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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2016.

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017


3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017.


4. Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017


5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017.


6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10


2. 2009 Finishes- 21


3. 2010 Finishes- 49


4. 2011 Finishes- 26


5. 2012 Finishes- 35


6. 2013 Finishes- 7


7. 2014 Finishes- 19


8. 2015 Finishes- 61


9. 2016 Finishes- 50


10. 2017 Finishes-

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Bit Late In The Day

...but I am way early for next year. :)


I am, naturally, referring to my latest finish. I completely missed the deadline for New Years' this year, but the stitching is finished really early for next year :). I have wanted to stitch this one for the longest time, but never really 'found' time to stitch it. I had this design printed out and in one of my freebie binders that I have in my stitching library. I had a small piece of leftover fabric that I had leftover from another project. It was perfect for this small design and I love how it turned out. I need to find an appropriate way to finish it off so that it may be displayed at the end of the year. I also need to find more New Years' projects to stitch. I really do not have enough of them and I really do love New Years' projects. 


At any rate, here is my latest finish:




Designer: Brooke Nolan of Brooke's Books

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen from Picture This Plus  in Phantom

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as called for in the chart. Kreinik metallic threads in  #4 Very Fine Braid in #001 HL Silver, #032 Pearl #4 braid, and #3223 Ametrine

Accouterments: Dazzle-It Czech glass beads in crystal white. 

Stitchers' Notes: This design is a freebie on the Brooke's Books website. Border and year left off in favor of a generic Happy New Year design and to keep the design more 'open'. Substituted called for Mill Hill beads for in house supplies. Began Sunday, February 19, 2017. Stitching completed Thursday, February 23, 2017.



It was really hard to capture the darkness of the fabric with the bling of the Czech glass beads. it was totally worth it, however! :)


Well, I need to be off. I have chosen my next project and I need to clean up my area in order get started on it. No rest for the wicked. I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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Respectfully submitted, 


C. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentines' Card Finish

My latest finish was almost late in the making. Every year, I stitch something special to commemorate our wedding anniversary. This year, I did not find an appropriate design until the day before. Nothing like an immediate deadline in order to get things moving, yea? I managed to finish this in the nick of time and I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. I love Margaret Sherry's designs, however, the backstitching drives me crazy! I generally substitute the called for aida for either evenweave or linen. There is no way I could remain sane stitching these on aida. :P

I am happy that this time around, there are Anchor/DMC numbers for the chart, so I can restitch these cuties. I may even get some stamps and really nice watercolor pencils and make more of these cards. An idea for later! :)

At any rate, here is the finished product to commemorate our 8th:


Design: Teacup Mice



Designer: Margaret Sherry for (UK) Cross Stitch Crazy



Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: As provided in the kit

Stitchers' Notes: Free card kit from Issue 176, May 2013. Please note that this chart is not for sale/trade.




Time for me to bolt for the door. I hope everyone is having a great week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Spring For Rabbits

My latest finish is a break from my current WIP of the 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg sampler. I wanted to stitch something Spring related and remembered that I had this freebie in my stash. It is one of those LNS freebies that I managed to pick up from somewhere. This stitched up in no time at all, and I really like the way that it turned out. This piece, like so many others that I have stitched, will likely be a mere bagatelle. I seem to be one of those people who enjoy the process of stitching more than stitching and 'finishing' anything. :)

At any rate, here is my latest finish:


Design: Spring For Rabbits

Designer: The Gentle Art Sampler Threads

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 124, 197, 312, 561, and 705.

Stitchers' Notes: Substituted called for GAST threads for in house Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk. Freebie from LNS purchase. Began Friday, February 10, 2017. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017. 





Well, I must be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! 

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Time Flies Like An Arrow

Fruit flies like a banana, however. :)

Good morning and happy start of the new week to you all. January is almost finished and February is just around the corner. How nutty is that? Soon it will be Spring and the March of the Girl Scout cookies, King Cake and Peeps will begin commencement. I, for one, welcome these seasonal Carbohydrate Overlords. 

