Posts Tagged With: Story Time

Back Again

So life has gotten complicated lately. Some big changes are on the horizon, but I’ll push through it. I’m still stitching; it’s my happy place. Here’s the run down of my progress since my last post in March.

I took a break from my larger projects to do some cat-themed smalls:

Stoneware Cat by Priscilla's Pocket, released at Nashville.

Stoneware Cat by Priscilla’s Pocket, released at Nashville.

My Cat, a freebie from Giulia Punti Anitichi. The button was on sale at Nashville.

My Cat, a freebie from Giulia Punti Anitichi. The button was on sale at Nashville.

Now how about some in progress shots.

From Sea to Shining Sea, floss pack from Classic Colorworks and design by Little House Needleworks. I still need to do the border, and then this one will be finished!

From Sea to Shining Sea, floss pack from Classic Colorworks and design by Little House Needleworks. I still need to do the border, and then this one will be finished!

Not the best picture, but I've finished five months of the Story Time Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin. Alice in Wonderland, Secret Garden, Sherlock Holmes, Wizard of Oz, and Charlotte's Web.

Not the best picture, but I’ve finished five months of the Story Time Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin. Alice in Wonderland, Secret Garden, Sherlock Holmes, Wizard of Oz, and Charlotte’s Web.

Serenity Harbor from By the Bay. I still need to fill in most of the water for part 5; I doubt I'll finish before part 6 comes out in June.

Serenity Harbor from By the Bay. I still need to fill in most of the water for part 5; I doubt I’ll finish before part 6 comes out in June.

Furry Friends from Country Cottage Needleworks. This is a pretty personal project, so everything else is on hold until I finish. More to follow.

Furry Friends from Country Cottage Needleworks. This is a pretty personal project, so everything else is on hold until I finish. More to follow.

I’m trying to work through some of the smaller projects in my stash, which means I’m probably going to fall behind on Serenity Harbor and probably won’t be able to catch up (the stitching is very dense all the way down to the bottom from here on out). That’s okay. I may have just bought more stash, so I need to clear out some space. Oops.

The last few weeks of stitching were brought to you by Lost. Finished the last episode last night. I’m not entirely sure what happened for, like, any of it, but it was fun nonetheless. I haven’t decided what to watch next, so in the meantime I’ve got Breaking Bad playing in the background (again) until the next season of Orange is the New Black hits Netflix next month. If you have any suggestions, leave ’em in the comments.

You may notice I changed the title. There isn’t really a story there; the old one just wasn’t fitting anymore. We’ll try this one on for a bit.

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March WIPocalypse

It’s been a few weeks, hasn’t it? (Insert random excuse here.)

I actually managed to do some stitching this month. The last week was a little rough (I pulled emptied a project bag on the table every night, but most nights I just put everything away again without a single stitch), but all in all I did okay.

Out of season? Oh yes.

Out of season? Oh yes.

I pulled the bonus pattern from Something Wicked out of my stash and finished it off. I started this back in the fall. Am I late, or am I early? I have yet to actually finished Something Wicked itself, but this was a step in the right direction. It’s a teeny bit slanted. Best I can tell, the tension was off. This fabric felt much looser than I’m used to, and since I don’t use a hoop or frame, fabric tends to just do whatever it wants. Fabric is from Weeks.

Not to brag, but this is the first snow I've seen all year. *hides behind a chair*

Not to brag, but this is the first snow I’ve seen all year. *hides behind a chair*

I started working on From Sea to Shining Sea by Little House Needleworks. This is a series of six thread packs from Classic Colorworks. This is the finished center, called Mountains. Can I call it finished? The full piece sure isn’t, but that individual pattern is. Fabric is Ancient (I think) by Picture This Plus, and the floss is hand dyed silk.

You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.

You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.

Once I finished the mountains, I took a break from the LHN piece because the new Story Time Sampler block was released. I give you Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Here are the first three months.

Here are the first three months.

Wait. Sherlock Holmes? That’s a perfect segue into the following kitten pictures! It’s like it was meant to be!

Sherlock Holmes the cat knows from the threads of this blanket that the thief arrived in town Tuesday afternoon by train, and his shoes are Adidas.

Sherlock Holmes the cat knows from the threads of this blanket that the thief arrived in town Tuesday afternoon by train, and his shoes are Adidas.

Why yes, Morty is in fact short for Moriarty. He looks all sweet and innocent in real life, but in almost every picture he looks evil and scheming. Coincidence? Not a chance.

Why yes, Morty is in fact short for Moriarty. He looks all sweet and innocent in real life, but in almost every picture he looks evil and scheming. Coincidence? Not a chance.

Ha! Almost forgot the WIPocalypse question. If money – and time – were not limiters, what projects would be on your stitching bucket list?

I can’t think of any specific patterns, but I would stitch everything in silk and mount everything on Lone Elm Lane boxes. And then I would stitch the entire Little House Needleworks library.

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A Little of This, a Little of That

I left my last post on something of a sour note, didn’t I? Let’s look at some pretty pictures to distract us.

I haven't actually read The Secret Garden, so I don't have any witty remarks for this one.

I haven’t actually read The Secret Garden, so I don’t have any witty remarks for this one.

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The Time Has Come, the Walrus Said…

…to start the new Frosted Pumpkin SAL. Here’s Alice, the White Rabbit, and the ever creepy Cheshire Cat!

I added the teeth to the Cat. I made the mistake of doing a google image search for the Cheshire Cat, and such things can never be unseen. Holy crap is that thing creepy.

I added the teeth to the Cat. I made the mistake of doing a google image search for the Cheshire Cat, and such things can never be unseen. Holy crap is that thing creepy.

I like this one. This was a quick and easy stitch. I think the frames will be a little quicker than the Once Upon a Time border, and the blocks are about half the size. Fabric is Belfast linen in Storm by PTP, and floss is Weeks and Cosmo. The fabric doesn’t seem quite this dark in real life, but it’s a little tough to photograph right.

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Just Kitting

Mail call! I got lots of fun goodies in the mail yesterday, including my materials for the upcoming Story Time Sampler SAL from Frosted Pumpkin. The first part of the pattern comes out January 15th, so there’s still plenty of time to join in. I got my materials as a kit from The Cottage Needle. Since I have all this new fun stuff that I have to sort through, I figured I’d do a post on kitting. Now, I’m cheating a little since the shop gathered everything up already, whereas I usually pick and choose my materials individually, so we’re going to skip that part.

So here we go. Here’s my floss. It’s a mix of Cosmo and Weeks. Cosmo is my not-overdyed floss of choice. It’s pricier than DMC, but the quality is so much better. It’s much easier to work with. I don’t get knots, and the ends don’t fray. It’s a little hard to find, and I think it turns up more in quilt shops than needlework shops. My floss looks nice and neat for the moment, but once I start stitching there are going to be loose bits and unkempt skeins all over the place. Let’s preemptively rein that in.

Agh so much pretty!

Agh so much pretty!

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