Thursday, July 29, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #7

Here we are at Day 7! That means a week since the Opening Ceremonies, and if you haven't had a chance to see the pictogram section, I found a video on YouTube. 

It was so funny, and I hope you enjoy it. 

Today I thought I'd talk about one of other sports I've played, but not one of the most action-packed events. Golf. This wasn't always in the Olympics, it was played in 1900 and 1904, and then not again until 2016! Interestingly, in 1904, the event was won by a Canadian, George Lyon. He and 2 other Canadians played against 31 Americans in an elimination style event. There were 12 nations at this Olympics (held in the USA), so I don't know why there weren't any other countries involved in this one. Also, check out the natty golf uniform:

I wasn't that great at golf, but enjoyed it when I had a chance to play. I haven't had a chance in many years now. DD has expressed an interest, so maybe we'll go out someday and see how she does. Another interesting fact, both men and women competed in golf in all Olympics. 

I don't think they've started the golf tourney yet this year, at least I haven't seen any info on it, and it's one of those games where I don't mind watching highlights. :)

Today's start is sort of a 1 of 3, as you'll see by the photo of the eventual finish:

And I got a good start on one ornament last night:
Joyeux Noel by Hands on Design
stitched 1 or 2 over 2 on 28ct Chromatic Alchemy (I forget the name!)
with DMC C321 (Etoile), DMC 310 and WDW Okeefenokee

I used up the last of my Okeefenokee on this one, so the other ornaments will be more similar to the picture of the design. They only call for 2 colours, but I've had this strand of Okeefenokee hanging around and wanted to use it up. I like the look, but I like the look of just 2 colour as well. 

These will likely be for DH's family since they all speak French as their first language. I've had this for a few years now and only needed a good excuse to get them started. Thank you again Rachel!

I hope you're all staying healthy and Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #6

Day 6 and it's time for another holiday/seasonal stitch. I don't know if any of you guessed it might not be Christmas/winter themed this time, and if you did, you're right! 

First a quick fun fact for the Olympics, did you know that gold medals are actually mostly made of silver? I only recently found this out. They're over 90% silver content, and enough gold to make it look golden. Apparently if they were entirely made of gold they'd be worth over $30K USD. So I can see why they can't use solid gold for the medals. 

Onto the new start!

Which will eventually look like this:

I'm changing up the fabric a bit though, and I think this might be a fun pillow some day when I finish it. Here's where I managed to get last night:
Pumpkin Patch by Lois Winston
stitched 2 over 2 on Pumpkin King by Chromatic Alchemy
with Cauldron by BeStitchMe

Another seasonal start; I have so many now! But it's all good. I'm starting a lot of things I've wanted to work on, and I don't think I'll quite get to triple digits by the end. :) 

I hope you're all staying healthy and enjoying your day. 

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympic Stitching Challenge Start #5

Today it's time to talk about a sport I've never really attempted besides an old video game called "Skate or Die" back in the old Commodore 64 days. 5 1/4" floppys, those rolodexes full of disks, you remember those days too? 

Check out those graphics! I wasn't very good at this game either, I remember it being fairly difficult to do anything interesting with the keyboard setup we had. 

DD is interested in getting a skateboard and learning how to ride. We have friends who can skateboard, so hopefully we can figure out a time for a few lessons once we get her equipment. She's been saving up her money, although she keeps dipping into it to buy books. And I can't fault her that. :)

Skateboarding is a new event this year in the Olympics. Japan swept the men's and women's street events, and the gold medalist in the women's event is only 13 years old! I think all the medalists in the women's event were under 20 years of age. One interesting fact I noticed was that the younger competitors wore helmets and the older ones did not. A women in her 20s had no helmet and none of the men wore helmets, but I think they were all above 18years old. I'm not sure if it's required by Olympic rules or just a good idea. I've watched other skateboard competitions where helmets are not required for the younger competitors either. 

