Sunday, March 19, 2017

my March Gifted Gorgeousness Update

progress photo of "Autumn Sampler" by Sandy Orton
It's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update.  "Gifted Gorgeousness" projects are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

Again, I had little stitching time this month ... but I did manage to put in a few stitches.
I worked on my "Autumn Sampler" by Sandy Orton.  I back stitched the alphabet around the schoolhouse (shown above).  I received the set of 4 Sandy Orton Season Sampler kits one year as a Xmas gift.

I also stitched on my "Too Much Honey" Sampler (gifted to me by a special non-stitchy friend).  I finished the top bands and corners and started to stitch the alphabet letters.  Not too much more left to go on this one ...

And finally, I added the third cow to my "Cow Sampler" (which was a freebie chart).

Here is where I left off last time:

I wish I had more time to stitch, but I am happy to make any progress at all.
Happy Stitching!  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

my February WIPocalypse Update

Time flies and it is time for another WIPocalypse update already!

I didn't make much progress on my projects this month, but I did manage some.  Shown above is my "Winter Sampler" by Sandy Orton.  I have been working on all 4 of the season samplers and really love them ... but they do take time with all of the color changes and back stitching.

You can see from my previous progress photo that I did  manage to finish the french knot & back stitched snowflakes around the ice skate.  I also worked a bit of the next motif to the left.

I am trying to work a bit on all of my projects this year, so the next in line was my "Berry Patch Rooster".  I  stitched on his wing.
Here is where I previously left off:

That is absolutely all of the stitching I managed for this update.  I hope to have more time to stitch next month (fingers crossed).

Topic of the month: What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

Hmm ...  I have a fondness for the "Algerian Eyelet" stitch, which is used in two of the samplers I am working on: "Dutch Sampler" and "Spanish Sampler".

It is time consuming, but I love the way it looks when completed.  

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

my February Gifted Gorgeousness update

Time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update.  Gifted Gorgeousness projects are projects that were made to be given as a gift -or- in some way or part received as a gift. 

This month I worked on "Dutch Sampler" (shown above) - (threads purchased with gift card from my Mom).  The photo below shows where I left off last time:

I also made progress on my "Too Much Honey" sampler (gifted to me as a kit from a non-stitchy friend). I finished the checked side border and added a couple rows of text.

 And last but not least, I stitched a bit more on my "Traditional American Sampler" (chart from a book that was part of a prize package I won in a design contest many years ago).

Not too much time for stitching this month, but my work usually slows down in the Spring, so hopefully I will have more time to stitch soon.

Happy Stitching!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Jan WIPocalypse Update

Here I am with my January WIPocalype update.  I am busy, busy, busy with work (again) ... so sadly that means I have much less time for stitching.  I did manage to add another cow to my little "Cow Sampler, so it is moo-ving along.

"Afternoon Nap"
I also picked up my sadly neglected "Afternoon Nap".  The photo above shows my goal.  The photo below shows my current progress:
I had a bit of frogging to do, but I toughed it out and actually made some progress.  The image below shows where I left off last year:
This project, while small, seems to be one of those slow moving projects.  Lots of color changes worked on 18 ct Aida fabric. 

"Too Much Honey" Sampler
Now onto a much quicker moving project.  My "Too Much Honey" Sampler.  I completed stitching the bottom corners and the row of colorful motifs, and began working on the block of text. I am confident that this will be a finish before too long.

"American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan
This weekend I planned to pick up "American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan and make some great progress!  ha-ha!  I ended up working all weekend with little time to stitch.  I did manage a bit of progress however.  Here is where I am currently:

Better luck next weekend.
Happy Stitching!

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