Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 August Wipocalypse

I am a few days late putting up the post but I have been a busy bee with work, the yard and finishing projects so the time got away from me.  I just looked at the Wipocalypse and there is not an August post. I am pretty sure it is because of the family loss.

Our monthly question: Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery?  If so, give us some recommendations? I love the series by Monica Ferris, It is called a Needlecraft Mystery and the main character is the owner of a Needlework shop named "Crewel World" and on the side she solves murder mysteries. It is a bit hokey and very much in the line of Murder She Wrote but it has so much needlework terminology it is just fun to read.

As for my work since last months update. I have several finished pieces, in my last post I detailed my Glendon Place finish so I will not go on about that so I will just show the completed piece. Along with  the card I did for my oldest sister. I finished it as a hanging so when she is finished with the card she can hang it at her desk at work. I also finally got my Mill Hill Santa made into a cube. I used some fabric I thought looked good with Santa, a gold ribbon and a few small presents.  

My final finish is not my projects. They are some stitching gifts that I received in a gift exchange, they were made into bookmarks but they are just too beautiful to hide in a book so I bought some balsa wood and I covered it with fabric I made a pillow with tassels and on top of each pillow is a small crown.

I am still working on some 6 WIPs. Another page finish on HAED Christmas Cottage by  Dona Gelsinger.
Working Beauty and the Beast a Disney kit and Minerva a Bewitching Pixie by Nora Corbett.

My Death by Cross Stitch is coming out really nice and my Halloween Night is beautiful on that hand-dye orange.

I have a new start on the 15th we started a Thanksgiving SAL on one of the Facebook groups. You had to choose an Autumn/Thanksgiving themed pattern and work on it from now until Thanksgiving. I picked Glendon Place Autumn Ala Round on 28 count Irish Linen. I do not usually work on linen because I do not like the slubs but I had this piece of fabric and it is beautiful with these fall colors. 

Hope to see you back next post!!!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Glendon Place Mix

In my last post I had a teaser about a project I have been working on for a while. Well today I have the unveiling. I am pretty proud of how it all turned out. Of course as our own worst critics we always find one over two things we could have done different. I am no different, but I am very happy with this one and am excited to have it as part of my Halloween decorations this year.

I combined 2 of the Glendon Place patterns  Frank's Family Portrait and Whooligan's  Hangout.

The result is ...... amazing!!!!! At least I think it came out awesome.
 So now for some of the changes I made. The mansion windows are DMC E980 as are the eyes on the skull of the tombstone. The eyes of the bat on Mrs Franks belt are DMC E990. The moon was suppose to be Caron Collection Lemon-Lime, but I wanted a more harvest moon so I changes it to Caron Papaya. The bat on the moon is my added embellishment.

The charms that Mrs is wearing came with the pattern but I added a few more charms I got my husband to modify some rivets for the bolts on Frank's neck. I added the spider on the end of the string hanging off the branch and I added the dancing skeletons over by the smaller tombstones.

 And finally the fabric that I used to back the project.

Thank you for reading.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August and the Olympics

Well here we are and it is already August. Work is just crazy and it is cutting into my crafting time. I wish I had more time but when you are self-employed you are just happy that you are busy. I am watching the opening games of the Olympics. I pray that all of the athletes and there coaches and support staff will all stay safe and enjoy this special event. The ceremony was simple and yet I thought they did a very nice job. I will be watching the swimming events with an added interest. A dear friends grandson will be competing on the USA team.

I have updates on just about everything I am working on. I am very close to another page finish on my HAED Christmas Cottage. I am working hard on finishing both Beauty and the Beast and also Minerva. I have not worked on Joy for a month. I have lost focus on that one but I will get back on track once I finish the other 2.

 I also have 3 new starts. On Facebook I saw the Death by Cross Stitch Sampler and I fell in love with it. I bought the pattern and kitted it up. I started it July 26th. I really love this pattern and I do not know why. I just talks to me and I do not normally like samplers. The 2nd new start was also inspired by Facebook. One of the groups I am part of is having a Halloween SAL. All you have to do is pick a Halloween themed piece. Start August 1st and stitch until finished or until Oct 31st.And my final new start is a birthday card for my sister. She made me the gorgeous card I showed you in a previous post. She loves daisies so I am making her a card with those flowers. Have to do it quick as her birthday is on the 20th of this month.

Finally I have a finish but I am not going to show it to you YET. I want to get the embellishments added on first. Right now I have to find 2 pieces that I am going to add and then I can show it off. So look back possibly next week and I will have it ready to share.