Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Very Stitchy Update

Wow, I'm amazed at how much stitching I accomplished when my computer was in the shop!  Now that it's back home and I have most of my software up and running again, I've been trying madly to catch up with everyone's posts and blogs.  Whew!  You all talk SOO much; how on earth do you get so much stitching accomplished?  It is a total mystery to me.

The other thing I decided, something I should have realized a long time ago, if I don't enjoy what I'm stitching, then why am I stitching it?  The projects I'm working on right now are all so much fun, and that is truly what this hobby should be about.  Artistic expression, no matter the medium, should be about the enjoyment of the process, not about how fast you finish, or even necessarily about the finished project.  This seemed like a revelation to me.


But, I digress.  Up first, Elvis is finally finished and framed, altho not on the wall as of yet.  It's close to a month late, since it was to be a Christmas gift for DH, but what can I say?  Surgery definitely got in the way.

Normally I don't use glass on my framed items, but with our fur babies, I figured it wouldn't hurt on this one since it is all black stitching.  The photo doesn't do it justice; it is a double mat and a flat black frame.

I finished a long-standing UFO, Ascot Albert Wizzer ornament.  The first photo is how he looked on 8/17/07, when I last worked on him!  I love Rene's idea of having a theme tree during the year, so I'm thinking various snowmen would be great for January.  So, I have one (pretty bare tree)!  :)

Here he is finished.  Yes, our little tabletop tree is still out; I'm waiting on DH to bring up the plastic tubs from downstairs so I can take the Christmas decorations down.

I have one more small finish, actually for a SAL, but won't show it until it is framed.  I'm actually waiting on some beads from 123 Stitch, which should arrive tomorrow.


Heaven help me, I have joined so many SALS this year, I think I need to give up sleeping to have a prayer at keeping up!

This one is a pure pleasure to stitch!  I could easily keep on stitching and stiching, but I'm trying to do a sort of rotation with the various projects I have going.  I tried photographing this in several different room, and even outside, but the lavendar fabric just refuses to look right on the computer.

My chosen fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 28 ct. Jobelan. It is a lightly marbled lavender.The threads I'm using are Carrie's Creation 'Lumière de Cheryl.' This floss was dyed by Carrie's Creations especially for Cheryl Miller. I purchased it a while back, with the intention of using it for this free chart, but just hadn't gotten around to stitching it. This SAL makes that possible!

Rose Garden Mandala by Chatelaine - Martina Weber

A very small start on this one.  I admit I'm a bit intimidated with all the beads and directions on this one!  I love how the mandalas look; just hope I'm up to the stitching!  This beautiful design was in the September 2009 issue of the wonderful online stitching magazine, The Gift of Stitching.

I started on this a couple years ago as a SAL on KustomKrafts list.  This was my progress as of 3/10/07.  I pulled this one out again and am working on it on Tuesdays as my SAL with the ILCS list and also as my UFO SAL on the KustomKrafts list.  It is such a beautiful design; sure would be nice if I could get it finished by the end of 2010!

Silkweaver 28 ct Jobelan - Spring Garden, DMC Floss

This is my progress as of today.  I've finished a section and will soon be ready to work down the left side of the design. Woo Hoo!

This is what the finished product will look like someday.  Isn't is awesome?


Alas, I have several other SALS for the new year that I have kitted up but have yet to put a stitch in! 

One is my very first try at a HAED design.  You signed up and chose one of four storykeep designs to stitch.  During the SAL, you have to post at least three progress photos.  It doesn't matter how far you get in the project, it is the fact that you do post three and make some progress each time.  At the end of the SAL, you recieve the other three designs.  How cool is that; four HAED storykeep designs for free? 

Since this is my first HAED design, I thought it was good to start with something fairly small.  The one I choose--Dragon Luck, is 50w x 178H.  I'll be using Antique White 25 ct Lugana and DMC floss, and stitching 1 over 1.  I'll post progress photos once I actually get started on this.

Rae, from one of the lists I'm on, is hosting a SAL to stitch a Victorian Christmas Stocking.  The original designs were from a magazine called Cross Stitch & Country Crafts.  They also appeared in a book compilation.  I was looking for something else a while back and found a pile of these magazines (I'm guessing one of my eBay purchases a while back).  There they were; the issues with the various designs!  I'm planning to stitch the one called 'Stitcher's Studio' from the July/Aug 1989 issue.  This will be on 25 ct Mushroom Lugana.  I hope to get a start on this one in the next couple days as well.

I really like the charts by Little House Needleworks, and in the spirit of creating lots and lots of new ornaments, I joined this SAL to stitch the new monthly ornament series they are putting out.  I have the first two charts and that's as far as that has gone so far!

