Friday, March 25, 2016

Stitchy Mojo struck again

Since my last post, I've been a very busy stitcher.  So busy in fact that I didn't stop to take time to post. When the stitchy mojo strikes I think I just have to go with it! ;)

I've been mostly working on The Seville Pillow from the Just Cross Stitch June 2015.  I'm very happy with my progress, although a little bit tired of yellow. Here are the before and after pics:



My after picture shows almost the full first page of the pattern completed. This 6 page pattern is definitely a larger cross stitch pattern than I normally take on, but I've been enjoying every stitch.

I found a nice big piece of 36 count cream linen in my stash that worked perfectly for this project.  The thread I chose is DMC 744.  It's a nice soft yellow, but I dare say that I was getting a bit yellowed out after my last big stitching session.  

I've also had a few smaller things on the go including a little bit of finishing.  

First is Little Miss Muffet's Tuffet designed by Twisted Oak Designs and I managed to stitch and finish it in its entirety.  Now, the stitchy gods were definitely on my side for this one.  Can you believe I managed to find the perfect size paper mache box at the local Dollar store!?!  

I didn't have any fabric in my stash that matched, so I went shopping with my Mom at the local fabric store (who just so happened to have a special sale on cottons that day).  In the piles and piles of cottons that were on sale she eyed this cute blue cotton that matched perfectly!  

I had an extra skein of the dark pink DMC floss in my stash that was used to make the cording and the little piece of lace came from a big bag of odds and ends of lace that I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago.  So this was a super handy little box was a steal of a deal to final finish.


Next, is The Sweetheart Tree's Tiny Violet Sampler.  I had the silver cable on order and was so happy when it arrived and I was able to stitch the final border.  It is a beautiful design and I absolutely love it.  It's just so sparkly!! :)


Finally, I did a little bit of Easter stitching.  The pink and green bunnies are from a little pattern called Bunny by The Sweetheart Tree and the middle design is Hop by Lizzie Kate.  I decided to try my hand with grommets/eyelets, and I'm afraid I'm not overly happy with how they turned out.  I really wish I had added a angled edge at the top to make them more tag-like, but I forgot to and I already had them mounted when I realized my mistake.


That's what I've got to show for all of my stitchy enthusiasm in the last month.  Now, it's time for me to cross go and cross a a few more Xs while the mood is still with me.  

Wishing all of you all of the best this Easter weekend!

Happy Easter!

Karen

Monday, February 22, 2016

A stitchy update

So, it's been awhile since I've posted a stitchy update.  So here it goes:

I finished the Victoria Sampler needleroll into a needleroll.  This is quite an accomplishment for me because I've never made one before.  It really wasn't as difficult a finish as I anticipated either.  :)


Victoria Sampler
September Birthday Sampler

Next, is an ornament that I've been wanting to stitch for a long time.  I think this little reindeer is just so cute....

Serendipity Designs
Candy Cane Reindeer
JCS 2010 Christmas Issue

I've also been working on VS Biscornu Beautiful Finishing #4, Sweetheart Rose:



Since there are so many pieces to this, I've been working it in an assembly line type of fashion... IE: all of the Rhodes Hearts first... then comes the backstitching.  Although, I did get a bit bored with the Rhodes Hearts and haven't stitched a few of the squares yet.  Since it is such repetitive stitching, I've been taking lots of breaks and working on other things in between.  

One thing that I've been working on that is a bit different for me is an embroidery piece.  Using a piece of fabric that came off of some hemmed curtains, I decided to make an embroidered cushion.  I traced a quilting stencil onto the fabric and have started Split Stitching the design.  Here's a pic:



This fabric definitely isn't ideal stitching fabric.  It's heavy and it has some sort of thermal backing becauase it is a piece of thermal curtains lol.  No matter, I am pleased with how it's turned out so far. The light mauve thread is in the first picture because I've considered adding it to the design somehow.

And finally, I started a small little design that I can't remember the name of or even who designed it at this moment, but it will be a little topper for a circular box.


This is the first little triangular section that I've stitched.  All of the little triangles will form a smallish circle and it will be fitted onto a 4" circular paper mache box cover.  

This is probably one of the first patterns I ordered online, which means it has been waiting to be stitched for years.  I've had it kitted up for ages and keep meaning to start it, but something else always gets my attention first.  Well, this pretty little design is finally going to get it's time to shine.  

Now, that's quite an update lol.  Looking back it appears I've been stitching a lot more than it feels like I am and that's a good thing.  :) 

Wishing you lots of stitchy bliss,

Karen

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Victoria Sampler Birthday Needleroll

Last week I started and finished the stitching of the September Birthday Needleroll kit by Victoria Sampler. It's a really cute little blue sampler that will be hemstitched (maybe this week) and made into a needleroll.  I don't think it will take much time for the final finishing, but hemstitching always takes me awhile to set up.

September Birthday Needleroll Kit
by
Victoria Sampler

I'm not sure if I'll jump right into the hemstitching this week or if I'll work a little more on this Victoria Sampler biscornu that I started here.  Some of my old WIPs are calling my name as well.  I'd love to finish some older projects that I've had laying around for literally years, such as Around the World in 80 Stitches. 

