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Bin O' Shame 2015

1. Oriental Courage SK. Finished 01.15.2015


2. Quaker Swan by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished 01.23.2015


3. Adeline Ogier 1873 by GiGi R. Finished 01.28.2015


4. Love Letters by The Chocolate Cat. Finished 01.29.2015


5. Love Letters by Papillon Creations. Finished Saturday, January 31, 2015.


6. Teacup Kitty Cat by Margaret Sherry. Finished 02.13.2015


7. Summer Glory by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts magazine. Finished Sunday, 02.15.2015


8. Oriental Fortune by Dimensions/Creative Accents. Finished Monday, 03.02.2015


9. Checkered Love by M Designs. Finished Friday, 03.06.2015


10. Tartan Thistle needlecase by Textile Heritage Collection. Finished Friday, 03.06.2015


11. Rennie Mackintosh kit from Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Sunday 03.08.2015


12. Peacock sampler by 123 Citrouille. Finished Monday, March 30, 2015.


13. Popcorn kit from Quick and Easy Cross Stitch magazine. Finished Tuesday, March 31, 2015


14. Souffle card kit from the UK Cross Stitch Card Shop issue 46. Finished Wednesday, April 1, 2015.


15. Brittercup Designs Spring Welcome Banner. Finished Tuesday, April 7, 2015.


16. Autumn by LHN. Finished Friday, April 10, 2015


Non Bin O' Shame Finishes 2015

1. Spock's Burial Robe Embroidery. From the book Star Trek: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting. Finished Friday 02.27.2015


2. Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart) by Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals. Finished Saturday 02.28.2015


3. Happy Bunny Bunny Day by The Trilogy. Finished Monday 03.16.2015


4. Phoenix Quaker (partial piece) by A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished Sunday, 03.21.2015


5. Art Deco bookmark from Cross Stitch Crazy (UK). Finished Thursday, March 26, 2015


6. Bluebird by BBD. Finished Saturday, April 18, 2015


7. Gentle Stitches by Shakespeare's Peddler. Finished Saturday, April 25, 2015


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Finishes Since Blog Start

1. Year 2008 finishes -10

2. Year 2009 finishes- 21

3. Year 2010 finishes- 49

4. Year 2011 finishes- 26

5. Year 2012 finishes- 35

6. Year 2013 finishes- 7

7. Year 2014 finishes- 19

8. Year 2015 finishes-

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Little Erase And Rewind

Yes, I said it's fine before
I don't think so no more
I said it's fine before
I've changed my mind
I take it back


Went digging in the  Bin O'Shame  for something new to stitch and came across this oldie but goodie. I have no idea of when this was originally purchased. I am thinking it *might* have been around 2006, but I am not sure. A search of my hard copy logs has produced no answers, so that is what I am going with :). I have decided that this one is a re-do and not a finish from the  Bin O'Shame  as I decided to change fabrics. IMO, this is a fresh start and mayhap one day i will finish the original, the colors are much more suited the the fabric choice that I made. 

Without further ado, here is the latest in the Q-Snaps:

Design: Black and White Tulip (kit #34940)

Designer: Marjolein Bastin for Lanarte

Fibers: As provided in the kit

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy by Picture This Plus

Stitcher's Notes: Converted floss to DMC equivalents as there will not be enough to complete this re-do. This is the smaller of the two Black and White Tulips kits. When finished, I will not be selling or trading the chart.


Front cover of kit:



Original as of Monday, April 27, 2015:



Rewind as of Monday, April 27, 2015:





I was lucky enough to find a conversion for the larger kit, No. 34830. I am seriously contemplating stitching that on a 36 count Edinburgh linen in the same Legacy by Picture This Plus,  only converting the  DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in the called for colors to my beloved  Access Commodities Soie d'Alger . That project is a ways away, so I will cross that stitch when I get to it! :)

Well, I had best be off. Time's a-wastin'! Hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finished For Now

I took my time with this one as I did not know how I wanted it to look once I had finished stitching it. I had contemplated stitching it as is, however, I wasn't too keen on the row of numbers at the top. I decided to stitch the year instead. While I am fond the 'off centeredness' of the piece, it seems to irritate my husband's sense of order :). 

Well, at any rate, here's the finished product as it stands now:



Design: Gentle Stitches

Designer: Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler

Fabric36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Clay Pot, Hazelnut, Stepping Stones, Timber, and Weeping Willow. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads #62012 Frosted Royal Plum.



