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Sunday, July 20, 2014

July SFS

Just a brief report on my Stitch From Stash activities this month. I spent $3.85 on DMC this month. I also pruned my wishlist down. Usually my wishlist goes down as I buy things, but I went through thinking "will I actually stitch this or do I just want to stitch it". It was rather surprising how many things I could take out. And then I added a few things but we won't talk about that.

Spending so far is $73.48
I have $101.52 banked

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Crochet On


I've mostly been crocheting away and while it's lots of fun it doesn't make for interesting photos. But it's the WIPocalypse so here's what it looks like now:



This month's question:
It’s halfway to Christmas. Do you start your holiday stitching this early? If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?
I'm a chronic late starter. I always start something too close to the actual day. Take for example this year's Canada Day project: I started it on June 30 the day before! Needless to say it's not finished. On the plus side, I'll have next year's project finished extra early ;) On the negative side, I'll have forgotten by then.

I'll probably start my Christmas project sometime in November. I'm vaguely thinking of Jim Shore's 12 Days of Christmas, but we'll see if some other Christmassy design steals my heart before then.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June TUSAL

I missed TUSAL yesterday (but so did Daffycat so I'm forgiving myself for the lapse).

This looks remarkably similar to the last TUSAL, mostly because I haven't stitched very much since then. Just a few metallics added.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

End of June Wrap-Up

Can you believe that the year is half over? I certainly can't. It's just ridiculous how time flies!

First, a quick look at SFS: I didn't spend a penny this month.

Spending so far is $69.63
I have $80.37 banked

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And the biscornu of the month for

And assembled:

I really enjoyed stitching the first side so I went ahead and did the second one too. But with a small colour difference. I think this is called Carrés Entrelacés but my French is too poor for me to be certain. Any Francophones want to set me straight? (Yes, I'm Canadian. Yes, I've forgotten what meagre French I studied in days gone. Mi español es un poco mejor.)

TitleCarres Entrelaces Biscornu
DesignerJulie Gladieux
Start dateJune 7, 2014
Finish dateJune 11, 2014
Total time7.75 hours
Fabric25 ct black lugana
FlossCC Cherry Tomato, CC Goldfish, CC Ruby Slippers

Friday, June 20, 2014

Something Different

It's summer and the weather is glorious and hot! What better time to work on a granny stripe blanket?

Sometimes I baffle myself.


I've been working on this off and on for about 3 years, I think. I've never posted a picture because I thought it would be too boring. But I haven't stitched a thing for a week so we finally get to see it on the blog.

It's a very lovely deep green, much nicer in person. The plan is to have a black stripe near the bottom and several stripes of varying thickness at the top. It's 80 inches wide and currently 47 inches long. I'll stop when it looks long enough or when I run out of yarn. This is such a vaguely planned project lol.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Metallics Galore

Deco Spirits looked like this last time I posted:

Now they look like this:

After the larger fabric sizes of Ohm and Egyptian Sampler 32ct seems positively microscopic!

And this month's WIPocalypse question:
Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it!
Sadly I've never been to a stitch gathering. I'd love to go to one but it seems to one of things where you think about it but never get around to it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dance Like An Egyptian

Egyptian Sampler is done! I woke up a few days ago and decided that I was just going to put Ohm aside and push for a finish. I've wanted to stitch this for a long time and I'm so happy that it's actually finished instead of languishing in my WIP pile.

There's just so much detail in this, but it doesn't feel like it. I think it's because it's just one motif after another, so it feels like lots of small happy dances.

I'm very glad I stitched the border as I went along instead of leaving it to the end. Funny (as in ha-ha-no) story: I was actually beading around the blue flowers when I realized that five of the star stitches were a stitch off. They weren't even wrong in a way I could pretend was creative; just wrong. So I had to take a break from the beading to go back to cross stitching. It threw off my beading zen a bit.

The over-one was alright but I'm so glad I didn't have to frog any of it.

Looking back I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this, right up to the end. I usually get bored and the last stretch can sometimes be a real slough. But not for this. Still, I think it'll be a while before my next Teresa Wentzler (probably Peacock Majesty).

I think I'm going to pull out Deco Spirits for a bit now. Maybe finish off one of the Spirits.

TitleEgyptian Sampler
DesignerTWDesignworks
Start dateJanuary 1, 2014
Finish dateJune 3, 2014
Total time231.75 hours
Fabric28 ct antique white lugana