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Rose Garden | Cross Stitch

Oh, my friends.  It has been entirely too long.  I didn't realize how long it'd been since I sat down and posted something until I looked at my most recent post - 1 April.  Almost a month ago!!!

It's just been a couple of those kinds of weeks, ya know?

But I'm back, and with a faboo little cross stitch finish for you all.

It's funny how tastes change over the years - I used to have zero interest in the more primitive designs, yet as I stitch and the years go by, I find myself drawn more to those kinds of patterns.  Not all of them, but some of the designers catch my eye.  Blackbird Designs is one of them.

You may remember the piece I did by them - Halloween Eve - which I changed slighly and it turned out super cool.  This one is a "small", and I changed this one, too, but not quite as drastically as Halloween Eve.

It's called "Rose Garden" - I did the finish work on it this afternoon.

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The original graph was stitched on a light fabric with pink fibers, but I chose to do the complete opposite for this.  You know, spice things up a bit.  The fabric I used is 40 ct. Brandied Apple by Silkweaver, and I used Crescent Colors Lambswool for the stitching.  Since the thread had a slight pinkish hue to it, it actually worked way better than I thought for this fabric.  I won't get into how I have a full fat half of that fabric, and only used about 5" of it for this project.  

Ahem.

Moving on.

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A little sideview so you can see how the year is to be stitched in - it's part of the graph, so you just insert the year, and move on with the border! Easy peasy!  The fabric in the background is what I used for the backing fabric for the piece. 

For the edges, I tacked down Crescent Colors overdyed chenille - I've had a couple packs of this lying around here, and finally had the perfect project to use this one on! The color is Toasted Marshmallow, and again, perfect!

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This is a glimpse of the other side, where you stitch your initials.  Like the year, the initials are graphed, so you just choose yours, stitch, and finish the border!  Love it.

That's it for today, peeps!  I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, and I do hope to have something to post later in the week, so I don't end up going 3 full weeks again before sharing with you all.  I really need to get back into the swing of things with my posts!!

Much love ~~~

Sig


A New Blackbird Designs WIP | Cross Stitch

So, as most of you know, I've been working on some pretty gihugic pieces lately - my sis's wedding gift, and Quaker Christmas II.  

Since I stiched up that little coffee beaded piece wayyyy quicker than I thought, I clearly needed a small piece that would take me a little teeny bit longer to finish, but not quite an entire year, like the other biggies I'm working on.

Enter: Blackbird Designs' "Rose Garden".

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 The original graph calls for a light fabric with a pink fiber...but, as you should know by now, I'm all about switching that up.  Since this is a one color pattern, it was really easy to make whatever change I wanted.

As you can see from the pic, I did the complete opposite of the graph instructions.  I mean, why the hell not?   Change it up - make it your own - that's what you need to do with some of these patterns.  If you don't like what the picture is telling you, change it!!!

I'm stitching this bad boy on 40 ct. Brandied Apple from Silkweaver using Shaker Threads Lambswool.  The color variation in the thread is just enough to be noticeable, but not overwhelming, and the overall color blends soooo nicely with this fabric.  

I've had this fabric around for a while, not knowing quite what to use it for, but this is working out perfectly!

What do you guys think?  I'm not big on pink fabric, but this one is growing on me, especially for this piece.

Much love ~~~

Sig

 


A Quaker Christmas II WIP Update | Cross Stitch

Cross stitch WIP update, peeps!!

As evidenced by a post earlier in the week, I've been feverishly working on putting the final touches on my sis's wedding gift (I SWEAR - i know i've been saying that for what feels like decades, but i swear it's true. i had a sliiiiight issue with the color shading i did for the ribbons, so i had to rip it ALL OUT, and redo it. holy sore fingertips.), but in the moments when I couldn't bear to look at anymore white stitches, I picked up my Quaker Christmas II - Songs of the Season.

I'm completely obsessed with this piece.  I love anything and everything Christmas, but this is seriously my favorite Christmas piece that I've ever done.

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I honestly can't remember how long it's been since I gave a WIP update on this piece, but I have a feeling there's a ton more stitched than last time.  I'm stitching down the left and then across.  Kinda tough to tell, since I filled in a lot up in the top portion, but I want to go across as I finish it so I'm not fighting with too much excess fabric by the time I'm almost done.  I'm stitching in-hand on 40 count Cider (which sounded like a reeeeally good idea at the time, and it looks a-may-zing as i'm stitching, but it's SO TINY. so tiny.), so there's a lot of fabric to fight with as i go blind making all those tiny x's.

