Halloween Cross Stitch Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Raven for winning the Halloween Giveaway!! 

Here is what you won!

Blessed Be by Enchanting Lair

Witchy-Washy by Raise the Roof Designs

Fiona the Fay by Brooke’s Books Publishing

Disney’s Tinkerbell by Janlynn

18″x15″ Gold sparkle 14ct Aida

18″x12″ Silkweaver Purple Punch 36ct linen

Three cuts of ornament backing fabric – brown pumpkins, purple roses and sparkly witch hats and boots

Carrie’s Creations Hand dyed Floss in Caramel Apples, Harvest Brew and Wildfire and some fun Halloween DMC’s

A green swirly fabric Q-snap grime cover – fits 8″ -11″ frames

Purple skull and cross bones socks

Witchy hat headband with hair

+1.50 magnification cat eye rhinestone glasses

Mill Hill Potpourri Glass seed beads

Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for entering!!

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Two weeks of S.E.X. Part I

S.E.X. meaning Stash Enhancement eXperiences of course!

Did you think I meant anything else?

My cross stitching stash increased tremendously over this past two weeks. This is a very good thing since my supply of fabric was perilously low.

The first addition to my stash was a trial order from FaeryFire Fabrics.

I purchased two purple toned “Changelings” which are one-of-a-kind hand dyed pieces.

The one on the left is Belfast and to the right is 16ct. Aida. They both were wonderful looking and very thick with a soft feel.

 

 

 

I tried a 13″x18″ piece of Cashel in Faerie Sunset. The Cashel was a little rougher in hand than I am used to and a lot more orange than the Lugana scan on-line showed.  I am still pleased with it as it is beautifully mottled.

FaeryFire is definitely worth a second order especially since I received a 10% off coupon for my next order! Rose at FaeryFire is working on new Favorites for her standard color selection. I am excited to see what new combos she comes up with. I think Gnomes on Parade is calling me for my next order!

I renewed my lapsed subscription to Just Cross Stitch and received the January/February issue but have not yet been sent the current issue. 😦 The new issue has a Blue Ribbon Designs sampler that I am very anxious to get my hands on!

My first monthly auto of Crescent Colors came in from Welcome Stitchery as well as my three pieces of 13″x18″ Belfast from Silkweaver FOTM!

From Left to Right: Wandering Ivy, Boo!, Blue Dynasty (with my new peridot green magnet case on top)

I am thrilled with the service by Welcome Stitchery and the freebie Prairie Schooler pattern they sent! However, I’m not as impressed with the new Silkweaver products.

Zweigart is not serging their edges and the material is not as thick, soft and plush as before. I joined FOTM since they offered smaller fabric cuts. I like the idea of having a mixture of colors in the smaller sizes since I do not do huge projects that often.

I feel so much better now that I have more than two pieces of fabric laying around to start a new project!

S.E.X. from Chris’ Collection at Stitcher’s Hideaway coming in Part II.

2010 Stitching Finishes

My meager finishes for 2010 are …..

 

Hope Mandala on 28ct Lavender Sparkle Cashel finished as a flat fold August 2010

Ice Queen by Raise the Roof with threads from my stash and Kreinik gold Ombre and blue/gold #4 braid stitched on 28ct Karma Sparkle Lugana by Silkweaver December 2010

Boston Bruins ornament designed by me for my Dad to celebrate the pro hockey games we have gone to together.  28ct opalescent white Lugana with DMC and Mill Hill No.8 beads.

December 2010

Run, Run Rudolph by Raise the Roof on 32ct. cream linen using Weeks Dye Works threads, Kreinik #4 braid, Mill Hill beads and Jingle Bells 🙂

Writing and holly leaf on the back were free handed. November 2010.

Renne de Noel ornie on 32ct. Mystic Glow opalescent linen by Silkweaver. October 2010.

Winter Blues by Stitchy Kitty – modified design using DMC threads and Mill Hill Beads on 14ct. pinkinsh/lavendar Aida. December 2010.

Custom designed back for my Rhode Island Stitchers group exchange.

There is another Sue Hillis Peace ornie but I have yet to take a pic of the finished design! lol

Stitched and Ditched

Circle of Friends – Mirabilia 28ct Ametrine Opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver. Started May 2010.

Japanese Maiden – The Gold Collection by Dimensions. Started January 2005.

Enchanting Geisha – The Gold Collection by Dimensions – She is currently out for the UFO RR on Yuku. You can see her progress here. These two will be truly stunning in matching frames on my wall. I really can’t wait! I didn’t post a picture because my wonderful RR stitchers have been doing all the work so they should be recognized! Started September 2010.

