Sunday, January 31, 2016

Victoria Sampler Birthday Needleroll

Last week I started and finished the stitching of the September Birthday Needleroll kit by Victoria Sampler. It's a really cute little blue sampler that will be hemstitched (maybe this week) and made into a needleroll.  I don't think it will take much time for the final finishing, but hemstitching always takes me awhile to set up.

September Birthday Needleroll Kit
Victoria Sampler

I'm not sure if I'll jump right into the hemstitching this week or if I'll work a little more on this Victoria Sampler biscornu that I started here.  Some of my old WIPs are calling my name as well.  I'd love to finish some older projects that I've had laying around for literally years, such as Around the World in 80 Stitches. 

These days, I've been on a small kick and there always seems to be another small kit or design calling my name as one gets finished up.  So, I need to decide to work on something a little bigger and maybe finish one of my BAPs up or work on some more smalls.  Decisions decisions....  I also feel like playing with prick and pounce set again and transferring some more designs.  

Well, it's time for me to get off this computer and get busy with some stitchin'.  

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Some Finishing along with some Final Finishing

I've been making good use of my stash lately doing up some little kits that I've had laying around for quite some time.  The final finishing bug seems to have hit me too.  I've been doing everything from covering buttons to lacing pieces for framing.  Below are some pics.

The above little spool was a limited edition alphabet kit by Needle Work Press although it would be easy enough to kit something like this up oneself by using an old wooden spool and a bit of banding and choosing the alphabet font of your choice. I chose to stitch mine with Crescent Colours Bing Cherry and the butterfly button and the button on top both came from my stash.

Next, are the Covered Buttons designed by Jeanette Douglas.  The kit came with three designs and all of the specialty threads needed to stitch them, but it only had one big button for the final finishing. The pendant was in my crafty stash for a couple of years now, waiting for the perfect design.  I was really happy when I saw that the strawberry fit.  I picked up a few covered buttons at my local fabric shop in the largest size I could find and was delighted that tulip would fit on one of them.  The button that came with the kit is a bit larger so I had to play around to see which would fit on what.  I've noticed a lot of these little covered buttons and pendants popping up over on Instagram and I can understand why.  They are so quick and easy to make!  I'm quite happy with how these three little designs turned out.

I should probably mention the little beaded felt strawberry as well.  I made this up last summer.  I have a few of the Just Nan mice kits in my stash and wanted to practice the finishing (which is more or less a strawberry) before make these little kits up.  Unfortunately, this is the only one that turned out well.  I plan on trying my hand at a few more though because they are pretty cute. :)

 Finally, I did a little bit of framing.  Both of these pieces were stitched quite awhile ago and laying in my "need to be finished" pile.  The light green frame was one that I picked up at the Dollar store years ago (try to find a frame like that at the dollar store now!).

 "Canada" was framed with a shadow box that I've had laying around for some time as well.  I had a hard time getting this one to line up perfectly and if you look closely you can probably see that it's still a little crooked.  After about an hour of playing around with it I gave up and decided it was good enough. It always surprises me at just how long it takes to lace up a design for framing, but it is so worth it in the end.

So, that's it for my little finishing spree.  With all of my WIPs I shouldn't be searching for new projects, but I did.  I've started a needleroll (another new finish for me) that shouldn't take too long to stitch up.  No pics for now since there really isn't much to show.

Happy Monday!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

First finish for 2016

Wow! Can you believe that not only is it 2016, but we're also half-way through January too!  I dare say how time flies....

I finished these Plum Pudding Needleart pieces a few days ago.  Sometimes, it's so nice to work on monochromatic designs that don't require a whole lot of thought.  These were fun and easy to do and really didn't take much stitching time at all.

Holiday Samplings
Plum Pudding Needleart
DMC 115

The candy cane was definitely my favourite, but I really like the Season's Greetings piece too.  I used one of my favourite reds for these, DMC 115.  They weren't finished in time for this past Christmas, but that gives me a whole year to get around to the final finishing, right?  haha  

Next up is an "almost" finish.  That's one of those finishes where you just have a little bit left, but no thread in your stash that is suitable to complete it.

Tiny Spring Violet Sampler
The Sweetheart Tree

(The colours are really off in this picture.  It is definitely a lot warmer in real life.)

The only part left to stitch is an Oblique Herringbone border that is stitched just along the inside of the deeper purple border.  The pattern calls for Kreinik Silver Cable for this stitch.  I've never heard of Silver Cable before, so I'm a little intrigued. An order will have to be placed for the missing thread which should be fun since I haven't placed one in awhile.  :)  

Finally, I'll talk about all that stuff everyone talks about this time of year:  2015 achievements and 2016 goals.  I just browsed through my 2015 finishes and decided I wasn't that productive last year and I don't really have any goals for 2016.  So, I'm not going to bother with all of that this year.  I just want to have fun stitching and I'm not going to worry about how much I've completed or make any plans for finishing any particular projects.  I'm just going to stitch what I feel like whenever I feel like it.  :)  

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!  And I'm wishing you many happy stitches for 2016!