Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Smalls Check-In

Hi Y'all,

Wow!  Can you believe that it is Labor Day weekend? It is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States  to honor men and women in the work force.  I hope everyone who celebrates has a fun extended weekend, and for those who don't celebrate it I hope you have a fabulous weekend too.

Well, this month began when my 2 youngest sons went back to school.  That gave me about a week to hang out with my oldest son Bradley before he went off to college.  He has been there for about 2 weeks and so far so good. 

Even though it has been crazy getting back into our family routine I have been stitching up a storm.

I only have 1 small finish completed but I have been working non-stop on my rotation of larger projects. I even have a new start for Halloween.  I love Halloween and it is my favorite holiday by far.

1st off is July's Cupcake by Durene Jones.  I am a month behind but I am not worried.  I have started on August and should hopefully be done by the end of the weekend.

This is part 7 in A Year In Cupcakes and I purchased the pattern in her ETSY shop.

I have really enjoyed stitching these cute cupcakes.

The second thing I wanted to show you is part 1 of Stitchonomy's 2019 Halloween SAL.  I have no idea how I stumbled upon this designer but I am so glad I did.  It is a free SAL and the link to sign up is Drawlloween2019
I am using some 28ct evenweave (I think it is Jubilee) it is a discontinued 100% cotton fabric.  I eco-dyed it with black beans.  I post how I did this next week.  I didn't write the words or the symbols on the sides because I am waiting on the floss list.  The link didn't work yesterday.  It officially kicks off on October 1st.

Lastly is a non stitchy finish,  I have been addicted to watching DIY projects on YouTube.  I wanted to try my hand at making a wreath.  I made this football one and my youngest son wants it.  I have 2 more wreaths to make so stay tuned.  It is simple but I love how it turned out.  It looks better in person.

Now I am off to look at everyone's fabulous smalls.  I hope you have a great month!
Mary






Friday, July 26, 2019

July- Smalls SAL Update

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for the delay but I totally forgot about the last Friday of the month.  It just kind of sneaks up on you all of a sudden.
Thank you Mary at Mary's Thread for hosting this SAL.  I love stitching smalls, especially on the weekends when my stitching time is limited.  This month I decided to do my own version of Christmas in July.  Since I didn't have any wips, I chose to work on Christmas Ornaments this month.  I always have the best intentions on stitching tons of ornaments, but somehow it is never the right time until December.  I go to set up the Christmas tree and then get disappointed on my lack of homemade decorations.

Well, I was able to complete 4 but I only took pictures of 3.  I will have the opportunity to ffo them next month when the boys go back to school.

What I love about stitching ornaments is that I can use random or scrap floss and material.

I chose to select projects out of the 2010 JCS Ornament issue.

#1- Star by JBW Designs.

My only change was that I omitted the word Star.  I used random 28ct Linen that was tea dyed and Limited Edition Carrie's Creation Silk floss in red.

#2- Joy by LadyBug Lane Designs

My fabric was 32ct White Chocolate Linen and misc red floss.

#3 Regal Red Christmas by Milady's Needle.
My fabric was the same 28ct Linen that was tea dyed.  I chose to use an old hand-dyed floss in my stash.  Can't remember who, but it is over 10 years old.  I used a color called Evergreen to match the backing fabric for the ornament.  I had to alter the design because the skein was small (about 5 yards) and it was too big.  They used a 40 count.  Overall, I think it looks pretty.

My plans for the next month, I am in the process of doing another Christmas ornament and I hope to get it done over the weekend.  I have a biscornu wip that needs done and I also need to do July and August for the Year In Cupcakes series.  Then I will be up to date.

Thanks so much for looking and all of your wonderful comments.
Mary



Monday, July 15, 2019

Finally A Finish

Good Afternoon,

 I hope everyone has had a great weekend and had plenty of stitching time.  I really haven't stitched since last week when I finally finished my larger project.  My son Blake, is off of dead period and is now in football practice full time.  We also attended our last football camp for the year.  It was quite an experience that I am sure we will have to do again next year.  

