Saturday, July 22, 2017

Decision Made

After monkeying with the shells and beads some more, I decided to take them all off...
...and I think I like it best this way.  I did add 4 beads - in the centers of the little symbols at the end of the sentences.  I've kept the shells, and once it is framed I think I will attach some to the frame itself.  They were just too big to feel "natural" on the stitching.  I even tried adding some smaller shells from a pack I got at the craft store, but since the other shells belonged to my friend's sister, it just didn't feel right to mix materials like that.
If anyone is curious about the pattern, it is "Clara's Mermaid Sampler 1891" from the Sampler Girl, in her Sampler Girl Companion Mermaid Booklet.  I stitched this on Silkweaver's "Mountain Mist" lugana, and used a couple different hand-dyeds for the wording, the blue waves, and the box around the heart.  The sea grass and Clara's name and date were stitched in the charted colors.  Oh, and I did the entire "wave" in blue - the chart switches from blue to the green text color about 1/4 of the way across, but I didn't like that.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mermaid Necklaces....or not?

Over the weekend I finished the stitching on Clara's Mermaid Sampler.  I really like my substitutions!  But I'm not sure if my shell necklace idea will work....
I have 3 more shells that I want to use, and I was going to continue with the Mill Hills and other green/turquoise beads from my stash to the sides of the piece - not all the way around as was done in the model.  I'm thinking that the beads will look like they come from the sides of the frame (once it is framed, of course).  Another option, though, might be to glue the shells TO the frame itself, and just forget about stitching them to the piece at all.
I'm using these specific shells because a friend gave them to me - her sister, who passed away earlier this year from colon cancer, collected them.  So there is meaning attached to the materials.

Monday, July 10, 2017

I like big...books

Some time ago, Honeybee shared the books she created using Blog2Print.  The librarian and historian in me was immediately intrigued, and I signed up to create a few myself.  But I was never entirely pleased with the result - my pictures are often not the best (apologies, readers) and I just didn't like the way it "read" as a story.  Maybe going forward, if I were to blog with the intent of publishing, I might change things....but maybe not.

So I put that idea away, but still thought from time to time how I might best collect and preserve some of the things I've made.  Then I got a free photo book code from Shutterfly....last week, this arrived.

It is not comprehensive, and in all honesty, doesn't have all of my "favorites"...more like "those projects of which I had good digital pictures."  LOL  There is a page spread for framed things, one for ornaments, another for exchanges, and other such groupings, plus 3 pages of my amateur quilting projects.

I'm pretty pleased with the finished product!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

June Smalls SAL

At the half-way mark this year!  Here is "Winter Gathering," a limited edition kit from Cherished Stitches.  Backing and trim was included, but my interest in this one has kind of petered out at the moment.

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.

Decision Made

After monkeying with the shells and beads some more, I decided to take them all off... ...and I think I like it best this way.  I did add...