Archive for June, 2013

Hi Everyone! I’ve been working a bit on my Celtic Samhain conversion. The E310 thread is driving me batty, but I am alternating stitching with it and regular floss to keep from tossing it in the bin. I love how it looks, but I’ve never had a thread fray so badly before. Thank goodness I’m doing the border, lettering and shawl in the gold metallic so I can use my other metallics. If I ever need a black metallic again I am getting something else. At least I only spent .34 cents on each skein of it since it was on clearance when I bought it, lol.


Enough complaining about frazzled threads, the end of the lady’s dress is in sight! I just have the back end and train to do and then her dress is done except for the beads and metallic threads. Then I will concentrate on the border motifs. I love how she is stitching up. I forgot to convert the hem of her dress and shoe when I did my conversion, but I think the gold colors go well with her orange skirt, so I kept the colors as charted.



Unless I get bogged down in the beading and metallic threads, I am confident I will have her completed by this fall. I am saving my pennies to be able to frame her before Samhain!

Happy Stitching!



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QS Literate Dragon

The girls are out of school now for the summer, so my time is limited when it comes to my stitching. I did manage to get some more done on page 2 of my HAED BB SAL QS Literate Dragon. Page 3 just came out, so I want to finish page 2 soon to move on to page 3. I forget when page 4 comes out, but I’m pretty sure it is not until October or November. That gives me plenty of time to finish page 2 and 3. I am stitching one color at a time to see if the confetti goes quicker than on page 1, so the page looks a bit weird at the moment. I would estimate the page is about 1/3 to 1/2 done right now.

I have moved on to Opalite for this week and should have an update on her tomorrow. It is time to set half year goals on the Heaven and Earth Designs Bulletin Board. My whole year goal is to finish QS Literate Dragon, so I left him out of my half year goals. My half year goals were hard to decide on because I am never sure where my stitching bug is going to take me. I decided since I was close to finishing the top row of Rachel Anderson’s Opalite that I would put finishing the top row as one of my goals. That means two full pages and 1 partial page to complete her (pages 4,5, and 6). This week I skipped ahead to the partial page and finished that. I also wanted to make sure my fabric was wide enough, lol! I know stitchers count and count and measure fabric, but there is always that freak moment when I wonder if I cut my fabric correctly. I am happy to say, the design fits all the way across. J I then moved over and started page 4. I almost have page 4 finished except two big blocks of color that I will work on a bit today. The page moved pretty quick because it was background with zero confetti stitching.

The second goal I set for myself was to start and complete one page of Kinuko Craft’s Bards of Bone Plain. This is a gorgeous design and I can’t wait until the end of the month when I can start her. I’m a bit torn about starting her in the upper left hand corner on page 1 so I can work down and then across, or whether to start her in the middle. If I start in the middle then the middle page is the standing stone. That will look so good stitched; however, I really don’t want to mess up my stitching, so I leaning a bit toward the traditional page 1 start since I am not using magic guide and I don’t grid. Here is what the design look like. It can be purchased at Heaven and Earth Designs. Clicking the picture will take you to the chart on their site.

I am very excited about starting this one. I will be working it on 28 count Monaco 1 x 1 full crosses.

My final goal for the year is to finish the next two bottom row pages of Dona Gelsinger’s Christmas Dreams. I am enjoying stitching this one so much I just knew I had to add it to my goals. I am not sure if I will have time to finish them all, but I certainly hope I do. With all the headway I made on Opalite this week, I am pretty confident I can do it.

Happy Stitching everyone!

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