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April 5th, 2013 by Annette


Picked up two newly framed pieces this week.  Both were finished in 2012:

Country Cottage Needleworks Liberty Lane:

Lizzie Kate’s Halloween Mystery:

Very glad to have these hanging on the wall!

December 31st, 2012 by Annette

2012 – The Stitching Year in Review

As noted earlier, the WIPocalypse was a definite success and allowed me to make great inroads on the WIP pile!

I started 2012 with 47 (!!) WIPs and finished 14 of them.

This includes a couple in the last week while on vacation:

Mary Garry’s Sew & Sew – on white 25-ct evenweave, 1-over-1 with DMC & GAST threads.

Textile Heritage’s Tower of London

I also started & finished an additional 13 pieces for a total of 27 cross stitch finishes.  I have six pieces that I started this year and are being carried over 😉

I did a bit of knitting this year, finishing 11 pieces.

One wool sewing project was also completed..a pocket for my new lucet 🙂

That’s a grand total of 39 finishes for 2012!

Taking into account the finishes, new starts and a half-dozen pieces that are going to be relegated to the “retired” drawer, I’m starting 2013 with 32 WIPs.

My goal of having fewer at the end of 2012 than at the beginning?  DONE!


December 10th, 2012 by Annette

One Down…

Finished last night… Mill Hill’s Winter Wonderland (Bead & Button kit)

(crappy pic… it is blue & white.  There’s no yellow or pink…the price for non-sunlight pics!)

Next will be Square #2 on Stars of the New Millennium and then on to Christmastide 🙂

November 23rd, 2012 by Annette

A Fine Day

At 3pm yesterday (Thanksgiving Day), I finished off Mirabilia’s Lilac Pixie

She’s on 32-ct white Belfast.

I didn’t realize quite how crusty with beads she was going to be…

This is definitely one of the beadier designs I’ve done

But she is gorgeous and will look quite nice on the wall 🙂

I also started my Christmas piece for this year..

This is Christmastide at Holly House by The Scarlett House.  It’s on 40-ct, 1-over-2 using Belle Soie and NPI silks.

November 12th, 2012 by Annette


Last night I finished another WIPocalypse piece: Ink Circle’s Masquerade

This is on 40-ct Vintage Tarnished Silver using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (all as charted).  I started it right after it came out…. way back in 2010 (October) 🙂

Next up… Mirabilia’s Lilac Pixie.  Here’s where she is right now:

October 19th, 2012 by Annette

Spooky Stuff

The finishing frenzy is still going strong here…

Mill Hill Goblins Welcome ornament

The stitching had been done on this for awhile… only needed stuffing, hanger and tassels. Done!

Elizabeth and Darcy are having a grand time at the Zombie Ball:

(Crappy pic, I know…ugh).  Platinum Cashel.  I did make the goblets metallic and switched a couple colors (CC Muddy Puddle to WDW Onyx and CC Smoke to WDW Dolphin Grey – most of the rest is DMC)

Next up is a true “Obligation October” piece 🙂

October 14th, 2012 by Annette

The Finishing Fun Still Going!

Hopefully, my two week absence will be worth the wait…as I’ve got two finishes to share!

First, a very quick stitch – Lizzie*Kate’s Cross Stitcher in Residence

This is on platinum Cashel and I changed up most of the colors 🙂  I still need to find a small charm for the house, but I will take care of that on my next LNS visit.

The big finish is my Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler!  I put the final touches on yesterday afternoon.

Fabric is the recommended Tin Roof in 35 count.  No intentional changes 😉

I’m staying with the Halloween theme for one more design this month and heading off to a Zombie Ball thanks to The Sampler Girl.

Maybe I’ll see you there? 🙂


September 29th, 2012 by Annette

September WIPocalypse – Let’s Dance!

My timing is perfect for this month’s WIPocalypse post!  I have TWO…yes, TWO Happy Dances to share!  And both from the WIPocalypse list 🙂

First – my long neglected Mirabilia Round Robin from 2011.  It came home needing only Queen Mermaid stitched.

