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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June 2014 WIPs

I feel like I should have accomplished more this month; I’ve watched a lot of soccer the last couple of weeks and spent a lot of that time sewing. The second half of the month was an Ink Circles kind of month (the first half was Teresa Wentzler and her sun dragon). I worked some on the Cirque des Cercles; I was hoping to get that bottom left circle finished, but it didn’t happen:

Cirque des Cercles progress June 2014

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Sun Dragon

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This is Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon from patternsonline.com. I bought this when they had a sale on dragons; I have too many big projects going and wanted something I could finish relatively quickly. I used 14-count black Aida, which is not the best fabric for this since it has quarter stitches. It called for Kreinik #4 very fine braid, which I’d never used before; I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with. I didn’t do the couching on the sun’s rays; I wasn’t thinking about it needing to be done as I went along until after I’d done most of it.

May 2014 WIPs

I started Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon; Patternsonline had a dragon sale, and I wanted something that I could finish relatively quickly. It calls for Kreinik #4 very fine braid; I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with compared to blending filament or DMC’s light effects. There’s one stitch that looks a little out of place in the picture that looks fine in real life (it’s one of the gold braid stitches):

Sun Dragon May 2014 progress

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Recently Acquired

I’ve gotten a bit much needlework stuff recently even though I think I have more than I could ever do. The city and one of the suburban libraries both had their big sales (and I had better luck at the suburban library than at the much larger city sale) and I bought one book used from Amazon that I’d had out from the library and really liked:

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Joann actually had a sale on cross-stitch books and booklets, Hobby Lobby had a booklet on sale with one pattern that I liked (and it was $1.03, so it seemed worth it), and I bought a few magazines here and there:

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Joann had some of their kits on clearance (and I’ve started the latch hook):

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I also bought Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon; it looked like a relatively quick finish and I want to finish something. I also bought some thread and fabric locally and mail order; I had to order #4 braid for the sun dragon and also got the blending filament and beads that I needed for her Peacock Tapestry even though it’s way down on my list of things to do. I think I have suitable fabric for the sun dragon, but I’m waiting on the braid to be sure one of the colors will show up on the blue fabric that I have and want to use. I’ve also downloaded various free patterns here and there.

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