Stitcher's Notes: Substituted 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White for the called for 32 count Porcelain linen by Lakeside Linens as I did not have this fabric within my stash. Stitched one floss fiber over two linen threads. Will substitute real buttons for the stitched ones at a later date.

Front Cover:



As of Monday, April 20, 2015:



Finished Saturday, April 25, 2015:



Well, I best be off. Time for cleanup and to get another project out. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Monday, April 20, 2015

Gentle Stitches

When I was cleaning up my craft room/office after I had finished up Bluebird, I decided to paw through my stash. One of the downsides to having so much stash is that one tends to forget what one has. Even with using programs such as Excel require the user to input the data. As I am lazy as all get out, this is not a solution that appeals to me. However, it does give me an excuse to paw through about 20 years worth of accumulated charts and kits!

I cam across this latest WIP that I have purchased back in 2012. This was a Nashville 2012 market exclusive IIRC. It came as a duo of charts, one by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks and the other by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler. It came fully loaded with Crescent Colours  cotton flosses. I did not have the called for fabric, however, I found a substitute and I am quite pleased with the way it is looking, at the moment. 

Well, at any rate, here's my progress since yesterday:



Designer: Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler

Fabric36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Clay Pot, Hazelnut, Stepping Stones, Timber, and Weeping Willow. 

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted 36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White for the called for 32 count Porcelain linen by Lakeside Linens as I did not have this fabric within my stash. Stitched one floss fiber over two linen threads.



Front Cover:



As of Monday, April 20, 2015:



Well, I had best be off. Have some household chores that need my attention. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Break In The Madness

I have never understood why some projects go so smoothly, without a hitch. Every stitch is an absolute joy and it is always a bit of a letdown when it comes to an end. You don't want the project to end. It is a glorious, zen like presence that you fervently wish would remain with you all of your days, however many those may be. 

And then, there's the opposite side of the coin. Which is where I currently find myself. For whatever reason, this particular offering from the  Bin O'Shame has felt like I am stitching not in my office, but in a galley. At this point in the process, I am not half wondering if I have not met my Waterloo. This is supposed to be an easy stitch. No quarters, no tweeding, no obscene amount of colors, no confetti. No hardanger, stumpwork, needle painting, or any other type of advanced embroidery work that would require one to study for a doctorate at the Royal School of Needlework. Just plain, simple cross stitches, one after another one. But for whatever reason, this particular offering from the Bin O'Shame  has felt like I am not stitching, but in actuality, working at a job. That you are not wanting to do. So, after lamenting to Teh Hubmeister as to my current state of needlework affairs, he pointed out that whether or not all of the projects that I have are stitched up, they will still be in the closet. 

hrm.

Well.

There you have it, sports fans. 

So, I did what any other self-respecting stitcher would do in this situation. 


I started another project. 


:D


I chose a monochrome in soft colors, hoping that it would get me back on a more even keel. I started this one late Friday night and managed to get it completed last night during a marathon session of Murder, She Wrote. Stitching this project was lovely and didn't feel like work at all. 

Design: Bluebird (a Reward of Merit pincushion)

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy by Picture This Plus

Fiber Used:  Gloriana Threads  12 strand French silk floss in Blueberry #024

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched year in lower left corner one over one in Roman numerals instead of using the called for buttons. 




Well, I had best be off. I need to figure out which project is next. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted, 

C. 



Friday, April 17, 2015

Motivational UFO Post

I had wanted to have this one finished for a Finish Friday, but alas, it is not to be. There is too much left to stitch on this one and I am finding my motivation going out the window. At this point I am not half wondering if I shouldn't just set it to the side to stitch something quick. However, I am afraid that if I do, this one will languish for another 3 years in the   Bin O'Shame . Yes, I really do not trust myself that much! :)

Well, here is what I have so far. A fair bit done, but DH has said he wants me to stitch the outer border which is in all white. Can you say, 'Totally not digging on that.'?




