Literate Dragon page 2

Yay! I finished page 2 of the QS Literate Dragon I am doing for the 2013 HAED BB Freebie SAL. I love how he is coming out. I still haven’t named my dragon, but I am sure by the time it is finished he will have a name. I made a bit of headway into page 3, but I find stitching on the red fabric gets to my eyes after awhile, so I decided to put him away for a bit and get out something else this week.


Here he is! I wish I had his library!


I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to work on Heaven and Earth’s “The Gift” by Matt Stewart, “Trick or Treat” by Randal Spangler or “Christmas Dreams” by Dona Gelsinger this week. None of them fit into the SAL for this week on the board, so I closed my eyes and reached into my wip bag. The winner is “The Gift,” previously titled Frodo and Galadriel by Matt Stewart. I am still plugging away at the beautiful confetti filled flowers in the lower left corner of the piece. J


Here is my before picture:

The bottom row is just a few stitches high, so that is why the weird strip at the bottom. I did the first two pages of the bottom row and now I am working on the first full page above the bottom row. It is mostly flowers and foliage. It looks mostly black, but there are all sorts of dark colors in between the flowers. It is amazing how it all comes together. I’ll be happy if I finish all of the confetti in the flowers on the bottom half of the page this go around, lol. I would love a page finish, but they take a bit longer than I always think they will to fill in.


I am also planning on working a bit more this week on my Celtic Autumn (By Lavender&Lace) conversion to Celtic Samhain. I really want to get it finished and hopefully framed before October.

Happy Stitching everyone!


Hi everyone! I am so excited I finished page 1 of the Kinuko Craft The Bards of the Bone Plain chart by Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) today. I started this chart on June 29, 2013. I am stitching it on 28 count white Monaco cloth (My favorite cloth for over 1 stitching!).


I am doing it 1×1 full crosses, so it is taking a bit longer than when I tent stitch. I think I’ve found the best way to tackle the confetti in the piece for me. I printed out the pages at ½ of the page per sheet of paper. I am doing cross country with one color at a time. First I highlight the symbol I am going to do all in yellow. Then I stitch them going column by column until I get all the ones on the page I am doing for that color thread. I then go back and highlight over the yellow with pink or orange to show it has been stitched. This way as I’m going cross country I just look for the yellow squares on my chart.


Doing it that way I did miss a few random confetti stitches, but not as many as I usually do just going through without doing it one color at a time. I think even with going over the symbols more than once with highlighter that it took me less time than if I wasn’t so organized about the confetti.


Here is page 1! I’m so excited that I can already see the lady in the wall mural.


In case you’ve forgotten, here is what it will look like next century when I am done, lol!


Happy Stitching everyone!


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!


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!

Celtic Samhain Update

I got Celtic Samhain out last week and put her on my q-snaps. I worked on her a little every day and got all of the regular floss stitched in the orange part of the front of her dress. I still have the bottom hem of the dress and her shoe on the front, but I can start the metallic in the scroll work pattern. I am doing gold around the black areas (the shawl/wrap) and black light effects in the scroll work on the orange part of the dress. I can’t say I am loving working with Light Effects. It frays way more than my other metallic threads.


Here is Celtic Samhain after today’s stitching on her skirt. I’ll wait on adding the beads in that area until all the metallic is done.

I have two more spools of the gold metallic, so when I need a break from the skirt I’ll work on outlining my letters with the gold.


I’ve also been busy on my HAED stitching. I did a bit more on Opalite, but since it isn’t a page finish I’ll hold off on a picture for now. I did finish a page along the bottom of Christmas Dreams and I am really happy with how it is coming out. The bottom row is partial pages, so they are a pretty quick finish even with the confetti involved.

I will be working on my HAED SAL piece this week, The QS Literate Dragon, so I hope to finish page 2 if possible. The third page just came out today, so I am hoping that will be my motivator in getting the first two pages totally done.


I also got my bead pack for my Chatelaine Japanese Garden Mandala, so I plan to rotate between Celtic Samhain and Japanese Garden Mandala until they are finished for my non-HAED stitching.

Happy Stitching!

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!


Christmas Dreams

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!