These days, I've been on a small kick and there always seems to be another small kit or design calling my name as one gets finished up.  So, I need to decide to work on something a little bigger and maybe finish one of my BAPs up or work on some more smalls.  Decisions decisions....  I also feel like playing with prick and pounce set again and transferring some more designs.  

Well, it's time for me to get off this computer and get busy with some stitchin'.  

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!

Karen

Monday, January 25, 2016

Some Finishing along with some Final Finishing

I've been making good use of my stash lately doing up some little kits that I've had laying around for quite some time.  The final finishing bug seems to have hit me too.  I've been doing everything from covering buttons to lacing pieces for framing.  Below are some pics.



The above little spool was a limited edition alphabet kit by Needle Work Press although it would be easy enough to kit something like this up oneself by using an old wooden spool and a bit of banding and choosing the alphabet font of your choice. I chose to stitch mine with Crescent Colours Bing Cherry and the butterfly button and the button on top both came from my stash.



Next, are the Covered Buttons designed by Jeanette Douglas.  The kit came with three designs and all of the specialty threads needed to stitch them, but it only had one big button for the final finishing. The pendant was in my crafty stash for a couple of years now, waiting for the perfect design.  I was really happy when I saw that the strawberry fit.  I picked up a few covered buttons at my local fabric shop in the largest size I could find and was delighted that tulip would fit on one of them.  The button that came with the kit is a bit larger so I had to play around to see which would fit on what.  I've noticed a lot of these little covered buttons and pendants popping up over on Instagram and I can understand why.  They are so quick and easy to make!  I'm quite happy with how these three little designs turned out.

I should probably mention the little beaded felt strawberry as well.  I made this up last summer.  I have a few of the Just Nan mice kits in my stash and wanted to practice the finishing (which is more or less a strawberry) before make these little kits up.  Unfortunately, this is the only one that turned out well.  I plan on trying my hand at a few more though because they are pretty cute. :)
  


 Finally, I did a little bit of framing.  Both of these pieces were stitched quite awhile ago and laying in my "need to be finished" pile.  The light green frame was one that I picked up at the Dollar store years ago (try to find a frame like that at the dollar store now!).

 "Canada" was framed with a shadow box that I've had laying around for some time as well.  I had a hard time getting this one to line up perfectly and if you look closely you can probably see that it's still a little crooked.  After about an hour of playing around with it I gave up and decided it was good enough. It always surprises me at just how long it takes to lace up a design for framing, but it is so worth it in the end.

So, that's it for my little finishing spree.  With all of my WIPs I shouldn't be searching for new projects, but I did.  I've started a needleroll (another new finish for me) that shouldn't take too long to stitch up.  No pics for now since there really isn't much to show.

Happy Monday!

Karen

Saturday, January 16, 2016

First finish for 2016

Wow! Can you believe that not only is it 2016, but we're also half-way through January too!  I dare say how time flies....

I finished these Plum Pudding Needleart pieces a few days ago.  Sometimes, it's so nice to work on monochromatic designs that don't require a whole lot of thought.  These were fun and easy to do and really didn't take much stitching time at all.

Holiday Samplings
by
Plum Pudding Needleart
DMC 115

The candy cane was definitely my favourite, but I really like the Season's Greetings piece too.  I used one of my favourite reds for these, DMC 115.  They weren't finished in time for this past Christmas, but that gives me a whole year to get around to the final finishing, right?  haha  

Next up is an "almost" finish.  That's one of those finishes where you just have a little bit left, but no thread in your stash that is suitable to complete it.

Tiny Spring Violet Sampler
by
The Sweetheart Tree

(The colours are really off in this picture.  It is definitely a lot warmer in real life.)

The only part left to stitch is an Oblique Herringbone border that is stitched just along the inside of the deeper purple border.  The pattern calls for Kreinik Silver Cable for this stitch.  I've never heard of Silver Cable before, so I'm a little intrigued. An order will have to be placed for the missing thread which should be fun since I haven't placed one in awhile.  :)  

Finally, I'll talk about all that stuff everyone talks about this time of year:  2015 achievements and 2016 goals.  I just browsed through my 2015 finishes and decided I wasn't that productive last year and I don't really have any goals for 2016.  So, I'm not going to bother with all of that this year.  I just want to have fun stitching and I'm not going to worry about how much I've completed or make any plans for finishing any particular projects.  I'm just going to stitch what I feel like whenever I feel like it.  :)  

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!  And I'm wishing you many happy stitches for 2016!  

Karen



  


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happy Dancin'

There's been lots of sewing going on these days, but not much stitching.  I've been working on some Christmas presents and have managed to finish a collection of things for my daughter.

Below is a pic of everything I've made:

 

At the bottom of this pile is the quilt that I talked about way back here in 2014.  Its been quilted and bound in the last few weeks.  I've also made a table runner (thrown over the arm), a throw pillow and pillow insert for it, and finally a pillowcase (laying over the back of the chair).

