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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


17. Seaside Retreat by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, May 1, 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 finish by Cross Stitch Crazy (UK). Finished Thursday, March 26, 2015

6. Bluebird by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, April 18, 2015

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

8. Three Crowns ornament by Little House Needleworks. Finished Monday, May 12, 2015

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-

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Back On The Chain Gang


I have made a decision since my last post regarding the issues surrounding Sea Flora. I have decided to to finagle the design so it can be stitched in some form. In other words, work with what I have, and add elements from some other designs and/or create something myself. I am still admittedly in somewhat in a snit over this debacle. As such, I have decided to set her aside for a while in order to calm down a bit more. I have a plan for her, and it will involve a fair amount of finagling. Since I have all summer to stitch on her, I will remain calm and carry on stitching. I blindly reached into the  Bin O'Shame and this next project is what came up. It's going quite quickly now and I am really enjoying it. It got off to a slow start, but I am hoping that it can be finished fairly quickly. Now that I said that, let's hope Mr. Frog doesn't show up, haha! 

At any rate, here is what will eventually #18 from the  Bin O'Shame



Designer: Nathalie Cichon of Jardin Privé

Fabric Used: 32 count Belfast linen in Meditation by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Access Commodities Soie d'Alger  in Noir. Kreinik metallic thread #4 #001 HL Silver.





As Of Wednesday, May 13, 2015:


As of Saturday, May 16, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I need to take care of lunch and get back to Poirot  and my Quaker d'Halloween. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Season of Leisure

Since my last post, I decided to just take a wee bit of a break and just start something new. I wanted to step back and really think about what I wanted to do with  Sea Flora. I took my time with this latest project and only stitched when I felt like it, which wasn't much. As consequence, it still did not take relatively long. I love the way it came out. I am hoping that next month I can get together with a dear friend of mine and we can have a 'Finishing Day'. She purchased a new fancy dancy sewing machine and she thought a finishing party with tea and cakes would be a good idea. I am actually looking forward to it! :)

Well, at any rate, here's the latest:


Design: Three Crowns

Designer: Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks

Fibers Used:  Crescent Colours  cotton flosses in Caterpillar, Cherry Cobbler, Milady's Teal, Queen Bee and Spinach

Fabric Used: 36 count smokey white Edinburgh linen by Zweigart

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads in #03049 Rich Red




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

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Completely At A Loss

As I had described in my last post concerning this project, the overall layout of this design is very small and I am having a hard time keeping track of where I am on the project. Turns out, this was the least of my worries. Tracy of Elegant Jewels of the Needle, was kind enough to point out that the the design is actually 212 stitches high and not what is listed on the chart:



The fabric that I had so carefully chosen in order to stitch this piece,  28 count Caribbean Blue jobelan by Wichelt Imports, was not cut to the correct size. In fact, is it no where NEAR where it is supposed to be. I will skip over the pleasing stream of the old rancid that was issued forth when this particular bit of information was discovered and verified as correct in assessment.  Suffice it to say, I am the eldest daughter of a sailor and trust me when I say that I was swearing like one on a three day pass in Hong Kong when I decided to stitch to the top of the tail and then count down to where the bottom of the tail is located:





Design:
 Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports


Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838, 92, 951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads



Stitcher's Notes: Will be substituting Kreinik #4 braid in 027L for a different color. Will be changing colors in the frond.  

What it will look like eventually:



Began Sunday, May 3, 2015:



Where the bottom of the tail will wind up as marked by the needle:


I have emailed Wichelt Imports to voice my displeasure with this whole debacle. I doubt they will be bothered with a reply, but we shall see. Since I purchased the chart from 123 Stitch, I emailed Joanne to let her know. She has already changed the website to reflect the correct information. There isn't a place to put a review on the 123 Stitch website, so I let her know about the smallness of the chart as well. She has very good customer service and I don't want her or her staff getting yelled at for things beyond their control. 

Honestly, this whole thing has turned me off stitching any more Mirabilia/Nora Corbett charts. I think that after this one, I will not purchase any newer ones and just stitch up what I have. Unfortunately, for me, this mean about 6 kitted up, but oh, well. I will stitch what is in stash and then go on. I can't waste any more time on crying over spilt milk, however, I can't help feeling bummed out by this whole process. This project was to be my summer reward for stitching so much out of my  Bin O'Shame stash. I hit 17 on Saturday, May 2, 2015, which is 2 away from my record year, and 8 away from my goal. I decided to take a break from it and stitch this lovely instead. Seems like I should have just kept to the  Bin O'Shame stash and let it be. 

