Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dark October Stitching Update, and a Little Bit Derailed

 Hello again! It's been an eventful month, and there's been a decent amount of stitching despite everything else going on. I had plans to post weekly in October, but clearly that didn't happen, so once again, it's a bit of a catch-up post. 

If you check back to this post, I talked about what I hoped to work on in October. I've stuck with the basics of that post, but got a bit derailed because I also have a new start! Yes, despite the planned 4 new starts for Naughty November. It's so fun though, I had to start. 

First, I managed a couple small finishes that had been hanging around:

Boo! By Brittercup Designs stitched 2 over 1 as charted except the border in WDW Trick or Treat
on 14ct opalescent Galaxy by Jodyri Designs

Haunted House by Heart in Hand, stitched with stash threads 2 over 1 on 14ct scrap aida

Two solid finishes is a good way to start. This was all on October 1st, and I even had a little stitching time left to get myself started on my first Dark October WIP. 

and after a little spelling mishap:
I managed to get a little more completed:

Spooky Halloween by Durene Jones (Lakeside Needlecraft SAL)
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Icarus by Chromatic Alchemy

And speaking of Durene Jones, she had the audacity to come out with a free SAL right after I'd had all my plans laid out! It's on her Facebook page here

Durene Jones 2020 Halloween SAL Parts 1 and 2
stitched 2 over 2 as charted on 28ct Poseidon by Chromatic Alchemy

After I spent a week (or less) on Spooky Halloween, I pulled out In the Gloaming to see what I could accomplish despite being distracted by the shiny new SAL. This is where I started:
and after a week, I managed to start on the gate. The first page (of 2) is complete, which is a nice feeling. I really don't think this would take more than a solid week of stitching to complete since it's very few colours, but best laid plans, etc...
In the Gloaming by Whispered by the Wind
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Mirage by PTP

I've also started part 3 of the Durene Jones SAL, which has kept me from starting back on my third Dark October WIP. Here's where I'm at now, just need some back stitch and I can get a couple days into Witch's Gate. 

The last part of the SAL will be out on Friday, October 23, so I will have some time to work on Universal Monsters SAL as well if I can finish up part 4 a little quicker than I've managed with part 3. 

I hope you're all well, and apologies for the numbers, etc. on the photos. I decided I would just get the post up for goodness sake instead of fussing as much making everything perfect. I'll work on the photos next if I can. 

Stay well, and Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

September Crazy Domino Event - Projects 13-16

I'm a little late posting about the end of the September event. I'm sure you're all very surprised by this with my sporadic blogging in the last couple years. 

I really enjoyed this event and it was great to get some good stitches into some WIPs that haven't had much attention in the last year or more. 

First up is yet another dragon project. For Project 13 I picked up Do Not Meddle because it also has dragons, like Mini Winter Magic (Project 12). I started here:

and although I only needed to stitch 1300 stitches, I ended up stitching 1420 because of some other FB games. I ended here:

Do Not Meddle by Dragon Fire Designs
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct Monaco as charted 

If anyone remembers this one, I'm stitching it for someone that can't stitch much any more and I'm taking much too long getting it completed. I'm glad to get almost one half of the dragon complete, so hopefully I can get this one out again and get some more progress. 

For the next project, I linked them by saying I'm also stitching it for someone else. I chose Princess and the Dragon so I can get a little more done on it. It's so close! Here's where it was:

another 1410 stitches gets this moved along to here:
Princess and the Dragon by Charting Creations
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct Amarinthine by Chromatic Alchemy

Unsurprisingly, I had yet another dragon project I wanted to work on. This time I linked them through the fact that each dragon has a hoard. The above one has a hoard on the far left of the project, and this newer project you'll see some of it on the end point. Here's where I started on Project 15:

and after 1500 stitches, this is fairly close to a finish:
Messy But Mine by Dragon Dreams
stitched 2 over 2 as charted on 16ct Cirrus by Chromatic Alchemy

I feel like I need to go through my WIPs and see which ones just need about a week to finish. I feel like there's a fair number of them now and maybe that will be the December plan. Focus on a finish for as many as I can. This next one won't be in that category. It's still years away. And that is Bailey Basset. Those with good memories may note that I did make it to 16 projects this month, which is one more than my goal of 15. I'm very happy with that. I linked to this next project by saying I'd like to have a dragon as a pet, and I did have a basset hound as a pet. Here's what Bailey Basset will look like some day, and where it started:

and 1600 stitches, or 3200 tent stitches, moved it along quite a bit:
Bailey Basset by HAED
stitched 2 over 1 tent stitch on 25ct gray linen

And there we have it! The end of the September event and lots of stitching completed on several neglected WIPs. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and I will definitely participate next year. Hopefully it won't be all the same projects. :)

I hope you're all well and Happy Stitching!



