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Bin O' Shame 2016

1. September Dragon by Dragon Dreams. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016


2. William Morris tile by Sheila Hudson. Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016


3. Antique Roses by Hallmark. Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016


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Kit Mountain Finishes

1. Hangin' With My Peeps by Sue Hillis. Finished Monday, January 4, 2015.

2016 Random Finishes

1. Tulip pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016.

2. David Bowie Told Me by Plastic Little Covers. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016.

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- 61


9. Year 2016 Finishes-

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pre Valentine's Day Weekend Update

I managed to miss WIP Wednesday, so I decided to just hang on until Friday to do a pre weekend update. I am hoping to put a bit of time in on this one. I am really taking my time on this one, and I suppose I shouldn't feel guilty. But I do. I really want to get more from from the Bin O'Shame completed. I know it's only February, but I should have at least 2 more from the Bin O'Shame stitched up by now. Ah, well. It's only mid February, so there is time, I suppose. :)


At any rate, here is the latest: 


Design: Birds and Berries (needlebook)from the book A Stitcher's Journey



Designer: Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 640, 642, 842, 3041, 3799, 3782.

Fabric Used: 36 count smokey white Edinburgh linen by Zweigart

Stitcher's Notes: Began Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Design converted from the called for  The Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Crescent Colours  cotton flosses to DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117


As of Monday, February 8, 2016:



As of Friday, February 12, 2016:



I had best be off. Tons to do before the weekend. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Valentine's Day to you all! :)




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C. 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Birds and Berries

My latest WIP is one that I have wanted to stitch for a long time, so I decided to just get on with it. I haven't made a whole lot of progress, as it was started almost a week ago, however, things have been very, very busy here lately. One must stitch where one can. I am doing a conversion of the called for flosses as I did not have the called for threads for this one and just didn't feel like spending the money to get them. I do like what I have done so far, and I am looking forward to the outcome. 




Design: Birds and Berries (needlebook)from the book A Stitcher's Journey



Designer: Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 640, 642, 3041, 3782.

Fabric Used: 36 count smokey white Edinburgh linen by Zweigart

Stitcher's Notes: Began Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Design converted from the called for  The Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Crescent Colours  cotton flosses to DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117





I had best be off. Lots to do today. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and they are having a great start to the week. 

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C. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Lad Insane

This latest finish is a tribute piece to David Bowie. I have been a long time admirer of his and since his death on January 10 of this year, I have had his music on constant repeat. I listened to his music almost exclusively while stitching this piece. I have the materials to do another one, so I can see stitching several more. 

At any rate, here is an actual finish finish. You can even see the glue drying, haha!




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

Fibers Used: Anchor six strand embroidery floss in 46, 328, 335, 403 and 433.


Stitcher's Notes: Began Saturday, January 30, 2016. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016. Backing fabric and trims purchased at Joann's


Front View:



Back View: 


Side View:




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


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C. 





Saturday, January 30, 2016

Distraction Stitching

Well, I have officially hit the wall with the Oriental Beauty. I have managed to stitch a bit more on her, but now I have gotten into Quarter Stitch Hell. Quite frankly, I am in no mood to deal with it. I suppose at some point next week I will get her back out and just hammer away at it, but right now, I am simply not in the mood. 

So, instead, I got this wee bit of a thing out last night. I was in the mood to stitch a Blackbird Designs piece for whatever reason. It is the companion piece to the Tulip House Stitching Companion that I stitched back in 2012. I have the card case somewhere and eventually, when I get a sewing machine, I will put the box together. It is enough that the cross stitching is at least done. I will need to find two colors of blue fabric for this piece, as that is what it calls for. I really should look into the Moda line of quilting fabrics that Barb and Alma have done for the company. I will also apparently need hand dyed trims, although, I think I might cheap out and just do it myself. I have some brown fabric dye, so why not, eh?

Well, at any rate, here it is, the Tulip Pincushion:




Design: Tulip Pincushion from the book A Stitcher's Journey




Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 30 count Friendship Blend linen by R and R Reproductions

Fibers Used: The Gentle Art Sampler Threads in Apricot Blush, Chamomile, Endive, Lexington Green, Melon Patch, Pumpkin Patch, and Toasted Barley. 

Stitcher's Notes: Began Friday, January 29, 2016. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016. Companion piece to the Tulip House Stitching Companion. Fabric substituted for the called for 30 Cafe Kona as I was not overly thrilled with the way the colors looked on it.  






I had best be off. I need to decide if I am going to stitch another piece from the book A Stitcher's Journey or stitch on a completely unrelated piece. I really should start the unrelated piece, but the call of the Blackbird Designs piece that has grabbed my attention is strong right now. 


Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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C. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday On Thursday


I really should not feel guilty about my lack of progress, but I do. It's been eight days since my last post, and honestly, I should have had this finished by now. Still in all, some progress is better than no progress. And I am actually a bit further along than what I had initially thought. I am not sure if it's a time, inclination or I am just flat out not into this one, but here it is and here I am. :)


At any rate, here it is. Number four's progress from the Bin O'Shame :


Design: Oriental Beauty

Designer: Julia Hawkins

Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the September 2007 (Issue 190) UK Cross Stitcher magazine freebie kit. Kit began October 2007. Resumed stitching Sunday, January 17, 2016.




As of Wednesday, January 20, 2016:



As of Thursday, January 28, 2016:







Well, gang. I hate to post and run, but I have a ton of stuff to do today. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!


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C. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday Report For January 20, 2016

Looking at the pictures, I am a bit farther along on my latest WIP than I gave myself credit. I am not as far along as I would like, but then again, not everything is a one day start and finish, yea? Work has been super busy and I have been trying to get back on the FitBit dime, so there is that. Still in all, some progress is better than no progress. 


At any rate, here it is. Number four's progress from the Bin O'Shame :


Design: Oriental Beauty

Designer: Julia Hawkins

Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the September 2007 (Issue 190) UK Cross Stitcher magazine freebie kit. Kit began October 2007. Resumed stitching Sunday, January 17, 2016.




As of Sunday, January 17, 2016:



As of Wednesday, January 20, 2016:




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

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C. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Return Of The Oriental Beauty

I decided to pick this project back up, which has languished for quite some time. It was culled from the Bin O'Shame projects. This is another long term project that has been left to sit. Although this one is not as old as my last project, nine years is old enough, methinks. I am quite happy to continue this trend of stitching from my Bin O'Shame stash. It makes me feel quite accomplished and industrious. 


At any rate, here it is. Number four from the Bin O'Shame :


Design: Oriental Beauty

Designer: Julia Hawkins

Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the September 2007 (Issue 190) UK Cross Stitcher magazine. Kit began October 2007. Resumed stitching Sunday, January 17, 2016.




As of Sunday, January 17, 2016:



Once I have completed this one, I will be a third of the way through my unofficial goal of 12 finishes for the year, all of them coming from the Bin O'Shame. Cause for a small happy dance, no? :)

Time for me to be off. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!


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C. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Overnight Shift Weekend Finish

I am so happy this one is finished. While it went quite quickly, I didn't really enjoy stitching it. The symbols that were used were a bit confusing, so I wasn't able to rip through it as quickly as I could have. Still in all, it *is* finished, and that is all that matters. 




Design: Antique Roses (greeting card kit)




Designer: Hallmark

Fabric Used: Unknown 16 count. The nearest approximation is Stoney Point by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit. It is probable that it is DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 


Stitcher's Notes: Kit included in a birthday card for mom. Card purchased in Virginia in either 1995 or 1996 at a Hallmark Gold Crown store. Returned to the project on Thursday, January 14, 2016. 



As of Friday, January 15, 2016:




Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016:




It is a bit overcast today, so the picture is not as nice as I would like it. The fabric is actually the exact color in the first picture. It's more of a seafoam green, rather than the sage color in the finish picture. DH remarked on the very Victorian feel to it. I think once I get my sewing machine, this one will be turned into a small pillow. I am picturing lots of lace and things. 

Well, I had best be off. A headache has now set in and I am in need of a nap. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.


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C. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

First World Stitcher Problems

One of the downsides to having only one hobby is the accumulation of so. much. stuff! over a very long period of time. Occasionally, I love to paw through it to see what I have. It's like shopping at home without having to change out of your jammies :D. 

And then there is the flip side of the coin. Where one runs into abandoned projects that are so old that they can be carbon dated. It is really not fun when it is a kit and there are no DMC numbers involved. Which is frustrating. The good news is, I had the foresight to purchase a second one of these because I was terrified that I was going to run out of floss. Even pre-internet days, word had gotten around that the floss amounts in kits was not so great! 

Here it is. Number three from the Bin O'Shame projects and another 20+ year UFO at that!



Design: Antique Roses (greeting card kit)




Designer: Hallmark

Fabric Used: Unknown 16 count. The nearest approximation is Stoney Point by Wichelt

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit. It is probable that it is DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 


Stitcher's Notes: Kit included in a birthday card for mom. Card purchased in Virginia in either 1995 or 1996 at a Hallmark Gold Crown store. Returned to the project on Thursday, January 14, 2016. 


Project as of Thursday, January 14, 2016:





As of Friday, January 15, 2016:



I have the weekend which is good. I should be able to make some serious headway on this piece. Michelle Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs has issue another challenge on the official Heaven and Earth Designs Facebook group. This challenge is 1000 stitches in stair step stitching. The challenge begins today and runs until March. I did sign up for the challenge as the QS Evil Queen could stand some attention. However, I am not too entirely certain that I am going to enjoy this type of stitching as it leaves other blocks unstitched. I prefer to stitch all of one color whenever there are huge blocks of color. I think it will be annoying to have to go back and fill all that other stuff in. Still, in all, the point of the challenge is to think outside of the box and grow a bit as a stitcher. Even at my age, that's never a bad thing.

