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.
I worked on four things this month: one each of cross-stitch, needlepoint, blackwork, and beading (peyote stitch). I reached the halfway point on the cross-stitch and halfway minus the border on the needlepoint and decided to do a bookmark to relax.
This is 99 by Ink Circles; I reached bottle 50 this month, so I’m very slightly over halfway finished.
The needlepoint project I’ve been working on is is Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching. This is the front of the bag; it will eventually get a border (that’s one of the last steps). I’ve enjoyed working on this, though I’ve found some mistakes in the chart. I’m not happy with one section (the two square vertical section near the top right); it switches from vertical to horizontal stitches and is very clear in the picture with the chart that that’s what’s happening, but it doesn’t show up like that for me. I can count on the picture and see that I’m going over the same number of threads, so I don’t know what’s going on with it. I may redo it over three threads instead of two and see if that looks better.
This is the bookmark I’ve just started; it’s the Celtic blackwork bookmark from Needlework Tips and Techniques. I’m working it on 14-count black Aida with DMC E940 (glow in the dark) for no real reason (I had it and had been wanting to use it for something). I’m using two strands for the cross-stitch border, three strands for the cross-stitches in the triangles, two strands for the diagonals, and one strand for the rest; I didn’t like the coverage on the triangles with fewer strands. The glow in the dark floss is a little difficult to work with; it’s six strand floss, but each strand is two-ply and I’m having problems with the strands separating.
This is the Chinese dragon from Josie Fabre’s Etsy shop, which is currently empty. It’s complete except for firmly attaching the loop and attaching the toggle on the other end. I finished the two triangles for the toggle; I think it’s supposed to be 3-D and not just two flat triangles, but am not sure how to achieve that.
I think I also tried square stitch for one of my loom projects and made it through a few beads on the second row. I don’t know if I have the patience for that, though it might get easier once I have a few rows in to make a base. For me at least the first few rows of peyote stitch are a little difficult, but once those first few rows are done it’s much easier (and more fun).
I only have five projects that I worked on in 2017 that I didn’t finish: three beading (one waiting for beads, one going back to eventually, one not sure), one blackwork (abandoned for now), one cross-stitch (currently working on), and one needlepoint (currently working on).
The needlepoint project I’m currently working on is Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching; I am enjoying working on this.
The cross-stitch project I’m currently working on is 99 by Ink Circles; I was hoping to get halfway through, but didn’t quite make it. I made it through 46 bottles out of 99.
The beading projects I worked on were Vintage by Tauriel on Etsy (not pictured because I can’t find it), Chinese Dragon from Josie Fabre, and a modified version of Boxed In from Beadholden Designs. I made it about 3/4″ on Vintage and realized I’d made a mistake that would bother me and that I needed to treat the beads with Krylon because the finish on some was already rubbing off. I ran out of silver beads for Chinese Dragon; I have some in the mail, but it’s too cold to treat them outside and I don’t want to do that inside so I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it. Boxed In was the first attempt I’ve made at loom beading; I made it farther than is pictured (and am too lazy to take a picture). My loom is short, so I had to take it off before I continued and discovered I hadn’t warped it correctly. I might experiment with the loom to see what method of warping works for me before trying it again; I may try to do it with square stitch.
This is Mahjong by Seba Designs. I got very frustrated with this so I put it aside for now; I had a hard time picking thread for it and I kept on making mistakes. I love the design, so I will probably go back to it at some point.
I worked on three things this month: one cross-stitch, one needlepoint, and one beaded bracelet. I would have finished the bracelet, but I ran out of one color of beads.
The cross-stitch project is 99 by Ink Circles; I was hoping to get halfway through, but I didn’t make it. Halfway through would be bottle six on the fifth row and I only made it to bottle two on that row.
I was more productive in 2017 than I thought I was; I’ve mostly been working on larger things lately. I finished eleven things: six cross-stitch (two cards, three planets, and only one bookmark (in half cross-stitch)) and five beading (all bracelets).
The two things for cards were both part of Misty Hill Studio’s Mid-Century Modern Christmas collection (Ornaments and Aluminum Tree). I was happy I actually managed to finish cards this year. I started larger things for cards in previous years and never finished them; I have two in progress around somewhere.
I did three planets from SpaceNavid on Etsy. I’ve really enjoyed working on these; they are small and work up fairly quickly. I have the pattern for Saturn, which is a bit larger due to the rings, but will probably do Venus next.
I only did one bookmark, which kind of surprised me; I often do them as breaks from larger things, but I guess later in the year, the beading took that over. It is the Interlaced Heron bookmark from Celtic Needlepoint by Alice Starmore; I worked it in half cross-stitch on 22-count fabric because I had some and didn’t feel like tracking down 22-count mesh canvas.
I got started with peyote stitch beading, thanks to Josie Fabre’s book Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry that I picked up to try. I’ve always been fascinated by bead weaving and have really enjoyed it. In order, three of these are from that book (Deco Fans, Stained Glass, and Cool Waves), one is the Art Deco 4 bracelet from SmartArtsSupply on Etsy, and the last one is different Stained Glass by Beadholden Designs. I need to work on figuring out the proper length for my wrists; a couple of these are a little long.