Design: Ice Cream Sundae (Country Cottage Chart No. Nineteen)

Designer: Nikki Lehman of Country Cottage Needleworks

Fabric: 28 count cream lugana 

Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in the called for colors

Stitcher's Notes: Will not stitch the lettering at the top. Will change it to my husband's favorite ice cream shop. :)


As of Sunday, April 12, 2015:



As of Friday, April 17, 2017:




Closeup:




Well, I had best be off. I need to try and grit my teeth and get this one finished. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted,


C. 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Sizzling Seventeen?

Sizzling Seventeen is rapidly turning into Fizzling Seventeen. This next chart that was taken from the  Bin O'Shame has reminded me why it was put there to start with. Mind you, it's very pretty and I love it, however, I'm just not into it, if you follow. My enthusiasm for the UFOs has waned a bit and I am wondering if I am just burning myself out with all of this. Something to think about at any rate. 


Well, here is Number Seventeen for the year:



Design: Ice Cream Sundae (Country Cottage Chart No. Nineteen)

Designer: Nikki Lehman of Country Cottage Needleworks

Fabric: 28 count cream lugana 

Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in the called for colors

Stitcher's Notes: Will not stitch the lettering at the top. Will change it to my husband's favorite ice cream shop. :)


As of Sunday, April 12, 2015:




Well, I best be off. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Fast and the Furious Stitcher

I burned a wee bit of midnight oil last night in order to get this one finished up. I was halfway through stitching this and was inspired by the most wonderful way to stitch this up again. I was sort of cursing the fact that I had to finish up the current piece before I started a new one, when I discovered that I had not cut the fabric I was stitching on large enough to accommodate all of the design. Woohoo! So, I changed a wee bit of things around and added my own 'touches' to it and voilà! The piece is now finished and I have given myself 'permission' to start something new by re-stitching this piece as I had envisioned it.  With this  Bin O'Shame  finish, I am now down to 65 UFOs/WIPs in the  Bin O'Shame. The ultimate goal is to get down to just the Heaven and Earth Designs. Can't really stitch those up in a trice, now can I? ;)

Well, at any rate, here it is. Sizzling Sixteen UFO Finish from the  Bin O'Shame. This one is dedicated to Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks.  It is my sincerest hope that she gets well soon. 




Design: Autumn (Part of the Monochromatic Silk Seasons)

                        Designer:  Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks

Fabric: Belfast Linen in 32count Country Mocha Belfast linen by Zwiegart

                 Fibers Used:  Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cranberry, Ivy                            League Harvest, Malted Milk, Mango and Pumpkin Carriage.
                              Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Blanc. 


                     Stitcher's Notes: Decided to not stitch this piece as a                                      monochromatic design. Leaf piles and floating  leaves                                           were stitched on the fly and not pre-planned out.  





                                       As of Wednesday, April 8, 2015:



Finished as of Friday, April 10, 2015:



I had best be off. I need to finish up my coffee and blog browsing. Then I need to decide if I will restart this one again, or if I get another UFO from the  Bin O'Shame out. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sizzling Sixteen UFO

When Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks announced yesterday in a Facebook post that she is suffering from breast cancer, I knew which project I needed to do next from the  Bin O'Shame . I hope she gets better quickly. Cancer sucks, and there's no polite way of saying it. This is my attempt at supporting her through this trial. 






Design: Autumn (Part of the Monochromatic Silk Seasons)

                        Designer:  Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks

Fabric: Belfast Linen in 32count Country Mocha Belfast linen by Zwiegart

                 Fibers Used:  Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Cranberry,                                         Harvest, Malted Milk, Mango and Pumpkin Carriage.
                              Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Blanc. 


                     Stitcher's Notes: Decided to not stitch this piece as a                                                              monochromatic design. 





                                  As of Wednesday, April 8, 2015:






Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week. 

Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fantastic Fifteen!

This finish marks number fifteen that's been completed for the year. In turn, this means I am four away from matching my all time record of 19 out of the  Bin O'Shame  and ten away from my goal of 25. This one stitched up really easily as all of Michelle Lash's designs do, but the backstitching was a bit annoying. Probably because I do so little of it, haha!

Well, here it is in all it's glory:




Designer: Michelle Lash of Brittercup Designs


Floss Used: Weeks Dye Works  embroidery floss in Honeysuckle #1108, Blue Spruce #1276, Morris Blue #2109, Scuppernong #2196, Grapefruit #2245, Hibiscus #2278, and Iris #2316. 



As of Thursday, April 2, 2015:


As of Tuesday, April 7, 2015:



Well, I best be off. I need to clean up my area and get another project out from the  Bin O'Shame . Hope everyone had a great Easter!


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Respectfully submitted,

C.  





