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2017 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

24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017

25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017

26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 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, November 1, 2017

Día de Muertos

I hope everyone out there in Blogland had a Happy Halloween and a good start to their Dia de Muertos. It was quiet here, but that's pretty much the way we like it. Not too many tick or treaters in an apartment building, but that's the way things go. 

I managed to get this guy stitching up in a trice yesterday. I really do love the colors in it. This is a really good Halloween book to have and I am lucky enough to own it. I am really looking forward to stitching more out of this book. 



Design: Boo! 

Designer:  Blackbird Designs

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

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 234, 521, 633,  and 1336.

Stitchers' Notes:  One day start and finish on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Taken from the Trix or Treat booklet. Booklet is now OOP and HTF, as far as I know. 





Well, I must be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday For October 25, 2017: 1855 I Auguste Heidemrieg Sampler Edition

I haven't picked this one up in quite some time. As crazy as it sounds, this project has sat since late January. Which is rapidly approaching. :O

I decided to pick this back up for something easy to stitch as it requires only one color, as I chose to stitch this as a monochrome. The motifs at the bottom require some attention and one cannot 'zone out' as during the alphabet portions of the design. I am hoping to finish this before the end of the year, certainly by the original start date of January 30th! I do have two other projects that I wish to stitch before then, so this may be a finish for next year. Time will tell!

Welp, on with the show! 





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 30, 2017:


As of Wednesday, October 25, 2017:



Time for me to be off. Lots to do and as we all know, there is no rest for the wicked. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Monday, October 16, 2017

2010 Fright Night Finish

My latest finish is not the project that I recently started. I haven't been feeling all that hot due to the wildfires and as consequence, could not concentrate on such a dark fabric. I chose instead to stitch something else on a light colored fabric. The project should have taken no more than a week, however, I managed to stretch it out to three weeks until completion. These things happen I suppose. At least I have another finish for the year, which brings the total to 26 finishes for the year. Not exactly huge numbers, but then again, there has been a lot going on this past year. :)

At any rate, on with the show!



Design: 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween

Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 

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

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 234, 521, 633,  and 1336.

Accoutrements: Mill Hill beads in #00167 Christmas Green and #02033 Brilliant OrangeToho 11/0 glass seed beads 1951-48 High Metallic Purple

Stitchers' Notes: Created for the members of the message board for the 2010 Fright Night festivities. Unfortunately, this chart is not for sale or trade as it is a .pdf file. 




I must be off. I hope everyone had a great weekend. 

Happy stitching!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Quick SMO Finish And A New Start

I managed to start and finish this guy up in one day. This is a really, really old design of Sandy's, 2005 to be precise. What I cannot remember is if this was a part of the Fright Night festivities or if this was just a random Halloween freebie. I suppose it doesn't matter in the long run, however, I do like to be precise in these things. 

I have wanted to stitch this guy up for a long, long time now, however, I just never got around to it. I'm glad I did, because it is such a fun little project. Try as hard as I might, I could not photograph this piece correctly. The fabric is a very pale purple and unfortunately, it appears as gray. Even on a sunny day! Ah, well. These things happen, yes?




Design: Creepy



Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 


Fabric: Picture This Plus 28 count cashel linen in Sprite (DMC 3743 Variegated) 


Fibers: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Mode, Noir, 234 and 1336. Kreinik #4 001 silver braid. 

Accoutrement: Mill Hill beads in #00167 Christmas Green


Stitchers' Notes: This is a MEMBER ONLY freebie for the 2005 Halloween festivities of the SanMan Originals Message Board. It is not for sale or trade! Started and finished on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.






My new start is also another halloween related SanMan Originals project. If I recall correctly, this was a Secret Shop purchase in 2011. I tried to resist stitching it on the fabric that I chose, as that piece was earmarked for another project. That is, until I realized, that I would not be getting to that project any time soon. Then I figured, there are a few other projects that I wish to use that fabric for, and when I get around to the intended project (Sacre Coeur by Jools Line of Long Dog Samplers, for the curious), I will just order another piece of fabric. :)

Well, at any rate, here is my start so far: 




Design: Ghost White Pumpkin

Designer: Sandra Dering for SanMan Originals 

Fabric: Picture This Plus 28 count cashel linen in Gothic

Fibers: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in 2143, 3441, 3842, and 4534. Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Icing and Shepherd's Pasture.  

Stitchers' Notes: This is a 2011 Secret Shop purchase. As it is a .pdf file, unfortunately it is not for sale or trade. Began Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 





Well, I must be off. I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Happy stitching!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 





Monday, September 11, 2017

All Hallows' Eve Finish On 9/11

My latest finish came about today as I have managed to misjudge how much fabric was available to me. As consequence, only the middle portion of this project was stitched. I did not feel like stitching the alphabet, as it was over one. I'd like to say that it is because I did not feel like stitching over one, however, it's really just sheer laziness on my part. 

Well, at any rate, here is my only finish thus far in the month of September 2017:


Design: All Hallows' Eve



Designer: Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me

Fabric: 36 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Attic Tea, Eiffel Tower, Herb Garden, Lasagne, Old Crow, Teddy Bear, Tortoise Shell, Vanilla Pudding,  Weathered Vine, and Wheatgrass. 

Stitchers' Notes: Began Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017. All materials pulled from stash. Substituted the called for 36 count Vintage Meadow Rue for the 36 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens. Stitched with the called fro Belle Soie silks from Crescent Colours. 

As of Thursday, August 24, 2017:



As of Monday, September 11, 2017:





I must go for now. I need to clean up my stitching area and figure out what to stitch next. I hope everyone is having a great week so far. 




8:46 am.

9:03 am.

9:37 am.

10:07 am.

Never, ever forget.




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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A New Fall Start With Chessie And Me

I culled this project from Leaflet Silo late last night as I gave up on trying to stitch on Ana again. This makes the third time that I have attempted to stitch on this project. No wonder that she has wound up in the Bin O'Shame

I have ripped out a good portion of the stitching on her that I have done so far. And I am not even going to discuss the use of symbols that are almost alike. Ana has symbols that are solid squares and diamonds next to one another. This would not be an issue, however, the chart is printed on that stupid and unnecessary ivory paper and the printing is somewhat small. It is also printed as one large chart, which is awkward as hell trying to stitch from as it takes up a great deal of room. Having to be well rested, heavily caffeinated, and having to constantly check the chart versus the stitching is somewhat annoying. I should not have to carbo load to stitch a chart, ya know? I stitch to relax and she has been anything but relaxing. 

I decided to drop twenty and punt after about 6 hours of stitching on Ana. I am trying to stitch from stash and this latest start already had the floss purchased for it. I pulled the fabric from another project and got out the Q-Snaps. I have wanted to stitch this one for quite some time now. I have held off on stitching fall related projects, as last year, I began in mid July and was burned out by October. Fall for this establishment does not end until the day after Thanksgiving. That's quite a lot of time to not be stitching on my favorite themes of fall and Halloween!

Well, at any rate, here is my humble start on the first project of the fall/halloween season:



Design: All Hallows' Eve



Designer: Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie and Me

Fabric: 36 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Attic Tea, Eiffel Tower, Herb Garden, Lasagne, Old Crow, Teddy Bear, Tortoise Shell, Vanilla Pudding,  Weathered Vine, and Wheatgrass. 

Stitchers' Notes: Began Tuesday, August 22, 2017. All materials pulled from stash. Substituted the called for 36 count Vintage Meadow Rue for the 36 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens. Stitched with the called fro Belle Soie silks from Crescent Colours. 




Well, I must be off. No rest for the wicked and all. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy Stitching!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

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.