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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

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-

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Finish On Thursday

My latest finish is another piece that I have wanted to stitch for quite some time. This was a shop freebie that I picked up at my LNS quite some time ago. I did not have all of the called for Gentle Art Sampler Threads, so I chose the same color palette that was used on my recent finishes from by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. I loved the colors in that series and thought they were sufficiently spring like for this piece. I had a minor 'Whoopsies!' in that my fabric was not large enough for the border. Which is fine, as I am not a fan of the way the word work is spelled in the original design. 

At any rate, here is my latest Spring finish:



Design: My Wurk

Designer: Loretta Sigmon of At The Hop

Fabric Used: 25 count Natural Oatmeal Floba by Wichelt

 Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 151, 210, 471, 535, 552, 676, 677, 747, 3688, 3766. 

Stitchers' Notes: Shop freebie obtained at LNS. Converted original threads from Gentle Art Sampler Threads to DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117. Left off border and wording as fabric was fabric was not cut large enough. 




I will need to find another quick and easy project to do while I await supplies to come in for another project, this one for summer. I may finally get around to that floss toss for a spring themed Now I Know My ABC's by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs. As always, we shall see! :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)


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C. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Love Banner Finish

And with this finish, I am caught up with the series for this year. I love the way this turned out. This series has just flown by. I am really, really looking forward to the rest of the series. Should be lots of fun choosing colors! 

Well, here it is, just in time for next year, haha!



Design: Love (#F-164 from the 2017 Flip-It series)


Designer: Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate

Fabric Used: 27 count antique white Fanciful Hearts stitch banding in antique white, green and red by Mill Hill. Item number MH07450106 in 4.5 inch wide banding. 

Fibers Used: Anchor six strand embroidery floss in 47, 55, 103, 112, 225, and 230.

Stitchers' Notes: Began Saturday, March 25, 2017. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017. Stitch banding distributed by Wichelt. Substituted called for fabric and floss for those of my own choosing. Third finish of seven that will be released throughout 2017. Ribbon of unknown manufacturer.





I must be off. It's time to clean up my stitching area and find another project to stitch on. As I have now completed my unofficial yearly goal of 12 projects per year, I think I will now 'play' in my stash and see what strikes my fancy. 

Hope everyone has a great week!


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C. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Friday Finish

I just love this new series by Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate. They stitch up so, so quickly and they look darn cute to boot. After the completion of the Love chart, I will be all caught up until the release of the next designs. I have my fabric all purchased and set aside for the remaining 4 designs. I cannot wait for them to come out. I am really looking forward to stitching these and seeing how they will turn out. One of the things I really love about my hobby is the ability to adapt colors and elements to my liking. I love playing around with colors and watching a project turn out, often quite differently than the pictured model!

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish. Just in time for Easter this year!



Design: Basket (#F-166 from the 2017 Flip-It series)



Designer: Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate

Fabric Used: 27 count antique white Fanciful Flowers stitch banding in antique white, green and yellow by Mill Hill. Item Number MH10450130 in 4.5 inch wide banding. 

Fibers Used: Anchor six strand embroidery floss in 57, 119, 242, 293, 379, 380, 398, 403, 433, 1002, and 1094. Rainbow Gallery Arctic Rays thread in #AR17 Christmas Green.

Stitchers' Notes: Began Thursday, March 23, 2017. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017. Stitch banding distributed by Wichelt. Substituted called for fabric and floss for those of my own choosing. Second finish of seven that will be released throughout 2017. 




Well, I best be off. Tons to do as always. Next up in the Q-Snaps is Love. Can't wait to get started on this one. The colors are just lovely and I think it will probably be my favorite so far. 


Hope everyone has a great weekend! 


