WIP Wednesday – Witchy Start

Oh, goodness. July has been hot so far. I am not a big fan of summer, so I’ve been hiding inside as much as possible, trying to work through my summer to-do list while the little man is off enjoying summer camp. I’ve also managed to get in quite a bit of stitching time, and even finished a whole project! (I’ll share it tomorrow, but you can get a sneak peek on my Instagram account.)

Since I am counting the days until the cool fall weather returns, I’ve decided to start a Halloween-y design.

Electra, designed by Mirabilia (WIP)

Electra, designed by Mirabilia (WIP)

I’m stitching Electra, one of Mirabilia’s lovely witch designs. I’m stitching it as per the chart (more or less), on some brown-ish fabric I found in my stash. It could very well be Mushroom Lugana, but I’m not sure. (I need to put “sort and label fabrics” on that summer to-do list.)

Hopefully she will be done and framed in time for Halloween.

More tomorrow, stitchy friends!

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Smalls SAL – June 2016 Check-In

Welcome to the June Smalls Stitch Along check-in. Congratulations! You’ve made it halfway through the year! Yay!

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Thank you, again, very much for taking part in the Smalls SAL. I feel so inspired and encouraged by all of you, and I really love seeing all of your wonderful finishes. I can’t wait to see what the next six months bring.

This month brings to the end my series of Teresa Wentzler’s Byzantium Ornaments (also known as Christmas Ornaments or Stain Glass Ornaments). This last one is labelled #6 in the kit.

Byzantium Ornament 6, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Byzantium Ornament 6, designed by Teresa Wentzler

I’m not sure which one is my favourite overall, but I do know that I like this one a whole lot. If I was ambitious, I would stitch it again and make a very luscious biscornu out of it.

I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do over the next six months. My original plan was to work on different sections of Joan Elliott’s 12 Days of Christmas, but now I’m rethinking that. Hopefully I will make up my mind soon!

So, what did you stitch this month? Please use the little form below to check in with your finished small. Remember, please use the permalink for your post, not the link to the homepage of your blog. And, please use a picture of your finish with your link.

The link list will remain open for new entries until about midnight Easter time on July 7th, so you still have piles of time to stitch something up and check in. Don’t forget: you get one entry into the end of the year draw for each month that you check in with a completed finish.

Next Month – The check-in for July will take place on Thursday, July 28th.

Thanks again for stitching along with me!

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WIP Wednesday – More Stocking

It seems like it has been ages since I shared my progress on All Hearts Come Home Stocking. I haven’t forgotten about it, although I will admit that I’ve been spending far too much time on other projects.

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

This upper portion of the stocking is the most heavily stitched section, so while it may look like progress is pretty slow, I am actually moving ahead pretty well. Will I have it done in time for Christmas this year? Well, I have until Christmas Eve, right? 😉

I’ll have another Christmasy finish to share tomorrow for the Smalls SAL check-in. I can’t wait to see you then!

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Sugar Skull

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I’m so sorry that I have been so quiet lately. I’ve been focusing on a few other things, and sadly blogging has had to fall to the side. But, summer is around the corner, and with my little guy in all day summer camp for most of his vacation, I’m hoping I’ll have a lot more time for stitching and my blog. I feel so lonely when I don’t interact with all of you!

So, to celebrate the penultimate day of school I’m sharing my latest finish with you: Morado Sugar Skull from Mill Hill.

Morado Sugar Skull, designed by Mill Hill

Morado Sugar Skull, designed by Mill Hill

I love skulls. In fact, I’m wearing this shirt today. (Sadly, I am the weird parent that the other parents don’t really talk to…) And, so, I knew I had to stitch this one when I saw Mill Hill’s new series. I think she turned out very nicely. I especially like how two sizes of beads are used to give more dimension to the teeth.

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Smalls SAL – Guess what! It is almost Smalls SAL check-in day. Are you ready? The check-in post will go live early in the morning (Eastern time) on Thursday, June 30th, and I can’t wait to see what you all have stitched.

