On a Roll!

August 5, 2012

Filed under: Cross Stitch — Abi @ 1:47 am

I’ve decided to spend some time finishing off some cross stitch projects.  First up is an ornament that I finished stitching in 2009.  It has been sitting in a box since then.  It is so nice to finally have it stuffed and displayed.  :)

I also, finally finished what was supposed to be Ayame’s first Christmas ornament.  I have no idea when the stitching for this was completed.  The photos I have on my gallery were from December 2007, and the snowman still needed a hat.  Anyway, here it is, finally finished into a flat ornament.  I made the cord with white and 816 DMC.  This was stitched over 2 on 40 ct linen.

This Time Last Year

July 15, 2012

Filed under: Cross Stitch, Family — Tags: , , , — Abi @ 8:53 pm

This blog was hacked in February last year… so I was not able to blog about major life events.  Thank goodness for FB and Twitter!

Anyway, this time last year, I was about 30 weeks preggers with #3 aka FML aka The Giant Viking Baby.

Around this time, I also gave birth to a stitching baby.

Wildlife by Eva Rosenstand was started on November 26, 2003, ignored for most of 2006-2009 and finally finished on July 22, 2011.  I haven’t framed it yet.  I would love to send it to Jill Rensel, and by send I mean personally deliver and pick up because I’m not mailing something so massive and so important.  I would also have to visit her shop daily to make sure the piece is still there and hasn’t gone missing or had any accidents.  So yeah… I think I will have to find foam core or a mat board big enough to stretch this piece on and frame it myself… I could order a frame at Michaels or a local shop after stretching and just bring it in when the frame is done.  We shall see.

Where Did Fall Go?

December 1, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch, Everyday Blah — Tags: — Abi @ 5:19 pm

The last time I blogged, I whined about summer ending.  And now, here we are at the end of Autumn.  The leaves in the front and side yards have been raked, the Christmas tree is up and it now gets dark at 4:30 PM.  I find myself being incredibly restless around 2pm.  I think this is my body going nuts as there would only be a few hours of sunlight left for the day.  That’s just something I never really got used to.  I grew up with the sunrise at 6 AM and sunset at 6:30 PM schedule.  Dark at 4:30 just does not agree with me.  I suppose I could always get up early to enjoy more sunshine, but I’m thinking maybe not.  LOL.

And to prove that I do stitch, here’s some progress on Wildlife.

Slightly Better

June 16, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch — Tags: , — Abi @ 9:09 am

These pics are slightly better.  I went out on the deck, laid down a towel and put my project over it.  I really need to improve on my needlework photography skills.

ETA:  I am using 35 count undyed linen from Vikki Clayton and 1 strand regular (over 2) and 1 strand premium Purple Purple aka Old Maid of the Aubergine silk also from Vikki Clayton.  I tried to get a good “view” of the weight difference in the silks with the close up shots.  I hope you can see them!

Paradigm Lost Progress

June 14, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch — Tags: , — Abi @ 12:26 pm

I picked up this project again on Friday night.  I think I made decent progress.  I frogged out a couple of the smaller motifs that were originally done in 1 strand regular and re-stitched them with 1 strand premium.  I really like the effect.  I wish I could stitch faster!  Sorry for the awful pictures.  The sun seems to be on strike and even with the help of my OTT lamp, this is the best I could do.

This is Still a Stitching Blog

May 20, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch — Tags: , , , — Abi @ 12:01 pm

I still stitch here and there.  But today I’m showing a project that was started who-knows-when, then abandoned while I decided whether I liked the colors I picked or not.  The chart was a gift from Glenda.  The silks are from HDF.  I am using premium Indigo Ocean for the Xs and regular for backstitching on 28 count light gray Lugana.

Rosemarkie by Long Dog

Blackstone Fantasy Garden Progress

March 2, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch — Tags: , — Abi @ 11:54 am

I was hoping to stitch all weekend, but that didn’t happen.  I just had a lot of errands to take care of and all that fun stuff.  Nevertheless, there was some progress on this project.

Cheryl - its not hard to stitch on 40 count.  I think stitching over one (no matter what count) is harder!  :)  You just need a really good lamp and its easy peasy.

A New Start

February 25, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch, Family, Life — Tags: , — Abi @ 5:04 pm

T mentioned that I’ve been stitching the same project over and over and over again.  It’s always the same monochromatic Quaker style.  I saw this as an opportunity to start something new!  :)

I’ve had the chart for Blackstone Fantasy Garden for a long time now.  I bought the floss pack for it ages ago as well.  The only thing missing was the fabric.  I could never decide what to use with it.  Yesterday, the decision was really easy.  I hate doing individual Xs with 2 strands, so I grabbed a piece of 40 count so I could stitch with 1 strand.  :)  Easy peasy!

Here’s what I have done so far:

I realize now that the photo is HORRIBLE.  Maybe I’ll try the scanner tomorrow.  I’m better off doing that than waiting for the sun to shine in my neck of the woods.


In other news…  Last night we went OUT for dinner.  WITH the kids.  It was just at the local pub/grill, but still it was OUT.  A server came and asked what I wanted and someone else cooked it and it was BROUGHT it to me.  :)  And our food was good (I had fish and chips).  And I even got to eat it.  WHILE IT WAS WARM!!!  And the kids didn’t explode.  Well… Reeve had a mini fit 2 seconds before we were about to leave, but it was close to his bedtime and he calmed down after I picked him up so he’s forgiven.  :)

Paradigm Lost Progress

February 23, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch, Family — Tags: , , — Abi @ 8:05 pm

I picked this up again a couple of weeks ago.  That gigantic motif was a complete pain in the ass.  I had to restitch the sections three times.  Just when I thought I was almost done, I realized that I was off by one stitch.  Frogged everything, started stitching again, was off again…  Oh the fun!  I finally finished it and the next motif was a breeze.

Before (taken on 9/2/2009):


It has been a relaxing project to work on.  I only have to keep track of one color :)  I also love how my stitches look when using only 1 strand.

In Reevie news, he is feeling much better!

2nd Finish for 2010

February 22, 2010

Filed under: Cross Stitch, Family — Tags: , , — Abi @ 11:02 am

I started Coffin Buzz from Plum Street Samplers a while ago and forgot about it for some time.  I picked it up again a few weeks ago and it has been a blast working on it.  I was hoping that 1 skein of Kodiakery would be enough for the entire design, but just in case, I decided to stitch the stars, cup and year last.  1 skein was not even close to being enough and that turned out to be a good thing!  I used Black Iris for the rest of the design and it worked out so well!

It was stitched on 32 count Country Mocha Belfast, using 1 strand of Premium HDF.  You can see more pics here.

I’m still working on Paradigm Lost, another HDF project.  I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow.


In other news… in the battle Reeve vs dining table, guess who won?

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