Monday, October 10, 2016

Twilight Duel Update 14 October 2016

Wow! The 2nd Monday of October is already here. 

Last month I shared this progress picture of Twilight Duel - the Heaven and Earth Designs cross stitch based on artwork by the amazing Ruth Thompson.

I added over 5,000 stitches this month! (I guess there is nothing like a challenge deadline to motivate me...)

As I began the project August 30, 2015, I like to take a photo of my progress on the 30th of each month.

This is how it looked on September 30, 2016.

For those of you that use Q-snap frames, is there a good way to avoid the line the clamps are leaving on my fabric? Any advice is welcome. With the time put into this piece I really do not want to damage it. 

On October 9th, I finished page 8! 

You may remember, I was working on a Parking Challenge for the New Official Heaven and Earth Designs Facebook Group. I met the October 15th deadline. 

Part of the white dragon's mouth appeared, as did a tiny bit of a knee!

32,342 stitches are done, so there are 115,258 stitches to go...

After submitting my photos for the challenge, I worked in the threads I had parked on pages 7 and 9. I still have a few to finish on page 14. Then I plan to finish page 3.

Percent Complete:
Project: 21.91%          (It was 18.34%)
Page 1: 100% - Done
Page 2: 100% - Done
Page 3: 14.14%           (Same)
Page 4: 100% - Done
Page 5: 1.83%             (Same)
Page 7: 7.08%             (It was 2.95%)
Page 8: 100% - Done  (It was 36.75%)
Page 9: 2.73%             (It was 0.22%)
Page 10: 0.25%           (Same)
Page 14: 1.83%           (It was 0%)

Page 8 Milestones (4th page completed)

  • Finished the 1st skein of white.
  • Finished the 2nd skein of white. (I am now using the 3rd of the 5 white skeins I purchased for this project.)
  • Surpassed 30,000 stitches!
  • It is now more than 20% complete!

I am linking up with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #79 at Super Mom - No Cape this week. Please visit to see the free vintage embroidery design shared and to see what others shared.

If you do any hand embroidery, please join the party!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TAST 2016 Stitch 50

TAST Stitch 50: Looped Cretan Stitch

I love using the Looped Cretan Stitch as a base stitch for angels.

To keep my stitches even, I used waste canvas.
The stitches were made with size 12 white perle cotton.

After removing the waste canvas, I added pairs of detached chain stitches to create wings. Then I added a bead for the head.

If you are interested, you may see my first attempts with the Looped Cretan Stitch and with the Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch here, in this TAST post from 2014.

Or, you may try to find them in the two photos below. 

The Looped Cretan Stitch is in the block above. 
(You may see more photos of this block here.)

The Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch is in the block above.
(You may see how I used this block in a project here.)

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. You may learn more about it on her blog, Pintangle, here. There is also a TAST Facebook group. I love seeing how creative the members there are with the weekly stitches! If you are interested in learning or practicing embroidery, 
I encourage you to join the fun!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fractal White Tiger September 2016 Update

This month, I added about 800 stitches to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

This is how it looked last month.

I do love working on this one for my eldest son!

I began this project on January 1st, 2016 as a part of A New Stitchy Start. If you have a minute to visit, there are some gorgeous projects being worked on this year.

1 Christmas Item a Month September 2016

I have a partial finish to share this month. I finished embellishing this Christmas fabric postcard. 

Many of the seams were embellished with TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) stitches. 

The gift boxes were created using Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Template Set 2. (Please note: I received a complimentary set in exchange for an honest review, and I LOVE my set. This seam was also featured in my formal product review published in the Summer 2016 Edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly. I am not affiliated with the magazine or the templates. I just love both.)

I want to thank Narelle at for keeping me motivated to work on Christmas items. Can you believe there are only 13 weekends until Christmas? (Including this weekend.) Yikes! Time does fly.

Next month, I will share a photo of the assembled postcard.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!