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Stitchable Santa (Review and Finish)

I love the idea of wooden stitchable pieces. In fact, this is the third wooden piece I’ve done. (Check out my butterfly here and my keychain here.) I haven’t been very happy with my experience with any of these project, but sadly this most recent kit was the worst of the bunch.

Bucilla Stitchable Shapes - Santa

Bucilla Stitchable Shapes – Santa

The wooden piece itself is nice. It is surprisingly thick, and the holes are all drilled completely through. Everything is finished nicely, so there are no rough areas for your floss to get caught on. The instructions, though, are barely adequate. It is difficult to decipher which holes you need to be using for the stitches zigzagging across the hat and the moustache. And, weirdly, the translation into French and Spanish is patchy. (E.g. Step 3 is repeated in English for all three languages.)

Ooops, no more white but all kinds of other colours are left.

Ooops, no more white but all kinds of other colours are left.

Where the kit really falls down is in the supplied cotton floss. Not only is the floss poor quality (DMC it is not), there is both too much and not enough. It seems like the same bundle of floss is thrown in all the kits in this series, so you are given lots of colours that you don’t need. However, there was nowhere near enough white to finish off this piece. (See the picture above. That is all the floss I had left, and all the empty areas needed to be stitched white.) Thankfully, I was able to more or less match the white included in the kit with some old J&P Coats floss, and then I finished off the swirls in the beard using DMC E5200 Light Effects. (I used Light Effects because I was feeling masochistic that day.)

Santa and his sparkly beard

Santa and his sparkly beard

I’m happy with the finished product, but I will not buy another one of these kits. For the price, I most certainly expect to have all the materials I need to finish the project as it is charted. :/

(This is an edited and expanded version of my review for this item on Amazon.ca.)

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Florentine Fancy Finished

I’m so happy! I put the final stitches into Florentine Fancy just about an hour ago. It feels great to have it finished.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Florentine Fancy was designed by Carolyn Mitchell, and is currently offered as a correspondence course through The Embroiderers’ Guide of Canada (EAC). The pattern was very detailed (nearly 30 pages!), but I had to choose my own colours.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

It is stitched on white mono canvas. I used a wide variety of threads:

  • DMC Perle Cotton #3
  • DMC Perle Cotton #5
  • Watercolours
  • Soie Cristale
  • Neon Rays
  • Flair

I also made a couple of choices with regards to filling stitches for the background around the centre flower and the outer border. I also chose to have the corner motifs face each other, rather than all point in the same direction.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

It didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned. I had planned to do the background around the centre flower in the same shade as the background as the outer border. Unfortunately, my dye lot disaster meant I had to look for another solution. With the help of some ladies at one of my monthly stitch nights, I decided to go with a very pale grey. And, I think it looks pretty nice. Overall, I’m really happy with how this design turned out.

I’m going to take a break from EAC correspondence classes for the time being because I just have too many projects that need to get done! But I do plan on signing up for Shockwave by Lorene Salt sometime in the near-ish future. I can’t wait!

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May Kitty Cats

I mentioned a little over a week ago that I’ve fallen pretty far behind on the Snowflower Diaries Joyful World SAL. Well, I’m one step closer to being caught up!

Joyful World SAL - May, designed by Maja of The Snowflower Diaries

Joyful World SAL – May, designed by Maja of The Snowflower Diaries

This is May, which features two lovely kitties, some strawberries, and some bright spring flowers. Some of my favourite things, which is perfect for my birth month. 😉

I’ve gotten started on June, which is the month I’ve been dreading. Unfortunately, there are two splotches on my fabric where the dye broke, and they are smack in the middle of the area for June. Thankfully, though, I’ve mostly been able to cover them up by moving around a motif and adding a lone stitch.

Covering up dye splotches

Covering up dye splotches

What do you think? The diamond shape that has the yellow splotch in it will be filled in. And, I think the pink splotch will be mostly unnoticeable from a distance.

If you are interested in joining in for the Joyful World SAL, you can find all the details on Maja’s blog The Snowflower Diaries.

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