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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

27. Boo! by Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

28. Yule by The Primitive Hare. Finished Monday, November 27, 2017

29. Merry One by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Saturday, December 9, 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-

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. 




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! :)


Respectfully submitted,



Tracy J said...

I know exactly what you mean about how small the chart is, a little disappointing but since I have my own printer at home and I always make a working copy anyway, I enlarged it in the printing options. I opted for 125% which was sufficient.

Needless to say, I am currently working on the same mermaid.

Need to know: the chart size states 100 x 112 but it is actually 100 x 212.

Looking forward to seeing your progress and your changes.

Tracy J said...

I forgot to mention that we hit 100 degrees on May 1st here in Phoenix so I feel your pain. I plan to stay in the A/C for the next 5 months.