Friday, August 19, 2011

New Followers, A Finish, and 2 Mystery Updates

Welcome to all my new followers!  I can't believe that there are over 250 people interested in this little blog :)
Please feel free to leave comments--it really makes my day to read them!

Renaissance Designs
Five Christmas Trees Shimmering
18ct mono canvas
DMC floss, Vineyard Silks, Elegance, Krenik, etc.

 Crazy January Challenge #13 is finished!  This is #5 in a series of 13 Christmas ornaments. And my only needlepoint piece in this challenge.  I did  make a few changes to this-I substituted several Vineyard Silks for DMC thread-no laying the thread and the sheen is beautiful. I used buttons from my stash for the small front tree instead of sequins. And I basketweaved the background (as a place to rest your eyes) and used white beads instead of french knots.

My finisher reminded me that the cut-off date for Christmas finishing is coming up, so I pulled out this little one and finished it up.  #6 is ready to go on the stretcher bars. :) Only 3 more finishes to complete CJC (and one is over 1/2 done)!

Istitch Mystery
40 ct Hand-Dyed Fibers Jackalope fabric
Mystery Hand-Dyed Fiber silk thread

This mystery is going to be so cute!  And I am even stitching it on the dreaded 40 ct fabric (with my lighted magnifier, of course). But I wanted to tell you about this mystery thread.  I participated in a Christmas exchange last year on the JAT board.  This thread came as part of that exchange.  It was in a baggie of "odds and ends" from Vikki Clayton's HDF.  Maybe they were ends to a production batch?? 

 Anyhow I have no idea what the name of this silk thread is and I am praying that I have enough to finish this design!!  There is 25ft of 6 ply thread. Click on the picture to see the gorgeous cranberry, lavender, pink and blue overdye.

L'Atelier Perdu Mystery-Part 1
28 ct Jubilee evenweave-color Platinum
DMC threads

I can't believe this first part is finished!  Much sweat was expended to get this far!  I did make a slight change to the pattern.  There is a solid line of medium brown border outside of the dark brown border, but inside of the medium brown border.  I like the border as-is and decided to leave off that last solid border.  What do you think?  Part 2 is already here and the final installment is on it's way!

Have a great stitchy weekend!


Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish! It is too cute. I can't get over how you are zooming through the challenge! You go girl!!

Beautiful work on the mystery pieces!

Enjoy your weekend!

RuthB said...

Congrats on wonderful stitching all around!!! That renaissance piece is absolutely lovely! Thanks for reminding me I'm waaaaay behind on the needlepoint coming up to that crucial Christmas cut off.

I've got my fingers crossed that your VC silk lasts becaues it's just beautiful in the Mystery.

Madame Samm said...

OHHH I like your stitchings and you glad you stopped by lol

Jules said...

Lovely stitching as always! I really like those trees!!!

Jennifer M. said...

Your stitching is absolutely beautiful. I love your needlepoint piece. I was looking at your past project finishes too. I just love them all. :)

I look forward to seeing more of your stitching.


Tricia said...

Finish #13?? WOW! Good for you! I need to keep going on mine! : ) Great wips, too!

Gabi said...

Congrats on the beautiful finish. Both of your Mystery pieces are looking gorgeous.