Wednesday, September 02, 2015

WIP: Charland's Stocking

I'm continuing work on Charland's Stocking from Shepherd's Bush. I love how quickly these go when you put your mind to it.

And when you have a sick day and a half. (Don't worry about me, just a little low level nausea.) Things really charge along when you don't have eight hours of work interrupting! So jealous of all the retirees. Eighteen more years.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Wrap Up

In August, I set out to work on the following:
  • Charland’s Stocking, Shepherd's Bush--I've impressed myself with my progress on this! 
  • Light House, Bent Creek--spent the ride up to Maine stitching this. I finished the sampler part, and worked on the lighthouse a couple of nights while we were there. Very appropriate!
  • Small (smaller small than last month!)--I spent the ride home from Maine working on this one. I also took it to work for a project to stitch on at lunch. I only stay at work for lunch for two days (the other days I go home to let the dog out). I've started eating a quick lunch and heading to the library to stitch. Cool and relaxing.
For September, I plan to:
  • Finish Charland’s Stocking
  • Work on (maybe finish?) Sadie’s Stocking
  • Small

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stitching on Mesh

I had a lot of questions about stitching on mesh so I thought you might like to read an answer here rather than searching the comments for hints.

How was stitching on the mesh? and How did you like working on the mesh and would you do it again? I regularly stitch on linen and paper, and I'd have to say the mesh is somewhere in between--the the flexibility of the fabric mixed with the rigidity of the paper, but without the capacity to tear. I had to pull a little tighter to get the stitches to lay nicely. And even still, don't look too closely because some of my stitches are kind of yuck. 

This is the second of the "Fresh Mesh" designs I've done, so yes, I'd do it again! (Plus there's a really cute sunglasses pattern in this series, and I'd like to make myself a glasses pouch someday.)

Is the little tote already finish finished? Yes. It is Walker brand, and you can find them here. This was the "Nylon Mesh," but I'm pretty sure that Heather Holland Daly used the "Color Mesh" bags in Stitch Graffiti. I would say that stitching on a prefinished piece is the hardest part about stitching these projects. You've got to try to avoid hooking the zipper pull or stitching through the back. I found stitching upside down helped a lot.

Funny story: someone saw me stitching upside down and said, "I'd have to turn the pattern upside down too." I had to show her that I had. What am I some kind of spacial genius? (No, not at all.)

Did you stitch it with perle cotton or several strands of floss? Three strands of floss, but I might have done four. One of the reasons I didn't is it's stitched in overdyeds, and you cannot really mix the two threads that are leftover with the other two threads from the next section of the floss. Muddies the colors. But if I were stitching with regular old DMC I would have done four. And perle cotton, why didn't I think of that!? That might have solved it all.

Should I broaden my horizons and stray from linen?? The answer from me is always going to be YES!

As I've continued stitching on the SB Stocking (Charland) I've come to realize that I didn't buy all the threads for these stockings. I guess I know where I'll be this Saturday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Smalls SAL: Fresh Mesh

I started this small last January as part of Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge. You can see how it looked after a day's work here.
 Funnily enough, Heather, who runs this SAL, asked, "So, what did you stitch this month? Does your stitching still reflect the warm weather (or cold, depending on where you are)? Have you started stitching for Christmas already?" And my answer to both is yes!  This is called "Spring Fresh Mesh" but I think it works for our summery weather (though not as summery--ie 95 degrees with a million percent humidity--as usual). I'm so pleased to have it finished, and I think it might become a Christmas present for someone... Who'll be this lucky?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Shepherd's Bush: Charland's Stocking

First, thanks for your wonderful response to the Chart Title Meme. I do hope I'll see it on some of your blogs in the future. Let me know if you decide to participate!

I'm not sure which niece is getting which stocking but I had a chance to pick up a needle and work on Charland's Stocking again. I love the purples in this one, and the funky flower (which is similar to the funky flower on the Wisteria Snowman). You can see where I was when I last stitched on this one here.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Chart Title Meme

First, I love that your suggestions for my oddly uncharacteristic adherence to the Bent Creek Lighthouse pattern ranged from "just don't skip the stitches as recommended" to  "just stitch random skips." Peeps, this is usually my recommendation to you! I don't know what's happened to me.

Every five years, (2005. 2010) I do this little meme on my blog. What a lovely tradition. You are welcome to join in! (See the 2005 post for an explanation.)

Are you male or female? Her Majesty 
Describe yourself. Wee Bit Wicked

How do you feel about yourself? Hell is other people

How do some people feel about you? Wonder Woman
Describe your love interest. British Wildlife

Describe your best friend. Old Friends

Describe where you currently live. Dear House

Where would you rather be? At the Beach

Describe what you want to be. Ocean of Wisdom
Describe how you live. Kiss Love Laugh Craft
Describe how you love. Hold on to Each Other
Share a few words of wisdom. Stir with the Big Girls

Now use a title to say goodbye. Stoneware Wishes: Fare Thee Well

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Lighthouses

While in Maine, I continued to work on Bent Creek's Lighthouse. Appropriate, no? While this pattern replicates the peeling paint on some "shabby chic" lighthouses, it is a royal pain to follow on the pattern. If I had been at home, I would have made a copy so that I could highlight the stitched section. As it was, I had to count! Can you believe that!? {wink}