Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Medium Projects

I've been busily stitching away at some of my larger projects since posting about them.  I worked a little on the 1890 House and have been working on Santa of the Forest for the last few days so that it's ready to be mailed to my round robin group.  I've nearly finished one of my working pages!  (Of course, the original pattern is sitting in it's baggie.  Since some of the symbols started to come off due to age and refolding, I made copies.  PLEASE obey the photocopy laws.  We have GOT to support our designers!!)   I'm currently working on putting in the wolf.  That's one section I had been avoiding but it has stitched fairly quickly so far.  

Anyway, here's what's in the Medium Projects list for the year.  They're in Jeff's order again. 

1.  Peace House - La D Da (  I love the simplicity of this project.  I even took it with me on our family cruise over New Year's only to discover that I had not chosen fabric for it yet!  Unstarted  Finished March 17, 2014!

2.  M Designs Tree Ornaments: I have stitched 2 1/2 of these trees on one piece of fabric.  I want to finish the 1/2 tree and stitch one more on the fabric I have.  Then, I have 4 other trees that I think I'll stitch individually.  WIP

3.  HummingBead Heaven - Just Nan: I've had this one in my stash for years.  I bought it The Stitchin' Post in Plano, TX that has since gone out of business.  It's a pretty sampler.  I might even stitch up the Bunny Hop Pillow Design  as shown on the project. Unstarted

4.  Snowfire Christmas - Just Nan:  This sampler is so pretty but I've just struggled with it.  It's another that I've had started in my stash for quite some time.  Maybe this is the year? WIP

5.  Uber Egg - Bent Creek:  Okay, so this one just makes me laugh.  I've chosen a beautiful purple piece of PTP 10 ct Tula and Perle Cottons, including some DMC Color Variations to stitch this one.  My colors will be slightly different but check back soon to see how this one stitches up.  Unstarted

6.  Lily of the Valley - The Drawn Thread: I've loved this project for a long time.  I bought the pattern at My Friends Count in Overland Park, KS before they closed shop.  Cynthia's flowers are always great and this pattern is no exception. Unstarted

7.  Raspberry Patch - Country Cottage Needleworks:  (4th row down, in the center)  I really enjoy stitching CCN projects.  They have great color combinations and some fun elements.  Unstarted

8.  Boris and Olga - Plum Street Samplers:    &   PSS has patterns with great whimsy.  I've decided to stitch these two facing away from each other but on the same piece of fabric pulled into one sampler.  Unstarted

9.  Seasonal Samplers - Sisters and Best Friends:  Pictured is Spring Glory but I have all 4 to be stitched.  Autumn Thanks, Summer Joy and Winter Peace.  I'm planning to stitch them separately on 40ct linen from Silkweavers in colors appropriate for the project.  Unstarted

10.  Halloween Fairy - Mirabilia from Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine several years ago.  It's pictured on this blog:  Mine is being stitched on a gorgeous 36ct solo linen from Silkweaver.  It's oranges and browns so she should just pop!  I started this as a SAL with my sister and daughter but none of us made much progress.  My problem is that I've been trying to use 2 strands of floss and that's just too much.  I have the bodice, chest and face stitched.  I will only use 2 strands on her skin and possibly her hair from here on out and stitch the rest with just 1 strand.  WIP

11.  Snowflake - M Designs:  I've had this pattern since it came out but just haven't ever started it.  After working on the trees, I decided I'd like to get this one stitched as well.  Unstarted.  

12.  Where the Blue Berries Grow - The Gathering Place: Oh, I love this project.  One of my favorite design elements is rabbits.  However, I don't go for cutesy rabbits.  This one is great!  I'm stitching mine on 40ct Ale linen from PTP using a conversion of Vikki Clayton silks.  I have the entire border stitched and am working on the leaves and berries underneath the bunny and orange square.  With a little perseverance, this could be finished this year!  WIP

13.  For the Red, White & Blue - ewe & eye & friends:  If you click on the title, a picture will pop up.  I've had this kit since the days of the Black Sheep Club.  It's older than my son!  I have a chunk of this project stitched but just never finished it.  Maybe this year?  WIP FINISHED 7/2014!!!