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I absolutely love how the song titles are done in green against all that red.  And that red is so variegated and different with each stitch - it just looks so.damn.pretty.  I also love how the song titles interspersed throughout include some that we don't always hear all that often, such as "Star of Wonder".

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This is the bottom left corner - I lov how the motif to the bottom right of "Joy to the World" has a heart in the center. 

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And I'm not quite sure why, but I L.O.V.E. this star.  Maybe it's the lining on the inside, before heading towards the center....maybe it's how it kinda looks like a poinsettia flower....I don't know.  I just love it.

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But this teeny tiny Christmas tree???!!!!  Obsessed.  I love this little guy.  Love.

:-)

I don't know about you all, but I have spring fever like WHOA.  I may have to pick up a spring/summer themed piece after I'm done sis's gift to contrast with this piece.  I need to be thinking about the beach!  And umbrella drinks!!  Come on, summer!!!!!

Happy stitching!!  :-)

Much love ~~~~

Sig


Happy Weekend! | Cross Stitch

Hello all my lovely followers :-)

We have a wave of spring coming in this weekend (it's supposed to be almost 60 degrees today! WTH?!), but I'm still working feverishly on my Quaker Christmas piece.  

I told you I can't put it down.  Yeah, I know it's January & no longer the Christmas season.  Whatevs.  Don't judge.

But it's so pretty I needed to share some real WIP pics, and not the ones that get kinda discolored when I try to take a pic with my phone & post to Instagram.  Ahem.

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I almost had to stand on a chair to get the full WIP in here.  This thing is going to be gihugic, peeps.  For realzies.

Keep in mind...this baby is on 40 ct.  Superdeduper teeny tiny stitches.  

I must be smoking crack.

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I love that lil' ship.  There will be two more...

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I think it's turning out pretty daggone sweet...and I'm totally loving the red & green with the fabric color I chose (ps - i updated the floss & fabric page to reflect the fabric i used for this).

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :-)  Go forth and stitch :-)

Sig


Another Christmas WIP | Cross stitch

 I'm totally addicted to this Christmas piece.  Like, totally addicted.  I can't...stop...stitching...

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This is a graph from ByGone Stitches, and is called "Quaker Christmas II".  It is simply gorgeous.  One of my friends had this kitted to stitch when I visited her one day, and I knew I had to have it.  

The graph has the titles of all your favorite Christmas carols stitched amongst the various Quaker themed motifs...and a few of the song titles are actually depicted in picture rather than stitched.

Again with this lighting.  I really need to get up for 30 seconds next time, just so I can be in a more well-lit spot so you can see the full effect of the fabric (Cider by Silkweaver...and 40 count....so this piece will still be giant...) with these fantastic Current (red) and Blue Spruce (green) Shaker Colors from Gentle Art. 

That's today's Christmas WIP for ya!  This is one of my favorite pieces to date (and i've done A LOT of Christmas pieces), so I can't wait to show you my progress as I go!!

Do you have a favorite Christmas piece that you've done?

Much love ~~~~

Sig

 


October "Word Play" and a Giveaway!

Hello all my lovely followers!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Here in the States, it was Labor Day weekend, so most people had the day off.  I hope you were all able to have a relaxing weekend, since this weekend unoffically marks the end of summer.  Time flies, that's for damn sure.  I feel like it was just the 4th of July.

Once I got rid of a migraine that sidelined me most of Friday and Saturday, I spent the weekend feverishly stitching.  Most of that time was spent on Rachel's wedding gift, but I was able to final stitches in my October "Word Play".  I think it turned out super cute on this fabric - Antique Almond by Silkweaver.  The muted browns & oranges for fall really mixed well with the dye of this fabric, and I love how it turned out!

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October "Word Play" by With Thy Needle & Thread

Oh so cute!!!!

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I just love that witch.  She's all cute with her pumpkin in her hand, but you know that cauldron will be used for a spell that's beyond awesome once the sun goes down....just sayin'....

