21 December 2010

On the first day of Christmas...



Design: Day One (modified)
Designer/Source: monsterbubbles; Just Cross Stitch 2009 Christmas edition)
Website: www.monsterbubbles.com
Fabric: 18 ct. Aida   Color: oatmeal
Floss: DMC
Started: 21 Dec 2010
Finished: 21 Dec 2010 (@ 12 hours of work)
Size: 2¾" x 3½"
Goofs: none
Purpose: Christmas ornament
Notes: I didn't like the pink and flesh colors for the partridge, so I changed the body/tail to 3031 and the breast to 931 and a 783/3829 blend; the eye is ecru; the beak is 721. The pear colors are unchanged, though I did move it closer to the partridge. Beads are left over lime and mauve from Shimmering Mermaid. For time's sake, I only did the partridge and pear, and freehanded the swirls from the border. The colors for the partridge looked better together on the bobbins; we'll see how the recipient likes the colors...
Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Available? No

18 December 2010

O Christmas Tree



Design: Christmas Swirl Tree
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 14 ct. Aida   Color: green
Floss: DMC white
Started: 01 Dec 2010
Finished: 18 Dec 2010
Goofs: none
Purpose: Christmas ornament
Notes: none
Available? Yes

26 November 2010

Christmas Angel



Design: Angel
Designer/Source: Diane Arthurs "Imaginating leaflet"
Website: www.123stitch.com/imagin.html
Fabric: 14 ct. Aida   Color: red
Floss: DMC white
Started: 24 Nov 2010
Finished: 26 Nov 2010
Size: chart-indicated
Goofs: none
Purpose: Christmas ornament
Notes: I have red aida laying around so gave white on red a try... it looked better in my head.
Available? Yes

17 October 2010

"It's the not-so-great pumpkin, Charlie Brown."



Design: Pumpkin
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 18ct. Aida   Color: oatmeal
Floss: DMC 722 & 3853
Started: 13 Oct 2010
Finished: 17 Oct 2010
Size: @ 1½" tall
Goofs: none, except my assembly
Purpose: pin-cushion, ornament, decorative
Notes: I haven't attached anything green for "leaves", but construction is not the best, it doesn't look as good as the model. I think the size is part of the problem, if it was bigger it might look better. Mine's too puckered.
Available? Yes

27 September 2010

"I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas..."

  

Design: Cool Christmas
Designer/Source: Fresh Threads Studio from Just Cross Stitch Jul/Aug 2010
Website: n/a
Fabric: 14ct. Aida   Color: white
Floss: DMC, chart-indicated, 3 over 1
Started: 15 Sep 2010
Finished: 27 Sep 2010
Size: chart-indicated
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative
Notes: I saw two chart Oops: 1. the 5 stitches NW of the sun are charted as white, but should be silver; 2. the corner "borders" show either an extra line of 907 on the NW corner, or a missing line on the SE corner. Since I'd already done the SE corner, I matched the NW corner to it; another picture I saw of it, someone had matched their SE to the NW. I used several silver beads rather than hunt for a star treasure.
Available? Undecided

08 September 2010

Green on cream bird

     

Design: Oiseau (Bird)
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 18ct. Davos(?)   Color: cream
Floss: DMC 523/3362
Started: 06 Sep 2010
Finished: 08 Sep 2010
Size: @ 3.2" x 2.2"
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative / Christmas goodie
Notes: Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Available? No - Mine!

06 September 2010

White on purple bird

   

Design: Oiseau (Bird)
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 16ct. Aida   Color: purple
Floss: DMC 3743
Started: 05 Sep 2010
Finished: 06 Sep 2010
Size: @ 3.62" x 2½"
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative / Christmas goodie
Notes: Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Available? No

05 September 2010

"A wedding? I love weddings. Drinks all around!" ~ Capt. Jack Sparrow



Design: by me using elements from sources in Notes/Links
Designer/Source: See Notes
Website: See Notes
Fabric: 16ct. Aida   Color: cream
Floss: DMC 163 & 890, chart-indicated
Started: 25 Aug 2010
Finished: 02 Sep 2010 (with 2 days to spare!)
Size: 95w x 102h / 5 ⁄8" x 6¼"
Goofs: none
Purpose: wedding gift
Notes: A week and a half before the wedding, I decided it hit me I should make them something. The groom used to be our work study and showed interest once when I had a project with me, so I knew he would at least appreciate it. I think at the time his current girlfriend then is now his wife and he said she did cross-stitch too.
  • Initials from Celtic Cross Stitch
  • Celtic knot from DragonBear, I added the backstitching to polish it
  • Names and date from "Flourishes" alphabet at Better Cross Stitch Patterns (free)
  • Border from The Irving-Munson Alphabet Book
Available? No

24 August 2010

Blue on oatmeal bird

   

Design: Oiseau (Bird)
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 18ct. Aida   Color: oatmeal
Floss: DMC 931
Started: 21 Aug 2010
Finished: 24 Aug 2010
Size: @ 3.2" x 2.2"
Goofs: Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Purpose: decorative
Notes: rather like this combo, may keep for myself...
Available? Undecided

20 August 2010

White on blue bird

     

Design: Oiseau (Bird)
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 16ct. Aida   Color: medium blue
Floss: DMC 775
Started: 18 Aug 2010
Finished: 20 Aug 2010
Size: @ 3.62" x 2½"
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative / Christmas goodie
Notes: Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Available? No

