First Finish of the Year

…and I’m OK with that. I am absolutely AMAZED I was able to complete it in a month!

“Christmas Island Santa” from Mill Hill’s Tropical Santas collection

And wow, it was all about the details…

 

 

Stitching Journal Pages
First ornament down, 15 more to go (unless the 2018 Santas match the theme):

 

My “Stitch Maynia” was stitching every day. I did good! Only 3 days off (and it was mostly because of travel).

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So what’s next for June?

I am trying to take it slow and easy to keep my stitching stress level at a ZERO. I am also excited that I will be able to visit Stitcher’s Paradise on an upcoming trip (heaven…but I’m budgeting, and I can only take a small bag to fit under the airplane seat!).

  • Start and finish Mill Hill’s “Captain Santa”
  • Complete 1/2 of “Once Upon a Time Sampler” border

Peace, joy, and happy stitching!

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Fall Huddle

I love the pace of Fall. Gorgeous sunrises, shorter days, cozier nights. This cycle perfectly lends itself to handiwork. One of my goals is to slow down and enjoy the season. At least nowadays we don’t have to stitch by candlelight. 🙂

Other than a new start, my focus has been (and will be until I finally finish) Nora Corbett’s Halloween Fairy. This is a gift for my sister, and at this point, I am ready to be DONE with this one! *cough*So I can start on my own At the Met.*cough* I am at the homestretch – stitching the moon and the rest of the vines and beading – but am having a hard time staying motivated. It’s going to be my focus this weekend.
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In “knitting news,” I almost have my second “for me” shawl. A “for me” is a finished object that I keep for myself. I have knitted several shawls but only have one “for me.” I have the last garter section to do for All About that Brioche shawl by Lisa Hannes. I will definitely have it done by Thanksgiving which makes me very happy.
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Happy Stitching!

My Autumn Mantel & Two FFOs

I’ve finally decorated for Fall, and I put some finishing touches on two finished pieces.

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Barbara Ana’s “Sweeping the Garden”: Attached by magnet so I can switch up the displays!

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The Sampler Girl’s “A Pumpkin of My Own”

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Bunting I knitted a while back

 

This Week’s WIPs

This week I’m focusing on three projects I have going on:

1. My first punch needle! “Petite Prims Series: Flag,” by The Old Tattered Flag
It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of how it’s turning out. I’ve already “stashed” two more punch patterns, weavers cloth, and a couple of issues of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch magazine. Man, are my shoulders tensing up from this though!

2. More progress on Nora Corbett’s “Halloween Fairy”! I’ve been working on this one for over a year on and off for my sister, and I’m just ready for it to be framed! I am beading and back-stitching as I go. Cross stitch-wise, I only have the pumpkins and the moon left, then the rest of the Kreinik and beading will follow! I can actually SEE the finish line!

3. Also close to the finish line: “Moon Sicke,” by The Primitive Needle. So far, I don’t regret omitting the alphabet sampler in the middle. There’s only SO MANY alphabets you can cross stitch in a certain time frame and not go crazy. 😛

I hope everyone’s week is going well and that you find some crafty time!
Happy stitching!
-Amy

Start-itus 

Picking out colors for a random weekend start: “Sweeping the Garden,” by Barbara Ana Designs (Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine, Fall 2017).

Bought this magazine so I could learn punch needle, but I’m still waiting on my hoop. 

“Rabbit Run” Start

Indeed, “my soul is fed by needle and thread.” Needed a new start so I picked up The Praire Schooler’s Rabbit Run. I am FLYING through it.

32 ct. white linen; DMC 3787, Gentle Art’s Daffodil, Evergreen, Morning Glory, and Rhubarb.

Dog Days of Summer

Hi stitchers!

Well the dog days of summer are officially here…and it’s hot.  That means more time for crafting inside in the nice air conditioning.

Contrary to the amounts of posts on this blog, I HAVE been stitching.

I’ve been furiously working on Barbara Ana’s All Creatures Great and Small (40 ct linen, 1-over-2, picking colors at random based on her DMC suggestions). I love working on this piece. I have the upper-left corner DONE:

 

I also picked up Prairie Schooler’s Miss Fortune again and I’m flying through it:

 

I was also knitting up a storm but have had to slow down because of hand/wrist/finger pain from knitting TOO MUCH. I have a few socks finished and some more on the needles (Ravelry: doghairstitchery). And celebration: I just cast on my first sweater!

 

Currently working on (other than socks): Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL (huge wrap). 

I have a lot of stitching/knitting plans like usual- including our wedding sampler that I FINALLY picked out and kitted up (over a year after the fact). I can’t wait to share: A Sweeter Love by Plum Street Samplers; 36 ct. Vintage Buttercream by Lakeside Linens, using the called for NPI Silks. [I rarely stitch in silk. I love it when I do though; I have silk tastes on a DMC budget, as I like to say, BUT if there was a time to stitch in silk, this is IT! ;)]

Happy stitching!
Amy