm in the mood to stitch another small design to add to my Easter/Spring display. Looks like I'll have plenty of time this month for another stitch! 

My eldest son is visiting with us for a bit. His girls are still in school so they remained home at their mom's place. It was great to have all three of my sons and my daughter-in-law join us at Easter this year!

I hope you all had a joyous Easter celebration. He is Risen! Alleluia!

Monday, 26 March 2018

March WIPocalypse

Spring is getting close! I know it's officially arrived but the temperature doesn't always reflect that. However the warm sunshine of the past couple of days certainly reinforces that winter is leaving us for good very soon. Consequently I have tired of working on winter and Christmas stitching and switched gears to start on something with a little more colour and spring/summer feel to it.

I know that I said I would stick to starts in my stash but when I saw this new design from the Nashville Needlework Market I just couldn't resist. It screamed spring to me along with the feelings we have as soon as spring makes an appearance. La D Da Awake My Soul was pulled out, kitted up and first stitches begun this past week. The fabric is a mystery evenweave fabric. I suspect that it's a Zweigart by the feel and may very well be Pink Sandy Beaches. It's a 28 ct which I have not stitched on for some time, 32 and 36 cts being my go to fabrics. However the colour suited this piece and my eyes could use a break once in awhile. I love the colours in this piece and I'm really enjoying this one even if I haven't got very far yet.

As I said, I tired of the winter stitches so I didn't get too much further on my Plum Street Samplers Pomegranate Santa. Santa still hasn't made an appearance yet and I guess we'll have to wait until next Christmas for that, lol!

I managed to add the large snowflake which doesn't show up too well in my photo, plus I worked on the leaves on the left.

Until my recent new start I continued and finished a design which I started towards the end of 2017. Threadwork Primitives Quaker Friends was a delight to stitch. 

I've added my mother's and my initials to this piece. I'm hoping to finish it either on a tray or a hornbook. I'm just looking for the right one. You'd never know that I ran out of my floss halfway through stitching and had to replace it with another one. A friend offered a skein from her stash but it turned out to be a different dye lot and wasn't working. I ended up pulling a floss from my own stash from a completely different company that looked identical.

That's about if for this month. I'm hoping to continue my new start and perhaps dig out a few other new ones or search my list for a current WIP to finish off. I hope that spring is coming your way and it won't be long before we're outside stitching!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February WIPocalypse

February was a pretty good stitching month. I didn't really think I'd done all that much but when you look back at the end of the month it's surprising the amount that you've accomplished. We've been spending a lot of time watching the Olympics and I've been stitching during that time so that was helpful.

First I managed to finish up Blackbird Designs Evergreen.

This was a sweet stitch which moved along fairly quickly. The pattern called for the trees to be stitched in the same brown as the lettering however I wanted green trees so I substituted with Gentle Art Piney Woods. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Next up I pulled Plum Street Samplers Pomegranate Santa from out of my WIPs pile. When I first saw this design I knew I wanted to stitch it. I love Paulette's style and was really drawn to this one. However it seems that while I'm stitching it it doesn't hold my interest for long and then I'm on the hunt for something else to do. I'm hoping to persevere with this one and get it completed this year.
Here's a before pic from 2017 and a pic of where I am now. The colour of the linen in the first pic is more true to the actual colour. When I took the second photo the lighting was pretty lousy.

When I tired of Pomegranate Santa I turned to another WIP from 2017, Threadwork Primitives Quaker Friends. I was moving well on this one when I ran out of floss. I knew I had another skein but as is often the case, the dye lot was completely different. I decided I wasn't going to place an order for just one skein of floss so I put it aside until my next online order. Meanwhile I was speaking with a friend who asked what I was working on. I told her the story and she offered to send me a skein of the floss I needed. Fortunately hers was a good match and I don't think you can tell where I left off and where I started again.

It's been awhile since I worked on a quaker stitch and I'm having so much fun with this one that I'm going to have to find another one soon to take its place when I'm finished with it. Any suggestions?

