Monday, May 29, 2017

Moving forward slowly

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - May 17
Here it is another week and I can actually say that I made a bit of progress on a couple of pieces which is better than I originally thought that I was going to be able to do.

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - this piece did get one evening worth of stitching done on it and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make.  I have finished the first butterfly and have changed colour, which is hard to see in this picture.  I have started on the first border and so far I am liking this pattern.  I am going to have to figure out how I am going to be stitching this piece as it is a diagonal pattern for reach of the colours.  I am thinking that I might be starting to work along the bottom of the piece so that I can be moving the fabric up as I finish sections of the pattern and not just moving it to work on a specific colour.
Twisted Rainbow Sampler - May 23

I am going to see if I can get an evening to work on this piece again this week because it is nice when I can see some results and haven't spent lots of time working on the piece.  The fabric that I am using is an overdyed grey and hopefully it will start to show up in the picture a little better once I have more of the pattern stitched.

Joyful World - June - here is a piece that I was really wanted to get finished before the month of June was on the calendar.  I have been working on this design a bit at a time but have to admit that June seemed to take me forever to stitch.
Joyful World - June - May 22

I am not sure what the reason for the slow progress on this piece but I am happy now to be able to say that I got June finished last night so now I can start working on July soon and hopefully get it finished as well before the calendar says July.

Joyful World - June - May 28
I am thinking that the piece took so long to finish or at least seemed to take a long time because I put it down in April and it wasn't until late May before I picked it up again.  I have decided that when it comes to the smaller designs I am going to try and get them done a little quicker because then I don't hit the point of wondering when they are going to be finished.

Tiger Lily - May 4
Tiger Lily - now this is a piece that I haven't been spending much time on at all.  I started it in August of last year and it got some good attention early on and then it ended up sitting without much progress.

I am not sure how much more progress I am going to be getting on this piece right now as I have a couple of other projects that are calling me to work on.  I am thinking that this is a project that will get bits of work done when I am in the mood to work on it.  I am going to be keeping it in my current projects because I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Tiger Lily - May 27


Other projects - now besides trying to spend some time on my cross-stitching I have had another project that has been taking some of my time over the last week.  The project that I started and hope to have finished this week is making curtains for the apartment.  We have vertical blinds in all the windows but I wanted to have a change so we found some fabric that we both liked and I have been making curtains for all the windows over the last week.  I am now on the home stretch with only 3 more curtains to make. I did cheat on one section of curtains and bought some lace curtains and they needed to be shortened.  The home stretch seemed a long way off a while ago when I realized that there were 18 sections of curtains that needed to be made, not counting the lace curtains. Having rooms with wide windows means we have had to put up four panels for each of the 10 foot windows. 

This has been a project that I have been enjoying doing because it will change the appearance of all the rooms. I hope to have the remaining curtains finished within the next couple of days and then I will be able to see them all up and covering the windows.


Well it is now time for me to get some work done so that I can focus on getting some time for myself this evening.  I hope to be able to find a bit of time to stitch this evening but that is going to wait until the other three curtains have been made.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Bit of Progress

Quotes to Live By - May 13
Here it is another week and I am happy to say that I have been able to get a bit of stitching done.

Quotes to Live By - May 22
Quotes to Live By - this is the first project that got the attention as I figured I could get this piece finished before the end of the month.  Sure, it is just one quote that I am working on each month but this one did take a bit of time because of filling in all the background.  This quote is now finished so it is now time to wait for the new one to be released which will be June 1st.

Now that Quotes to Live By is finished for this month it is now time to work on some other projects for the rest of the month and see what I can get done.


Twisted Rainbow Sampler - May 17
Twisted Rainbow Sampler - now this is a new start that happened this week. I found this design after seeing another design by the same designer.  Of course, as this one is butterflies it was something that I was going to have to work on so I picked up the pattern as part of my birthday purchases.

Twisted Rainbow Sampler does use a lot of colours that I would normally not use but I am really looking forward to seeing this piece finished.  I am looking forward to being able to work on this piece over the next while and see how much of it I can get finished.  I am thinking that I am going to try and work on this design one evening a week to see how much I can get done. 

Joyful World - June - April 20th
Joyful World - June - Here is a piece that hasn't got any attention for almost a month so it was time to get back to working on it.  I am now going to try and get this piece also finished before the end of May so that I will remain ahead on this design.  I figure that now that Quotes to Live By is finished for this month that I will work on Joyful World to at least get June done.  I know that being able to get a second project finished would be great this month.
Joyful World - June - May 22

Joyful World normally doesn't take me too long to get a month design done so now to see if I can just finish this one up this month.  I had always been over a month ahead on Joyful World until I started June.  I am not sure what really happened but this piece seemed to slow me down so now to get back to stitching it.


