Guess Who!

“Frida,” by Barbara Ana Designs. Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher (Spring 2018).

Also, if you haven’t listened to The History Chicks podcast, go listen NOW. They did a lovely episode on Frida Kahlo.

Happy Stitching!

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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. šŸ˜›

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

“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.

Truth: Fear Not

I’m taking today to slowdown after a hectic and emotional week to regroup and relax. Praise God- I think we found our next place to rent. We will know tomorrow if we are “accepted.” It’s a house with a HUGE backyard for the dogs in the country. I’m ready. Praying- Without going into too much detail, I’m having some health enigmas going on and will have a “minimally invasive” test/procedure done on Thursday. Hopefully, there will be answers after many years of think it was one thing and finding out that it wasn’t.


But anyway: a lot of craftiness has been going on in ChateauĀ Dog Hair! First of all, “Fear Not” is coming along lovely. I love playing with shading with over-dyed thread. I can see myself getting this one done this month. I keep going back and forth to my basket to stare at my two Mirabilia kits: At the Met & The Pincushion Fairy. Obviously, one of them is next!

I have alsoĀ REstarted my afghan. I’m not too far, so no picture. But I’m taking it slow and not ripping it all out when it’s not perfect. And I’mĀ calling my grandma up only inĀ half panic though.

In more blanket news, I have ended my search for the perfect duvet cover, because they are too expensive, and I can’t find anything I’m in love with to spend that much money on. So, I decided to make my own using two flat sheets and ribbon. I am using this tutorial. I have obsessed with this- today I even woke up at 6 determined to go get the sheets (even though I probably won’t even start it until I move). Oh, the joys for crafting neurosis!

Top of duvet cover (left), bottom (right)

Get your craft time in when you can this week, and happy stitching!

The Bilbo!

Fear Not: New Adventures

A lot of “stuff” has been going on here at Chateau Dog Hair. A lot of stressing, but thankfully, a lot of stitching, too. I’m getting married this week. We are looking to move (hopefully not out-of-state…). BF is looking for new job. And not a whole lot has been anchoring me- which has never been good for me. So hopefully a whole lot of growing has been going on, too.

So anyway, here’s the fun stitchy stuff:

I started a new project: “Fear Not,” by Little House Needleworks.


How apropos, no?! I’ve changed the pink color scheme to purples-Ā using Classic Colorworks’ Purple Aster for the dark, Crescent Colours’ Lavender Louise for the light, and I haven’t decided on the medium shade yet (probably Classic Colorworks’ Sugar Plum). But I’ll get there when I get there.

I haven’t really touched my needlepoint project. Stuck on the “Jessica” stitches.

I hope the last week of April brings a bunch of craftiness and stitchy bliss.

Happy stitching!

Stitchin’ & Knottin’ & Loopin’

There’s been a whole lot of crafting going on in casa de Dog HairĀ because of this cold weather. Belle, Bilbo, and I have been cuddled up! Isn’t Ā winter wonder like that?

First up, I’ve been stitching away on Ink Circle’s “What Lies Beneath.” All is going well with this one, but it took me THREE tries to get this started. Do you ever find yourself paralyzed when you first pick up a piece?

Next on the menu, I’ve picked up my tatting again and now have a lovely set of earrings! I think theseĀ will make perfect gifts this year. The pattern is from Marilee Rockley’s first Craftsy class.

Last, but not least, I’ve started an afghan using my grandma’s knitting pattern. It was rough casting on 300 stitches for the first time ever, but got it after a few tries. I will post a pic when I have at least two stripes.

So stay warm, my friends! Can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s post from this past month.

Happy stitching!

 

Catch Up

Long time, no see! Though I’ve been M.I.A., I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and WIPs during the Thanksgiving break! I’m also currently OBSESSED with reading The Spinster Stitcher‘s blog. Seriously- I’m in 2010 in her posts; she’s hilarious with lovely projects. And I feel like our dogs could be BFFs.

Things have been pretty slow stitching-wise. Other than needlework blog reading, I’ve only been able to pick up my projects a handful of times- I managed to complete the alphabet in “Fibery Friends” and started the bottom half of the piece… a few weeks ago. Still enjoying this one!   The top project on my list needs to be “Knee High” as it’s my dad’s Christmas present. I FINALLY got my missing color replaced and can FINALLY get into the home stretch on that one. When I’m off Thursday and Friday, I’m going to be INVINCIBLE and marathon stitch that project to completion (or at least very near to completion)! Well, that’s the plan anyway. šŸ™‚ I’m sure Belle will be none too amused at having to act like a lady while I stitch for awhile. I think a trip to the dog park will be necessary for me to even be able to get any “decent” amount of stitching done.

The baby Belle

During Thanksgiving, I was able to go home and visit my parents. As always I sweet talked my mom (not too hard to do as she’s just in love with xstitch as me) into taking a trip to the local needlework store. My BF and five year old niece were our chauffeurs to make sure we behaved and didn’t go overboard there. Side note: Soon the BF will be the only sane anchor in our stitchy pursuits as my niece is a budding xstitcher and made out with quite a nice haul if I do say so myself (and I’m gifting her with more for Christmas). While there I saw “And Heaven and Nature Sing”  by Kathy Barrick and my mom caved in and bought it for me. She also talked me into trying silk threads for the first time ever for that project. I’m so excited about trying a non-cotton thread. I feel so grown up in the cross stitch world! šŸ™‚ So I’m patiently awaiting my package of 40ct (yikes!) linen and silk thread and will begin on this endeavor AFTER “Knee High.” Really, call me out if I start this Goliath before I finish it…. In the meantime, I’m researching to death how to use silk thread so I don’t mess up.

In other crafty news, I made my own happy place- a.k.a. my own stitchy corner! I got an OttLite on sale a while ago and haven’t been able to use it as I wanted to. So I got an $8 TV table, and the rest is history. I’m serious— I’m going to hermit in this spot all Thursday and Friday.  This new arrangement will hopefully help my posture, eyesight, and amount of time I can pick up my needlework.

Thanks for reading my hefty update. I know I’m late, but I have to say my Thanksgiving “what I’m thankful for,” craft edition: I’m really grateful for this community that blogging has opened up to me. On the internet and in “the real world” if you stitch/craft, you’re automatically the best person ever to me. It’s all been one big stitchy sisterhood to share and learn. Thanks for inspiring!

Bilbo chillin’!

 So I hope some of your stitchy dreams come true this week, and Happy Stitching!