Anyway,  I have a finish that is larger than a small and that isn't a ffo.  Because of this, I decided to make a new blog post.  Besides, I was too excited to wait until the end of the month.

My finish: 


The Key
By: Stitchyfish Designs
From: 2016 JCS Halloween Special Edition
Floss: DMC 310
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen (hand-dyed by me)

My son, Brentley, decided that he would like this once it was finished.  I did make some changes per his request.  I omitted the wording at the top and changed the bottom to gate.  He also didn't like the key dangling from the crow's mouth. I now see I have some of the bottom railing of the gate to do.  I will do that tonight.  

Eventually, this will get framed.  I will probably wait until after school starts which is August 9th this year.

Well that is all for now.
Thanks for looking and I always enjoy reading your comments.
Mary

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July's FFO SAL Check-In

Good Morning Y'all,

I hope everyone has had a great couple of weeks with tons of stitching time.  I have been stitching everyday but only have one FFO to show you today.  That is ok, hopefully I will have more done in August.

Before I forget, thank you Rachel at the Ten Hour Stitcher for hosting this SAL.  It really does motivate me to fully finish my stitched pieces.


So, I was going through my collection of hand-dyed floss and decided I wanted to make something with them.  When you only have a skein or two, biscornu's are a great way to use them up.  I found the perfect pattern here on Louison's blog.  She is so generous and has hundreds of free biscornu patterns.  I chose #332 and I stitched it on 25ct white Lugana (3 over 2).

Side 1:
I am not sure of the color but it is Mo's Sales Thread.  I only had one skein so I had to improvise on side 2.

Side 2:  

I found some DMC #67 in variegated Baby Blue. It is a great match to the Mo's Sales Thread.  For the middle I used a brad (from the Scrapbook section) instead of a button.

Well, I am off to do some errands and then hopefully some stitching later.  Unfortunately, I have to rip out some thread and redo a section because the hoop messed up my stitches.  I guess that is why I normally stitch in hand.  Oh well, it was worth a try.

Hope you have a fabulous day!
Mary

Friday, June 28, 2019

June's Small's SAL check-in

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to June's Smalls SAL hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread.  It is such a fun SAL that is low pressure and tons of fun.



I have a few things finished for the month.  I completed the smalls from the book #272 by The Cricket Collection.

1st is The Bee:
I completed the bunny and sheep but I can't find them on the computer.  I will post them as FFO's probably in August when the kids go back to school.

I tried doing a wreath and it was terrible.  It looked like a throw back to the 1980's.  Don't get me wrong, I love the 1980's.  The music, movies and fashion; it was my decade.  Unfortunately, home decor was awful back then.  

I decided to make them all into flat fold ornaments.  I can put them in my bowl, or hang them when I want or hang them in the future.

Next I finished stitching A Year In Cupcakes - June by Durene Jones.  You can find the pattern on ETSY.
I just need to put on beads instead of french knots for the seeds.

My final finish for the month is not a small but I just had to share.  It is called Blessed Land by Tempting Tangles Designs.  Deb now has the PDF in her ETSY store.  I love the it so much.  I used 32ct Sand linen and the called for DMC threads.

Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful weekend.
Mary

Monday, June 10, 2019

June's Fully Finished SAL

Hi y'all,

I just want to thank Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher for hosting this wonderful SAL. 


I am happy to say that I have a fully finished project this month.  I stitched this project last year for my son Brentley.  To be honest, this wasn't the original project I was going for.  I started Ink Circles Cirque des Triangles but I kept making mistakes. I decided to scrap the project but I still had a ton of fabric left and a lot of Carrie's Creation overdyed floss.  I then went to search for the perfect pattern and I found one on Etsy. 


