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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Slow Stitching, TUSAL and More

Well the month of June is just moving right along our summer thunderstorms have moved in so everything gets a good soaking most days.

I have been taking longer morning walks and much earlier pretty much a long with sunrise. I have made an effort to get to the library weekly again so I always have something on hand to read, which is silly since I have hundreds of books on my shelves I could read.  So a task for the upcoming weeks is to purge those books on my shelf I know I won't read.  Does that happen to you? you find a book that sounds like a good read buy it, take it home then put it in the to read pile and never get around to reading it.  I happens to me quite often then when I get around to it I find I am no longer interested so I put it on the shelf and then it goes in the donation box when I realize I'm never going to read it.
Here is what I am reading this week:
I finished Queen Anne's Lace which I really enjoyed last week during a rainy day while my fingers were resting from too much stitching.

And speaking of my stitching, I finished a little piece from the DMC Stitch a long group, it was one of the first pieces possibly as far back as January available free I think it was in the Girl Power set of patterns, I printed the pattern, traced it and put it aside for one of those between projects I like to have on hand. I finished it about a week ago experimented a bit leaving loose strands of floss for the ends of the hair.

My latest project piece I am working on is a new piece coming along nicely, so far I've used Weeks Dye Works floss and oh how it loves to knot while stitching so I am keeping the length of threads as short as I can and still put in a decent amount of stitches.
There is knot work, spirals,leaves and an acorn or two most are being stitched in shades of green, though a brown or two will be tossed in. 
These are the colors I will be using, I love the over dyed colors with names of herbs and other fine greenery.
all those greens
While I missed posting my June, TUSAL report on the new moon last week here it is better late than never.  I will link this post at Its Daffy Cat if you are curious jump on over and check out what the TUSAL is all about. https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/06/totally-useless-sneak-up.html
Most of the green orts are from my current project The Green Woman which is progressing quite nicely despite the annoying knotting of the Weeks Dye Works floss.
green woman in progress
I did the eyes in a variegated amber DMC floss 111 and not one single tangle or knot.
close up acorn and eye
 Here is a close up of one of the acorns, her eye and some leaves. Despite the tangles and knotting I do love the colors of the Weeks Dye Works floss.  I will be linking my post today over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching feel free to take the link and check out what Kathy and other talented bloggers are slow stitching:
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2018/06/slow-sunday-stitching_17.html




Monday, May 28, 2018

Rainy days and other things

Wow! Can you believe Memorial day is here?  Where does the time go? So often I ask this question yet I still wonder, then I take the time to look around me and see what has been accomplished in those days.
Some of the time I'm tending the plants in my garden or pulling weeds and clearing debris, watering and repotting, it all takes time and as I grow older and move a little slower the time doesn't stop and wait for me to catch up, it keeps moving.
On Friday all my potted plants had to be  moved to make room for supplies and equipment that will be used to stucco my house.
Then mid way through the weekend the rains came from sub-tropical storm Alberto visiting us this weekend.  That can't be good for the grass. Sigh!  The groaning of the cement mixer all day Saturday made the day seem extra long, why wasn't the time flying by then.  The headache I woke with in the morning stayed with me most of the day.  The sun stuck around most of the day as well and by 8:30 Saturday evening the workmen left for the day. 

Sunday morning started off with some rain and clouds then gave way to sunshine and the return of the workman.  The cement mixer didn't drone on all day but the work did and right outside the window where I was stitching away.
And stitching I did until the Aine piece was completely stitched
The next time I work a Sashiko piece I will be sure to use sashiko thread, while the perle cotton that came with the kit did the job I found some of the stitches look thicker in places which could be because of the twist. 
I do like the finished piece and plan to finish it as a pillow.  I learned a few things along the way, the first is not every thing I stitched needs a backing fabric so I should make a few test stitches first.  The fabric had felt thin to me so I backed it with a thin cotton chambray which made stitching at times difficult when pulling the needle through when my stitching progressed.
I love the Celtic knot design which is probably why I continued to stitch it long after I should have tossed it onto the discard pile.
My next in between project will be this pillowcase sundress kit I picked up a few weeks ago.  I thought it would cute for Tessa.
Pillowcase dress 
There were two different motifs to choose from the floral one here and one with kittens.  I like to having a piece or two to stitch between larger projects or when I have no idea what I want to do next. Pre-stamped kits come in handy for that purpose too. 
Everything is included in the kit for the embroidery: floss, stamped fabric and needles, a clearance sale bargain for $1.75. 
I will link up to Kathy's Quilts here:https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2018/05/slow-sunday-stitching_27.html
I need to put the final touches on my design for the next stitch at home challenge click the link for more info  http://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Moon again and time for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long

Well yesterday was the New Moon so I am a day late but I can still post my orts for the TUSAL aka:Totally Useless Stitch A Long over at Its daffy cats blog:   https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/05/totally-useless-update-wait.html

My photo looks a bit washed out must be either the lighting or photographer error.  The orts were from the Greenman and the Antlered Goddess pieces I recently finished hand embroidering.
Green Man pattern Urban Threads
Entering the Forest on Beltane Eve my design
The few white threads are from the Sashiko style piece I have been slowly working on the kit is from Scarlett Rose Celtic and is called Aine.
On Monday the package of Kreinik threads came in the mail, these are for the newest stitch at home challenge which you are required to use in you piece and are supplied by SFSNAD.
Lots of lovely colors in this bag o' bits which now has me rethinking my entire idea for the challenge. I guess its a good thing I sketched several different ideas, however, now I'm thinking of creating a design around the colors of threads I'd use. Here is a link for the challenge:
 http://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/

Friday, May 11, 2018

Greenman Stitched

I finished the hand embroidery on the newest Greenman piece a few days ago, the pattern is by Urban Threads.
I am pleased how he turned out.  He is worked on cotton muslin fabric using 3 strands of DMC floss, the main color is 890, the secondary colors are 987 and 986, his eyes were done using DMC variegated floss 111, I was going for amber eyes and I think I got it right.  He measures 8x8 inches now I need to find a frame for him.

Thursday I drove over to Brick City Cross Stitch for some new colors for an upcoming project.  I don't need more floss but for some reason I found myself wanting to used over dyed floss so off I went. I picked up some Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Arts floss.
It's the 7 colors of green in the center, all of them named after herbs which I plan to use for for one or two projects.  I am drafting my pattern for the next stitch at home challenge which I posted on my blog on May 1st.  The other pattern I have completed and now I'm just deciding on my fabric choice. Both are going to be using green floss.  Those two floss colors to the left are just colors that appealed to me, absinthe is the bright green and amber is next to it, both are Weeks Dye Works so I will do a run/bleed test before I stitch with them, some over dyed flosses have been known to run when wet.  The 3 colors to the right are DMC variegated skeins to replace what I used up. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A New Challenge offered by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design


The newest stitch at home challenge has been announced by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. I just signed up, this will be my 4th challenge, my profile photo was my self portrait entry  I really enjoy these challenges. 

Here is the link if you would like to see what the challenge is all about.  
The entry deadline is August 15,2018


http://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/