I did manage to put down my needle & thread for long enough to take the train up to NYC for the day on Sunday.  It was an overcast & humid day, but not hot, so it was a perfect day to walk through the city.  I'd been wanting to visit this trim store called M&J Trimming since I'd seen pics on Holly Becker's blog,decor8.  She was teaching in NYC, and stopped in to M&J and snapped some pics.  Since then, I've been dying to get in there and see what was up.  (btdubs - Holly is a wonderful creative person to follow - she's got a great blog & takes awesome pics that she shares on Instagram)

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Garment District in NYC!
This store was seriously insane with the amount of trim, ribbon, buttons...you name it, they had it.  I had a specific project in mind for trim that I wanted (which will be shown in a later post), but I found myself wanting almost everything I saw, so that I had it just in case.  I know you all know what I mean...
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M&J Trimming

 Seriously.  Does not even hold a candle to how much stuff was in this store.  It was almost overwhelming.  I can't wait to go back...next time I'm going when the fabric stores are all open....like mood....yesssss.......

Ok.  So enough about walls and walls of trim and dreams of mood fabric.  You got this far, and now you're wondering where I hid this supposed giveaway, amiright?

Well, kids, here it is:

I'm giving away the stitched October "Word Play" pictured in the beginning of this post!!  We're all about to get ready to decorate for the fall, and this lil' guy would make a perfect addition to your decorations!  You can hang it on a doorknob, or have it sit out on a table, or hang it up on the wall!  Whatever! 

To win my stitched piece:

Follow me here at this blog and leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween memory (embarrassing costume party stories are highly encouraged. ;-)).

For additional chances to win, you will get an extra entry for each of the following you complete:

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Again, you will get one entry for each of the comments you leave.  If you leave anonymous comments, please include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win.  Otherwise, please ensure your contact information is included in your profile so I can contact you if you win.  

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST 19 September 2012.  Winner will be chosen at random.  

Thank you all for following me and my crazy stiching and crafting!  I love sharing all my ideas and projects here with each and every one of you!  

Go forth and be crafty...and GOOD LUCK!!!!  :-)

Sig


"Halloween Eve" - no longer a WIP!!

Hello all!!!!
It's been way too long since I've sat down here at my trusty computer and written about something I've created!  I feel like this entire month has been a giant whirlwind!!  It's weird...even though my birthday is in early July, I always feel like once my birthday is here and gone, the next thing I know, it's Christmas!!
Speaking of Christmas...I've already started on my Christmas cards for this year.  A note about them, in case you don't know: each one I make is completely unique.  I don't make a set of the same card, then send them out.  Nope.  I made each one completely different from the other, so when you receive one of those spiffy cards in the mail this December, know that it was handmade and picked especially for you :-)  
I wonder how many people will be requesting to get on my Christmas card list now.  HA!
Ok so.  The title of this here post is about "Halloween Eve", so I guess I better get to it.
I'll start off by showing you the overall pic of the total stitched piece....
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OMG TOTES AMAZEBALLS AMIRIGHT???
This piece was SO much fun to stitch!!  If you never do another Halloween piece again, DO THIS ONE.  It's awesome.  Just awesome.
Now.  Some of you may have seen the graph for this in the store or online and are thinking to yourself, "Hold up.  Wait a minute.  Don't stop.  Get it. Get it.  There's a sampler portion of this piece....right?"
Right.  You're not that crazy.  I might be, but you're not.  I've said it before, I'll say it again.  I'm not exactly what you'd call a fan of samplers.
So, I took the entire top portion of this piece and chopped it off.  Not literally, but figuratively, if you will.  But what I did do, which I think turned out better than I expected, is take the alphabet and use it to put my initials in place of the "Y" and "Z" from the original graph instead.
Like so -- 
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If you haven't seen the original graph, go here so you know what I chopped outta this bad boy.
Since I chopped out the alphabet, I had some dead space up there with the dead plant and my initials...so I threw in some of those little 4-square star sparkly doo-dads in there to eat up all that linen.  I just put them in at random - no rhyme or reason for where I placed them. Swear.
Now.  In all honesty, this is the BEST part of this piece --
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THAT PUMPKIN.  TO.DIE.FOR.  Also - it takes FORRREVERRRRRRRRR to stitch on 40 count.  I about lost my mind filling in those teeny tiny itty bitty squares. BUT.  SO worth it.
Oh yeah - before I forget - I stitched this on 40 count Cider by Silkweaver Fabrics.  Not too dark, not too light, but perfect for a fall/Halloween piece.
Also note - I made a change from the original graph as to how my initials went into the stitched piece and how the year was stitched in.  As you've already seen, I stitched my initials in at the top.  Totally new and different for me - usually I do it super duper small down in the right-hand corner so it's not so prominent in the piece.  For the year, instead of putting it between the cat and the house, I decided to stitch it long and skinny down the outside of the house, right by the border.  Not so obvious, but when this thing comes up for auction in 100 years (HAHA), they'll know precisely how when I stitched it and that it is clearly worth eleventy billion dollars and will make one of my great-great-nieces very rich.  ;-)
Here's a shot of the middle, so you can see the raven on top of the pumpkin.  Not as cool as that crazy cat, but still pretty awesome --
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For those of you wondering just how big this sucker is...I wont lie...it's kinda big.  Jusssst so you have an idea.....I took this pic ---
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Yes, folks.  That's 11.5 in high.  To recap:  I eliminated the entire alphabet on top of that dead plant, AND this is on 40 count fabric.  I shrank this bad boy, and it's STILL 11.5 in high.  Something to keep in mind when you do this piece - it's no joke large and in charge.
Pretty cool, huh?  I love how this turned out and can't wait to head to my LNS to pick out a rustic frame for it!!  PS....if you haven't already, head to their site and search under "New Stitched Models" and look for my "Skeleton Crew" piece!!!  It's there and in living color for everyone to see!  If you buy the graph from them, you can check the boxes that give you the fabric and color changes I made!  Those ladies are AWESOME and I cannot thank them enough for having my piece on their site!!
Sadly, that's all the fun I can pack into this post.  I have some MUCH needed vacation time coming up this week, and I CANNOT wait to share with you what I'll be doing!!!!!!!!  
Until then, go forth and be crafty :-)
Much love ~~~
J :-)

