Finishes of the year

First up in my finishes this year are 2 small pieces. These are crabby all year from Raise The Roof Designs. This is March and April. Although they were designed to be stitched on one big piece of fabric, I decided to stitch them separately so they can all share one frame. They are stitched on 28ct coffee/tea dyed even weave.

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Next up We have 6 bats and a black cat. This is blue ribbons design. It is stitched on 32 ct. Jobelyn that I hand dyed. The design is published in the 2012 collectors Halloween issue of Just cross stitch magazine.

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One Of my 2 BAP’s I finished this year was cirque des couers. It is from ink circles. I stitched it on the same hand dyed 32 ct Jobelyn that I used for 6 bats. I started this back in February of 2013. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I used Caron waterlillies blue lagoon.

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Last up is my chatelaine, Japanese garden.  I Couldn’t be more pleased. It is stitched on silkweaver’s Mississippi blue 28 ct Belfast. This took me over 5 years to complete.  You can see more/better photos of this in my previous entry.

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japanese garden finally finished

Note-I actually finished and wrote this back in October. My laptop Internet is broken. It was too big of a hassle to get the photos in through my phone. Now that I have an iPad i am playing catch up.

I’m finally finished. It took over 5 years but I did it. I am so unbelievably proud of myself. I have never completed such a big, complicated cross stitch project. This project saw so many firsts. Life has changed so much in the 5 years. It isn’t perfect either and know what? I’m more than okay with it.

Can I say I’m a chatelaine addict. I can’t wait to start my next one! For now I will bask in the glow of having it done.

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Last update

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This will be my last weekly update on Japanese garden. Next week will see this piece finished.  You will have to wait to see a photo of the entire piece.

I can’t believe this is nearly done. I have so many mixed emotions. I’m so excited.

Japanese Garden- Let the beading begin

The first two weeks of July I worked on beading Japanese Garden. That was for my open week, then my normal JG week. 

Let me just say, I love beading! What fun. WOW do the beads really make it just POP.  

I am grateful to the chatelaine Facebook groups who helped me get my supplies. I made a tacky bob, which works great. I also got a tip to this bead nabber. Can I just say, best invention ever? I was quite worried about picking the beads up, as my hands shake all the time. I had images of beads everywhere but my handy bead nabber really worked great.  I only lost a few beads and I was able to find them before they got away. 

I have hopes to get this done my my birthday- October 14. I think it’s a very realistic goal. I can’t believe after over 5 years, I’m nearly there. 

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Japanese Garden update- getting close

I decided to work on Japanese Garden for my free week this month. I’m so close to finishing the stitching. I have the crane and one bridge/ flower set to go. I’m so excited and pleased with myself. It isn’t perfect but that’s okay.

Here is my progress last week-

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You’ll have to wait for a picture of the entire piece until it is finished.

This week is the normal week for JG in my rotation. I will probably not get it entirely finished. Depending on how close I am, I may work on it next week instead of Cirque.

Huge Update- Haed, Cirque, Japanese Garden

Although I have been stitching, it has been just shy of a month since I last updated.  Needless to say this update will be longer than usual, and more picture heavy.

Going way back, to the beginning of April, I started a new small- Crabby april.  This should be finished next week after I stitch it. I am stitching all the crabby months separate.  I do have 2 DMC colors I need to get in order to finish it next month.

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Then I had a week on Cirque. I am still making great progress on this though I did have a small frog visit.  I should still for sure have this done by end of summer if not before.  I apologize for this very crappy photo.  This was actually the best of the bunch.  The colors look terrible washed out on that photo.

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Japanese Garden has a few photos this time around.  I finally bought the beads for it. I got them from European Cross stitch.  WOW that is a lot of beads.  They are so gorgeous though. I know it will be worth it in the end.  This was my first order from Cindy, I would definitely use her again. Very great service.

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I not only finished the 6 O’clock side, I started the final side, 9 o’clock. The end of the stitching is in sight! I barely even need the pattern to stitch the bridge at this point. I included 2 close ups. One of the gorgeous flowers, one of the pesky crane that I had to frog and restitch. Couldn’t help but add a photo of the entire piece to date. Getting hard to take photos of the whole thing.

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Last but certainly not least, My Haed- Dragonflies whisper. It is still coming along great. I am really enjoying stitching on this. This is just about 3 1/3 pages. Included photo of section I’m currently stitching as well as entire piece to date.

 

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Japanese Garden- February update

As you may remember last months progress on JG was minimal due to my stitching the crane wrong. I had to frog the entire over 1 thing and start over.

This month my progress was MUCH more substantial. In fact, I made great progress. I not only finished the flowers and bamboo leaves on the 6 O’clock right side, I stitched the crane, AND started the bridge on the 6 O’clock left side.

I’m ordering the beads today. I’ve decided to just get the bead pack from ECS.

Other than the Viewer does anyone know how to test fabric on a chatelaine? My next chatelaine is not on the viewer yet, and I’m not sure how to go about testing. It’s time to start thinking about fabric and threads for my next one.

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