Backstitching & WIP: Poppies

   Happyily, I was blessed with a lot of time to cross stitch this past week. I also took the plunge and started backstitching on Poppies. Let’s be honest: after finishing a whole pattern, I’m not too excited about going back over everything with backstitching. So I think my new rule of thumb is to backstitch a little at a time throughout the project to keep my momentum up. I’m pretty close to finishing Poppies

Happy Stitching!

WIPs, Kits, and Finishes- Oh My!

It’s been a while- but I’ve got a lot of stitching done since then! I’ve picked up “Pretty Poppies” again. Going fairly fast.   Made a little progress on my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s “Once Upon a Time Sampler”.    Two weeks ago, I finished Little House Needlework’s “Give Thanks.” I can’t wait to get it framed and on my kitchen wall! I also have another small finish, but it’s part of a present that I can’t show yet. 😉  I have also kitted up two patterns. One of them is this cacti pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s February 2015, Issue 288. The other is “Stitchingly Ever After,” by Barbara Ann Designs.  I have also been preoccupied with reading Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. The audio book performed by Anton Lesser is amazing as well. The main character is a seamstress/needleworker. I can only image the pieces she’s working on!

Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday IV

  Stitching while sick is kinda hard. What with dizziness and lack of concentration. Still I’ve been muddling away through these pieces very slowly, and it has served to take my mind off of this and that. The first picture is my progress on the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Once Upon a Time Sampler. I started January 2014 when it was first released as a subscription. I’ve put it down since moving, but I must pick it up because it is my goal to finish it by my niece’s 6th birthday in September. So that’s the whole border and about 1.5 blocks a month. This is also a very special project to me because it is the first project that I ever stitched on linen. It was odd at the beginning, but I love it now.   Fauna is also going slowly- as I said, sick stitching can be rough, and confetti stitching makes it rougher. Still, I’m enjoying my time on this piece. Pretty Poppies is going FASTER than I thought. The colors are still keeping me cheery. Anyway, I’m off to keep recuperating with help from Bilbo. Happy stitching!

WIP Wednesday III: Snow Day(s) Edition & Kreinik Thread Trouble

2015-02-24 10.07.43Hello stitchers! I hope you all are staying warm and are able to catch up on some projects. We are on day two of NC’s Snowpocalypse with more on the way tonight! Bilbo has been enjoying this round of snow though- he loves eating it: hence his beard. 🙂

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I got a little more work done on “Pretty Poppies.” I’m very pleased with my speed of stitching at the moment and hope to keep up the momentum. I’m used to feeling bummed that I stitch very slow. I’m also hoping that it won’t take me forever to do the backstitching. The colors on this project is definitely making it hard to have the winter blues. I haven’t worked on “Fauna” lately (even though I finally got the last of my needed materials in the mail Monday). I’m having trouble using Kreinik #8 braid- what size needle do you recommend using? It won’t fit into the eye of my no. 26 needles. 😦

Also in my Monday’s mail, I received a copy of “Stitchingly Ever After” by Barbara Ann Designs. It is so adorable- so appropriate to our xstitch lifestyle, and I look forward to working on it.

Happy stitching!


WIP: Pretty Poppies


One poppy down; one more to go! Thankful that I got a good amount of stitching in this weekend; it’s too cold to do anything else. Luckily, I’m working on these flowers to remember that spring will come again!

Bilbo is very bored with this rainy and/or snowy weather; however; he has mastered the art of walking on ice. Our back porch is now officially ice free!


Happy hibernating- I mean, stitching!