Monday, January 23, 2017

Having fun is exhausting

This weekend was a wonderful stitching retreat weekend.  
16 stitchers, 3 days, stitching, laughing, eating.  
It's no wonder it was so hard to go to work this morning.

While I was at retreat I started a new project. Clearly I needed a new project (not really)... but this has been calling my name for over a month.  

The fabric is water cress, I decided on green instead of the blue I originally thought I would use.

The pattern is Cougar kitten by The Stitching Studio

And now back to Fortunate traveller - the end is in sight and I want to get it done.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's a scene

Things have been super busy the last couple of weeks.  

Last week at work, I was drafted to be a training instructor and spent the week developing and presenting instructions for our new software.  Ack!   I am not a public speaker... though it seemed to go ok; we haven't gotten too many questions yet.

I have been working away on Fortunate Traveller.... and have finished the dragon scene including all the back-stitching.  I even have started Stretch.  


Sunday, January 08, 2017

A mile of back-stitching

At long last stitching progress!

On January 1st when I got up I started Canada Sampler by Stitchrovia. I only did a bit before going back to Fortunate traveler.  I am hoping to get some more stitching on it later this month.

There has been much progress on Fortunate traveler!  

First, the verse is finished - after having to frog the bunny and two lines.  I was out by a thread.  

Then I started on the top left of the dragon scene and started filling in any missed stitches and added the back-stitching.  Lots and lots of back-stitching.  I still have to finish the dragon's eye, but will do that once the rest is complete.

As of this afternoon (and the taking of the progress picture) I have five of six pages done, there is a little left on page five where I want to complete page six to make the back-stitching easier.  

Once the dragon scene is complete I still need to do Stretch the dragon, finish back-stitching the border, add eyelets and lazy daisy and then bead. 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Best Laid Plans

A friend and I were chatting today and she mentioned she had set goals for the year.. reading, sewing, knitting, stitching and other. 

Then we talked about how there's not enough time to get everything done.  

This has got me thinking about what projects I would like to get finished (or a good chunk done).  There are so many that it is hard to pick.

Fortunate traveller which is getting close. Hopefully no later than April as we are starting another TW SAL (Fantasy triptych) on May 1

Cougar kitten mostly because it will be a retirement gift and I don't want to have to rush it

Bees knees it's almost a quarter done

Canada sampler 

If I can make some good progress on Tour des marques that would be great - it's my oldest project that isn't finished yet.  I do need to either find where I put the threads or re-kit it.  

Of course this is subject to change; but I think it will at least be a good place to start the year.  

I would also like to blog more often.  

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

January Goals

It's the start of a new month and I want to get back to setting monthly goals. Even if I don't stick to them I find it helps me focus my stitching.

January Goals

Finish Fortunate traveller - I will post an update later this week; the verse section is complet

Start Canada Sampler by Stitchrovia - this is our New Year's stitch along for this year, chosen partly because this is Canada's 150th birthday

Start Cougar Kitten (Sue Coleman) by Stitching Studio - this is going to be a retirement gift

Start Merry Ho Ho by Lizzie Kate - this is the first yearly Santa and I hope to do a few this year

Do an ornament

I'm hoping seeing it's January and the weather here in Ottawa is less than inviting I will be able to get lots of stitching done.  I also want to finish up the stash zone, mostly it's putting the last things away and doing a general tidy up. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

State of the Stitching 2016 Edition

Here we are at the end of 2016 and I thought I would take a look at the stitching year that was.  

This year's finishes:

Snow is coming (AuryTM Designs) Ornament
Serenity prayer (My Big Toe) 
One hundred years (Lizzie Kate)
Wedding row - the green version (Bent Creek)
Little hedgie (Just Nan)
Oakley owlet (Just Nan)
A couple other ornaments

I did manage to get a lot done on Fortunate traveller which isn't finished but is close.

Stitching in progress 

Bees knees by Ink Circles

Forest Walk by Heaven and Earth Designs

Fortunate traveller by Teresa Wentzler

Spring Quaker by Rosewood Manor

Touching the autumn sky by Mirabilia

Tour des marques by Silver Lining
Plum pudding by Glendon Place

Winter tree silhouette by Artecy

I'm getting a couple more projects ready to start in January including our yearly SAL.  

Here's to more stitching next year

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Season's Greetings

This year has all but flown by and I hope that you are all enjoying some time with your families.  

I will do my best to post actual stitching later this week.