A few months ago I was at The Goodwill store and happened upon this frame.  I always try to pick up the square frames and anything else that is unusual.  It was originally a medium brown color but we decided that a white frame would make the project stand out.  We had to wait until the weather was warmer and then Bill (my husband) spray painted the frame white. 

My son has been on vacation to visit my family in Florida, so we took that time to repaint his room.  As you can tell, his favorite color is green.  The picture is now hanging in his room, waiting for him to get home tomorrow.  I think he is really going to love it.

Well, that is all for now.

Thanks for looking,
Mary

Friday, May 31, 2019

May's Small's Check-In SAL

Good morning y'all,

I can't believe it is the end of May already.  Thanks again to Mary at Mary's Thread for hosting this fun SAL.


So have you got a lot of crafting in this month?  I had a lull in stitching for about a 7 days due to my oldest son, Bradley, graduating from high school.  Between getting ready for family to arrive from Florida and them actually being here, I couldn't stitch much.  Then, I had 2 weekends where we decided to do some painting so that was about 5 days with no stitching.  But I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

I have a few smalls that I have done this month.

I am working on Cross Eyed Cricket #272 called Soft Boiled.  I am going to do the 5 cute little critters and make a spring wreath.  Hopefully, it will turn out ok.


So far I have completed 2.  The first one I did was the chick.

The second on was the butterfly.


I am currently working on the bunny and hope to show you that one next month.

I am also up-to-date on the A Year In Cupcake series by Durene Jones on Etsy.  Here is May's; I just love the soft pretty colors.

Well that is all I have for now.  I have been working on some larger projects and hope to have one finished next week to show you.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful smalls.

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments and have a great weekend!
Mary

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Stitchmaynia Week 2 Progress

Good morning y'all.

Happy Tuesday! Hope you are all having a fabulous day with time to craft.  I have to go to Michael's today to pick up a larger frame for Darth Vader.  Yesterday, I spent a few hours pinning and lacing him and now he wont fit in the frame I bought.  Since he is already prepared and I don't want to undo all that work, I am just going to get a bigger frame with a mat.  I need to have it done by Friday because my sister and parents are coming up from Florida for my son, Bradley's graduation and Darth Vader is a gift for my sister and BIL, Kevin.  I want to make sure they can take it back home with them.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day and I hope you did too.  My 2 oldest sons Bradley and Blakley bought me some flowers and coffee.  I was surprised and delighted by the gesture.

I purchased a some stitching related things from my son Brentley and my precious dog, Hana from 123stitch! I plan on doing the Hardanger free SAL by Durene Jones on the Lakeside Needlecraft website here
Just look under free charts.  I also want to learn other types of hand embroidery so I found some things at Hobby Lobby.  To round out my purchases, I found some fabric for embroidery on Ebay and bought from floss from Mo's Sale on Facebook. 


So, lets get to some progress pictures.  I decided to work on the Swans and Shears SAL from Tempting Tangles Designs last week.  I have officially completed 7 out of 16 pages.  I decided to stop working on it since I am at a good stopping point.  I really enjoyed working on this. 

Before:
After:

Thank you so much for looking.  Have a great week!
Mary


Friday, May 10, 2019

Fully Finished SAL- May 10th

Hi y'all,

Hope y'all are having a wonderful Friday.  I would like to wish those of us who are celebrating Mother's Day an extra special day.

Thank you Rachel at The 10 Hour Stitcher for hosting this fun SAL. 

The Front:

I don't always have a fully finished ffo but I did manage to get one done last month.  The pattern is an old freebie and I am not sure where I got it from.  I stitched it on 32ct White Chocolate Linen and DMC Coloris in States.  I made the decorative counting pins and was very easy.

The Back:

I was doing a search and I noticed that people that sewed would make pincushions or sachets that resembled biscornus so I thought I would experiment.  You wouldn't think it would be more difficult than hand-sewing but it was.  I am still happy with it and would try it again but I would do it slightly different.  I think next time I am going to do a basting stitch and then hand sew them together.  I hope to try that technique over the summer and will let you know how it goes.

