I’m nearly there! The first page is all done and I’m well into the second. Maybe a finish before the end of the month? My stitch from stash budget needs it!
And here I am, beading! I hit my goal to finish the stitching on Mermaids of the Deep Blue and pulled out the beads.
(In my best Winnie the Pooh voice) Helloooo out there!
I hope you are well & dry. Dry is important. Tropical Cyclone Debbie has just departed, and we are forecast to be hit by TC Cook today and tomorrow. Just in time for school holidays and Easter! I am again grateful that our house is sturdy and built on a (mostly) concrete base at the top of a hill…
I got my stitchy bug back! I have finished a number of things (which I won’t show now, as that will mean I’d be repeating things when we post our Smalls at the end of the month) and got some decent progress on Mermaids of the Deep Blue. I can see the stitching end in sight! Then of course, comes the 9 or so packs of beads…
I picked up two framed finishes which I am keeping all for myself. Both are older finishes; my first Nora (her sleigh) is now on the office wall at work so I can see it most days, and Stargazer is going up in the lounge at home.
My work piece is the Mill Hill Seagull. Short & easy, I plan to finish & bead this on Earth Day…and Andromeda supplies arrived. I am so tempted to wag work right now!
Take care everyone. Have a wonderful Easter.
It’s March first here in NZ so it’s also time to check in for Stitch From Stash. Let’s do that first because I AM STILL IN THE BLACK! & yeah, quite chuffed with that.
This may not last into April, with Andromeda to come hopefully this month. I’m splitting the cost with hubs tho. That will help.
Last week I put in a few days on Mermaids of the Deep Blue as my #focusonafinish piece. I’d love to have this up on the walls by next summer. A lot would depend on the next few round robin pieces. That PR took ages!
This month’s theme for Stitch MAYnia is Teresa Wentzler (how handy is it tho that for Stitch From Stash it’s M for Mirabilia?) so I pulled out my eldest resting WIP, Tapestry Cat. Since this photo I’ve put in a couple more threads. My goal is to get that top row back stitched and any gaps filled in.
Hope you have a gorgeous stitchy week!
If there was a time that my Stitch From Stash resolution would be broken, now is that time. The new Mirabilia released overnight (NZ time) and sigh…she’s on order. Won’t get to me until March, so I had better get some finishes in.
This isn’t the perfect image (go to http://www.Mirabilia.com or join in the FB SAL for Lori’s shots while model stitching) but this will be the fabric I use.
Nora has charted in her constellation in glow-in-the-dark Kreinik (just like Cassiopeia!!) and that too is perfect.
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Her mother Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus and often seen accompanying Poseidon. To punish the queen for her arrogance, Poseidon, brother to Zeus and god of the sea, sent a sea monster named Cetus to ravage the coast of Aethiopia including the kingdom of the vain queen. The desperate king consulted the Oracle of Apollo, who announced that no respite would be found until the king sacrificed his daughter, Andromeda, to the monster. Stripped naked, she was chained to a rock on the coast.
Perseus was returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa. After he happened upon the chained Andromeda, he approached Cetus while invisible (for he was wearing Hades’s helm), and killed the sea monster. He set Andromeda free, and married her in spite of her having been previously promised to her uncle Phineus. At the wedding a quarrel took place between the rivals and Phineus was turned to stone by the sight of the Gorgon’s head.
Andromeda followed her husband, first to his native island of Serifos, where he rescued his mother Danaë, and then to Tiryns in Argos. Together, they became the ancestors of the family of the Perseidae through the line of their son Perses. Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons: Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus, Electryon, and Cynurus as well as two daughters, Autochthe and Gorgophone. Their descendants ruled Mycenae from Electryon down to Eurystheus, after whom Atreus attained the kingdom, and would also include the great hero Heracles. According to this mythology, Perseus is the ancestor of the Persians.
At the port city of Jaffa (today part of Tel Aviv) an outcrop of rocks near the harbour has been associated with the place of Andromeda’s chaining and rescue by the traveler Pausanias, the geographer Strabo and the historian of the Jews Josephus.
After Andromeda’s death, as Euripides had promised Athena at the end of his Andromeda, produced in 412 BCE, the goddess placed her among the constellations in the northern sky, near Perseus and Cassiopeia; the constellation Andromeda, so known since antiquity, is named after her.
