September 29, 2012

A New Biscornu

I haven't updated in awhile. I have been stitching on various things, but I thought I would post up this finish I had today.

My "middles" didn't quite meet up. If you don't get the first one right in the middle when you are sewing it together, it won't match up all the way around. But I was too sick of this project to go back and fix it. I now have two of these little pincushions. These would make great gifts, but I need to find patterns that are a little less complex.

My friend, Pam, told me that there are all kinds of biscornu free patterns on the internet. I think I will look for a butterfly one next time.

For now, I am going back to my rotation, although I may throw another Christmas ornament in there. I love the little angel from Little House Needleworks. I haven't finished it yet, because I need to get some Christmas backing fabric. My mom has offered me her greens and reds, saying she isn't going to be needing them.

I apologize for not doing my IHSW update. The last couple of weeks have been extremely rough. My best friend is going into hospice on Monday, after a long week in the hospital. I am more sad than I have ever been in my life, made worse by the fact that her entire extended family is now here and I don't want to add to the chaos by being one more person huddling around her bed. Hopefully, after some of them go home, I will get a chance to see her at least one more time. What is the time prognosis for people in hospice care, with cancer that has spread to the bones?

Sorry to end on a down note. I only seem to have down notes lately.

Happy stitching!


September 22, 2012

Please Go Here Instead Today!

I apologize for my lack of posting. Believe me, it's not for lack of stitching.

But instead of having update pictures for you, I am going to send you over here to read about what I've been up to lately. This has been a very time consuming project, but also a very gratifying one. This is my "other" blog that I am sending you to and it was started a couple of years ago when I was going through a very rough patch. Now, I am much more invested in stitching than in writing, but with everything that is going on, I thought I should share that something good is happening right here in my community and I am so glad that we live in Winchester.

I will post updates from IHSW shortly (I hope!), but in the meantime, please go and check out all the links I posted and really, go read Jenny Lawson. She's the best blogger I know and she is what inspired what I am doing now.

Happy stitching!


September 10, 2012

Three Finishes and ISHW

I have been stitching my butt off to finish a few things before starting on anything new. I managed to finally finish my stitch along with Carrie when I got my stars for the background yesterday.

All Hearts Come Home by Diane Arthurs

I did add my initials and the year down on the bottom right, which you will be able to see after I have framed it.

Then I decided that I really needed a small project to work on over a day or so, with an easy finish. Well, this one took a little more than one day (three), but I did finish it fast.

All Dolled Up by Little House Needleworks

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the piece on the chart front had been finished by none other than Vonna Pfeffer of The Twisted Stitcher (Vonna, I hope I spelled your last name right! I was too lazy to go check the pattern.) She was one of the first two stitching blogs that got me started on my own stitching blog, so I was happy to be working on something she had done before. Her star was an embellishment instead of stitched, but since I didn't know to get the embellishment when I bought the chart and since I didn't feel like trying to get to the hobby store and find one, I just went ahead and stitched the star in the golden yellow color. I plan on doing the finishing when I go down to visit my mother in October, as she has promised me her stash of Christmas fabrics to bring home. Until then, I will keep it with the other projects awaiting finishing.

I also finished my biscornu at Guild on Thursday. Here is what it looked like before:

And here is what it looks like finished:

A lovely little biscornu. I really have to go to google translate and figure out what the heck that means. Little pincushion? I was happily surprised at how easy it was to make this a three dimensional project and I plan on making a bunch more as gifts. (People who aren't stitchers beware! People who are stitchers anticipate!) I'm taking color requests for Christmas presents.

I have made huge progress on my HAED, but I want to finish the metallic on page one before posting an update. I received the thread in the mail the other day, so it's just a matter of getting to it. Page two will go faster than page one I think, just because I am getting into a rhythm and figuring out what this HAED thing is all about.

This weekend is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. Wow that came around fast. I am going to the Bluemont Craft Fair on Sunday, so most of my stitching will be done on Saturday this time, but I've signed up anyway.

I hope you all are enjoying the cooler weather we are having.

Happy stitching!


September 07, 2012

Finally Something is Finished!

I did it! My very first three dimensional stitching project. Here's how it turned out.

A real, eight sided biscornu, which I'm guessing means little pincushion in French (I didn't do well the one semester I took French in college!)

This was so fast and easy to make, I think I'm going to be making some Christmas gifts with different patterns and colors.

I've been working on my HAED all day, except for the two hour vet visit this afternoon. We are lucky enough to have found a vet that comes to the house and we have a dog with a skin infection and a cat with (diabetes?) a weight problem and arthritis in his back legs. I don't have pictures of the dog being tended to, but I thought you might get a kick out of this picture. I really need one of these bags!

Isn't that the cutest thing? It keeps the cat from scratching and biting as you work on him. There are zippers where his legs are and you can draw blood or trim his nails without getting hurt. It was awesome. I'm just hoping his bloodwork comes back okay.

Our vet has become a friend and next Sunday, we are going to the Bluemont Craft Fair. I am so excited about this! I will take some pictures to share.

Happy stitching!


September 06, 2012

Sorry, Thought These Were Done!

I've been waiting to post because I had hoped to have some projects finished up. Unfortunately, something was working against me this time!

Here's what I've been working on and the challenges that kept me from having a finish on each.

All Hearts Come Home by Diane Arthurs

I got to the embellishments on this stitch along with Carrie and discovered that they had not included any of the stars for the sky background. I sent them an email and they said they were very sorry and would send the stars out right away. What you see is what they sent. The picture on the cover of the chart shows 17 stars. They sent me eight. I sent them another email and they said they would send me more. So, I'm waiting on stars to finish this one...sigh.

They did send me a free chart with the eight stars which certainly was nice of them, but it wasn't something I would stitch, so watch for a giveaway here soon.

Faery on Butterfly HAED

I had so hoped to get the first page of this completely finished, but as you can see, I ran out of the sparkly metallic thread they suggested using for the moon. Sigh again. It's my own fault though for switching out the 25 count Laguna linen, one over one, to 16 count Aida fabric, two over one. Obviously I am now going to need a lot more of all of the threads and there are about 90 different colors.

I have ordered two more spools of the metallic thread and I went ahead and gridded up pages two through five yesterday.

I took out the gridding on the first page to see if you could tell I had done it, as I had read on someone's blog that they didn't grid because they felt you could see it afterward. It was a little tough to get some of the thread out, as I had sewn over it and under it and even through it, but everything eventually came out and it looks fine, as far as I can tell.

Biscornu by Alita Designs
This is a project for the Embroidery Guild and when finished, it will be a little pillow. The top is the large X design and the square with my initials and the date will be the bottom. I will post pictures after the finish this afternoon.

That's all I've got for this week. I feel like I've accomplished a lot, although I didn't actually finish anything completely yet. I found multiple counting errors on the top portion of the biscornu and had to completely restitch it. Luckily, it's a fast little project and I can see a few more of these in my future as gifts.

Happy stitching!


September 02, 2012

Nancy's Giveaway!

Nancy over at the Victorian Motto Shoppe is having an awesome giveaway for Halloween. Just go here, follow her blog, and enter!

Will have updates for you soon. I am having to restitch the top of my biscornu when I discovered multiple counting errors. Luckily, I was with the designer at the time and she also discovered a mistake in the pattern directions, so we were able to get an email out to everyone before they show up with their borders incorrect for guild on Thursday.

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy stitching!