I'm very pleased with how its all turned out and I hope she will like it when I give it to her for Christmas.  :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Me and a Biscornu

After my last finish, I went in search of what to work on next.  What about all that stuff in my WIP pile, you say?  They looked quite comfortable in that pile, so I thought I'd leave them there for now.  In all honesty, I did glance at them, but just didn't feel like working on them.

I think Victoria Sampler is my go to designer when I'm in doubt of what to do next.  I love how detailed their instructions are and I have a huge collection of their patterns.  Since I haven't worked on anything VS this year, it seemed like a good idea.  So, I went to my bin of patterns and found the VS file folder (its really quite thick) and decided on a cute little pattern called Bisornuments.

 I thought this is perfect. The little biscornus would be a perfect way to learn how to make one.  I'm probably the only one left that has never made a biscornu (my finishing skills really need some work).  And these are just so cute, don't you think?  These are designed by Linda Rosser for VS.


So, I then proceeded to read through the pattern and I thought, "Wait a second! I have the Beautiful Finsihing pattern for Biscornus."  And off I went to find it.


This has complete coloured instructions on how to finish all three biscornus (15 sided, 6 sided and 2 sided).  So, I thought this will be my next project!  So, then I went in search of some suitable fabric.  All I can say is I had no idea these little cuties would need so much fabric.  To make the pattern work out right, I need to stick with the 28 ct and I really wanted to use whatever I had in my stash.

This is what I found:

28ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen
 Unfortunately, the picture doesn't show the colour as well as I'd like, but it is 28 ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen.  This was the only suitable fabric that I had enough of for all three biscornus.  I really want them to be a matching set.  The threads won't be as prominent as they are on the antique white fabric used in the pattern, but I think it works well enough.

After finding the linen, the next step was to cut it.  I needed 21 4" squares and 2 8" squares for all three biscornus.  As you can see from the above pic there is quite a big stack of pieces there. The whole process of picking out the pattern, fabric and cutting it took a few nights lol.  I don't think I've put this much effort into the preparation and planning of a project in quite some time.


At this point, the threads and ribbon are sorted and the stitching is started.  One square is finished and the second one is started.  I think this will take  a few months to stitch since it's taken this long to get this far.  I really can't wait to start the finishing though! 

Do you have a finishing technique that you have wanted to try, but never got around to it or felt confident enough to do it?  I think the biscornu, for me, is a bit of feeling like I never enough time to really sit down and try it and a lack of confidence in my abilities to do it nicely.  I also think the the needleroll is something I've been putting off.  Maybe it will be next. :)

Well, we've been having some beautiful fall weather this week and the leaves are really starting to change.  As much as I hate the idea of what follows fall (snow) I love the cooler temperatures and bright clear days that this season brings.  


Have a great week!
Karen

Friday, September 25, 2015

Some Fall Stitching

Temperatures are really starting to dip around here.  Today, I don't think it went above 15 Celsius.  While stitching away in my stitching room tonight I had to put on a big warm sweater and almost turned the heat on.  We always try to wait until October before turning the heat on, but it's been a challenge these past couple of nights.

With the changing season, I've had the urge to stitch something Fall-like.  Although, after going through my stash, I realized I don't have a whole lot of Fall themed stash.  But I did find a freebie that I printed off a few years ago which could easily be converted to Fall colours.  You can still get the pattern on the DMC website for free.  

DMC Freebie: Falling Leaves
28 ct neutral linen
Colours converted to:
 WDW Celadon, GAST Cranberry and Gold Leave
Beads 03024
(Sorry for the shadowy pic.  I didn't realize it had such a bad shadow until I enlarged it here.)  

I think this would be really cute stitched over one.  When I first picked it up that was the first thing I thought, but after careful consideration (about 2 minutes of pondering) I decided to do it over 2 instead. I also like the DMC colour variations threads that the pattern calls for, but for this occasion I felt like making it more for Fall-like.




Friday, September 18, 2015

Cute little Sheepies

This is a cute little kit from Elizabeth Designs that I finished yesterday. I absolutely love these little kits that include everything.  They're like grab and go stitching kits and that give you almost instant satisfaction. Unless you lose the pattern... like I did haha.

Elizabeth's Designs
Complete Kit
The pattern decided to grow legs and hide a couple of years ago.  I searched high and low for it a couple of times and finally gave up.  I had the front picture, the fabric and all of the threads, but the actual pattern was no where to be found.  When I was putting everything away for Summer Tree of Stitches I found it.  It was in a plastic bag in my filing cabinet hidden between books (a spot that I searched a couple of times, so, one can only assume it decided to come out of hiding lol). So, this quick little finish was actually a couple of years lol.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Time for an update

You're not in the wrong spot, I just updated my colour scheme and template.  It's been awhile (hanging head shamefully) since I updated everything.  I kinda laughed when I picked this template since my blog title is Karen's Colourful Creations and I picked a beige template lol. 

Nothing new to post. 

Happy Monday!

Karen