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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


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


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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-

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Card Finish

I don't know about quick or easy, but I managed to get another finish under my belt. It's a free card kit that came with the 200th issue of the UK magazine, Cross Stitch Crazy. Sometimes the chart was hard to follow and I had to ditch the aida that was included in the kit, as it kept breaking needles. Which is no bueno. While it was a 14 count aida that I put into the fabric bin, the fabric that I substituted makes me happy, so it's all good. 

On with the show! :)


Design: Art Deco bookmark 

Designer: Not Listed. Design located in the 200th issue of Cross Stitch Crazy

Fabric: 36 count smokey white Edinburgh linen by Zweigart

Fibers Used: As provided in the kit



Well, I had best be off. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!


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C. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Phoenix Quaker Finish

I sincerely loved this piece. It flowed so smoothly and it came together so quickly. The entire time I stitched on it, it felt as if that was the project that I was supposed to be working on. I truly did not want this piece to end. But alas, as I only had enough of the Picture This Plus 32 count linen in Phoenix for this one section, this was the way it had to be. The chart has been returned to storage, and I will be stitching this one again in this color combination. 







Design: Phoenix Quaker

Designer: Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (retired)

Fabric: Picture This Plus 32 count linen in Phoenix

Fibers: Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched 2 over 2 as the coverage was needed as I wanted this to be a monochrome piece. Only stitching a portion of the design.

Original Work: 



Last update on Saturday, March 21, 2015:




Finished As of Saturday, March 21, 2015:



Now I need to find a frame for it. I wish I could afford to have it farmed out to have it finished as a pillow, because I think it would be lovely as a pillow or perhaps as a wallhanging. Ah, well. More's the pity! :)

Well, I have to be off. It's decision time as to whether I work on a card or another piece from the Bin O'Shame. Happy Sunday!


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C. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

(Partial) Phoenix Quaker Update

My latest WIP is coming along quite rapidly. I am really loving this color combination. I was thinking the other day that maybe I will have to stitch this one as a whole piece, and not just a part of it in these colors. I will have to buy a minimum of 4 skeins of the Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru, methinks. I have already used up almost a whole skein on just the wee bit I am stitching! It's a very lovely silk floss and while I might not mind, I know my wallet will, LOL!

Well, at any rate, on with the show!






Design: Phoenix Quaker

Designer: Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (retired)

Fabric: Picture This Plus 32 count linen in Phoenix

Fibers: Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched 2 over 2 as the coverage was needed as I wanted this to be a monochrome piece. Only stitching a portion of the design. 



Original Work:



As of Wednesday, March 18, 2015:



As of Saturday, March 21, 2015:



Well, I best be off. I need to take care of somethings today, and finishing up the stitching on this guy is one of them. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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C. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday Post

I chose another 'fresh start' piece to work on as my life has been more than a bit upside down here lately. I needed a 'fresh start' and I wanted to stitch a Quaker. Additionally,  I have always loved the legend of the Phoenix. It is very comforting to know that stitching can help oneself in ways that go beyond just making something pretty. 

Well, at any rate, on with the show:




Design: Phoenix Quaker

Designer: Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre (retired)

Fabric: Picture This Plus 32 count linen in Phoenix


Fibers: Gumnut Yarns Stars silk floss in #991 ecru

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched 2 over 2 as the coverage was needed as I wanted this to be a monochrome piece. Only stitching a portion of the design. 

Original Work:



My version:



Well,  I had best be off. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Time Finish

This one is another re-start from the Bin O'Shame. I had the first row stitched, but it wasn't done properly, so I just picked out the 6 stitches in the top of the rabbit's ear and then just went from there. I am happy to have this one done. 


Well, at any rate, on with the show!



