Friday, May 19, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - Finally a Finish!

I'm a little bit late for my Gifted Gorgeousness post ... but I wanted to put the final stitches into my "Too Much Honey" Sampler before I posted this month.  I received this project as a kit from a special friend and have been stitching it "off and on" for the past couple of years.. 

I have had very little time to stitch this year, so this finish is a happy accomplishment for me.

I love the little bees next to the honeypots. I added the stingers ... the pattern left them stinger-less.  That is the only change I made to the pattern.  

The kit stitched up fast (even though I took a long time to stitch it). Lots of solid color areas made this a good project to stitch while watching TV.  The chart was easy to read and I didn't have to mark it up to keep track of where I was. There were a few French knots here and there (which I didn't mind at all), and I had plenty of floss left over at the end (tons actually)!

Two thumbs up and a happy dance for me!



Monday, May 01, 2017

my April WIPocalypse Update

WIPocalypse time again!

Things have not been going as I had hoped ... but I am going to post the little bit of stitching I managed to accomplish anyway.

I put some stitched into my Butterfly Forest.  The image below shows where I left off last time. So yay! some progress has been made.

The only other project I stitched on was my "Too Much Honey" Sampler.  I finished the alphabet and the honeypots ... but "Uh-OH!"  Who Moved my Honeypot?

Clearly the honeypot on the right has jumped a stitch or two to the left.  UUGH!  Looks like I have some frogging in my future. The image below shows where I left off last time.

So, I did make a little progress - even with the moving honeypot.

And that's how my Spring stitching has been going.

On the brighter side, several new art pieces and murals have been popping up around Midtown Atlanta.  Here are a few:

Finding art around town is one of my favorite things about living in the city.
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

my March Gifted Gorgeousness Update

progress photo of "Autumn Sampler" by Sandy Orton
It's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update.  "Gifted Gorgeousness" projects are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

Again, I had little stitching time this month ... but I did manage to put in a few stitches.
I worked on my "Autumn Sampler" by Sandy Orton.  I back stitched the alphabet around the schoolhouse (shown above).  I received the set of 4 Sandy Orton Season Sampler kits one year as a Xmas gift.

I also stitched on my "Too Much Honey" Sampler (gifted to me by a special non-stitchy friend).  I finished the top bands and corners and started to stitch the alphabet letters.  Not too much more left to go on this one ...

And finally, I added the third cow to my "Cow Sampler" (which was a freebie chart).

Here is where I left off last time:

I wish I had more time to stitch, but I am happy to make any progress at all.
Happy Stitching!  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

my February WIPocalypse Update

Time flies and it is time for another WIPocalypse update already!

I didn't make much progress on my projects this month, but I did manage some.  Shown above is my "Winter Sampler" by Sandy Orton.  I have been working on all 4 of the season samplers and really love them ... but they do take time with all of the color changes and back stitching.

You can see from my previous progress photo that I did  manage to finish the french knot & back stitched snowflakes around the ice skate.  I also worked a bit of the next motif to the left.

I am trying to work a bit on all of my projects this year, so the next in line was my "Berry Patch Rooster".  I  stitched on his wing.
Here is where I previously left off:

That is absolutely all of the stitching I managed for this update.  I hope to have more time to stitch next month (fingers crossed).

Topic of the month: What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

Hmm ...  I have a fondness for the "Algerian Eyelet" stitch, which is used in two of the samplers I am working on: "Dutch Sampler" and "Spanish Sampler".

It is time consuming, but I love the way it looks when completed.  

Happy Stitching!
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