Category Archives: Cross Stitching

To-Do Tuesday 8-1-17 | July Summary

Happy Tuesday, friends! I am writing this post on Friday since we will be very busy on Sunday and Monday preparing to head back to Arizona. We actually stayed a week later here than we usually do, since the kids are older now and school shopping isn’t as big of a production as it used to be. We will pick them up from their dad on the 5th, two days before school starts. It was nice having the extra week here, but we are definitely gearing up to get out of vacation mode and back to a schedule!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters

This past week I finished Ghostly Encounters by Stitches Through Time. I really seem to be drawn towards Halloween type charts lately. This was a fun, quick chart to stitch, with only three colors, and only one of those three being a specialty floss. The chart calls for a small amount of beading, and actually came with the called for beads. That was fantastic, because the only extra thing I needed to order, besides the fabric, was the Weeks Dye Works floss.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Close Up

This was stitched two strands of floss over two threads on 32 count linen in Ale by Picture This Plus. Going from stitching on 26 count linen to 32 count linen was interesting, and it took me about an hour to get my tension right. I absolutely love the way the sides of the border and the center chandelier post look like the vertebrae of a spine. I also love those two skulls. My absolutely favorite part, though, are those beads. I haven’t beaded much, so I didn’t really understand the difference between clear beads and silver lined beads. Let me tell you, if you want a bit of glow, use silver lined beads. No matter which direction you look at this piece from, whether it’s in a well-lit area or dim, the candles look like they’re glowing and the eyes on the skulls, raven, and spiders glow in the same way. It’s a fantastic effect, and I love learning new things when stitching!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Hoop Booty

Of course, I have to show off the back… I love a neat back! I don’t always accomplish it, but when I worry that any threads drawn across the back may show through to the front I make sure to end off and start the next motif fresh. I plan to finish this off as a flat fold using Vonna Pfeiffer’s tutorial. She also has a step-by-step youtube video of the process. I’ll be fully finishing this one off sometime in the next month or so.

Stitch ALL The Things | July 2017 SFS Report

One thing I started participating in is Stitch From Stash. I signed up at the beginning of the year for Part A (January to June), but failed so miserably in the first month I didn’t even try the rest of the months. I decided to sign up again for Part B, but this time putting a serious effort into it. I signed up with a $15/month budget. All expenses for stitching come out of this budget, except for some tools (needles, hoops, qsnaps, scroll frames, & stands) and framing costs. Shipping costs do not count against the budget either. Any finishes add credit to the budget. Since we just finished the month of July, I wanted to be publicly accountable for whether I’m managing my budget well or not. This month I spent more than I intended (two charts, the Just CrossStitch Halloween issue, and all of those thrift shop finds), but I had enough finishes (Sleepy Hollow, Ghoul Tidings, and Ghostly Encounters) that it just covered all those expenses! Whew! Thank goodness for my stitching time this past month!

This week we’ll be traveling home and preparing to get the kids. I may or may not have some sewing time, and there’s something very special I want to participate in that I will talk about next week. This post is already overly long, and I want to give that project it’s proper due. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I most likely will not be responding promptly to comments or visiting your blogs due to our plans for next week, but I will try and get to them before the following week’s post!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Safe Travels
  • Acclimate to the bake-your-face-off heat
  • Possibly make some blocks for special project

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To-Do Tuesday 7-25-17 | Ghostly Encounters Stitching

Hello, my fellow To-Doers/Have-Doners! (Yep, I’m being my usual goofy self!)

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings Finish

I did finish Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers after posting last week. There were a few errors in the chart with the top border, but other than that, this was a quick, fun stitch. I used a piece of linen that I picked up on one of our thrift shop trips, but it turned out to be 26 count and not 28 count. I didn’t really like the bigger count fabric, but it worked for this piece. Instead of using the called for Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, I used DMC according to the chart’s listed conversion. The colors are bolder and do not have the variegation that the model in the chart does, but that’s okay. I love the way it looks! I started this one on 7/11/17 and finished on 7/17/17, with 7 evenings of stitching. I intend to fully finish this off into a pillow when we return to Arizona.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Progress

This week had me starting Ghostly Encounters by Stitches Through Time. This piece is a fun little chart using only three colors: two DMC (310 and 921) and one Weeks Dye Works in Snowflake. There are also a few beads, and they really make the eyes on the creatures here pop! I have two tombstones and the border left to stitch, and then this will be done. I should have a finish in the next couple of days.

Stitch ALL The Things | More Goodwill Finds

The Mister and I are wrapping up our summer, so we have been busy doing little things here and there to finish up our current work on the house. We also did our usual thrift store shopping, and he found me a split rod scroll frame (I’ll be cutting the rods down to about 18″), and this sweet Amazing Grace chart. It’s one of my favorite hymns, so I plan on stitching this one in the future. I’m going to miss these thrift shops up here, there are a lot of crafters in this area!

Confession time!