Designer: The Trilogy

Fabric Used: 28 count raw linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 310 Black. Crescent Colours  cotton flosses in Antique Lace, Pink Champagne, and Spinach. YLI 4 MM silk ribbon in #012 Pale Yellow

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted spiderweb roses for the called for buttons. It was a lot of fun touching base with a forgotten craft. I will have to practice more as I used to really enjoy doing silk ribbon embroidery. Left off the alphabet and bottom border as I just couldn't be bothered. :)


Original Piece:


My Version:


Closeup:




Well, as is my custom at this point in the post, I must bid my readers a fond farewell until the next post. I must needs get my stitching area cleaned up and get ready to face the day. I hope everyone has a great day and a Happy St. Patrick's Day




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C. 






Sunday, March 8, 2015

Miss Phryne Fisher and Mr. Macintosh

I love Netflix. For not much money, you can binge watch all sorts of series. Since I had worked my way through the entire Poirot series and I've hit the halfway point through Murder, She Wrote, Netflix had suggested another series, this time Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. It is produced in Australia and if I may say so, this is a cracking good series. The series is set in the 1920's Melbourne, Australia. the costumes and the writing is first rate. The only trouble is, I stopped the next UFO that I had gotten out in order to stitch on something in the style of Art Deco. I went looking into the Bin O'Shame and found this one that had already been started. The stitches had gotten squashed and it didn't look very pretty. So, I decided to get another piece of fabric out and I re-started the project. I started it late Friday night and managed to finish it up just a bit ago. 


Before Picture:



After Picture:

Design: Rennie Mackintosh style Rose kit

Designer: Quick and Easy Cross Stitch magazine (Issue 138) April 2006



Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used:  DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 413, 552, 917, 991, 992, and 3608. 

Stitcher's Notes: Restarted and finished this long term UFO. Began Friday, March 6, 2015. Finished stitching Sunday, March 8, 2015.




This one has the added bonus of coming out of the Bin O'Shame, so I can add this to my list. Woohoo! DH informed me earlier that he also loves the Art deco/ Art Nouveau style. This makes me happy, as I was wanting to 'redo' the common areas of the house (kitchen, living room, etc) in that style, but I was worried that he would hate it. So, tonight was a double yay! :)

Well, at any rate, I need to get the desk cleaned up and get things sorted. Lots to do before work tomorrow. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! :)

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C. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Twofer WIP/UFO Finishes

Hooray! I am so excited about this post. I managed to finish up two long standing projects in various stages of completion. I changed both of them for various reasons. I am so, so happy with these projects. This make 10 projects taken out of the Bin O'Shame so far. Woohoo! 

I forgot to take 'Before' pictures on these two projects, but oh well. not a big deal! At any rate, on with the show! :)



Finish #1:

Design: Checkered Love kit

Designer: M Designs 

Fabric Used: 28 count Graziano linen in natural and cream

Fibers Used: DMC in B5200, 221, 347, 3609 and 3726. Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Prickly Pear. Rainbow Gallery Nordic Gold ND3, Silver. 

Bling Used: Two By Jupiter! charms as included in the kit used. One unidentified heart charm used from stash. Bead Landing crowned key charm from Michael's

Stitcher's Notes: I hated the border on this piece, so I just left it off as I thought it made the piece look too busy. 

Original Piece:


My Version:









Finish #2:

Design: Tartan Thistles needlecase


Fabric Used: 14 count white aida as included in the kit

Fibers Used: unknown as included in the kit

Stitcher's Notes: The stitching that was done was not centered properly on right side of the fabric, so this one was framed. I will be converting the remaining floss to DMC and/or Anchor floss so that I may stitch this one again.



Well, I had best be off. I need to get the desk cleaned off and get the next project out. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)


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C. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bin O' Shame Finish Number Eight

I picked this one up on February 19 to finish it. That was the first day of the Chinese New Year this year. I wanted it to be finished before the end of the festival, however, I didn't make it in time. However, it is still completed and that makes me happy. 

