Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I'm so slow

My friend March sent this to me a couple weeks ago and I am just now posting a picture of it. She made me this adorable table runner. She took up quilting after she retired. I think she does a great job.



I  have been stitching. I put the Wherefore Art Thou down because I needed more of the specialty threads than the pattern calls for. I don't know who did their charting but they really missed it big time. So I decided to pick up my HAED Fantasies of the Sea and do the FB Challenge#2. This challenge is to do a page by stitching cross country. That means doing all of one color, then doing the next color and so on.

I'm actually enjoying it. I think it might be a faster method of stitching.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Stitching Toy

So I belong to a Facebook group about cross stitch stands. There is a lot of talk about the Millennium scroll frame made in England and the Quantum scroll frame made in I believe Estonia. They are both really nice but pretty pricey and the Millennium takes like 6 months or more to come in. The Quantum is a little faster than that. Also on the site Judy Odell of Just a Thought has developed her own stand and scroll frame. Right now the introductory price is $45.00 and you get two size bars. The small set you can put a 16 inch piece of fabric and the larger you can put a 26 inch wide piece on. The key for all of these frames is the way you tighten them. It's a type of bolt on the side. This makes the frame tighten the fabric really well. I mean boy howdy it is tight. The JAT is not as fancy as the others but I like it so far. It also came in in 5 days after payment.


I have it balanced on the Q-snap attachment on my Needlework System 4 stand. It's working for me right now and it is just so tight I love it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wherefore update

So I am almost done with part one. Just an FYI for anyone stitching this with the specialty threads, you will need 2 skeins of the WDW 1318 Concord. I am also almost out of WDW 2336 Ultraviolet. With 2 more parts to stitch I'm sure I'll need 2 of it too.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

New Start

Look what I got yesterday. It's part one of Nora Corbett's Wherefore Art Thou? mystery.


 I started it in the afternoon after I picked out fabric to use. The threads were purchased at a sale at In Stitches last month. I'm using the WDW, CC, & GA threads.  Waiting for a couple to come in and the special Nina's Thread. I am stitching on Pollywog Princess from Hand Dyed by Stephanie.


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Half Way There

I just finished page 14 of The Astronomer. This is also the end of the row. There are 28 pages in total. I love this piece so much and I think Myles Pinkney is a brilliant artist.


This is stitched 1 over 1 on 28 count lugana. On to page 15!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Oh Snow!

I'll start with the snow pictures first. Here in Alexandria we got about 2 feet. That wouldn't have been so bad except the damn snowplows! Sunday we shoveled all the way out to the street. The snow was light and fluffy. Then the trucks kept plowing Sunday night and closed up our opening with more snow. Was it still light and fluffy? Heck no! It was solid ice. My husband had to use a pickax to break it up so he could shovel it. Well I say he, but that should be we. I swing a mean pickax.

This was early Saturday around 10:30 am. It's almost 18 inches. It kept snowing another 12 hours after that so we had a lot more than that but the 50 mph winds made too many drifts to get an accurate level after that.

 This is out my kitchen window Sunday morning. Just a little hanging off the roof.

Sam was trying out his new snow blower. It was okay for some areas but most of it was too deep for it and we had to use the old fashioned shovel.

Okay, now onto the stitching. I am still working on HAED's The Astronomer. I just finished page 13. Almost done with the row.



I'm afraid I have to go back to work tomorrow so I won't be getting much stitching done then.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

HAED Challenge

HAED is having six challenges this year. The first one is to stitch 1000 stitches in a diagonal pattern. only have one column left to stitch on page 13 so I jumped over to page 14 to do the challenge.

Here is where I am right now.


It was fun. Trying to match it up to the picture is like looking at a jigsaw puzzle. I don't think I would make it a habit to stitch like this though.

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