Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February WIPocalypse

Hello Everyone,

The month has just flown by here and I have not had as much time to stitch as I would like. Isn't it always that way though!

Here are my quick updates:

Coastal View
Dimensions Gold Collection Kit
18 count ivory Aida

The backstitching really adds detail to this piece and brings out the shapes. I am really excited for this scene to come together, the cafe area looks so quaint and refreshing surrounded by the greenery. Haven't hit the edge in any direction yet though, maybe for the next check in.

Kingfisher

Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen


Am now completely in the sky and back to doing full crosses with two strands  (bird and branch). I have finished the darker colours in the Kingfisher and just need to add the oranges and whites. I also need to fill in a lot of the sky (see the faint white patch above the bird?). I am planning for another page finish before next check in.

The Dryad has only had a couple more blocks put in so I will show it next month.

The question this month is: What is you favorite stitch (other than cross)?
My favorite is the stem stitch or the leaf stitch as I can really see the effect. I do not have a lot of experience with specialty stitches and am planning on doing more projects that incorporate them in. The effect of backstitching is very clear in many of my pieces (Coastal View) but I find it difficult to make the thread lie flat and stay where it belongs consistently so it does not make the favorite list.

Head over to Measi's blog to see everyone else's favorite stitch!

Xoxo,
Bekah

Monday, 20 February 2017

Kingfisher Page Finish

Hello,

Back one day later with a page finish. I had a relaxing day at home and was able to finish up the 3rd page in the Kingfisher design. So I am more than half way done and will be starting on the bird and the sky for the next two pages. I would still like to have this done by the end of March and so will be focusing on it before going back to the Dryad.

Here is a picture of the piece to date:

And here is a picture of the final design. I am excited to get into the bright oranges and yellows on the kingfisher in this next page. 


Have a good week everyone!
Bekah


Sunday, 19 February 2017

February Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Everyone,

A couple of days late for this one, but I have a fair amount to show. I have been very busy with work so I have not had as much time to stitch as I would like.

Coastal View:
Dimensions Gold Collection Kit
18 count ivory Aida

This is coming along fairly well and I am enjoying this, particularly when driving. I am going to start doing some more of the backstitching which will define the shapes. The little cafe sign looks great though and I like the umbrellas.

Kingfisher:
Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen

I am almost done this page! I will post when I am done, which should be a couple of days and will show the whole design. Still mostly on track for this piece if I give it some more time during March.

Check out Jo and see who else had gift-related stitching.

See everyone in a couple of days,

Bekah

Sunday, 29 January 2017

January WIPocalypse Check-in

Hello Eveyone,

I have not done a ton of stitching lately as work has been extremely busy. I am hoping to be reaching a steady state point soon and making room for stitching. The question this month is what SALs do you belong to this year. I only belong to two; WIPocalypse and Gifted Gorgeousness. I am interested in some of the monthly update ones but have not gotten involved in any yet.

This month I worked on my HAED and the Kingfisher piece. I put in a couple of stitches in the Coastal view but not enough to show.

Dryad:


Kingfisher:




I have about 4 more columns on the Dryad before the page is finished and I would like to have that done by GG in February. And I want another page done on the Kingfisher. It is a reachable goal if I have a couple of days of stitching. 

Head over to Measi's blog and see everyone else's update.

Have a good stitchy week everyone,

Bekah

Sunday, 15 January 2017

January 2017 GG

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first check-in of the year for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness. Pop over to her blog to see the other gift-related projects worked on this month. I have two projects to show today; one is a gift from Lucy and the other is a gift for my parents.

The Coastal view is a dimensions kit and has been my travel piece for the last month. I have managed to finish two of the umbrellas and part of the pink building, but have not done any of the backstitching. I am not sure if I am going to leave it till the end of each page or when I finish a section as it really adds to the piece.



I started the Kingfisher piece last year  and have completed the first of five pages. This page is mostly water, with a little bit of reeds in the bottom right (not stitched yet) and the beak of the native symbol. I am really enjoying the colours in this one and will finish the page in the next week.


Hope everyone has had a good start to the year and is getting lots of stitching done.

Bekah

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Wipocalypse Post and Plans

Hello Everyone,

I have decided to join the WIPocalypse and GG Stitch-a-longs this year as it will guarantee (as long as I make each check-in) two posts a month. Plus they come with interesting questions and I had a lot of fun with Solo September last year. Check out Measi's blog for more information about the SAL and how to join.

The question for the first check in is "Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year."

My name is Rebekah and I am 23 years old living in Alberta, Canada. I live with my partner and our cat and am currently pursuing my Masters of welding engineering degree. Both myself and my partner graduated with a Materials engineering degree last April and he now works in the corrosion industry (cathodic protection). I am a few-at-a-time stitcher  and do not have a significant stash although I have a long wishlist.

Projects:
The Kingfisher is a Stitching Studio design that was started in 2016. I have completed four of their other designs but this is the first Sue Coleman that I am doing. The piece is a mixture of full and half stitches with some backstitching. I have completed one and a half pages and plan to have this finished by the end of May 2017.











The Coastal view piece is a Dimensions kit that I won in a blog draw from Lucy. I have put in about 200 stitches already and will include a picture in my next post. I would like to have the piece at least half way completed by the end of 2017.



The Dryad and the Dragon is a Heaven and Earth chart by the artist Josephine Wall. I have three pages complete and would like to have at least six more done by the end of 2017. 
















Have a good stitchy week,

Bekah

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Dryad p4 update 1

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all had a relaxing and safe holiday season. I have three columns done on the fourth page of the Dryad piece. I am very excited with how well the flower is coming out and the green part of the dryad's skirt. The blues and greens are so beautiful beside each other. It is really nice to work on an object after doing a page of background. The confetti really adds to the detail of the piece. 

Currently:

Hope everyone has had a good start to 2017,

Bekah