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Today’s stitching had me continuing on with Touching the Autumn Sky. This is such an enjoyable stitch. The colors are so pretty. I was able to finish her hands and start on her cocoa colored cape. The cape made me want some hot chocolate so badly while I was stitching. The color is such a creamy brown color, I love it! I think I will move up to the scarf next and then her face and hair. I’m still playing with what blues or greens I want to change the pinks too. I might leave the purple shading on her apron, so I want colors that will go with that. I figure working up will give me more time to work on the colors I plan to convert. I will be putting this one aside for awhile while I concentrate on my HAED stitching for a little bit. I really like the patterns I’ve chosen so far and it is hard to rotate them, but I do love seeing my progress in pictures. I feel like I haven’t stitched much, but when I compare this to earlier pictures I can see my progress. J Her hands look a little funny separate from her cloak sleeve, but since the cuff on the left hand has some of the pinks in it, I wanted to leave it until I’ve decided on the colors.

 

 

My next post will be an update on my sk Blue Moon, so stay tuned! I probably won’t have enough for an update until the end of the week, so it may be a few days.

Happy Stitching!

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I had time to cross stitch yesterday and today, so was able to get a good sized piece of Touching the Autumn Sky Finished. I finished the leaves in the left hand top corner of the chart and worked my way down the swings. I plan to start on her hands and jacket sometime tomorrow. We are going to an art show tomorrow, so how much of her I get done will depend on work and when we get home from the show.

 

Here is my Mirabilia’s Touching the Autumn Sky (TtAS) stitched 2×1 on 32 count Sugar Maple Fabrics French Vineyard evenweave.


 

Happy Stitching!!

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I couldn’t resist finishing up the pretty greens in Autumn Fairy’s dress this week even though I meant to move on to Mirabilia’s Touching the Autumn Sky. I think I am at a good resting place with Autumn Fairy, so I am happy to move on to the next piece in my rotation. Some other stitchers are doing a Touching the Autumn Sky stitch-a-long the last week of each month, or simply a Mirabilia piece if they do not want to stitch TTAS. Since I am stitching it and have several other Miras on the go, I will do Touching the Autumn Sky this month, but might do a different Mira in February.

Before I move on to the next piece, here is a picture of my progress on Autumn Fairy! I really love how she is coming along. I’m not sure how I did it, but she has an extra column of stitches around her tummy, but I am going to leave it as is since I can work around it and it is the little things that make a piece uniquely ours as stitchers. At least, that is what I am telling myself and I really can’t see a difference, it just made the goldwork a bit tricky on the bodice, but I think it still looks good and I can fix it since there is space between the area with the goof up and her arm and ribbon. J

Happy Stitching!

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The days have been a bit warm for winter; however, it is Florida, so I should not expect a nice cold day to curl up all cozy with a spot of tea and my stitching. I did find some more time to work a bit more on Autumn Fairy before it is time to move on to my next wip. I got a bit of the green and sparklies in her skirt done and began a bit on the bodice of her gown. I’ll take pictures later this week for everyone. I like seeing my progress in pictures. Sometimes I don’t think I get much done until I see my progress next to my last progress picture.

 

This week is Mirabilia week. I am in a SAL the last week of every month with Mirabilia’s Touching the Autumn Sky, so I am hoping to make some headway on that one during the week. I at least want to finish the leaves at the top of the page, so I can then move down the swing ropes and start the little girl. I anticipate being busy at work this week, so if all I get to are the leaves I will consider that a successful stitching week.

 

I am super excited I got my hands on an issue of Cross Stitch Crazy today at Barnes & Noble booksellers. It is the January issue, I think- issue #159, with the Festive Fairy by Joan Elliott in it. I think this lovely fairy in her red’s, greens and golds will look lovely on some white sparkly evenweave I have. It has silver metallic thread through the fabric giving it a nice glitter effect. I think it is a 26 count, so doing it over 2 might require test stitching. I know 2 over 2 on 28 count gives me good coverage, but since 26 count is bigger I’m wondering if I will need to do her with 3 strands over 2 to get better coverage? I will test a bit in a corner of the fabric, but I cannot add her into my rotation until I finish another wip. J

Happy stitching everyone!

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Hello Everyone! Sorry I haven’t written in a few days, but work has been busy. Since I am now working on my 15 charts for the 2012 challenge in any order I like, I will not be making daily updates. I will be making weekly updates on my progress though!

 

Today was the first time I got to stitch since I finished the little coffee picture. I decided to work on Autumn Fairy by Joan Elliott. The skirt is a long stretch of brown, so I wanted to get through the browns. I have a bit of dark brown left for shading and then there is a bit of color and then some greens on the bottom of the skirt. For the most part the browns are done until I finish her hair. I was thrilled to get a few of the leaves overlapping her skirt done today. The green on the brown was a nice break and revived my stitching mojo to get more done on this one. I will continue to stitch on her for a few more days as I have time, then I plan to stitch on my HAED’s over the weekend and Touching the Autumn Sky next week. Here is the section I filled in and did the leaves on today. I had my stitching sitting on top of the book and just noticed the picture is showing up under my fabric, sorry about the shadow there my stitchy friends.


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I have my first finish for 2012! The “No Magic Until I’ve had my Coffee” by Joan Elliott from her Bewitching Cross Stitch book. It is only a tiny design, but since all the rest in my 15 are medium to large in size, I’m happy to have one finish, lol! I decided since it was so small that I would work on it my first day of not adding something new to see if I could finish it.

 

I didn’t have any Amethyst Kreinik, so I used Purple instead. I think it looks fine. I’m all about using what I have on hand. I also can’t do French Knots for anything, so I chose a dark/purplish sort of bead for the cat’s eye instead of doing a black French Knot. I think once I find a frame small enough instead of a coaster, this little one will hang by my coffee pot.

 


 

If I have any stitching time later today, I will work on my HAED SK Blue Moon some. I hope to have at least half the page done by the end of this month.

Happy Stitching!

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Today is the last day of the 15 and I am adding another wip that I can’t wait to finish. This one is a gorgeous holiday design called Christmas Flourishes by Mirabilia Designs.

 

I am stitching this one 2 over 2 on Antique Blue Linen. I love the beautiful blues and purples in this chart. I can’t wait to get to the metallics and beading on her. I started working on her in the upper left hand corner with her upraised hand holding the gift. Today I only got a little bit done on the pinks in the bag. I hope to finish this one in time to frame her for the holidays next year.


 

Happy Stitching and here’s to a fun week of stitching on whoever is yelling the loudest at me!

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