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.
I started a needlepoint project this month: Little Blue Book Bag from Freda’s Fancy Stitching. I’m enjoying working on this; it’s got a ton of different stitches which means that it’s never going to be boring. This is the first time I’ve used stretcher bars; it took me a few tries to get the canvas taut and I still don’t think it’s as taut as it should be.
This month I worked some on 99 by Ink Circles; I worked on 10 bottles (8 full, two partial):
This is a modified version of Boxed In by Beadholden Designs. My first attempt at beading on a loom did not go very well; I pulled out the rows I had done and started over. I enjoyed it much more and hopefully did better at getting the thread in the right place this time.
This is the Interlaced Heron bookmark from Celtic Needlepoint by Alice Starmore. I picked this book up at one of the big library book sales and am glad I did; there are several designs I’d like to work in it. It called for 22-mesh single thread canvas; I didn’t feel like tracking that down, so I worked it in half cross stitch on some 22-count fabric I had. It’s charted for Kreinik Soie d’Alger silk floss with DMC equivalents; I used the DMC equivalents except for the gold. It called for DMC 3046, which wasn’t a very bright gold, so I substituted DMC 728. I looked up the Kreinik color (2212) and probably would have wanted to substitute something else for that if I’d gone that route.
I kind of wish I’d gone for more strands or full cross stitches or something for the background; I’m not entirely happy with the coverage. I ended up scanning the chart which gave me something to mark (I was OK until I hit the first neck) and which also gave me more ability to distinguish between the different colors on the chart. It’s a color chart, and there are three very close colors on the chart (the two reds and the orange). I used a flash picture for the first wing and the scan for the second. I worked this in hand and it ended up a little warped, but I don’t care enough to do anything about it; it’s just a bookmark.