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!
(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.
I feel like a bit of a fraud really. Checking in, when I’ve only touched stitching 15 actual days in March? And not actually finished anything? However – I am still in the black for Stitch From Stash!
|Clouds Factory HTTYD||-8.00|
|DMC @ Geoff’s||-40.00|
|DMC @ Spotlight||-3.38|
|Total Available Budget||$24.12|
This month my intended focus points were:
- Back stitch & fill in the gaps on the top row of Tapestry Cat – maybe 2/3 done?
- Stitch pieces for the #dreamworkscraftswap2017 on Instagram – again, maybe 2/3 done.
Ugh. I have not stitched on anything from a magazine (sorry Heather) nor any of the colour SALs that I made intentions to participate in. I did get out to a stitching meet-up on one night (and had a blast, AND they invited me back J) and I think my bug just got up and left. I have gone to bootcamp & been so ill I was on antibiotics for a week and right now, lack enthusiasm big-time. To get myself back on the horse (so to speak) I’ve set goals a la Rahenna for April:
- FFO the How To Train Your Dragon pieces for the swap & post (bookmark, needle book and small hoop).
- Finish all the stitching on MOTDB and get to the beading potion.
- Start Julie’s RR piece (as that has arrived to me super early).
- Plan what I will do for the #disneycraftswap (waiting for my partner to post her mosaic still).
Stitch MAYnia SALs that I intend to participate in are
- 15th – Diamonds. Beading the clear beads on MOTDB.
- 22nd – Earth Day. Start the Mill Hill Seagull kit.
Question of the month: What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?
All the blogs I follow can be found in the sidebar. I have to say that the majority of bloggers are migrating, which is a bit of a shame, but I’m guilty here too. Instagram is my stich p*rn; there are so many that I follow over there that I am thinking that I need to cut it back, so that my feed does show who I want to see.
Groups – well, I’m now in a physical group but on FB I’m part of Stitch MAYnia; Mira Mira on the Wall; Mirabilia Nora Corbett Conversions; Upcycle Cross Stitch NZ (admin here); Round Robin Stitchers (& a couple of private groups from that); Stitch From Stash 2017a; Countrystitch Fabrics and a couple of others.
Flosstube – Oh dear, Now we get into the rabbit hole! I stitch and watch around a couple of hours a week normally & prefer to watch/listen to flosstube rather than TV right now. In no particular order I recommend (non-exhaustive list!!)
- Stitching Donna
- CoffeeStitcher (Garrett is one of the Stitch MAYnia admins)
- The Crafty Curator
- The Simple Stitcher
- Ms OhSewCrafty (Stephanie is the admin for Stitch From Stash 2017a)
- The Queen of Starts
- Emily C (the BEST vids)
- Aussie Stitcher
- Ginger Gerald Stitcher
- A Stitch Too Far (love her)
- KiwiFlowa (fellow Westie, TW and Nora fan & has adorable cats!)
- The Stash Queen (Katy is the other Stitch MAYnia admin & has a totally ridiculous WIP number, and is unashamed of that. I admire that even as I can’t get above 12!)
Sorry that I haven’t linked to any of these – but if you look in my follow list you can also subscribe to those channels and more – and mine too! Look for “Paula SewScrapMuse” – I possibly hold the record for shortest flosstube ever!
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.
If you use Stash Cache, I have uploaded the file to that section now. Download, save as .txt and add to your phone/tablet.
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.
Whoa. It’s December already! And I have just these two days left at work for all of 2016. I’ve taken a loooong break this year so won’t be back until Jan 9th. And – gasp! – I have some cover. Amazed.
WIPocalypse is hosted by Mel at her blog http://measi.net/measiblog/ 2016 was the fifth year of the SAL, and my second year participating.
Anyway, let’s get into the recap. In January, I had a few plans/goals.
- Keep a separate portion of my diary for stitching goals AND keeping my WIP blog page updated with pics as I rotate. MOSTLY ACHIEVED – I was much better about recording than I was in 2015.
- Mirabilia Mermaids of the Deep. NEARLY COMPLETED – well, the stitching anyway. I had hoped to complete that in 2016 but there’s about 30-35 hours left, and it’s not going on holiday with me.
- Mirabilia Raven Queen. WORKED ON.
