Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Wrap Up

March Madness. I think I can conclusively call it an utter failure. I planned to work on Blue Moon. I managed to put one hour into it over the whole month.
Amazon April, aka work on the largest project. I'm not actually sure what my biggest WIP is, but Ganesha is massive enough and I'm hoping to focus on Him for most of the month.

Goals for March:
1. Keep up with TAST and The Great Escape. No.
2. Finish Parts 4 & 5 of Adriana B. Yes! And I even started part 6.
3. Work on SK Blue Moon. One hour is still one hour.
4. Start something for the leap year.I started the main panel from Japanese Octagon Box.
Pipe dream: Get caught up with Blue Moon before the next part comes out.Well, since the next part actually comes out next month I might still be able to do it.

Unexpectedly This Month:
1. Started and finished ABCD by La-D-Da.

Goals for April:
1. Catch up on TAST and The Great Escape.
2. Work on Ganesha.
Pipe dream: Finish two pages of Ganesha

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Long Legged Birds

I caught up on my goal of finishing upto part 5 of Adriana. Now I just have to print part 6 and then backstitch everything. The backstitching should be interesting because the lines are in colour but my printer only does black...

Adriana B
18ct white aida

Adriana B is designed by Aaron Art, and stitched with the Sticklounge group.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


This month's is presented by Prairie Schooler's When Witches Go Riding.

Using a sphere is interesting because it tends to roll around (I don't have a base for it) making the ORTs roll around and the newer colours pile over the old ones.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A to Zed

The big success story of this week's IHSW is that I finished ABCD.

All these pictures are in no way what the actual piece looks like! Grr. The white doesn't actually contrast that much, it's almost difficult to see and the fabric is a lot more green. Oh well, c'est la vie.
Actually the last one is probably the most accurate.
The pattern next heads off to Middle Earth New Zealand.

Start dateMarch 7, 2012
Finish dateMarch 17, 2012
Total time14.75 hours
Fabric32ct Waterlily jobelan
FlossDMC 327,3837,208,209,210,211,154,B5200

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This! Is! Madness!

Well, yes. It is March.

Heather suggested working on a different project each day or creating one's own definition of "madness". I went with the second and defined "madness" as working on a HAED. It's only entirely appropriate therefore, that I don't get anywhere near my HAEDs. *snort*

Instead I drove myself crazy with a travelling pattern. Organized by Jennifer, it consists of Peggy Lee's ABCD by La-D-Da. It's been stitched by a bunch of people (Jennifer has links if you're curious) in silks and overdyed.

32ct waterlily lugana

I was going to share the epic tale of how this design has been driving me crazy, but have decided to spare everyone XD. Maybe next time.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Modifying WIPocalypse Plans

*Scrolls over the last month to see what happened since the last*
As far as WIPs from last year go, apparently I managed to finish Namaste.

And that was it. So I'm making the executive decision to count anything that was started before the previous WIPocalypse as an applicable WIP (that makes a lot more sense in my head).

Taking that into account, I finished off Lily of the Valley's head. Explanation about that: when I was trying to convert Lily to a brunette I couldn't visualize how the shading flowed. So I went ahead and stitched the head and then made the conversion. Instead of frogging I added the beads and I now have her head and shoulders (and headpiece) as originally charted. No idea what I'm going to do with it. Possibly a needlebook. I'll add that to the growing list of finishes that I plan and just can't be bothered to do.

Lily of the Valley
32ct White Lugana

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Leap Day Start

So I'll start by confessing that while I think Chatelaine's mandalas are lovely and that I love to look at people stitching them, there's no way I'd ever stitch one for myself. Simply put: I can't get past the fact that there are upside-down parts. Can't get past it.

Some of the band sampler type designs are very pretty, but it's Japanese Octagon Box that has stolen my heart! Specifically the main panel. It's got that weird panel/spaced-box look and it's just lovely.

Japanese Octagon Box Panel
32ct white lugana

I'm only stitching the main panel and I plan on framing that. My finishing skills are nowhere near enough to tackle the box and I'll get more mileage out of a framed picture than I will of an accessory box.

I'm stitching this with the DMC conversion provided by Martina. The only problem is that there are some varigated colours that don't have an equivalent, but I'll tackle that when I get to it.

It's also progressing faster than I though it would. I've always had this image of Chats as monstrously epic works that take decades to finish. Perhaps most people just get stalled a lot? Or maybe it's because I'm only stitching half of the whole design... At any rate, this being a leap year start, I'll count it a success if I finish by the next leap year.