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C. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The San Francisco Treat

I began a new project on St. Patricks' Day this year. This is a special project that will only be worked on once a month, as I have almost hit my unofficial goal of 12 projects stitched in a year. Once I have finished stitching #12, I will be 'allowed' to stitch on some of my larger projects that have fallen by the wayside. I will also be hitting up Kit Mountain and the ever popular Bin O'Shame. I haven't gotten delved into either one in quite some time, and there are projects in both that are calling my name. Should be good stitching times! :)

This project will be going with me whenever DH and I take any road trips.  I really like the colors in this project and I can see visiting the other cities and stitching the other designs up as a memento. :) It would be a really good excuse to travel and stitch while doing so!

At any rate, here is the beginnings of my 'Every Now And Again' project:




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 once per month. 

As of Saturday, March 18, 2017:






I do wish that the camera picked up the 'fogginess' of the fabric. The colors really pop and it definitely looks foggy! As this is stitching up fairly rapidly, so I do not anticipate this project taking more than a few months. I will probably frame this, although, I really do wish that I had a sewing machine. It would make a really nice pillow finish. 


Well, I had best be off. Time to start stitching my Easter themed project, so that I can at least have my 12 finishes for the year. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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C. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Skipped A Season

But really, it's not my fault. I was in my LNS the other day, picking out floss for the Valentines' and Easter 2017 Flip-It series by Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate. During my color matching, I happen to come across a particular color combination that I knew would be absolutely perfect for a summer themed Now I Know My ABC's by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs. I quickly purchased what I needed and started the same day. I finished the stitching the next day, and I am so pleased at the way it turned out. I have a fabric in mind for Spring and Fall, however, I do need to experiment with a floss toss before I make my final choice. 

Well, at any rate, here is the summer version of Now I Know My ABC's:





Designer: Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs

Fabric Used: 25 count Natural Oatmeal Floba by Wichelt

Fibers Used:  Caron Collection Waterlilies in #181 Ocean Breeze (Dye Lot #CS201613).

Accoutrements: Shell found on the beach at Half Moon Bay, California on Friday, March 17, 2017. Crab pendant by Bead Landing for Michael's from the Tahiti collection. 

Stitchers' Notes: Began Thursday, March 16, 2017. Stitching completed on Friday, March 17, 2017. Substituted some of the punctuation for various motifs. Will stitch this design in spring and fall themed fabric and fibers. Second of four in this seasonal series. 




I am not too entirely sold on the crab in the lower right hand corner, but I may leave it anyway. It's a bit large to be there as it is. I may pop around to Michael's to see if they have any other fun summer charms or pendants that can be used. 



Time for me to be off. It's dinner time and I need to get prepped for tomorrow as well. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! 

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C. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The First Of A New Series Finish

Back in February, Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate had announced seven new holiday themed designs for the 2017 Flip-It series. The designs cover the Valentine's (Love), St. Patrick's Day (Luck), Easter (Basket), Fourth of July (Liberty), Halloween (Boo), Thanksgiving (Thank) and Christmas (Merry) holidays. Each Flip-it will have a antique gold charm and the stitch count for the individual holidays is 43W x 58H. I picked up the first three, Valentine's (Love), St. Patrick's Day (Luck), Easter (Basket), at my LNS as I love the composition of the designs and the elements used. My LNS was having a sale on stitch banding. I managed to find the perfect banding for each of the season. I purchased enough to complete all seven holidays, once they have been released. 

I have also decided that I will be swapping out the colors. The called for fabric is a 32 count light mocha. However, most of the banding is white, so color substitutions are necessary. For this latest finish, I chose a floss I really love, Anchor. I love, love, LOVE the coverage of this floss. I really do need to use more of it. 

Well, at any rate, here is my latest finish, completed just in time for St. Patrick's Day!




Design: Luck (#F-165 from the 2017 Flip-It series)


Designer: Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate

Fabric Used: 27 count antique white Fanciful Hearts stitch banding in antique white, green and gold by Mill Hill. Item number MH07450107 in 4.5 inch wide banding. 

