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2017 Finishes

2017 Random Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017


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


7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017


8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017


9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017


10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017


11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017


12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017


13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017


14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017


15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017


16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017


17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017


18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017


19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017


20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017


21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017


22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017


23. 2011 Valentine Quaker by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 16, 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-

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday Finish

This weeks' project is another one that I have wanted to stitch up for quite some time. I used the materials that I had in house, as I did not want to kit up yet another project. I love these little tucks. It's always nice to have an alternative to framing things!

At any rate, here is today's offering:



Design: 2011 Valentine Quaker

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Fog by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in S820 Ruby Red. 

Began: Monday, August 14, 2017



FinishedWednesday, August 16, 2017 

Stitcher's Notes: This was a Secret Shop purchase in either 2011 or 2012. Tuck was included with purchase of the chart. Scrap fabric used to complete project. 


Time to be off. I must clean up my stitching area and find something else to stitch. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy stitching!

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Respectfully submitted,


C. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Little Sunflower Finish

About a month ago, just prior to the 4th of July, Sandy of SanMan Originals, had heat stroke and then went into a diabetic coma. On 07.06.2017, Sandy's husband Tracy posted this to the SMO MB:
"Last week Sandy suffered a heat stroke that was followed by Diabetic blood sugar coma other complications have followed that probably won't recover from. her short term memory has vanished, she doesn't even know what day or year it is. She asks a questions then moments later asks the same question and minutes later does it again. I know she can't help it and I'm very patient. But it is getting dangerous now as i have to keep checking behind her. She turns the stove on but doesn't wait for the burners to light filling the kitchen with propane gas or leaves the burners on when lit. She starts the washer with no clothes in it and the dryer with wet clothes still in the washer. 

Please Pray for her to get better"


At this time, the message board, of which I have been a member since the very early 2000's, has been shut down. Her poor husband obviously cannot do both at the same time. I stitched this wee little thing, which made its' debut on the message board in 2013, as an offering of prayer for her and her family in the hopes that she gets well soon. Any good thoughts and prayers for Sandy I am sure would be much appreciated.




Design: Little Sunflower Doodle

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric Used: 25 count Natural Oatmeal Floba by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in 1846, 2524, and 4125.

Began: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

FinishedWednesday, August 9, 2017



Stitcher's Notes: This was either a Message Board freebie or this was a Secret Shop purchase. As it is a .pdf and not a hard copy chart, alas, it is not for sale and/or trade. Stitched one over one. 




I must be off now as dinner is on the boil. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy Stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

C'est fini

Hot off the Q-Snap from just moments ago. I stitched the parts of this that I wanted to stitch, very much like Willow House that I stitched last year. This one had a lot of pinks in it, which is not generally my style, but I like how it turned out anyway. 



Design: Be Kind and True (retired)

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 28  or 32 count white linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 004, 037, 124, 126, 165, 197, 312, 486, 561, 663, 705 and 773. Kreinik silk serica thread in Light Charcoal, #8073

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched one strand of floss over two fabric threads. Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Blackbird Designs Lending Library Facebook Group. Replaced the cotton embroidery floss for silks. Began Monday July 17, 2017. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017.


As of Sunday, July 30, 2017:


Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017:




I must be off. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WIPs And An Organizational Post


I've put some time into two projects and have completed some more organization. When I am too tired to stitch, I have a tendency to clean and organize things, so that when the time comes to get out another project, I know where I stand. This is predicated on the fact that I have a 25+ year stash. I have been contemplating another 'great culling' but I am not quite there yet. 

I was going to wait until the end of the year to take another inventory of the infamous Bin O'Shame, however, I bit the bullet the other day and just got on with it. I was down to 29 going into the beginning of 2017, which made me really, really happy. I started off with 70 UFOs beginning in February 24, 2015, so every bit has counted! 

During the recount, I decided to separate the small to medium projects from the huge BAPs and long term projects. I wanted to separate the projects that I could complete in a reasonable amount of time, from the projects that will take many, many months to complete. After completing this task, I am now sitting on 23 projects in the infamous Bin O'Shame, however, I do have six long term projects that need to be dealt with. I have three projects that I am undecided as to whether or not I plan on finishing the stitching on them. One of them is the Forget Me Not Sampler  by With Thy Needle and Thread. The fact of the matter is, I cannot stand the color of the fabric. It is so dull and washed out. I understand it is a 'primitive' type design but the Lakeside Linens 40 count in Navy Bean just leaves me cold. I am not that far into it, so I may just finish of the central motif and restart it in a nicer color fabric. Or I may just finish the central motif and be done with it. Did I mention that I really do hate this fabric? :P

