Finishes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

13th Finish of 2017 Autumn Bunny Pumpkin!

Hello everyone!  If anyone is still out here in blogland reading this thank you for sticking by me even when I haven't been posting as regularly as I would like to.  I still have loads to catch you up with on my stitching this year but I figured I would start where I am now with a very recent finish!

This is Autumn Bunny Pumpkin from www.dailycrossstitch.com

I changed the colors of the pumpkin and leaf on the vine to ones I felt gave a bit more of an autumn feel.  I was able to finish this in about a week.  It felt good to have a quick finish since I have been working on some huge HAEDs lately.  

I can't believe that it is almost December and the end of 2017.  It was a very long and exciting year for my family!  I will keep trying to catch you up with my progress and finishes here on this blog.

Thanks for sticking with me on this journey.  Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 1, 2017

First Finish of 2017 Mom and Baby Turtle

Hello Stitchers and Crafters!  I figured I would take a little time to backtrack and get you caught up with my finishes so far this year.  It took until April for me to have my first project finish and it was.... my Heaven and Earth Designs Mom and Baby Turtle by Annya Kai!! I started this way back when on December 30th 2013 when I was still living in Norway.  I worked on it in Nepal and I finally finished stitching it on in Taipei on April 1st 2017!

Here is the finished stitching in all of its colorful glory...

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This is where I had left off with it back in August after the Summer Olympic Challenge.

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I had done everything so far with the cross country stitching method but then I decided I like the finished feeling of parking in a 10 x 10 square so I did the rest that way.  Here are some progress photos...

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When my family went home for a visit back to Michigan I took this to my favorite framing shop.  And this is the result!

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I went back and forth with choosing the pink frame or a dark green one but I decided I wanted to highlight my favorite part of the turtle which is her colorful shell.

Thank you all for your lovely comments and inspiring words during the past 3 years that I have worked on this piece.  Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Progress Photos!

Hello stitchers!  I can't believe that it has really been 3 whole months since my last post!  Well it has been a busy summer.  I was able to go back home to the US with my family and have a bit of a summer vacation :)  I even visited a LNS and got some goodies while there!  I still have so much to add here to update and I even have had my 6th finish of 2017.  But I will start with my current progress.  Way back when I first started this blog almost 5 years ago now I used to do weekly progress photos on Fridays and I want to try to get back into doing that.  So here is my progress for the week on one of my WIP's Floss Daily by Wee Little Stitches.

This is where I was after working on it the last time which I know was sometime in 2016...

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The needleminder is one I had purchased from the Minding my Minders going out of business sale last October.

And here is my progress from two evenings until now!

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I love this design so much and I feel like I could probably finish it in about a week or so!  The variegated floss is all cotton from Mo's Sale, and my plan is to use all hand dyed threads to fill in the floss bobbins of the design.  I really do hope that I can finally get you caught up with all of my stitchy progress and share posts with you on a more regular basis.

Thank you to everyone who is still reading my blog, and until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Olympic SAL Day 17 - Olympic Medals - Copper/Bronze

For the very LAST day of this SAL I chose to work on Purity, Strength, Truth, or as I like to nickname it Buddha by Dimensions.

Here was where I was after starting in for Stitch Maynia...

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And here is a close up of my progress!

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It's really hard to tell but this is part of Buddha's chest and shoulder.  I enjoyed working on this WIP a lot, and I can't wait until I pick it up again.

This challenge was a lot of fun!  It helped me to touch a lot of my WIPs that hadn't gotten any love since I started them for Stitch Maynia 2016.  Thank you for staying with me on my stitching journey!

I have one more challenge to update you on which was the November Election challenge for Stitch Maynia, and a few finishes to share with you and then I think I might finally be caught up on sharing my stitching progress with you!

Thank you again for your support and encouraging comments!

Olympic SAL Day 16 - Olympic Torch - Fire or Flames

The only WIP I have that has flames in it is San Francisco by Candamar Designs.  It is a kit that comes with pre-printed fabric and you just stitch a little bit to embellish the design.

Here is what it looks like overall...

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I had previously added the black half stitches below...

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And during this stitching session I added the flames in the lamp post and the red half stitches.

