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Sunday, January 16, 2011

All Over But The Stitching (Pic Heavy!)

The Crazy January Challenge is over... well, except for now I'm supposed to try and finish the 15 projects I started.

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*crickets chirping*


Yeah, right.

Anyway, here's my Day 14 start -

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Little Red Hen by SaySews
This is my first non-cross-stitch start - I used to do lots of crewel and embroidery work but it's been a really long time and I don't remember how to do most of the stitches.

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Here's my start - does this split stitch look like feathers to you guys? It's the stitch recommended by the kit but I don't know...

Yesterday I had only a half day at work - yay! - so I went on my tri-annual actual-store stitching stash trip. I live in a very rural area as some of you guys know, so three times a year is about all I make it to a store with actual floss & material. And it's JoAnn's Fabrics even then because I'd have to drive another two or three hours to find a true Needlework Store.

Anyway - I had nothing at all for Day 15's start so I bought:

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floss for 'Rapture' - they had all but three colors, guess I'll have to figure out how to get those

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fabric for 'Rapture' and another project whose fabric I stole for 'Erestor'

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Needles 'cause I lost my needle holder with all my spare needles in it and couldn't find the new packs I had stashed back, either

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floss to finish kitting up my 'Nautical' WIP - I lost the other floss. They didn't have the yellow but I had half a skein in stash; I'll have to hope it holds out until I can get more

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floss for Sprites

because Reno was bald:
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But now he's got hair!:
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I did make a mistake and forget to stitch the full crosses for his eye tattoo-mark-thingies, so I cheated and backstitched because I hate to frog. I'll be stitching him again, though, as a gift, so next time I won't forget.

And Irvine was naked:
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But now he is clothed:
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(these Sprite patterns, as always, are from the fount of pattern-talent Dork Stitch blog)

and some extra things kinda hopped into my cart, I dunno how:

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kits (half off and I had two 40% off coupons to make it even sweeter)

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and buttons that I like better than the ones I already had for 'God's Grace'

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and extra floss of colors that I run out of a lot

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and some cake stencils to make my goth sister twitch on her birthday

And after I got home, I wrapped up the first part of the Challenge by starting 'RaptureQS' for the HAED freebie SAL - my final, Day 15 start:

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So - now the only problem is figuring out exactly which of all these projects gets put into the first rotation of 2011! Because - I kind of want to work on them all but I'd never finish anything and prolly go insane, too. And there's always that other challenge's 15 WIPs to tackle...

~Insane Person aka Tama

3 comments:

  1. Wow that's some awesome stash!
    I'm stitching Reno too right now, lol! I love how you made the face. And I guess I have to thank you too for requesting those sprites patterns :D

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  2. Wow you had a busy shopping trip!!
    Nice sprite finishes!!

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  3. All of the projects you choose are so ambitious! It should be really cool to see them when they're done, especially the embroidered hen- that kit is really cute! Also, thank you for stitching Irvine and Reno! They look really nice, and the backstitch for the tattoos is a cool idea, I think.

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