Monday, September 21, 2020

September Crazy Domino Event - Projects 10-12

 It's time again for another update on this crazy project. The goal is to work on a lot of WIPs and try and link them in whatever way you can manage. I've linked some for same designer, same animal, the moon was in both, etc. 

Project 10 brings us to one that's been hanging around for a while. It was linked because there's a girl in this one, just like in Full Moon. It's part of 3 projects I'm stitching on one piece of fabric and I finished the second project earlier this year. This is letter G from Letters from Nora. I had stitched some previously, but had miscounted, so had to frog it all and start again. This is the start:

Letter G from Letters from Nora by Nora Corbett
stitched as charted 2 over 2 on 28ct Nuriel's Forest by Chromatic Alchemy

since I'm on 1000 stitches now, 1000 stitches got me to here:
and a pic of all 3 together:

There's some hope I'll finish by a certain birthday in November, but I'm not holding out hope. I have a back-up project, so maybe this can be a Christmas finish. 

Project 11 is one that I've had out a fair bit this year. Because fairies are romantic, and the next project has a kiss, I linked them that way. This is Kiss for a Snowman, a Dimensions kit, that started here:
and after 1100 stitches, of which many were half stitches in the background, it's here:

Kiss for a Snowman by Dimensions
stitched 2 over 2 as charted on kit fabric

Again, there's some chance this will be a finish this year. I'm wondering if December will be a kind of "race to the finish" month where I try and get a lot of stuff done that's fairly close. 

Lastly, I linked Project 12 through the fact they both take place in winter. This is where Mini Winter Magic was when I last set it down a couple months ago:

Mini Winter Magic by HAED
stitched as charted 1 over 1 full cross on 28ct monaco

It's funny how little difference 1200 stitches makes in a project this size, but there is some change, more depth to the dragons, etc. The challenges are great for this type of stitching, sort of stick in and get it done. 

And that's where we're at so far. I will admit to slowing down a bit as stress has crept up again, but I hope to get at least another couple projects done. If I can get to 15 for the month, I'll be happy with that. 

I hope you're all staying well and happy stitching!


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September Crazy Domino Effect - Projects 7-9

This took a little longer than I expected to get this post up. I've done the stitching, but work has been busy and I haven't been able to write a post. Usually I have time at work to write a quick post because I almost never have time when I'm home now, or really, I'd rather get as much stitching done as possible, so I don't make time. 

Anyway, here we are for the next 3 projects! 2 of these have been WIPs for a long time, one possibly my oldest at this point. This first one is Sleigh Ride, which hasn't seen much work in the last couple years. It was last here:

and I think this was all I had done after starting it in 2016 or 2017. It's a kit from Dimensions. 700 stitches made it get a fair bit farther along since I'm in the half stitch section, so that was 1400 half stitches.


This one is still a long way from complete. I switched out the fabric, since the aida was so stiff and this is 25ct pewter Lugana stitching over 2. 

Next I pulled out another old one, possibly my oldest, In Harmony, also by Dimensions. There might be a theme on the abandoned projects... 

Here's where it was:

and now, after 800 stitches, which was really about 1600 half stitches

This one still needs a fair bit of work as well, and will eventually look like this:

My last project in this set of 3 was Full Moon by Cute Patterns by Maria. I started this a couple years ago I think and it's on Pattern Keeper as well, so when it started here, I was already about 1000 stitches into it, out of almost 5000. 

and 900 stitches got it a little farther along to here:

Full Moon by Cute Patterns by Maria
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Lazurite by Chromatic Alchemy

 You can start to see the fox that will be sitting beside her and more of the moon, so I'm pretty happy with the progress on this one. This is close to 50% complete now, so could still be a finish this year if I get back to it. Pattern Keeper is amazing at helping you progress on these older WIPs!

I've also finished projects 10 and 11 and am working on 12, so hopefully the next post won't take me so long. I'm completing it as DD is chatting with her grandparents over the internet since she listens better to them when I'm not in the same room. 