Happy Monday!

It dawned on me the other day, that with all the stitching I've been doing since I was laid up for 3 days, I never posted any WIP pictures.
Well, not to here, anyway.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen my WIPs, and since I was posting pics there, the light bulb never went off in my brain that none of you have seen my stitchy progress.
Tuesday night I ended up in the ER with SEVERE stomach pains (like, I can't stand up without being in excruciating pain and the only comfortable place for me to be is in bed in the fetal position...which I ultimately decided was not a good thing...).
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So...this was my Tuesday night.  I'll spare you the details here, but know that all is well and I'm feeling MUCH better :-) (and yes, that is a book i shoved into my purse since i figured i wouldn't be leaving the ER in any hurry, and if i got a bed, i'd need reading material.  i also shoved my iphone charger in my purse, just in case. gotta be prepared. are you with me? excrutiating pain, and i was worried about having reading material while i'm in the hospital.  i have serious issues.)
Needless to say, I was out of work the remainder of the week.  What does one do when they're home recovering, but no longer sick enough to be laying in bed all day?
STITCH.  Duh.
Besides my sister's wedding gift, I'm stitching the Blackbird Designs "Halloween Eve" which is turning out WAY cool.
I love love love the way this pumpkin is turning out, and the cat?!  Awesome!
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Here's the raven on top of the pumpkin before I finished the pumpkin outline --
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I apologize - I thought I had a better pic of the raven -- this one seems dark.  The Sable CC that's used to fill in the body of the raven is much lighter than this pic is showing.
For the record...filling in a pumpkin on 40 count takes FOR.EV.ER.  Just throwing that out there......
Ahem.
Cool, though, right?!  I love it.  There was a time when I wouldn't even look at Blackbird Designs.  I think I've mentioned before, however, that lately my tastes have changed, which has opened my eyes to some pretty great designers.  I'm loving this pattern, and I hope you're enjoying seeing the progress!!  I've listed the fabric color in my Fabric & Fibers Changes page, so click on over to see what I chose.  I'm pretty sure it's Cider from Silkweaver....but go there and make sure I know what I'm doing.  Right now, I'm even too lazy to check.  HA!  
As always, if there's something you see that I use in my projects, you want to use it in your own but don't have a LNS, call the girls at The Strawberry Sampler.  They will help you with whatever you need.  Seriously.  And they do online orders.  Tell them I sent you :-)
Anyways kids, that's my WIP for the week.  Stay tuned for more insanity as wedding pics come pouring in and I fire up my Cricut to make mini albums for the girls :-)
Until then....go forth and be crafty :-)
Much love ~~~
J :-)

Halloween?? Already??

