Sweet Summer

Happy First Day of Summer!!!! (Also, Happy Father’s Day!)

Sweet Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

Sweet Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

The design is the new Lizzie*Kate limited edition kit Sweet Summer. The kit includes the pattern, fabric, shell trim, beads, and metallic thread. It is charted for WDW and CC, but I stitched mine mainly in DMC. I did have two of the WDW colours, so I used them (the periwinkle and the tropical blue colours).

The linen in the kit has a very, very open weave and feels very loose. To be honest, I didn’t like it at all. But, I decided to use it since I paid for it. πŸ˜‰

The kit also includes finishing instructions so you can finish your piece to look like the cover picture. It took me a while, but here is my finished piece:

All finished!

All finished!

I used some really cute sailboat fabric that I have no recollection of buying. (Did one of you lovely ladies send it to me?) I laced all of the pieces to their boards (acid-free comic bag inserts–available super cheap at your local comic shop), and sewed on all the jute trim. I did use glue to attach the shell trim and to attach the stitched design to the fabric covered board. Yes, I know some of you hate the idea of using glue on finished pieces. But, this is not meant to be an heirloom piece, handed down to my great-great grandchildren. It is meant as a bit of seasonal fun–to be displayed for a few years and eventually misplaced and forgotten about. So, I’m okay with using glue. πŸ˜‰

All in all, I really enjoyed stitching this design (excluding the poor fabric). I really hope that there will be similar kits for the other three seasons.

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Charming Bat

Remember me mentioning smalls yesterday? Well, I’m not just working on them for the Smalls SAL. (The next check-in is on June 24th! Don’t forget.) I finished up this little design last week.

Bat Charmings, designed by Xs and Ohs

Bat Charmings, designed by Xs and Ohs

It is a small kit from Xs and Ohs from their Halloween Charmings line. It includes the chart, ghost charm, a length of Kreinik Facets, and finishing instructions. I stitched mine on some random black linen using DMC variations in colourway 4122 Fall Harvest. There are four designs in the series, and a free chart for a border design is available on the Xs and Ohs website.

Bat Halloween Charming, designed by Xs and Ohs

Bat Halloween Charming, designed by Xs and Ohs

Amazingly, I have actually finished this into a proper ornament! I laced the fabric to the boards and then stitched it all together by hand. No glue! (I use comic book bag boards. They are acid free and available very cheaply at your local comic book shop or online. Buy the no-name ones, not the branded ones.) The hanger is simple twisted cord, and I stitched the included Kreinik Facets around for the trim.

I thinkΒ  my little Halloween tree is going to look very nice this year. πŸ˜€

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Even More Santa

It has been a little while since I shared my progress on Santa’s Journey Stocking. It is going well, but not as quickly as I had intended.

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

I’m very happy with how it looks, and I am very excited about finishing it. But, I had hoped to have it done by now and to have moved on to the stocking for my dad. :/ I’m a little disappointed with myself for not working more quickly. I’ve been far too sidetracked by smaller designs. I think “Oh, that will be quick to stitch. It will hardly take any time away from the stocking.” And, while that is true, after doing so many of them, it adds up to a lot of time away from the stocking.

Which small designs am I talking about? I will share one tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

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3D Diamond Embroidery Kit Review

I will admit it: I’m having too much fun with AliExpress. I’ve ordered super cheap cell phone cases, pretty earrings, inexpensive knock-off Perler beads for the little man (not as good as the real ones, but better than the ones from Ikea), and more. I thought that you all may be interested in one of my recent crafty purchases:

3D Diamond Peacock

3D Diamond Peacock

This is listed as 3D Diamond Embroidery, and cost about US$15.75. It is, essentially, a thick canvas coated with plastic and printed with a design. Over sections of the design numbered circles are printed, and those areas are covered with a thin adhesive.

Fill-in area on canvas

Fill-in area on canvas

You also get a whole pile of little “diamonds” that look a lot like Swarovski hot-fix crystals sans adhesive, a cool little tray, and a pair of tweasers.