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I am not a huge fan of stitching on printed designs so this isn't really my favorite WIP to work on.  But the stitches do help to highlight areas of the design.  See you soon...Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 15 - Olympic Medals - Silver

Here is my progress on Paris by Thea Gouverneur.  I switched out the white evenweave that came in the kit with this beautiful color Brigid of hand dyed fabric from Under the Sea Fabrics.

This was my starting point...

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And here is my progress!

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A quick reminder of what the finished design will look like...

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It is funny on both of my Paris themed designs I worked on for this challenge I worked on part of  L'arc de Triomphe!

See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 14 - National Anthems - Patriotic Theme

Here is the patriotic/musical anthem. This is Rosewood Manor's American Flag Quilt Sampler!

After


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What it will look like when complete.
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I enjoyed stitching this design.  It will be exciting when I finish one of the quilt blocks...it will feel like a mini finish, and I get to have 50 of them.

Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 13 - Olympic Medals - Gold

Olympic Medals: Gold! I finally got to use more than one color. This is "I Love You" by Love Thy Thread or as I call it The Princess Bride.

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Here is what the finished product will look like :)


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It was nice to get to finally use another color of gold while stitching this design...Happy Stitching!



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Olympic SAL Day 12- Cycling Events - Wheel

This is my only WIP with a wheel so I completed the car and then a few other parts of Home is Where...before and after progress.



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It is nice to work on a small design because you can make some visible progress in a short amount of time!

See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olympic SAL Day 11- Olympic Flag - White

This is Floss Daily from Wee Little Stitches, this was also a Stitch Maynia start.  This is stitched on hand dyed fabric from Stitchnmomma.




I didn't get very much done this time, I only started the bobbins on the second row...but progress is progress!


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 10 - Equestrian Events

Equestrian-Animals aka Mom and Baby Turtle by Annya Kai HAED before and after!


This was my starting point...

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And this is my progress!

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A closer view.

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What the finished piece will look like :)

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After learning how to "park" my stitches working on other HAED's it felt so strange not to park and to stitch "cross-country".  I always love working on this design due to the beautiful bright colors of the floss :)


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 9 - Olympic Rings - Red

Olympic Rings Red - Let's Be Proud by Ursula Michaels before and after.


After one session of stitching during Stitch Maynia here is where I was...

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And here is where I ended up after this day's stitching session :)



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This is what the finished design will look like.



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I really enjoy stitching this design!  First because I am a very patriotic person, and second because since it is mostly backstitch it stitches up quickly. 


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 8 Triathalon - Stitch on three pieces

For Triathlon Day I worked on Winter House's red door, part of the lawn of Summer House and used the same color on the siding of Autumn House. All of these designs are by Brooke's Books on fabric by Stitchnmomma.


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And after!

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I am slowly making progress on all four of the House Seasons!


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 7 Olympic Rings - Green

Olympic Rings Green: May the Luck by Love thy Thread with Mo's Sale silk floss Irish Proud.


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And after!



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This was a special design exclusive to the Love Thy Thread Facebook Group.



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Here is an image of someone's completed design.  Mine will be slightly different since I chose to use hand dyed floss that has a variegated effect. 


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Day 6 Gymnastics Events - Specialty Stitches

For Gymnastics : Specialty Stitches, I chose my WIP of Around the world in 80 Stitches by Papillion.


Here you can see more of the overall design.

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A closer look at my before photo...



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And the after!



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 I did the Ray, Chinese, and Clematis Stitch.  I have learned so many new specialty stitches working on this design :)


See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Olympic SAL Day 5 - Olympic Rings - Black

Day 5 Black: Reflections of Paris by Ink Circles before and after.


Here was my tiny start during Stitch Maynia 2016...

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And now I have completed a small part of L'Arc de Triomphe!



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The fabric is a 14 count Aida by Youthful Hand Needle Crafts.


See you soon and Happy Stitching!


Olympic SAL Day 4 - Aquatics Events

Day 4: Water, Norge by Permin before and after.

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It was fun to pull out this piece to work on.  I haven't touched it since I took it on my trip to a resort in Nepal where I got to stitch in the clouds!

Olympic SAL Day 3 Yellow Ring

Day 3: Olympic Rings yellow is Spring House from Brooke's Books.

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It was fun to add a color that wasn't white in this design and fun to see part of the house take shape.  See you soon and Happy Stitching!