Sunday, May 1, 2016

Week 2

Hello Friends~

It's been a busy week and I haven't had much time to just sit and stitch so I don't have a lot to share.  

I've been stitching 3 strands per day on English Roses as part of my SAL with June.  I wasn't crazy about my fabric color at first but now it's growing on me.  I think it helped that I did a bit of stitching with a darker color.  I've substituted a Petite Treasure Braid for the border.

And here is my weekly progress on Raven Queen.....

I wonder how far along I'll be next week, thanks for stopping by~

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Raven Queen & English Roses Week 1

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I decided to just jump straight back into Raven Queen.  I went to my LNS last Saturday and bought more fabric for her, along with fabric for my new SAL start English Roses.

32ct. Pearl Grey Lugana

I'll be stitching Raven Queen a different way this time around and focusing on her first.  As you can see I have stitched the outline of her ensuring that the top/bottom pages meet up.  I know that I will never make that mistake again.  I also might stick with my original plan of stitching only her and not doing any of the background.  I will decide that after she is stitched.

32ct Antique White Lugana

I also started a SAL with June @ Butterfly Wings, we are stitching 3 strands per day except I've discovered I actually get more accomplished when I focus on 1 project each day.  So I will stitch the required # of strands for each day but not work on it each day (21 strands per week).  Does that make sense?  I'm not sure about my fabric choice though.  I should have paid more attention to the DMC colors rather than the cover picture which just seems so much brighter than mine.  I think it will still work out in the end.

32ct Blue Spruce Lugana

Want to see my fabric for Sabrina?  I went dark but it is a brighter blue than is showing in the picture.  Since most of her dress is about 85% white I wanted a fabric that would make it easier to stitch with.   For some unknown reason I always seem to struggle stitching with white floss and keeping my stitches neat.  I won't start her until later in the year though but when I saw this I knew it would be perfect for me.

I'll be back next week with another update.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Learning Experience

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I don't know if I've ever said this before but the stitching community has some of the nicest, most generous people and I'm so thankful for all of your support.  I've tried to personally reply to everyone that isn't a no reply blogger but if I have missed you then I thank you now for your support, your stories and your offers of help.  They really mean a lot to me ;)

I took some better pictures yesterday.  Above you get a better idea of the 10 "extra" stitches I am referring to, the section in the box shouldn't be there and of course that then throws the rest of the design below it out of place.  That's a lot of frogging!

I did start to frog but if you've never frogged a Mirabilia design before you just can't imagine how difficult it is.  So many colors, so much shading and of course I'm terrified I will accidentally damage the fabric as I unpick.  

There was some left over lint in this section but I used someone's idea of sticky tape and that helped to get rid of most of it.  I also washed it. I've learnt a lot of things about stitching with this project.  I never new that if you washed your piece after unpicking it that the holes will shrink back to normal.  

I know that Caron Waterlilies is supposed to be colorfast but there is a small blue stain on my fabric that even washing can't get out.  I can see it and my eye will forever be drawn to it and if I continued it will show in the framed finish.  It's a lot lighter in this picture and much more noticeable in person. 

But here is a better look at all the frogging I would have to do to salvage this piece.  Everything in the box would have to be unpicked.  Then I'm worried that if I wash it after unpicking that when I start stitching there will be a noticeable difference in shading of the floss.  Does the floss fade in color when washed?  I don't know if I'm willing to put that much time into frogging only to find out I had to restart it anyways!  That would just add insult to injury.

So, I've decided to restart her :)  As painful as that is it's the only choice I can live with.  So I'll take a deep breath, chalk it up to experience and move on.

In the meantime I've picked up Coral Charms and will finish her first.  She's so colorful compared to Raven Queen and she is helping to cheer me up!

Thanks for stopping by today~

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Colossal Mistake

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 This is hands down the worst thing I have ever done when it comes to stitching and I am so ashamed of myself.  So let me try to explain.................

See that 10 x 150 marked piece of the's a duplicate and shouldn't be there.  I have the original chart enlarged so I can see it and I use the working copy to mark off as I stitch.  My Dad pieced it together for me and I didn't even think to check it and just started stitching.  The worst part is that it is painfully obvious to me now that it's a duplication of the area to the left of it.  So everything over to the right is in the wrong place by 10 stitches.  Which also means that the top right of my design is off too and the border.  Can you see how the top and bottom parts don't match up below?  It's off by exactly 10 stitches.

I honestly don't know what to do.  Do I frog it all?  Do I throw it out?  Restart it?  If I restart it do I stitch the whole design or just the Queen as I originally intended?  I will need to buy new fabric if I restart and also new Waterlilies threads, plus the DMC.  All totaled about $50.00 that I wasted above and then another $50 to purchase new and start over.  

Anyone got any ideas?  Thoughts?  Chocolate?  Wine?  I can't believe I did this, I am completely heartbroken :(

 Lesson learned:  Triple check the chart before beginning.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Don't Ask!!!!!!

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Here is my latest update on Raven Queen.....

I will explain at a later time.  

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Raven Queen Week 7 Update/Another Win!

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Thank you all so much for your well wishes.  My elbow is slowly starting to feel better, I took about 8 complete days off stitching and have picked up Raven for about 30 minutes each day since.  I am taking frequent breaks and stretching to help with the pain.  I simply cannot NOT stitch, my day is so boring without it and I'm snacking too much :)

I finished the bottom half of her dress and most of the border which stitched up fairly quickly.  Please excuse the wrinkles, I just took it off the hoop.  Technically due to a loss of about a week's stitching, this is really Week 6.

A closeup of the Waterlilies thread section on her dress.  The variation is lovely :)  

I just didn't want to stitch the other stonework on the bottom of the design before moving up to the top half.  I'll leave it for awhile and go back to it later.

Instead I moved up to the large Castle/Bird off to the right side of the design.  Again this section is stitched with Waterlilies and looks amazing!  I will remain in this section until it is complete.

I'm on a lucky streak and I've won another lovely chart in a giveaway from June's blog (Butterfly Wings).  We will be stitching along this lovely lady together, I'm so excited!  

Now I just need my arm to fully heal or maybe my winning streak will continue to the big lottery prize and then I will be able to afford to buy a stitching stand ;)  I think that's what I need but it is nowhere near in my budget.  

Thanks for stopping by today~