Well, I had best be off. It's time for breakfast and there are chores that need attention. I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


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C. 



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Second Finish From The Bin O'Shame 2016


Well, that went quicker than I thought it was going to go. Not that I am complaining, mind you! I think I may have to try and track down the first two parts of this series. I really do love Sheila Hudson 's work and miss seeing her designs in the UK magazines. 

Without further ado, here is the second finish from the Bin O'Shame projects!



Design: William Morris Tile 

Designer: Sheila Hudson 

Fabric Used: 28 count black jobelan by Wichelt

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

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the July 1996 UK Cross Stitcher magazine. Substituted the called for 28 count antique white jobelan for 28 count black jobelan by Wichelt as I wanted the piece to look like stained glass. Began the piece in August 1996.




As of Wednesday, January 13, 2016:



Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016:





I had best be off. Lots to do this afternoon. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 


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C. 



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday Two For The Show

I decided to continue with my grand plans for the Bin O'Shame projects in the year and picked up my latest WIP from said Bin O'Shame . I have had this current piece for almost 20 years, so yea, it's time I got off of my backside and got on with it. As I had lost the original DMC, I had to go out and purchase more in order to complete the project. Thankfully, there is not a huge difference in the dye lots. 20 years is an awfully long time in between dye lots!

Well, at any rate, here is where I am now:



Design: William Morris Tile 

Designer: Sheila Hudson 

Fabric Used: 28 count black jobelan by Wichelt

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

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the July 1996 UK Cross Stitcher magazine. Substituted the called for 28 count antique white jobelan for 28 count black jobelan by Wichelt as I wanted the piece to look like stained glass. Began the piece in August 1996.




As of Sunday, January 10, 2016:



As of Wednesday, January 13, 2016:



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

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C. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

One For The Money

Well, I did it. I managed to get the first of the Bin O'Shame projects finished for the year. I decided to use my unofficial yearly goal of 12 projects a month as the Bin O'Shame projects. This way I can kill two birds with one stone. This will also serve to get the Bin O'Shame  even further caught up. 

I had picked up the first project from the Bin O'Shame  after I had finished stitching the Peeps from my last post. Then I saw why it had sat for so long. The fabric had not only become stained, but there were large sections that were stitched totally in the wrong color. The project was just too far long to salvage anything, so it was just scrapped. Thankfully, it was stitched in DMC and not in silks. I then went to pick up another one, and the same thing happened! Quelle horreur! So, both of those will now be do overs. *sigh*. Ah, well. These things happen I suppose. 

So, this left me with the following:



Bin O'Shame  total as of Thursday, January 7, 2016: 27


That is an encouraging number. Now, if I can just keep at this, I will be even happier :). Work has gotten really, really busy so there is that. I am hoping to get more stitching time in, but you know how that goes. So, I guess I will just take it easy and just enjoy the journey this year. 

Here is is, the very first Bin O'Shame finish for 2016:


Design: September Dragon taken from the leaflet Gemstone Dragons (DD-69)

Designer: Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

Fabric Used: 14 count white opalescent aida

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 796, 798, 799, 800 and 806. Kreinik metallic thread #4 #001 HL Silver, #032 Pearl #4 braid, and #051 HL Sapphire blending filament. 


Stitcher's Notes: Piece picked back up on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016. Piece initially started in 2003 or 2004. 


As of Thursday, January 7, 2016:






Finished Sunday, January 2016:





Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!


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C. 


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Not Quite The Finish I Was Looking For...

...however, one takes one's finished where one can. I had wanted to have the motif I am stitching from Quaker's Dozen by Julia Line of Long Dog Samplers at least finished by now, however, due to the weather, I have had some bad headaches. This means no stitching on 48 count Napery Ivory Dower linen or Lady of The Flag on 28 count Cashel linen from Picture This Plus in Phantom. More is the pity, I suppose. 

I did manage to get this guy from Kit Mountain finished up in no time at all. I just love this chart. As I adore Peeps from the Just Born candy company. I am, however, a traditionalist, in that I want the chicks in the color yellow, and the bunnies in pink. When I was growing up, those were your choices. Other than take it or leave it :). DH cannot fathom my fascination and/or love of these treats, but then again, I am hard put to explain it myself. :)

Well, at any rate, here it is. #1 from Kit Mountain and the first finish of the year!





Design: Hangin' With My Peeps (discontinued)




Designer: Sue Hillis for Sue Hillis Designs

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

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

Stitcher's Notes: Left off wording. Please note that at this time, this chart is not for sale and/or trade. 







Well, I had best be off. Lots to do today, but all of it fun. I hope everyone is having a great week and a good start to the new year! :)


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C.