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Archive for February 2007

Birdhouse Row choices.

Colour choices for Birdhouse Row

My order from Stab and Stash arrived this morning and I was thrilled with the wonderful fabby I received from Tammy. I ordered one each of Harvest, Parchment and Island Spring in 32 count Lugana and I’m really pleased with the way they all turned out.

I’d ordered Island Spring with Diane Arthurs’ Birdhouse Row in mind, without considering what floss to use with it. So when it arrived I pulled out my floss stash and did a toss. Caribbean Laney by Carrie’s Threads won hands down. It’ll be a quick stitch at 42 x 282, and I think it’s going to look lovely.

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February 26, 2007 at 11:35 pm

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This week’s SBQ: fabric counts.

What is the smallest count fabric you have ever used? Did you stitch
over one? Conversely, what is the largest count fabric you have ever used?

I’m pretty boring I think. The largest (highest) count fabric I’ve used so far is 36 count Edinburgh over two. I’ve tried over one on 32 count for the BP Quaker Sampler but found that the alphabet became unreadable so I switched. I’ve seen some people do over one on 40 count; it’s amazing how they can see to stitch! When I eventually get around to stitching Houses of Hawk Run Hollow and the CHS alphabet, they’ll be on 40 count. Over two, of course. And then maybe I’ll get up the courage to try 55 count.

The smallest count I’ve used is 14 count Aida. I don’t like the look of it much though, so these days I use it only for small projects to thin out my stash of it.

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February 23, 2007 at 4:46 pm

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Slowly but surely.

Motif #4 done.

I needed to move the fabric on the Q-snaps, so I decided to snap a picture of what I’ve accomplished this week. Which isn’t much, admittedly, but after I finish the flower motif I’m currently working on, I can say I’ve done slightly more than 10 per cent of this project! It’s actually a quick stitch if I focus, but I’m a TV stitcher so…

I’m giving myself till the end of this week to work on this, after which I’ll put it aside to start my gift project. Then I’ll be going on a weekly rotation, or until I get tired of one project and pick up another for a change.

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February 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm

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Bee pinkeep.

Bee pinkeep WIP

I should have finished this by now, but we’ve been out of the house all this week and I’ve been so tired by the time we get home (usually around 11pm) that I haven’t had much time or energy to stitch. I’ve never made a pinkeep before so I’m stitching this up to try my hand at doing one as part of my 2007 stitching goal to learn more finishing techniques. I’m aiming to finish this by next week, definitely.

I changed one of the pinks called for to a shade I had in my floss stash, but I think it’s a little too light and close to white. It’s the very light pink border around the central motif, and it’s used elsewhere in the design as well. I’m not sure if I like the effect right now. I might change it to a stronger pink…or I could just leave it as it is. We’ll see.

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February 16, 2007 at 11:24 am

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Yes to chartpacks.

Today’s SBQ is, Do you like to buy “chartpacks” that include charms, buttons, and/or beads or do you prefer to gather all materials yourself?

I love the convenience of chartpacks, so I’d buy them if the materials needed aren’t easy to find, or if I’m not feeling up to running around picking up the supplies needed. Since I’m not in the US, things like charms and buttons aren’t easy to come by anyway, so chartpacks make sense. Having said that, I don’t usually go in for designs that need such embellishments so it doesn’t really matter to me.

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February 15, 2007 at 10:32 pm

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An L*K finish.

Teaching is a Work of Heart

I finished this last week for a teacher friend who’s having a tough time at work. It was a quick and fun stitch. Hopefully it will inspire her when things get rough. I used 28 count platinum evenweave, DMC and Carrie’s Threads’ Poppy for the word “Heart” and the apple.

We had a death in the family this week, so I’ve been shuttling between the wake and home. I haven’t had much time to stitch and it’s showing! I’ve been working on the bee pinkeep in January’s issue of The Gift of Stitching and I’m far from finishing the stitching, let alone the finishing itself. Hopefully next week will be better.

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February 14, 2007 at 2:41 pm

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Pulling out new projects.

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I need to start a couple of projects that I’m planning to gift, so I took out the fabric and floss to have a look and motivate myself to get cracking on them. I’m not too sure about the combination shown in the second picture though – maybe I’ll just go with the red/white used for the model, or a variegated against white. What do you think?

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February 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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Not unless I travel to it.

This week’s SBQ:

Have you ever been to a stitching retreat?

Can’t say I have. I understand they’re pretty big in the US, but here in Singapore I’m hard-pressed to find good LNS/ONS, not to mention stitching retreats!

While we’re on the topic, can anyone tell me what is usually done at such a retreat, apart from the stitching?

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February 8, 2007 at 8:50 pm

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BP sampler update.

A week's work.

I started on February 1, so this is a week’s worth of stitching, including the restart. I can only stitch this in the daytime because my stitching corner gets really good daylight and I find that my eyesight gets all buzzy when I try working on it at night. The overhead fluorescents are just not good enough, and I have no work lamp so unless I really want to go blind, no over-one stitching at night for me.

I love how this is turning out, though!

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February 7, 2007 at 11:03 pm

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Latest stash acquisitions.

I’ve been such a bad, bad girl! These are some of my latest purchases:

1. Lady Prim and Proper by Midsummer Night’s Designs
2. Arbre Aux Oiseaux Positif by A Mon Ami Pierre
3. The Token by Long Dog Samplers
4. Strawberry Blonde by Carriage House Samplings
5. Two Lizzie*Kate Snippets
6. The Bookshelf by Little House Needleworks
7. Fibres from Carrie’s Threads and Sampler Arts
8. Plenty of DMC (I’ve got And A Forest Grew fully kitted now)
9. Plenty of fabric – standard and hand-dyed

I’ve also gone and ordered the Adam and Eve kit by Permin because it was 20% off…and I have a $20 GC from ABCstitch that I’m thinking of spending on the Sampler Gameboard by The Drawn Thread.

So much for getting on the wagon.

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February 6, 2007 at 8:40 pm

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