Thursday, September 22, 2016

Update Over-One

Here is my start/progress on "Cowboy Dreams."
I had to make floss substitutions, because my LNS doesn't carry Crescent Colors floss (plus I have LOTS of hand-dyed floss in my stash, and I might as well use it!).  The blue is Six Strand Sweets' Plum Parfait, the red is GAST Buckeye Scarlet, and the brown is GAST Nutmeg.  There is also a moon done in white - it will be right below the word "can" - that I'm going to use a pale yellow for instead.  The white just didn't show up well on the sand linen!

I think simple designs like this one (and Bent Creek's "Catch the Day" that I stitched earlier this year) look especially cute over-one.  And I'm not blind...yet...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Boxes with Birds and Beads

I finished and shipped this to a friend earlier this week.  The pattern is from an old issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine - sometime in the '90s, I think.  If anyone is interested, let me know, and I'll find the exact date!  I added pink beads to the borders and used yellow beads for the flower centers, then mounted it as a box top on a 3"x5" craft wood box from Michael's.  The inside is lined with blue felt, and the little bird bead (from DH's grandmother's old jewelry, as always) is stitched into a ribbon rose "nest."  The friend to whom I gave this was one of my old Ren Faire besties, and she has since moved across the country with a man who raises and shows exotic birds.  It isn't your typical love story, but it suits her, and I can see from the pictures how happy they are together.  I am thrilled at how perfectly this design represents them, and how much she loved it.
And now I'm working on "Cowboy Dreams," stitching it over-one (every time I do that, don't I always say I'm not going to do it again?).  I'll post a pic soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

And a subversive finish

"You Live But Once" - What She Said Stitches
over-2 with DMC colors as charted on 28-ct. mystery green linen from my stash
approx. 6 1/4" square

This was a fun little stitch.  (Of course, then someone pointed out that it is essentially "YOLO" - if it had been coined in the 1940s by an uppity French fashion designer and Nazi sympathizer. Ha!)  I don't have much fabric to play with on the sides for finishing, so I may try to find a pre-cut wood plaque at one of the craft stores that I can play with.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

A subversive find

I know, "subversive cross stitch" isn't everyone's cup of tea.  But as the academic year is starting, stress levels are rising, weeks drag on but there is never enough snarky side comes out.  And I love some of the patterns here:
What She Said Stitches
I am currently stitching a quote from Coco Chanel - "You live but once; you might as well be amusing."  (I think I purchased it from Vicki's Etsy shop, I don't see it in the blog link.)  I like the look, and it lends itself rather easily to some hand-dyed floss/color substitutions.  I think I'll finish it into a flat-fold and put it on my desk at work - a good philosophy to live by around here!

(And on a side note, I just started digging around in Coco Chanel's history - because I HATE stitching mis-attributed quotes - and I discovered that she was a reputed Nazi sympathizer.  But the quote still makes me smile.)

Friday, August 26, 2016

August Smalls SAL

This month's small is from another find in the Celebrations' freebie pile - a design called "Rosebud Mirror" from the November/December 1992 issue of the Stoney Creek magazine.  It is shown in a small Sudberry House mirror, but I decided to stitch it over-one and put it in a pocket watch instead.
I actually laced this to a padded bit of matboard, so there wasn't enough space in the watch case for any beads or other bling.  Instead I attached a ribbon rose to the top, a pink ribbon for hanging (or wearing!) and called it good.

In other news, I spent a portion of my summer inventorying my pattern and floss stash, and am now feeling rather embarrassed at the size of it all.  (I had to recreate my inventory because I got a new computer, and my old inventory was on software so old that Windows 10 didn't know what to do with it.  Gulp.  I used Google docs for the new one, so hopefully it will be functional for longer!) Gotta stitch faster.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I mentioned a few posts ago that I was having a piece re-framed for my mother - well, it is finished, and I think it turned out great!

Here is the original, as a reminder.
And here is the do-over.
The green is definitely a better shade than the original, and I like the effect of the double mat with the purple.  And there is glass on it this time - the framer used a deeper frame, and created a shadow box effect by lining the inside of the frame with the green mat.  I think it is great, and can hardly wait to give it to my mom this weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2016

For all the dragon/fantasy lovers out there...

I used to be HUGE Dragon Dreams fan.  I stalked Jennifer's website for freebies, and downloaded them all.  While I was a bit choosier about which patterns I purchased, I did purchase many, and have the pattern spreadsheet entries to prove it!  But truth be told, my interest has kind of waned in recent years.  But I still follow Jennifer on Facebook, and am curious about her new when she posted these last month, my clicky finger got itchy...

These are available either individually or together, and proceeds benefit the youth sports league that Jennifer's daughters participate in.  I bought just the "Follow Your Dreams" chart, because it reminded me of my kiddo!

For those who might be interested, search for "Dragon Dreams" on Facebook.  Jennifer has a shop link set up there for purchasing.  I've been told it may not work from mobile devices, so try it from a desktop/laptop.