And onto my new start, which again is not a seasonally themed project. This might be the last one I have that's not seasonal though? I'd have to recheck my pile of to-be-started projects again. 

Eventually it will look something like this:

And here is my start:
Normal is just a setting on the washer by Lizzie Kate
stitched 2 over 2 on kit linen included with the chart
with stash threads, all WDW so far (Bethlehem, Bayberry, Blue Bonnet, Azalea and Americana)

I didn't quite get 500 stitches into this one, so I may get a few more in tonight before starting the next new one. Something more holiday oriented again maybe? Any guesses which holiday? 

I hope you're all staying well!

Happy Stitching,


Monday, July 26, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #4

Day 4 here we go! And make sure you're checking out Rachel's posts. Her day 3 start is a must-have for me. 

Today I wanted to give you a little background on table tennis or ping pong. There's a 12 year old girl competing in the singles event this year, and I don't think she's moving on to the finals, but just getting there at 12 years old is a pretty big deal. I'm always amazed at how fast they can hit the ball back and forth. I've played table tennis, but not with the skill and speed these athletes show. 

Table tennis has been in the Olympics since 1988 and China has dominated the medals in both women's and men's events. The first medal in table tennis this year was an upset though, the host country, Japan, beat China in mixed doubles. I can't imagine how difficult it is to learn to keep out of each other's way trying to play doubles in table tennis! 

Today's start is <shock> not another seasonal project! I found this one while visiting my parent's LNS several years ago. It's been closed for at least a couple years now, so this has been hanging around for a while. It will eventually look something like this:
and I managed about 500 stitches to start:
Symphonie Romana by Summer House Stitche Workes
stitched 2 over 2 on 28 ct Sparkling lemonade by unknown designer
with WDW Grape Ice

I'm happy with the start on this one and love how the threads look on this fabric. I haven't chosen the colour for the central motif yet. I'm thinking about a dark lavender maybe? But don't have anything in mind yet. It will definitely take a while, so I'm sure I'll find the perfect colour someday. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

I hope you're all staying well and Happy Stitching!


Sunday, July 25, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #3

Day 3 for me and have you been checking Rachel's posts as well? She has some great new starts for you to add to your wish lists. I feel like I forgot to mention that the first day, and that's remiss of me given it's entirely her fault idea. :) 

Today I've been excited watching some swimming. There were some amazing medals, from an upset by a Tunisian swimmer to some Olympic records by Canadian and American swimmers. Did you know swimming has always been in the modern Olympics? And both women and men have been competing since 1912. It's always exciting to watch, and there's events for almost everyone interested, from short one length sprints of 50m to 10km marathon swim. There's almost as many swimming events as there are track and field, so that's a lot of different competitors and a lot of opportunities for countries to medal. 

Swimming is another sport I competed in when I was in elementary school, on the local swim team. I wasn't the fastest in most of the strokes, but I could win front crawl at some meets. We won't talk about what kind of swimming shape I'm in now though. :) 

Today's start is yet another seasonal one, I seem to have a lot of these somehow. 

I managed a pretty significant start on this one, over 700 stitches, but it will definitely take a while to finish. 
It's a Wonderful Life by Mill Hill
stitched as charted on 14ct perforated paper

I like all the details on this pattern, even though it will mean a lot of colour changes and beadwork. 

I hope you're all staying well!

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, July 24, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympics Stitching Challenge Start #2

Hello again! I hope everyone who's interested has had a chance to enjoy some of their favourite sports in the Olympics, or outside of the Olympics. For today's sport fact I chose a sport I played in high school and really loved, what I call field hockey, although most of the rest of the world just calls it "hockey" and calls what I call hockey "ice hockey". 

I used the pictogram for the sport after learning in the opening ceremonies that Japan invented these for the 1964 Olympics. Even if you have no interest in the opening ceremonies, you may want to try and find the section where they acted all 50 of these out, it was hilarious and amazing! 