I am now working on getting the apartment back to being organized after the window replacement and that project continues.  We have done a lot of work cleaning up so now it is just to find the new places to put the different things. 

I now need to get some work done and then I think this evening I am going to try and sit and do some stitching and see what gets the attention.  Hopefully Joyful World will get enough attention this week to get the June section done.  Time will tell what I feel like working on but until then I won't worry about it and see what happens this evening.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Very litte progress and the reason why

Quotes to Live By - May 4th
Here it is Monday morning and I can honestly say that the progress on my stitching over the last week has been minimal but there is a very good reason for that and I will show you what has stopped by stitching.

Quotes to Live By -- this was the project that got all my stitching attention this week and you can see I didn't have a lot of time.  I am now working on the background of the design and the back stitch so I hope to have this one done very soon.  
Quotes to Live By - May 13th

It isn't taking me very long to actually get the background done so I hope to be able to get this done during this week and then maybe get working on some of my other projects over the weekend.

This coming weekend is a long weekend here in Ontario and I have to say that I am really looking forward to it.  I hope to be able to spend some time stitching and hopefully make some good progress on a couple of the patterns that I have on the go.

Other stitching news -- last weekend I was talking with an artist about some of her designs so you may be seeing a few more original patterns being stitched in the near future from me.  I am looking forward to seeing how that goes.

Schlock with Dice
I didn't mention something that happened last weekend while we were at a convention so figured I would write about it here. Schlock with Dice, is a piece that I stitched based on a pin by Howard Tayler.  I stitched this and loved how it turned out so I always wanted him to see the piece but didn't know how I would ever get it to him other than just putting it into a parcel and mailing it to him but that required me knowing where to send it. A week ago we were at a science fiction convention and Brandon Sanderson (author) was there and he knows Howard Tayler as they do a podcast together. I decided that I had nothing to lose so I asked Brandon if I could show him something based on Howard Tayler's art.  Brandon agreed to spend a couple of minutes and after showing him the piece, I gave the piece to Brandon and he is now going to be showing it to Howard.  I have to admit that there was a lot of excitement after this because it means at least Howard is going to be able to see the piece I stitched.

The reason for not stitching much -- As I have been saying my cross-stitch time has been really limited over the last couple of weeks and now I can show you the reason for that.

Old windows
new windows
I haven't been able to do a lot of stitching over the last couple of weeks as we have been preparing to get new windows and balcony doors in the entire apartment. Sure it doesn't sound too bad at the beginning when you think that finally the windows shouldn't let a lot of cold air in and the screen on the balcony door will get fixed. 

The work that is involved to prepare your apartment for getting the windows is a lot of work.  A lot of the instructions you get (4 days) before they replace your windows are common sense.  We have been working on getting ready for this window replacement for a while as the overall project has been going on in the entire building for over a year now.  So we finally heard that our windows were going to be replaced on the 12th of May (weather permitting).   Over the last couple of weeks we have moved a lot of the furniture around in the unit as we needed to ensure that everything was between 3 - 4 feet from all the windows and balcony doors.  Thursday of last week involved putting drop sheets over everything to help prevent the dust from going everywhere.  Another reason for the drop sheets was to prevent things from blowing around as they take all the windows out at once and then put all the new windows in. 

The end result is some really nice windows but of course now we need to put all the furniture back where it was.  We are going to be taking our time doing that because we are also going to continue to clean up and organize things.

So while getting our unit back to what we want I am also going to try and get bits of stitching done some evenings.  I now have some work that I need to do for clients before I can do any of the organizing so I better get that done.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Very little progress this week

Quotes to Live By - May 4th
Here it is the first week on the month and yes Quotes to Live By came out and I quickly purchased the pattern so that I could see how quickly that I could get the piece stitched.  Well, as you can see I haven't been able to get a lot of time to stitch this past week so didn't get a lot done.

I am going to try and work on Quotes to Live By this week as I would like to see a bit more progress on it but will have to see how things go. 