You would think I could get right on that, yes?  Unfortunately, this makes the *third* time I have stitched QM on a Mira RR and I can definitively state I will never stitch the whole piece.  I did change her beads a bit to be ornery, but now that it’s all done, I’m so glad she’s there 🙂

The mermaids are stitched on Star Sapphire Jobelan and the borders were done in SNC’s Warlock Road.

For the second finish…. Little House Needleworks Sea to Shining Sea:

I was drawn to this design for the palm tree and saguaro cactus there on the left and once *those* were done, it languished in the WIP pile until this year.  It’s stitched on natural Belfast linen with the Crescent silks included with each of the designs.  (this is pre-Belle Soie).

The only intentional change I made is for those little white dots in the center panel.  I used white MH beads rather than doing individual stitches.  I hate “rogue” stitches 😉  There are some unintentional changes (especially in this panel… the frogs live in that river, I swear) but nothing too obvious, I hope.

That’s two items off the list!!  Woot!!

Also making fine progress on my L*K Mystery Sampler….

Only the last part to do and it’s my favorite of the three!

September 1st, 2012 by Annette

Hello?? (TUSAL, et al)

Yikes.  August kind of got away from me!  It was definitely a busy month and I’ve got a few things to share….

First up, the monthly TUSAL post:

There’s a mix of yarn (keep reading for the project pics), floss and some “guest” orts from a weekend “Soiree.”

I had two knitting finishes in August.  First is a red scarf that is now living on the east coast and will keep a bear named Matthias warm this winter.  I fully expect his owner to “borrow” regularly (or I certainly wouldn’t have put in the time to make it… LOL).

It’s Yarn Harlot’s One Row Scarf using Lion Brand Tweed in Red on #10 needles.  This is a great pattern for both solid and dyed/patterned yarns.  I think I’ve made at least six versions with different weights/needles.

The second knitting finish is a Multnomah-inspired Shawl.  This was my third Camp Loopy finish for the summer and just in the nick of time as I cast off on the 26th and the deadline was the 27th!

It is purple and oyster grey using Loopy Ewe Solid Series.  I made the garter stitch section larger (the purple) to use up one full skein and enough of a second to get to an appropriate number of stitches to start the feather/fan repeat in grey.  One full skein of grey and a final thin garter border in purple to meet the 500 yard requirement for the project.  It’s my first true lacy shawl and I really like how it came out 🙂

I hav also been stitching a bit.  I spent the third weekend in August at a Sampler Soiree put on by my LNS, Attic Needlework.  Three days of food, fun and new projects with great gals (and one gentleman).  The centerpiece project is a box.  We covered the box (with Attic’s signature tissue paper), made the insert and added ribbon as part of the class Sunday morning.  The stitched piece will be added to the top…. I may actually finish that this weekend.  Only the partial line of verse to finish and then “To the Ladies” to add above:

It was a great project!  There’s a small monogram design to stitch for inside the top to put  on the finishing touches.

I managed to complete one other small project – a simple sampler on perforated paper:

We received a small piece of sampler print material for the back so one of these days I’ll get it finish-finished.

I also finished a wool pocket for a Lucet and learned how to braid using the tool.  I’ll catch a pic of that next time…

I’ve got three more projects from the weekend to do and yes, this non-sampler person will be doing them all.  LOL.  If you’d like to see pictures of the other projects, check out the Attic newsletter from last week found here (link to a PDF).  The pics from the weekend start on Page 4 and you may spot me in one of them 🙂

I’m sure you can see how August got away from me for blogging!

July 31st, 2012 by Annette

Perfect Storm

Yikes… when I signed up for the WIPocalypse and Theme-a-licious posts, I was kinda hoping to have at least *two* posts per month.  Not have them both hit on the same day… yikes.

Old Business

The penguin is off to Nicole!  Can’t wait to see him stitched up 🙂


One more item off the list…

Not bad for restarting him this month 🙂


For July – holidays were the theme.  In addition to the Christmas-y charmer above, I started the Lizzie*Kate Halloween Mystery.

Because… well… I could.  And Halloween is my very favorite holiday 🙂

(sorry for the blurry pic… yikes)

August plans tomorrow….