Home Is Where the Cat Is

January 14, 2010

This is a project I stitched up years ago, in 2004. I think I bought the cross stitch kit at the Walmart by Ocean City, MD to entertain me during a beach week with Bill’s parents. For whatever reason, I never got around to the finishing. I even had the fabric. But all things happen for a reason.

I was finally motivated to finish this project as a Christmas present for Gran. Gran is keeping Harrison (Bill’s cat) permanently. We miss him, but he’s good company for Gran and I think Harrison is happier being a single child. Plus, we do have visitation rights. Anyhoo, I finally had a reason to finish this project.

It’s the first cross stitch that I made into a pillow, and the first pillow that I did with piping. Lots of firsts. I think my piping skills have room for improvement, but I’m happy with how the project turned out. Very happy actually, and that’s saying a lot. Here’s another picture.

It was a fun project to work on, and I was happy to give it as a gift.


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No More Beads…

August 13, 2007

IMG_3709-1She’s done!!! I have completed my Christmas Elf Fairy. It only took me a year. Almost exactly a year. I believe I started this project in Tennessee last Labor Day. I finished about a third of it there, brought it home and worked on it a little and then it sat. And sat. And sat. And it was sitting in a Target bag next to my tv so I saw it constantly. But never picked it up.

Recently, I’ve been on a tear to finish up projects and picked her up, finally. It took me two weeks of weekends and working in the evenings after work. That’s really not that long. Maybe three (four at the most) weeks of actual time spent on the project.

It really was fun to work on. I know all the “rules” say to keep the outlining and beading to the end, but that always drives me crazy so I work on the beads and outlining as I go. And I wish I had done more of that because on Saturday, I was in bead H-E-double hockey sticks. It’s hard to see in the photo I took, but there is a lot of bead detail in there. Trust me. Sunday morning, I finished up the boots and the beading on the bottom and was then able to sign and date it. And then she got a bath.

I was nervous about washing her because the floss was not color safe but after being on a frame for a year, she needed it. I cleaned out my sink, and then used a little of my most gentle shampoo (just a little) and used cold water, ice cubes and a color catcher sheet. I rinsed her in ice water twice and then rolled her up in a towel to get rid of the excess water. She went straight to the ironing board after that and was ironed into a plush towel wrong-side up.

I could not be more pleased with the results. I had no problems with colors running and she looks fantastic all washed and pressed. I can’t wait to take her to the finisher.

IMG_3712-1Then, since there were chores to do, I started this Heart in Hand project and worked on it all afternoon until it was done. I love my hearts. The original project says “One Love” and it was cute, but I didn’t want the words there, so I changed the pattern. The fabric I used was lighter than the one recommended and I am concerned that the border gets lost, but I didn’t discover this until I was over halfway done. I will have to live with it. Bill thinks I will like it more once it is framed and there is less fabric around the border. The project is only about 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. It will go on a wall with all my other hearts.

Oh, and the chores were started at 9pm on Sunday, having put them off as long as possible.


Can’t Stop, Gotta Finish…

August 8, 2007

This was my mantra Friday night. I had a bunch of finished projects that were ready to go to the finisher. I wanted to get my Christmas ornaments in early so I decided that I would make a trip to The Stitching Post on Saturday. On Thursday, I decided to try and get one more ornament done before my trip.

IMG_3696The ornament projects tend to go quickly, but I knew this one would be pushing it. I started the candy canes Thursday night and brought the project to work so I could finish the candy canes at lunch on Friday. Then the plan was to stitch, stitch, stitch Friday night until complete. Bill was out with friends and I had the tivo to myself. He rolled in around 11 and I threw him a kiss with a “can’t stop, gotta stitch.” Finally, at 2 am I had to stop. I had found 2 missed stitches due to my rushing. I put it away knowing I had about two hours worth of work to finish up before being able to head out to the store. As it turned out, I had an hour of stitching work, and then spent an hour scrutizing all my finished projects for missed stitches. I found one missed stitch on four of six projects. Does anyone else have this problem? It makes me nervous that I’m going to get it back from the finisher and find another missed stitch. I think I have a way to correct it, but it’s not easy and really shouldn’t happen. I do think that I was rushing on most of these projects though. In the end, I sent four projects to be finished into ornaments and six projects to be framed:

I am now working on my Christmas Elf Fairy and my goal is to finish her so that I can take her to be framed when I pick up my finished framed pieces. I’m hoping to get to two other things before then too. But I have to let myself relax and breathe because finishing that ornament was more stressful than fun and this is supposed to relax me! In the end it will be worth it because I will enjoy seeing them hang in my house this December!


Productive Weekend

January 16, 2006

In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to finish projects, I completed three pieces this weekend.

First was my Chicago Needlepoint. The hardest part of this project was figuring out the right stitch for the water. I tried many stitches and a couple of different kinds of threads. My main problem was finidhing a stitch and thread that would cover the workds “Chicago Harbor” which were painted in the water in the bottom of the canvas. I didn’t think it was necessary so I stitched over it.

My second project was my reindeer ornament. He is so cute. He was almost done I had to finish the tree and the reindeer’s scarf. In hind sight, I would have made the scarf shorter and added some fringe to the end of it, but I’ll keep that idea for a future project.

The last piece I finished was a project I started in June. It’s a small piece but tedious. It had a lot of outlining. In addition to finishing the stitching, I also framed it this weekend.

Can I buy a new project yet?


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