Tiger Lily - Now this is a project that I started last year and it got put aside for a while because I wanted to do all those other projects.  I decided that it is a project that I can work on a little bit at a time and have now put it into the bag where all my currently being worked on projects are.  Sure it doesn't get a lot of attention but even an hour or two ever couple of weeks is more than it has been getting.
Tiger Lily - April 14th
Tiger Lily - May 4th

I decided that I am now going to work down on the left hand side of the pattern to see if I can get it all joined.  I am not sure how long this is going to take me but at least I am slowly starting to make some progress on this design.


This week I hope to have one evening where I am going to be able to focus on some stitching as I haven't been able to do that for a while.  I also have a lot of other things that are going to be needing my attention this week so I know that I might not get a lot of stitching done again this week.  I think once this week is over that I should be able to get back to seeing some good progress on a few projects.

Over the weekend we were at a science fiction convention and it was the one that I had participated in the Art Show over the last couple of years.  Well, given everything (time, energy, interest) I didn't participate in the Art Show this year. I didn't think it was something that was important to do and then I find out that people were looking for my artwork.  It did make me feel good that people like what I do so now I am going to start thinking of what projects that I can do for next year.  I also think I am going to try for some smaller pieces to see if that helps me sell some of them.

The planning for the Art Show will have to wait for just a little while until I have the time and energy to do it but at least I have just over a year to get ready for the show and I won't be making the decision to participate at the last minute next year.

Well it is now time to get some work done that needs my attention as this is going to be a very busy week for us. I hope to get a little bit of time to stitch but will have to see how it goes.

Monday, May 1, 2017

A week with some progress

Stitch - April 23
This week I didn't get as much stitching done as I wanted but at least I have been able to get a bit of progress on a couple of projects and that made me happy.

Stitch - Now this is a project that I figured wouldn't take me too long to finish and I was right about it.  The challenge with this piece was stitching it on black evenweave instead of a different colour piece of fabric.
Stitch - April 29

By Saturday I only needed to stitch the two T's and put the charms on so I turned on a hockey game and sat and finished up the piece.  Being able to work on it during the day light was good because it actually made it a little easier to see the holes in the fabric.

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - March 31
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - I finally got the focus back so that I could work on this piece and actually make a bit of progress on the February section of the pattern.  I was hoping to get more of this piece done in April but I just couldn't seem to find the time where I could spend sitting and focusing on this piece so it didn't get the amount of work done as I would have liked.
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - April 20
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - April 30

Over the month I know that I finished the January section of the piece and that was on the 12th and I figured that I would be able to get the February section done without a problem but it was amazing how much time each of those small motifs took to do. I finally finished the top part of February on Saturday of this week so now to see if I can make some faster progress on the other part of February. I have already seen that the second part of February seems to be going a little faster but will have to see how long it takes me to actually finish this part of the design.

Now as it is the beginning of the month, they have released the May part of this design as well so that means that I am really behind so I am going to continue to try and get caught up over the next little while.

Joyful World - June  - now this piece didn't see any stitching this week.  I am not sure why I didn't get this one finished in April but it does mean that I should get a finish early in May.
Joyful World - April 20
Quotes to Live By - I finished the fourth quote for this design in early April and have been waiting for the May quote to be posted.  I am really looking forward to working on this piece again so will see when I get the pattern and when I actually start working on it.


I don't think I will be getting a lot of stitching in during the first couple of weeks of May but I am going to see how it really goes.  If I can find a couple of evenings a week where I can spend a couple of hours I will be happy because it should then help me see some good progress on a at least one of the projects that I have on the go.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Slow progress this week

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - April 13
This past week was a slower stitch week and this coming week looks like it might be the same but will see how things go.

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long -- this piece got a bit of attention and I am slowly making some progress on the first section of February.  I am not sure how long this piece is going to take me to get caught up but at least I was able to make a little bit of progress on it.
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - April 20

This week I hope to be able to continue with the stitching and maybe even get the first section of February finished.  I am thinking that being able to at least get that done would be really nice before the end of the month but will have to see how things go.
Joyful World - June - April 16

Joyful World - June -- now this project didn't get much attention either this week so there isn't a lot of progress on it.  I am thinking that if I can spend a couple of evenings working on this piece that I might even get it finished before the end of the month.  Again only time will tell how things go.
Joyful World - June - April 20

When I look at the piece I am seeing that I am getting through it but not as quickly as I had hoped so now to see if I can get the bear and tree finished up this week. Last week I got the bear outlined so that means that when I have a bit of  time I can fill in the bear and then finish up the rest of the design.

