Tuesday, 6 June 2017

May WIPocalypse, Page Finish, and Haul

Hello Everyone,

It is time to log our monthly progress for WIPocalypse hosted by Measi. This is such a fun and low stress SAL and you can find everyone else's post up here. One day I plan in being in the first row of the link-up but clearly not this month!

Which designer’s projects do you absolutely love, but are too intimidated to try?
This would have to be Chatelaine's and Goldwork designs. For me the biggest deterrent against a Chatelaine or similar silk-heavy piece is the cost. I am concerned that I will not like the piece enough to justify the much higher cost that silks and beads bring to the piece. I also do not like the idea of not being able to wash the final piece. At this point in my life my stitching place is wherever I am, which means pets are around, the furniture is far from pristine etc and not being able to wash a piece would not work well for me. If I was going to get into silks and goldwork I would want to have a designated stitching spot that the cat couldn't come into.

Now onto the stitching. This month I was able to focus on my HAED which was really exciting. As I finished up the Kingfisher I was itching to get back into this and to finish up the page, and I did! Last time I had just finished the first flower and now I have finished one more, a bell shaped flower and started the one below it. This is the last page in the row which will be a huge step and it is a partial page so it should be faster.

And the total design up to this point:
28 count antique white evenweave
1 over 1 DMC
Dryad and the Dragon
Josephine Wall
Heaven and Earth Designs
Stats:
Total stitches: 290,625
Total completed: 30,400
Percent complete: 10.5%

I am going to continue working on the Dryad this month and hope to get a decent dent in the 5th page.

I have also picked out and purchased my next project to replace the Kingfisher. It is another bird piece! Actually, I do more than a normal amount of bird stitching considering I wouldn't say they are my favorite animal. This is a piece by Ajisai Designs (currently the site is down for maintenance) and is a mix of blackwork and cross stitch. They also did the ladybug piece that is fairly popular that was in the Just Cross Stitch magazine (I think) and that Mii is working on.

I am planning on putting three on a piece of fabric and writing the names of the birds and plants under each one. I might do a few changes to make them all Canadian birds and my environmental scientist sister is researching which are found here and which aren't (or are introduced and non-native). These designs are quite small (100x100) and I am excited to really get going. I am planning on doing the cross stitching first and then filling in the blackwork but if anyone has any advice please let me know.

I think that is all for now. Have a good week everyone,
Bekah

Thursday, 18 May 2017

May Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Everyone,

I hope that spring is transitioning well for you and that the frost hasn't killed anyone's plants. It has been fairly nice here although there has been snow just south of us, so not everyone is out of the cold yet. I have really been enjoying seeing everyone's gardening getting started. Some people already have flowers blooming!

For Gifted Gorgeousness I finished up one of my projects and made some progress on the other. The Kingfisher piece is finally completed and here is a picture of the piece. I have not framed it yet but will be finishing it in the next week. This is a present to my parents and is a long and thin design, perfect for a bit of odd/extra fabric. I made some changes to the backstitching of the bird but the rest was kept as charted. I am very happy with the way Sue Coleman designs are very realistic and also have the Haida design incorporated.


"Kingfisher" by the Stitching Studio
Original art by Sue Coleman
32 count antique white linen (over 2)
7.0'' x 18.7''
Started: June 2016
Finished: May 2017

The other piece that I worked on is my Coastal View that will be for my sister. This piece is coming together well and I have finished half the walk way and am almost done the bushes. Next will be the big archway that will take me a couple of months to finish.

















The image does not properly show that the dark bits in the corner are just cobblestones in the shade. It took me awhile to realize, while I was stitching, what I was actually looking at. This piece has so much perspective through the shading and size difference and the full effect isn't realized until I take a step back and look. The colours and design are very bright and cheerful, perfect for spring.

Have a great week everyone!

xxoo,

Bekah

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

April WIPocalypse

Hello Everyone,

I am a little late on this post because I wanted to get the Kingfisher finished. Make sure to check out Measi's blog to see everyone's work on their WIPs.  The only WIP that I really worked on was the Kingfisher as I wanted to get the piece finished. The last page did not take too long as most of the stitches were half-stitches. I am really happy with how the piece turned out and it will be going to the framers very soon.

"Kingfisher" by the Stitching Studio
Original art by Sue Coleman
32 count linen (over 2)
7.0'' x 18.7''
Started: June 2016
Finished: May 2017

Here is a close-up of the kingfisher with (right) and without (left) the backstitching. I decided to take out the backstitching in the body to match the model. The pictures make the backstitching much more subtle than the real life piece looked. 












