Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hot pads

Finally did some sewing.
Hot pads from the panel I bought ages ago.
Is it just me, but when I buy some pretty fabric I have hard time cutting it?...
Made five.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Something new

Love to try as many crafts as possible :)
This time - basket weaving.
Was looking at kits for a very long time and finally bought a-five-piece one from here.
Started from the first one in the booklet - original. I think this one supposed to be the easiest.
Took me two weaving "sessions" to finish. First day I wove the basket itself and on the second (two weeks later) I did the rim.
They provide pretty good instuctions. I even did not consult youtube! :)
Love the process, the only down thing is making the rim was too hard on my wrists. Maybe I was putting too much pressure trying to hold everything together.

Anyway, next stop - melon basket, after my hands are well again.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Thread That Ties Us

On even days of StitchMaynia2017 I was starting various other projects which I had in plans for a long time. One of such projects is a Needle-keep from CrossStitch Gold issue No 82.
The magazine is from beginning of 2011. Somewhere around that time I bought special buttons for this needle-keep and six years later...

8 May -29 June 2017. But in fact just 5 days of stitching. Why I waited for so long?

I wonder how long it will take me to turn it into a finished needle-keep? Six more years....

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Keslyn's Itty-Bitty's

My first StitchMaynia start. Keslyn's Itty-Bitty's. Stitched on 25 ct. Lugana 1 over 1.
I wanted to try Mo-Sale's cottons that I so greatly advertised on Floss-tube, so I specially selected 16 colors for the project.


My idea of StitchMaynia was that I would start new block every odd day of the month.
Here is my Maynia result:

In June I was finishing 2x2 groups.
Group I: Ariel, Pocahontas, Ratcliffe and Gryffindor.

Group II: Han, Tweedle Dee & Dum, Snow White and White Rabbit.

Group III: Merida, Caterpillar, Snitch and Hagrid.

Group IV: Slytherin, Cheshire Cat, Lilly and Patronus.
Slitherin was a bad choice on white.

Finished on 22 June 2017.
1 May - 22 June 2017.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

In Good Company

Some time ago I used to subscribe to an Australian Magazine Inspirations, very good and colourful. For some time I even bought their kits,especially the ones with lots of different materials which I would not be able to buy elsewhere.
Once upon 2006, 18 July, I purchased a kit - In Good Company - scissor fob and pincushion (Inspiration No 50). I managed to stitch the fob only and after several years of use it looked like this:


Kind of dirty and unpleasant looking.

Having enough materials for making a pincushion and another fob I decided to stitch both.
Some of my progress pictures before showing the end piece.






Ta-da!
10 May 2017. A bit lopsided but... I like them!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stitch Maynia

I was really manic in May.
First time participated in StitchMaynia and I loved it.
The idea was to stitch one of 16 blocks of Keslyn's Itty-Bitty's every odd day of the month and have new start on every even one. I did everything as planned. And even managed to have a coupe of small finishes and a huge one!

Keslyn's Itty-Bitty's monthly project. I used Mo-Sale's cottons which I bought specially for this pattern.

And my finishes.
Mill Hill Christmas Village Inn (4March-16May 2017).

Prairie Schooler Folk Egg No 3 (6-19 May 2017).

My usual Joyful World Calendar installment - June (18-26 May 2017).

And on the last day of May - my pride and joy - Teresa Wenzler's Tea Scene. This was my carry-over from the last year and I am so glad I finished it. It is a wonderful pattern but at the same time is a very complicated one (12 July 2016 - 31 May 2017).

Maynia was both fun and a challenge. I'll be showing my other pieces as soon as I finish them.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April Cross-Stitch Finishes

There are some more small finishes I had in April.
Again was immersed into cross-stitching and skipped all other crafts.
My stitching bug is really bugging me, would not mind to turn it down a bit.

Two Prairie Schooler Folk Eggs
1-7 April 2017
8-19 April 2017
Joyful World calendar (April) by The Snowflower Diaries (free) - http://thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.com
Start No 15, finish No 11 of 2017.
17-27 April 2017

Prairie Schooler Seasons. Spring.
Start No 13 finish No 12 of 2017.
21 March - 30 April 2017
Fabric 32ct. Belfast in Khaki Green


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oriental Blossoms

Oriental Blossoms by Lesley Teare from the book Oriental Cross Stitch.
7 January - 2 April 2017.
Fabric - white 28ct. Annabelle by Zweigart.
Thinking about turning it into a pillow, again! But when I look at it I feel like it will be better to sew on fabric stripes in between the flowers to achieve window-like look. Will see...
 Peony
Morning Glory
 Orchid
 Blue Bell
 Poppy
 Magnolia
 Camellia
 Hydrangea
 Iris

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mondrian rug

Finally done with my Mondrian-inspired latch hook rug.
It took long time as I had to take summer break. It was too hot to work with acrylic yarn.
The idea is from this site, but I made my rug a bit bigger - 48x78 cm.
I used Turkish acrylic yarn from my local store, it is thicker than the yarn used in latch hook kits and this was a good thing. The rug turned out very thick and soft and warm. I love it! Already thinking about another one with a middle-eastern design, but not earlier than October.
29 January 2016 - 29 March 2017.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sashiko adventures

I was planning to turn my Sashiko panels into cushion tops but than decided not too. I have too many small cross-stitched finishes for this very purpose. Made "flower cloths" our of them. In fact, original Japanese cloths are not supposed to be bound but since I had raw edges, need to make them to look pretty. Used cotton leftovers from a quilt. Obviously, just scraps.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Calendar. April.

Joyful World calendar (April) by The Snowflower Diaries (free) - http://thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.com
Start No 12, finish No 9 of 2017.
17-26 March 2017.
Had to outline the bunny, my fabric is too light for white floss.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cottonwood leaves

Finally I felt ready for weaving.
CottonCloud's Cottonwood leaf towel kit was waiting for too long.
As I am not fond of measuring warp and dressing the loom, it takes a lot of time for me to made up my mind. It seams I "overwaited". As a result I made three major mistakes that took two weeks to correct.
First of all I measured wrong number of 10 brown threads (6 instead of 16). However, I noticed this only after the loom was fully dressed. Initially I thought I miscalculated natural ones and this would only make my towels a bit narrower. No big deal.
Wrong! Big deal!



As I could not leave the warp as is, I decided to do everything properly and measured 10 more browns and was planning to add them to the left part of the warp, it's not that I need to re-dress everything.
Wrong again!
Somehow the threading did not work, it was supposed to end on Shaft 3 but it did not.
I recalculated all ends and realized that I had 2 extra ends in the middle, 307 instead of 305. Not a problem, just take them out. But still no match.
I checked every thread and every heddle twice, everything seemed to be correct, but still no match.
Two days later it finally came to me that I misread the threading chart. It had one thread at the end of the middle section for balance and I viewed it as part of the pattern and repeated it three extra times.

Happy end.
I am proud of myself for not giving up and finally having everything in order.