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Almost there…

Finished up her hair last night with only a small bit of thread to spare! I went through 2 skeins of GAST Nutmeg for the hair on her with 4 strands to spare. The end is near! LOL Honestly the rest of this will be easy, just a bit of a pain as her face is done in tent stitch and I haven’t a clue what to do with the eye there. There is so much happening with bits of color here and there that I’m just not quite sure. I’m going to pull an assortment of DMC and mess with it today and see if I can make it look like an eye when I’m finished. 🙂 I also like the look of the hair color much better than the blonde. The only reason I changed it as I wanted her hair color to be closer to mine and I haven’t been a real blonde since I was 5. I think this color balances a bit better with the other bright colors in the piece as well. I’m probably going to pull the Splendor silk I used on Twinkle pig for her face, there are a few nice lighter skin tones in that assortment that should work well on her face.

A small change on the template. I took my blogroll down because I was tired of this insanely long list of blogs wasting a whole sidebar. Ok wasting is not the *best* word but it was taking up a lot of space. I added the Google aggregator and love that, but I missed the list as there are times when I want to go back and look at something and if the blog isn’t updated its a pain so there is now a dropdown menu above the Google aggregator on the right side bar with the blogs from the aggregator. Yes there are too many of them 😉 But as the aggregator scans them all daily for new posts and does a pretty reliable job, its not like I’m sifting through them all and I can keep up with an insane number of blogs as I do enjoy seeing what everyone else is doing. Seeing many people doing the HAED projects has been my latest thing, I managed to track down the small freebie on the bulletin board yesterday and I’ve printed it to hopefully start on in the near future. If I can manage a 6×4″ piece perhaps I’ll consider something larger.

Thank you as always to everyone who visits and those who leave comments. I do love hearing what everyone thinks of what I’m doing. I am my worst critic and its always nice to hear an outside opinion that yeah, I am doing it right 🙂

A Small Finish and More Progress

First the finish. No, not a major one but a finish just the same. This is the scissor chatelaine I made for mom. Mostly a black and white design with the only other color being added on the circular beads on the scissor tail on the bottom. This one was a bit of trial and error as I couldn’t find the same beads I had used on mine for the whole thing so I’ve had to substitute a few different things in to make it work.

Seccond we have the progress on the Red Hat Lady. This, sadly, is the best of 6 photos I took of her, I can’t seem to get the fabulous effect of the dark over dyed thread to show no matter what I do. Next time I will have to try a scan and see if it will show up that way. The effect is quite cool, this is one of Soy Lusters “Shadows” colors so its got variation of the color within the strand to give the effect of shading, add to that the fact that I can’t get 2 strands that are the same and I’m stitching with 2 strands and its making a rather unusual effect.

And I just couldn’t resist lasta night, I had to start Mojave. I think the colors in it are fabulous and I want to make sure to keep up with the series so its been mounted onto stretcher bars and I’m working on the border, I should have enough progress by Monday to post.

A Beading We Will go…

One of my favorite Bead stores was having a sale this past weekend so I headed out to get some beads for the other 3 scissor chatelaines. Some of these beads were from the stash and a few were from the 1st one I’ve made.

That will be enough bead buying for now I think 😉 I am starting effective Monday on my goal to finish 50 projects before I buy new stash which I’m sure I will fail at but its a nice thought.
Thank you everyone for all your comments on my finishes. No Jenna I have no intention of letting them have any more of my finishing, not if I can at all help it. Monday I sat and was stitching on my Red Hat Lady with threads obviously not purchased from them, and another stitcher appeared with a finished piece not done by their shop (she also had a bad experience, it took 2 months and she got her work back unfinished) so you think they would get the hint that they’re not doing something right but all the owner could say was to point out she had found better soy thread in Arizona when she was there. She also made it a point to tell us she was going to have my regular finisher start doing finishing for the shop. Hello?? With what they charged me for my bag I shudder at what I know the markup will be if I let THEM mail my finishing to the same place I could send it myself. The only advantage is my finisher being independent doesn’t accept anything but checks. I certainly hope they see what their poor way of doing business is causing to happen or soon that shop will cease to be.

Finishing!

FINALLY!! YAY 🙂 Before I start rattling on about the finishing I want to thank everyonen who’s come by and left comments, particularly on my Red Hat Lady, I was a bit unsure when starting with that stitch but I’m extremely happy with how it came out. Can’t wait to have her done! 🙂

They actually arrived on Friday but since the finisher sent them insured they needed to be signed for so I picked them up Monday morning at the Post Office. Twinkle pig is done with things I found at Hobby Lobby… isn’t the trim fun?? I found the fabric first and loved it because it had the same diagonal pattern I had in the background and at the same time brought out the yellow in her shirt. Now comes the dilemma of where to put her that Indiana won’t think its something to burrow in. I had it on the couch last night and he was up there trying to make a hole to nap in, EEKK!!

