Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Passing Saturn Completed!

DSC01102Wooooohooooo!!! 4 months ahead of my deadline!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

Almost done!

I can't believe how quickly this stitched up. I intend this to be a Christmas present, and hoped to have it done by December. At this rate, it will be done before the end of August!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

Woohoo!! My missing thread came in to the LNS and I picked it up yesterday. I finished all the spots that used it (all in the rings).

Now all I need to do a little bit of backstitching on the shuttle and the bottom half of the pattern will be done!

You can see the comet at the top of the picture... it's the highest point on the pattern, too. Unfortunately, I had to scroll the fabric back down to finish the rings, so you can't see the whole thing.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

I've mostly finished the bottom half of my pattern! Just missing one type of thread for the planet and rings.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

I've been working hard at the project this weekend.

I wanted to get a solid area done at the bottom of the pattern so I can scroll up. I even did backstitching (which I haaaaate!) so that it won't be waiting for me at the end.

Thank goodness for the Swimming and Track and Field trials that have been on... A replacement for hockey.

I'm still missing that one color for the planet, but I'm moving on for now!

One last note... I fixed the direction of the flag here. For whatever reason, the pattern had the blue stitch in the upper right corner, rather than the upper left (where it belongs).

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

It's not much of a mystery what this design pictures at this point, but I'll reveal the name of the pattern once I'm done.

The star at the bottom of the planet is sparkly, yellow blending filament and there will be another one below the shuttle.

I'm missing one color to complete the rings on the planet (which is why you notice black lines in there if you look closely) and my LNS owner is working on getting it for me. I hope it arrives soon!

Housework Never Killed ...

I guess the problem with this attitude is that you can't always find what you're looking for when you need it...

Hmmm.... A crisis!

Anyway, I finished this a few weeks back but never posted a photo. This is definitely for me and not a gift.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Mystery Stitch Update

Update on my big project!

I haven't been working on it everyday... mostly during hockey games. What will I do during the summer!?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pine Glen Entry #3

The final entry... hot off the fingers!

Finished as a little pillow, but messed up the criss-crossing back panels... the unturned edge ended up on the outside by accident. Whoops!!

This was a pleasure to stitch. Cross your fingers for me.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pine Glen Entry #2

This is my second finish for the Pine Glen Designs contest.

The pattern is Mini Quilts - Kaleidoscope #1.

This is my first attempt at a biscornu and I'm happy with the finished product. I stitched over 4 on 28 ct evenweave, so it turned out to be a pretty good size.

See my other entry here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tea with Jane

Super sweet little stitchup... Freebie from The Sampler Girl.

I stitched half of this on Saturday at Detroit International Airport and the other half on Sunday while visiting my Mom for Mother's Day.

The chart just gave color suggestions of light blue, dark blue and brown, so I chose GAST Slate and Blue Jay and WDW Chestnut. I'm very happy with the way the colors go together!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mystery Stitch

Here's the first look at the largest project that I've worked on in years!

I'm curious to watch it take shape, so I'm not going to give hints or show a photo of the finish now.

This is approximately 4 evenings of work... again, mostly during Penguins games.

I started with the brown (yes, dark brown on black... fun!) and was anticipating problems, but it's been moving along smoothly, so far.

There's lots of tweeding (blended thread colors) going on in the pattern, some of which you can already see, and I know blending filament will be involved, too.

I think I'll definitely be switching between this and other smaller projects, otherwise I'm sure I'll go insane.

This will be a gift when complete, so hopefully 7 months is a reasonable timeframe. We'll have to see!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Official Tea Lover

Here's my most recent Penguins finish. I've been stitching during the hockey games, and I'm proud to announce that the Pens are up 3-0 in the series against the Rangers!

This is from the Tea Crazy by Lizzie Kate.

See if you can spot the two differences between my finish and the pattern/model. One was intentional and one was not... eek!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Contest Entry #1

Here's my first entry in the Pine Glen Designs contest from the Online Needlework Show.

