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Hello Everyone! I do apologize for my long absence. I have not stitched in ages. However, I did finish this adorable pattern by the Frosted Pumpkin company back in October. Since I showed part I of the SAL, I thought you might want to see how it turned out.

I really love it! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the fabric is 28 count Crystal Dwarf by Picture this Plus.

Happy Stitching!

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Hi Everyone! I’m sorry about the long absence. I have been working 60-70 hours a week lately and have not had much stitching time. Since I finished Celtic Samhain, I have stitched one page of a Heaven and Earth Design and started two SAL’s. A Joan Elliott one, in which I only have the border done so far and a Frosted Pumpkins Halloween themed one.

 

I really love everything Autumn and Halloween themed, so could not resist signing up for this when I saw it.

If anyone is interested the SAL is still available here: http://thefrostedpumpkinstitchery.bigcartel.com/ from the Frosted Pumpkins website.

 

Here is my finished Part I. Part II does not come out until July 17th, so this will have to be put aside for a little bit. I am stitching it on 28 Crystal Dwarf Lugana from Picture this Plus fabrics and am using the recommended DMC floss and specialty flosses in the pattern. I cannot wait to see what turns up in the other parts of the SAL. There are four parts total. I’m hoping for a witch, ghost, werewolf and maybe a vampire if they can fit them in. I will have to wait patiently and see what is released on the 17th.


Happy Stitching Everyone!

Diana

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Hi Everyone! I’ve had quite a few people ask for my Celtic Samhain Conversion and the witch hat I designed for her. I am attaching the conversion as an Adobe pdf file since that is the only way I could get the hat chart to not lose formatting. I hope all of you enjoy stitching her as much as I am.

Diana Garland Celtic Samhain Halloween conversion

Happy Stitching,

Diana

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Greetings All! I’m sorry it has been a month since my last post. I’ve been super busy with training for my new position at work and have hardly had any time to myself. Things are starting to get into a routine, so I’m hoping I’ll have some more stitching time soon. I did find small moments in time to stitch on my Celtic Samhain and am super excited that the last page of my QS Literate Dragon SAL came out. I did get a start on the final page, but it is not close to finished yet.

 

Here is where I left off on Celtic Samhain. I added a cat to her and finished the inside line border. I chose the colors for the outside line border and started it. Once the border is stitched that is all the DMC floss and it is just the metallic braid and beads. I got my order of gold metallic in, so I can work on finishing the gold in the borders and on her dress. I might need another spool though. I thought I ordered two, but it appears I only ordered one.

 


My stitching goals for September are to finish page 4 on QS Literate Dragon and finish Celtic Samhain. I think I can do it!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Diana

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We’ve had a wonderful month so far. I finally got the threads for my Chatelaine chart, Japanese Garden Mandala. I am using the DMC conversion with some variegated cotton thread substitutions for the silks used in the pattern. I just can’t afford to buy silk thread no matter how pretty it is. Maybe one day, but for now I’m happy with my cotton floss. I’ve never done a pattern with four sides going round before, so I have to remember to keep my top legs going the same way if I turn my work in my hand as I stitch. That is taking a little getting use to. I am also having to take the time to teach myself all of the specialty stitches since I don’t have much experience with anything other than straight cross stitches and the various fractional stitches sometimes needed. I am finding the Rhodes stitches to be fun.

 

Here is the center of my Japanese Garden Mandala so far. I am doing it on 32 count white opalescent Jobelan. I have all of the center finished except for the blue kreinik wave design along the bottom and bottom half of the sides and next to each Rhodes stitch. I am saving the beading for last, so the beads are not attached yet either. I will be working on the rock garden’s next and then the bonsai trees in the pots, or maybe I’ll do one garden then some pots etc… I’ll see what feels right when I get there.


I’m also working on the next page of Christmas Dreams. I am working on a lovely plate of Christmas Cookies this week and hope to have the small page finished in a few days. I was fortunate enough to be gifted quite a few charts for my birthday, so I need to get cracking and have some finishes. I want to dive into all my new charts, lol.

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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Sorry for my long silence. I was bored with my stitching for a bit and pulled out an old UFO. I had started Donna Gelsinger’s Christmas Dreams by HAED last November and only got about 200 stitches into it. I pulled it out and finished my first two pages on it. It is a bit confetti heavy, but the detail is amazing. I had no idea the cup would have a holly border on it until I filled in all the stitches and there it was. J I am doing the large format chart since I ordered this one as a hard copy. The large format is much easier on my eyes if I am not printing it and enlarging it from a .pdf.

 

I started in the left bottom corner and finished the two pages going up the side, pages 56 and 45. I am tenting this one 2×1 on 28 count white Monaco fabric. I’m really excited that ornaments are showing up already in the background.

 


 

Next rotation I plan to move to the right along the bottom and work on the plate of cookies you can just see peeking in the corner. This week I plan to pull out Matt Stewart’s Frodo and Galadriel, but I have a feeling Christmas Dreams will be back on my q-snap before I know it.

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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Ugh, I’ve already broken my no new starts pack with myself. I got sucked into a Mirabilia Rose of Sharon SAL. Lol, I have to admit there was very little persuasion needed as I saw everyone’s beautiful conversions on this stunning design. I’m making very few changes to her because it is the yellow and blue dress of this design that had me fall in love with her. I’m keeping the dress the same. I will be changing her from a blonde to a brunette, or maybe a red head. I’ll decide when I get to her hair. I changed the pink roses to lavender and purple because my favorite rose is the Angel Face rose and I wanted the roses to remind me of them. I think they have the most delightful scent of any flower. I started in the middle, so I don’t have any skin yet on the lady. I’m doing her on 28 count New Khaki Lugana because it is closest to the suggested fabric that I had in my stash. I love the delicate shading on her dress. Out of all my threads I am missing the 3051 and 3052 greens for the roses, so I’ll have to add those later. The dress looks a little funny without her back and shoulder, but you get the idea.

 


Everyone here has colds right now, so I haven’t done any stitching all weekend. I just feel blah. I’ll be putting this one away for awhile and am not sure which one will be up next.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Diana

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