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Cross Stitch, a weekly update

“Welcome” project

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Welcome Project 5/5/2016

Welcome Project
5/5/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome project Cross Stitch 5/12/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
5/12/2016

I’m almost done with the embroidery for the top border.  The pink rose is more than half way done.  I hope to get this done in the next week.

“Mama’s Bukid” … I told my mom that I’m working on this project and she is excited about it.  She cannot remember what it will look like and neither can I.  Either the project didn’t come with a picture or the picture got lost during the years.

Here’s what it looked like last week…

Mama's Bukid 5/5/2016

Mama’s Bukid
5/5/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Mama's Bukid 5/21/2016

Mama’s Bukid
5/21/2016

And here’s how the whole thing looks like so you have perspective on the size of it:

Mama's Bukid 5/12/2016

Mama’s Bukid
5/12/2016

I should have measured it but I didn’t.  Maybe I’ll remember to do it sometime this week.  I’m working on the second row of the first page. 🙂

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

 

“Welcome” project

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Welcome Project Cross Stitch 4/28/2016

Welcome Project
Cross Stitch
4/28/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome Project 5/5/2016

Welcome Project
5/5/2016

I’m almost done with the embroidery for the top border.  I just got started on the pink rose on the right corner.

“Farmland 2” … I think I’m renaming this Mama’s Bukid (pronounced boo-kid).  It means countryside or farm in Tagalog.  And since this is the project she’s been patiently waiting for me to do, I think renaming it is appropriate.

Here’s what it looked like last week…

Farmland 4/28/2016

Farmland
4/28/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Mama's Bukid 5/5/2016

Mama’s Bukid
5/5/2016

I’m 1 small cross stitch away from completing the first row.  That should be pretty easy to complete this week and my next goal is to continue working on the second row.  This project is 8 pages long so this is a long term project I will be working on for the next few years.

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

I wanted to show how I organize my cross stitch stuff.  Everything I have for cross stitch fits into these boxes:

Cross Stitch boxes 4/28/2016

Cross Stitch boxes
4/28/2016

The left box contain my projects and the patterns are held here.  The right box contain the floss.  4/28/2016

The left box contain my projects and the patterns are held here. The right box contain the floss.
4/28/2016

My thread is organized in these bags labeled with the floss number in order.  4/28/2016

My thread is organized in these bags labeled with the floss number in order.  They’re hooked together. I still need to get more little bags because I have floss in the big box that I still need to put in floss bags. 
4/28/2016

“Welcome” project

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Welcome project Cross Stitch 4/21/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
4/21/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome Project Cross Stitch 4/28/2016

Welcome Project
Cross Stitch
4/28/2016

I got all the inner outline done and I’m working on the embroidery for the top border.

 

“Farmland 2”

Here’s what it looked like last week…

 

Farmland Cross Stitch 4/21/2016

Farmland
Cross Stitch
4/21/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Farmland 4/28/2016

Farmland
4/28/2016

I’m working on the first page on the first row.  I would like to get this first row done in the next week or two.

 

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

Here’s what it looked like last week:

 

Welcome Project 4/14/2016

Welcome Project
4/14/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome project Cross Stitch 4/21/2016

Welcome project
Cross Stitch
4/21/2016

Now that I’m working on the embroidery part it’s harder to see the difference from one week to the next.  I was able to get the outline of the project done and worked a bit on the detail in the middle top border.  Next step is to get the outline of the inner part of the border.

In the meantime, I pulled out Farmland to start working on the cross stitch part.  Here’s how it looked like when I pulled it out:

Farmland Cross Stitch 4/21/2016

Farmland
Cross Stitch
4/21/2016

I cannot remember when I started working on this.  To prepare, I cleaned my cross stitch boxes, sorted through all the thread and organized them.  I have all my thread sorted in these labeled bags.  I didn’t have enough bags so half of them are in  bags and the other half are wrapped around floss cards.  During my long hiatus from cross stitching, the girl was really into friendship bracelets and she went through the floss and pulled colors willy nilly.  She wasn’t always very good about putting things back in an organized fashion.  At the time, I wasn’t sure I was going to get back into cross stitching so I was just happy that the floss was being used.  I figured if I found I needed to get more of something, they were easy to find and inexpensive. Anyway, it’s organized again and I’m so excited to finally be playing with this project.

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

Here’s what it looked like last week:

4/7/2016

4/7/2016

 

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome Project 4/14/2016

Welcome Project
4/14/2016

If it looks done it’s because all the cross stitch part IS done!  YAYAYAYAYA… Next step is all the detailed embroidery.  I’m going to work on outlining the outside first.

Here’s a close up of the bottom right side that I was finishing up…

Welcome Project Cross Stitch 4/14/2016

Welcome Project
Cross Stitch
4/14/2016

Remember how last week I loved putting the project on the quilt hoop I’ve got.  I don’t love it so much anymore.  After a week of working with it, I realized that I couldn’t keep the back very neat so I the back part of that area is a thread’s nest and not very pretty.  I don’t think I’ll be using it again because of this.  It will probably just be better to take it off the hoop at this point.

~Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

Here’s what it looked like last week:

 

Welcome Project 3/31/2016

Welcome Project
3/31/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

4/7/2016

4/7/2016

I did something different.  Remember that hoop I loved?  I loved it so much I bought a second one so I can keep one with my cross stitch project and the second one with my embroidery project.  Well, just in case you don’t remember, here’s a pic:

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It works great with my cross stitch when the project is not almost done. I still love it.  But, the Welcome project is almost done.  I was having difficulty putting the hoop on where I needed to do the detailed work.  I know a lot of people don’t use a hoop.  And for a long time I didn’t use one either.  I was too lazy to put it on and it didn’t matter to me in those days.  The stitches looked the same to me whether I used a hoop or not.  But when I started cross stitching again, I enjoyed the look of my stitches when I would use a hoop.  And that’s why I use a hoop now.  In the past few weeks, I struggled to put the hoop on and week to week it was getting harder and harder to do.  Until today, I couldn’t do it.  The dang thing wouldn’t stay on.  It kept popping off.  Now if I had a wooden one I probably wouldn’t have that problem.  And I know I’ve got a wooden one around here somewhere.  But, I had my big quilt hoop in an easy spot right in front of me and I didn’t need to dig around looking for it.  So I used it.  And I LOVED it!

cross stitching with my hand quilting hoop

cross stitching with my hand quilting hoop

I really liked the space underneath that allowed me to easily move my hand from the top to the bottom without having to fuss with the project.

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I also liked leaning the hoop on my table so I wouldn’t have to bend over the project.

4/7/2016

4/7/2016

The only negative thing… I didn’t want to go through the trouble of removing it from the hoop to take a full picture for you guys to see the project as it looks right now. 🙂

~Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

 

I’m getting further along and in a few weeks or so, I should be all done with the cross stitch and working solely on the detailed embroidery.  I may be able to start on my next project!

 

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Cross Stitch Welcome Project 3/17/2016

Cross Stitch
Welcome Project
3/17/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

 

Welcome Cross Stitch Project 3/24/2016

Welcome
Cross Stitch Project
3/24/2016

~Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

st patricks day

I’m not Irish, I’m Pilipino but every year around this time, my mom makes her St. Patrick’s Day meal.  Basically, Corned Beef and Cabbage.  But she called it St. Patrick’s Day Meal.  So since I’m now an adult with my own family and kids, I do the same thing.  This year, the hubby jumped the gun and bought the corned beef brisket as soon as he saw it at the stores about 3 weeks ago. So we had our St. Patrick’s Meal 3 weeks ago.  Now when I mentioned that he needs to go get the ingredients again for St. Patrick’s Day he said he didn’t feel like he wanted it anymore.  Once a year was fine for him.  Well I got huffy and said that if that’s the case, don’t buy the brisket until St. Patrick’s Day.  He laughed and said he’ll go buy the brisket.  lol.  Traditions are funny.

Virginia T. Reyes

Virginia T. Reyes

The thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that my grandma passed away March 17, 1999 at the young age of 70.  While I have fond memories of her sewing and spending time with her as a kid, we didn’t have a nice, cozy, grandmotherly relationship.  She was a negative person and yelled at us kids all the time.  She was judgemental and interfered when she shouldn’t have.  Of course, we all knew she loved us but each family could only take her for so much time before she would get into an argument with someone and move to the next family.  It’s really sad and she had a lot of heartache in her life that shaped her to be this way.  I understand it now as an adult but didn’t understand it at all as a kid.  Luckily she had 5 kids in the bay area.  So, she rotated her visits through their homes until her house was finished in the Philippines and she went to stay there permanently.  The summer before she passed away I was lucky to spend 6 weeks in the Philippines.  Half of the time I was with her and the other half I was with my other grandmother (My dad’s mother who I called Lola).  While my Lola lived until her 90’s this was also the last time I spent a significant amount of time with her as well.  And it wasn’t much of a visit since by this time she was going through dementia/alzheimer’s.  I don’t really know and I never really knew if she knew who I was because she kept confusing me with my sister.  Anyway, the last time my grandma visited us in the states she introduced me to cross stitching.  When I was in the Philippines, they had cross stitching stores and she took me to load up on projects.  I bought patterns and all the materials to make the patterns at under $10 for each project.  These projects were huge.  So the price was really cheap.  Since I was finishing up college and poor, my grandma bought them all for me.  We would spend hours in her foyer where the light was best cross stitching in front of the TV. I cherish these moments that I got to spend with her while I was more adult and less child.  I got to know her much better and have more positive experiences with her than those experiences I had as a child.  She told me many stories about our family’s history.  I didn’t realize how I may be the only one of the grandchildren who know these stories until I was telling one of my cousins some of them.  They were surprised that I knew so much and in writing this makes me think I should share the stories I was told.  Some were very funny and some were very sad.  I will share them one day. Anyway, since today is her death anniversary and my mom and the rest of the family is honoring her memory and praying for her up in the bay area, I am honoring and praying for her in LA today.

On to the Thursday update of my Cross Stitch project… This was one of the projects I got with my grandma in 1998.

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Welcome Cross Stitch Project 3/10/2016

Welcome
Cross Stitch
Project
3/10/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Cross Stitch Welcome Project 3/17/2016

Cross Stitch
Welcome Project
3/17/2016

I ran out of the thread to outline the letters so I have to go to JoAnns to get it.  I hate to go to that shop when all I need is one DMC floss for 25 cents (somewhere around there).  I hope I restrain myself from buying something else just so that I can use a coupon or something. 🙂

 

~Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Cross Stitch, My weekly update

Here’s what it looked like last time the picture came through:

 

"Welcome" Cross Stitch Project 2/27/16

“Welcome”
Cross Stitch Project
2/27/16

Here’s what it looks like now..

Welcome  Cross Stitch Project 3/10/2016

Welcome
Cross Stitch
Project
3/10/2016

I’m working on outlining the letters and cross stitching the right side of the border.

 

~Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.