WIP: Winter Window


Back to Basics

After falling in love with many other crafts over the past few years (knitting, crocheting, shuttle tatting, and beading), I find myself slowly wading back towards cross stitching, with my head down, hoping my needles aren’t resentful of my neglect of them.

I’ve picked up one of my oldest WIPs (I remember being in college with this one, so it’s definitely over five years old): “Winter Window” by Susan Bates (The World of Cross Stitching– Issue 197).

I don’t think I’ve ever stitched a full-coverage piece. It’s actually pretty intense for my brain and my eyes (so much confetti), but I’m enjoying every minute of it. Also, this is definitely the most backstitch I’ve ever had to do, so I plan to do it as I go along….That way, I won’t dread it as much! 🙂

Today’s progress: Started the star ornament- I got to stitch a little today before work, on my breaks, and after work.

I’m in love with this whole series and want to stitch all four windows! AND HAPPY THOUGHT for today: I go away for a while with no stitching and I come back to GRIDDED evenweave!? (I’m going to get my hands on some for the next three windows!)

It’s so close to the weekend, and I’m already daydreaming about slowing down and curling up with my “Winter Window.”

Happy Stitching, all!

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.

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.

Happy Stitching!

My Autumn Mantel & Two FFOs

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


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


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


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!

Weekend Finish

img_2849It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a finish (cross stitching or knitting). I consider myself to be a slow stitcher, so I’m happy that I have this one to add to my “to finish” pile. I started this project Friday afternoon and just finished (Sunday afternoon).

All the details:
Barbara Ana’s “Sweeping the Garden” from Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine (Fall 2017) | Stitched 2-over-2 on 32 ct Zweigart linen in “Winter White” colorway | DMC colors (used a mix of called-for colors and my own picks)

I’m not sure how I’ll “finish” her yet (I’ve named her Tabitha by the way). I know she’s supposed to be for Fall decor, but I think she’d be perfect to have around all year. I have a huge pile of finishes that I need to frame or craft into some sort of display so I can finally have a home that looks like a stitcher lives here.

Happy stitching!