Back to field hockey, which was introduced to the Olympics in 1908 with 6 teams competing. In 1924 it disappeared because a lack of international presence/interest? But that helped the fans and athletes form an international hockey committee and from 1928 on, it's always been in the Olympics. Naturally (?) it was only for men until 1980! 1980? I swear my sister played it in high school around then, so that's way too late to add it, but at least it did get added eventually. 

And on to more fun things than the patriarchy, another new start! 

I'm going international today, for no particular reason, and I believe this is my second pattern from this designer:

I think I chose this one after I had purchased this amazing rainbow BeStitchMe fabric. I don't think it's quite long enough to get all the colours, but I started in the middle to try and get as much colour change as I can. Here's the 435 stitches added last night:
Ondulations by Jardin Prive
stitched on 28ct rainbow gradient by BeStitchMe as charted

I plan to leave the colours alone. I was debating about a full silhouette, but went with DH's advice to keep it coloured. This will definitely take a while to finish, even if there's mostly black to it. 

I hope you've all had a good day and are staying healthy. 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, July 23, 2021

2021 Tokyo Olympic Stitching Challenge Start #1

It's here! The Olympics is upon us, and whether or not it's a good idea, they're doing it anyway, so the new starts commence today. Or actually yesterday to try and give me time to get a post up daily. 

My new starts will have absolutely nothing to do with the Olympics, but I thought I'd try and post a bit about events I like to watch and some history. I'll start with the favourite for a lot of people: gymnastics!

Perhaps the rest of you are also just about to learn that the word "gymasium" is from the Ancient Greek word gymnazein which means to exercise naked. That would certainly be a new way to watch the Olympics. Speaking of that, have you heard the German women's team is going with full body suits, whether they get fined or not? Good for them. It should be about the sport and there's been enough over-sexualization of mostly young girls' bodies. 

Gymnastics was added to the modern Games in 1898, but only for men. Women's gymnastics was added in 1928 in Amsterdam. The events differ for men and women, and I think we all know most of them, so I won't get into that. If you'd ever like more info, please let me know. 

I'm looking forward to watching the incredible strength, flexibility and training these athletes have gone through to get to this point. Canada usually doesn't medal in gymnastics, so no disappointment if there are no medals for Canadians. It will be exciting if it happens. 

And now, onto my start!

You may pick up early on the seasonal theme of these again. :) This is what it will look like eventually:

and I managed a little over 500 stitches to get to this point:
Noel by Bent Creek
stitched on 28ct Chromatic Alchemy fabric scrap
with WDW Fathom and Blue Bonnet, odd Dinky Dyes for orange and the grey is Silks4U PR026 

This was a fun little new start and should only need a few days to finish. It's just finding those few days. :)

I hope you're enjoying the Olympics if you're interested, and if not, at least enjoy a new fact or two. 

Happy Stitching and stay well!


Friday, July 9, 2021

Christmas in July 2021

Rachel has a new SAL this month, Christmas in July! If you're interested in working on some Christmas patterns to try and get a few finishes before Christmas, now is a good time to start. Check out her link-up post on her blog

In the lead-up to the Olympics and a bunch of new starts, why not another one? :) I recently found Holiday Quaker and decided to try and stitch it up this month until the Olympics start. I'm going to alternate with Amazing Animal Kingdom to try and catch up a bit on that one as well. I had a goal of trying to get 100K stitches into that one this year and I'm only a little over 30K, so I'm well behind on that goal. I'm still quite impressed with that amount of stitching though!

Here's Holiday Quaker as it will look when complete:

I debated about fabric, but eventually chose a 14ct opalescent green from Jodyri. I'm also going to try and use a lot of the Silks4U monthly packs I've been receiving so they get used and not stay stashed away. Here's the colours I've chosen so far:

My rough idea is to stitch about 1000 tent stitches on Animal Kingdom, then stitch a motif on Holiday Quaker. Here's my start so far:

Holiday Quaker by Lila's Studio
stitched 2 over 1 on 14ct opalescent Christmas Elf by Jodyri Designs
with random stash threads starting with PR043 by Silks4U

This is pretty outside my normal pattern choices, but I do really love Christmas patterns and this one just fits somehow. 

