Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Two-For-One

Exactly like last month TUSAL and Smalls meet again.

Most of the orts are from Ohm, but the pink and white are from this month's biscornu stitched for

And assembled:
This is half a pattern I printed out and can't remember where I got it from and half my own additions. I was halfway through the stitching when I realized that it wasn't symmetrical. The hearts mirror each other but the triangles do not. I thought about frogging and restitching but didn't feel like it. And I didn't want to keep going since I knew it was wrong (even if you can't tell at first glance). So I just threw on a bunch of buttons and called it a day. Possibly the laziest biscornu I've ever made. This can be my Biscornu of Shame (everyone has one of these right?)

TitleHearts & Buttons Biscornu
DesignerModified from an unknown pattern by me
Start dateMay 26, 2014
Finish dateMay 28, 2014
Total time6.75 hours
Fabric25 ct black lugana
FlossDinky Dyes Rosella

Monday, May 26, 2014


I didn't buy a thing this month! But I'm out of a couple of DMC so I'll be picking those up soon.

Spending so far is $69.63
I have $55.37 banked

A current picture of Ohm as I put it away for a couple of days. I realized this morning that the last Wednesday of the month is coming up "soon" and I haven't started my monthly biscornu. Guess this one is going to be either tiny or a very simple design.

25 ct Black lugana

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stitching Up Pretty Fast

I'm really enjoying stitching Ohm, which is a bit strange because I don't usually enjoy having so many colour changes in such a short time. I think it's the colourfulness after Egyptian Sampler's beige. (I really should finish up Egyptian Sampler; I only have some backstitching and beading to do...)

25 ct Black lugana

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May WIPocalypse

Just a bit of progress on Ohm since last time.

25 ct Black lugana

In good news I've figured out the fastest way to stitch Ohm. I initially started out stitching the "background" and filling in the motifs but I kept getting confused about where I was. The new plan is to just pick a colour and stitch it as far as I feel comfortable, usually about two motifs and then fill in the leftover colours. These leftover colours usually show up in a new motif that I'm comfortable counting out to. So it's a bit of a leapfrog type situation. You can see it at the bottom: After that blue motif I stitched the lavender, and then the gold which I could count out from the lavender, and then the pale yellow counting out from the gold. Next I'll go back and fill in the gold and lavender motifs.

This month's question: What designs or themes do you really wish you could find? What do you think is missing among stitching designs?
I wish there were more non-Western European/North American themed ladies. I know there's a fair bit of Japanese themed designs, but so much of what's out there is Western European or American inspired. Ladies in ball gowns or girls in old pioneer American type dresses. I want more international flavour. South American, African, Asian etc. It might be available in those countries but I don't know how to find them. For example, I know that there's a huge Russian cross stitch community and I assume that there's a lot of Russian themed designs but the language barrier stops me from finding things.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Colour Everywhere

Yay I have pictures again!

Also: I started something new. This is Ohm by AAN and it's what I blew most of my Stitch From Stash budget on last month.

I was planning on stitching it on 28 ct black but apparently that's not being sold anymore. So it was either 32ct or 25. I went with 25 since 32 in black is a bit hard for me to stitch on. The colours in this are almost neon bright.

25 ct Black lugana

I'm still putting Stitch Sampler I together. To be quite honest, I might just end up throwing the chart up and posting a bunch of links to other people's tutorials.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Devil In The Details

I've had a few people ask if I have any plans to post/sell the pattern for Stitch Sampler I and I am so flattered! I will most definitely post it, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to differentiate the different stitches (since they all just look like crosses and straight lines) and about whether I need to include stitch diagrams (probably) and how detailed those should be.

Give me a little bit more time to poke at it and then I'll have it up. Feel free to nudge me if I don't have an update by the end of the month.

ETA: Apparently I've exceeded Photobucket's bandwidth allowance for the month (it rolls over on the 11th). It's just a picture of Stitch Sampler I, so you're not missing anything. I wonder if I should look into other free photo storage websites...