Monday, September 25, 2017

Vanilla Latte socks

Finally finished socks for my husband. It took me half a year, maybe more. The most important I got in time for autumn.  Who needs wool socks in summer, right?
The pattern is free from Ravelry.
It was nice and well-written but I won't knit them again. I guess I am all for symmetry.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

August in Stitches

More of my finishes in August.
One day I will finish all of my StitchMaynia starts, but at the moment...
Prairie Schooler Seasons. Summer.
24 May -24 August 2017 (7 days of stitching).

And Grand Finale.
My only project from 2016 is finally finished.
That was a lot of work but worth it!
Birds Perch on Wisteria by XiuCrafts.
28 June 2016 - 24 August 2017.

And some close-ups.





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Filigree Bookmark

Decided to take my tatting experience to the next level.
My first attempt was just circles, this time I added chains.

The project is from the Inspirations magazine Issue 47.
I used DMC Perle Cotton 12 in color 642.
11 August - 4 September 2017.
The result is kind of wonky and small.
I think I will try to tat another one in brighter color and thicker thread.




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Coffee Scrolls

Did my best to do at least something besides cross-stitching.
Coffee Scrolls table runner from Inspirations magazine Issue 56.
Whipped chain stitch swirls in DMC Cotton Broder Special No 16 in two colors on linen.
Colors are reversed on the sides.
That was easy. Finished on 19 August 2017.
(Today is the first day of rain after a month of sun and heat. And today I've finally ironed the thing for the "photo shoot". My luck!)



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stitching update

Haven't posted for a while but was busy stitching.
When it is very hot this is the only thing I can do.
Big happy finish of July is
Ink Circles' Little Alien Schoolgirl sampler on 40 ct. Newcastle linen 1 over 2 with Weeks Dye Works cottons.
29 January -2 July 2017. This was my Monday project. Was an incredible pleasure to stitch, cute details and pretty colors.
Look at those alien heads in jars!

Final installment of my Joyful World Calendar - August.
17-22 July 2017.
Now I have all 12, need to decide what to do with them next.

Second of Nora Corbett's Christmas Eve Couriers - Dancer.
This was was StitchMaynia Start on 12 May 2017. And than I stitched it on 3-25 July 2017. 9 days in total.

And on almost the last day of July I was done with MillHIll's Wisteria Welcome.
Another StitchMaynia start on 26 May, stitched 7-30 July 2017, 8 days total.
As usual picture before and after the beads.


What a month!
August is not that fruitful (yet ;)).
1. Prairie Schooler Fold Eggs. Egg No 5 Chicks. StitchMaynia start on 28 May. 28 May -5 August 2017. This was my purse project.


And last but not least. Pretty Geraniums from Paula Vaughan's booklet Because of Spring.
StitchMaynia start on 16 May, and than 27 July-7 August 2017, 7 days total.
How I missed her designs, they are so beautiful and pleasure to stitch.

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