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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Boat and the Next 'A' Project

So I said I was going to finish this boat:



I totally finished that boat:


Yay!  The number that shows through on the white is supposed to vanish when I soak it after it's done.

This is the next section I will be working on for 'Sunset Birds':


I've already done a few of the pink areas but I didn't do enough to take a picture.

Next up in the rotation was an Alphabet turn, and next on that list is 'A Whole Lotta Latte'.  This was a Crazy January start, I think.  It might have been a Birthday start.  Anyway, I barely got any done and this was more than two years ago.

 

So this turn I finished up the top coffee cup! Whoo hoo!  It's very bright and pretty - the main yellow, pink and green flosses are almost neon bright.  Love it!  It does still need the backstitching, though.




Next is a free turn - I'm starting something new!  But it's tiny, so I think it will be done within a day or two.  I'll show it to you next post - if I do get it done that fast, I'll work on 'Sunset Birds' for the other days of my turn.  Then it's back to the Alphabet list :D

This has been so fun so far!

Happy Stitching, darlings!

Tama

Friday, June 10, 2016

'A is for Anchor' - B is for Boat?

Prairie Schooler's 'A is for Anchor' has an anchor! and a boat! and a giant bird!


I got a lot more done this turn than I did the last one.  This is now halfway done :D

Next is a free turn - I get to stitch whatever I want and what I want is 'Sunset Birds'.  Another little boat!


Next time you see it, this little boat will be done! I am determined :D

I didn't get any more of my China kits out to take more pictures - I will get to the rest of them soon.  I have several small ones on their way to me - the ones that cost $3-$5 and are so cute!  Maybe those will be the next ones I show.

I am also working on updating the old page I had showing every single one of my WIPs and UFOs. It's kind of nice to be deleting several that are finished now.  But tough getting them all in alphabetical order with updated WIP pics XD

Back in a few days - Happy Stitching!

Tama

Monday, June 6, 2016

A HAED, A DGC, and a Rotation Change

So!  I forgot to post my last start in Stitch Maynia.  Or the progress on it, I mean :D

This is Regal Tiger, a Dimensions Gold Collection:



And here's where I got.  I really don't like doing that dark color! Six strands - talk about sore fingers!!! But I got almost all of that area done - I took turns with it and the other colors.



So that ends Stitch Maynia!

Now, after Stitch Maynia I got to thinking about all the new starts and all my old starts and I sat down and looked at all my pictures from lately and years ago, too.  I counted them all up and nearly fell over.  I am not about to admit the total, but it was high.  Much higher than I thought.  Not anywhere near Ms Linda or those other brave people doing the Year of Starts, but still!

Some of them, too, have not been worked on in years.  By which I mean, ten years or maybe even longer.  One of them I started in High School and it hasn't been touched since.  Holy cow...  And I'll admit that recently I've been saying 'wow, I should get that back out' a lot.

So - rotation rearrange - I'm getting them back out.  The lot of 'em.  I put them all in alphabetical order and I'm keeping the five days for each project, but I'm going to do it like this - 1st turn, whatever I want.  2nd turn, next on the alphabet list.  3rd turn, whatever I want.  4th turn, whatever's next on the list.  And so on, ad infinitum.

First turn this time was 'Unspoken', my HAED - I really wanted to get back to this.  I've given up - for now - on the 'rows instead of columns' idea - it just wasn't working for me.  I thought I'd try what a lot of people are doing for the HAED facebook challenge and finish off my page 2 one color at a time.  So I did a whack of 762.  Not all of it, but about three columns worth and a teeny bit of other colors (from before I made the decision).

Here's as it was:


And as it now is:


Next turn (which I'm working on now) is A is for Anchor.  The first of my alphabetized list!  Here's where I left it:


I'm hoping to make a big ol' lot of progress :D  It's already going quite well!

A little stash before I go - here's yet another great big China kit.  I think this is last of the truly huge ones that I have.


It's only called 'Garden' on most of the listings.  I have seen it called 'Cottage Garden', though, so that's what I'm going with.  It has slightly fewer pages than the last few:


Twenty total.  This one is immensely popular - I've seen it on a lot of flosstube videos and blogs, but only in the small size.  I got the BIG size - go big or go home! (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

Here's what came out of the package:


And it opened up to show the floss:


It's all sorted, just folded over on itself.  There are 44 colors.

And here's the fabric!  This one just makes four feet long.  It's going to be so pretty!  But it's also solid stitching XD


I really, really could never buy anything again and still have more to stitch than I could possibly finish before I die.  That didn't stop my from going to JoAnn's today and buying a pile of floss.  I had a one-day only 4 DMC for $1 coupon.  I also got some McCall's patterns that were on sale, a World of Cross Stitch magazine and a new Q-Snap frame.  The only good thing about so many doctor's appointments is that my new doctor is only 5 minutes from JoAnn's!!!

Happy Stitching, dears!

Tama