- Nora Corbett Cherub with Tree. FINISHED.
- Mirabilia Roses of Provence. DITCHED & FROGGED. I have a different fabric, so planning this for after I finish Persephone. Two Mira skirts would be one too many.
- Nora Corbett Blitzen. WORKED ON
- Mirabilia Persephone. BLITZED GOALS – currently in the middle of stitching the skirt. So far all conversions are working out.
- Nora Corbett Arezzo. DID NOT STITCH
- Semco Toy Story sampler. DID NOT STITCH.
- Teresa Wentzler Tapestry Cat. MINIMAL STITCH TIME.
I also completed a lot of smalls!
- Jan – Chinese year of the Monkey
- Feb – Nora Lily of the Valley RR, Noel mini sampler, Lizzie*Kate Up in the Treetops
- Mar – nil
- April – Hands On Design Plenty
- May – Spring biscornu portion
- June – Mill Hill fireflies kit, Pickle Barrel Noel, Cross Stitcher bunny kit
- July – Mill Hill Holly kit x2, Mill Hill Berry kit x2
- August – nil
- Sept – Mill Hill Saxony Santa kit
- Oct – Mill Hill Lapis kit x2, Mill Hill Merry Christmas Santa
- Nov – Nora Petal Fairy RR
- Dec – Plastic canvas trees
I also got a few “medium” finishes in. Country Cottage’s Afternoon in London, Cloudsfactory’s A Team and Emma Congdon/Stitchrovia Wise Words Tolkien quote.
For all the missed WIPs in the first section, I feel like I achieved a lot.
Seeing as I had a finish, there must then follow a start, right? Right.
This is two nights on Cloudsfactory’s A-Team. It’s working up quickly on 28ct Cloudburst lugana from Countrystitch .
So far my only change was to bling out BA’s necklaces with Kreinik . It’s easy to tell in daylight but I used 002 instead of DMC 3821 and 102 instead of DMC 3852. Si likes it, but I think Bran is stealing it for his room!
November 25 – Topic: Which designer has inspired you to stitch the greatest number of designs and why do you think that is? (via Hazel, who I follow on Instagram!)
There’s a few designers that I collect/hoard/stash. I have a lot of Theresa Wentzler’s, altho I only have two finishes and two WIPs & one more kitted up; I went thru an Alma Lynne phase and I have one finish but another 10-15 charts; obviously a Winnie-the-Pooh phase when Lou was younger (those three finishes are currently hanging in Mase’s bedroom, and will likely move along to first grandchild). I have probably 20 BHG Christmas magazines that I pick stuff out of, & some Ink Circles gifted to me by Lynne, and 8 Lavender & Lace (MLI was Nora’s mum) but in the last year my stitching revival is mostly Nora Corbett. I would have 40+ charts stashed away and four current WIPs:
- Arezzo (over one)
- Roses of Provence (I’m re-thinking my decision to frog the current fabric, it might be easier now I have a portable stand)
- Reindeer Parade (my mish-mash with Rudolph complete except for beads, and Blitzen partially done)
I have quite a few finishes for only 20 months too:
- Mediterranean Mermaid
- Santa’s Sleigh
- Shimmering Mermaid’s compass (I don’t like this mermaid, but I had to do the compass)
- Audubon St Yellow Figbird
- Audubon St Scarlet Tanager
- Audubon St Blue Monarch Flycatcher
- Fairy Letter L (click on the Conversion tab for deets)
- Fairy Letter C (again, click on Conversion for details)
And I’ve stitched on 5 of the seven Mira Round Robins too which has been fun!
I’m trying not to hoard too much. I have far more than I will ever stitch in my lifetime and while Z and M have fleeting phases of wanting to stitch it isn’t the norm by any means! However I think I will encourage it over the heat of the summer months. With seven weeks away from school there is only so much TV and Wii a boy can deal with!
Here’s last night’s bit of stitching. I played with the stand & while Lenna’s Mermaid Tails RR is far too big to fit on any scroll, my little bookmark fitted perfectly on the smallest set:
Isn’t he cute? I re-worked the CloudsFactory design as I wanted a slightly round but not as round as their characters Poirot. This morning I sat down for 30 mins and I have the beginnings of Mr Darcy (Jenna’s bookmark). He should work up nice and fast!