Fibers Used: Anchor six strand embroidery floss in 108, 240, 246, 259, 316, 403, and 1012. Kreinik metallic threads in #4 Very Fine Braid in #002HL Gold

Stitchers' Notes: Began Saturday, March 11, 2017. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017. Stitch banding distributed by Wichelt. Substituted called for fabric and floss for those of my own choosing. First finish of seven that will be released throughout 2017. 



Well, I had best be off. Time to get my materials together for the next project and clean up my stitching area of today's finish. Hope everyone had a great weekend! 


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C. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Three For Three In Time For Finish Friday

And that makes three for me. I decided to keep on my roll of stitching from the Dans Mon Jardin book by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. I just adore this book. I love the way the designs stitch up and I love the fact that they are elegant and quick to stitch. I am sure that some of the designs will take longer than others, but that's true of pretty much any hobby, yes? 



Design: Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels): Clothespin with Flowers from the book Dans Mon Jardin



Designer: Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes

Fabric Used:  28 count Cashel linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as called for: B5200, 151, 210, 535, 552, 676, 677, 729, 747, 3011, and 3348. 

Stitchers' Notes: Book purchased February 2017 in Japan Town, San Francisco, CA. Teacup jar label first project of three. Began Thursday, March 2, 2017. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017. Design number three of three. 



I have already visited our local Michael's and unfortunately, I am unable to locate more of the frames that I used on the first design in this series. I will have to drop 20 and punt, but I am sure I will be able to find something quite complementary. 

Time for me to be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and get started on the next project. 

Happy weekend to you all! :)


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C. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Two Of Three On Finish Friday


This little guy was stitched up a lot quicker than I thought it was going to be stitched up! I began this one right after I had hung up the finish from yesterday afternoon. I had a good bit completed before I went to bed and I managed to finish this piece just a bit ago. I need to get to Michael's to see if they have the same frame or something similar, as I have a feeling that the last one in the series, the clothespin with flowers, will go just as quickly. 

Well, here it is, in all its' spring time glory: 



Design: Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag from the book Dans Mon Jardin



Designer: Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes

Fabric Used:  28 count Cashel linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as called for: 151, 471, 535, 676, 677, 734, 3011, 3012, 3348 and 3688. 

Stitchers' Notes: Book purchased February 2017 in Japan Town, San Francisco, CA. Teacup jar label first project of three. Began Thursday, March 2, 2017. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017. Design number two of three. 



Off I go to start on the last of this series. I have really enjoyed stitching these beautiful designs. 

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)


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C. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jar Labels En Française

Some time ago, my husband and I went to go visit with his grandfather. He lives in the Bay Area and is a lovely old gentleman. I have never really had a grandfather, so it was nice to see him and visit with him. As a special treat, my husband took me to Japan Town, which is a section of San Francisco and one of my favorite areas to visit. There is a lot of shopping and good food to be had there. There is a bookstore within Japan Town, where I picked up a French book of cross stitch. Honest to God :) ! The book is by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. I picked it out as the colors are gorgeous and the artwork is simply stunning. The style is quite French and I love it. While the book is printed in Japanese, fortunately, I am fluent in Stitching, so I am able to at least read and comprehend the stitching parts of it. The book is called 'Dans Mon Jardin' and it reminds me of spring and summer:




I think that with all the cold and snow we are having, I was feeling the need for warmer temps and flowers. 

It was very difficult to choose which project I was going to begin stitching. I spent quite a bit of time waffling between all of them. I simply could not decide! However, with DH's help, I decided to begin with three smaller designs, that were designed to be together. I have already decided to frame them all separately after I stitch all of them. They will hang in our kitchen when completed. 




Design: Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) from the book Dans Mon Jardin



Designer: Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes

Fabric Used:  28 count Cashel linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 as called for: B5200, 535, 676, 734, 747, 3011, 3012, 3760, and 3766. 

Stitchers' Notes: Book purchased February 2017 in Japan Town, San Francisco, CA. Teacup jar label first project of three. Began Thursday, February 23, 2017. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017. Frame purchased on clearance at Michael's. 




Well, time for me to be off. It's on to the next project! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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C. 


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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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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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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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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C.