I got really into my HAED on Friday and just couldn't put it down. The Q Snap frame is much easier on my hands than not using a frame, so I may buy a couple more of these. By Sunday night, I was having a hard time moving my right hand and stitching had to be put down.
But...look at my progress!
That's a ton of stitches right there. I estimate that I have done about 3,000 stitches now. Which didn't hit my goal of 5,000 (half the first page), but I was getting to the point that the blue was getting a little old. I really do love the star though - it's partially in Kreinik and very sparkly. When I get to the moon, that is all Kreinik, which I didn't realize. Don't you just love a lot of bling?
Sunday is my SAL with Carrie, so here is how that went:
I would have made a lot more progress if I didn't have to frog the entire section of white on the snowman and start over because I had made a one stitch error. (Yes, I am that much of a perfectionist. But it was going to affect the whole thing if I didn't, so I frogged it.)
I also worked just a bit on the May cottage.
Not a lot of progress, but by this time, my hand had had enough.
Today is my birthday and my best friend, Malea, came out yesterday to help me celebrate. I taught Malea how to cross stitch and she made me this lovely piece:
She wanted beading on it, but wasn't sure which type to use, so after we had a really filling lunch, we went over to Hobby Lobby and picked out some shiny silver beads. We decided that I would put the beads on and she would leave it with me. This is an original design. She took bits and pieces from other designs and put them all together to make this beautiful butterfly for me. It's the first piece she has finished and I am so proud of her and excited to receive this beautiful gift! There are many layers of meaning for us in this design and it will hold an honored place on the wall in my family room when I go back to get it framed. We even picked out the matting and the frame while we were there and, once I finish the beading, I will go back and give it over to the framing goddesses.
Malea is also incredibly creative at making jewelry and brought me this gift:
Some of the charms were already attached and we added a couple more when we went to the craft store. The butterfly is for Juliana and fibromyalgia. The angle is for Juliana. There is also an autism ribbon for Joey and a hope ribbon for Malea and my mom, who are both struggling with aggressive forms of cancer. The believe charm is a friendship charm. She is going to pick up a "big sister" charm for me at AC Moore up where she lives, because we are more like sisters than best friends, although we are that too. The bracelet is a little too big (ok, a lot too big), so she is going to make me a new one that is my wrist size and stretchy instead so I can wear it.
We also dropped off my angel to finally get it professionally framed and she helped me pick the mats and frame for that as well. If you need a place for framing, Hobby Lobby is incredibly reasonable and they do a great job. I have two pieces there right now and The Rainbow Bridge is still here waiting for my vet to stop by.
I am planning two new tabs for my blog this week. I will be putting up the lacing tutorial (I promise!) and I am also going to give Malea a tab of her own to show her work. I believe that will be incentive for her to keep working on her cross stitch, because her life is a lot too hectic right now and cross stitching is so relaxing. So look for those later in the week!