I hope you get lots of stitching time in and I will check back with you all at the end of the month for Mary's Smalls SAL 2019 hosted by Mary's Threads.

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments.
Mary

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Update on some Halloween Stitching

Hi y'all,

Hope you are having a wonderful spring day.  It is gorgeous outside and the temps are perfect.  I was actually able to go for a walk.  I hope you have had lots of stitchy time.

I decided on April 29th that I would participate in Stitchmaynia.  Nothing like waiting til the last moment, huh? Stitchmaynia is a group on Facebook and they host a month long challenge during May.  You are able to do any kind of variation you want. Normally you would stitch 19 new starts (18 last year), but there was no way I could handle starting that many charts at one time.  So I decided to concentrate on some of my larger wips.

So here we are in May stitching on Halloween.  I love Halloween so it is no hardship.  I pulled out The Key by Stitchyfish Designs.  It was in the 2016 JCS Halloween issue.

Here was my starting point:

I was able to accomplish quite a bit in 4 days.  There were 3 days where I couldn't get to it but I was able to work on smalls.
Here is my ending point for this wip. 
So now the entire outside border is compete and I am very happy with my progress.

My next wip for the week is Swans and Shears by Tempting Tangles.  I'll be back next Tuesday with a progress report.

Thank you so much for looking and have a great week.
Mary


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April's Smalls Check-in

Good Morning y'all,

I want to thank Mary at Mary's Thread for hosting this wonderful SAL.  It has really motivated me to get projects done.

I am posting a few days early so A.) I wouldn't forget.  and B.) It might be a little busy for me.  My husband, Bill and oldest son, Bradley went out of town to go to college orientation.  They are returning sometime Friday but my middle son, Blakley, has football scouting.  He is a rising Junior and has colleges looking at him for football. 

Anyway,  I do have some finishes to show you.  2 are smalls and 1 is a medium size project. 

1st small is another kiss from the Cricket Collection.  This was a freebie many years ago.  I believe it is called Snowflake Kiss.  I used 28ct Cashel linen that I acrylic dyed. My youngest son, Brent claimed it as his.  Pretty cool since he is 12.

2nd small is A Year In Cupcake- April by Durene Jones. Used called for DMC on 28ct Monaco fabric.

My medium project is Geranium Fairy by Nora Corbett.  It was my first fairy by her and I just loved working with the metallic floss and beads.  I stitched her with called for floss on 28ct lambswool Joblean. I plan on starting Ms. Christmas Eve on June 18th to celebrate my 50th birthday.  Go big or go home is my motto.

Thanks so much for reading my blog.  I can't wait to see everyone's progress.

Friday, March 29, 2019

March Smalls SAL Check-in

Hello everyone,
Thanks again to Mary at Mary's Threads for hosting this SAL.

I hope everyone had a productive month and got lots of stitching in.  I was able to complete several finishes this month.

My first finish is Lizzie Kate and it is 3rd one I have completed. Think Summer.

The second finish is March cupcake by Durene Jones.

The 3rd is not a small but I am so happy to have it done.  I bought the pattern on Etsy.  It is a gift for my sister, Dawn and her husband kevin.

I am going to go and look at everyone's amazing work,  Thanks for looking and have a great month.

Mary

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

February Big Project Update

Hi y'all,

I can't believe it is already March 6th.  Time is sure flying by.  I hope everyone is doing well.  I am doing great and it is starting to feel like Spring.  Yeah!  I think we are going to have one more bout of really cold weather and then hopefully that will be it for awhile.

Have you had a lot of stitching time?  The only positive thing about cold weather is that it gives me lots of time to stitch.  I stay indoors as much as possible. 

Here are some of my larger projects I have in my rotation.

1st is Geranium Fairy by Nora Corbett.  It is so hard to put this wip down, but I am going to have to for awhile.  I am almost done with her wings, minus the beads.  I intend to do all the beading and backstitching at the end.