So, now I am faced with the unenviable task of choosing one of the following options:

1. Ripping out what has already been stitched. There is no way I am pitching a $10.00 piece of fabric. If I had chosen white aida, this would have been a different story, mind you. 

2. Attempt to finagle the design so it can be stitched in some form. In other words, work with what I have, and add elements from some other designs and/or create something myself. 

3. Return to the Bin O'Shame stash. Heaven only knows there is enough in there to stitch. And it's not like CCN's Ice Cream Shoppe doesn't need finishing up. 

4. Start something else. I am sorely tempted to do this, however, I suppose I would feel horribly guilty about leaving this mess behind in order to deal with it later. And quite honestly, this project would just have me doubly pissed off when I found it in the back of the closet at some unknown future date in time. 


Well, you all have heard enough of my complaining. I will be an adult and think on this a bit before I make my decision. I will now leave you all with the wishes for a happy Sunday and a good week next week. 

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Summer Is Here

At least in Las Vegas, it is. The temps this past week have peaked up to 95 degrees, which does NOT make me happy. I hate this time of year here. I am hoping that this time next year, DH and I are in a cooler clime, but we shall see. We have a lot of financial goals to meet first, but I am hoping that we get to move next year. 

All of this means that I really want to stitch on something cool and soothing. It is hotter than Hades here already. I wanted to stitch something that reminded me of the ocean and clear cool water. What better than a mermaid?  I had a heck of a time choosing which one. I finally decided on Sea Flora by Mirabilia. I did a floss toss and found the most amazing fabric for her. So this morning, I get all settled in after having coffee, anticipating sitting and stitching and relaxing. And then I opened up the chart. 

And was greeted with some of the tiniest symbols on a chart that I have ever seen in my 20 some odd years of stitching. 

Well.

Crap.

*sighs*

I do not think there is anything quite so annoying as getting together a much anticipated design, only to find out that the symbols are so small as to warrant a magnifying glass. My beloved Hubmeister has said that he will assist me in making a working copy where I can distinguish the symbols. Despite this being one of the 'petite' mermaids, she calls for SEVEN packages of beads. Which means that this is no monochrome pleasure cruise where one can zone out and just be 'in the moment'. You have to know what you're about and basically, know where your towel is on something like this. I find all of this particularly annoying as I paid 13 dollars for this chart. Speaking strictly for myself, I should be able to read the symbols on the thing without having to resort to enlarging the chart 200 times in order to be able to read it. 

Well, enough of my old lady kvetching. Let's get to the pictures! :)


Design: Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports


Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838, 92, 951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads

Stitcher's Notes: Will be substituting Kreinik #4 braid in 027L for a different color. Will be changing colors in the frond.  


What it will look like eventually:



Began Sunday, May 3, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. She won't stitch herself, haha! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sizzling Seventeen May Day Finish

It has gotten into the 90's here in Las Vegas already, which means that by the time August rolls around, tourists and locals alike will have the ability to burst into flames as soon as they step outdoors. Honestly, I know there are people who love this type of dry, dusty oven type conditions. It happens to be my misfortune that I am not one of them. I pray daily to whatever deity happens to be listening at the time, that with hard work and a wee bit a luck, there will be another move in the future. Hopefully, to somewhere more hospitable to my nature. I am a Child of the Ocean and the Desert is not very forgiving. 

What this all means is that I start craving summer type things to stitch. I need to be reminded of days at the shore, toes in the sand with a drink in the hand. The chatter of seagulls and dolphins *just* off the coast. The tang of salt air mixed with the smell of Coppertone. I found this one the other day in the  Bin O'Shame and since I could not concentrate for any length of time on the Black Tulips project that I had pulled out, I got this one out instead. Say what you like about monochromes, but if you are tired and don't feel well, they are excellent for not being too taxing stitching wise. I was torn between keeping this as a strict monochrome or adding a wee bit of red, to make it more 'summer' like. In the end, keeping it as a strict monochrome won out. I really like the 'crispness' of the stark white fabric and the soothing dark navy blue. 

Well, at any rate, here are the before and after pictures:


Design: Seaside Retreat

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 32 count white Belfast linen

Fiber Used: Kreinik soie d'alger #1425 E (dark navy)

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the book, A Stitcher's Journey. Design featured on page 16. Left off border and initials. Changed 'stitch with me' to 'sit with me. Added elements from the piece to fill in the space. 

As of Tuesday, April 28, 2015:



Finished, Friday, May 1, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. Tons of stuff to do today. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


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.