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!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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.



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:


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,

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.



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


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


 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:

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.


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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mini's January update

Hello Friends,

Its time for a monthly update. I'm very happy with my progress on this project , I think I have completed 15% of the total stitches. I worked on the top left corner of the pattern.

I have fallen in love with this project and its hard to put it down. However it's time to pick my second WIP for Focus Finish February as part of  Theme-tas-stitch 2017 SAL. Don't know what I'm talking about , head over to Kerry's blog for details .

When I started this project , I had few apprehensions after reading about stitcher's trouble with kits- how the floss is bad, how they ran out of floss, the aida is of poor quality.

So far I don't have any complaints with this Dimensions kit, being a newbie stitcher with limited stash it helps when the fabric and floss is provided  . I may be weird but I like working on stiff aida as it helps to keep my stitches neat.I'm also enjoying working with first time with blended threads and variety of half stitches and how fast the half crosses stitch.

Will see you in March when I will pick this piece again for stitching.

Have a great February.

Sarah's 4 Seasons Birds

Not a lot of progress this month, but every stitch is a stitch forward.




Monday, January 30, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger January 2017 Update

This month, I added over 1,900 stitches to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

As I moved down to page 6, I really did try to work the page row-by-row, but I was entirely too impatient. The eye was just too close and I've been itching to stitch it for ages. 

This is 50 days of actual stitching.

This is how it looked at the beginning of the month.

(I have had the song "The Eye of the Tiger" stuck in my head for days...)

I have to say, I am very excited to see updates of everyone else's work this year. I love all of your charts. (Elaine, I am working on a piece by Ching-Chou Kuik, too. I love her work. You chose one of my favorites.)

Wishing you all a very stitchy month.


Here is my piece that I started last year. Not much progress and I really would like to get it done in my lifetime.
Hopefully you will keep my feet to the fire so I can get this done!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Question for everyone

It seems that in packing for our move, all of the thread, pattern and project for my HAED got packed and is at the back or middle of the storage building.

Would anyone mind if I just posted progress on my Four Seasons Birds project? If there is no objections,  I'll send Tammy a photo and the project info so she can  update me in the side bar.

Moving from a 1200 sq ft house to a 160 sq ft house has been challenging and I've had to be very selective with what I kept with me.

Thanks and I look forward to everyone's progress this year.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mini's Introductory Post

Hello Friends,

My first post on this blog.A little introduction-My name is Mini, I have been cross stitching since I was 7 years. However, I took a break from it for 10 years and have restarted since Jun 2014. I have a blog where you can read more about my cross stitching journey.

This Friday (and Saturday) I worked on my New year New Start. Here are progress pics:
My humble start on 1st Jan 2017

Progress on Day 4
Here is how the finished piece will look like
Dimension kit-Indian Peacock
I started the kit while I was on vacation in Dubai and forgot to pack the instruction sheet in the luggage. Yesterday I read the instructions and I think I will have some some troubles with half cross stitches. We will see when I come to that part, right now I'm enjoying stitching the peach stitches.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Everyone I am having a though time....those of you that can send me there picture please send directly to my email not as a comment. The links are not working. It needs to be sent as a download. Also if you have a nickname is that what you want to go with on the blog?? I have two people that don't have original names.... Sorry but it will just be easier for me to update everything... --update-- figured out most who ever I am missing please do what I mentioned above thanks!! please also check out your blog links ect if they are wrong email me also Tammy

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

HI everyone

HI everyone just waiting until the weekend in case there are anymore changes and updates to come in. Then I will update all the pictures ect that have been sent to me

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Update 2017

Happy New Year Lenore can you send me your blog address Keebles same and I need your name Anyone else who is starting a new project as on tonight or tomorrow please email me the pattern link or picture so I can update your side bar Thanks Tammy Anybody else that wants to join or re-join email me please at 2017 start in description thanks