Coronation was done very simple. Its much bigger than I expected it to be for an ornament so I had it finished like the photo on the pattern with no trim, just a loop to hang it from the tree. Finished size came out 5″ x 5″. The back is red ultra suede, a favorite for trimming the back of ornaments for us. It is rather pricey but I can buy a 1/4 yard and use it for several ornaments so it doesn’t work out to be too bad and I like the look and durability vs regular fabric.

And at long last… Gloves and Kisses in its bag. This was a preassembled bag I got from Lee Needlearts. I love Lee bags, the red purse as well as the black clutch and jewelry case are from Lee as well. I picked this one as Gloves and Kisses with all its raised elements just didn’t seem like it would make a good every day purse so this will be an over night or stitching bag. Aside of the time it took the shop to get around to inserting the canvas I’m a bit bitter over the price they charged me. I paid less to have Twinkle Pig completely made into a pillow than I did for this. I will most definitely try to do the Red Hat Lady myself if at all possible.

Strawberries!

Each year at my EGA Christmas Party we get a favor that’s been made by the committee following a strawberry theme. They got the idea from an old issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework that had a Strawberry Sewing Kit.

This is this what we received this past christmas, the small berry is a thimble holder and the large one is meant to be made into a reticule to hold all my strawberry things. 🙂 WE have to do a bit of the work this year, my project before the October meeting is to sew gold beads on for the strawberry seeds and one of the members is going to teach us how to assemble it. I’m not terribly excited about sewing in all honesty but its a strawberry, and I might just like them a little.

This is MOST of my berry things. These official “theme” of my accessories is Strawberries and Fairies… they started it with the small strawberry bag I got the first year I joined. LOL! The basket is my adaptation of the Hillside Samplings Sewing basket and it just went downhill from there 🙂 Then I found the strawberry FABRIC! I love this fabric, I think I still have 4 yards of it somewhere in the house, so I made the project pack and my mom had one of the ladies who is on good terms with her sewing machine make me the large bag in the back for my birthday a few years back. I just got my hands on a copy of the Sampler and Antique Needlework that Milady’s Reticule is in so I’m hoping to at some point make the few pieces that I am missing from the collection as they didn’t make all of them, just the ones that were fairly simple and could be made quickly as they were making 30+ of them every year.

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I almost forgot! K in Kentucky you left me a comment asking about Indiana. He is indeed a dachshund 😉 I adopted him the day before Mother’s day this year. He is without a doubt completely spoiled and he rules the house here.

I Love Road Trips

Stash Enhancement…. Oh what fun we had with our trip to Homestead yesterday 🙂 I managed to resist the urge to buy any painted canvases and stick to mostly fibers like I had planned.

First we have my red Lee purse canvas. They had a new fiber called Soy Luster that I’m going to use on the hat and I got some overdye from Sampler Threads to do her hair, I’m not making her a blonde, I’m not a blonde so I figured I’d make her hair a bit more like mine 😉 Also some Needle Necessities for the background which should look fabulous.

These are 2 other Lee inserts. The rectangle goes into a small clutch and the round one is for a jewelry case. This one, with the exception of the background is going to be done in all Soy Luster with a wrapped backstitch in Kreinik gold for the outlining. The Mandarin floss is fabulous if you’ve never tried it. It is made from bamboo and has a nice sheen, simular to Splendor from Rainbow Gallery but it is much nicer to work with. I’ve had a couple bad experiences with Splendor so now I tend to avoid it.

Ahhh wool 🙂 I bought A-Z of Crewel Embroidery a few weeks back and have been dying to try one of the projects. I finally settled on this one which I am going to stitch onto a cream damask fabric, eventually making a pillow out of it. I’ve never personally worked with these Appleton Crewel wools so we’ll see how this goes.

And last but not least, I did get one new design. Crown of Hearts was hanging on a wall and I just couldn’t resist 🙂 I love Jean Hilton designs and this one is a nice small one so it should be a quick stitch.

Now no trip to the LNS would be complete with out some new tool 😉 I picked up a cool set of bullion needles as I’m likely to use some bullions on the Lady in the red hat and I got these cool scissors! These are the tinest, most intricate pair of scissors I have ever seen. These should work well for trimming fibers when doing hardanger.