Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reptiles in August

I have gotten a little stitching on this piece this month. It isn't much, but a little is better than nothing.
Here is where I left it in July
 Here is where I am today.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Winnie the Pooh II August progress

Hello, friends.  This month I got about 1500 stitches done.  I started a new diamond painting and that is a huge distraction.  Previous progress:
New progress:

I finished one column and stitched most of another.  There are another 4 or 5 colors to fill in the second column.  The orange/brown tree has a lot of confetti.  I'm looking forward to next month since I'll start page 2 and Winnie the Pooh is charted in the next column!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger August 2017 Update

This month, I finished page 6 of my Charting Creations "Fractal White Tiger" cross-stitch. This piece is based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

1,818 stitches were added.

3 of 30 pages are done.

The project is 12.46% complete. (There are a few partial pages on the chart.)

Next, I will be filling in page 7.

I just love watching the picture emerge on this piece.


This is how it looked last month.

(The colors are more true in this photo.)

Wishing you all some stitching time this September. 

-Renee

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reptiles- A Few Stitches

I was trying  to stitch on this piece at least once a month for a week, but no such luck. But I think I did make some progress!

And I bought myself a needle minder to brighten up this project.





Renee's Fractal White Tiger July 2017 Update

There were 1,202 stitches added to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch this month. I love this piece, based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

There are only 1,248 stitches remaining on page 6, so I hope to have a page finish to share in August.

This is how it looked last month. I filled in more above the eye and worked on some of the stripes to the far left.

I hope you all have a wonderful August and find some relaxing, yet productive, stitchy time!

-Renee

Friday, July 28, 2017

Winnie the Pooh II July progress

Hello friends!  I managed about 1600 stitches on Winnie the Pooh this month.  Progress was quick because of large blocks of color in the sky.  It was fun to introduce some new colors (orange/gold) for the next tree.

Previously:
Now:



I had to pull some extra DMC since one of the new colors turned out to be a duplicate with a different symbol, for 869, which is used in the tree trunk on the left (and also some in the orange tree).  The Cyberstitchers Candamar - DMC conversion is wonky in places.  I checked the floss list from the kit; "medium dull brown" (869) doesn't sound like "medium dark gold".  The two colors from the kit floss were virtually identical and didn't fit either color description, to my eye.  Having a full DMC set comes in handy sometimes!  I decided DMC 420 would be a good sub for the medium dark gold.. it looked good next to the colors charted around it, yet still distinct, and also 420 isn't anywhere else in the conversion.
It's getting really hard to put this one away....

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger June 2017 Update

The first 4 rows of page 6 are all filled in on my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch. I do love this design by Ricky Barnard.

I only worked on it 3 days this month, but did manage over 600 stitches.

This is how it looked last month. 

There was a fair amount of confetti to fill in above the eye. Next month I should hit some larger blocks of color, so I should have more visible progress. I hope so, because I am eager to work on his nose.

Wishing you all happy stitching!
Renee





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reptiles

I finally finished my first page! Only a year and a half to do, but at least it is one done!
Here is where I left off last month:
 And here is where I am today:
I feel like I am making progress.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Winnie the Pooh II June progress

Hello friends!  It's summer time, and I tend to make more stitchy progress when the days are hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk and I'd rather hide inside with the air conditioning.

I worked on Winnie the Pooh this month as part of a weekend stitch-a-thon.

Previously:

Now

It was very productive and I managed about 2000 stitches.  I'm finally getting away from that big tree, hurrah!  You can see a bit of blue sky, clouds, and the pink on the bottom is a mountain range in the distance.  

The next few columns have large blocks of solid color so that will be different.  Hopefully it will stitch up quickly.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger May 2017 Update

I do love working on Charting Creation's Fractal White Tiger, based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

This month's progress is difficult to see. I have been filling in some of the confetti stitches that I skipped on my quest to add the eye.

651 stitches were added this month and the top two rows of page 6 are now complete.

I hit the 18,000 stitches milestone today. 

This is how the piece looked last month.

There are some larger blocks of color coming up, so next month's progress should be more visible. 

Reptiles-I am Obsessed

I don't want to put this down although I have other, more pressing projects. And, it really doesn't look like much. I need to set it up somewhere so I can stitch on it at least once a week.
Here is where I was in March:
 And this is where I am today:
I am close to finishing the first page, but I have a bit more to do. Maybe by the end of June?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Winnie the Pooh II May Progress

Hello everyone! May was a crazy stitchy month.  With Stitch Maynia, I made 5 starts and worked on 10 WIPs over the first two weeks of May.  Still, Winnie the Pooh got some dedicated attention afterwards.  I've started using highlighters on the chart since more colors are being incorporated.  Previous progress:


Currently:

I'm happy with my progress.  I finished columns 3 & 4 (down to the midline), including the blended thread & blending filament, and got a good start on column 5.  The empty squares are charted for 1 x 1, which I will do later.  I think the detail will be a swarm of bees.  I'm loving this project and wish I had room in my rotation to dedicate more time to it, but it will be a focus piece someday.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger April 2017 Update

In March, I failed to add a single stitch to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger project. In April, I managed to add over 1,300 stitches and finally reached the 10% complete mark.

I am anxious to finish page 6 and see how it looks with more of the area around the eye filled in.

This is how it looked on my update at the end of February.

Some of the fur above the eye was filled in.

My schedule in May is looking a little crazier than normal. I do hope to have some progress to share, as I love working on this one.

