Posts Tagged ‘cross stitch’

Fishy Bookmark

So, this only took me two years to complete…
Trying to complete my outstanding WIPs – happy with this one!

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Housewarming Chicken

I stitched this up last week for my sister-in-law, who just bought her first house:

Housewarming Chicken

I like this little guy. As I’ve done before, I used waste canvas to get this guy on the towel. I found the pattern via Craftgossip; the pattern should be on the blog Et Patati Et Petites Croix but I cannot find the link now. Here’s the craftgossip link. I only made a few changes – I took off the Easter wording, and adjusted the colors to what I have in my floss stash. Also, instead of cross-stitching the eye, I used a button.

I have done two more squares for the 39 squares stitchalong, but then we traveled – first to visit family for Easter, then on to East Tennessee for a quick little vacation.

Dunmani Designs

Dunmani Designs Bookmark

I’ve been dying to stitch up this bookmark from Dunmani Designs for quite a while, and am just thrilled with myself that it’s done! I plan to read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court very soon and now my beautiful new bookmark is sitting in the book awaiting use.

If you enjoy cross stitch, pop by Dunmani Designs. She has many free patterns available for bookmarks, Assisi work, blackwork and much more.

39 Squares: X-Stitch Heart

It was a busy here yesterday, so I opted for a simple little cross-stitch heart using some new varigated floss (DMC Color Variations). I like it:

Square 10: X-Stitch Heart

Working with Waste Canvas

I really enjoy working with waste canvas – I like being able to cross stitch onto non-aida fabrics (though I am not entirely adverse to aida, I do like variety and choice). Anyway, if you’re interested in working with waste canvas, go for it! Waste canvas is VERY inexpensive, and there are a ton of free patterns all over the ‘net. I’m lucky – my mom gave me a lot of her old pattern books, so I used this pattern from the early 1980’s.

Floral Tree - With original Pattern

Note that my colors differ from those in the pattern. Don’t ever be afraid to change a pattern to your liking! Make it your own.

Floral Tree - In Progress

You’ll note that I pinned the waste canvas to the fabric and stitched through it. I also mark my boundaries with a pen – I literally count the squares across and down (at the widest point). I then stitch from the center, as any kit will tell you to do. Make sure you plan well! I’ve done a towel using the waste canvas before, and was very careful to position it properly. I did not plan properly for this project and about halfway through decided to make it into a bag – OOPS! When I took it out, I noticed that I did not line it up correctly and my fabric was not shaped in a square but as a diamond. It might still be used as a bag, but I will not as easy-peasy as I originally planned.

Floral Tree - Result

I like it. What do you think?

Hiatus – WIP Update – Readin’ Reviews

I’m still around and still stitchin’ and cookin’. But not so much blogging for a number of reasons – first my laptop required a trip to the PC doc, and now we’re in the midst of snow days, meaning the eldest is enjoying a break from kindergarten while I “enjoy” a break from my sanity. 😉 And we’ve been sick, all of us – colds and pink eye (my boys) and now a slight ear infection in my youngest. I’m also trying to exercise more and think I’ve already lost a little, or at least shifted it around – yay me!

So I’ve not felt too inspired to blog. Like I said, I have been stitchin’. My mom came by two weekends ago (or so) and navigated me around my sewing machine. I quickly set to work sewin’ up some easy burp clothes (for relatives that are expecting a second child) – just need to finish them (I want to blanket stitch around the edges). I picked up a cross stitch kit at Hobby Lobby the other day on clearance that I’m working for my boys. And I am working an embroidery sampler, using a book I got for Christmas – The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I might take some WIP pictures soon.

I’ve also been reading. I’ve committed to reading the Bible in its entirety in 2010 (I always got stuck around Chronicles in the OT, and barely made it through Romans in the NT) – so I purchased The One Year Bible for Women NLT. Now I don’t know why it’s “For Women”, other than the fact that it is pink with a flower on the cover, and that it includes the occasional gal-friendly quote. But it is excellent. Aside from the translation, which is very easy to understand (I joked that I needed a “Bible for Dummies”), I am really enjoying the format. It’s not organized like a standard Bible (so be warned – I was initially disappointed until I got into it). It’s organized by date, and each day includes: an OT reading, a NT reading, a Psalms selection, and a Proverbs selection. The readings are in order, so, for example, you will read Genesis in order in a little less than a month. The reading for each day takes about 15 minutes, so there’s really no excuse not to fit this in. I think getting this Bible allowed me to discover my problem – over-reading. I think in prior tries, that I would exhaust myself, and then get myself into a position of picking one (reading my Bible) or the other (whatever else). With this, I can devote myself to reading the Bible, actually digesting it (key, I think, and not what I was doing before), and then allowing myself to move on, refreshed, to whatever else I want to do.

Which lately, has been my addiction to 1491. This book kinda fell into my lap. A couple of weeks back, I met my brother for dinner (for my birthday – Shalimar in Green Hills. Delicious.). He then said “I was going to get you a Barnes & Noble giftcard for your birthday. How about we just go to Davis Kidd and I’ll buy you a book?”. And so we did. And after sifting through everything (my process is getting a ridiculous stack and then whittling down to one) – I chose this one (it beat out a rather thick volume of medieval Icelandic literature, I kid you not). I love non-fiction, was in the mood for some good non-fiction, and have had a long fascination with pre-Columbian cultures. And this book does not disappoint (so far). The writer is a journalist, so the book reads more like a National Geographic article than a study – the reading is not dry at all and has been fascinating and addictive. If you have any interest in ancient civilizations, archeology, pre-Columbian culture, etc…. I definitely recommend that you pick this one up.

Well, that was a more lengthy description of my hiatus than I set out to write. I will come back as the inspiration strikes and I have something interesting to write.

Blog Love Tuesday: Cross Me Not

Sometimes I like a small counted cross stitch project, and lucky for me, there are lots of folks out there offering some nifty free charts. A newer blog I came across recently is Cross Me Not. Not only does she have a lot of Christmas charts (if you have time for Christmas – it’s running out!), but now she’s offering Transformers charts! For those reliving their 80s childhood and for those with kids that love them now, the charts are pretty awesome. I have two boys, so you know I’m going to be stitching these up!

So go pass on the blog love and visit Cross Me Not today!