Last week my hubby and I were headed into the neighbouring village when I saw a large bird with a great, white wingspan cross the road in front of us and land on a nearby telephone pole. "Snowy owl!", I cried. Sure enough it was indeed a snowy, one of the first in we've seen in three years. Unfortunately my cell phone doesn't take as great a picture as my camera which of course was at home!

The recent milder weather has brought a few visitors to the feeder which I haven't seen since the fall.
A goldfinch and a slate coloured junco made an appearance most recently.

It won't be long before the brilliant yellow is more widespread on that finch!

Now I'll leave you with a pic of three of my favourite people..... my son Jeff and granddaughters Summer and Oceanne. I miss these three and can't wait until better weather allows me to travel to see them.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

February Smalls

February is coming to a close and hopefully winter won't be far behind! I've had enough of the ups and downs in temps this year which have played havoc with my sinuses. Spring can't come soon enough!
 I had hoped to stitch some Valentine pieces this month but after looking at my collection I decided that I had plenty and what I could really use was some small winter finishes. I managed to accomplish just the one but it's a cute one!
This is Merry Winter by Country Rustic Primitives.

I chose the year 1981 since that was the year of my first born's birth and it occurred in January. That was a Merry Winter indeed!

The second small I completed was a carry over from 2017. I had originally started to stitch it as a small pillow for a friend but found another design I liked better. This little stitch then fell to the side, half finished. I decided to pick it up and finish it off since it was a quick little piece. I have found a small storage box which I think will be just perfect for displaying this on. Until I get it completed I've laid the finished piece on top of the box so you get the idea. It will be a perfect fit when it's finished. This is Blackbird Designs Summer Stars, taken from their book, A Stitcher's Journey.

While visiting a friend last Sunday she pointed out the piece I had stitched for her several years ago. I knew that she had gotten it framed but I had never seen it since. It made me so happy to see it gracing her wall.
This is My Big Toe Designs Cast All Your Cares.

Today I will be sorting through my stash in search of a few new smalls to get started on in March. I always find something I'd forgotten that I had when I do this. I think I have too much stash, lol!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - January post

Happy New Year and welcome to WIPocalypse. If you haven't already joined us, head on over to Measi's Musings to check out how to join in all the fun! 
Currently I'm enrolled in  just two SALs, WIPocalypse and the Smalls SAL. I haven't yet decided whether or not I'll participate in the Olympic stitching challenge. I love staying put and watching the Olympics but quite often I get caught up in watching and it interferes with my stitching. I've been known to frog a significant amount in the past after watching an event while stitching. I'll decide by next month's post whether or not I'm participating.

This year my stitching if off to a good start. Besides the Smalls finish which I posted yesterday I've managed to complete one of my WIP from 2017 as well as begin a new start. I lost interest in a lot of my starts last year and I really want to finish them off. Any new starts I'm trying to limit to ones which I already have in my stash although I know I'll slip up at some point, lol! 

Evergreen by Blackbird designs is one of those charts which I've had waiting in my stash for several years now. I'm stitching it on 32ct Winter Brew. I fully intended to use the called for floss but my dye lot is such that most of the floss was a darker brown than that used in the original. I didn't like the look of the brown trees so I swapped them out for Gentle Art Piney Woods. This one is moving fairly quickly so I'm hoping it will be finished by next week.

Heartstring Samplery Sing We Then Merrily is one which I started last November. I started off well enough but progress slowed down as I got more involved in holiday activities and preparations. I picked it up again last week and finished it off in just a few days.

The weather has been up and down over the past several weeks and there have been some days when it's just better to stay indoors and stitch. That has helped in catching up with my WIPs but it sure isn't helping in getting back to my walking routine. There has just been too much cold and ice to get back to a regular schedule yet. As soon as a mild day arrives though I'm out and about again. I hate being housebound for too long!

Now to decide which WIP to bring out next! See you next time.