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).
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 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.