Thursday, April 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday Project

Grabbed another project out of the  Bin O'Shame and found it amusing that this project on Saturday, January 1, 2004. Throwback Thursday indeed! It should take less than a week to finish up, however, I had to order tow skeins of floss. It never pays to rob Peter to pay Paul. As this was kitted up and started over 11 years ago, the dye lots will not match. I will probably leave it as is, though. 

Well, at any rate, here is my Throwback Thursday UFO, which is now a WIP: 



Designer: Michelle Lash of Brittercup Designs


Floss Used: Weeks Dye Works  embroidery floss in Honeysuckle #1108, Blue Spruce #1276, Morris Blue #2109, Scuppernong #2196, Grapefruit #2245, Hibiscus #2278, and Iris #2316. 



As of Thursday, April 2, 2015:



I have since removed the backstitching, as I plan on redoing that portion of the design. I am also toying with the idea of re-stitching one of the flowers, as it is painfully obvious that I was new to using overdyed floss and it's not really pretty stitching. Then again, I may leave it as a reminder of how far I have come :).

Well, I had best be off. I need to do some chores. Hope everyone has a fantastic Easter weekend!:)


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's no joke! #14 from The Bin o'Shame!

Well, I managed to pull off yet another super quick finish from the Bin O'Shame. This was actually a kit that was in our car's dashboard. It was there in case I forgot to bring anything with me and was caught sitting around bored. This also is one reason why it did not get finished until today. Another reason was the backstitching. Unfortunately, this is another one of those designs, much like the Teacup Kitty where the design does not come to life unless copious amounts of 'off set' backstitching takes place. By 'off set', I mean that not each individual square is backstitched in the normal manner. The backstitching that I am referring to is almost in the long stitch manner for when you need an unbroken line. One could *almost* refer to this as 'English' backstitching, as I do not know of any US designers off the top of my head that employ this method of backstitching. I do see it quite frequently in English and Continental designs. While pretty, it requires a LOT of concentration to get correct, and this is a giant pain in my tookis. :)


Well, at any rate, here it is, #14: 



Design: Souffle cover kit

Designer: Silver Lining Group

Fabric: 16 count creme aida

Floss: Unknown as provided in the kit

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in 342014 Petite Black

Stitcher's Notes: Cover kit from issue 46 of the UK Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine. 



Before:


After: 





I hope that I have not lost the card that went with this, as it came with the kit. I will have to dig through some things to see if I can't find it. If I can't, I have a few card making supplies and I will just use those. 

This also mean it's Stats Time. I did a quick inventory and found another project that I had taken out of the original 89 as I cannot find the chart for it. 

To date:

41 in purple bin

14 in small bin

15 in second small bin


Original Total: 89

Removed: 8 for various reasons

Final Total: 81

Total Stitched of Wednesday, April 1, 2015: 14

Total Remaining: 67

Better than the 89 I started off with, yea? ;)

Well, I best be off. Need to clean up the stitching area and get the next project out. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 








Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clean Up In Aisle 3!

I wanted just one more from the bin to round out the first three months of the year, and I managed to finish this up just moments ago. This makes 13 from the Bin O'Shame for the year to date. This also means that I am on track to finish 25 from that Bin before the year is out.  I am so terribly excited about that!

Well at any rate, on with the show!





Design: Popcorn kit

Designer: Silver Lining Group

Fabric: 16 count creme aida

Floss: Unknown as provided in the kit

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in 342014 Petite Black

Stitcher's Notes: Cover kit from the August 2005 Quick and Easy Cross Stitch magazine from the UK. Left off the border as I may turn this into a card.


Before, as of Monday, March 29, 2015:


Finished Tuesday, March 31, 2015:



Well, I best be off. Tons to do still. Farewell March, hello April! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Another Bin O'Shame Finish

I could have sworn up and down that I had a post regarding the start of this piece, but apparently not. As consequence, I do not have a 'before' picture, however, somehow I think I will manage nonetheless, yea? ;)

I really wasn't digging on this color combination, however, I just grabbed it and plugged away at it until it was finished. I'm still not all that jazzed about the piece, but at least it's finished, yea?

Well, here it is. Bin O'Shame Finish #12!


Design: Peacock Sampler (freebie that's possibly retired)

Designer:  123 Citrouille 

Fabric: 28 count Silk and Linen linen in Touchstone

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Bahama Breeze and Peacock 

Bling Used:  Mill Hill beads in #02008 Sea Breeze and #02016 Crystal Mint




Well, I best be off. Time to put the kettle on for supper. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C.