Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February TUSAL

It's that time again -- time to check out our ORTs and think about all of the progress made in the last month. It's the TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-a-long) post!

I stitched like a madwoman in January, and most of the threads are from the UCJC. I have done some stitching in February, but not as much as I'd like.

So many pretty colours though!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Second UCJC Finish!

I haven't had a lot of time to stitch lately, but I've been plugging along, and finally managed another finish, the 2009 Snowflake ornament by Tor Rhuann Designs!

It doesn't quite look like the pattern though. As I got into the backstitching, I realized that my choice of fabric for this project was totally wrong. When I had originally looked at the pattern, I had seen all of the backstitching that outlined the snowflake and automatically thought that aida would work. Now that I was tackling it, I realized that almost everything in the outside border was charted for evenweave. I would have had to poke holes in the aida constantly in order to do the border. No way, no thank you! So, I decided to ditch the outer border, and I just backstitched around the outside to add a little more bling. I think it worked really well, and I am quite happy with it. :)

Look at that bling! This is the first time I've stitched with Petite Treasure Braid, and it was wonderful to work with. Kreinik and Accentuate are nice, but this was really lovely stuff.

Hurray for finish #2, and it's not even the end of February yet!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Drama Queen - A proper page finish

Several months ago, I almost finished page 5, but I left 40 or 50 stitches of pure confetti hell for a later time. I really did need a break from such a confetti-heavy, complicated piece. So I tackled page 6 and it's gigantic chunks of red.

I haven't touched Drama Queen since the end of November.

This week, I finally had the energy to stitch DQ again, and so I took advantage of that energy by tackling the unfinished confetti on page 5 and working on some of the white/off white stitching on page 6.

The confetti is so strange to stitch because the colours (when they are in your needle) seem to make no sense - reds, browns, purples, blues, greens - all blend together to make the picture come alive.

It is slow, painstaking work, but I'm glad I have a real finish on page 5 finally (and 84% done page 6). I need another break now ... LOL.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Swirly Snow - Update 1

I couldn't resist picking up another easy silk project, so I spent the last few days putting stitches into the project from Day 6 of my UCJC - Swirly Snow. I was such a pleasure to stitch!

I think I've almost recovered from the stress and strain of the UCJC. I think I'm ready to pick up Drama Queen again. Hurray for confetti!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A WIPocalypse Finish!

It's that time again ... WIPocalypse is drawing near and we must finish projects!!

So, I did. :)

I finished my first ornament of the year: Christmas Eve Flight by thesamplergirl.com.

I did not forsee this as my first finish from my Ultimate Crazy January Challenge. Funny how things work out. Now I need to figure out what I feel like stitching next!

(Only 30 more finishes to go .... hrmm, might be a tall order.)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tribal Butterfly - Update 1

After the hustle and bustle of the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, I desperately needed to pick up a relaxing project. I just couldn't handle the thought of working on my complicated Drama Queen, so instead I picked up my Tribal Butterfly from Day 4 of UCJC.

It's not surprising that I picked up a silk project (I do {heart} silk after all), but I needed it to be as simple as possible. No variegated threads, no complicated patterns, just an easy and fun stitch.

Now that I'm feeling more like my usual stitchy self, it's time to switch to something else (but not DQ yet).