Category Archives: Cross Stitch

a little pick me up

I’m still in a funk… not getting enough crafty time on and my projects stare at me forlornly.

I am still knitting a row a day on my shawl, Orient Express. I’m on row 117. It ends at 189 but then there are borders I’ll need to learn how to do. I hoped to get this done by December. At the rate I’m going that will probably not happen. but that’s ok. The rows are long now and I find it hard to do more than a row a day.

I am still xstitching on Gamer… I am finishing up another diagonal and will be switching back to my MFE 2022 SAL. I won’t be joining the SAL next year. I plan to be more focused on my projects and make sure I’m working on something I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but I am not in love with it. I admire my friends who started and put it away when they decided they didn’t care for it. One just never knows with a mystery if one will love it.

Gamer

I finally got my Provence quilt under the Q20 needle and I should be quilting on it but I haven’t gotten it back in my schedule and my weekends have been full.

Provence – half quilted

My featherweight sisters and I have been on the lookout for a while/celery featherweight since one of us scored one several weeks ago at the Pasadena flea market. I’ve found several way above my price point. But one found it’s way home to me this past weekend.

Introducing my new to me vintage machine-

Featherweight Singer 221 in white/celery

I am so thrilled. I’m still thinking of a name.

I have several vintage machines I’ve collected over the years and I don’t think I’ve introduced them all yet. I introduced my first featherweight several years ago – a black one born in 1952 and I called her Lola which means grandma in Pilipino.

But the other 3 are more recent additions in the last 3 years. I have a treadle, a hand crank and a mid century machine. All three need to be cleaned and restored. For now I simply store them in my house as is. The hubby is none too thrilled. But I love them so 🤷🏽‍♀️.

And this came home with me as well

Vintage Spinning Wheel

I’m not a spinner. But I love vintage crafty things on display at my house. It would be great if I could use it too. I’m not yet sure if it’s usable but I’ve got quite a few spinner friends who are willing to teach me.

Hugs and here’s to another quilty week.

Stay crafty friends,

Melanie

Getting into a groove

Lately I’ve been getting into a groove.

Every day I do a row on this knitting project. I’m just about halfway through the project and it will take another 6 weeks or so to finish but a row a day will get me a finished project in a few weeks.

The Orient Express Shawl

Every day I do about 100 stitches on this cross stitch project.

Gamer – current progress

I go back and forth between Gamer and this one every week. Right now that’s enough.

Modern Folk Embroidery SAL 2022

For quilting, I’ve been working on my BOM- Plum Fusion. I love these colors. We are getting close to the end of the month and I’m about 3 pages behind, page 18, 19, and 20. Page 18 is almost done… I just have to square up these blocks to 12.5”.

these are squared up. I have a handful left to do.

I’m also trying to finish a quilt for the September meeting. It’s probably not going to happen. I am piecing a back and it’s not yet done. most of it is but it’s not done and so I can’t baste and can’t quilt. This project seems to be a weekend project and my weekends are booked solid. I try to do a little after work on the weekdays but I find I’m too tired for that kind of effort.

And I’m also working on some hand stitching. I have these ornaments that I’ve been on and off again working on since last December (2021). I’ve got all the wool blanket stitched down and now I’m playing with the embroidery and some beading. I’ve also got together with some of my hand stitched enthusiasts and are doing a sampler of sorts of embroidery stitches. I’m well behind the others. I really need to do 2-3 a day and eventually I’ll catch up but it’s the last thing on my list and I often don’t get to it.

Well that’s where I am with my crafting. Every day with a little bit of progress brings me joy.

Stay crafty friends

Melanie

Cross Stitch: Gamer Nouveau

Gamer Nouveau 5/13/2021

Last week, Gamer came up on my Tiny Decisions App. And if you remember, my goal for 2021 was to finish row 3, which after some calculation, meant I would need to do ~700 stitches per week. I can tell you that that’s not going to happen. I struggled hard at the beginning of the year to do the 700 stitches per week and after a couple of months, put it away until now.

Here’s a close up of what I’ve worked on recently:

Gamer Nouveau 5/16/21

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch: A new start – Bountiful Blossoms #2 – Cheerful

Last week, Cheerful was my xstitch project of the week.

This was a SAL (Stitch A-Long) with Off the Grid Needlework Podcast that was supposed to start last October 2020. I had planned to participate as October is my birthday month and I thought this would be my birthday 2020 start and treat. Well, last October we just moved into our home and I was just too busy to start the project. I added this to my tiny decisions app and last sunday, the app picked this project for me to work on.

Here is what it will grow up to be:

Designer: Jeannette Douglas

I’m using the called for silks and things on 32 count linen. I bought the kit from 123stitch.com.

Here is where I ended up at the end of the week:

Bountiful Blossoms #2 – Cheerful

I was able to stitch 4 days last week and I enjoyed stitching with the silk. I’m not sure if it’s worth all the money silk costs but we’ll see how it goes.

Hopefully I am able to continue stitching this week.

Stitch on my crafty friends!

