Friday, April 29, 2011


This one is a newer SAL with the Sticklounge group.  It's call Freundschaftsherz.  The design is by Atelier de Circe, France.  I'm stitching with HDF silk on 40 ct Buttercream also from HDF.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Well kind of. 

I've had this frame for about a month though.  Actually ordering some glass and lacing Caribbean onto a piece of foam core has been beyond what I want to deal with though.  Instead, I show you Caribbean just laid under the frame.  I think Josh and I found a pretty good one.  It's gold with a narrow inner band of silver.

 Here's a close up so hopefully you can see the detail of the frame.  I like it.
 Last Sunday, I did work on getting one of the dragons I stitched for my kids for Christmas framed.  Yes, I do realize the glass is broken, which is why the sticker is still on it.  But I wanted to see how it turned out.  Once I get a chance to stop by Michaels, I get another piece of glass and be able to hang this one on Jakob's wall.  I believe this guy is called Warrior from Fire Wing Designs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I finished part 7 of this one last night while the boys were playing ball and lasagna was in the oven.  There is only one part to finish on this one for which I'm thankful.  I started this piece not exactly excited about the colors but I liked the proverb.  Just a little further and it will be done!

Rencently on the HDF blog, there's been a lot of talk about a 17th century sampler reproductions and I got bit by that bug, hard!  You can see Loara Standish here  She's a pretty band sampler that, from what I read, is the oldest signed American sampler.  Pretty cool huh?  In my wandering through what google listed for me, I also found Elizabeth Creasey.  I guess it's a good thing my birthday is coming in a couple of months because that one got ordered too.  I pretty much blew my stash budget, but it was so much fun! 

Joyce, Sticklounge is only open to 100 member and they've split that between German and English speaking members.  I'll try to post something here if they open it back up.  If that happens, when/if you join, just let them know I'll be your godmother.

Patches, if you're interested in doing a conversion to HDF let me know.  If it's one I've done, I can let you know what I've done.  If I haven't I'm more than willing to help you come up with one.

Later!  Gotta at least pretend to work today. :)

Friday, April 22, 2011


I've been working on Sticklounge pieces this week.  This is Homage to Japan.  I finished part 6 Wednesday night.  Part 7 was in my inbox yesterday and I started part 7 last night, but I didn't get very far. 

Here's a new one.  It's called Friendship heart.  When it's complete it will be in the shape of a heart.  The picture that was shown when it was introduced to the group had it finished in a pillow which was very pretty.  But, since I have three cats, I don't know how well that would work out for me.   I sent this picture to the group this morning before I left for work and by the time I opened my e-mail again, part two was waiting for me.  This stitches really fast so I should have part 2 done in time for part 3 on Monday. 

This morning, instead of packing Homage to Japan, I pulled One Nation out of my WIP pile.  I thought it would be a nice change and a little different while I wait for new Chatelaine parts to come out on May 1.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Purple Garden

I finished part 3 of Purple Garden last night.

I have lilacs in the yard which are trying so hard to bloom. If we could get some sun and warmer temps, they would fit right into this little garden.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Just finished page 9. I've put 61430 stitches into this one and I'm only a quarter of the way there! I'm really please how she's stitching up but I need to get away from her for a little while. I think Purple Garden is next.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Knotgarden

Since with regards to stitchy stuff it seems I have no will power, last week I started Spring Knotgarden. It might have had something to do with the fact it was dreary and raining outside, or not.
Since I took this picture after midnight with my phone, the colors are a little off. I'm actually stitching on 28 ct white Monaco with all the silks converted to HDF

Saturday, temps broke a record. It reached 90 degrees in Lincoln. The boys were so thrilled to break out the summer wear that Jakob put on a tank top and managed to get sunburned. I went to town and to Menards and bought lumber to build 2 bookcases. Both the boys need some kind of storage in their rooms. Depending on how these turn out, I'll be building more for actual books! I'll post pics here when I get them built. I'm still trying to decide if I want to stain them or just paint them. I'll probably let the boys choose.

Yesterday, Ed and I planted some cold crops in the garden. I'm soooo looking forward to fresh spinach and lettuce!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

1900 ABC

Please excuse all the wrinkles, I just took this off the q-snaps last night to snap a picture to send to the Sticklounge group. This is through page four...just two pages to go to have the first row done. I'm hoping I can get page 5 done by the weekend, but several other projects are starting to call to me.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Playin hookey!

I've been naughty this week. Monday and Tuesday, I stayed home from work for no good reason. It's been a very long March at work. To make a long story short, on Feb 1, the server at work crashed. It took a month to get the data restored and installed on a new server. So the month of March involved all the work from February and March. Fun!! Not. I did get caught up by the 15th of March though. So I thought I deserved a couple days off. Here's what I've gotten accomplished this week. Part 5 of Homage to Japan. Those rows of squares at the very top were supposed to be every single color in this piece. I decided I didn't want to do that so I picked out one color for each row. It stitched up much faster this way! Part 2 of Purple Garden. Looking at the chart of this one made me realize that I had looked at it wrong. I only needed the darkest color for the central motif on the larger motif in the top left corner. This part stitched up in an evening. Part 3 came out Friday and I'm planning to pick this piece back up is just a little bit.
Part 4 of Winter Watergaden. I had the upper leaves on this one stitched up Thursday night since Martina was kind enought to release this part a day early. We went out to supper and got groceries last night though, so I was only able to to get the third leaf done and finished part 4 today. I really love these leaves! I did find a counting error in the trees while stitiching part 4 but I'm not going to tell where it is. I'm NOT going to frog the trees!
I also picked up Frosty Knotgarden for a little while this week and got the upper right side of part5 and 6 done. 1900 ABC also got some attention. I got about half a page done on that one. Both of those will make an appearance here when they make some more progress.