Stitch -- after working on projects that haven't been moving along too quickly I found a project that shouldn't take too long to finish. I was sorting some of my craft projects and came across this pattern and decided that it needed to be done quickly.  Of course, the colour thread it called for had been purchased but after thinking about it I decided that I wanted this design to be a little different.  I decided to use some overdyed threads in shades of pink/rose and stitch it on black.  The original pattern was with beige/grey on white so yes a big difference.
Stitch - April 23

I had never stitched on black even-weave or even Aida until this week so it was a bit of an experience working on it.   This piece is on 28 count evenweave over two threads so it took a bit of practice to feel comfortable working on it.  I did find that having good light really did make a difference and once I got into a rhythm it was ok to work on. I have one area to finish outlining and then the letters for "STITCH" and add the charms.  I hope to be able to get this piece done as well this week.


So now it is time to get the work done and then see if I can find some time in the evenings to get these projects moved forward.  It would be nice to see that I have a couple more things finished before the end of this month.  I am not sure how much time I am going to have to stitch this week but I know that I will be enjoying the time that I can grab.

Monday, April 17, 2017

More progress and a small finish

Linen and Threads - Apr 9th
This week  my goal was to try and focus on moving two projects ahead a bit so that I could see some results and that is what I did.

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long -- this was the first project that got the attention as I was determined to make some progress on the January section of the design.  I should say I wanted to finish the January section so that I could at least start moving forward on the project.

Linen and Threads - April 12 - first section finished
The week started out with some really slow progress and I didn't feel like I was going to be getting anywhere on it.  Finally on Wednesday I was able to sit and focus on the section and later Wednesday evening I was able to say that I had finished the January section of the project so now onto February and see how long that takes to get completed.  I know it is a small section so I hope that I can get it finished up before the end of the month but will see how things go.

Linen and Threads - April 13th
The February section is two smaller sections so will see how they go.  I got a start on them on Thursday so at least I can see that the first section is moving a little faster than January did or at least I think it is moving faster.


Joyful World - June - April 8th
Joyful World - June - April 16th
 Joyful World - June -- The next project that got a little bit of attention was Joyful World - June as I wanted to see if I could at least get a little bit of the design stitched this week.  I got a few stitches done but not as much as I would have liked but at least it got moved forward so I will see how much attention it gets this coming week.


Tiger Lily - August 24, 2016
Tiger Lily -- This is a project that I haven't worked on since August of last year so I decided that I was going to try and see if I could at least make a little bit of progress on it.  This project is a full coverage piece so I also wanted to try a different method of stitching to see if it worked any faster.

Tiger Lily - April 14th
To try out this new method I decided to start at the top left of the design and see if I could do it.  The idea of this method is to work in basically blocks of 10 x 10 and stitch each of the colours in that block and put it into the next area you are going to stitch but not stitch the next area. For a stitcher this sounds like a pretty simple idea but I have to admit that this is a new way of stitching for me so I think it is going to take some time.  I started off remembering to stop at the end of the first block and then the way I have stitched for years came back and I continued stitching using the same colour until the thread was done.

As you can see in the picture I did remember to stop with a couple of the threads so will see how this goes when I try and stitch on this design again later this coming week. I think if I can try this method a couple more times I will either figure out that I really like doing it or I am going to find a method that is a combination of my old method and this new method that will work for me.


I have been enjoying the stitching that I have been able to accomplish over this last few months and look forward to seeing how much more stitching I can do moving forward.  Evenings are my time where I can stitch if I am not working and it really does help me relax and stitch my mind back together for the next day.

I hope to have some more progress on a couple of projects by the end of next week but that also means that I have to ensure that I get the work done so that I have the evenings to relax and stitch.




Monday, April 10, 2017

One Stitch A Long caught up and other stitching

Quotes to Live By - April 2nd
It has been a goal for me to see if I could keep at least one of the stitch a longs caught up and not have to think about it right up until the last day of the month.

Quotes to Live By - Last week I wrote about how much I have been enjoying working on Quotes to Live By and once again this week I put the energy in on this piece so that I could see if I could get the actual quote finished within the first week of it being released.  The good news is with some work and having to run out and pick up some more of the background floss I was able to get it finished on Friday evening.
Quotes to Live By - April 7

The April quote is now finished and I will be waiting until May 1st when the next quote is released.  I am happy having it done but it means that this piece won't be worked on until May 1st and considering how much I have been enjoying it I am a little sad.

It is nice knowing that I have been able to get one of the projects caught up because it now means that some of the other projects are going to be getting a little bit more attention over the rest of this month.