Happy Stitching,
Renee

April 2017 - Happy Haunts

I left off Happy Haunts last month here: Haunts013
And, although I really tried to give it my all this past week, I didn't do so well: Haunts018
I really wanted to finish the row (simply because the slack on the left side is driving me insane and I want to wind it up a row), but I just can't manage it all in a week. Oh well, maybe next month!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Winnie the Pooh II April progress

Third time is the charm, friends!  So, I am using the chart from the kit, subbed DMC and antique white monoco for the floss and fabric, respectively.  I restarted and gave it 4 days effort in April.

I finished the first 2 columns down to the midpoint, and most of the third column.  What's undone in the third column are over 1 sections, and blended floss (with filament)... I didn't feel like getting into the fiddly stuff and I intend to stitch all the 2 over 2 before doing the 1 over 1 sections.  It's about 2,000 stitches.  I also got a tiny start on the 4th column.

I'm pleased with it now.  I won't finish this year but hopefully I can finish at least 25%.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April Birds

I'm really not enjoying this project any more, but I want to see it to the end.

For April I worked on the Fall section.

March:

April:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Scarfs and new yarn

Micheals has a new yarn that is only 1.99 yahoo and you know what its a 4 weight its soft and comes in tons of colours. (Just wish they could keep them all stocked).
So Elk studios released a video and a new pattern using the yarn and i have started it. Actually I am half done it now. Its called the love me more scarf. Sometimes I find scarfs boring to crochet but this one called to me and I am enjoying it.

You can find the link to the pattern and she has a link to her video on her page too HERE.

Enjoy I will post a picture of my scarf later on

Tammy

Sunday, April 9, 2017

March 2017 - Happy Haunts

I almost forgot to post this month's progress. I left off here last month: Haunts011
And made it a bit farther to here: Haunts013
Hopefully next month will be better!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reptiles-March

 The above is where I left off in February and below is my stitching for this month. Pitiful.
But, this blog makes me stitch a little each month instead of letting it sit in the basement. I may finish this before I hit 100!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Winnie the Pooh March Progress

Hello friends!  I restarted Winnie the Pooh II using a Candamar-DMC conversion.  The colors, and the coverage, are much better with the DMC.  I began at upper left, worked the first column down to the midline of the chart, feathering into the next column.  I also got a start on the 2nd column. This is tree, sky, and a bit of tree trunk.

I'm so happy with the look and I'm really enjoying the chart.  It has lots of color changes, but it's not confetti.   However, there is a problem: I spaced it wrong.  Now I don't have enough room at the bottom, I'll have to crop the last row.  That's not a huge deal and I'm not sure it's worth re-starting yet again.  I did sew some extra to the bottom to allow for scrolling and framing.  Any thoughts- should I crop or start over?

ETA: I did more counting and measuring.  The kit says 12" high.  The way I placed it, is for 12".  However, my gridding comes out larger, about 14".  The fabric, supposedly 28 count evenweave, is not!  It's 28 across, but only 24 down.  I am quite cheesed off!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

I Caught Up!

hi everyone!  I know I'm a few days late but I'm happy to report I caught up with my SAL.  I haven't started this month yet but I was making progress with my other progress and wanted to finish a section before I posted.  So last post I had only finished part of January:
But now I've finished January and February:
March is a pretty blue but I might make some changes to the eye.  See you next month!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 - Happy Haunts

I left off here last month: Haunts006

And my heart really wasn't into this project this month because I only made it to here:

Haunts011
Better luck next month maybe!

Renee's Fractal White Tiger February 2017 Update

Late this evening, I put an hour and fifteen minutes in to this piece just so I would have progress to share. I have been itching to work on it, but other projects have demanded my small amount of crafty time this month.

Anyway... I did manage to add 175 stitches in that time, filling in around the eye a bit.

This is how it looked last month. I do hope to have more progress to share in my March update.

The pattern is Fractal White Tiger and it is artwork by Ricky Barnard charted by Charting Creations. Watching it come together is a joy.

I hope you are all able to find plenty of stitching time in March.

Renee

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reptiles for February


I have not made much progress. I think I have done 100 stitches, but maybe not.
I never really introduced myself. I am Beth and I live in Illinois. I normally stitch needlepoint or Mill Hill bead kits, but I love this HAED and had to do it. I also have a son who had a bearded dragon. When I get it finished,it will belong to him.

February Birds

Mostly backstitching this month.

Jan. 30th

February 27th

Friday, February 24, 2017

Winnie the Pooh 2017 Intro

Hello everyone!  I got a late and rather inauspicious start on Winnie the Pooh II by MCG textiles.  So, I began in the upper left corner and immediately noticed the kit floss provided did not really match their descriptions (med green instead of dark green).  I decided to trust the pattern and begin.  I noticed the floss seemed thinner than DMC.  After stitching some, I was not happy with the coverage, nor the colors.  I looked up an online conversion and pulled the two dark green DMCs, which looked nothing like the kit floss.
They did look a lot more like the picture!  
I wonder if they stitched the model in DMC then kitted it up with some off brand cheap floss.  I frogged it all.  I will restart it with DMC.  Using my own thread I can do 3 over 2 for the darker colors if I feel it needs more coverage.  The kit fabric is 28 ct evenweave, the quality is ok and I prefer 28 count since this pattern has over 1 sections.

Hopefully next month I'll have something good to share!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Not Much to See Here

Hi guys I'm back!  A little late but meh that's okay.  I got caught up this month trying to finish the HAED challenge so I didn't get to work much on Birthstone Dragons but here it is so far:


I'm doing the border as I go so hopefully soon I'll be caught up.  See you all next (this) month!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

January 2017 - Happy Haunts

I started my new project and managed a bit of work, but not a full page. I used a cheap piece of 18ct Aida, so it scrolled up a bit crooked, but it shouldn't matter in the end: Haunts006