Sunday, November 24, 2013

12 Days of Christmas update

As those of you who follow my blog know, I have designated the 12 Days of Christmas as the focal piece in my rotation.  That means, every other time I rotate, I work on this one.

Well, I just finished it's most recent turn with the completion of day 7!  I am enjoying working on this project, but am relieved to be taking a bit of a break from it.  I know backstitching serves a purpose, but after finishing off one of the "days", I've had enough BS (backstitching, lol) to last me awhile!

Here's the photo of my current progress:

As you can see, I did make a start on the border of day 8.  This is due to the blended colors being used in the over 2 borders.  I cut identical lengths of the two colors needed and then combine each of  the six strands with the six strands of the other color and thread them into six needles.  I stitch with the blends until all six needles are used up.  I'm not sure this paragraph makes sense, but that's what happens!  ;-)

I don't know what will be next in my rotation, 'cause I called it quits for tonight.  Guess that means I'll be surprised at my next stitching session.

Happy Stitching!  To those in the US, I hope you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Congratulations! Margaret Davaz!  She was the only participant in the first Blog Hop here on my blog so she gets the $10 gift certificate.  She also received a blackwork heart pattern.

The next question for the Blog hop has been posted.  I am really hoping that I will get some participants to join me!

Happy Stitching!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Crossed Stitches Blog Hop #2

Thank you to all who took part in the first Blog Hop!  I really appreciate your participation!

The question for this round is:

How many WIPs do you currently have?  (A WIP is a Work-In-Progress.)

I really don't know why I asked this question...I sort of don't want to admit to this one.  ;-)
I currently have 7 cross stitch projects going.  I'm NOT going to count any quilting, scrapbooking or crochet projects 'cause I might faint.
If you want to know what all of my WIPs actually are, just look to the right.  They are listed in the sidebar with my current stage of progress.  At the moment, TW's 12 Days of Christmas is the one receiving attention.
To include the widget and the list of participating blogs, you can: get the InLinkz code.

If you would like to include the Crossed Stitches logo, you can copy and paste the code below:

Happy Stitching!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Blog Hop and WIP progress

Well, so far, I'm disappointed that no one apart from my friend Margaret has joined in on the blog hop I'm trying to start.  :-(

For anyone that does participate, I am giving away a blackwork heart pattern.  I've also decided to put everyone's name into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to 123Stitch!

And now for a WIP photo!  This is my HAED BB SAL project QS Mystic Garden.  I've finished pages 1 & 3 now.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Night stitching

The last few weeks, while watching Monday Night Football, I've been working on my HAED BB SAL QS Mystic Garden (the BB link is listed on the website).

Tonight, I took before and after photos of my evening's progress.  Here are the pics:

It doesn't look like a lot, but I am pleased with my progress.  The line at the bottom of the tiger is the bottom edge of the first page.  My current stitching is the third page.  Pages two and four will be off to the right but are not as wide as one and three.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Crossed Stitches Blog Hop #1

I've participated in some blog hops in the past and really enjoyed them.  I miss doing them and thought "Why not start my own?".  So here goes...

For the first hop, I thought I'd go with a background-style question:

How long have you been cross stitching?
Personally, I know that I have been stitching since at least 1980.  I had stitched and dated an ornament that year.  Considering that it had numerous French knots (ugh), I wasn't a complete newbie when I did it.  What I had done prior to that is anyone's guess.  Darn it, now that I realize I've been stitching for 33 years, I feel old.  Oh well, I've accomplished quite a bit since then which is a great thing!


To include the blog hop link on your own blog, here you go: get the InLinkz code.

If you would like to include the Crossed Stitches logo as part of your blog hop post, you can copy and paste the code below.  You don't need to include the enitre code box below as part of your post.  The logo itself acts as a link back to this post.

If you have any issues or questions about this hop, please email me.
Happy Stitching!