Mystery Stitch A Long - March 31
Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - This is the project that I decided that I am going to try and move forward some as well this month. This is another stitch a long and I am really behind on this one as it also started on January 1st and I haven't even finished the section for January yet.

Mystery Stitch A Long - April 9
Joyful World - June - April 8
With the Mystery Stitch A Long I decided that I was going to try and focus on getting the January section done and then I will decide how I will approach February and March.  I have all the outline done for the two months so now it just means filling in the bands that both of the months have.  Both months have two bands of stitching so that means that there is quite a bit of actually stitching to do after I have finished the January section.  I was able to spend a bit of time stitching yesterday and I have seen a bit of a change in the piece already and that does make me happy.


 Joyful World - June - I actually was able to get the border on the next month done this week and it is another project that will be getting a bit of attention.  I hope to be able to get this piece done quickly as each of these don't normally take me too long to complete. Seeing that I will be half way through this project is also making me happy and I may work on getting this moved forward as well this month but it will depend on how things go with the other project.


I have been loving the projects that I have been working on and as I start to get them caught up I might be able to add a couple of the other projects that I have on the go back into the projects I work on each month. I also figure that if I can get these projects caught up especially Linen and Threads I will be able to work on a couple of things that have been sitting without a lot of attention lately. This month I am going to continue to work on getting this caught up and then I will see which projects can get moved from the currently on hold bag into the currently being worked on bag.  I know that I am not going to have a lot of a chance to get things caught up this month but at least i am going to work on making a bit of a dent in the projects that I am currently focusing on and then will see how things go after this.

It is a short work week this week so that means I have a lot of things that need my attention so now it is time to get working on all of them and see how that goes.  I hope to have some stitching time in the evenings this week.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Good Stitching Week

 I decided that I would take some pictures of where some of the pieces are at as of March 31st and also to show how large some of the pieces are that I am working on.

Quotes to Live By - Feb 26th

Quotes to Live By - March 25th
Quotes to Live By - now this is the project that has seen a lot of my attention since the beginning of March.  I was really trying to get the three quotes stitched before the end of March so that I was caught up on this project.  I had been able to start the final quote before this week and am happy that I did that.  Once I was able to finish the quote I still had some of the border to complete before I could say that I had actually caught up with all the stitching on this piece.

Quotes to Live By - March 31st - full piece
With some determination this week I was able to get the quote finished as well as the border so I have been able to get this piece fully caught up. I was able to give myself a couple of days of not having to try and work on this piece as everything was finally caught up and that was until this weekend.

Quotes to Live By - April 2
The new quote for Quotes to Live by was released on April 1st and of course I had to make sure that I had the new pattern so that I could start it quickly. The pattern was quickly purchased on Saturday morning so that I could figure out where it was going to be done and then it was time to figure out when I was going to have a little bit of time to actually sit and start working on it. I was able to get the border of the design done and started on the working so now to see how long it will take to get this quote done so that I can be waiting for the May quote to be released.

Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - Feb 28
Linen and Threads  - While I was waiting for Quotes to Live By to be released I was able to make a bit more progress on the Linen and Threads Stitch Along.  I am still working on the January section of the design so yes I am really behind on this project but now that Quotes to caught up I am hoping to be able to spend some time working on this piece throughout April.
Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - March 10th
This project is nice to work on when I want to work on just one colour but as there are a lot of stitches in each section the progress that I made isn't seen very quickly.  I decided last week to see if I could at least get the outline done for the February and March sections and I am close to having them all done.

Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - March 31st
Joyful World - March 31st
This project is another one that is released once a month and with the designer being in Australia it gets released a little bit earlier.  This month they decided to release the April part of the design on the 30th of March for us in North America so that means that I am really behind on this project but will see how I do this month.


Joyful World - the design for each month is getting there but still have another 7 months to stitch on this piece. Each design is around 97 x 79 stitches so they are a project in themselves.  I am now finished May and hope to get June finished off in April and will see how things go on this one.


I have really been enjoying the stitching that I have been able to get done so far this year and am looking forward to seeing how much stitching I can do even in April. I had never really worked on a Stitch Along before this year and I am really happy that I decided to do Quotes to Live By.  It makes me want to stitch and maybe now I will be able to get each quote done in the month it is released.

It is now time to get some work done and then see if I have some time to sit and stitch this evening.  If I do stitch I think Quotes to Live By will be getting the attention but will decide then I sit down to work on something.