Sunday, June 29, 2014

WIP Photo

I've been working on Sisters Three for a few days now.  Each night that I work on it, I don't really notice my progress so tonight I decided to take a start of the night photo.  Here's that one:

Later on, I'll take a photo showing tonight's progress...such as it is.

Well, I didn't remember to take the photo last night, but here's the progress that I made:

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stitching Answers and an Image from the Past

I had quite a few questions recently about how I stitch, especially the HAEDs that I am working on.  Thanks to Carla for these particular ones.  All of Carla's questions and comments are in purple.

Are using 25ct evenweave or aida?

Aida?  Ugh.  Sorry, I'm an evenweave snob.  Actually, I don't believe Aida comes in 25ct.  I could be wrong - it certainly wouldn't be the first time.

I'm stitching  my current projects on evenweave with the exception of my PTP Floral Arrangement, that one is on 40ct. linen.  God Speed and La Belle Dame are on 25ct.  Sisters Three and Rapunzel are on 28ct. The Sistine Chapel is on 34ct. linen - I guess that makes this one an exception too.  Don't ask me where I got that unusual count - I have no idea.

Are you one over one or two over two?

Unless the pattern demands it because of quarter stitches, I tend to stitch over 1.

Sisters Three has a bunch of quarter stitches, so it's 2 over 2.  God Speed is also 2 but over 1, it needed the extra coverage due to all the black.  La Belle Dame, Rapunzel and the Sistine Chapel are 1 over 1.  PTP Floral Arrangement is 1 over 1 but I'm only doing half stitches.  Recently, I've learned that this is also called "tent stitching".  Why?  I don't know.

Do you prefer the over one and do you camp your floss?

Yes, I personally prefer the over one.  Do I camp (or park) my floss?  NO!  I've tried.  I can do it that way but I can't stand the "messy" appearance of all those strings of floss everywhere.  I grab a length of floss and stitch with it until I get to the end of that length or run out of stitches to do in that color.  Apparently, this method also has a name:  "cross country stitching".  Where that name came from is beyond me.  When I learned to stitch, it was simply referred to as "cross stitching".

I would certainly love to read and share any bloggity blog about your experience with HAED with my TW Stitchers as we ALL are slowing building quite the wish list on the HAED website.

Feel free to link to my blog for inspiration or just the occasional dose of silliness.
I have done a couple of TW's in my time.  Here's a picture of one of them.

I love what you have been doing and it's beautiful work....oh please Goddess of HAED, will you grace us with your wisdom?
Well, I don't know how wise I am, but hopefully my remarks have helped.  Since Carla mentioned TW, I will offer some comparisons between TW and HAED.

Both companies offer gorgeous patterns.  Here are some of the differences:

TW DesignworksHeaven and Earth Designs
Blended threadsYesNo
Fractional StitchesYesNo
Specialty StitchesYesNo

All the things that make TW's designs so pretty and unique, also make them a bit more complex to stitch.  HAED uses only full cross stitches.  Yes, HAED requires a lot of full stitches but that's all. 

Both companies' designs require patience to complete but the results are worth it!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, June 9, 2014

La Belle Dame... progress photo

A few nights ago, I finished page 10 on La Belle Dame Sans Merci.  This page was almost entirely black.  Boring to stitch and it seemed to take longer than I would have expected.  Oh well, it's done anyway.  The next page is only about half black.  ;-)

The next project in my rotation is:  Sisters Three by Paula Vaughan.  This one will eventually go to my youngest sister.  She doesn't have internet so I don't have to worry about her seeing this!

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Images from the Past: Smalls

Here are some more pictures of items I've finished awhile ago.  All of these are smaller items.  While I prefer HUGE projects, every once in a while, I just need a finish.  ;-)

I stitched a bookmark for myself.

I stitched a coin purse to hold my nickels for my bowling league.

This was for my grandmother.  She kept it on the top of the couch so no one would lean/sit on it.

 This was for a friend's wedding.  Her theme was hydrangeas and this matched her invitations almost perfectly.

This little ornament hangs on my mother's Christmas tree every year.

Happy Stitching!