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Cross Stitch, an update – week 3, 2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
1/10/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
01/17/2018

I had to move the scroll as it was becoming harder to stitch on the right side of the frame.  So going forward, here’s the pic that you’ll most likely see…

Mama’s Bukid
01/17/2018

I didn’t do a good job at getting the lighting right but I’ll pay more attention to that in the future.  For now, you get the idea.  I’ll try to unscroll and show you a picture of the full thing now and again because I love to look at it.  But I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to do that.  In the meantime, progress is slowly being made.  Once I get row 7 done, I’ll be halfway through this page.  And my 16 year timeframe, which was cut in half to 8 years recently maybe even shorter than that.

In addition, I still haven’t received Gamer.  I looked at my purchase order and they have a one month turn around.  I should have it early February at the latest.  Hopefully it comes sooner than that.  I may have to take out some little stitching projects to intersperse with Mama’s Bukid.  I’m enjoying Mama’s Bukid for now so I may just continue to work on it as much as possible before Gamer arrives.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

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Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

A lot of time has passed since my last update. I didn’t realize… The holidays happened and I was engrossed with enjoying the time rather than posting on the blog.  And then I got sick soon after Christmas through the New Years.  I finally started getting back into my normal crafty self on the 4th and then I had to catch up with work and other things.  Anyway, here’s my cross stitch update.

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
12/6/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
1/10/2018

Sorry for the not so great lighting but I did not have time to take it outside to get the right sunlight.  You can see the progress though.  On my Crafty Plan for Cross Stitching post, I mentioned the Gamer Nouveau cross stitch and I was able to purchase the kit a few days ago.  It’s coming from the UK so hopefully, the wait is not too long.

I’m really excited about getting this started.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

2018 Crafty Plan – Cross Stitching

If you missed the start of my 2018 crafty plan series, see my first post about my quilty plans. The second about knitting, and this is the third which continues with cross stitching.  The final post in the series will outline my rotation that I will be implementing this month.

I’ve been watching FlossTube which is basically cross stitching podcasts on YouTube.  And I’ve been exposed to the world of cross stitching as I never knew it.  If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I learned how to cross stitch from my grandma in the 90’s.  I inherited all my patterns and projects from her and they reflect her tastes from that time period.  She past away in 1999 and a couple of years ago I picked up an old pattern that I had worked on years ago and finished it.  Then I picked up the project called Farmland 2 that I renamed to Mama’s Bukid.  I’ve been working on it ever since.  I’m on page 5 of the pattern but it’s really only the second page of the 8-page project.  Since I started watching FlossTube I started buying more patterns and kits.  The ones I got were small ones that if I worked on it regularly could finish in a month or two.  As with everything, I’m not fast.  And the ones I got are seasonal and I’ve put them aside until I’m ready to work on Halloween and Christmas crafts.  Unlike other crafts I do, all I know is what my grandma taught me.  I am picking up a few tips and tricks from the flosstubers I’m watching but I don’t care if my back is a mess or if I make a mistake here or there.  Recently, I saw a YouTuber stitch this and absolutely fell in love with Gamer Nouveau.

I love it.  The only thing is that I’m afraid it will get in the way of me finishing Mama’s Bukid and I don’t want it to do that.  But I’m afraid if I do not get this kit now I may miss out and not find it 10 years from now when Mama’s Bukid is done.  So, I’m going to buy this kit and add this to a rotation I’m putting together for all my projects.  Hear about my rotation tomorrow as I finalize it.

~Happy Cross Stitching!

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
11/14/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/21/2017

 

Mama’s Bukid
11/21/2017
close up of the bottom spread

I reread my post from last week and realized that I said the wrong thing at the end. I meant to say I am hoping doing the project from bottom top to bottom instead of by thread colors will be less bunchy not more bunchy.  I am halfway through Row 3 and I’m hoping to get it finished this week.  I liked going from top to bottom even though I need to pay more attention and have better thread management.  The extra effort is worth the look of the project!

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
11/7/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/14/2017

The lighting on my more current picture is so much better.  That’s because I remembered to take the picture before it got dark! As you can see I’m making significant progress week by week.  It’s safe to say that my Cross Stitch mojo has come back with a vengeance.

Last week I was putting stitches in as I was working on a particular color.  But I found during the parts where there was a lot of intermingling (is that what they call “confetti”?)  my stitches were getting bunchy and it was not looking very nice.  So on Row 3 I will attempt to start on the top row and work my way down stitch by stitch rather than color by color.  I hope this will create a more bunchy affect.

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
10/15/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/7/2017

I’m sorry the lighting is so bad.  This was what I had available so this is what you see.

I didn’t realize when I listed my goal yesterday that I only had 2 stitches left in Row 1.  I finished that in a second and started working on the first line in Row 2.

My goal for the month is to finish Row 1 (done!) and Row 2.  So I’m working on Row 2 and we’ll see how that goes.  I’ve got 8 different threads to use in that row but the last one is a bit away from the main project.  I’ll do that one when I get to Row 3 as Row 3 connects to that part of the picture.  I can try to do the counting but that’s where errors happen so I’m happy to wait until Row 3 to minimize the risk of errors. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
9/20/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
9/27/2017

 

Now that the project is on a frame, it’s harder to show the whole piece.  So, we’ll have to make due with this for now.  When I’m done with this page, I’m going to jump to page 5 which is the part that borders the bottom of page 1.  At that point, I’ll need to unravel the whole piece to get back to the left side again.  I’ll take a picture of the whole thing then.

If you read this post, you may be wondering what happened.  I haven’t found something that is really compelling me.  I am finding a lot of cool stuff but nothing that I feel like I can finish in a month.  I am thinking of looking for my old cross stitch books and possibly starting a small piece from there.  Or, run through my old projects and see if there is a small piece I might have missed.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Please stop me from starting a new project…

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been working hard on my Bukid project –

Mama’s Bukid
9/20/2017

It’s grown slowly but surely but more so over the last few months as my motivation increased.  There was a spell late last year when I became bored of the colors and I started a new project, A Rose Fairy.  I haven’t touched it since Nov, 2016.

A Rose Fairy
11/2/2016

I’ve been watching a bunch of YouTube podcasts again and I’m being exposed to more current cross stitch patterns.  I’m loving what I’m seeing.  If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may know that I started cross stitching with my grandma in the 90’s and all my current patterns and stash are from that time in my life.  I haven’t bought anything since because I wasn’t into it as I was and when I did work on a project, I was determined to finish the patterns I’ve got.  That is changing.  All the patterns I have from that time are HUGE projects that will take me multiple years to finish.  Case in point, I’ve been working on Mama’s Bukid regularly for 2 years and I’m still on the first page! Granted I’m almost done but there are 9 pages to this project!  At this rate, it’s going to take me 16 years to finish.  That is not inspiring.  So, I’m looking for a small project that I can work on and finish within a month or two.  I’m looking for something modern and sparkly.

Okay – I started this post asking someone to please stop me from starting a new project and I’m ending it convinced I need to start a new project. ;0

I’ll start shopping now.

hugs and kisses

Melanie