And Still More - Bride's Tree SAL

The Bride's Tree is a German tradition.  It's believed that a couple's Christmas tree needs twelve specific ornaments for happiness in their life yourney together.  This SAL gives you the theme for the month and you choose the design to stitch.  It doesn't have to be finished into an ornament.  January is a house, which symbolizes shelter.  I have the stitching on this one done, but don't want to show it yet because I need to finish it.  This one will not be an ornament. 

Yep, Another One - Mary Wigham USA SAL

This great sampler is available for FREE download from Needleprint. This is an idea of what it will look like when it's finished, although my colors won't be exactly the same.

I've made a VERY small start on this one so far; not enough to post. 

These FREE designs are just adorable; each block is 31 x 36 stitches.  Right now, A-O are available for download.  I haven't started this yet, but I just love the possibilities for these cute designs.  At the very least, I will be collecting all of these for stitching at a later date.

Whew!  If you read all the way to the end, I commend you!  And, putting it all down in writing, I know for sure that I need a SERIOUS 12-Step Program for this SAL addiction!!  But, what a lot of great stitching!

Just for staying with me for all of this, I'll leave you with an updated photo of our dumpster rescue kitty---Lucky aka 'Little Squirt.' 

Happy Stitching!!

Vicki in CO


EvalinaMaria said...

Wow, your needles were smoking! Congrats on beautiful stitching and fixed computer!

Sadie said...

Fantastic finishes :-)
Sounds like you will be a busy stitcher this year!

Kelly said...

All your stitching is so lovely. I am looking forward to watching all your WIP's grow!

Beaupippin said...

Sounds like you have been very busy. Its amazing how much you can get done when you have no PC to distract you. LOL
I'm going to stitch the Mary Wigham pice too, but haven't decided what colour to do it in yet. Good luck with all your SAL.

Gillie said...

Glory Be, lady! Have you got the link for the Cheryl SAL? I'm walking with you on Brides Tree and Mary Wigham. I 'm really enjoying MW now that I am finding some great threads, I had a couple of false starts with colours! Right, get off the computer and back to work, lol!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Wow, what a lot you've achieved! Lovely work. I know what you mean about not stitching things that you're not enjoying - I've adopted that policy lately - I stitch for my own relaxation chiefly, and only do things that I like.

silentsgirl said...

Wow, what a collection! I'm looking forward to watching your progress on these, and your finishes are beautiful.

Sarah Lindfield said...

Oh my goodness you have so much stitching on the go and I love the snowman finish and Elvis, I think that is the best Elvis cross stitch I have seen. Cannot wait to see everything finished you just need some more hours in the day!!

Carol said...

My goodness you have been busy. All the projects are looking great. Love the little snowman ornament.

Mel said...

Wow Vicki, you go girl!
So many great things on the go. I love the colour you picked for Bouquet and am so happy you started Rose Garden!

Also looking forward to that Dragon Luck pic. ;)

I would love to do Mary Wigham as well at some point, but I'm just maxed out right now. But she's on the list.

Sandy In Montana said...

Great finishes, Vicki, Congrats.

Linda K's Creativity Works said... sure are busy these days with stitching all of your WIP' really amaze me...I like the one WIP that you are working on...the Cat one that says "Everyone Needs their Own Space". That is so darn cute.

Keep up with your beautiful stitching...I can't wait til I see your HAED one and your other ones that you haven't posted yet.

omashee aka Barb said...

Lucky is very... well, lucky! He's gorgeous!
Seems we're in quite a few of the same SALs this year. I've had the same thought about a 12 step program. We need more hours in the day. It's all quite addicting!

Carolyn NC said...

Is there a fire there?? Awesome finishes and stitching!

Meari said...

That's a LOT of SAL's, lol. Wow!

Congrats on your finishes. They look great. I did that same snowman a either last year or the year before.

AFwife99 said...

Lots of stitching news! Keep up the good work. Elvis looks great. So glad to see your kitty is looking good too!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your finishes, and look forward to seeing your progress on your SALs.


Brigitte said...

OMG, your needles will be busy with all these SALs. But it's so much fun to stitch these things with others without the pressure of a deadline. I love that, too.
Congratulations on your finishes!

Nancy M said...

I think your back surgery put the fire back in your needles! Goodness woman you have done LOTS and have LOTS of good things in the works! I will look forward to your updates. Don't let the Chatelaine intimidate you. If you need any help just holler!

J Rae said...

You've been a busy woman!!!

Love the finishes, especially Elvis! My FIL would love that!

Katrien said...

Waw, such a big update :) Congrats on all your stitching

Shelley said...

Heaven help you woman, that is a lot of SALs, LOL!!! And I am sure you will have fun stitching on every one of them. I absolutely love the colors in the Bouquet for Cheryl. Elvis turned out fantastic and the snow man ornie is too cute.