Melanie

Cross Stitch: Titania, Queen of the Faeries, an update – 4/27/2021

Last week, Titania was my xstitch project of the week.

The last time I posted a picture was from 9/17/2020, here is what it looked like: 

Mirabilia Titania 9/17/2020

And here is what it looks like when I put it away last night.

Mirabilia – Titania – 4/25/2021

I only worked on it once last week and that was it.

Since my stitching mojo has been seriously lacking the last several weeks, I’ve decided to go back to switching projects every Sunday. I use the tiny decisions app to pick my project, get it all ready on Sunday so that everything is set up the rest of the week. It makes it so much easier to get going (even though it’s hardly going at all).

Hopefully I’ll stitch more than once this week. 🙂

Stitch on my crafty friends!

Melanie

Cross Stitch: Gamer Nouveau

Gamer Nouveau 1/31/21

Here’s a close up of what I’ve worked on recently:

Gamer Nouveau 1/31/21

And how it looked the last time I showed a picture of it.

Gamer Nouveau 1/6/2021

My goal for 2021 is through row 3 and I calculated the numbers, I have to do 100 stitches every day. Or, 700 stitches per week. I’m not sure if I can sustain those numbers working on one project every day but, so far, I’m on track. But I still need to finish row 2 which is where I’m at right now.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

2021 cross stitch Plans

  1. 3rd row of Gamer. I’m working on finishing the 2nd row. I calculated it and I will need to do close to 100 stitches every day to finish the 3rd row of Gamer. Or I can stitch 700 stitches per week. Either is a lot of stitches and I’m not sure I have the mental wherewithal to stitch that much on one project. I am going to make a solid attempt and we’ll see where I’m at at the end of the month. 🙂

The rest of the projects pictured below are fun projects that I rotate through. My plan is to do a diagonal at a time and then when one diagonal is complete, to use my tiny decision app to pick the next project. Because I’m working on Gamer mostly this year, I don’t foresee getting much done on these projects and that’s okay.

A Stitch in Time HAED
Shades of Rose – Northern Expressions
Autumn Owls – HAED
Mirabilia – Titania
Tsuru Kame – 25 count – HAED
Unicorn – GeckoRouge

I know I have a bunch more that I failed to take pictures of at their current state. But I’m sure they will get posted as I work on them over this year.

Have a good stitchy day!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch: A Stitch in Time, an update 12/30/2020

The last time I showed this project was back in April. I’ve made some progress.  Because of all the confetti (and all my other projects), my progress is super slow.  But here is where I am now.

A Stitch In Time Aimee Stewart Heaven and Earth Designs 25 Count, 1×1 12/30/3030

Here’s a close up of what I’ve worked on recently:

A Stitch In Time Aimee Stewart Heaven and Earth Designs 25 Count, 1×1 12/30/3030

And how it looked the last time I showed a picture of it.

A Stitch in Time
4/19/2020

I can’t believe I didn’t post more pictures. Especially when I finished the previous page. There are times where I have so much joy working on this project. and then there are times where I feel frustration. I like to finish a diagonal at a time, hoping that I only experience the joy and that I put this away before frustration sets in. Sometimes those days happen when I’m trying to finish a page and do more than I can mentally do on this project at a given time.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch Update: Tsuru Kame

Tsuru Kame
Artwork by: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs

 
Started: December 2018
 
Here’s what it looked like when I posted this last time in August, 2020.
 

Tsuru Kame
Designer: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs
8/18/2020

 
 
Here’s what it looks like now: 
 
Tsuru Kame
Designer: Haruyo Morita
Heaven and Earth Designs
12/21/2020

I’ve been doing about 100 stitches a day for the last few days on this project and I’ve been enjoying it a lot. But now the diagonal is complete and I put it away.

~Happy Stitching!

Melanie

Cross Stitch, progressing along

A Kiss for Snowman
A dimensions gold kit
9/17/2020

I finally finished the cross stitch on this Dimensions kit. It took a lot longer than I thought it would. I still have to do the back stitch so that will come around at it’s next rotation. This is not my favorite WIP to work on.  It’s a 6″ square but there are a lot of blending floss together and using 1, 2, or 4 strands at a time so it took a lot of paying attention.  I’m really happy to have gotten the cross stitch done and I hope to get the back stitch finished soon as well.

Titania
Mirabilia
9/17/2020

I worked on Titania this week and got a few stitches done before I got bored and moved on. Most of my cross stitch I stitch to finish a diagonal but this is one of those exceptions. So I don’t think I get as much done because after a couple of days I want to move on.  I may have to count stitches on this one and make it so that I get a certain amount of stitches done when it comes up on the schedule.

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020

And then I worked on Gamer and got another diagonal complete. This is my favorite project to work on. The kit is offered by GeckoRouge and the designer is Medusa Dollmaker. My goal for this year was 6 pages and I will have to check out where I was in the beginning of the year to figure out how much I got done. I would be really happy if I could finish the row this year.

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020

 

Gamer Nouveau
09/17/2020