Friday, May 27, 2016

More English Roses

Hello Friends

I feel like everyone is getting as bored as I am with my updates on the same project.

I bought a support glove for my wrist and stitching seems to be a bit easier and less painful so I managed to continue with my 3 strands per day in my SAL with June.

I did try some ribbon work but I hated it, not the ribbon work itself which was actually kinda fun, but the way it looked around the outside of the circle.  It just looked out of place so I ripped it out.

I'm thinking maybe 2 - 3 more weeks and she should be finished.  I'm very busy this weekend and next week my DH is off work and we have some fun family day trips planned so hopefully I can fit in some stitching time around it.

Thanks for stopping by today~

Saturday, May 21, 2016

English Roses Week 5

Hello Friends~

I spent more time this week with English Roses, the silk ribbon arrived  but I am worried that I didn't order enough of it.  It's difficult to know when I've never stitched with it before.

I only managed a little bit on Raven Queen, I've somehow hurt my wrist and it's very painful to stitch for more than 10 minutes at a time.  I'm putting ice on it and resting as much as possible for a few days and hopefully that will help.  This time it's my right hand.

I'm off to work today and then have the rest of this long weekend off.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

English Roses & Elizabeth

Hello Friends~

I have got such a love/hate relationship going on with this lady.  This week I am back in love with her once again :)   I will continue to stitch English Roses (21 strands each week) until the SAL is finished with June.  That is taking me an average of 2 days to complete.  The other days will be spent rotating between Raven Queen and Coral Charms but this week I just didn't feel like picking up either of them.

Now that some of the pinks/darker blues are being stitched I am happy with my fabric selection once again.  I know exactly how I am going to finish her!

My Mom finished her first Mirabilia and I just had to share Elizabeth with you.

My Dad put her into a frame.....

Mirabilia Elizabeth
32ct White Lugana

My Mom is now stitching January Garnet Fairy and she just bought Aida the Garden Fairy too!  It looks like I've got her hooked onto the larger designs as well :)  I'm a bad influence, aren't I?

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

English Roses & Raven Queen Update

Hello Friends

Another busy week, this is my weekend to work both Saturday and Sunday.  I always find my stitching time is drastically reduced when I have to work both days.

I managed to stitch my 21 weekly strands on English Roses.  As I've been stitching this design an idea for a finish has come to mind but I will need to alter parts of the chart that I stitch for my finish to work, stay tuned :)

Have you seen June's piece @ Butterfly Wings, it's gorgeous.  I love hers way more than mine.  I'm still a bit disappointed by how pale my colors are on my fabric.  

Raven Queen is quickly growing again.  The replacement Waterlilies arrived yesterday with special thanks to Tiffstitches a Blog that sent me an online GC.  I can start filling in her dress now.

You can see her face begin to emerge, but I am having the worst time stitching with that Kreinik Gold Cable.  It's doing all the things I HATE about metallic thread......fraying, splitting, knotting, falling out of the needle and not laying flat on the fabric.  I stopped half way through her crown and will go back to it later when I have found a substitute for it.  After stitching with the Petite Treasure Braid there's just no comparison.  I think I will be converting all of my Kreinik to Treasure Braid for future projects.

Right, I'm off to work now.  Have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today~

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

Hello Friends

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~