I'm due to stitch another motif on this one tonight since I've now reached over 33K on Animal Kingdom:
Amazing Animal Kingdom by Aimee Stewart
stitched 2 over 1 tent stitch on 32ct experiment by Chromatic Alchemy

We'll see how it goes over the next couple weeks until the Olympics!

Happy Stitching and stay well!


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June? Where Did You Go?

Wow.. end of the month and this is my first post. Maybe it's the multiple posts from last month, but I just never seemed to have time. Even now I'm trying to get this done at work before the next thing happens. 

I do have a sort of plan for blogging when September comes. I'm adjusting my schedule again, this time I'll be working a set Tuesday through Saturday schedule and I'm thinking Mondays will be blogging days. We're hoping DD will be back in school, so that might be the perfect time to have a little time on my own to keep up with blogging again. We'll see how it goes since there always seems to be something that eats away at my time. I'm also wondering if I could attempt a fully finished object on Mondays, which would help with the fullness of the drawer of shame with all these smaller projects I'm going to have. 

Enough chit-chat though, here's where the month of stitching has landed me:

Universal Monsters SAL B&W version by The Witchy Stitcher
stitched as charted on 28ct Trick or Treat by BeStitchMe

There's still a long way to go on this one, but I'm starting to get close to one of the rooms. I think I was working on a FB challenge, so stitched a lot of black on this one to get some stitches in. It shows up in Pattern Keeper, so that's a nice bonus. 

Shamrock by Erica Michaels, found on Rainbow Gallery freebies
stitched 2 over 2 with Morning Glory (forget which company)
on 28ct white Monaco

And it's a finish! I ran out of the Morning Glory thread, so decided to add a little text on the top to finish it off and my initials. 

Easter Bunny and Moon by Chatelaine
stitched 2 over 1 with called for DMC 310 and subbed DMC 726 for 727
on 14ct Aida (Realgar I think) by Chromatic Alchemy

Another finish! This was an enjoyable stitch as well. I added the whiskers just for fun. I know it makes no logical sense to see white whiskers and a white tail on a silhouette, but the tail was charted, so I went with it. 

Patch Christmas Tree 1 by Angie Designer
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco with stash threads
 unknown Dinky Dyes, Caron Waterlilies parrot, Dinky Dyes Down Under Blues and Jodyri Oz the Great and Powerful, another unknown Dinky Dyes, DMC 3799 and Kreinik gold start, Etoile 699 for the lines

3 finishes, what? :) This one was pretty close, so just took a night to finish up the purple and the lines around the tree, the pot and star. Another fun one I'd like to try and fully finish before Christmas if possible. 

Christmas Assisi Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
stitched 1 over 1 with Crescent Colors Bejeweled
on 22ct white hardanger

There was quite a lot of stitching left on this one and it took 3 nights to finish I think, getting 400+ stitches in per night. I do really love the finish and I don't think the photo really captures how pretty that thread really is. I'm looking forward to finishing this one into an ornament I think. 

Halloween Freebie by Passione Ricamo
stitched 2 over 2 with DMC 310 
on 28ct Brittney evenweave Aries by Sparklies

I spent 2 nights on this one I think and got the moon complete in DMC Etoile white and added more of the haunted house and bats. I haven't decided about the word "BOO" near the bottom if I'll stitch that or leave it out, plus there's a witch's hat I'll probably leave out. Maybe BOO should be in Etoile as well, if they have a good orange one? Or purple? What would look good with this fabric I wonder?

