Thursday, May 17, 2018

...come inside, and meet the missus.

The Smalls SAL seems to have stalled, but here is another small finish for me!  For those who aren't familiar with 1980s movies, this little critter is from Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" - a favorite of both mine and my husband.  Recently my husband found a 3D sculpture of the little worm who appears briefly in the film, and mentioned wanting it for his desk at work.  Once again, Crafter Brain said, "we can make that!," and went out searching for patterns.  I found this on Etsy, from Fiddlesticksau.  I made a few changes - mostly I added the backstitching, to give him a little more definition - and charted his adorable greeting.  Just need to get it in a wee little frame, and it will be good to go!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Maynia Stitching Has Stalled

...and I'm hung up on my little pumpkin dragon.
He (she?) is just so cute, and stitches up pretty quickly, too.  Except for the purple Kreinik used for outlining the dragon...

I've also been trying to organized my craft/stash area (again).  It is getting quite overwhelming.  :/  I'm tempted to just start tossing things, but then I think, "no, I/someone might want this..." and then I'm just sitting there in the basement watching reruns of Star Trek.  Sigh.  But I'm working on it, which has to be good for something...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Updates and Answering Questions

First, my Maynia updates-
1) Turrets and Town.  The brown variegated thread is Ship's Manor "Ganache," and after looking at those little trees, I decided they should be green....that is "Three Fairies Green" from Romy's Creations.
(This is a phone pic - as is the next - and really aren't the greatest.  I'm sorry!)

2) Progress on the "Pumpkin Dragon" as of last night.
From what I can find via Google, the designer is Dutch, and it looks like the company no longer exists (Atelier Naquesh, I think?).

And now for some answers to questions!
The "sachet paper" that I used in the little Shaker box was in a little potpourri hanger packet that I found at A.C. Moore for $1.  I was actually expecting the packet to have the crumbly potpourri stuff in it, but when I opened it, it was just several layers of scented paper - a bit heavier than tissue paper, but not quite stationery weight.  It ended up working better than the loose bits might have, anyway, since I could cut small ovals and they laid nicely between the batting layers.  I looked for the product I used on A.C. Moore's website, but couldn't find it there.  :/
I did not take any classes at Celebration this year - I have in the past, and while they are fun, they are also expensive.  And I have many unfinished class projects in my stash, anyway!  So this year I chose to only attend the Saturday night dinner event. It is also not cheap, but the proceeds benefit breast cancer research, and it is a fun evening.  The rest of the weekend I just stitched and shopped.
Finally, yes, I think the Garden State Java fabric does have a mottled green/brown cast to it.  I've become quite partial to green fabrics lately.....

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Musings on Maynia

By now I think most of the online stitching world knows about "Maynia" -- the annual craziness that involves starting lots of new projects in May.  It has evolved to mean different things to different stitchers, everything from 31 starts to 18 starts to a "monogamous" model where a stitcher spends the whole month on a single project.

So this year I decided to give it a try.  Now, I'm not a 31-start stitcher by any means, but it IS nice to have a whole pile of projects kitted up and easy to grab when the urge strikes!  I think I have 5 biggish projects waiting in the wings: Serendipity Designs' "Seaside Angel," "Secret Sky" by Modern Folk Embroidery, 2 of the designs from Blackbird Designs' "Garden Club" series, "Red St. Nicklaus" by Astor Place, and "Turrets and Town" from Ink Circles.  I know some of those aren't "big" by some people's standards, but for me, anything much larger than an ornament can take me a while!  And I've also kitted several smalls.  The one I posted yesterday was an unintentional start - and finish - from Celebration, and here is another one that I grabbed from the cast-off bin in the stitcher's lounge.  It was fully kitted, although I did swap out the fabric.  It included a dark purple fabric - not the best for all the purple floss! - so I'm using 30-ct. Garden State Java.
Also while I was at Celebration, I made a decent amount of progress on Turrets and Town, and put in just a handful of stitches on Secret Sky (mostly because I bought the fabric there, and wanted to see how my floss colors would work).  AND I started and finished a small - a little pattern I found on Etsy of the little worm from the movie, Labyrinth.  You know, the little fellow who says "'allo!" ?  My husband requested it for his desk at work, and I will share a picture of it soon.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Celebration of Needlework 2018

Ah yes, it is that time of year annual Mom-cation in Nashua, NH!  Celebration of Needlework is so much fun.  Days of stitching with like-minded folks, a huge bed all to myself, no responsibilities or worries - I'll be so sad if/when the event ceases to be held (not that there is any talk of that that I heard - I'm just assuming that some day, it will end).  And of course, the shopping.  I tried to contain myself, but it just isn't possible to not buy ANYTHING.  I came home with some new fabric, a pattern or 2, and some limited edition kits that I just couldn't resist.  One I even finished stitching, and took today off from work to do laundry, organize my goodies, and put this together -
This was a tiny Shaker box kit from Susan Greening Davis.  I changed the pattern, though - there was a heart in the center, but I found those initial buttons at another vendor table (Puntini Puntini, from Italy) and made the vine a bit wider to accommodate the button.  I also sandwiched some vanilla sachet paper between the layers of stuffing, so it smells nice!  It is just darling, and I love it (even if I haven't a clue what to do with it now).

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More Itty-bitties

Bent Creek's "Black-Capped Chickadee: Chirp."
This is a kit, so I used the included flosses and 32-ct. linen.  However, I did NOT stitch the chickadee on top of the house as charted!  He just looked like a monster bird who could eat the house's inhabitants.  So I put the adorable little leaning house in a tiny frame that I picked up for .49 at the thrift store, and looked at it for a while.  Still missing something...and I came up with this.  I love it.  It isn't perfect (please don't look at the back of my button/ribbon mess there), but it makes me smile.  It is currently tacked to my pegboard at work.