Finally another update. I have completed 6 of the 12 sections on the Runekeeper by Dragon Dreams.
Here is my progress on this as of today. I have started on the 7th section, the Minstrel.
Has it been almost a month since I posted an update on my Challenge pieces ?? Looking back, I see my last post was the day after the Super Bowl and that was February 6th !!
I have been busy stitching on several things including a piece that wasn’t in my Challenge list. This cute little needle book by Teresa Wentzler.
On the Challenge, Project # 11 was from the Just Cross Stitch October magazine. It is by Heart Strings and is titles Trick or Treat Tree. The little decorations are stitched separately and fused to wool felt, then tacked onto the tree giving a 3 dimensional look. I have ordered 6 tiny candy corn buttons from my LNS to add to the tree branches…
Also finished is Project #6 ~ Glory Bee’s Flying Monkeys. It was stitched on lime green Cashel linen and has a cute little Bat button attached below the broom.
Then for Project #3 – Stitchy Kitty’s Paws and Stripes is finished. It has a little American Flag print heart attached on the center paw. Isn’t it cute??
I am currently working on Project #9 Dragon Dream’s Runekeeper. As shown here, I have completed 4 of the 12 squares, which include The Runekeeper (or Wizard), The Seeker, The Minstrel and The Dragon.
That makes 7 of the 15 projects started the first 15 days of the year that I have completed stitching. Now to decide how to finish them ?!? Of the 7 only 1 has been finished, finished and that is the Frogging Scissors Keeper… I really don’t have a wonderful place to display my work so I have n a very large plastic “Tote” full of stitched up and un-finished cross stitch! What to do—What to do??
How about them Packers?? I love a good football game that comes down to the last few minutes, and Green Bay pulled it out. While most of the town I live in are Steeler’s fans (and no I don’t live in Pittsburgh) we were pulling for the Packers. --of course Payton and his Indy Colts lost out in the playoffs—.
I stitched some during the game (after eating pizza and the obligatory Corona). Did manage to finish project #5 ~ Glendon Place – Web of Stash.
I stitched this on 28 Ct. “Sand” Cashel Linen using the recommended Weeks Dye Works overdyed threads.
We got a new scanner/printer and the scan of this is so much better than snapping it with my old Olympus camera, which is about toast. Plans were to get a new camera when sometime in the next few weeks.
Day 3’s project is the cutest little scissors case and I just love the wording…I Don’t Do Frogging….I Do Reverse Stitching… I think I will adopt this as my theme of rippin out stitches when those little errors in counting occur.
Here is a snap of the two sections that will be stitched together with a ribbon threaded through scissors. I just love the polka dot lining fabric. It is really a neat little concept. I would love to keep these but they will be a gift to one of my fellow stitchers.
Here is a little update on my Glendon Place Witches Wheel. It is stitched all in black DMC threads and when finished, will be embellished with several colors of beads. It has been fun watching the piece take shape, but me thinks it will be a while before I see anything close to a finish.
Today, January 30, I completed he first of my 15 projects. Project #4 ~ Be A Witch by Shepherd’s Bush is the 10th in the B-Attitudes series. I really love them all, but being a fan of Halloween, this is one I had to have!
I have stitched this on 28 Ct. off-white Evenweave using DMC Threads. As you can see from the above snap, I need to get a pumpkin, cat, tombstone and 2 little star buttons to embellish with. I guess that will require a trip to my LNS. I hope I will have a little will power because last time I was there, I found several things I must have!!
Here is a snap of the completed piece.
Moving on, I pulled out project #1 ~ Glendon Place’s Witches Wheel.
And wouldn’t you know it, I was attacked by:
I spent 45 minutes rippin out a large section cause I was off by one stitch! Don’t you just love it when that happens??!!#%^&@!!!
I think this piece is gonna require a lot of froggin along the way.
Finally … the final day of the Crazy January Challenge – Starts!
For day 15 I have selected a pattern from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue by Raise the Roof Designs called ~ Nickademus. I really don’t know the reason behind the name but it is a simply darling pattern of a Sock Monkey holding a big red heart. The pattern calls for small button mittens to be stitched on the hands. I am stitching him on 14 Ct. baby blue Aida with the called for DMC threads.
Here is a snap of the days progress. I really got a lot done.