Well, on with the show! :)



Design: Oriental Fortune Kit #7980

Designer: Creative Accents/Dimensions

Fabric: 28 count Monaco in Tan Marble (discontinued color) by Sassy's Fabbys

Fibers Used: Used provided fibers in kit

Bling Used: Blue Moon beads Orient Express collection #BM19715 Metal Coins (possibly discontinued)


Front of kit:



As of Thursday, February 19, 2015:


As of Monday, March 2, 2015:


Closeup:





Well, I best be off. I need to clean up my stitching area. The next project from the Bin O'Shame is already loaded up and awaiting me. Hope everyone has a great week! :)


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C. 






Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mardi Gras Finish


Today was such a nice day. I had the day off and went over to Stitcher's Paradise with my friend Barb to get supplies for a couple of projects that needed wrapping up. I managed to color match the purple and finished this up in less than ten minutes. I loved stitching this one and I loved choosing which of the masks that i was going to use with this design. When I purchased the chart from another SanMan member, she included a package of 6 mask charms. Out of all the ones in the package, these two were my favorites. 

Well, at any rate, on with the show!




Design: Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart)

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by Silkweaver in their Reflections line. 

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #215 Emerald, #521 Yellow, and #1336 Very Dark Purple. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, and #02085 Brilliant Orchid




Stitcher's Notes: The three traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold), honors the Three Kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas.  The colors represent Justice (purple), Faith (green) and Power (gold). 





There have been updates concerning the fire that recently broke out at one of the Au Ver A Soie factories in France. Thankfully, no one was injured. It will take some time to get that particular factory set back to rights. Hopefully, it will not take the family long.

Well, I had best be off. I need to get going on dinner tonight. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


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C. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP Mr. Spock

Sad news greeted Star Trek fans such as myself, as it was announced that Leonard Nimoy, of Dr. Spock fame, passed away of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I am a huge Trekkie and like many others, this just broke my heart. I felt the need to stitch something to honor him and remembered that I have had this book for quite some time. 


Design: Spock's Burial Robe Embroidery


Fabric: 28 count white opalescent Lugana

Fiber Used:  Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #1424


Stitcher's Notes: In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this was the embroidery that was on Spock's robes when he was 'buried'. I thought it, and the quote accompanying it in the book were appropriate today. 



I must go for now. Lots to do again today. I leave you now with his last Tweet that was posted just a few days ago:

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP



Phasers set to 'Weep'. 

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C. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

An Organizational And Statistical Post

I love how sometimes one thing leads to another and things just, well, snowball. I am a member of a number of cross stitch discussion groups and on one of them a member had asked how many WIPs we had. Posting of pictures was also highly encouraged. I knew I had wanted to take another inventory of my Bin O' Shame and take pictures in order to show the world that I have no self control when it comes to my hobby. Here are the results after counting and organizing them:

38 in the Small Bin O' Shame

38 in the Large Bin O'Shame: 

11 in their own storage bins, 6 of those are Heaven and Earth Designs of various sizes and starts. :)
One queued up in my desk.
One in the Q-Snaps.
Total: 89.


Keep in mind that I am sitting on a 20+ year collection of stash and I have a chronic 'Ooooo, shiny!' condition that compels me to purchase and start more than I will ever probably complete.
The good news in all this, that because of that post my craft room got a wee bit more organized. I didn't feel like stitching last night as I stitched most of the day yesterday, so I went back through the Large Bin O'Shame and took a closer look as to what all was in there. Here are the results of that particular excavation:
  1. Out of the 38 in that bin, 5 were removed due to no chart and/or I know I will never finish. I salvaged the fabric and put away the charts that I did have.
  2. One more will need floss matching as it is a tiny kit from a UK mag with no DMC listed. I wound up using 2 strands of floss instead of the called for 1 and I'm sunk as to how it's going to be finished otherwise.
  3. One tiny kit I found was converted to DMCs from another quite similar chart so it can now be re-stitched on a better fabric. The fabric that came in the kit is an 18 count fiddler's cloth and the pale colors just are not showing up. I consider this a fresh start as I had all of 3 (!) stitches in this piece and left it as the 347 disappeared into the fabric.

