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Monday, April 27, 2015

Pinterest :: My Pin Pick for the Week

Okay, for a long time, I thought, "Pinterest.  What's the point, exactly?" Then, I got hooked, because after all, if you are an artist or needlewoman or crafter, you are a visually-oriented person, right? Then, I saw folks who had cross stitch boards with literally thousands of pins. Sheesh! But I sort of get that, because don't we all think, "If only I could stitch all those fabulous designs!"

So, I've decided to share a stitching pin (or pins) each week. Something that I've pinned and that I wish I could find time to do (once in awhile, I actually DO).

Here is my pin for this week:

Isn't it sweet? I know Easter / Pascha is just past, but really, most stitchers will work on various holiday projects whatever the time of year, right? I just love this spring Easter egg.

Do you have pins you'd like to share, or perhaps you would like folks to follow one of / some of / all of your boards? Feel free to share here, and I'll post for you!

My Pinterest button can be found on my sidebar! Go ahead...follow!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Come to the Carnival

This is a fairly recent stitching project I did which came from, I think, a magazine called The Cross Stitcher, which is here in Britain. Again, my camera is not so great, so the colors are a bit off.  And the wall behind it is pink! Anyway, I really liked the design, but I did NOT like the original colors. I pretty much changed everything and chose all my own colors. The original design even had a dark mustard yellow for one of the horses. YUCK! So, this project turned out to be even more fun and interesting because I was choosing some of the colors as I stitched.

The main colors are a dark salmon pink, light salmon pink, dark aqua, and light aqua, with highlights of pale blues and greens, a bit of yellow, and some black and white. It is stitched on a medium grey 14-count Aida, and so, while the original design left the white word "come" as an unstitched portion (because it was done on white evenweave), I had to stitch it in. It is backed with heavy weight fusible interfacing, and trimmed with aqua pompoms. I hung it on a dowel and used pink and white baker's twine for the hanger.

It was quite a lengthy project. I thought it looked simple and easy, but it turned out to be a bit complex, and very time consuming. I'm happy with the result, though! It is fun to alternate back and forth between my own designs and that of other designers.

If you would like to do this project, I'm pretty sure the magazine was The Cross Stitcher, and I think it must have been in 2012 or 2013. It was featured on the cover, so you would easily find it. It is probably available on eBay right now!

AHA.  Here it is:  The Cross Stitcher, Issue 256
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Friday, April 17, 2015


Good grief! I don't know how long I have been working off and on with my infamous Poodle Valance. I started stitching the flags eons ago. Then I put the backing on. Then I sat with them for ages. Well, it is finally done and installed! Amazing!

Okay, and I have to say...I LOVE IT! I really do. It was worth the hassle. At least, I think so.

If you can remember far enough back when I first wrote about this project, I mentioned that I was using pink and white striped Aida, 14 count. The poodle design is my own, and I simply changed the colors and reversed the pattern to get this effect.

Each pennant or flag is edged with pink bias binding, and finished with a large pink pom pom and a small white one.

Because of the way the wooden pelmet is made, there is a little half-size space at each end, so I made little end pieces from the same Aida and trimmed them with the pink pom poms. My dear husband made this wooden pelmet (valance) for me. I love it, and the design of it fits perfectly with my poodle valance. I think they complement each other.

The flag in the middle is a big-head cat pattern I found on Etsy, and I changed the colors to match. It is finally done and I'm really happy with it!

We won't talk about the zillions of stuffed animal sheep and lambs up on top!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

So Much To DO!

St Duthac is available HERE!

Meanwhile...so much to do! It is Bright Monday, the day after Orthodox Easter. I feel like I've hit the ground running, and have a list as long as my arm of things I need / want to get done, much of which includes stitching and designing, some of which includes making and photographing, and some of which has to do with homemaking, the Church, friends, family. I have always been fairly well organized, but for some reason, I am feeling very fragmented at the moment. 

I would love to hear what others do to organize their arts and crafts life / workspace / designing time. If anyone would like to write a guest post, or if you have a link to your blog you would like me to share, please get in touch!

Back to work I go....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

He's Done!

Here is Number 5 in my Saints Series:  St Duthac. He is our local saint, and I have been working a long time on this design. Also, I am fighting with my cheapo camera. I really need something better. This design is stitched on 14-count CharlesCraft Beige Aida. The photo below is truer to the color. The actual color is a tad darker. I love the combination of blues with the beige background. 

I am busy trying to take better photos, and working on the chart. As soon as it is listed in my Etsy shop, I shall mention it. 

Hopefully today, I will also get started on a smaller design. My "to be stitched" list is completely overwhelming. It has a lot of my own designs on it, but also lots of designs from others. I will have to live to be about Methuselah's age in order to do them all!

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