Lots of "diamonds"

Lots of “diamonds”

The design is huge (approx. 50cm x 75cm), and the printing is very good. The diamonds all look very nice; I haven’t come across any duds yet. The whole kit is really well put together. The tray they send has even been engineered to flip the diamonds the right way around when you give it a little shake. Very cool!

Working on the project is simple: pull up the protective cover on the area you are working on, grab a diamond and stick it on the right spot and give it a little push to ensure it has stuck. The baggies of diamonds are numbered and the colour key is printed right on the margin of the design. (To help me keep things sorted, I’ve bought some resealable mini-ziploc bags from the dollar store.)

Peacock head and diamond tray

Peacock head and diamond tray

All in all, this is a fun project for a really good price. I may never finish it, and even if I did I have no idea where I would display it, but I have really enjoyed working on something totally different.

If you’d like to take a look at these kits yourself, here is a link for AliExpress. (Not affiliated, etc., etc.) Do be aware, copyright infringements abound. Use your common sense and only order what you are comfortable with.

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Argh!!

Don’t you just hate it when this happens?

No!!!!

No!!!!

You finally make it all the way around the border only to discover you are out by one stitch, one row, somewhere back in the middle. It is always the middle where you make the mistake. It is even worse when you find this problem in a project that you’ve put away for a while. Never, ever put away a project with a mistake. Your future self will be very disappointed with you.

How do you handle this? Do you fudge it? (Not possible in this case, sadly.) Do you neatly pick out all the stitches and maybe even try to save the thread? Or, like me, do you grab the scissors and ruthless cut all the stitches that need to be removed? Being careful to make sure you are cutting the right ones, of course. πŸ˜‰

Lots of fluff.

Lots of fluff.

These is something oddly satisfying about pulling out all that thread.

And it is all fixed.

And it is all fixed.

And there it is, all fixed.

The pattern is Celtic Charm from Enchanting Lair. The colours is my pictures are really off. :/ Now that I have the mistake fixed, hopefully I will have it finished soon and then I will take proper pictures. πŸ˜‰

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The Husband’s Complaint

I’m not sure how it is in your home, but around here my needlework is accepted fairly well. I think the only issue my husband really has is that I continue to buy more stash when I already have a lifetime’s worth. And also that I still haven’t stitched a Chinese-style dragon for him, like I promised over 15 years ago…

Anyway, I came across this great poem today and thought that all of you would enjoy it.

The Husband’s Complaint

I’ve heard of wives too musical–too talkative–too quiet
Of scolding and of gaming wives and those too fond of riot;
But yet of all the errors I know, which to the women fall;
For ever doing fancy work, I think exceeds them all.

The other day when I went home no dinner was for me,
I asked my wife the reason; she answered, “One, two, three.”
I told her I was hungry and stamped upon the floor.
She never even looked at me, but murmured “One green more.”

If any lady comes to tea, her bag is first surveyed,
And if the pattern pleases her, a copy there is made.
She stares too at the gentleman, and when I ask her why,
Tis, “Oh my love, the pattern of his waistcoat struck my eye.”

Ah? The misery of a working wife, with fancy work run wild;
And hands that never do aught else for husband or for child;
Our clothes are rent, our bills unpaid; my house is in disorder;
And all because my lady wife has taken to embroider.

~ M. T. Morrall, A History of Needlemaking, 1852

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Sewing Set Finish

Sometimes I just don’t get around to posting things when I should. I finished this sewing set back in December. Yes, almost six months ago. I finally took a picture of it in April. Yes, a month ago. But, here it is!

Sewing Trio, designed by Heidi Boyd for Craftsy

Sewing Trio, designed by Heidi Boyd for Craftsy

This was a kit from Craftsy: Sewing Trio. It consists of a drawstring bag with exterior pockets, a little bird-shaped needle book, and a rectangular pin cushion with a small pocket. The kit is no longer available, but you can get the pattern as a workshop. (I sewed this using the instructions included in the kit. I did not buy the workshop.)

I’m very pleased with how it turned out. The fabric is bright and cheerful, and also of nice quality. The instructions were sufficient, but could have been more detailed in some areas. (I suspect that if paired with the workshop, the problem spots would have been much easier to figure out.) I think the only thing I would change would be to somehow add some weight to the pin cushion so that it feels a little more substantial.

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