I realized the other day that I never posted a picture of my very last Bin O'Shame finish for 2016. It was finished on Saturday, December 31, 2016, and time just got away from me. As it is increasingly doing these days. At any rate, this piece is quite old. So old that it has my maiden name initials on it :O! I had a lot of difficulty stitching the Rhodes butterflies that are a feature of the piece. After the sixth time of ripping floss out, I decided that I could just finish it with charms. I like the way it turned out. I just need to find the tin that came with it in order to mount the stitching and have an actual finished finish. I may rip out the initials and use my 'new' last name, although I may just be lazy and not change it. 

At any rate, here is the stitching all finished:



Design: Lorri's Heart Tin 




Designer: Lorri Birmingham for Lorri Birmingham Designs 

                                 Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200 and 3012 Medium Khaki Green.  Needle Necessities  #149 Hydrangea. Kreinik silk Mori #8000 Soft White. Kreinik #002 Gold blending filament

Accouterments: Mill Hill beads in #03021 Royal Pearl white seed beads. Mill Hill #12051 small blue bird treasure. Mill Hill #12121 matte rose butterfly treasures.  Czech crystal beads of unknown origin and manufacturer. Gold bumblebees of unknown origin and manufacturer.

Stitchers' Notes: Design published in 2002. Began roughly 2002 or 2003. Finished Saturday, December 31, 2016.






I managed to put in a bit of time on my sampler that is my current project. I am skipping around a bit in order to keep it interesting. 



Design: 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg sampler

Designer: Reproduced by Lorraine Mootz for Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly (Fall 2014)

Fabric Used: 22 count Ariosa linen by Zweigart in white

Fiber Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801)

Stitchers' Notes:  Design featured on page 29 of the Fall 2014 issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. Began Saturday, January 21, 2017. 

As of Monday, January 23, 2017:




As of Monday, January 30, 2017:



Time for me to go. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Long Dog 'Pup' And A New Start

I have taken to calling my Long Dog Samplers fabric and floss samples that I am stitching 'pups'. They are small portions of Long Dog designs that I use to test out fabric and floss combinations. This latest one is from the chart 'Les Grande Pensée' from the book  L'arbre de Noé et autres tableaux au point de croix I have had this book for close to three years now, and I have only stitched samples from it thus far. I have another fabric and fiber test that I need to conduct before I make my final decision. I do have this tiny 'pup' to show however. :)


                                 Design: Les Grande Pensée (Tableau 10)




Stitcher's Notes: Taken from the book L'arbre de Noé et autres tableaux au point de croix Published by Marabout in France. 


Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Gloriana Threads 12 strand French silk floss in #016 Holiday Green. 





I also began a project that I have been wanting to stitch for a very long time now. I love this type of sampler and I look forward to stitching more Vierlanden samplers. Vierlanden is an marshy area south east of Hamburg, Germany where these distinct samplers were made. The name dates back to 1556 and refers to the four parishes Curslack , Kirchwerder , Neuengamme and Altengamme that are identical to the present districts. Most of them were made in the first half of the 1800's although there are a few from the late 1700's. All contain similar geometric motifs and flowering plants in urns. The motifs were stitched on various household linens. 

Here is my progress so far:


Design: 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg sampler

Designer: Reproduced by Lorraine Mootz for Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly (Fall 2014)

Fabric Used: 22 count Ariosa linen by Zweigart in white

Fiber Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in Black (S801)

Stitchers' Notes:  Design featured on page 29 of the Fall 2014 issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. Began Saturday, January 21, 2017. 




Time for me to bolt for the door. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! 

Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Finish On Finish Friday the 13th!