18 August 2010

White on brown bird

   

Design: Oiseau (Bird)
Designer/Source: Gazette94
Website: Gazette94 Blog
Fabric: 18ct. Davos(?)   Color: dark khaki
Floss: DMC ecru & 300
Started: 16 Aug 2010
Finished: 18 Aug 2010
Size: @ 3.2" x 2.2"
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative / Christmas goodie
Notes: the idea of the dark and light looked better in my head... but the woman I gave it to loved it. Finished off with self-adhesive felt backing.
Available? No

05 June 2010

"It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week." ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter

  

Design: Washday Blues
Designer/Source: Kats by Kelly/Calico Crossroads
Website: www.calicocrossroads.com
Fabric: 14 ct. Aida   Color: white
Floss: DMC, chart-indicated
Started: 02 Jun 2020
Finished: 05 Jun 2010
Size: chart-indicated
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative, will be goin' in my laundry room. =D
Notes: stitched up quicker than I thought it would, though the backstitching is a little wonky in a couple places. First time my French Knots worked! Yay!
Available? No - Mine!

30 May 2010

Green Kaleidoscope



Design: Kaleidoscope geometric
Designer/Source: Cross-Stitch Directory
Website: www.cross-stitch-directory.com
Fabric: 14 ct. Aida   Color: hunter green
Floss: DMC 3816/3817
Started: 21 May 2010
Finished: 30 May 2010
Size: @ 3" square
Goofs: My light green stitches go the wrong way. Oops. I didn't realize until I was about half done with them and wasn't going to frog them...figured I'd say it was on purpose in the theme of kaleidoscopes. ;-)
Purpose: unknown
Available? Yes

21 May 2010

 

Design: Oh Christmas Tree sampler
Designer/Source: Just Cross Stitch 2009 Christmas ed.
Fabric: 28 ct. evenweave   Color: khaki
Floss: DMC, over 2, chart-indicated except for Notes
Started: Oct 2009
Finished: 21 May 2010
Size: 3¼" x 2½" (widest parts)
Goofs: none
Purpose: Christmas ornament
Notes: omitted "2009"; replaced DMC 3813 with 3815 because I didn't have any and the metallic E168 with DMC 30762R; I got a little annoyed with the Cushion and Rhodes Heart stitches...those and lack of a color was the delay in completion time, it takes nowhere near 8 months to stitch!
Available? Yes

19 April 2010

Thistle Manor



Design: Thistle Manor
Designer/Source: Blackbird Designs
Website: Blackbird Designs?
Fabric: 18 ct. Aida   Color: oatmeal fiddler's cloth
Floss: DMC 0092
Started: 15 Apr 2010
Finished: 19 Apr 2010
Size: @ 5.11" x 4.16"
Goofs: yes, at least 3, not design-impairing; off a square here and there
Purpose: ??
Notes: Freebie. Not my usual style, but saw the floss beckoning to me (though it looked like it had more olive tones than the citrus tones I see when stitched) and thought it would look great on he oatmeal fabric.
Available? Yes

14 April 2010

Granny's Sudoku

    

Design: Sudoku Quilt Mystery Stitch-A-Long
Designer/Source: "crackerhead"
Website: LiveJournal cross_stitch community by user "crackerhead"
Fabric: 14 ct. Aida, 3 strands
Floss: DMC
Started: 12 Mar 2010
Finished: 14 Apr 2010 / 30 Apr 2010 (greenwork)
Size: @ 4½" square
Goofs: none
Purpose: decorative
Notes: color choices were left up to the stitchers, I matched up floss to colors in a quilt my great-grandmother made. Greenwork from Ink Circles Blackstone Fantasy Garden.

  • Blue 334
  • Cream 822
  • Green 320
  • Melon 3832
  • Orange 3776
  • Purple 3835
  • Slate 926
  • Tan 841
  • Yellow 3821
Available? Undecided

28 February 2010

UFO Birth Announcement



Design: Sampler Birth Announcement
Designer/Source:
Website: n/a
Fabric: 32 ct. Lugana   Color: Mushroom
Floss: DMC 150, 309, 602, 816, 894, 899, 3831, 0107(v), over 2
Started: 17 Jan 2010
Finished: Feb 2010 (except DOB)
Size: @ 6.43" x 9.62"
Goofs: none
Purpose: birth announcement...I have been waiting for the month/day to finish it, but my friend seems to have gone MIA.
Notes: name block in 309; woman block in 0107 variegated; birds/tree block in 602-150 blend; monogram block in 899 (A), 150 (L), 894 (F); DOB block in 602; alpha-sampler in 816 (border) and 3831 (letters). Quaker elements from sampler leaflet I can't locate, it was in French though.
Available? No

16 January 2010

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand." ~ Frederic Lawrence Knowles



Design: The Moon
Designer/Source: Alphonse Maria Mucha (original artist) from ArtofStitching.com
Website: www.artofstitching.com
Fabric: 22 ct. Hardanger   Color: white
Floss: DMC, chart-indicated
Started: 08 Apr 2008
Finished: 16 Jan 2010
Size: 5" x 7"
Goofs: yes, not design-impairing
Purpose: for me.
Notes: 1 of 4 "companion" pieces; this is the (former) freebie size that is now part of a miniature-set for purchase.
Available? No - Mine!