So, this only took me two years to complete…
Trying to complete my outstanding WIPs – happy with this one!
Archive for the ‘embroidery’ Category
Poor, poor neglected blog.
I wanted to show off some projects. I might not have been bloggin’, but I have been stitchin’ when I can.
I finished my cross stitch piece:
Pattern can be found here. Patterns such as this are a great way to play around with floss – I chose a variegated blue.
I stitched some leaves for a shirt for the Bear’s fall party:
It’s my own pattern, which I might share later. Interested?
And just in time for Halloween:
And yes, I know that Day of the Dead is most definitely not Halloween. Pattern found in the Halloween/Thanksgiving issue of Just Cross Stitch.
Just finished a feather & fan dishcloth; pattern here.
I really like this pattern and think it would be lovely in another type of yarn as a scarf.
And I have a little peek at a x-stitch WIP:
Hmmm…what could it be?
I have not been a good blogger lately. But what’s a girl to do? Work has picked up significantly, my kids are in school and playing soccer, I’m performing in big concert on Saturday, and when I have a spare moment, I just don’t want to be on the computer – instead, I’ve been reading, stitching, and knitting.
I completed a fun little piece this week, for the Vintage Pattern Stitch-Along over at the New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns group.
My one regret is that I went with such a busy print for this one – the stitching blends a bit too much. But overall, I’m happy with it. I think it’s going to be a special stitchin’ and knittin’ pillow for me when it’s all said and done.
Pattern can be found here.
I’m procrastinating this:
This is for the Bear (it will be a pillow), and I thought I was done BUT when I showed it to him he told me that, while it looked great and all, he wants it filled in. So I’ve been procrastinating because I just don’t want to do the fill stitches! I finally started them yesterday – they’re a variant on long and short stitch, a la Follow the White Bunny‘s work.
I did finish this simple garter stitch scarf:
Super simple to do; just cast on 18 and work in knit stitch until you’re almost out of yarn, then bind off. I was a bit disappointed – I thought this would be longer. This yarn is Berroco Love It! Colors, which appears to be a discontinued yarn. I wish I had planned its use better than just doing this scarf – I might have been able to stretch my yarn with some yarnovers in there. Oh well, live and learn.
My big WIP:
I’ve read a lot of griping on the ‘nets about Lion Brand Homespun yarn. But you know what? I got this for under $3 per skein (clearance at Joann), and it knits up really soft. There is a learning curve with the yarn – easy to get your needle stuck – but after I got used to it, I really don’t mind working with it. I’m using this pattern and hope to have a nice shawl for myself when the weather turns cold.
So, what are you working on?
Yesterday, BHE and I celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage.
Cupcakes were made in celebration, in addition to a wonderful meal of steak and roasted asparagus and red potatoes.
It’s OK to drool. I won’t tell anyone.
The vanilla cupcake is an OLD family recipe that, I’m sorry, I won’t share. The frosting is my mom’s chocolate frosting recipe.
My icing skills aren’t the best (see my buddy at Family Bites for that), but I think I do simplicity well. My tip for simple icing? Take a spoon, put a dollop in the middle of your cupcake, and carefully spread with the dull side of a butter knife. It’s not fancy, nor involved exceptional skill, but your cupcakes will look nice and neat.
In other news, my mom has a renewed vigor for sewing, and has taken up bag-making. Bow down to her sewing prowess:
The bag fits a ton – two cross stitch projects – one a decoy, the other I’m doing on the sly as a gift – and my knitting project:
My blogroll listing has been outdated for some time. I just overhauled my blogroll, and you might note that it’s gone – totally removed from the sidebar. I’ve instead added a new page – craft & food resources – you can find the link up at the top. It’s a little more organized, and a little easier to navigate. There you’ll find resources for food, embroidery & cross stitch, knitting, sewing, and general crafts. Enjoy!