My latest finish is from the design collection of Carol Ridyard of iStitch Designs. I have stitched several of her designs but for whatever reason have not done so in some time. I really do like the way this one turned out. I love stitching her pieces as the stitcher may customize the piece how they see fit. They also stitch up quickly and easily, which is also nice. Please be sure to check out her online blog store. Her prices are reasonable and the turn around time for receiving your charts is less than 24 hours. 

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish for 2017. Number two out of 12! :)



Design: Sew Bands


Designer: Carol Ridyard of iStitch Designs


Fabric Used: 28 count white Cashel linen from Zweigart


Fiber Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Tulip


Stitchers' Notes: Project number two of twelve for 2017. Began Monday. January 9, 2017. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017. 




Well, I best be off. Tons to do tonight. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


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C. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

The ABC's Of Winter


I confess. I am serial starter. At least for right now I am a serial starter. In a vain attempt to stitch and complete something, I have taken to an idea that I had the last time I completed this design. I had the notion that I could stitch this piece four more times. With each time, I would be drawing upon the colors that reflect the four seasons. I thought it would be a really nice way to use what I have in stash and to play around with various color combinations, two things that I adore doing. I also liked substituting various motifs for the punctuation. 

As there is quite a bit of snow on the ground at the moment, with more forecasted in the coming days, I thought it was appropriate to start with Winter and work my way around the seasons. I do not know if I will begin the Spring themed one right now. I may hold off and wait until March or April. Then again, I may not. :)

At any rate, here is my latest interpretation of this design. I had to wait until a sunny day appeared, as we have had so much inclement weather here lately. Still in all, I am ver pleased with the way this turned out:






Designer: Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 28 count Bluebell jobelan by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Needle Necessities  #109 Blue Bayou (now #1013 Blue Lagoon by Threadworx). DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200.

Accoutrements: Jolee's Jewels Swarovski 6704 20mm Snowflake, Aurora Borealis Crystal. 

Stitchers' Notes: Began Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Stitching completed on Friday, January 6, 2017. First project of the year. Substituted some of the punctuation for various motifs. Will stitch this design in spring, summer, and fall themed fabric and fibers. 



Well, I need to be off. I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Putting 2016 In The Rearview

Wow! This has been some year, huh? Despite some things happening that did not make me happy, I cannot go through life thinking that I must be comfortable and safe all the time. Things happen and it is up to me to make what I will of it. Here's hoping that 2017 calms down a bit, yea? 😀

I managed to get a lot more finished than I thought I did. I stitched on more random projects than anything else this year. I would have preferred that I got in my 12 Bin O'Shame this year, however, the seven eight! that I managed to finish the stitching on is eight projects that I did not finish from the previous year. So, I cannot complain really. Besides, I have made great strides in reducing the number of them overall. I am now down to 29 going into 2017, which makes me really, really happy. I started off with 70 UFOs beginning in February 24, 2015, so every bit has counted! 

I also stretched my stitching muscles by participating in my first ever Round Robin, which was fun. It was a treat to see what themes were picked out and which section would be 'mine'.  I really should do another one at some point. 

Well, at any rate, here are my year end numbers. This was a surprising amount of work that was done, so I guess I can forgive myself for not getting my latest start completed 'on time'! 😉





BIN O' SHAME 2016

1. September Dragon by Dragon Dreams. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016

2. William Morris tile by Sheila Hudson. Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016

3. Antique Roses by Hallmark. Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016

4. Coffee is Magic by Dragon Dreams. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016

5. Jardin Mythique by Danybrod. Finished Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6. Easter Fairy by Mirabilia. Finished Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

7. Be Thankful by Country Cottage Needleworks. Finished Tuesday, September 27, 2016

8. Lorri's Heart Tin by Lorri Birmingham Designs. Finished Saturday, December 31, 2016



KIT MOUNTAIN FINISHES

1. Hangin' With My Peeps by Sue Hillis. Finished Monday, January 4, 2015

2. Spring Cat by Banar Designs for Better Homes and Gardens Finished Tuesday, March 29, 2016

3. Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Friday, May 13, 2016

4. Dreaming by OakHaven Designs. Finished Sunday, November 13, 2016



2016 RANDOM FINISHES

1. Tulip pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016.
2. David Bowie Told Me by Plastic Little Covers. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016
3. Birds and Berries needlecase by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4. Love Birds by Antique Sampler Stitcher. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016.