I am stitching a pair of them for a group I am in that is called The Stitching Corp. It is a group of stitchers that make pairs of Christmas Ornaments each year and the coordinator, Tina mails one of them to a Military Service Member that is deployed and the matching one to his or her family. Having a son in the Army makes this project something close to my heart.
Now to decide how I want to rotate all these 15 projects in and out to get them finished!
Can you believe it is almost mid month already? And tomorrow is the last new start for the Crazy January 2011 Challenge.
For today’s start I have selected another of the Stitcher’s Surprise projects from my LNS ~ Stitcher’s ~ It is called – Garden Fresh and is stitched on 10 Ct. Sunshine Yellow Tula using DMC perle cotton floss. Also included with the kit is a darling button shaped like an Eggplant and it was designed exclusively for the Stitcher’s project by Honey Bee.
Also pictured is the finishing fabric, a cute print with different garden motifs and a deep purple, to stitch this into a double flange pillow.
Day 13… a very small start … but a start non the less!
The project for today is Patriotic Pride by Sue Hillis Designs. This is a cute little piece with snowmen and a little American Flag charm. I am stitching it on Blue Dynasty 28 Ct. Cashel with the recommended DMC threads.
The snap of the chart:
And the tiny little snow man head I finished today:
It is a good thing that there are only 3 more days left on the starts for this Crazy thing we have gotten ourselves into, because with today’s start I see a theme beginning.
Day 12’s project is by Ink Circles and is titled Full Moon. Do you see the similarities to yesterday’s piece Trick or Treat Tree ?
This one is stitched up on Silver 28 Ct. Cashel over two using DMC threads.
And for the days stitching (and frogging):
On another note, I have been asked where to get the patterns for my Day 9 piece – Dragon Dream’s Rune Keeper. It is available here at 123Stitch.com. The companion piece – Dragon Dream’s Fairy Tale Sampler can also be found there.
Oh boy, on the final stretch of the beginnings!!
Day 11’s project is Trick or Treat Tree by Heart Strings. I am stitching it using the called for DMC threads on Off White Even weave Fabric. This one is so cute and the “decorations” on the tree are stitched as separate little pieces, finished off and attached to the “tree”.
……and my days worth of stitching …
Todays start is a really simple little piece. Again it is another of the project kits from my LNS called Stitcher’s Surprise. The title of this one is simply ~ Friends. It is stitched with pink and green Sampler Threads from Gentle Arts on off white 10 Ct. Betsy Ross Linen.
I know, I know!! You are supposed to stitch one project per day and then post your progress daily .
I just can’t get that organized .. or rather I hate to stop stitching to take snaps and post them!! I’d rather be stitchin’ .
Anyway, day 5 is I believe going to be one of my favs. It is Glendon Place’s Web of Stash.
I am stitching it on 28 Ct. Sand Cashel Linen with Weeks Dye Works overdyed threads.
And my 1/05/11 progress:
Day 6 is another cutie and from one of my favorite movies: Wizard of OZ. It is by Glory Bee and is Flying Monkeys. I am stitching it on 28 Ct. Lime Cashel Linen using DMC threads.
The snap of the chart is somewhat misleading as it is a snap of the piece in a hand painted frame. The actual piece is only the part in the middle square of the following snap:
And progress on this on is:
Now Day 7 is a really fun stitch and I just Love Love Love the yummy silk threads it is stitched with. It is La-D-Da’s Something Wicked. It is stitched on 30 Ct. Carrot Cashel Linen using Splendor Silk Fibers by Rainbow Gallery.
And a days stitching:
I am anxious to get back to stitching on all these starts!
Ok, here it is…Day #2 of the Crazy 15 Challenge. I selected Paws and Stripes by Stitchy Kitty. I am stitching it on 18 ct. baby blue Aida. I haven’t stitched on Aida in so long that stitching over one is driving me bonkers!
Here is a snap of the progress I made while watching the Football Bowl games on Sunday.
Well, it has begun. This Crazy thing I have gotten myself into.
January 1, 2011 in the Jackson household started out as a lazy day. While HunnyB watched the football Bowl games, I started my first project, The Witches Wheel, by Glendon Place.
Isn’t that “Solar” fabric gorgeous? I thought I would get more done on it in a day, but alas, the frogs had to visit for the new year. I was off one thread count on a part of it and had to rippp-it out. Hopefully this wasn’t an indication of what the year is gonna be like!