I have done HEAPS this last week and I am so excited! My parcel has been in Miami for the last two days and I want it to HURRY UP but in the meantime I am pretty excited to continue with my two July WIPs.
Number One is the Mill Hill Christmas Island Santa, from their Tropical Santas line (2012 series). I am re-working parts of this as I go. You’ll note that he no longer has a coconut – I have elongated the shape to an oval and stitched it all in 434, which is the colour of the aged pig-skin rugby ball we have at home. Back story is that Santa played for the All Blacks (the national rugby union team) in his youth, & he still loves a bit of beach touch rugby. Today I’ll hopefully get that bird re-charted or stitched as a seagull, which is found on nearly every NZ beach. This pack has already been spoken for, & will be going off to Michelle #sprinklestitchykindness Garette, hopefully next week!
At home I have Andromeda on the lap stand. I finished her arm last night, and all the back stitch is done for the whole piece (both Kreinik & DMC) except her face, as I still have hair to complete in that area first. At this point I will stitch her hair in the charted colours. I am not yet sure what shade of green I will use for the ribbon in her hair but I think I found the perfect beads in my stash last night. I can tell you I’m adding an extra five bucks to the Stitch From Stash tally just for the frogging portion alone. I also decided that my Andromeda wasn’t going to be placidly waiting out the Fates. Eyes open & looking straight ahead. I looked thru my other Mira pile, found the eye I wanted, reversed it and re-charted to fit the 15 stitches high face (Cassiopeia is 18 stitches FYI).
Now, you’ll note that I now have a post count in the header. I’ve been blogging for nearly 10 years, so it took a while to average out the WIP Wednesday posts (I ignore the FB only ones) & I made an executive decision. Next week, being #200, calls for something special. Keep your eye out for #passthestash & a wee competition!
One of these days I will count out how many WIP Wednesday posts I actually have made…I probably should number them as I go, to differentiate, but then again, that would eat into stitch time!
Since I last wrote, I’ve done some stitching. It doesn’t feel like a lot, with the reading I’ve done taking over stitch time, and then there was the (semi-wasted) six hours hunting out the perfect chair for the MOTH. I found mine in the second shop we looked at. At about 1/3 price of the ones he is looking at. I feel that I should get the difference added to my Stitch From Stash fund!
With Believe, which is my Stitch MAYnia “whine” piece (it’s too big to hold comfortably, and paper too) I finished the last 7 stitches in the lettering, and started on the background. I should have stitched this on evenweave. Next time! Andromeda is my home/stitch group piece and I’m slowly working my way up the robes. I still haven’t decided on her skin but am learning towards over-one, despite knowing that I would not finish her until August.
Andromeda is stitched on 28ct lugana by Countrystitch in the colour Antarctic Storm. I asked Catherine to dye it slightly heavier & I’m really pleased with how the colours “pop”.
Well, so much for this year’s flu vaccine. The whole family has been unwell (today is my first day back at the desk since last Thursday morning). We are not hungry. We are all coughing like extras in a plague movie. It is not nice at all. I will be operating on written word and sign language today.
While I had my laptop at home and have kept working, so I don’t have a huge pile of insurmountable crap, I have also done a lot of stitching. This is what you do when you have the cough chorus going on and both sailing and rugby book-ending your TV hours. GO EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND! There was a large amount of frogging, as I worked out the DMC conversion, but I am really happy with the vibrancy of Andromeda’s robes.
I went from here: to here:
I’m still not sure if I will do her skin over one yet. I’ll keep on with the robes while I decide.
SFS – I am well in the black as I sold a Mira I won’t stitch, Fairy Treasures, for more than what I paid for English Roses. Score!
With Mase being ill, and not being able to go to boot camp, I got heaps of stitching completed last night:
Really pleased that you can’t tell where I couched the Kreinik bowstrings!
If I finish today, I’ll end up $5.76 in credit for the SFS (assuming that my purchase of Villa Mirabilia arrives – cause if it doesn’t, I’m asking for a refund). If I don’t finish, and VM doesn’t arrive, I’ll still be well in the black at $34.72. If I don’t finish, and VM does arrive, I’ll be in the red by $5.28.
I don’t think I’ll finish…
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And another month draws to a close and I got some stitching in! Mind you, it was a bit of a race for the last portions of beading on Mermaids but – I got a finish!!! My goal for the month was to finish all the stitching, but I could see the finish line and off I went.
- FFO the How to Train Your Dragon pieces for the swap & post (bookmark, needle book and small hoop). COMPLETED – but I kept the small hoop
- Finish all the stitching on MOTDB and get to the beading potion. SMASHED
- Start Julie’s RR piece (as that has arrived to me super early). NOT STARTED
- Plan what I will do for the #disneycraftswap (waiting for my partner to post her mosaic still). PLANS COMPLETE, STITCHING STARTED
- 15th – Diamonds. Beading the clear beads on MOTDB. IGNORED
- 22nd – Earth Day. Start the Mill Hill Seagull kit. COMPLETED
I also worked on a small Easter piece, the freebie Prairie Schooler chart that Kristine sent me. I chose black aida (stash!) and initially stitched it in similar colours to the original…I plan to repeat with different colours to make a basket of mini eggs.
So here’s my pieces for this month:
Question of the Month – What projects are in your UFO pile? There’s not too much in my UFO pile, to be honest. Just the one piece that I have kept the pattern & half-completed project away. I am tempted to re-start it on evenweave as it is on aida & I had become a bit of a snob but maybe I should just pull it out. If I can’t get the threads to match it might be worth a restart…apart from this, I do have Tapestry Cat at 11 years of age but as I am still working on this, I don’t think I can call it a true UFO. Just a resting WIP. And I have a few of those!
- Tapestry Cat, Dec 2006
- Toy Story Birth Sampler, Oct 2013
- Nora Corbett Arezzo, March 2014
- Mirabilia Persephone, May 2015
- Nora Corbett Reindeer, July 2015
- Mirabilia Raven Queen, Jan 2016
- Tamara blackwork, September 2016
- Lavender & Lace Celtic Winter, Dec 2016
My May goals are fairly small. I’m not going to participate in StitchMAYnia, but there are some new starts:
- Disney hoop & needlebook for new swap
- Start Julie’s round robin (if I get a finish, I will start Andromeda!)
- Finish Mill Hill Believe (about ½ done)
Lastly, I’m still in the black for Stitch From Stash. This is more good luck than management but I’ll take the win.
|Andromeda @ CountryStitch
|Kreinik @ RR
|HTTYD hoop FFO
|PS Easter Folk Egg
|Mermaids of the Deep Blue
|Total Available Budget
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!
Also what an amazing day we had yesterday. ANZAC day at Swanson RSA below.
And here I am, beading! I hit my goal to finish the stitching on Mermaids of the Deep Blue and pulled out the beads.
Loving it! I wish you could see the gleam and glitter. And in true stitch from stash fashion, I’m subbing in the gold that I already have, and the big pony beads are also from my stash.