I hope everyone is staying well and Happy Stitching!




Saturday, September 5, 2020

September Crazy Domino Event - Projects 4-6

If you remember my last post, then you can read a bit about the event there.

Last time I had worked on Evening in the Shire last. The next project is linked because of The Lord of the Rings, and I pulled out Visit Mordor by Country Magic Stitch. It was last here:

and I was up to 400 stitches, so this is where it is now:
stitched 2 over 2 as charted 
on 28ct Britney Lugana named Feronia by Chromatic Alchemy

This darker lilac is the far left of the project, so it's kind of nice to be at an edge on this one. There is a lot of stitching to go. I wish these were on Pattern Keeper, but I haven't been able to upload them yet. 

My next project was linked because of the giant gate in Mordor to Witch's Gate by Whispered by the Wind. It was last here:
but this is when I was a teensy bit obsessed with finishing Siberian Forest, and I actually used the wrong colour on this part, so I had to frog and restart:
500 stitches makes a sizeable dent though, so it now looks like this:
Stitched as charted (so far) on 28ct Mirage by PTP

The last chart of this set, number 6, is linked to Witch's Gate by the designer, WBTW. Yes, it's our old favourite, In the Groaning Gloaming and if you want to see the story behind that, check out this post and this one too. Basically, Rachel and I changed up colours to ones we preferred, but it took a lot of frogging and restitching to get there. 

What I thought I had done after we found what we liked, was to only leave the colours in the bag that I wanted to use. Turns out, I left an alternate medium beige, and when I started In the Gloaming it was here:
 and then you can maybe tell the lower blocks are a little lighter than the top 2 rows? Yes, I used the wrong colour for 134 stitches, so had to frog again.
But the goal for this one is 600 stitches, so I'll get there in the end. It's just funny that I'm still having thread colour issues with this project. 

Here we are after 600 stitches total, meaning another 470 added after frogging out the others:

That's a decent amount of stitches in, and this and Witch's Gate will come out again in October, so they'll get a little more work done as well. I don't know that they'll be finishes next month, but you never know!

The next few are some "forgotten" WIPs, not forgotten really, just not worked on in a while. They need lots of stitches though, so might be a few days till I get them completed. But it is a holiday weekend and I have 2 days off! Whee! I will enjoy the longer weekend for sure.

Stay well and happy stitching!


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September Crazy Domino Event

In one of the Facebook groups I've joined, Semi Sane Stitchers, there's a new game this month about trying to work on as many different WIPs as you can. You're supposed to link them, hence the domino aspect. And the crazy part is that you stitch 25, 50 or 100 on the first WIP, then increase by the same amount for the next WIP. Considering I have a ton of WIPs I'd like progress on, I chose the 100 level.

I'll post at least every 3 projects, but possibly more often as I get to the higher counts.

I started with Blackwork Poppy by Jodyri Designs, which was here last time I worked on it:

and after 100 stitches is here:
stitched with DMC 310 on 16 count Galaxy by Jodyri

I should mention that "one stitch" counts as a full cross, so a backstitch is only 1/2 a stitch. 

My next WIP was Fleur de Lis by Brodeuse Bressane, which was linked because it's also a black work project. It last looked like this:
 and after 200 stitches/400 backstitches is here:
stitched 1 over 2 on 28ct linen with Waterlilies or Soie Cristal

This is not correct colours, the blue is more of a royal blue and the thread colour is a slight off-white, not the ivory it seems to be here. 

The third WIP was Evening in the Shire by Cute Patterns by Maria, linked because there's a ton of backstitch in it, so the link is slightly different each time, this one was because of backstitch, not blackwork like the first one. It was here last time I worked on it:
and 300 stitches adds a fair bit!
stitched as charted on 28ct Moonrise by Jodyri

There is more backstitch in this project than anything I've ever stitched before. But it's so cool! And I don't mind backstitch, so it will be nice to get some more detail out of it. 

That's the first 3 projects! I'll keep updating as I work on things. 

Stay well and happy stitching!


Friday, August 28, 2020

A Big Finish, WIP Update, and Plans For the Rest of 2020

Hello, hello everyone! I've been trying to organize my blog a bit and get things updated. I won't say all the tabs are updated as I had trouble staying on top of all the challenges, but I did get lots of stitching in. :) That's all it's about anyway.

