Fluttershy

Fluttershy

This is Fluttershy for a birthday card for my niece. The pattern is from mylittlecscharts at deviantART and the alphabet is by Ellen Maurer-Stroh. This was more trouble than it should have been; I started with a different pony, and after two tries could not get the colors right. I suffered from a complete inability to count while working on it as well; aside from problems with the head, the word “HAPPY” took three tries (one with a smaller alphabet and one too far left) and I’m still not entirely happy with its position or the position of “BIRTHDAY”.

September 2014 WIPs

This is The Moon by Alphonse Mucha from Miniature Set 11 at The Art of Stitching. I’ve hit an annoying part; the flowers in her hair are confetti stitching and in that part, I think I’m spending more time beginning and ending threads instead of stitching. I’m approaching five squares (a page) across and four down (out of eleven across and fifteen plus four stitches down). It’s going to take a while.

Alphonse Mucha's The Moon progress Sept 2014

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Stained Glass Holly

Stained Glass Holly

This is Stained Glass Holly by Ink Circles; it’s from the Christmas ornament preview in Just Cross Stitch August 2014. I think I’m going to use it as a Christmas card and might do it again for another card. I started it in June; it took a bit longer than I expected, though I did work on other things as well. I had one small problem with it: I did the square around it first, and I accidentally turned it so that the stitches on the outside are crossed differently than the stitches on the inside.

August 2014 WIPs

I didn’t work as much on my WIPs as I might have liked; I was distracted by the Mill Hill kit and the Chinese dragon. The dragon needed to be finished by my nephew’s birthday next week; for once, I finished something in plenty of time. Otherwise, I worked mostly on The Moon by Alphonse Mucha from Miniature set 11 at The Art of Stitching:

Alphonse Mucha's Moon progress August 2014

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Golden Tannenbaum

Golden Tannenbaum

This is Mill Hill’s Golden Tannenbaum ornament intended for one of my sisters for Christmas; I do plan to do another one for my other sister. I had been wanting to try one of the Mill Hill kits, and I chose this one because it reminded me of some of our grandmother’s ornaments. This was my first time working with perforated paper; it wasn’t quite what I expected but was easy to work with.

Chinese Dragon

Chinese Dragon

This is the Chinese dragon from I Love Cross Stitch Dragons and Unicorns, which I picked up one day when Joann had cross-stitch books on sale. The designer is Lesley Teare. It is going to be a card for my nephew for his birthday next month. It’s mostly according to the chart; I did substitute a darker yellow because the charted yellow did not show up at all on this fabric. I chose to use 28-count fabric for this; the chart called for 14-count Aida, but there were a lot of quarter stitches.

July 2014 WIPs

I think I worked a little on Ink Circles’ Cirque des Cercles and a little on my latch hook, but mostly I worked on things intended for gifts this month and I don’t feel like I did much of that.

I worked some on Ink Circles’ Stained Glass Holly ornament from the Christmas ornament preview in Just Cross Stitch August 2014; it will probably be a card, not an ornament. It’s taking longer than I thought it would (though everything does).

Stained Glass Holly progress July 2014

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