Sunday, May 10, 2020

Twilight Duel - SAL Update 4

Wow! 3 weeks went by quickly! I am afraid I still have no progress to share on the Heaven and Earth Designs Twilight Duel chart I am stitching for my youngest son. 

To be honest, I am down to 3 needles and I forgot just how fast I go through them on this piece. 2 strands of floss over 25-count fabric makes it pretty tight to get through sometimes and the eyes of the needles tend to snap. I am happy to say the needles I wanted to order are finally in stock again, so I plan to resume this piece soon.

Over the past 3 weeks, I did manage to put 839 stitches into the Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger chart I am stitching for my oldest son. Although I am working this one with 2 strands over 28-count fabric, I am using the continental tent-stitch and it is soooo much easier to get a needle through. But I do love the coverage the full cross-stitch gives to Twilight Duel.

On our May 31st update, I will definitely have progress to share on Twilight Duel.

Confession... My boys remembered how much I enjoyed playing Animal Crossing with them on their GameCube when they were younger. So, my eldest bought the game for his Nintendo Switch and said it was just for me. So, for the past 2 weeks, I confess my little bit of "me time" after work has been playing or watching my boys play instead of stitching. 

It is Mother's Day here today. I do hope all of you moms have an amazing day! (Even if it is Covid-19 style...) 

Happy Stitching and Healthy Wishes!

Please do stop by to see the progress everyone else has made. I am happy to announce Helen has rejoined us. Welcome back, Helen! I look forward to seeing more of your Garden Alphabet.

Mary MargaretCarmelaJocelynSharon,

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Twilight Duel SAL - Update 3

It is time for our Stitch Along (SAL) update. No progress has been made since March 21st.

Please hop over to see the progress other participants have made. Many of us are in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later. Links are at the end of this post.

We have a new member, too. Sherrie, welcome to the SAL! 

In case you missed finishes shared in our last update:

  • Christina of Petals and Pins finished Madame Chantilly's Pumpkin Thieves, as seen here.
  • Carmela of Pyros & Patch finished her lovely sampler "Casette Innevate" as seen here.

Wishing you all good health,

Deborah, Mary MargaretCarmelaJocelyn,

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Twilight Duel - SAL Update 2

The photo above shows the progress from our last update on my Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Twilight Duel cross-stitch project, based on the amazing artwork of Ruth Thompson. (You may see more of her art that HAED has charted here, if you are interested.)

My progress on Page 9 through our last update may be seen in the photo above. The picture below shows how it looks now.

Some of my recent stitching is also working onto Page 10 (which is just above page 9 in this photo.) The tail, part of the black dragon's leg and the sky are filling in. 

1,015 stitches have been added since our last update.
The project is now 47.87% complete. (It was 47.18%)
Page 9 is now 42.02% complete. (It was 29.3%)
Page 10 is now 2.56% complete. (It was 1.41%.) 

USA Road Trip Challenge:
I am participating in a USA Road Trip Challenge through the Stitchtalk HAED Challenges Facebook Group. There is a list of 108 destinations beginning and ending in Florida. There are 32,364 miles (stitches) in the challenge. 

I made it through Destination #29: Campobello Island (the first 4,339 miles) with the Storykeep Effects of Caffeine. 

March 8th: 4,808 miles (stitches) traveled, passing through Destination #31: Old Port Maine.

Today: 5,823 miles (stitches) traveled, passing through Destination #36 - the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I do hope you will hop over to see what the other crafty bloggers in our Stitch Along (SAL) have been up to! Our next update will be on April 19th. If you are interested in joining, visit Sewing Beside the Sea through the first link below. Avis is fabulous at keeping us all motivated.

We do live in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later. 

Deborah, Mary MargaretCarmelaJocelynSharon,

Finishes shared on March 8th - in case you missed them:

Jocelyn finished Swirling Flowers designed by Karen Kluba, as seen here.

Carole finished one of my favorite cross-stitch designs, I Never Finish Anything from Nerdy Little Stitcher on Etsy. You may see hers here.

Sue finished embroidering lovely flowers onto a pillowcase, as seen here

Kathy finished cross-stitching her darling Christmas stocking, as seen here.

Margaret finished the Dimensions kit, Finery of Nature (with a few modifications) and it is stunningly displayed, as seen here.

Hayley finished a camp blanket for her daughter that displays all of the badges she has earned, as seen here.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I wish you all good health during these crazy times.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Twilight Duel - SAL Update 1

This Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) "Twilight Duel" cross-stitch project will be my next focus piece for this SAL. 

The photo above shows my progress through February 15, 2020.
It was 46.62% complete.

I started this piece, featuring Ruth Thompson's fabulous dragons, for my youngest son on August 30, 2015. 

10 of 24 pages are complete. I will be focusing on finishing page 9. My goal is to finish the 3rd row of pages (3 - already done, 9, 15 & 21) by the end of the year.

This will also be my focus piece for Road Trip Across the USA Challenge with the Stitchtalk HAED Challenges Facebook Group. 

829 stitches were added since February 15th. 
It is now 47.18% complete.

Our next update will be on March 29th. My goal is to add at least 750 stitches.

There were a few finishes and happy dances during our last update. (I hope I did not miss anyone...)

I finished my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine, as seen here

Christina at Petals and Pins had 2 finishes! You may see her Christmas Dollhouse by Natalia Luneva and First Snow by Alicia Paulson here.

Sharon of Piecing Life Together One Stitch at a Time finished a darling Cardinal Stitch a Card Counted Cross Stitch, as seen here.

About this Stitch Along (SAL)

For this SAL, we each choose our own project to work on and share an update every third Sunday. If you would like to join, Avis has shared information about joining on her blog, Sewing Beside the Sea.

I encourage you to stop by and see what the other SAL bloggers have been up to. Linda, we are so happy to have you joining us again! Laura and Cathie, welcome to the SAL!

We are all in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check again later.

Deborah, Mary Margaret, CarmelaJocelynSharon,

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

TAST 2020 Chain Stitch

A new round of Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) began in January.

TAST is a personal challenge to learn a new hand embroidery stitch each week. The challenge is offered by Sharon Boggon of Pin Tangle. You may learn more about the challenge here.

Beyond TAST offers a more complex stitch for those that have completed TAST in the past or are more experienced embroiderers. (I have not worked these yet.)

TAST Week 1: Chain Stitch

This stitch was worked with size 8 Anchor red floss.

I then added size 12 cream Presencia Finca floss to create a whipped chain stitch (as seen in the photo at the beginning of this post.)

TAST Week 2: Fly Stitch

Eight fly stitches worked with size 12 DMC pearl cotton made a snowflake. 

A size 10/0 crystal glass seed bead was added to the center.

I need to work on my spacing, but I also worked a beaded fly stitched snowflake with the same DMC pearl cotton and crystal glass beads.

TAST Week 4: Stem Stitch

I traced a heart (using one of Sharon Boggon's Stitchers Templates Set 1) onto the foundation on the back of the block with a pencil (as seen below.)

Next, I used a pink Anchor size 8 pearl cotton to stem stitch around the heart.

TAST Week 3 was the Buttonhole Stitch. I have not used it yet this year, but I tend to use it to make flower stems (as seen in 2 of the seams surrounding the heart in my Stem Stitch photo.) 

Do you have a favorite way to use the the Chain Stitch, Fly Stitch or Stem Stitch?