14.  Scissors By Any Other Name - The Cat's Whiskers:  I saw this kit and loved the idea of it.  BUT, the colors just aren't me.  So, I plan to choose my own floss and fabric combination and make it uniquely me!  Unstarted

15.  The Price of Freedom - The Sweetheart Tree:  A great patriotic sampler.  Love the bands ST puts together.  Unstarted

16.  Spring Violets - Country Cottage Needleworks: It's right next to Raspberry Patch from earlier.  Another sweet sampler that just needs to be stitched.  Unstarted

17.  Floral Reflection - Loopylou Designs:  Oh, isn't this pretty?  Claire sent me this chart and flosses several years ago for my birthday.  Gorgeous color combinations.  Unstarted

18.  A Very Fine Sampler - Birds of a Feather:  This is a shop model at my LNS and I love it.  I'm copying them and not stitching the verse and name at the bottom.  Unstarted

19.  Autumn Sampler - The Prairie Schooler:  A Round Robin group stitched the sampler on the left for me and I've started the center sampler.  I've changed the grapes and the color behind the moons to purple (can you believe it?)  I just have the alphabet  and bands plus everything above the moon row left to stitch.  Then, I'd like to stitch the sampler on the right.  These are all being stitched on one piece of fabric.  I'll have to decide whether to frame them together or separate them and frame them.  WIP ALL 3 FINISHED 7/2015!!

20.  Ladybugs and Bumblebees - Country Cottage Needleworks:  Yep, same page again.  Love how pretty this one is!  Thanks, Sis!!  Unstarted

21.  Be Not Forgetful - My Big Toe:  So, this is a verse I really like.  I've decided to choose some pretty overdyed floss in floral colors, a pretty fabric, and start stitching.  Unstarted

22.  Flower Basket - La D Da:  Just look at those colors!  I really need to stitch this one.  It has been sitting in my stash for so long.  ::sigh::  Unstarted FINISHED 5/1/2016!!!

23.  Wisteria - Indigo Rose:  another gorgeous floral.  Have you figured out yet that I've been collecting a lot of patterns with a floral theme?  The photo doesn't do this one justice.  I saw the shop model at PTP and fell in love.  Unstarted

24.  The Treasure Box - The Drawn Thread:  The only problem with this design is that I'm sure I'll feel the need to buy the box when I've finished stitching!  Unstarted

25.  Hearts & Flowers, The Violet Sampler - The Drawn Thread:  This sampler is OOP but I'm sure you could locate a photo if you searched.  Do I really need to explain this one?  It's on Dark Lavender linen and it has violets.  You do the math!  ;)  WIP

26.  Dance of the Tulips - Glendon Place:  Mmmmmm, just love how delicate this looks.  All kitted and ready to go!  Unstarted

27.  Flower Boxes - The Drawn Thread:  About 2/3 of the way down the page.  Love DT flowers! I've converted this to Crescent Colors overdyed flosses.   Unstarted

So, that's closing in on 60 projects I've pulled and I haven't even touched the 2 smaller project categories.  AND, I didn't even make a dent in my stash when I pulled all these!  My goal is to stitch from my stash and buy the supplies I need to do that.  I have yards of fabrics in such a variety that I should be able to find something suitable for (almost) anything I've listed that's unstarted.  I may need a few flosses but I have a significant amount of those as well.   Now, I'm sure there will be some patterns along the way that just beg so convincingly to come home with me that I'll have to give in, but the goal is to try to not add to the already overwhelming stash this year.  

