Saturday, December 31, 2016

Under the Wire

Just finished page 18. I wanted to get it done before the end of the year and I just made it.

Only 9 more pages to go. Maybe I can actually finish this in the new year.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016


I finally finished page 17 of The Astronomer. Now I have something I can post. I am stitching on another thing but it is a Christmas gift so I can't show it here.

Now here is page 17.

I have 4 full pages and then 7 half pages and I'll be done. Maybe sometime next year????

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Friday, October 7, 2016

It's Been Too Long

I got hung up on doing the HAED Challenge #3. It was a challenge to try out parking and yes it was a challenge! I was determined to complete it, but it really slowed me down. Now that it is done maybe I can get some other stitching done. Here are a picture of the halfway point.

Having all the threads hanging down drove me crazy. Sometimes there were even more than what is in the picture, but hey, at least I tried it. Now I know that I do not like it and can go back to the cross country method.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Romeo Romeo

Finally finished Wherefore Art Thou by Nora Corbett. The picture does not show the fabric very well. I'll try for a better one in the daylight later. The challenge on this was attaching the very large bead. I strung them as called by in the chart then ran the needle back up through the beads and fastened on the back. I think it came out alright. She is stitched on Pollywog Princess from Hand Dyed by Stephanie using the listed specialty threads.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer is here

Well it was a hot humid 93 degrees yesterday and right now it's 90. It should not be this hot before noontime! So what to do when it's this hot? Stay in the AC and stitch.

I finally finished part 2 of Wherefore Art Thou and started the last part. Here is my pic of the completed part 2.

I'm using the called for overdyed threads. I put her down for about a month so I could finish the HAED challenge and also because I needed more of the WDW. This is what has pissed me off about this pattern. It is so off on the number of skeins needed. I was so put out that I just put her aside for a bit, but now I'm back on her and hopefully I can finish her in a few more weeks.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Page 15

Finished page 15 of The Astronomer. I tried the cross country stitching method for the HAED Challenge #2 to finish this page and I really like it. I'm going to keep using that method for these BAPs.

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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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