Saturday, March 29, 2014

Second TUSAL Of The Month

Those bits of orange are from this month's biscornu, Morocco. The blue-grey is from finally frogging a long abandoned piece. Now I just need to find something other design to fit the fabric...

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Very Citrusy Biscornu

A couple of days late, but worth it I think.
I started a blackwork biscornu for this month but it was taking a lot longer than I thought so I started something else. This is Morocco by Olga. She has a bunch of gorgeous freebies if you want to take a look.

I wasn't sure what colours to use and decided to go with one side in spring colours and the other in wintery colours (yes I was going to stitch both sides since I like the design). But I impulsively went with an almost neon orange. I'm so glad I did! Combined with the green and yellow which make me think of a cut lemon it's so sunny and bright. And the contrast with the blues would've been too much so I just went with the citrus theme.
Since I was keeping the same colour scheme I didn't end up stitching the entire second side. So one of the things I'm trying with these smalls is to use up left over floss. I had a bit of a panic at the end when I thought I was about to run out of the orange and green and that I would have to buy more, thus defeating the "use up old floss" part of the plan. It turned out that I had another skein of the orange lying around but I did run out of the green and had to make a change.
The Jessica Stitch in the middle was so much fun. The fabric ended up puckering a little but it disappeared after assembly so it's all good.
I think the middle of the green circles was supposed to by an eyelet but I went with a Rhodes stitch instead. And I have no idea what that arrow-like stitch is called, but it was fun too.
I just really like that arrow.
I had this lovely orange button I was planning on using for the middle but it would've covered up most of the Jessica so I went with some beads instead.
Whenever I stitch something with specialty stitches I remember how fun they are. Sometimes I think I should take up canvaswork since those designs use so many. But then I remember that they also use all sorts of specialty threads that are outside my budget and I come back down to earth. Still I think I'm going to stitch some more of Olga's freebies to satisfy my yen.

Start dateMarch 26, 2014
Finish dateMarch 27, 2014
Total time10.75 hours
Fabric25 ct antique white lugana
FlossCrescent Colours Lobster Claw, Dinky Dyes Lemon Lime, Weeks Dye Works Emerald
BeadsMill Hill 2002

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Frugal Life For Me

Where did the month go? It feel like it was yesterday I was watching the Olympics and cursing the snow. Well, the snow is still here...

I spent a whopping zero dollars since my last Stitch From Stash report, so that's good. I feel like I've been exceptionally frugal these few months (because I have). Now I'm resisting the temptation to go on a celebratory spending spree.

My total so far is $7.26
I have $67.75 banked

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

March WIPocalypse

I missed last month's WIPocalypse since it was in the middle of the Olympics when I had my mini-break. Since this blog continues to be mostly Egyptian Sampler I thought I'd post about the difference two months makes.

From January's WIPocalpyse:

To March's:

That's 130 hours by the way.

This month's question: Show us your favourite places to stitch.
Hahaha no. I stitch in my bedroom where there are clothes all over the floor and the nightstand and the bed is never made. There's no way I'm posting a picture of that chaos.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Border Journey

As hypothesized last post, this is just more of the border filled in:

Egyptian Sampler
28 ct Antique White Monaco

I'm tackling the papyrus panel next and then it's on to the pharaoh.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Back To The Border

I had a lovely follower ask about how Egyptian Sampler was doing and there's been a fair bit of progress since the last picture so here we go:

Egyptian Sampler
28 ct Antique White Monaco

Please ignore that this was taken on a not-flat surface. It was the only non-blurry picture and I'm too lazy to go back upstairs to take another picture. The next picture will probably be pretty boring. I'm going to fill in as much of the border as I can.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

First TUSAL of the Month

I missed posting this yesterday and almost forgot today! Thank goodness for everyone on my feed who posted and thus reminded me :)

The yellows and beiges are from Egyptian Sampler which has been my focus piece for the last two months. The little bit of red is from last months biscornu.