Stitching On the Road

It was an exciting weekend.  My niece and God-daughter graduated high school!  MJ, Z, and I travelled from New York to Texas so we could be part of the festivities.

My sister, Vicki, and I with the graduate.  I'm in the sleeveless brown dress.

Z, me, my niece, and MJ.

It was HOT in Texas!!  I knew it would be (my sister warned me), but I was definitely not prepared for the heat, although Vicki told me that it's not usually that hot (almost 100 degrees every day we were there) this early.  I guess I'm just lucky like that.
Of course, when I travel my stitching goes with me.  I knew which stitching projects I was taking with me before I even knew what clothes I was packing!  

Progress has been made on the panda project.  I have to finish the one panda, stitch the piece of bamboo they are each holding, and do the grassy area they are sitting on.  And the backstitching, of course.  Isn't there always backstitching?

I'll close this post with some pretties from my rose b…

The Evolution Of A Stitcher

I started stitching when I was a 19 college student on my summer break.  I fell in love with it instantly, and I've been stitching ever since.  Recently, I was looking for something in my craft closet and I found this:

It was one of the first kits I ever ordered.  It got stuffed in the UFO pile because there were multiple counting errors, but when I found it I thought I would add it to my work in progress pile.
The first thing I needed was more floss. 

Did I really store my floss like that?  All rolled up and just thrown in the bag?  In my years since I started stitching I found a better way.

The next thing I needed was new fabric.

Since I don't really stitch on aida anymore I choose this yummy 28 count evenweave that I dyed myself.
And I now have a brand new kit to work on!

I love stitching!!

I'm Falling Down A Rabbit Hole

In my last blog post I wrote about buying some new patterns from Etsy, and someone asked which seller I used.  The seller is AwesomePatternStudio, and these are my new patterns:
Z has a love of elephants, so for him I'll do a mandala elephant.

M loves all things with cats, so I bought a ploygon cat for him.

For me I'm sure it's no surprise I found a panda! 

And, of course, now that I'm looking I found so many more panda pattern.  What did Yoda say?  "Control!  You must learn control!" I guess it's a good time to practice my Jedi life skills, because I have more patterns than I could reasonably ever hope to get to!
Work on Welcome to Hogwarts has been steady.  I finished the second page, so we've officially passed the halfway point.  I have to remember that I made a counting error on page 2 (you would think I could count to 4 after all these years of stitching, right?  Not so!), so I have to make sure everything lines up when I finish page 3 and move …

Back On Track!

Since my last post I have worked steadily on Welcome to Hogwarts, so I guess you can say I'm back on track with my Year of the WIP.  I love the way the castle looks so far!

Progress has been steady, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of it take shape.

Can I just say that Etsy has been my downfall lately?  I bought the Harry Potter designs from a shop on there, and a stitching friend introduced me to another shop.  Somehow three new designs are sitting in my inbox.  I think I've reached SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.

I have to work tonight, so I'm off to get a few stitches in before I go.  Have a good week, everyone!

That Didn't Take Long (So Much For The Year of the WIP)

I was working diligently on Barbershop Quartet, and made some good progress.

Then I hit a bump in the road of my year of working on previously started projects.  Sigh.  I did try, but a friend of mine posted these awesome Harry Potter designs, and before I knew what was happening I was shopping on Etsy, there were four charts in my cart, and I was on the floor sorting through my stash collection for fabric and floss.  
Welcome to Hogwarts is the first one up.

As you can see, I got a little bored with stitching the blue sky, so I counted down and started the castle.

There are also designs for the Hogwarts Express, Hogsmeade, and one that says "Always", and the A is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows.  For a Harry Potter fan, these are very cool!!

A quiet week ahead of me is planned, and I'm looking forward to some stitching time.

The Year of the WIP

2018 has gotten off to a good start.  As the title of my post suggests, this is starting out as the Year of the WIP.  While I have heard new projects calling my name I have resisted the temptation to start something new, and have decided instead to work on my growing pile of works on progress.  By doing this I've finished two projects since the begining of the new year.  My last post showed off Mickey Salutes America (more on that later), and today I'm excited to show off Tranquil Moments by Needlemania!

It is stitched on a 28 count evenweave with colors called Perfect Piecrust and Morning Glory, both by Crescent Colors.  This project was started years ago when my family and I were visiting my sister in Texas.  I'll always remember that this was the project I was working on when I taught my niece to stitch while we were on that trip.

With two projects done I decided to see what else I could work on that had already been started.  There are alot to choose from, but I decid…

First Finish of 2018

It's been a while since I've had a finish, but here it is!

Mickey Salutes America was a kit created by Stoney Creek and was sold at the Disney parks.  There is a frame style at Michael's that I think will be perfect for this.  Time to visit the frame shop!