My next wip is Darth Vader.  I am moving this up in the rotation so that I can get it done by May.  Whenever I am not working on Mimi's SAL, I will be working on him until he is done.  

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but my oldest son, Bradley, will be graduating high school in May.  My parents are coming up here to visit and I want to have this project finished and framed so that they can give it to my sister, Dawn.

I am about half way done so I feel confident it will be ready.

Next in rotation is White Tigers.  It is from a leaflet from Stoney Creek.  I am doing this for my middle son, Blakley.  It is a lot of color changes, but I am dealing with it a lot better than before.  I hope to get this done sometime this year.  I am trying to stitch at least 50 stitches 4 times a week.

I have really been trying to work on the right side, and you can finally make out one of the cubs.

Last big project in rotation is Mimi's SAL.  I have finally completed part 4 and the big "C" is part of the 5th section.  I will have it done by next week when part 6 comes out.  

Thanks so much for looking and have a great month.  Hope to have a small or 2 to show you on the 10th.

Mary

Friday, February 22, 2019

February Smalls 2019 Check-in

Hi Y'all,

Good afternoon y'all,

I cannot believe it is the end of the month.  Time for another check-in for the Smalls SAL hosted by Mary at Mary's Threads.

I don't have many smalls this month but that is ok.  I have been working on quite a few larger projects that I will update you on next week.

The first finish is February cupcake from the series A Year In Cupcakes by Durene Jones on Etsy.
I should have this ffo'd for the FFO SAL in a few weeks.

I used the called for colors on some 28ct Monaco fabric.  I just think it is so cute.

This next one I finished late last night.  I need to get a smaller needle to sew some beads for his eyes.  Again, I should have this completely ffo'd by the FFO SAL check in.

This is called Angel Kiss by The Cricket Collection.  It was in the 2008 JCS ornament issue.  I also did this for the Christmas Ornament SAL.  I used Hobby Lobby silver metallic thread.  It wasn't as brutal as I thought when I figured it all out.  I started using 2 strands but was bulky and shredding.  I started over using 1 strand and small lengths and it was more manageable.  I stitched it on 32ct white Lugana and called for DMC threads.

Lastly, I am not sure if it fits the criteria, however, it does come in parts that are released every 2 weeks.  I am dragging my heals with part 4, but it will get done by the end of next week.

Here is part 3 of Mimi's SAL.

With my old eyes, I mistook the symbol for the numbers 1 and 2, and I will eventually have to pull them out and use the darker thread like the number 3 but I will worry about that later.  I still love it; just a little upset at myself for the mistake.  Oh well, I found putting it on my phone and enlarging the pattern helps to read the symbols.

Anyway,  I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog and to comment.  It makes my day.

Have a great weekend!
Mary

Monday, February 11, 2019

Fully Finished SAL - February

Good Morning Y'all,


Thank you to Rachel at the Ten Hour Stitcher  for  hosting this SAL.  It is a great way to not only finish our projects, but to keep them out of the unfinished boxes.  You can join at any time, and is a fun way to meet people.  The link to Rachel's blog is here

I have been able to stitch and fully finish one ornament this month.  It was really more detailed and time consuming than I thought it would be, but it was totally worth it.  I just love how it turned out.

Details:  Christmas Morning Goodies by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
               2018 JCS Ornament issue
               Fabric: 28ct evenweave acrylic dyed by me
                           called for DMC floss
               Finished: as a flat ornament

Thank You so much for looking.  I can't wait to check out everyone's beautiful work.

Happy Stitching,
Mary

Friday, February 8, 2019

My version on how to dye fabric with Acrylic Paint

Hi y'all,

I tried to do a video yesterday and it was so awkward.  I thought that I would show photos and explain it here on my blog.  It has been about 8 months since I tried dyeing with acrylics and it took a few setbacks to remember how I did it.

