Monday, April 15, 2019

my Gifted Gorgeousness Update for April

Carousel Tiger
It's time for the April Gifted Gorgeousness update.  This stitch-along, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, features projects that in some way have been gifted -or- are being stitched to be given as gifts. 

During the first 3 weeks of March, I put stitches into my "Carousel Tiger" every day.  I am so close to a finish, I think I will keep going.  The "Carousel Tiger" was gifted to me along with "Carousel Zebra" and "Carousel Lion" by my sister way back in the 90's.  I have since finished the other 2 kits.

  
I have also kept up with my stitching on "Linen & Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler".  I am just past half-way finished on April's swans, so I am right on track.  This year long project was gifted by the folks at Linen & Threads - feel free to join in at any time, if you so desire.

You can find the details here: http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long
I managed progress on my "Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House", which was gifted by my sweetie this year.  I finished back stitching the mummy and added a bit more stitching here and there.
I also stitched on "Hummingbird and Fuchsias", which is a printed kit gifted by my Mom.  I think I made a good bit of progress on this one.

I ran short of stitching time the past couple of weeks, but I hope to do better this month.  That's all for my update.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

my Gifted Gorgeousness Update for March

Halloween Pumpkin by Sharon Pope
It's time for the March Gifted Gorgeousness update.  This stitch-along, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, features projects that in some way have been gifted -or- are being stitched to be given as gifts. 

I stitched on several of my gifted projects this month.  Shown above is "Halloween Pumpkin" by Sharon Pope.  This chart is from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Issue (Magazine gifted to me in 2012 by my sweetie).  I managed to finish stitching the hat, did some back stitching, and worked a bit more on the border.

I completed the March section of the Linen and Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler.  (Gifted chart by "Linen and Threads".  Fabric, floss and dye purchased with a gift card from my Mom.)

It's never too late to join in on the fun, you can grab the chart and details here: http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long,


I have been doing the March challenge "one stitch (or more) per day" in the WIPocalypse group, and have made great progress on my "Carousel Tiger" (kit gifted to me many years ago by my sister).  I have nearly completed the gold stitching & border, and put quite a few stitches into the tiger.  The photo below shows where I started on March 1st.


I also did a fair amount of stitching on my Bothy Threads "Haunted House" (kit gifted on Valentine's Day by my sweetie).  I am loving this kit!
 
 
That is my progress on gifted projects for the month.  I hope to continue making good progress and maybe have a finish soon (No finishes yet for 2019).

Happy Stitching!



 

 



Monday, February 25, 2019

my February WIPocalypse update

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House
It's time for another WIPocalypse update!   WIPocalypse projects are all of those works in progress that we hope to finish before the world ends.  

I stitched on a few of my projects this month.  Bothy Threads "Cut Thru' Haunted House" (shown above) is a new project that I started stitching this month.   Lots of fun details to be found throughout the chart!

I completed stitching February's chart for the Linen and Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler and WHOOPSIE it looks like I went a bit wacky with the lower section of the border.  I didn't notice when I was stitching, & I didn't notice when I was taking the photo ... but as I posted the photo, I thought "What have I done?"  lol!  Looks like I will be going back to "counting class".


The final project I worked on this month was "American Sampler" by Sandra Sullivan.  I finished the grass & sheep, the windows and door, and worked a bit more on the border.


Now ... for the question of the month:

What do you listen to while stitching?

I always have the TV on.  Sometimes it's movies, sometimes my favorite shows.  Nothing in particular.     

That's all for this update.  
Happy Stitching! 




Saturday, February 16, 2019

my Gifted Gorgeousness Update for February

Carousel Tiger
It's time for another Gifted Gorgeousness update.  This stitch-along, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, features projects that in some way have been gifted -or- are being stitched to be given as gifts. 

I have so many gifted projects that I'm sure to be participating in this stitch along for many years to come.

Since I stitched the head on my "Berry Patch Rooster" for my last update, I decided to stitch the head on my "Carousel Tiger" for this update (shown above).  Whenever I work on this project, I remember why it is taking me soooo long to finish it.  1) hard to read chart, 2) many color changes, 3) blended colors and use of blending filament, and 4) lots of fractional stitching on Aida.

I have finished the other 2 carousel animals (lion and zebra), so I am anxious to finish this one, too!

Linen and Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler
I worked on the Linen and Threads 2019 Mystery Sampler this month.  I am about 1/2 way through February in the stitch along, so right on track. 

It is not too late to join in on the fun, you can grab the chart and details here: http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long,



I also stitched a bit on my "Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Pirate Ship".  This was a Christmas gift, which I started on Christmas day.  

Now .... I have another new start (what?!?) that I received as a Valentine's gift from my sweetie.  This kit has been on my wish list for a couple of years & happened to go on sale last month.  So ... I am now also stitching "Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Haunted House".

I had some dye left over from last time, so I took the light blue 16 ct Zweigart Aida from the kit and put my own spin on it.
I love the way it turned out!  There are darker blues and purples towards the top - which look like a cloudy sky.  There are more green areas near the bottom.  The lighter area on the top right is near where the moon will be, and if you look closely, there appears to be is a creepy face looking downward in the center.  (That will likely be stitched over, but I will know it's there. lol.)  

I have only stitched a small area so far, but I know I will really enjoy stitching this one.

OK ... so now I have to ask ... 
Would anyone like to stitch along with me on "Bothy Threads Cut Thru'" projects?  
I remember that Debbie (http://debbiescrossstitch.blogspot.com/) was hosting a group for this & I really would like to stitch along with someone.   Any takers?

That's all I have for this update.
Happy Stitching!

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