Monday, June 26, 2017

And Now, to the Shore

If you are a regular reader/follower, by now you probably know that I love mermaids.  I don't know WHY - I mean, there's something kind of unsettling about a creature that is half attractive woman, half scaly fish... But still.  When it comes to stitching, anyway, maybe I just love the colors and shapes that go with mermaid-y patterns?

So anyway, I started this -
Which will become this - 
Clara's Mermaid Sampler 1891 by The Sampler Girl

I'm using a piece of Silkweaver "Meadow Mist" lugana, and swapped in a bunch of hand-dyed flosses from my stash (it is charted in DMC).  I think I might make that entire "wave" at the bottom blue - not sure why it was changed to green part way across.  I like the blue better, anyway!  I'm also going to change up the shells.  I have a few little shells given to me by a friend - her sister collected them before she passed away earlier this year from colon cancer.  I don't have enough to go all the way around, but I was thinking about using some of my bead stash to make it look more like a pendant of sorts.  
Part of me thinks I should give the finished piece to my friend, and part of me is loving it too much right now to think about parting with it.  Hmmm.  I could always ask her once it is finished - it may not be her style, and I know that some other friends have already made her some memory pieces with other shells, including a gorgeous resin shadow box.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wandering, Not Lost

And this is what happens when I wander through JoAnn Crafts with a 60%-off coupon.
The arrow sign was what I found...the needlework was something I finished earlier this year.  The frame was a basic unfinished wood thing that cost a few dollars - I painted it with a turquoise blue, then white, then sanded it, then stained with some Americana Minwax stain, and finally coated it with polyurethane. Phew!  Took forever, but I like it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quick Friday Post

Just a little update on "Winter Gathering," after some lunchtime stitching under a tree.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ugh, allergies.

Headaches and burning eyes making stitching hard, over-one skin tones even more so.  I haven't stitched much lately, but I did decide to start another (over-2) small - the "Winter Gathering" kit from Cherished Stitches that I acquired as a door prize at Celebration.
(Crummy cell phone pic.)  I guess it is cute, but not quite my thing....although the colors are lovely, so that helps.  And it was a kit, so no need to scour my stash for appropriate materials.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Progress on Something New

Here is my progress on Nora Corbett's "Letters from Nora - M" fairy.  I started this earlier this month at Celebrations.
I'm stitching this on 28-ct. Wood Violet jobelan, and yes, I did get crazy and decide to do the skin over-one.  :/  I just didn't like the look of all the partial stitches otherwise...

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Smalls SAL

Another completely finished object this month!  This little design is called "Mahogany Flowers," and it is by Samplers and Such.  Another pattern I picked up in the exchange pile at Celebration of Needlework, and just HAD to stitch ASAP...  I used a nameless skein of Vikki Clayton's silk, and then made a serendipitous find at the thrift store - this old octagonal jewelry box!  It had a fake "stained glass" lid inset, held in with screws and brackets.  Easy enough to disassemble, and then use the glass as a pattern for my stitching.  I didn't get it centered quite right, but I like it all the same.
I glued some fabric to another insert to cover the laced back, and added some braid just because.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring Flowers

A while back I started a Pinterest board with novel finishing ideas, and I was looking for a reason to try this little flower idea.  Well, when my friend with 2 daughters jokingly requested "payment" in needlework for picking up my daughter after school (my daughter and her oldest are great friends), I saw the perfect opportunity!

The little sunbonnet girls were freebies I stitched a few years ago, and I 3" finishing forms to make the flower centers.  Everything else came from Michaels - the glass bottle was actually on clearance, and I had a coupon to use on the ribbon, so it was a pretty inexpensive finish as well.

And here is my goofy, wonderful friend upon receiving it.  <3