Watch for the next 2 blogs!
Hugs and Stitches, 

Laura :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 List - Large Projects

So, it didn't take long to pull out the next group of projects.  If you read my previous post, you might have noticed that I chose BAP's that were all WIP's or UFO's.  Nothing new.  I just can't start another huge project without finishing something first.  However, that is not the case with my Large Projects group.  I have several WIP/UFO projects but I also have some I'd like to start this year.  In a couple of cases, I have multiple projects by a designer and just want to choose one and work on it.  I'll list the projects I've started first.

1:  1890 House Sampler - Chessie & Me This is from the 2004 Heartland Cross Stitch Stitch In.  I worked just a little of the border and then went back to whatever project I had taken along with me for the weekend.  And, I've never picked it up since.  Jeff chose this as his #1 project in this group so I think I'll try to work on it and finish it up. 

2.  Living With Charm - Lizzie Kate This is a banner style project with multiple charts.  They're single words: Dream, Love, Remember, Give, Listen, Learn, Believe, Care, Encourage, Laugh, Create, Live!  I originally started this when my mother died so I struggle to work on it.  I started from the bottom and have finished Live! and Create and have about half of Laugh stitched.  These don't really take that long to stitch and I just need to do it.  I'm stitching this on Picture This Plus (PTP) linen - Carnival.  I saw the shop model at PTP and just had to use the same fabric they had.  It's just gorgeous!! FINISHED IN 2014!!!

3. The Celtic Band Sampler - Homespun Samplar  I've started this on a piece of Silkweaver linen.  I think it's actually a solo but it definitely resembles Days Gone By.  I'm using overdyed flosses to give a more aged feel to the project.  I've only stitched the bottom section so, of course, it has the wrong year on it now but I'll do my best to make great progress and finish it this year. 

4.  The Language of Love - The Drawn Thread  I really do love this piece.  It has the word LOVE right in the center and it's flanked by the same word in 4 other languages and then surrounded by a gorgeous border of hearts and vines and a tiny j'taime to add just a little more love.  I'm stitching this on a PTP orphan fabric - Lauren and using Vikki Clayton silks that I've adapted to fit the color scheme.  I did spring for one of the Northern Lights flosses - Lavender Mist because I just couldn't find a good substitute.  I've only one little corner started so I need to get busy!

5.  Quatrefoil - Lesa Steele (no image available) When Lesa first started designing, I was on a chat group where she also participated.  She offered her first design for sale, and as a bonus included Quatrefoil which is a piece she originally designed for a round robin group.  I own 51/250 and have had this forever.  I always look at it longingly so I've decided to work on it.  I started mine on a gorgeous piece of green overdyed fabric that I had leftover from another project and I'm using a mix of overdyed flosses and DMC.  It's supposed to have a 4 seasons feel so I've chosen my flosses with that in mind.  I've got the first box outlined and a little bit more.  It's stitching easily and beautifully so I hope to finish this one this year.  Watch for pictures!

6.  O Beautiful - Shepherd's Bush  I LOVE this band sampler.  The words of the song are interspersed with SB's creative, gorgeous bands.  I've only stitched the top band so far and am anxious to stitch more. 

7.  We Thank Thee - Silver Creek Samplers I actually started this one while on our family cruise over New Year's.  I stitched on NY day so it has to get finished this year to hold in all the good luck it started with.  I've stitched one end of the border and about a third of the bottom border.  I'm stitching this on a solo linen from Silkweaver using the called for threads. FINISHED 7/30/15!!!

From here on, they're all unstarted.

8.  Friendship Gathering (A Fine Collection) - Blackbird Designs  I've already stitched several of the patterns from this book.  This year I'm going to stitch the cover design.  It's a gorgeous piece and I'm sure I'll enjoy it. FINISHED IN 2014!!

9.  Violet's Blue - Blackbird Designs I simply fell in love with this project.  My favorite color is purple so it was just a natural for me.  I've chosen to stitch it on a Silkweaver solo 32ct linen in a lovely light shade of red-purple.  I think I only had to change one floss color.  I can hardly wait to start this one! FINISHED 4/2015!!!