So far, so good. I am swimming along at work (have counted to 10 a few times, but yesterday didn’t hit my self-imposed swear limit, so getting better) and at home. Great amusement is had by the adults of the house, removing critical pieces of the children’s equipment like laptops they try to hide at night…I am also upping the “mean mum” stakes in expecting the boys to monitor their own cell data useage – they do not have the password to the WiFi! Oh, this is fun!
On the stitching side, I am hitting my goals and then some. For the first week of the year, the StitchMaynia 12 Days of Christmas SAL continued, so I worked on the Hands On Design chalkboard Christmas, completing the first trilogy with Be Merry & Believe:
This week is my Magazine SAL week, as hosted by Heather Stitches on Facebook (that link is to her blog, BTW). Because the 12 Days SAL finished on the sixth, I started this piece a bit early, but I have a finish. This is Country Cottage Needlework‘s Merry & Bright from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament 2010 issue (as I brought myself the DVD via 123 Stitch in December, I’m planning an ornie for each of this SAL’s entries). I’m planning on a cube finish with present buttons added:
I did not use the threads recommended (Stitch From Stash, people!). If you want to copy, I did this 2 over 1 on 25ct ivory Lugana with the following DMC changes:
- the circle is 3364
- @ is 347
- the square is 434
- the dot is Kreinik 032
- and the half circle is 895
And as that took me only 3 days, I pulled out one of my existing WIPS, Arezzo. All that 1 over 1! Add on Nora’s doctor’s scrawl of a chart, and it can be heavy going. I find it takes me a few moments to adjust even tho I have blown the chart up and use a high-lighter. I have frogged the error that caused me to put her away and made a lot of progress over about 4 hours. I don’t know the original stitcher of this version but she did a beautiful job. Me? I’m plodding along:
And at work, my focus is to finish the stitching part of the second variation of Mill Hill Fireflies. I’ve sorted out the blue thread, and expect to have this ready to bead for Saturday:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
WIPocalypse is hosted by Mel at her blog http://measi.net/measiblog/ 2016 was the sixth year of the SAL, and my second year participating; let’s go for a trilogy.
January first is all about setting goals for the year, so that in early December I can go “oh crap!” LOL This year I intend to be multi-platform again, with the daily focus being on Instagram but at least the WIP Wednesday, Smalls and WIPocalypse posts here on the blog, and a monthly Flosstube. I have weekly rotation plans written in my diary to take me thru to the end of March & I will review then.
The rotation plans are loosely worked around the following:
- StitchMaynia’s monthly SAL e.g. Feb is “fandom” (I am thinking Cloudsfactory Labyrinth), March is Teresa Wentzler (Tapestry Cat). December/January has the 12 Days of Christmas, starting on Christmas day and finishing on the 6th – I will be taking my Hands On Design Christmas Chalk away with me. Mostly because I paid for the fabric (32ct!!) and I need to use it, so if it’s all I have with me I should see some progress.
- StitchMaynia’s colour SAL (this is only on the 15th of each month).
- The Never Ending Band Sampler (as my learning piece of the month).
- The Magazine SAL (as hosted by Heather; click the image to the right for more info). This piece will double as my Smalls (click on that image for more info) post as I intend to use the JCS Christmas magazines all year, especially now that I have the CD with the past issues!
- The Round Robin piece, whatever it is and whenever it arrives.
- Focus on a Finish – whatever needs completing from the above or a current WIP that is nearly there. Mermaids of the Deep will be high on that list.
I am not going to start a New Year New Mira – mostly because I am away from home and I really do have enough started. Going into 2017, I have the following starts (listed in age!!):
- TW Tapestry Cat (Dec 2006!)
- Semco Toy Story Sampler (October 2013)
- Nora Corbett Arezzo (March 2014)
- Mirabilia Persephone (May 2015)
- Nora Corbett Blitzen (as part of my reindeer parade, Rudolph started in July 2015)
- Mirabilia Mermaids of the Deep Blue (December 2015)
- Mirabilia Raven Queen (January 2016)
- Tamara Blackwork (September 2016)
- Never Ending Band Sampler
- Lavender & Lace Celtic Winter (December 2016)
Ten’s not so bad, really!