I have to admit, I am not excited to get home to Arizona and back to sewing bags. This summer break has made me realize just how much of my own projects I pushed aside, and that makes me sad. I had intended on making a quilt for my son’s birthday (he has asked me for one for over two years!). I ordered fabric but couldn’t start it due to the commissions workload I accepted. I finished a quilt top for Brad and got the backing and batting cut to size in December of 2016, and never had time to baste it, quilt it, and bind it. It’s still sitting folded up on my table. I wanted to sew a new purse for me, but didn’t have time for that either. I have several other things listed that I wanted to get done, but I just keep putting them to the back of my to-do list. The Mister and I are heading home in one week, so when I get back I will be completing orders I committed to before we left and then I will no longer be taking commissioned work. I may sew some bags later and put them up for sale, but it will be after I can get caught up on projects I had on my January 2017 list. I have felt such a relief after making that decision, that the dread of returning to Arizona has lessened greatly! This also means that you may be seeing some quilting again here on the blog. To that I say: YIPPEEEEEEE!!!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Ghostly Encounters
  • Pack for Arizona

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To-Do Tuesday 7-18-17 | Ghoul Tidings & Thrifting Fabrics

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday! Last week’s list consisted of a new cross stitching start, Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers, and continuing to work on the Master bedroom. We are not having much luck finding the furniture we want at reasonable prices, so this may be something we push off until next summer. I’m leaving it on the list, as we are always on the lookout for furniture to finish up this room.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings WIP

As far as my cross stitching start, I made a lot of progress! This is for the Salem Not Forgotten stitch along that was started on Facebook and Instagram by some stitchy friends. This SAL is to remember those who were persecuted and killed in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, as this year is the 325th anniversary. We could choose any piece that referenced that time period, Salem, and/or witches (hopefully incorporating the date within the piece). I chose Ghoul Tidings because I had the digital copy of the 2013 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch on my computer and–as this chart was in that issue–I had a chart I could use right away and not have to pay for. I only have two words, the date, another small pumpkin motif and my signature left to do and then this WIP is done. Except for fully finishing it off, which I will do when we get back to Arizona. I am hoping I will have time to finish this tonight, Monday, after I write this post. The lighting won’t be good enough to include a picture of this finish in this week’s post, so it will be in next Tuesday’s post.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 2

On one of our trips out thrifting, we stopped at a Goodwill in West Salem that had someone’s donated fabric stash. The fabrics were bundled into bags that were $5 each. I picked three bags that I thought had good novelty prints for future bags. Some of the fabrics were JoAnns fabrics, and some were quilt shop fabrics. I thought the Country Blessings print (pictured above) was really cute. There’s a yard of the Country Blessings print, a yard of a great coordinating print (bottom right, but it doesn’t look great in the picture), and a few other half yard pieces.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 3

I loved the coffee print and the musical prints in this bag. There was one yard each!

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 1

The last bag contained ten 9″ half square triangles made from Riley Blake’s Cottage Garden and what looks like Kona cotton in white. There was also a charm pack of some fabric line that I feel like I should know the name of, but I haven’t got a clue. If you know the name, would you please it in the comments? This also has a 4 yard cut of what feels like Moda Bella fabric, some other charm squares, a little HST made from Grunge, and some 7″ pastel plaid squares. The best part was the quilt as you go piece. I’m not sure what I will do with that, but I just might make a little project bag for me with it!

This week the Mister and I will still hunt for treasures at the thrift stores and furniture stores. I will also have another new cross stitch start. It’s not a large one, so I expect it will be done in a week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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To-Do Tuesday 7-11-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Finish

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to check an item or two off of your lists.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow

This past week was a whirlwind for the Mister and I. We spent most days trying to hunt down furniture for the bedroom, with not too much luck. The evenings were spent working hard on Sleepy Hollow to get that finished. I completed it Sunday evening! I have to admit to actually getting a bit teary eyed over it. I loved stitching it, but it was a little sad putting the final stitches in it and knowing it was done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman

This project introduced me to stitching with silk (the moon is stitched with Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime), metallics (Kreinik), and beading. I was a bit nervous about using the metallics and doing the beading, but quickly got the hang of it. One minor change I made was to switch the stallion’s eye from DMC 304 to red Kreinik. It gave it a great fiery sparkle. I also loved how the Kreinik sparkles on on the stirrup, the saddle, and the bottom of the cape. That stuff is fantastic!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Beading and Metallics

The border around the scene felt like it took as long to stitch as the scene itself. Eash completed skull, bat, or jack-o-lantern felt like a mini-finish though, so it didn’t feel too tedious. I will note that there is a whole lot of back stitching in this pattern, so if you don’t like backstitching, this is not the chart for you! The chart labels it as a “generous amount of backstitching”. Um… yeah. Most definitely.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Signature

I finished the chart with my signature in the bottom right corner of the scene. It’s a long signature, but I think it’s extremely important to sign and date your work for future generations. So long as those future generations do not donate that hard work to Goodwill.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Hoop Butt

I’m also incredibly proud of the back of the work, also known as the “hoop butt” or “hoop booty”. I made a real effort to keep it as neat as possible. I knew that I would be sending this piece to Jill Rensel for framing, and I wanted to make sure thread tails wouldn’t pop and that there were no threads run across the back that would show through to the front after being stretched and framed. I will post a picture when I get this back. It should be around 12 weeks or so.

This was a super fun stitch. I loved everything about it! For those who like stats:

Chart: Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
Fabric: 17″ x 26″ 28 count Lugana in Haunted by Picture This Plus
Finished Stitched Size: 12″ x 17.5″
Stitched: 2 strands over 2 threads
Flosses: Called for DMC and Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime
Started: January 16, 2017
Finished: July 9, 2017
Total Stitching Days: 69

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start – Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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