It's been nice in August stitching on whatever I want without any set schedule. I did have the obsession to finish the Siberian Forest QS and now that it's complete, I feel like I would like a new start to celebrate. I can't decide what to start though. Here's another look at it. :)

I'm still a little astonished I actually completed it. I did make an error in one of the colours, and some of you can probably tell. I don't think it's as obvious to non-stitchers, hence why I will likely gift this to my dad, not a stitcher, and I don't think he'll notice. This was 20,449 stitches total. I had the top 4 rows mostly complete I think before I started, so it used to look like this:

And I know I keep mentioning this, but truly, this would not be complete without Pattern Keeper. I tried parking, I tried cross country, I tried a lot of different things, but could not get my head around an HAED. Which is unfortunate since they're amazing, but also a ton of work. So this was pretty much abandoned despite my best efforts.

One of the challenges I joined this month was called Dodgeball and was part of Semi Sane Stitchers on Facebook. Everyone was sorted into 2 teams and one team threw balls at the other. It "cost" 400 stitches to create a ball and at first was only 100 stitches to "dodge", then that went up to 150 stitches. I was hit with over 3K stitches in the third week, and couldn't dodge them all in time since they hit while I was at work. It was mostly fun and I did get a ton of work done on Princess and the Dragon. It's all black, so it was a quicker dodging project. This is where it was at the start of the year:

and here's where it is now (although the fabric colour is more true above):

I've reached the far right of the project, and there's less than 10K stitches left (53Ktotal). The thought of sticking with this to a finish is very tempting, but I'm also getting a bit tired of black. I was debating about continuing on, but I think I'll be stitching with a lot of black in October for Dark October, so I may put this down for a while. Realistically, if I stuck with it at about 4-500 stitches per night, that's only another 3 weeks or less.

There is a new game in Semi Sane Stitchers that is called Dominoes and you have to connect your WIPs with something, like same fabric, same thread, same designer, etc. I think I would like to join that and stitch on a lot of different things for a while, but I still want to have some goals for the end of the year. It's an interesting event because you need at least 10 WIPs (no problem there!) and you can stitch on different increasing levels. Level 1 add 25 to each WIP, level 2 add 50 to each WIP, level 3 add 100 to each WIP. I'm thinking of level 3 since that would be a good way to get some decent progress on a lot of different projects. I think that's how I'm leaning right now. If I can manage to, I'll even try and have a weekly post to go over what got worked on. :)

October will be Dark October, and I plan to work on the following:
 Spooky Halloween by Durene Jones
this was a Lakeside Needlecraft SAL and I'm on part 3 I think, or just started 4

 In the Gloaming by WBTW

Witch's Gate by WBTW

 Bent Creek one I've forgotten the name
Universal Monsters SAL

Since there's 4 bigger projects, I might work on one each week and see how far along I get. 

November will be Naughty November with Rachel where we plan on some more new starts! I haven't completely determined what those will be, if they'll be Xmas projects or some random stash I've been wanting to get started. 

December tends to get a little busy with finishing things, so there may not be a lot of stitching time. This might be when I bring out Princess and the Dragon again to finish it off. The other option with that one to try and get a finish is to stitch on it once a week, etc. I tend not to stick to these plans though, so probably not. 

The other projects I'd hoped to finish this year are:

Do Not Meddle

This is a long overdue project for someone that can't easily stitch any longer. I definitely made some good progress this year, but it's still not done. 

Letter G from Letters from Nora

This is the last of 3 I'm making for DD and I need to frog this one, then restart and finish it. It wouldn't take long if I stuck with it. Which is apparently difficult for me and why I have so many WIPs!

Bottom line, I'd be happy to finish Princess and the Dragon, Do Not Meddle and letter G. Yes, there are a ton more, and I now have 55 WIPs instead of the 52 I started the year with, and am planning more starts, but that's beside the point. :) Possibly I'll be reasonable in November and only start ornaments. 

I'm happy to hear any suggestions, and please feel free to check my WIP list if there's something you feel I've been neglecting. Lots of them have had some time, but no other major progress besides Princess and the Dragon. 

Happy Stitching!

Dark October Stitching Update, and a Little Bit Derailed

 Hello again! It's been an eventful month, and there's been a decent amount of stitching despite everything else going on. I had pla...