Stormlight Archive quotes by Taylor and Cromwell
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct black Monaco
with DMC as charted

You may notice there's quite a lot done on this one. It's almost 50% complete according to Pattern Keeper and it was a little hard to put down for the last WIP I'm going to show, but I did manage it. I really love how it's coming together and how fantastic each section looks once I finish it. So excited about this one! Maybe it will be a birthday or Christmas present for the end of the year. 

Amazing Animal Kingdom by Aimee Stewart charted by HAED
stitched 2 over 1 tent stitch on 32ct Experiment by Chromatic Alchemy

I'm at 31,000+ stitches on this one, which is 2 full pages complete, plus almost 2 more pages done. I joined a Full Coverage Fanatics group for the Tour de France which has you adding 3400 stitches to your chosen project. I have a long way to go on this one, but I'll try and keep adding at least a few stitches per day for the Tour challenge. 

I hope you've all had a good month! I'm sorry I was so silent all month, it wasn't intentional and next month I'll be working on the Olympics at least half of the month, so it won't be so long again. 

Happy Stitching!


Monday, May 31, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #31

Hello again! It's the final day. For today I've saved one that I technically started before May even began. I finished my April goals, 2K on Animal Kingdom and finished 5 WIPs, some of which had been hanging around for several years. I ended up with a couple days left in April which wouldn't quite be enough to finish anything else, so I stared a new project that I was really excited about. 

If you're not familiar with the Etsy shop Taylor and Cromwell, I've linked to it here for you. They have a lot of really interesting patterns, and many of them are word-related. We all know I have a tendency towards those patterns, and so many of theirs have fandom aspects. There are several Broadway shows, book series, all kinds of things. 
from Six the Musical
from Les Miz
from the Infernal Devices series of books

And, the best part is, they offer custom designs. For only $15USD. That was well worth it for me to request a custom design of one of DH's and my favourite book series, the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I linked to t he Wikipedia page if you're interested in an epic fantasy series. There are 4 books so far, and each one keeps getting better. 

I chose 10 quotes and the designer even added a special aspect to the chart, the special swords some characters use. I hadn't requested anything like that, but it definitely adds to the project. Here's the mock-up:

I can't even tell you how much I love this! It's just perfect and fits the series so well. The quotes that should be more emphasized are, and the addition of the swords and flag, excellent! So, if you're interested in something similar, look for their custom listing. It's well worth it. My start is here:
Stormlight Archive quotes by Taylor and Cromwell
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct black Monaco
with DMC as charted

I had a good piece of 28ct black Monaco sitting around that fit the size perfectly. And this works in Pattern Keeper! Even better. I think I had to add the DMC colour numbers, but the chart was easy to enter into the app. 

I think this will be one of those that I keep coming back to until it's finished, like Princess and the Dragon. It will get worked on every month. I doubt I'll have a finish this year, but definitely before the 5th book comes out. He takes a few years between each one, and the 4th one only came out last fall, so I have some time. 

I have no association with Taylor and Cromwell aside from the fact I was really pleased with this and the interaction with the designer. There was one change that had to be made in the design and that was done quickly and without any fuss on their end. They also have a Facebook group where they post some freebie patterns if you want to have a look. 

I hope you're all staying healthy and enjoying your stitching. Stay well and thank you for making it through this month with me. 

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #30

 It's the penultimate post of Stitch Maynia! Here we are, almost another month complete. Thank you again for sticking with me through this whole process and all of these starts. As I mentioned yesterday, I planned to work on a second birdhouse to have a smaller WIP in the works than those larger Christmas ones I'd started. I don't have a mock-up for this one, so I only have my small start:

Christmas Birdhouse by Durene Jones
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Monaco
with DMC as charted

I managed a bit more on this one, mostly since it has less colour changes and a lot of B5200 on it. I don't think these will take too long, maybe a day a piece with all the colour changes and back stitch? Certainly not very long to get these complete. I'm also stitching them on the same piece of fabric, so when I finish the colour on one, I can use it on the other one if it calls for the same colour. 

