Mars

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Mars cross stitch

This is Mars from SpaceNavid on Etsy. It’s worked on 6×6 inch Aida cloth canvas from Michael’s; it has around a 4 1/2 inch square working area. The edges on the back are a huge mess because the stitching is around 4×4 inches and it was difficult to start and end thread anywhere near the edges; I carried thread farther than I usually do because of that. I can’t believe I finished it in about five or six weeks; I had a few minor issues, but nothing major. It’s a little off-center, though. It helped that a lot of it was large single-color areas. I was very paranoid at the beginning because I started with the large chunk of DMC 608 and was deeply afraid I would miscount somewhere and have to start over, but I constantly counted and recounted and got it right.

July 2017 WIPs

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This is Mars from SpaceNavid on Etsy; I thought I started it last month, but it’s not in the WIP post for June. If I did start it last month, it was only a few stitches because I finished Jupiter somewhere around the 28th. I’ve made excellent progress on it; it helped that there were very large single-color areas that went very quickly. I’ve started the areas with more colors and fewer stitches per color, so the rest will not be quite so easy. I still might finish it in August, though. I’ll probably switch back to 99 after this instead of another planet.

Mars progress July 2017

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Art Deco 4 Bracelet

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Art Deco 4 Bracelet

This is the Art Deco 4 bracelet from SmartArtsSupply on Etsy; I substituted blues for the golds in the original pattern, and I used Toho seed beads from Michaels instead of the Delica beads that the chart used. I enjoyed working on this; I only had a couple of problems. One of the problems was the lack of symmetry in a few places in the chart, and the other was an occasional tendency on my part to pick up black beads instead of white (color A was black, color B was white, so sometimes I thought B should be black). There is at least one row that has a couple of black beads where there should have been white.

For my own reference, I used Darice 11/0 Toho seed beads 1951-34 (black), 1951-29 (white), 1951-10 (blue silver lined), and 1951-52 (dyed rainbow blue) for the bracelet and Color Gallery 9x12mm beads from Hobby Lobby as fasteners.

Aluminum Tree

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Aluminum Tree

This is Aluminum Tree by Misty Hill Studio; it’s part of their Mid-Century Modern Christmas collection. It and Ornaments will be Christmas cards for my sisters.

It was mostly straightforward, with no major mistakes or other problems until the end. I did the stars/snowflakes last, with the red ones first; I happened to look at the chart after I started the first grey one and realized I had done the grey stars in red and was starting the red in grey. It wasn’t a major problem; it didn’t really matter which was which color as long as there was one of each color on each side so I left them as they were.

Jupiter

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Jupiter

This is Jupiter from SpaceNavid on etsy. It’s worked on 6×6 inch Aida cloth canvas from Michael’s. It’s a tiny bit off center, which I think is due to the number of stitches in it vs the number of stitches in the canvas (they’ve all been a hair off center). I got close to the end and made a push to finish it tonight. Working on it went fairly well; I had a few minor problems, but nothing major. The back is a huge mess; it’s difficult to run the thread neatly through the back near the edges. I’ve enjoyed doing these planets; I’m going to do Mars next.

Stained Glass Bracelet

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Stained Glass Bracelet

This is from Josie Fabre’s book Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry, using sightly different colors. The original design called for Delica beads in matte transparent ocean blue, azure, and lime; I substituted Toho light blue silver-lined for the lime, teal silver-lined for the light blue, and rainbow navy for the dark blue. The matte transparent did not look very transparent in the pictures; I like the way the silver-lined beads look better. I kind of wish I’d used a silver-lined blue instead of the rainbow navy; I liked them better in the tube than in the bracelet.

I enjoyed making the bracelet itself and am happy with the way it came out. I had some issues with tension, but I always have issues with tension; this is why I don’t knit or crochet. I also had a some problems with the loop, beaded bead, and trim; The trim was easy to miscount, and I’m not 100% sure the beaded bead will stay together.

I think next I’m going to do this next, using blue silver-lined beads for the topaz beads and dyed rainbow light blue for the light yellow. I still want to do something else from the book (and this), but I’d need those exact beads and I don’t know which sites are reliable.

May 2017 WIPs

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I don’t feel like I did a lot of stitching this month; I’m house-sitting and am finding myself stitching less and reading more (on Goodreads, my 2017 reading challenge is 52 books and I’m already on 42; I didn’t reach 52 last year). I also got distracted by beads.

Mostly I worked on Jupiter by SpaceNavid on Etsy when I’ve been at my sister’s house; it’s small and I have the chart printed out, and I finally realized that I could just leave it there instead of carrying it back and forth. I did make decent progress on it and ought to finish it in the next month or two. I think it’s a stitch off from the center, though (I think it’s unavoidable with the number of stitches in the pattern and on the canvas).

Jupiter cross-stitch progress May 2017

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Deco Fans Bracelet

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Deco Fans beaded bracelet

I decided to try something different; this is the Deco Fans bracelet from Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry by Josie Fabre. The design called for galvanized silver and matte red, but Michael’s didn’t have either of those, so I went with white and silver-lined red. The closest they had to silver was clear silver-lined. I was very confused when I started it, but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed making this. I’m not sure I did the loop on the end right; I think it’s secure and it holds the bead properly, so I guess it’s OK. I hated to write in the book, but I had to mark rows off to keep track of where I was (and I still had a few problems with keeping track).

I was at Jo-Ann and I saw the book and liked some of the designs in it, and they now take coupons on books, so I bought it. This sort of bead weaving is something I’d been interested in for a while, so I was happy to see it. They of course did not have the recommended beads (preferably Miyuki Delica; she recommended Toho as well, but this was the only project that used them), so I went to Michael’s and got beads there (Toho, though any sort of consistently-sized bead would have been fine so I would have had to stick to one brand). I ended up getting the bead for the closure of this and some non-seed beads at Jo-Ann for the next project on my list (the green and blue one on the cover, though with different shades of blue and green). Neither of them had the recommended thread, so I went to Hobby Lobby for it (thankfully they had it; I didn’t want to mail order for something I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy doing). If Hancock’s still existed, I would have checked there too (they were more convenient than Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann).

The project after next that I want to do is based on Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa; I will have to mail-order beads for that since I’d want those exact colors and none of the big craft stores sell a good range of Delica beads (Hobby Lobby had a handful of colors, but I’m not sure they had any of the ones needed).

April 2017 WIPs

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I don’t feel like I stitched that much this month; I’m house-sitting for a few months and haven’t really adjusted all of my routine yet, including a place and time to stitch. I work nights, and I’m mostly sleeping when I was stitching at home; I would nap earlier in the afternoon (if needed) and eat dinner with everyone else and watch TV and stitch after dinner, and now I’m mostly eating earlier and napping later in the day. I did abandon the blackwork project completely for now; I didn’t even bring it with me.

Mostly, I worked on Jupiter from SpaceNavid on Etsy because it’s small and portable and I have the chart printed out, so I take it to my sister’s when I go for dinner and/or TV (no cable here). I do have the charts for the others, though I’ve been working from scans for 99. The other one is small, but it’s for a Christmas card that I don’t want my sister or her family to see before then. I think most of Jupiter’s progress is from this month; I did a couple of stitches in February when I bought the chart and I might have worked on it some in March and forgotten to take a picture of it (I keep it in a tote bag). I’m not entirely sure I centered it correctly, but it will have to do.

Jupiter progress April 2017
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