10.  The Herb Garden - The Drawn Thread I really like these horizontal gardens.  I haven't chosen fabric yet but I'm sure there's something in my stash! :)  I also have the Dinky Dyes flosses but I think I'll substitute some other silks I have instead of getting the NPI.  After finishing this one, I'll either work on Give Thanks or The Sanctuary. 

11.  Celtic Spring - Lavender & Lace So, I have a gorgeous solo from Silkweaver in a light shade of purple that will be perfect for this design.  I've wanted to stitch this for a long time so I hope to start it and make some decent progress.  IF I finish it this year, I'll move on to Blue Moon Angel on another gorgeous denim-y solo from Silkweaver.

12.  Heartland Tribute - The Workbasket (no photo available) This is from one year of the Heartland Stitch In.  Both Katie and I have this project and have started in different places.  After looking at this one again, I plan to leave off the satin stitch border and the alphabet.  I may replace it with some sort of personalization or just leave it.  Either way, it'll be beautiful!

13.  Shop Hop sampler - Now, I've been going to the SH in the Kansas City area for nearly as many years as they've held it.  At each shop they give out a design which can be combined with the others and made into a large sampler.  I love what they've come up with and always plan to stitch it but never have.  So, this year I want to choose one from my yellow folder and start stitching!  I did buy fabric one year so that may be the one I start with.  Check back for photos. 

14.  Irish Blessing - Dimensions kit (no photo) This is from an old, old kit my SIL had stitched.  I loved it and she gave me that pattern.  I've just never pulled it out and stitched it.  I think this is the year!

15.  Garden Tiles - Rosewood Manor Well, RM has so many lovely charts it's hard to choose which one to stitch first.  Jeff solved that dilemma for me and chose this one.  I still have (at least) two more in the wings if I finish this one this year - Crabapple Tree and Two Bees & ABC's.

16.  The Red & The Black - Prairie Moon I really LOVE this pattern!  It's just red and black and cool, cool fonts and borders.  

17.  Summer Zinnias - Mystic Stitch I saw this stitched when I was visiting Heart's Desire in Wichita, KS.  Their shop model is stitched over 1 and is absolutely gorgeous.  I found a great solo in my stash from Silkweaver.  I won't stitch the background greens because the fabric will be perfect.  

18.  Plum Pudding - Glendon Place It's purple!  Need I say more?  

19.  Halloween Eve - Blackbird Designs Such a fun project.  I'll look forward to the various elements in this sampler.

20.  Irises - Sudberry House found this one in a clearance bin and fell in love with it.  Isn't it great?

21.  A Quaker Study - Carriage House Samplings I don't know what it is about this one but I love it.  I had chosen some dark colors for it but I've changed my mind and will probably stitch it more like the original. 

So, that's the end of the Large Project category.  See a problem already?  Just wait.  I still have Medium-Large, Medium-Small, and Small.  ::sigh:: Oh, to be able to stitch more often!

Happy New Year!

Well, I'm a little behind this year.  We were on a cruise over New Year's and so my usual routine has been altered.  I've finally finished stash diving and have chosen a huge number of projects for the year.  Will they all be completed?  No.  I have no such delusions!  I have simply pulled together those projects that yelled most loudly to be rescued from the stash and worked on.  I've divided them into groups to make them more manageable.  The first group is my BAP's -- Big A** Projects.  My goal is to work on these in some sort of rotation.  I don't know if I want to work on one for an entire month or just a week at a time.  I'm sure it will change during the year as I get closer to a finish on some of these.  Here's a list:

1.  Glory in the Morning - Crossed Wing Collection  This was a piece I admired over and over at C. C. and Company in Blue Springs, MO and finally bought the pattern.  After very strong hinting, my family bought the fabric for me as a Mother's Day gift.  I've finished pages 9&10 except for a bee and some backstitching.  I'm hoping to make significant progress on it this year.  It's simply stunning.

