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.

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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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March 2017 WIPs

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This month, I worked the most on 99 by Ink Circles. I am enjoying working on it; I am a beer drinker and it’s fun trying to recognize the bottles or seeing new ones. I’m working it on 32 count natural linen. I did make a couple of changes: the brackets holding up the shelves were in two parts and I connected them, and one of the bottles had a bottle color in the label part (I think it was the last one on the first row).

99 progress March 2017

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February 2017 WIPs

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I continued working on two projects this month and (barely) started another. Mostly, I worked on 99 by Ink Circles. It’s on 32 count natural linen instead of Picture This Plus Ale; there is one color so far that is close to the fabric color and that doesn’t show up that well in the light I’m using, though it does show up fine in the picture (and it doesn’t show up that well in the model picture either). I am enjoying working on this; it’s big, but each bottle is a small finish. It’s fun trying to figure out what each bottle is before looking it up (there is a list included); I’m not familiar with a lot of them, though. I’ve done 9 1/4 bottles and have 89 3/4 to go plus the nine shelves.

99 progress February 2017

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Earth

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This is Earth from SpaceNavid on etsy. I got close to the end and made a push towards finishing it, working on only it for a few days (except for the day I found a mistake; I gave up for the day and did part of a bottle on 99). It’s worked on 6×6 inch Aida cloth canvas from Michael’s; it’s a perfect fit for a 4×4 planet, though it’s a little hard to end thread near the edges. These canvases are not the best quality; I thought the first one was a little loose because I stepped on it. This one was a little looser than the first one without that excuse.

I’m going to either do Saturn or Jupiter next (I bought both). Saturn won’t fit on one of these canvases because of the rings; it’s 5.5 x 8 inches. I think for Saturn, I’ll finish it the way I ended up finishing the peacock, which involved stapling it to a canvas (among other things).

January 2017 WIPs

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I think the project I worked on this month was Mahjong by Seba Designs (I don’t think this design is for sale anywhere right now; I bought it from her etsy shop, which is now gone). I’m using 32-count oyster linen, DMC 310 for the outlines, and DMC 4025 for the designs. Of course, the reason why it was the thing I worked on most was because I was testing colors and making mistakes. I think my biggest problem was that I didn’t realize there were two squares around the center motif, so sometimes I counted 20 stitches and sometimes I counted 22. I think it should be smoother sailing from now on. I will probably still have counting and placement issues, but the outlines at least should be easier now that I have the middle complete and correct.

Mahjong progress January 2017

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Ornaments

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Ornaments

This is Ornaments from Misty Hill Studio; it’s part of their Mid-Century Modern Christmas collection. If I’m remembering correctly, I bought it during 123stitch’s summer Christmas sale, even though it wasn’t in the sale. I used the fabric that was used in the model: Zweigart 32 Count Silver Moon Belfast Linen. I had a little trouble with the outlines (miscounting and going over three instead of two), but once I had the outlines finished, the rest was easy. I did make a few changes: I made the hangers gold instead of black, I made the tops gold with white highlights instead of the other way around (it made more sense to me and it showed up better; in the picture, you could barely see the tops), and I made the gold spots in the top of the left ornament symmetrical because it bothered me that they weren’t. I’m not entirely happy with where I put the gold spots (I think the top two are too close together), but by the time I realized I wanted to move them, I’d done a few rows of the green and was not going to go back and change them.

I had intended to do two of them for Christmas cards for my sisters, but didn’t even get one finished by Christmas; I put it off and then ended up working two (part-time, 50+ hours) jobs in December and didn’t have the time or energy to finish even one. I think I’m going to do the Aluminum Tree for another one; it’s on sale right now at 123stitch.com for $3.99 (and I ordered this to make the shipping feel worth it).

Frustration

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I can’t count and it’s very frustrating. I started Mahjong by Seba Designs (pic; it’s apparently not on etsy anymore). I know that I want it outlined in black with a variegated color for the designs inside. I did the outlines of center square and the bits around it and tested different colors inside (Artiste satin floss “Peacock Show” and DMC 4025 are what’s left). I did a little bit on the top in a completely different type of thread, but decided I didn’t like the thread and pulled it out before I got halfway through. I was working on the side, trying to decide if I wanted to go with dramatic changes or something more subtle; I reached the end of that rectangle and realized I was two stitches short in the center square (20 instead of 22). Apparently, I counted and recounted the stitches, but didn’t count the chart itself enough. I have decided I’m going to go for subtle changes and think I’m either going to use DMC 4025 or 115 (I haven’t tried 115 yet).

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