I finished up Side Project b and it came out pretty cute. Cute enough for a pretty cat named Lady Door.
I really wish I could remember where I got the fabric from, but for some reason that information is buried deep in some locked part of my brain. Just need the proper clue to bring that memory to the fore.
So here is the information for the patterns themselves:
The cute Bees are from Issue 187 of The World of Cross Stitching "Country Quackers" page 74, Heart pattern from www.the-chart-shop.com "Girly gifts by Diane Machin, and the lettering is from Issue 188 of The World of Cross Stitching "Bright and blessed" page 20.
It is really easy to combine patterns, and if you are ever bored, give it a try. It really isn't that difficult since the patterns are already "created", all you are doing is putting them together a little differently.
I also found this bookmark thingy and a happy birthday thingy when I was digging around my fabric box. Apparently I had some things hidden in there I didn't know about!
The bookmark pattern is from Teresa Wentzler, who has some beautiful patterns out in the world. She even has a website with free patterns in it for various things....DRAGONS, and such. I like dragons. Dragons are AWESOME. You will see more of her stuff stitched by me from patterns by her that have DRAGONS.
Anywho, the bookmark, (back on task here) I used variegated floss as you can see. This is just the regular variegated DMC 53, 108, 93, 102,57, and 92. For the backstitching I'm using the 53 with Sulky Holoshimmer 145-6045.
I have no idea why I stopped where I did because I was almost done with it. Doesn't make any sense to me, but then WIPs in general shouldn't happen ever and yet they do ALL OF THE TIME...and not just with me but with every stitcher on the planet.
Underneath the bookmark I found ANOTHER item I remember doing for not particular reason about 23 years ago.
I'm not sure who it was intended for but it really is pretty and I'm thinking I can add a 90th to it and make a card out of it for my grandma who will be 90 years old at the end of this month.
It is a little dirty, not sure how it got dirty....oh, maybe because it's been all over the place for the past 23 years and treated badly! The stitching is lovely still, which is a complete surprise and most of it is still in minty fresh condition.
The title stated frustration, but that really isn't an accurate word for what I'm going to share at this point.
I had finally decided to sew the marker lines onto the fabric to help me count the ways. As I was doing this I realized that for some reason I had begun stitching the pattern onto the fabric as if I were stitching on Size 11 Ct and not the Size 28 Ct is is supposed to be.
Well, this is where some might think I became very agitated and threw things across the room, or threw my hands up in exasperation. You would be incorrect on this fine day! I'm actually HAPPY this happened.
Why? You ask in hesitation as if I had lost my mind because as we all know, ripping out so many FINE stitches would be pure torture for most and we all know how I love to rip out my hard work and how much time it would take to rip all of that out without damaging the fabric and my sanity.
HA! I say to you! HA!
I'm happy about it because I may now institute my plan of attack on this project properly. I've said before I'd like this to be perfect and the end result beautiful. What better way than to catch something like this right off the bat than to have half of it done and realized "Dear me, what have I done?" I say EXCELLENT! PERFECT TIMING!
Yes, it's weird, but I am a self proclaimed dork and am not able to hide it even if I tried.
All that said, I do have good news on finding a larger place to live...one with a livingroom! Turns out, my neighbor has just moved and his place is being cleaned and painted as we speak. I'll begin moving in about a week. Don't worry, I have a small place now and I am a professional about moving, I have it all worked out in my head already.
For now, I leave you with the box I have to use for the flosses for Project 2! Couldn't use my usual small floss box...too many colors!
Until next time.....