Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Achievements and March Goals

Goals for Febuary:
1. Finish Mill Hill Harp. Done.
2. Finish the castle and trees in Cinderella. So close. I have two colours and the backstitching to go. Apparently the castle and grounds are a lot bigger than I thought.
3. Finish Celtic Autumn if the Kreinik comes in. It didn't come in, and so I haven't finished it.

Unexpectedly This Month:
1. Turned Cool Christmas into a journal cover.
2. Started and finished Chocolate Needleroll.

Goals for March:
1. Finish a Mill Hill ornie.
2. Finish the castle and trees in Cinderella.
3. Put 20 hours into Autumn Winds.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Harping On

I stitched Harp from Mill Hill's Harmonic Holiday series. Unlike last month, I actually cut it out this month. It's missing the harp-strings, but that's because I ran out of the gold Kreinik. Maybe next month I'll have something completely stitched and cut out and ready to hang? One can only hope!
DesignerMill Hill
Start dateJanuary 31, 2015
Finish dateFebruary 1, 2015
Total time4.25hours
Fabric14 ct white perforated paper
FlossAs charted
BeadsMH 2011, 2022, 2055, 3043

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stitch From Stash - February

Month: February
Spent: 20.93

Carryover: 14.12

When I signed up for this year I kept thinking that I wouldn't use the bonuses because it sounded like too much work. What do you know I was right! I did it last month because it was easy. I took one look at what I stitched this month, tried to remember whether I had bought the chart more than six months ago, and just gave up.

As planned last month, I bought Canadian Hearts by The Victoria Sampler. It has all 10 provinces and the 3 territories. It also has the city of Victoria (because the company is based there, I guess), but I won't be stitching that. What it doesn't have is the one for the country. That's in the International Hearts I leaflet, along with a bunch of other countries that I have no plans to stitch. I don't think the kits are being made anymore, so the next part of this project is figuring out how to get my hands on the Canada chart.

So, er. Is there anyone out there who has the chart and is willing to lend it to me? I promise to stitch it asap and return it. *winsome smile*

I plan on starting these after I finish the Mill Hill Holiday Series as part of the Small SAL. So, in July :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Taking My Own Sweet Time

Four years ago I made a "temporary" cover for my stitching journal. Today I finally made a new cover for it. I used Cool Christmas, which I also stitched four years ago. I really take my time finishing things lol
It was a bit of an adventure because I got the margins wrong, had to improvise and then got confused about the actual assembly. But all's well that ends well and this is so much cuter in person!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pink For Valentine's Day

My attitude towards Valentine's is a resounding "meh". I think it's a ridiculously commercialized occasion but if people want to celebrate it then more power to them. It makes no difference to me (other than the post-Valentine chocolate sales, which are an excellent thing).

So of course I had to stitch hohla's latest freebie SAL "Chocolate" in pink.
It's stitched on 28ct lugana in various pinks from my stash. It feels like I've been using these threads forever in the attempt to use them up, but there's always plenty leftover!
I don't have a lot of pink beads. The first ones I found were giant ones that didn't fit into the spots at all. I was so pleased to find a ton of these smaller pink ones. In fact, as I type I have a horrible suspicion that these beads are not leftover from some other project but are meant for Cinderella. I'm too afraid to go look o_O
I feel like I'm becoming an old hand at these specialty stitches. I've done all of them before. But they're still so much fun!

TitleChocolate Needleroll
Designerhohla design
Start dateFebruary 5, 2015
Finish dateFebruary 12, 2015
Total time8.75 hours
Fabric28 ct white lugana
FlossCC Carrie Berry, CC Goldfish, GA Cranberry, WDW Peony
BeadsMH 2004

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Frustrating Lack of Symmetry

I've been working on getting the castle and trees in the background. It's frustrating because there's an annoying lack of symmetry in some parts. You would think that the brown chimneys that are next to each other would be charted the same, or be mirror images, but they aren't. There's a random stitch that different. The ledge isn't uniform either. I've been fixing it as I go but it's annoying. I'll be very happy when I can finish this bit and get back to the dress!

32 ct Charcoal Lugana