The question for this month was about our UFO's. I do have a piece of needlework that has not been worked on for at least a year, it has maybe never even been photographed and put on this blog. I will likely go back and finish it at some point, but I am running out of yarn and I don't know if I want to switch to DMC and restart or if I should just push through with the yarn.

Next up I will be working on my HAED and pushing for a page finish. I am definitely looking forward to stitching on it and finishing up some of the purple flowers.

See everyone next week,

xxoo,
Bekah

Friday, 21 April 2017

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone has had a good April so far and the weather is treating you well. It has been feeling very spring-like here, although we still had snow early this week. I am excited to start gardening and seeing everything turn green. 

Everything has been going well here. I have finished up the course requirement for my Master's degree and now will be focusing on my research and thesis. My partner's job has been going well and he has been busy with that. We are planning on getting a new-to-us vehicle and am looking forward to a bigger vehicle for hauling the canoe this summer. With the courses done I will also be having more of my evenings off and will be able to do more stitching! I have also been watching a lot of sports as baseball ramps up and the nhl playoffs have started (and finished for some). This first round is always fun, even though my team is out. 

Now on to stitching:

Go and see the other GG posts on Jo's blog to see the other projects that the group has worked on. A quick reminder that my two gift projects are the Kingfisher and the Coastal View. 

I have done a fair amount of work this last month, but I have not finished the Kingfisher yet. I am planning to have it done by the end of the month but I am not sure I am going to make it. I am also not sure how I feel about the backstitching on the bird. The model did not stitch it and the painting also did not have the black lines. I think that it looks alright but I am not sold and might pull it out and use a dark-ish blue instead. Any thoughts? How does it look to someone who has not stared at the piece for hours?

Here is the total piece at the end of page 2. I had not backstitched the bird yet:


And a  up-close of page 2 before and after the backstitching:











You can see how stark the black and white the backstitching is on the bird and I prefer a quieter backstitching for a nature piece. I will decide how it looks when the whole piece is done and I haven't looked at it for a couple of days. 


The other work that I have done is the Coastal view. I am almost done the path (on this page) and then I will do the backstitching and start on the buildings.  



This is a great travel projects and as the days get longer I get to do more stitching as we drive so it is getting more hours and is growing quickly. 

See everyone in a couple of weeks,

Bekah


Monday, 27 March 2017

March Gifted Gorgeousness and Wipocalypse

Hello Everyone,

The first day of Spring has come and gone here and it is starting to warm up a bit. Pretty grey out today but it is so much nicer than last week. Definitely spring is in the air, I am excited for when the trees start budding and turning green.

I am going to do a combined post for both GG and Wipocalypse because I am so late (looks like you aren't the last one checked-in Alicia). Check out Jo's blog Serendipitous Stitching for everyone else's gifted projects. All my updates this month are gifts to family and the Coastal View is both a gift from Lulu and will be a gift to my sister.

As I mentioned in my last post, work has been keeping me away from stitching. Once the semester ends half way through April I should be able to get on a more consistent stitching schedule (and posting schedule)

I did have a new start and finish on a smaller design however and this will be a gift to my partner. This was my own design that I had originally started in cross stitch (twice) and then I decided to use a variety of specialty stitches. I am really happy with how it came out and will definitely be making a set of these. Below is two pictures of the started cross stitch version and the final version.

Stopped in December 2015
14 count Aida
DMC theads
Original design

Stopped in April 2016
32 count white linen
DMC threads
Original design

Started: March 2017
Finished: March 2017
Grey cotton
DMC threads
Original design


I also worked on the Kingfisher which will be a gift to my parents. I have finished most of the colours in the bird and am done about half of the background. I still need to do some of the backstitching in the bird and a bit more in the branches. I am still really enjoying this piece and am aiming to finish it up very soon. The white background is difficult to show well in the picture, I am hoping when the darker threads are added it will show up better.

Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen
Started: July 7, 2016


I have also done some more on the Coastal View and this will continue to be my travel piece. I have gotten to the far bottom of the piece and am working towards the left corner.


The question for this month's Wipocalypse is "What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?"
So I follow many blogs (see the side bar) and some flosstube vlogs. I am not present on facebook so do not belong to any groups. I follow both the blogs and the flosstube videos to stay current with the stitching community and to support others who enjoy my hobby. 

Check out Measi's blog for everyone's update on their WIPs. 

Be back soon!

xxoo Bekah



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