Monday, September 23, 2013

Double the starts

So I did a little something silly for IHSW -- I started two new projects! (I know, I know. I already have a kajillion on the go, what the hell am I thinking starting more? Trust me, I squash that little voice often!)

So my little stitchy group got together on Friday night and most of us started an "A-maze-ing Dessert" from Glendon Place as a sort-of SAL. There's a Pumpkin Swirl, a Tiramisu, a moldy Plum Pudding (aka Plum Pudding done in greens instead of purples), and I started Baked Alaska.

This is my first time using Dinky Dyes silks and so far I am liking them very much! Others in the stitchy group have also found them a joy to stitch with. There's just something about quality silks!

The group hadn't really seen each other since before the summer, so more talking than stitching got done. I'll have an actual progress pic when there are more than 10 stitches to show off.

I also started another project -- can anyone guess what it might be?

Both of these projects are done in silk - I forgot how lovely stitching with silk is! I'm tempted to start a few more things now. LOL

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The biggest dress ever

I've been working on Elizabeth by Mirabilia in spurts lately, but there has definitely been progress! The big black bow is mostly done and I've finally started adding to her skirt on the left-hand side. Knowing there are several more pages of pattern just of her skirt ... it blows my mind how big her dress is. Holy cow she's going to be huge!

Thankfully she's beautiful and fun to stitch. :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Another happy dance!

It feels so good to have another happy dance! I finished Metamorphosis by Ink Circles for the third time.

I changed the colours for this one a few times mid-way through the project, and I'm so glad I did. I think the progression from yellow to orange to red works really well. It's all ironed and ready to go to the framers later this week.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Neglected Blackwork

I don't think I've touched my blackwork project, Ciara Blue by Blackwork Journey, all summer. It feels like it's been forever! I finally picked it up tonight and gave it a little love.

It is definitely a delicate, beautiful piece. I totally love it.

I do find blackwork difficult to concentrate on for long periods of time. It is best done in short spurts. :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

six motifs done & one to go

The fire colourway of Metamorphosis by Ink Circles is looking great! I am loving how this piece is growing! 

Just one more motif in dark red to go!

Monday, September 2, 2013

An unexpected happy dance

I went to visit my parents briefly this weekend and of course I took a few projects along with me. Mostly I did schoolwork, but I did find a few late night hours to put into stitching. Lo and behold, I made progress. A lot of progress!

So much progress, in fact, that Birds of a Feather by From Nancy's Needle, my very first counted canvas piece, was finished!

I am delighted with how it turned out though. And yes, I will stitch another canvas piece, but I've decided not to start something right away. I'd like to make some more progress on the size of my WIP pile before I start more projects (and there are already a few new planned starts in the pipeline).

I'd like to frame it and put it on the wall, but I'm undecided how I want it framed and what colour mats to put with it. Any suggestions? I think this one might require some prolonged thought before it goes to visit the framer.