Wednesday, November 15, 2017

my November Gifted Gorgeousness Update

Thanksgiving Sampler
It's time for another "Gifted Gorgeousness" update.  These are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

I have a finish this month!  I am happy to have finished stitching my "Thanksgiving Sampler" prior to the holiday.   "Thanksgiving Sampler" was designed by Lois Winston for DMC.  This is a freebie chart, and can be found here:

I also stitched on "A Chirpy Sort of Place", which was a kit given to me by a non-stitchy friend.  I finished stitching the grass and bushes and worked on the fence back stitching. 
Here is where I left off last time:
The final Gifted Gorgeousness project I worked on this month is "Tiger Lily and Roses Pillow".  This was given to me as a gift by my Mother many years ago.  This is a printed kit for embroidery using satin stitch, long & short stitch, outline stitch, straight stitch and French knots. 

I only managed to work on a few Violets and leaves.  The Violets will have more stitching in the centers and a few French knots.  I am only about 35% done stitching this pillow top, so I still have a ways to go.
Wishing all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

a Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in Jo's Hallowe'en Blog Hop!

I just finished stitching this beautiful blackwork pumpkin.  This is a freebie pattern offered by designer Michaela Learner.  You may find it here -or- If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out the Cross Stitching Guild for many more of Michaela's designs (lots of terrific Halloween freebies, too!).

I have been getting into the spirit of the season by visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where they have hosted the annual "Scarecrows in the Garden" event.   Here are just a few of the fun scarecrows:
Steampunk Scarecrow
Game of Bones

Here is the next letter in the secret message:
In case you are graphically challenged, your secret letter is O

I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Please continue on to the next stop in the Hallowe'en Blog Hop and visit:

Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

my October WIPocalypse Update

Her Majesty's Carousel
It's time for another WIPocalypse update.  WIPocalypse projects are all of the projects that I have in progress, that I would like to finish before the world ends. 

I am attempting to stitch (at least a little bit) on ALL of my WIPs this year.   

I finally pulled out "Her Majesty's Carousel" after not touching it for about 2-1/2 years. (shame!)  It appeared to be nearly finished ... however, I now see that there are many parts left to complete.  Aside from finishing the cross stitching and back stitching, there is the gold border to finish, a lot of beading throughout, and some twisted cording to make for the horses reins.  So, I do have a ways to go AND it starts with a single stitch - so I filled in here and there with some of the cross stitching, and I completed the back stitching on the horse's pole.  

I then moved on to Teresa Wentzler's "Summer Carousel Horse".  Oh Boy.  My stitching on this one moves as slow as mud.  I worked for hours on the tail ... here is what I have to show for it:
 Here is where I was last time:
Oh well.  Any progress is good.

I also stitched a bit on "Ride to Dreamland":
It may be hard to tell, but I did make some progress on the flowers from the top center towards the right.  Here is my before shot:

The most enjoyable stitching I did this month was on Sandy Orton's "American Sampler".
I added an entire bird!  lol.  I also worked a bit on the background filler "Alternating Half Cross Stitch", which basically changes the look and color of the linen behind the other stitching.  This project is barely begun ... but I love working on it!    

I did work on a few other projects this month - with one finish, which will be revealed during the upcoming "Halloween Blog Hop".   Stay tuned.

Topic of the month: How did you begin stitching?

I have my Grandma to thank for that.  She was very crafty with sewing, crochet, embroidery, etc...  I remember going with her to a sale (most likely a church sale), where I found some printed floral pillowcases & just had to have them to stitch on.  Never mind that I was very young and had never done any type of stitching before.   Of course, my Grandma bought them for me.  I do have the finished pillowcases tucked away somewhere - I ended up removing my clumsy first stitching and restitching them years later.  

In the 80's I moved on to cross stitching - as it was quite popular and easy to find.  I stitched through the 80's and 90's (hence all the Carousel projects - very popular back then).

That's all for my WIPocalypse update this month.
Happy stitching!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

my October Gifted Gorgeousness Update

Spring Sampler
It's time for another "Gifted Gorgeousness" update.  These are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift.  

This month I stitched on a different project each week.  First up is the Spring Sampler designed by Sandy Orton.  I managed quite a bit of work on the gold frame beneath "Spring".  I am working on the samplers for all 4 seasons, which were a Christmas gift a few years ago.  I really enjoy them!

I also stitched on Maison De Famille (freebie by Gazette94 ).  I am stitching "experimentally" on this with random bits of floss that are leftover from other projects.  I made quite a bit of progress.

The image below shows where I am headed: 

Another project I stitched on is the Give Thanks Sampler (freebie by DMC):

Perhaps I will have this one finished by Thanksgiving this year.

Last but not least, I stitched on "Hummingbird and Fuchsias".  This is a printed piece with cross stitches, satin stitch, stem stitch and French knots.  It is really pretty - but it is so hard to keep the stitches looking even when stitching on a printed cotton fabric.

The finished project will look like this:

That's all of my "Gifted Gorgeousness" for this month.  

I am getting ready for Halloween & finally have put up decorations!  Get ready for a bit of Halloween fun in my next post.

Happy Stitching!


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