The pattern is titled Jacob's Ladder.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Future Posts

I'm intending to showcase new stitches, new finishes, and add to the gallery of Old Stitches, if I can get pictures from the people I've given stuff to.

Hope to hear from other stitchers around!

Coffee House

And finally my most recent finish. I crossed the last X on this yesterday afternoon.

This is planned to be a Christmas present for a coffee loving friend. I need to get it framed up ASAP, or it'll end up where a lot of the other projects have!

Peace Love and a Cure

I have the Stitch-a-Gift hanger thing that is shown in the picture of the finished model. I'm planning to hang this up on my wall at work.

Big Girl Panties

I need to wash this so I can add the little yellow buttons on the pink shorts.

I deviated from the pattern slightly. The stitched model had a yellow stripe on the green undies, and the pattern had it purple. I liked the yellow better.

I heart boobies

Put this design together from elements in the Subversive Cross Stitch book.

This gift WAS delivered!


This is sitting on the shelf above my desk at work.


Found this freebie at fuldesign

Gave me a chance to try out the DMC variegated floss.

Lizzie Kate stockings

I flipped the direction of both of these patterns, because I prefer my Christmas stockings to point to the right.

(Yes, I am crazy.)

Look toward Heaven

This is from a Gold Collection kit. I really like the color change in the blues and also the yellow-gold tones in the border.


This was a going away present for a co-worker who loved Eeyore. I think she's since moved back.

Take Your Partners Please

This was intended to be given to my long-time dance teacher.

Tinker Bell

I love Tinker Bell!

This was a challenging project being fairly large and almost entirely backstitch.

I think she turned out beautifully.

Kitty Oasis

I have two cats and they drink out of the sink faucet.

I'm going to have to hang this in the downstairs bathroom after we repaint it.

Lesley Teare ladies

I finished the spring lady first and actually finished her! She hung in my cubicle at work for about a year.

There's something Anne of Green Gablesy about the autumn lady.

It's difficult to see in this photo, but there are snowflakes all around the winter lady in white rayon floss. It's really shiny and is very striking.


The bibs were made for the same twin girls. They were never put in the mail, and the girls are around 3 now, so I think it's too late.

Baby Blankets

This set of two baby blankets was made for my cousin's twin girls back in 2005. Each of them have the "stitched with love" saying on the opposite corner from the picture.

These did get to their destination.

Luck Be a Ladybug

I just was at a dinner party and the hostess had ladybug stuff all over the place, so I believe I've found a home for this little cutie.

Angel and Pirate

This little angel is the reason I met Harmien! I'd posted her on Cyber Stitchers (way back when) and Harmien wanted to know where to find the pattern.

She's from an issue of Britain's Cross-Stitcher magazine.

She was joined by the pirate pattern, which I made for my Big Sister's new son, Graham. Unfortunately, he never got it.

Wedding icon

This was to be set into a wedding gift card.

Crazy Cow and Dragon

That cow looks completely insane. I think I was planning to make that into something for Bill.

Nothing specific compelled the dragon.


Yet another tiny icon. I think this is one of the "Challenge Lucie" designs that Lucie Heaton does in Cross Stitch Crazy.


I'm sure my plan here was to make coasters for three of my aunts (Marie, Kathy and Carole) and one for myself. This might actually happen, because I do have the plastic coaster thingys.

Random little stitches

I was probably planning to make a "good luck" card for someone moving to a new job, but that never happened. I just think the hippo and alien (especially the alien) are cute.

Britney as a bear

I find this hilarious... Hit Me Baby One More Time era Britney Spears as a bear... What more can I say?

Love Was Born

First use of seed beads on a project!


This was my first time using blending filament. I remember stitching this outside on lunch-breaks and it was so shimmery in the sunlight.


This looks like it might be from Little House Needleworks. I need to find the magazine to find out.


Didn't want to leave out my Jewish friend (so I left out everyone!).

Snowman and bird

Again, a Christmas ornament.

I loved working on this one.