Sorry this isn't a great photo, I didn't realize I wanted to share how I was stitching them until just now. Clearly I got my phone shadow in this shot. ;)

Tomorrow is the last day and I already have my post scheduled, so this is the last one I'll be writing in May. I would like to think I can keep up at least weekly after this until the Tokyo starts with Rachel. We'll see. Those kind of sound like famous last words to me. :D

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #29

Hello and greetings for the antepenultimate post of Stitch Maynia! This is one of those random words I learned in high school that has stuck in my conscious memory. It means 3rd from last, penultimate 2nd last and ultimate being last. 

I've stuck with a Christmas theme for the next two starts. I had some idea I might stitch a bunch of these since they're small, but my plans are always fluid. I think I had 36 or 37 patterns I could have stitched for Maynia and kept it to one start a day, but had some choice on what I chose each day so it wasn't locked into anything specific. I think I do better when I have some choice vs. following a strict rule. 

This is a mock-up of how one will look from a magazine photo:

And I only managed a few stitches into this one last night:
Christmas Birdhouse by Durene Jones
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct white Monaco
with DMC as charted

These have a lot of colour changes and some backstitch, so they're not exactly quick or easy, but they'll make nice little cards for Christmas once I manage to get them complete. I was debating about changing the birds to chickadees since they're more common here in North America than the robins, but we could pretend they're finches. The house finch has somewhat similar colouring, although maybe smaller and no white. Possibly less red in winter too, like how the goldfinch is very drab in winter compared to its summer brilliance. Anyways, I'm not motivated enough to change the colours, so it will be stitched as charted. 

We're almost there! 2 more days after this and the month will be complete. Thank you for staying with me and all of your comments. They definitely brighten my day. 

Happy Stitching!


Friday, May 28, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #28

 No one is tired of Christmas yet right? Right? Even if you are, this is a non-traditional type Christmas design, or it is with the colours I chose. I think this was a free design that was offered years ago from an online cross stitch store:

I printed this out years ago and have had various ideas every time I look at it on how to stitch it. It's charted in red and green, but that is far too usual for this design. I changed it up for 5 different thread colours but kept the fabric white. I managed to get quite a bit done as well, 4 whole sections!
Patch Christmas Tree 1 by Angie Designer
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco with stash threads
 unknown Dinky Dyes, Caron Waterlilies parrot, Dinky Dyes Down Under Blues and Jodyri Oz the Great and Powerful

There's only one colour missing, and that's an unknown Dinky Dyes purple that matches the purple in Oz the G&P. The lines are charted in DMC 310, but that seems a little dark. I was wondering about doing a red metallic or Etoile since I have most of the other rainbow colours in the design already. Or maybe just DMC 3799? If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I won't get back to this right away, but I probably will pick it up soon since another day of stitching should finish it off. Wait, that's starting to sound familiar somehow...

I hope you're all staying well and having a good day. Happy Stitching!


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #27

Is anyone tired of Christmas projects yet? I have another one today. I can't remember if I have more left in the expanding file folder, and there's only 3 more days of new ones. May 31st has something special, so that one is already planned and the post has been scheduled. 

I've had this chart for quite a while, it's one of the gorgeous Whispered by the Wind Christmas designs. This one is kind of a bargain since you technically get 3 patterns in one. 

Naturally I've changed up the colours to some I had in stash and got almost 200 stitches into this one:
Simply Christmas by Whispered by the Wind
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Lazurite by Chromatic Alchemy
with Soie Cristal to start

I thought I had taken a floss toss photo, but I can't find it right now. If I remember, I'll try and add one at some point. I'm going with WDW Turkish Red for the red and a PTB for the gold metallic. 

This is a fairly mindless stitch since it's the same pattern over and over and I think that will be good for the long work days. Get a thread length in every now and again and sooner or later I'll have a finish.

