WIP

Hello all! Not a lot of progress, but I did start my new project by Brooke’s Books “Fauna.” “Poppies” is also coming along smoothly. I’m just itching to do more! The weekend is right around the corner- I want to be a hermit again and get a lot of stitching done.

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I’m loving stitching on perforated paper- no hoop! The back does NOT look good though; you know, the rule that the back of your piece needs to look just like the front? Too much confetti stitching here for that rule to apply! Oh well, the back will be covered in the finishing process anyway.

Have a great rest of the week, and Happy Stitching!

WIP Weekend

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I spent a lovely weekend cross stitching…oh, and looking for a new job (nature of the unpredictable contractor beast?). So I got a lot of stitching and praying in. Keeping my head up- or trying to at least. 🙂

I also was able to visit the only locally owned craft store- only place you can find thread other than DMC. I was able to get most of what I need to start on Brooke’s Publishing’s Fauna Fairy. I have also fallen in love (I mean, head-over-heels) with all of her other designs. All of them need to be ornaments on my Christmas tree this year?! Yes!

I hope you were able to get some stitch time in this beautiful weekend.

Happy stitching!

Ready for the Weekend

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Hello xstitchers! I hope you’re staying warm in this cold snap. Bilbo’s been doing a lot of napping since it’s too cold for him to go outside and play. I’ve been getting in very little stitching time- work, housework, travel, etc. Hopefully I can hermit myself in this weekend and get a nice chunk of my “Poppies” project done.

My sick-days shopping package came in the mail yesterday! I haven’t started the new project, but I have started to gather my materials and making a list of what I need (also, another favorite thing about cross stitching- I have WAY too much fun organizing before starting a new project!).

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Pattern: “Fauna: The Fairy Witch,” by Brooke’s Books Publishing, Brooke Nolan. I love owls, so that caught my eye at first. I also have never stitched on perforated paper. This pattern is completed on two sheets of paper, so there’s a cool stackable/3D effect. There is beading (never done before), ribbon, sparkle- I just can’t wait to get started!
Needle minder: This is my first notion. It is made of wood, has a nice 3D texture, and has the word, “Stitch” on the thimble band.

I hope you all finish out the work week strong and are ready for a nice, quiet weekend of stitching and rest!

As always, happy stitching!

Xstitch Shopping- My Other Favorite Hobby

I have been so sick with sinus issues that I have had no time or energy for any cross stitching. 😦
So, instead I shopped for cross stitching! 🙂

I’ve been on Etsy where I purchased an awesome little perforated paper pattern that has beads and braids- first time I’ll be stitching on paper and shockingly I’ve never used beads in any of my other projects. I also purchased my first needleminder!

I also have my eye on a few Barbara Ann Designs at 123stich.com.

Where are your favorite places to shop for xstitch patterns/supplies?

“David and Abigail”: An Unfinished Piece

"David and Abigail [English]" (64.101.1325) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History . New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.101.1325. (May 2010

“David and Abigail [English]” (64.101.1325) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History . New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.101.1325. (May 2010).

I love seeing the bones of a piece of art: the bright, well-preserved colors, the stitcher’s plan in pencil. It is fascinating to see the different stages.

Click the link above to zoom-in on the work.