Sunday, October 22, 2023

Christmas Holly Stitch-a-Long, part 6

Hi everyone! We got in late late last night from vacation so I'm a little late putting together this post. But as I often say, it's still Sunday in my time zone. 

We were away for eleven out of the last 21 days, and I didn't bring my holly cross stitch with me -- I just brought small things I could do on the plane, in dimly-lit hotel rooms, and such. But I did a little work before I left. Well, very little work...  

Here's where I was last time: 

And here's where I am now: 

Just some filling in of the top center leaf, but that's it. Lots more to do ... for Christmas 2024. :) 

Right before we went out of town I had the chance to hear Kaffe Fassett speak. I love his books, his designs, so it was fun to hear him... even if I fear he's the sort of person now that everyone says "yes" to all the time, so no one offers him feedback, edits, etc. But he talked for about an hour and then they had a very organized meet + autograph system. I showed him and his husband Brandon Mably the Frog needlepoint -- as soon as I pulled it out of my bag, Brandon said, "Oooh, you've stitched the frog!" As Kaffe signed my book, Brandon asked about the background stitch, which made Kaffe look over and say, "Nice... gives it more texture". And then I was hustled along. 

Now it's time for me to hustle over and check out all the amazing projects my fellow stitchers are working on. Check them out for yourself! Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, Cathie, LindaHelenCindy, and Mary Margaret.

Friday, October 13, 2023

13x13, October edition!

Can you believe it?!? It's been a busy year and I made 13 Halloween ornaments. First and foremost, here's my October 2023 project, RIP by Satsuma Street: 

I do love her designs, especially her use of color. And I also really enjoy stitching on perforated paper. 

Last weekend I pulled all the ornaments and glass pumpkins out of the basement and set them up. I love seeing them all together!

Here's a recap of the individual ornaments:

October 2022: Nevermore by Satsuma Street

November 2022: Ravens Mosaic Ornaments Kit by Northern Whimsy

December 2022: Moonlight Ghost by Mill Hill

January 2023: Autumn Pumpkin by Mill Hill

February 2023: Persian Pumpkin by Mill Hill

March 2023: Glowing Pumpkin by Mill Hill

April 2023: Enchanted Moon by Mill Hill

May 2023: Vintage Halloween by Bucilla 

June 2023: 'Til Death by Satsuma Street

July 2023: Dark Shadows by Sue Hillis Designs

August 2023: Eyeball Martini by Mill Hill

September 2023: Spooky Cage by Mill Hill

Here there are, all together on the tree: 

I should say "all", because I think one of my ornaments managed to find its way into the Christmas decorations, so it may not appear on this year's Halloween tree. 

Because I've enjoyed this project so much -- having something small and finite to stitch outside of my larger projects -- I've decided to continue until at least next October. I'm still planning on posting updates on the 13th of every month, but now I'm just going to call the project "Every Day is Halloween".

For the "November" project I'm going to stitch up something I saved from an old Cross Stitch Halloween magazine. I'll be back on November 13 to share the finished ornament!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Lily Pad Frog Stitch-a-Long, part 4

Hi everyone! I'm hoping you will join me for a HAPPY DANCE, as I finished Mr. Frog!!!

Here's where I was last time: 

I was nearly done then, and really just had a tiny bit of small stitching and then filling in the lily pad before turning to the background. 

I wanted to choose a stitch that would give some texture without overwhelming the frog. I have some wonderful needlepoint books from the 1970s, one of which had a stitch sampler pattern that featured, among a couple of dozen stitches, a diagonal version of the cashmere stitch. I tried it out and was pleased that it gave a nice, ripply texture... and stitched up really quickly. How quickly?

Even though the stitch is "thicker", it still feels like the frog floats on top of it. 

I really, really love this! 

I'm so happy with this piece, and thrilled that I've done the stitching in time to take it along to the Kaffe Fassett lecture next week. (Just typing that fills me with anxiety, for some reason...)

Now that I've stitched the lovely Mr. Frog, it's time to return to my holly cross stitch. Here's where I'm up to: 

I'm just past the halfway point, but of course that means there's a long, long way to go. I can't imagine wrapping this up in time for Christmas 2023, but, hey, Christmas happens every year. 

I love seeing all the amazing projects my fellow stitchers are working on -- check them out if you need some inspiration! Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, Cathie, LindaHelenCindy, and Mary Margaret.