Additionally, I collated and counted the projects in the 'To Be Started' bin. 76 in that bin, 6 of those are Heaven and Earth Designs of various sizes. 4 of those were 'shop exclusives' which turned out to not be as exclusive as advertised as the designer released the charts within the same year as stand alone charts. Since the likelihood of my being able to sell these kits for what I paid is slim to none, so stitched up they will be. This will teach me to never, ever sign up for 'year long shop exclusives' ever again!

The projects that I have in the 'To Do' bin are a mix that range from the tiny freebie kits that come with the UK magazines to Heaven and Earth Designs that have 110 pages. Other than my motorcycle, cross stitching is really my only other hobby. I have some years that I have finished less than ten, and others where I have had a high of 35 projects. (Admittedly, none of those were HAEDs, haha!).
I have my bouts of organization. This last one was prompted, believe it or not, by this thread. It was an interesting question and I knew I wanted to take pictures of my Bin O'Shame for another board I am on. This just sort of snowballed, as is my custom :). And yes, it is a bit frustrating, however, the task needed to be done and I am very happy something spurred me on to do it. I had gotten lazy with my craft room. While neat, it just was not very organized, so I took this opportunity to do so.
As for the projects, sometimes I have one in mind, other times I just blindly reach in for one and that's the one that gets picked. The one that is in the Q-Snaps right now is one that I picked back up on the first day of the Chinese New Year. It's a long time UFO (Unfinished Object) called Oriental Fortune by Dimensions. I started this on the aida that was in the kit and hated it, so it was restarted on an evenweave. Right now I have the main portion of it done and just need to stitch the symbols surrounding it and then the borders. And a happy dance will be danced but briefly before I get the one that's in my desk out to finish that one. :)

As for the things that I have where the stitching has been finished, welp, I've taken inventory on that as well. Please bear in mind that I am what I refer to as a 'seasonal' stitcher. Other than my craft room/office, I only put out a few pieces at a time, and those with a seasonal theme, as I believe that this is my hobby, my husband lives here as well, and I am sensitive to that fact. While he takes pleasure at the things I stitch, we don't live in a stitching museum :). Here is the total breakdown of finishes in my possession:

LK Monthly Series- 12

Spring- 25

Summer- 39

Fall- 44

Winter- 41

Miscellany- 76

Total As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015: 237

Finishes by year 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- 7

Total As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015: 174


I think the blog has helped in keeping me on track with finishing pieces, however, I am really hoping to break my record of 19 WIPs/UFOs in one year. I have a goal of 25 at the moment, so that I can then get back to my QS Maleficent. I miss stitching on her!

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

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C. 



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finished For Now

Am I the only one that ever underestimates the amount of floss that is needed for a project? Please tell me that I am not. I got today's project out yesterday as it was Mardi Gras yesterday and I have never stitched anything Mardi Gras related in the 20 some odd years I have been stitching. I wanted to stitch this in silks, and found the perfect purple, however, that seems to be the color that I ran out of, darn it! So instead of Mardi Gras, I have Mar Gras today as I need to wait until I can get to the LNS (après payday, natch!) in order to procure the additional floss needed to actually finish this project. Ah, well, pictures anyway!


Design: Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart)

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count Zweigart Lugana evenweave in Rainbow Sparkle by Silkweaver in their Reflections line. 

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in #215 Emerald, #521 Yellow, and #1336 Violet. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #00128 Crayon Yellow, #00167 Christmas Green, and #02085 Brilliant Orchid

Stitcher's Notes: The three traditional colors of Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold), honors the Three Kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas.  The colors represent Justice (purple), Faith (green) and Power (gold). 




Well, I best be off. Got tons to do today. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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C.