Mother Moon – Joan Elliott 32 ct. Opalescent Ocean Belfast Linen – This baby needs over a dozen spools of Kreinik. I may not be able to afford to finish her this year! lol Started August 2010.

Marilyn Monroe – Vervaco My birthday start for March 2008

Live, Learn, Love – Lizzie Kate 28ct. Lavendar Sparkle Opalescent Cashel linen. Started June 2010

Something Wicked La D Da 32 ct. French White linen – Started September 2010

Roberta’s Cats biscornu – 14ct cream Aida using Threadworx colors. Started May 2010.

Teresa Wentzler’s Needle Guardian on 28ct opalescent light blue Cashel. This was the first project where I made no substitutions for specialty threads. I was so lucky that my LNS had the Dinky Dyes silk in stock! This was my birthday start for March 2010.

Blessed Be – Enchanting Lair 16ct. Green Apple opalescent Aida by Silkweaver using my own colorways in DMC, Kreinik and Blending Filament (argh!).

She’s been tossed aside due to Filament Frustration. I started it about a year and a half ago so that isn’t so bad. I’ll get her finished by this Halloween. *fingers crossed* Started June 2009.

Each Dawn a New Day from The Gold Collection by Dimensions – So close! Needs a lot of confetti and back stitching! This was one of the kits I started somewhere around 2002 or 2003. Your guess is as good as mine.

Live, Learn, Love kit – I have no idea when I started this one!

Girl on Swing from Britain’s No.1 Cross Stitcher on 28ct. Jamaica Sunset opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver using my own colorway in DMC, Glisten Gloss, Kreinik, Mill Hill beads, DMC Metallics. Started April 2009.

Dragon’s Lullaby by Dragon Dreams on 32ct. Castle Sky Opalescent Belfast linen by Silkweaver using some Kreinik and Mill Hill bead substitutions from my stash. I started this one in April 2010.

Stash Dash

I picked up Circle of Friends by Mirabilia when it was first released but I truly hated the suggested fabric for it. The brown tone was much too dark for my tastes.

The design is quite large (146w x 238h) and the piece of fabric needed would be expensive due to the size of the stitching and the space required for framing.

I had a rather large piece of 28ct Lugana that was given to me. The color was a peachy yellow pinky color. I know it was a Silkweaver fabric so it was probably Sparkling Sundown Reflections. It was a pretty fabric and my floss toss looked nice on the fabric so I decided to go for it.

What a mistake!

The goddess on the far left matches the fabric too closely. There is no definition between the fabric and the flesh tone. All in all, the color was too light for the project. There was no “pop” of the colors.  I guess those design artists really do know what they are doing. 🙂

I put the project aside for a few months. I had NO desire to work on it. The joy of seeing each stitch come to life on the fabric was ruined. The fabric made the design look cheap – 1980’s chic pastels. I knew I could not continue the project on that fabric BUT I still did not like the artist’s original fabric!!

Picky, aren’t I?

I decided I had only one option. I had to go to my favorite cross stitch shop ABC Stitch Therapy in New Hampshire. I made a weekend of it since I had use of my company’s condo in the White Mountains. During that first weekend in May I was blessed with lovely weather for my three hour drive. There was no traffic and no problems. It was a true treat!!

Once I got to the shop I went straight to the fabric executing floss tosses on various fabrics. After a half dozen options I settled on a length of 28ct Lugana dyed by Silkweaver called Ametrine.

I felt the goddesses would look divine on this! It has a rich brown and gold overall tone (so hard to tell on a digital photo) with purples and blues. Gorgeous! And it really does look like an actually piece of ametrine!

Happy with my new piece of fabric I had to resign myself to the fact that I would have to redo all the stitches I had previously done. It was worth it! What was the point in finishing a piece I could no longer stand. Putting the stitches in the new fabric felt wonderful! I have done a little more work on this since the photo but I have put aside my stitching until I finished my home decor revamp!

The colors really do pop on the fabric and there are some wonderful bursts of blue and purple that will be viewable when framed.

I am happy I made the decision to start over. I figured since I was already at the stitchy shop and had used a tank of gas to get there I should really shop around. I really had to twist my own arm to browse the store!

I just had to pick up Something Wicked by La D Da to whip up for this Halloween.

I also decided I had waited long enough to buy Holly from the Pixie Couture Collection by Nora Corbett. I already had the perfect creamy Belfast opalescent linen but I made sure to pick up the beads and Kreniks there too.

This little Lizzie Kate sweetie was sentimental enough to get me to spend $6 for such a tiny pattern. I grabbed the DMC for this one too since I knew I didn’t have those color in my bobbin boxes.

Another piece of hand dyed fabric from New Zealand made my stash dash complete and I can’t wait to do another one someday soon!!!