Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Smalls SAL

I've been a busy little stitcher this month!  I finished the mermaid freebie, Cowboy Dreams, and now this for the Smalls SAL...
This is The Little Stitcher's "Mother of the Harvest" freebie, stitched on a very pale green linen with DMC flosses (since my computer is still out for repair, I only have this cell phone pic, which doesn't show the color really well).  I think I will finish it as a small pillow, with the fabric in the pic and button embellishment.

In other stitchy news, I caved and signed up for Ship's Manor's Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL - I bought Erik's threads, too.  It was a great deal, and while Quaker designs aren't always my thing, the colors in this were just lovely.  Here's my start:
And I'm envisioning it stitched to the mermaid I finished earlier this month, maybe as a banner of some kind?  Here is the mermaid along with my floss  toss.
I'm hoping it could look like she has kind of "risen" out the sea below!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yee-haw, finished!

Or should I say, "git along, little doggies?"  Something cowboy-like...
I'm sorry for the less-than-ideal pic, the motherboard in my almost-new computer died (grrrr) so I'm limited to crummy cellphone pics.  This is Little House Needleworks' "Cowboy Dreams," stitched over-one on 28-ct.  I swapped out all the hand-dyed flosses for colors I had in my stash, and turned the bunny at the bottom (between the cactus hill and the little red flowers) into a dog.  This will be a gift in honor of a family member who was a veterinarian, so the dog seemed more appropriate!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A green autumn? Why not?

Well, I showed up at the courthouse yesterday but was not selected for the jury - not surprised, really.  It was interesting to watch the process, all the same.

I didn't get to stitch much while I was there, but when I got home I kept going on this piece - Mother of the Harvest, a freebie from the Little Stitcher.  Is it strange that I'm doing it on a very light green fabric I found in my stash?  I tried on all the tan/brown/aged stuff I had, but just didn't like it.  It felt like too much got lost.  So green it is!  And since it is 80+ degrees here today, it seems fitting.  Oh, and I got a one-time subscription to Stitchybox...*blush* only shipment came last month, and included a greeny-brown hand-dyed chenille trim that I can envision with this.

You may have to wait until the end of the month to see this one, as it will probably be my monthly small.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mermaid Freebie Finished

Freebie from Aliolka
stitched on 28-ct. white evenweave
mermaid and fish - Crescent Colors "Bejeweled"
waves - Ships' Manor oops floss
sun - Six Strand Sweets "Peach Brandy"
This was a fun little stitch!  And it only took me about a week to finish.  Now I need to get back to "Cowboy Dreams," as well as pull fabric and floss for ornaments.  I was called for jury duty next week, so I think I will kit up some smalls to toss in my bag and stitch while I wait (assuming I have to appear...won't know for sure until I call on Sunday night).
I also impulsively joined the Ship's Manor "Beautiful Sea" SAL.  Having seen the flosses, I got a crazy idea for finishing both it and the mermaid together.  We'll see how long that takes me...

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Cowboys and....bunnies?

Back to stitching on "Cowboy Dreams" last night.  The pattern is designed with a little rabbit next to the horse at the bottom, and it just wasn't working for me.  My husband's stepdad was a country vet, and while he did probably treat a rabbit or 2, I thought I could come up with something that connected better.  So I dug through my old JCS ornament issues until I found a dog in the correct scale - thank you, 2015 Mani di Donna design - and modified it just a bit to fit better.  I thought about stitching it in black, but it was just too dark (and given Step-Dad's declining health, made me think a bit too much about the black dogs/hellhounds from Supernatural).  So here is a...golden retriever?  Terrier of some sort?  He looked a little like a fox, so I added the red collar to emphasize his dog-ness.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Another Mermaid

This is the little mermaid pattern I started the other night - a freebie.  There was no color key, so I'm using: Crescent Colors "Bejeweled" for the mermaid (and the little fish on the right), Six-Strand Sweets' "Peach Brandy" for the sun, and a "mistake" color from Ship's Manor for the waves.  I'm debating whether or not to do her hair in brown, or keep going with the Bejeweled.  (The fabric is white, just so you know...I blame indoor cell phone photography.)

Wherein I ponder what I like

Having done a bit of stash acquisition recently (nothing major, just a chart from an online friend and a brief romp through the magazine bins at the public library's annual sale), I find myself thinking about my evolving taste in craft patterns.
When I started stitching in the late '90s/early 2000s, I was allll about the complex.  The more shades, blends, and special flosses, the better it MUST be.  I hoarded Teresa Wentzler patterns - but I never stitched any.  Same went for most of the Miras and other such designs.  I loved them, but I just didn't have the time or patience to start large projects (and I still don't, very often!).  I've since weeded out some of those patterns, although I've kept some because they're just so pretty.
I also used to look derisively down my nose at anything that might be considered "primitive."  Reproduction samplers?  No thanks.  Strange little faceless women standing in front of blocky houses, surrounded by giant flowers and animals of indeterminate species?  I don't think so.  And if it could be described as "cute," there was very little chance I'd stitch it.  Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek, Little House Needleworks...all in the "meh" pile.
But now, as I look at both the patterns I like and the things I've finished (145, according to the post tags!), I'm seeing that small, simple - and possibly "cute" - things do hold some appeal.  It is really more about colors than complexity, I think.  I love colors!  And the right combinations, either as designed or as a product of my own substitutions, make my needle fly.  I'm realizing more and more that the designs I choose to stitch are different from those that seem to be popular in the stitching world, and that's okay.  My heart is happy.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Another finishing idea

Pardon the rather blurry cell phone picture....
I knew I wanted to mount this piece on a wooden plaque, but its dimensions were making it a challenge to find the right size wooden piece.  (Also frustrating was the fact that the size of the wooden plaques listed on the sales shelves is to the OUTSIDE of the routed edge - I learned this the hard way, after I bought a plaque, painted it, and then realized the mountable surface was too small!)  But then I saw this nifty "antique" knob at Hobby Lobby, and came up with this cute hanger.  I still need to find a way to trim the back of the knob a bit, so it will hang more smoothly against the wall.  I also haven't decided if I want to put a hanger on the back of the plaque, or use ribbon...

Last night, after canning too many jars of applesauce, I just couldn't stitch over-one, so I started something new.  It is a little mermaid pattern from my freebie pile, from a Russian blog.  Some of her freebies are just darling (I couldn't find the exact one I'm working on, I'm sure it is from several years ago).