Well, at any rate, here are the two projects that I have worked on since completing the Strawberries and Cream sampler from Casey Buonaugurio: 



WIP #1:

Design: Be Kind and True (retired)

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 28  or 32 count white linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 004, 037, 124, 126, 165, 197, 312, 486, 561, 663, 705 and 773. Kreinik silk serica thread in Light Charcoal, #8073

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched one strand of floss over two fabric threads. Chart on loan from Patricia G of the Blackbird Designs Lending Library Facebook Group. Replaced the cotton embroidery floss for silks. Began Monday July 17, 2017. 




I also managed to put in a bit of time on my 'Every Now And Again' project. 



WIP #2:



Designer: Jody Rice of Satsuma Street


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


Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as called for in the chart



Stitchers' Notes: Began Friday, March 17, 2017. Project to be stitched 'every now and again' with no set time frame for completion.

As of Saturday, March 18, 2017:




As of Tuesday July 25, 2017:



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

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Second Bin' O'Shame Finish For 2017!

Woohoo! Finally managed to power through this one. It is also my second finish from the infamous Bin O'ShameI am quite pleased with the way that it turned out. I really do prefer this design on the 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily instead of the original pink that I had chosen. It would have been way too much pink, IMO!

Well, at any rate, here it is in all its' glory: 



Design: Strawberries and Cream 



Designer: Casey Buonaugurio (retired)

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily

Fibers Used:  DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 225, 321, 351, 743, 815, 937, 986, 988 and 3706. 

Accouterments: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow#03049 Rich Red, and #42014 Petite Black beads

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, April 11, 2016. Design featured in the February 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher, a now defunct US magazine. Design featured on page 36. Substituted called for fabric for 28  count Cashel linen in Water Lily. Substituted gingham band and strawberry flower and leaves for wording. Pink gingham band free formed by me. 




As of Thursday, July 13, 2017:




As of Sunday, July 16, 2017:




Well, time for me to be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and get started on a piece from the FB BBD Lending Library. This time around I have borrowed the out of print Be Kind and True:




I think I am going to stitch this in the same color palette that I chose for Summer In Bloom from the book Maria Selby Humphrey - 1831 book. Probably not on the same 48 count fabric, however, lol! 

Happy stitching! 


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Respectfully submitted, 

C. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Year Later

And a *bit* closer to finishing this piece than I thought. I really do hate it when I am stitching a project that I am just not 'into'. This is how I get the ever popular Bin O'Shame came into being, for heavens' sake. And this project was a do over, no less. I really do not know what it is, but it's taking forever to finish this piece. Each row is seemingly simple, and yet, it is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I am thinking all of the color changes are accounting for this issue. 

As it has been over a year since I last posted any progress on it, I think this now qualifies as Bin O'Shame status. I have decided to get this out and just get on with it until it is completed. I am hoping that posting frequent updates will spur me to finishing it!

At any rate, here is what I have so far:




Design: Strawberries and Cream 



Designer: Casey Buonaugurio (retired)

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily

Fibers Used:  DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 225, 321, 351, 743, 815, 937, 986, 988 and 3706. 

Accouterments: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow#03049 Rich Red, and #42014 Petite Black beads

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, April 11, 2016. Design featured in the February 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher, a now defunct US magazine. Design featured on page 36. Substituted called for fabric for 28  count Cashel linen in Water Lily


As of Friday, April 15, 2016:



As of Thursday, July 13, 2017:




Well, I best be off. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy stitching! 

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Uncle Sam And George Say Cheese!

I have always adored this design. The last frame has always made me giggle. I began this on the day before the 4th of July, as a patriotic start. I knew that I would not have it finished in time. I really enjoyed working on this piece. I really do need to get the rest of this series. They stitch up very quickly and I really do think they are a hoot! 




Design: Flags and Friends (from the 2010 Photobooth series)

Designer: Marsha Worley and Elizabeth Newlin of Bent Creek

Fibers Used: DMC in 321, 612, 646, 729, 823, 839, 931, 950, 3371, 3864 and and 3865. Needle Necessities #1091 Independence Day (retired floss). 

Fabric Used: Belfast Linen in 32ct Vintage Country Mocha

Accouterments: Mill Hill beads in #40123 in Petite Cream and #42014 Petite Black seed beads

Stitchers' Notes: Substituted called for overdyed flosses for DMC. Stitched on in house fabric. Began Monday, July 3, 2017. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Eagle in the piece was nicknamed George, after George Washington, the very first President of the United States. Please note that this chart is not available for sale or trade. 




