Here is what I have accomplished after my first-ever needlepoint class this past weekend! I know it doesn't look like much got done. But I learned a lot about technique (which I sorely needed). And I feel very confident to move on. To see what this is going to look like when finished see below-
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Almost finished with Part 1
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Another CJC finish! This one was so fun to stitch. I could see the fabric easily without my magnifier and that allowed me to stitch in bed. :)
I did make a few changes-the most obvious is the addition of 13 buttons from my stash. I didn't have the embellishment pack from SB. And I didn't have beads big enough for this either. So I used tiny buttons for the holly berries along the vine at the top and on the headband. I also used 3 sheep buttons on the bottom. But I also wanted to personalize this a little for me. So I took a charm off of my old charm bracelet (from junior high) and put it on the man's pennant at the bottom. (it is a snowman). I was missing 3 of the DMC #5 perle cottons in my stash, so I substituted them too.
I am taking this one to my local finisher. I saw a couple of these SB stockings last year that she finished and they looked fantastic! Luckily my local EGA mtg is this Saturday and I'll see her there.
Now, I need to pull out a large and a small start out of the Crazy January Challenges. I think BBD's Mystery Sampler is up next, but not sure about the small piece. I'll keep you posted! Have a great day!
Monday, March 14, 2011
This SAL doesn't officially start until March 15th, but I wanted to get a head start. I frogged the first purple border because I used only 1 thread and didn't like the coverage. Two threads seem to give it more texture. I have changed many of the called-for threads because this linen is a little dark and I wanted brighter colors. But I am not sure about this orange on the letters?? What do you think? I also pulled a raspberry color and am thinking to try a letter with it too.
This one has been kitted up long enough! I am anxous to see more of this one, but thank heavens for my magnifier! Honestly, couldn't I have picked smaller projects??
Look! I found an old frame for BBD's Spring Fling. And it looks great! Please excuse the dot from glare. One more finish-finished.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I did make one color change- I used the brighter blue from Joseph's robe (DMC 317) for the flowers in the border instead of the dusty blue from the framed area. Now on to another project!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
My first ever "real" class is in two weeks. I am nearly finished with the pre-work. Only the bottom of the middle section is left. I am excited to actually fill-in some squares!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
My heart runneth over because I completely did not expect this wonderful surprise! Wendy, thank you so very much! Please check out Wendy's cross stitch blog.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
1. I did substitute #8 Kreinik metallics for the #4 Kreiniks with a strand of DMC together.
2. I used brighter pinks-just because I like pink.
3. Decided to do the beading when I finish these.
OK-I'm checking off two more on my list. More updating on other projects later this week.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I'm going to blame this all on Siobhan! She posted about this SAL on her blog-click here.
And I have no willpower! This is how I was thinking-
"Well, do I have some extra fabric? (yes)
Well, do I have the DMC threads? (yes)
Well, what about stretcher bars or the right size hoop? (yes)
Well, do I have the time? (don't think about all the January challenges that aren't finished)
Well, what about the other Jardin Prive SAL I am also starting? (no problem-I'll do both)
Well, what about the other sampler Siobhan was blogging about-Mary Hannah Gipson? (yes, I'll do that one too-Lord, help me!)
See! It is all her fault :)