I went to Pinterest to search for ideas and I found a few websites for inspiration.  Here are some things they don't tell you but trust me you really need to listen up.

1.)  You gotta wear gloves.  I didn't because I was trying to make a video and after awhile my hands started getting irritated and itchy.

2.)  You need to be in a well vent area.  It will give off fumes while applying the mix and when it is wet.  As soon as I closed my window I could really smell the fumes and you don't want that.  I didn't have a choice because it was raining like crazy.  Today, it isn't raining; however, it is 20 degrees.  I decided to go into my garage and open it up a crack and then proceeded to apply the paint to the fabric.  I am leaving it out there for awhile and then bringing it in to completely dry.

3.) Everything that you use has to be for dyeing only.  I use old placemats, paint brushes, measuring cups/spoons, recycled plastic cups, tupperwear, spoons and old baking sheets, etc.  Dollar tree and thrift stores are great places to get items cheaply.

4.) Just like with any other techniques of dyeing fabric, you should always wet fabric to get sizing out.  Also, dye adheres to wet fabric better than dry fabric.

***Inspiration***

The first website I found was here and it was very helpful.  Even though it is for garments, the items you need to use is the same. 

I also found this here and feel they give a better explanation on the steps.

*** Now onto my techniques***

There are 3 types of ways I have dyed the fabric and I love each one of them.  I choose the technique based on the look I want to achieve.  The main thing is that you have acrylic paint and paint medium.

On a side note, brand is not as important as the fact that is says fabric medium.  It is hard to find at the craft stores but if you go on Amazon and search up Fabric medium for acrylic paint you will find a large variety to choose from.  Just read the directions.  This brand says to do 2/1 ratio.

I have tried metallic and some of the other specialty paint and it didn't come out very well. 


**No matter if you dilute it with water or not you need to mix the acrylic paint with the medium.  Trust me, if you don't, it will be a uneven, clumpy hot mess that you will just throw away. 

If you go the route of watering down the paint, (I do this way the most), it is 1 teaspoon of acrylic paint, 1/2 teaspoon of medium and 1/4 cup of water.  Mix well, sometimes you have to consistently mix it while applying to fabric.

You can double the amount or adjust the amount as needed.

The pictures are not that great because my house is like a dungeon, but here is the first one I did today.

I used a foam brush and brushed the paint onto the fabric (32ct Belfast Linen).  You can do it with one color or make any design you want.  I did both side just to make sure it was covered.  You let it dry completely and then iron.  I will come back and show you the results.  You do not wash out the dye like rit because then it will totally wash away. 



Second way.  I picked out 2 colors of blue and prepared it with the acrylic, medium and water combo.  I packed the wet fabric (32ct Belfast Linen) in an old cup and then poured each color over the fabric.  It turned out really pretty; like the sky.  Do not wash out, let it dry and then iron.

This one is actually a very pretty turquoise.  I used the same technique with one color and made sure that it was totally covered.  It is a Joblean and I wish the picture looked better. Again, do not wash out, just dry and iron.


You can also ice dye, it will make it slightly different.

Third way:  mix the acrylic and medium together without water. 

You scrunch your wet fabric (14ct Aida) in a cup, layer it with ice.  Spoon the acrylic/medium mix over the ice (you can use multiple colors)  I chose an orange and gold.  Once the ice is melted, you have to rinse out the dye because it will be globby otherwise.  I have to say, I didn't really like it when it was wet. Now that it is dry, I am so in love with it.  It is gold, orange with undertones of peach and light gold.

*** Sometimes no matter how much you mix the dye you might get a little clump here and there, it isn't a big deal.

On a side note:

You will know you are successful if you hold it up into a light and you can see the holes and little to no clumps to prohibit you from stitching.  As you can see, I used Aida, evenweave and linen as examples and they are all clump free and ready to stitch on.

 I hope that this has helped you in the joys of acrylic dyeing.  Have fun and happy stitching.

Mary

August Smalls Check-In

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