Time for me to be off. I need to get out the next project and clean up my stitching area. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Faded Glory Framed And A New Finish

It took almost two years to finally get this one framed. I had wanted to get this professionally framed, however, after doing some pricing, I could not justify the cost. I decided instead to frame the piece using a nice frame purchased either secondhand or from a shop. I finally found the perfect frame and today was spent getting it centered just so. It reminds me of the Victorian Mourning Frames that were used long ago. 



As the piece was both a gift for my father on his last birthday and had become a mourning piece, I think it is fitting. 


At any rate, here is the finished product:

Design: Faded Glory from Portrait of the Civil War Book #119 (an OOP booklet)



Designer: Jeanette Crews Designs




Fibers: DMC 347, 415, 762, 930, 931, and 3328

Stitchers' Notes: Frame by Green Tree Galley, Oklahoma City, OK. Frame is 10 by 8 inches. Frame #829135; PO W0178685. 




I really do think that it sets off the piece nicely. The piece is now on one of my bookshelves where I can see it every day.  

I also have a finish for today. It is not a patriotic piece, however, I did have a lot of fun stitching this design. I purchased the kit at 40% off the price, so that was nice. I also substituted the 18 count aida for linen as I did not like the way the aida was preconfigured to make it into a potpourri bag. There are three designs in the kit, and I chose my favorite one to stitch:


Design: Flowers and Butterflies Tulips (Kit #PN-0154964)

Designer: Vera Verachtert for Vervaco

Fabric:  36 count Edinburgh linen in Antique White

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 445, 742, 946, 963, 957, 601, 600, 747, 157, 3838, 791, 211, 340, 333, 550, 907, and 906. 


Accoutrements Mill Hill beads in #40252 Iris, #40479 White, and #42101 Purple. 

Stitchers' Notes: Converted kit floss to DMC colors. Substituted 36 count Edinburgh linen for the 18 count aida that was included in the kit. Will stitch remaining designs at a later date. 



I must be off. It's time for dinner and I need to clean up my stitching area in order to start my next project. I hope every has a Happy 4th of July!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 









Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Solstice Finish On Finish Friday

My latest finish stitched up very, VERY quickly. I enjoyed picking out different threads for this project as I did not wish to purchase any additional supplies. There is always that one color that you are lacking, no matter the size of your stash. And let's be honest, who wants to order one single skein of floss, only to wait 3 or 4 days for it to come in? Or worse yet, having to fight the crowds in the big box stores. No thanks! 

I had a lot of fun with this piece. It reminded me so much of summers spent at the seaside. Being landlocked the last 10 years has made me appreicate those summers all the more!


Design: Summer


Fabric Used: 32 Count Belfast Linen in Driftwood by Zweigart 

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Mode, 234, 1423, 1712, 1733, 1836, 2524, 2928, 2936, 3342, and 3846. Caron Collection Waterlilies in #181 Ocean Breeze (Dye Lot #CS201613). Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Rose of Sharon.

Accoutrements: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow, and #00479 White. 

Stitchers' Notes: Freebie obtained from designers' blog. Substituted called for DMC for in house materials. Began Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017. 




Time for me to go. Tons to do today. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Day Of Summer Finish

And my first finish in over a month. I am still currently in a 'Stitch when you feel like it' mode. I have had this happen before, and I am confident that this too shall pass. 

I have also managed to get the Summer Glory heart, which was designed by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts magazine framed. I love the way that it turned out:




It is now hanging up in a place of pride in the hallway. I smile every time I pass it. :)


And now, onto my latest finish. I really enjoyed stitching this piece. I also highly enjoyed playing around with the colors. It really does feel like a summer piece, however, the saying is also a good reminder. 

At any rate, here is my latest offering:



Design: Winds of Change

Designer: Vicki Hastings of The Cross Eyed Cricket 

Fabric Used: Unknown 32 count Belfast linen. (Although, I suspect that it is Summer Khaki by Zweigart). 

Fibers Used:  Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in 1836, 2243, and 4221. Caron Collection Waterlilies in #181 Ocean Breeze (Dye Lot #CS201613). Rainbow Gallery Splendor 12 ply silk floss in S802 and S820. 

Stitchers' Notes: Former freebie obtained from LNS. Wording states "When the winds of change blow, Adjust your sails". 





Time for me to be off. I need to clean up both the remnants of stitching and breakfast and get the day started. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C.