[Photo of Santa of the Forest......L&L 21]2. Santa of the Forest - Lavender & Lace  This one will actually go out in a Round Robin for the second time.  I'm looking forward to having more of it stitched for me.  Mine is stitched on Picture This Plus (PTP) Woodland linen ( and looks gorgeous so far.  I started in the center so there's a chunk of Santa's left arm plus the bear, rabbit and about half of the dove (saving the rest for you, Nancy!) as well as some of Santa's beard (thanks, Deanna!).  There's still plenty to stitch. FINISHED 7/11/2016!!!

3.  Toy Gatherer - Shepherd's Bush  Oh, I begged for this kit!  My family, once again, obliged and bought it for my birthday several years ago.  I've stitched a chunk in the middle but haven't made significant progress in quite a while.  I still really love this one and would like to finish and frame it this year. 

4.  Rocky Mountain Christmas - Marty Bell (Pegasus Originals)  I think a friend gave me this chart because she somehow ended up with two in her stash.  I looked and looked at it, but never started until I found that ladies I chat with had it in their stash as well.  We decided to have a group Stitch Along (SAL) and work on it one weekend each month.  Well, a few years later and I'm still not finished with it.  I've stitched all of pages 5 & 6 and about half of page 4.  So, about halfway through the stitch count.  I do still need to go back and backstitch and I've colored in my pages so I have to see if I still have a clean copy somewhere.  I'd like to finish this one this year.  It's just so lovely and I would be thrilled to hang it next Christmas. FINISHED 11/2015 AND FRAMED!!!

5.  Cotillon - Papillon Creations  I've just barely started this one.  I'm stitching it on PTP Twilight linen using Vikki Clayton silks that I chose as substitutes.  I think it will be lovely when it's finished. 

Quaker Christmas, A - Cross Stitch Pattern6.  A Quaker Christmas - ByGone Stitches Mine is stitched on 35ct Weeks Beige linen.  It's a beautiful piece of fabric.  If you haven't used the Weeks linens before (, I highly recommend you do!  I'm stitching with Carrie's Creation Threads (  When I was getting ready to start this one, Carrie was having a sale on her threads.  I emailed back and forth explaining what I was looking for and the number of skeins needed.  She was absolutely wonderful to work with.  AND, after I had completed my transaction, I mentioned that I forgot to order a single skein of gold from her and when my package arrived, there was a skein of gold included!  I love her threads and love dealing with her.  This project is about half completed.  I have fun stitching the motifs but it's amazing how big just one motif really is.  This may be finished by the end of the year but it's not an immediate focus piece for me. 

7.  Anniversaries of the Heart - Blackbird Designs  I decided to stitch this piece after seeing one of the posted photos.  So far, I haven't even finished the first square but I have great hopes of making some progress this year.  I'm stitching this on PTP Ale linen. 

8.  Paradigm Lost - Long Dog Samplers I originally sent this piece around in a Round Robin several years ago.  It's stitched on Babbling Brook linen from Wichelt-Permin.  It's a lovely blue.  I let Katie help me choose a variegated overdyed floss and then we chose several other overdyed flosses that were the colors from the variegated floss or coordinating colors.  It's a wonderful piece so far.  It's going to be a monster sized piece when it's finished.  I'm hoping to make good progress on this one.  it's a little over half finished. 

AND, if I somehow manage to finish my other Santa projects, I have Teresa Wentzler's Father Christmas Preview Image waiting in the wings.  I started this, realized I had started too high on the fabric and had to restart.  I still have only the foot and footstool finished.  I'd like to get to the side border so that I could work a little on the over-1 border as I stitch the rest as well.  I've prepared for this one, putting a threaded needle in each bag with it's symbol and floss.  I even have bags for the blended threads so that it's easier to stitch.  I just haven't made any progress on this one.  (Deanna, maybe you have some words of wisdom to share on how to attack a TW design!)

So, that's the first category.  Look for my next blog with the large projects. 

Happy New Year!

Laura :)