Sunday, February 9, 2014

Stitchy Progress in the New Year

Hola! Long time no see again. You know how it is..  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

I've been busy and I have some progress to show:

O Holy Night ornament by Knotted Tree Needle Art (from the JCS Ornament issue 2013)

O Holy Night

My cousin bought the fabric and the Anchor flosses for this one, whoops.. this isn't the finished photo (see the border?) but anyway.. the fabric from this LNS in Escondido, name withheld since it's probably the only store I'll be able to go to again.  Nice to be able to visit a real LNS with all the goodies.  And the fabric.. wow!  Pity I didn't take pics. The fabric displayed is no rival to Needle in a Haystack in Alameda (never been, but I've seen pics), but still... coming from way over here, and the dearth of supplies... WoW!  This little piece cost $2, I think (or might be a bit more).  The edges weren't serged so you can see where they're fraying because of my handling.. but even then, I doubt it was exactly the size specified in the little sticker attached to its plastic cover.

Christmas double flip-its from Lizzie Kate:

LK Christmas Double Flip

Do you see it?  Do you see it?  Mistake in the border.  See where the stocking kisses the green border.. augh!   I'll have to frog that soon as it really bugs me. I'm so glad I didn't stitch that border all the way down, and that I didn't finish the right side of the border either.  Time enough to do that when I've stitched a few more words (a "few" - not belonging to the chart - are floating through my head right now!).  I used the "freebie" diagram on the LK site and let me tell you, if you're a newbie, it doesn't give enough information about where to position things.. if you use it "literally", you'll be wrong about where to start the "h" in holly!  Ask me how I know...

Joyeux Noel, a freebie from L'R de Rien:

L'R de Rien
This one was stitched right after Christmas.. I couldn't decide whether to put in the year or not (not a good year), so I stopped the border right near the bird's head, and there I've been stuck ever since.   It's a bad habit, I know.. a few stitches from the finish and I leave the piece "unfinished".  There's the La D Da (just a bit on the border and the initials of my dad, brother, and nephew left).  There's the "Z" that's my nephew's initial (nickname) - just some backstitching left..  and meanwhile, waiting for me are the LK Christmas Double Flip, Whimsey and Wit Advent Calendar, the "A Most Noble Pursuit" sampler, the Pelin Tezer samplers, the Moira Blackburn, the Prairie Schooler.. ah well.

I hope you're doing better than I am with your stitching.. and apropos of stitching.. learning for the day:

"Time and patience achieve more than strength and passion".  

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