5. St. Patrick’s Shamrock by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, February 29, 2016

6. Portion of needlecase from Quaker Schoolgirl Needle Necessities by With My Needle. Finished Thursday, March 3, 2016

7. Winter Garden pincushion from Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, March 8, 2016

8. Pumpkin Blossom (Loose Feather #4) from Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, March 21, 2016.

9. Compassion (revised) by Danybrod. Finished Thursday, March 24, 2016

10. Crow on a Pumpkin by Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten. Finished Thursday, March 31, 2016

11. Motifs Abécédaire 30 by DMC France. Finished Saturday, April 9, 2016

12. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version one. Finished Thursday, April 28, 2016

13. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version two. Finished Saturday, April 30, 2016

14. Chateau de Corgi for 2016 Tiny RR. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016

15. Assassins’ Creed logo by GeekieCrafts. Finished Tuesday, May 10, 2016

16. Willow House (Excerpt One) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, May 15, 2016

17. Willow House (Excerpt Two) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, May 16, 2016

18. Bluebird’s Needles and Pins pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, May 18, 2016

19. French Country Bicycle by JBW Designs. Finished Friday, May 27, 2016

20. Prairie Schooler Christmas Village (white house) Finished Sunday, May 29, 2016

21. Kitchen Mixer by Hugs Are Fun. Finished Wednesday, June 8, 2016

22. July Celebration by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, June 20, 2016

23. Winter Cardinal by Waxing Moon. Finished Monday, July 4, 2016

24. Seahorse by unknown. Finished Thursday, July 14, 2016

25. The Skeleton Key by StitchyFish Designs. Finished Saturday, July 16, 2016

26. Basket of Spells by Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, July 18, 2016

27. L'Arbre d'Automne by Jardin Privé. Finished Thursday, July 28, 2016

28. Patchwork Pinkeep by Blackbird Designs Finished Sunday, July 31, 2016

29. Three Peacocks by Heartstring Samplery. Finished Friday, August 5, 2016

30. King of Autumn by Primitive Acorns. Finished Saturday, August 13, 2016

31. Hallow Game Board (excerpt) by Primitive Needle. Finished Sunday, August 21, 2016

32. Halloween Tree: Spooky by The Trilogy. Finished Saturday, September 3, 2016

33. S'mores by Mill Hill. Finished Saturday, September 17, 2016

34. Spooky Elegance by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Sunday, October 2, 2016

35. Haunted Mansion Spooky Silhouette by Shannon Christine Designs. Finished Wednesday, October 19, 2016

36. Simple Harvest from Blackbird Designs. Finished Thursday, November 17, 2016

37. Marshmallow Sweet by Mill Hill. Finished Thursday, November 24, 2016

38. 2010 Sampler 69b by Ria Lanser of Stofnest. Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Total Number Of Finishes For 2016: 50


Not quite the numbers that I did in 2015, however, things were very, very busy for me this past year. 

As for any goals for next year, I think I am just going to stitch what I feel like stitching. I will have my 'unofficial' goal of 12 projects for the year as always, but I do not think I will have any other goals than that one. I have slowed down on my stitching a lot, and I think this is due to simply doing too much. I also think that I need to get into paper crafting or something like that again in order to balance things out. I also have a number of larger projects that I wish to stitch on and that I have page goals that I wish to complete. Can't exactly crank those out. Well, I suppose I could, but I would have to quit my job and I would probably wind up with carpal tunnel! 😮


Well, I need to be off. I wish you all a happy weekend and a safe and blessed New Year! 