Yes, folks.  It's about that time.  That time when you realize summer is quickly approaching and it's time to start your Halloween stitching.
No?  Just me?  Huh.  I guess I am crazier than I originally thought.
Whoops.
Well, you're over it now, and it's time for me to share one of my new favorite graphs:  Halloween Eve.  This is a Blackbird Design, and it's faaaabulous.  I had to take a break from my super-secret-on-the-down-low-biggest-project-ever for my own sanity, and so I got out my Halloween Eve to continue putting in a few stitches here and there. I'm stitching this on 40 count Cider from Silkweaver Fabrics.  I am completely and totally obsessed with this amazing neutral fabric.  I love it.  A lot a lot.
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I've had this in my stash for a while now, and I love how it's turning out.  If you clicked on the above link for the graph, you can see that the entire top of this graph is a sampler.  Well.....I'm not too keen on samplers....so I just eliminated the alphabet at the top, and started with that awesome pot with branches & leaves coming out.  Perfect fall pot of dying flowers, right?  Soooo spooky Halloweeny ;-)
Anyhooter.  To the left of the dying plant, is the end of the alphabet, and where I decided I'm going to put my initials (using the already provided alphabet that I'm not using...) instead of YZ.  Confused yet?  Good.  Me, too.  Here's hoping I can pull it together by the time I'm done stitching this bad boy.
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Those leaves are done with Gentle Art Simply Shaker Autumn Leaves.  LOVE this fiber.  L.O.V.E.  It's absolutely perfect for anything fall.  Especially leaves.
I'm also slightly obsessed with the font used for the words "Halloween Eve".  Only slightly.
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Ok maybe more than slightly.  I may have to create my own Halloween design using this font.  After I graph my Irish baby blessing and send it to the distributors.  In all my spare time.  
Ahem.
Alright kids.  That's all I have for today.  It's been beyond insane at work, so I haven't had much downtime once I get home to sit and do crafty things, but I do hope you enjoy this Blackbird Design as much as I do!!
My sister's bachelorette party is this weekend, which should be a blasty-blast, and I hope to have some super-cute pics to share with you all from the beginning of the evening.  Before all hell breaks loose.  HA.
Go forth and be crafty on this glorious May day :-)
Much Love
~~~ J

March "Word Play"

It's finished!!  Well, I finished the stitching...but I haven't actually done the finish work on it yet.  
Isn't that always the way, though??  We all stitch all these beautiful pieces, and then they end up all in a flat pile (to avoid creases and being ruined, of course) waiting to be properly finished.  
I'm really trying to finish all the pieces I do, even though it's so hard to keep up, especially when SO many cute new patterns come out which you HAVE to have.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm a perpetual starter.  I finish the stitching on all the projects, I just seem to stop there.  I don't make them into ornaments.  I don't frame them.  I don't make them into little smalls.   I just start a new project.  
I need to get better at this.
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There she is!!  March "Word Play"!!  I love the fibers used for the clovers -- it's called School Yard from CC, and it's a blend of green and brown.  So cool.  The keys that seem to be making an appearance in all of these graphs are so cool.  They remind me of big, iron skeleton keys that would be used back in like, the middle ages or something, to open a cell door in the Tower of London.  
Yes, that's where my mind goes.  Medieval England.  I can't help it.  That period of European history totally fascinates me.
I digress....
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This is kinda bright, but I wanted to give you a close-up of some of the stitching.  Like I've said before, I'm totally in love with this series.  I've been working on them in between putting stitches in the big, big project I'm working on.  No sneak peeks on that till the summer.  Just me talking about it.  And I'm not even really talking about it, I'm just mentioning it.  Again.  I don't want you to think I'm not stitching with all of the crazy scrapbooking and cardmaking i've been doing.  Fear not -- my needle and thread have been close to me at all times.  I just can't reveal what I'm working on.
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I'm sorry -- but those lambs are SO stinkin' cuteeeeee!!!!!!!  Love them.  LOVE.
I find that there's always one thing in these graphs that just makes me love them even more.  In the February one, it was the flowers.  In this one, it's the lambies.  Who knows which one in "April" will speak to me!
That's all I have for today, dear stitchers!!!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  Mine will be filled with first bday parties and wedding/bridal shower goodies.
Until next week, happy stitching!!!
~~~~ J