I seem to be accumulating a lot of WIPs lately, so maybe tomorrow I'll see if I have another small one to work on. I hope you're all keeping well!

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #26

Hello, hello! Last night I decided to torture myself a little. I had this scrap of 18ct beige aida that I thought would look really cool with this Caron Snow colour I picked up when my LNS was closing. I found a few colours I thought I could use, and this one seemed like it might work for a dragon, trees, etc. I decided to break it out for a tree this time. This is technically an Assisi tree freebie pattern that I printed out long ago without any identifiers. I thought to make it quicker, I'd stitch the part that usually would not be stitched. 

Here's where I got to:

Assisi tree stitched in opposite by unknown designer
stitched 1 over 1 on 18ct beige Aida
with Caron Snow 06 - Cedar Green 

Caron Snow is definitely better than Kreinik and DMC, although I'm not sure it's as easy as PTB to stitch with. Also, I really think this should be 14ct, because I was dragging the thread through the holes. This is probably 1/3 done though, so it's not a long stitch, except for how long it takes to stitch with metallics. Knowing this now, I think I'd choose Etoile next time. I still might use Etoile for the star, even though it would be less sparkly than the tree. 

I can't remember if tomorrow will be yet another Christmas design or if I'm into a different season. I think there are still a few left in my expanding file. Plus there's some more of the Circus Stitches patterns from the sale that I might work into these starts. Only a few more days left to the month!

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #25

Today is another good day to stitch on more Christmas designs. I think it's safe to say I have a lot of Christmas designs sitting around waiting for me to stitch them. At least I've pulled out several this month to get them started. It's time for a Durene Jones large project today. It's still not very big, but considering how many smalls she creates, it's a decent size. 

I originally found this in a magazine, but you can purchase it from her Etsy store now. 

I thought I'd start with outlining some of the boxes to make it a bit easier to complete. 
Believe in the Magic of Christmas by Durene Jones
stitched 2 over 2 on 32ct Murano Polynesium by Chromatic Alchemy
stitched as charted, DMC 349 so far

This is about 350 stitches, so it's a decent start. This will be another long-term one and maybe finishing a box now and then will feel like a mini-finish. 

I hope you've all been having a good week so far!

Happy Stitching,


Monday, May 24, 2021

Stitch Maynia 2021 Start #24

 Back to our regularly scheduled seasonal charts, this is a fun one from Jardin Privé. 

I'm not a huge fan of redwork, so I changed up the fabric and threads. This is my start:
Joyeux Noel by Jardin Privé
stitched 1 over 2 on 28ct Slytherin evenweave by Chromatic Alchemy
with Caron Waterlilies Hint of Mint

I had some colourful thread picked out, but I asked DH's opinion since he has a better colour sense than I do, and he said to stick with the whitish thread only. I think I have enough to finish since I have a whole skein and it's 1 over 2 stitching. I quite like the fabric colour too with it's muted grey/blue tones within the green. 

This one will definitely take a while, but it is only one colour, so it should still be quicker than something with many colour changes. 

I hope you're all staying healthy and enjoying some sunshine. It's cooled off a bit today, a high of 18-20C/65-68F, but there's still some nice sun, so it's a good day to be outside and maybe get some gardening done. 

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Stitch Maynia Start #23

And here we are again with a very similar start to yesterday, but this time I decided to stitch it in a different way. As a reminder, this is what it will eventually look like:
Bibliophile Blackwork Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco
with DMC variations

This time I'm using another friend's "house" colours from Harry Potter. She's a very proud Hufflepuff and this thread is perfect. 
Bibliophile Blackwork Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco
with Jodyri HunniBee

Perfect colours, right? So this will be fun to fill in. I think I'll have to do the lettering in DMC 310 because it might not show well enough in the yellow. 

That's all for today, and I hope you've all had enjoyable weekends! 

Happy Stitching,


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