This bracelet is from a pattern called “Vintage” by Tauriel, who is no longer on Etsy. I had a couple of minor issues, but overall, everthing went fine. I did change a couple of bead colors here and there, and kind of wish I’d changed a few more (I would have narrowed some of the blue outlines, if I’d noticed before I did them). I did a ring and toggle clasp from Melissa van Dijk’s site. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, but for some reason I had more problems making them than I did with the bracelet overall. I’m not entirely happy with the colors I used on the ring and toggle, but they look ok and work (I wore it tonight and it didn’t come undone).
I started more things than I finished this month, though I needed to start one of them (I finished one Christmas card and started another). I worked some on this peyote-stitch bracelet (Vintage by Tauriel on Etsy).
For cross-stitching, I worked mostly on Christmas cards; I finished one and started this one. They are from a kit by Vervaco. It’s charted with full stitches only, but I’m using some quarter stitches around the curves of the heart (and will for the ornaments) because I think it will look better.
I worked a tiny bit on 99 by Ink Circles; I finished the interior of the bottle I’m currently outlining.
I also worked a little on Celtic bookmark 10 from Artecy. I’m currently planning on purple interiors, but may change my mind between now and whenever I get the outline finished.
For some reason, I started a new bookmark. There was a post somewhere on the 123stitch.com message board about temperature bookmarks, where you do a bit each day with a color representing the high temperature for that day. I’d run across the concept (maybe for scarves) before and been interested. I found a pattern on reddit, though I’m doing five 5×1 areas instead of 9×2 across since I’m using 14 count plastic canvas instead of 18 count Aida. It came to me later that I could have done 7 4×1 areas across and had it by weeks without adding much width, but it was too late by that point. I wanted a little more color variation than the key with that pattern, so I used a slightly modified version of one that was linked in the discussion (from here; the colors were three-degree spans for the warmer temps and five for the colder, and I chose to have everything in four-degree spans). I’m taking my weather data from Weather Underground, copying the temperature data into a spreadsheet, and (somehow) coming up with a pattern (well, a 5×73 list of color codes). January was interesting, temperature-wise (lowest high was 22, highest high was 68).
This is one of a kit of three Christmas cards from Vervaco; I’m going to make two of them for my sisters. The kit came with appropriately sized 18 count aida, floss, aperture cards, and envelopes; I’m not sure if it came with a needle. This was easy enough to do; I didn’t have many problems with it except for placing the star at the top. I did make one change to the chart; the top right branch of the tree on the left had a column of two stitches across instead of one like the other branches, so I changed it to one. Because of that change, I had trouble placing the star as it was on the chart, but it wasn’t a huge problem. It doesn’t really matter exactly where the star is placed.
I’m going to do the one on the left for the other one; I don’t know how I feel about the heart, but the ornaments feel nostalgic.
I worked a little on 99 by Ink Circles; I’m working on bottle number sixty; when I finish this row, I’ll have two-thirds of it done.
This is one of a set of three Christmas cards from Vervaco; I’d been eyeing this kit at Hobby Lobby for a long time and ended up buying it when they put a ton of their cross-stitch and needlepoint kits and supplies on clearance for 75% off. I’m going to do two and I can’t decide if the second one is going to be this one again (it’s my favorite by far) or one of the other ones. This is my primary project right now; I’m house-sitting and can work on it wherever and whenever I feel like it (I live with a recipient).
I worked some on Vintage peyote-stitch bracelet from Tauriel on Etsy. I haven’t figured out where to set up to work on this where I’m house-sitting yet, so I’ve been working on it when I’ve been at home instead.
This is Celtic bookmark 10 from Artecy. I’m planning on working it in purples (one old, two new). I don’t know why I started this when what I really need to be working on is Christmas cards.
This is 99 by Ink Circles. I didn’t work on it too much this month (I only did two bottles and part of a third (bottle 53)), but I’m moving it to my primary project; my sister offered to get it framed (once I finish it) as a birthday present.
I restarted Vintage by Tauriel on Etsy; this was my third try this time (I’d previously started it last year, but it didn’t work out). This time, I had a bead in the wrong place on row three (I was on row five when I noticed it) and on the second try, I had too short of a tail to knot and end. Now that I’ve got a good start on it, I’m enjoying working on it.
Someone on the 123stitch.com message board posted that their Hobby Lobby had most of their kits and some other stuff on clearance 75% off; I checked the one nearest and they did have a lot of their stuff on clearance (the other two did not). The kits are all things that I’d had my eye on for a while, though the Christmas cards are the only ones I have definite plans to do in the near future. The one on the bottom left is Thea Gouverneur’s Dahlia; it was $20 less there than at the other stores, so I got it a little bit cheaper than I should have.
This is Josie Fabre’s Chinese Dragon; it’s from her Etsy shop, but she has since emptied out her shop. I enjoyed working on the main part of this, and had no problems with it. I did have problems with the toggle. I eventually set it aside for a while and went back to it; when I was looking over the directions again, I realized I had done one of the triangles in the toggle wrong. One was supposed to be a row larger than the other, which explains why the triangles didn’t mesh together very well and why they only wanted to be flat. Once I realized that, I redid it and finished the whole thing off yesterday evening.
The chart was lacking a couple of things; there were no marks to indicate where to put the ends of the loop (I counted the beads in the picture from the shop, I think), and there was no key for the word chart, but the colors were distinct enough that it was obvious from the chart with colors and letters where each color went. Also, there were three charts for the toggle (two word and one picture for each triangle), and none were clear enough on their own; I needed all three.
I only worked on one continuing progress this month: Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching. I seem to have decided to push through on this to try to finish at least the central parts of the sides; I’m not sure if I’ll continue on to do the border and finish it as a bag. I forgot to post at the end of February, so this contains a couple of days of March progress as well. And, as I continued, I noticed that two sections of the bargello/straight stitch patterns are the same (the front had one each of those type of patterns); the picture on her website has a different pattern in the two-square vertical section on the right, so that’s coming out and being replaced.
This is a Celtic blackwork bookmark; it’s a free pattern from Needlework Tips and Techniques. It does have quarter stitches, but I worked it on 14 count aida anyway. I used three strands for the full and quarter cross stitches in the triangles, two strands for the cross-stitch border and the diagonals of the triangles, and one strand for everything else.
I used glow in the dark threads for it. The bulk of it is in DMC E940; the outline between the cross-stitch border and the actual design is an Artiste floss that I’m fairly sure I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The Artiste floss was a package with two colors on large cards/bobbins (one white, one green) and I used the green one; the texture of it was more like a DMC metallic than a standard floss. Both flosses were annoying to work with because the strands were two-ply and separated while I was working with them.