Respectfully submitted,


C. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Tis The Season

Well, apparently, I managed to get into the holiday season any way. At least stitching wise I did. I suppose I should be a lot further along on this one than I should be, but I really do not care. I have stitched a lot the past two years and quite frankly, I am not halfway wondering if I am just not burned out completely. 

At any rate, here is what I have so far, on this Christmas Eve day:



Design: 'Tis The Season from the Joyeux Noel book

Designer: Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs


Fabric:  R and R Reproductions 30 count overdyed linen in Witches' Teeth 

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Fern Frond Slate, Tree Trunk, and Tulip. Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru.

Stitchers' Notes: As this piece of fabric is not large enough, only the cardinal and a portion of the branch will be stitched.



I have tonight and tomorrow off, so I am hoping to get more time in on this piece. 

I must be off. I am wishing everyone the happiest of holidays and the most blessed of new years!


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C. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hot Off The Q-Snaps

I finished this latest piece up just moments ago. It took exactly a week to finish the stitching. It probably would have taken only a few days to complete, but I was not in a hurry and just stitched when I felt like it. The stitching however, has been completed just moments ago and I am pleased with the outcome. 



Design:
 Sampler 69b

Designer: Ria Lanser of Stofnest Designs 

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen by Hand Dyed Fibers in 

Xenops 5315 (equivalent to DMC 762, very pale grey)

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow

Stitcher's Notes: Both the chart and the designer are retired. Began Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 

Finished Wednesday, December 14, 2016:



Well, I had best be off. I need to figure out what, if anything, will be my next project. I suppose I should really stitch something more in line with the season. But alas, my holiday stitching apathy is continuing unabated. Hopefully, this ceases at the soonest possible moment.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and I hope you all are having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wanted: Mojo

Because I seem to have lost mine. I was terribly excited to start the much anticipated Noel 2009 by A Mon Ami Pierre. However, when I went to start the project, everything just sort of fell flat. I could not get into the project at all. I am terribly disappointed in this turn of events, as I was so looking forward to the project. These things happen I suppose, but it sure is rotten when it does happen. 

I have taken to cleaning out my stitching area again and getting things organized as well as decorating for the holiday season. In doing so, I came across a freebie design that I have had for quite some time. It reminded me of the Vierlanden samplers. Vierlanden is an marshy area south east of Hamburg, Germany where these distinct samplers were made. The name dates back to 1556 and refers to the four parishes Curslack , Kirchwerder , Neuengamme and Altengamme that are identical to the present districts. Most of them were made in the first half of the 1800's although there are a few from the late 1700's. All contain similar geometric motifs and flowering plants in urns. The motifs were stitched on various household linens. 

I am also quite keen on stitching these samplers. The catch was, I did not feel like stitching a huge project. And most Vierlanden samplers are quite large. However, this design is not that large (approximately 100 by 100 stitches), and it is a monochrome. Traditionally, Vierlanden samplers are stitched with black thread on white fabric, however, there are some Vierlanden samplers that were stitched with whatever materials were available at the time of the stitchers' choosing. I chose this latest start as I had the materials available and it appealed to me. 

Well, at any rate, here is what I have so far: 




Design: Sampler 69b

Designer: Ria Lanser of Stofnest Designs 

Fabric Used: 36 count Edinburgh linen by Hand Dyed Fibers in 

Xenops 5315 (equivalent to DMC 762, very pale grey)

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow

Stitcher's Notes: Both the chart and the designer are retired. 




I am really taking my time with this one, as nothing holiday or winter related is really calling to me. I have almost decided that next year will be dedicated to cleaning up more of the Bin O'Shame projects and working on some of my HAEDs and larger projects. I haven't quite decided, however, this is where I am leaning so far. 

Time for me to bolt for the door. I hope everyone is having a great week and a wonderful holiday season!


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Respectfully submitted,

C.