Monday, June 26, 2017

Some slow progress this week

Growf - June 18
 This week was a slower week of stitching and part of that was because of all the other demands on my time.  I did work on making sure that I was able to find a bit of time to stitch even when the rest of my schedule really was against me.

Growf - June 25
Growf -- Yes, Growf got the most attention this week and part of that was because it was a simple project that I could see some progress on quickly. Growf is a lot of fun to work n because there are not a lot of colours and I don't need to look at the pattern as much as on other patterns.

I’m not sure if I’ll finish Growf this week but at least it will be a finish early in July. I have all the outline done on Growf so now it is just a matter of sitting and finishing filling in all the areas of him. I hope that I can spend some time on him this week but I also think I need a change of projects so will see what happens.

Lady - June 13
Lady - Now there is one that I was able to continue to work on the outline of the cloak and that made me feel a little better.  I now have the cloak outlined so that means that I have a large area that I can work on filling in quickly when I have the time to just sit and stitch and not have to think about counting stitches.
Lady - June 25

I think I’m going to try and work on lady a little bit this week to see if I can add a few more colors to it.  I am working on this piece on a scroll bar so I don’t see as much of it at a time as I do when I use my q-snap frame.  This piece is also bigger than Growf so I know it is going to take me quite a bit of time to finish.

This week is going to be another busy week for me so I am not sure how much stitching I will get them before the long weekend.  This coming weekend is a long weekend here in Canada for most people.  As Canada Day falls on Saturday some companies are taking Friday off and others are taking Monday off.  For us it means we will have both a slower Friday and Monday.  I hope to be able to spend some of mine weekend sitting and working on a project.  Quotes to live by comes out on Saturday so that will be the first project that gets the attention in July.

I have some work that needs my attention so it is now time to focus on that and then I will see what stitching I can do this evening.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Progress and a couple new projects

Growf - June 10
 Here it is another week and yes I have been able to get some stitching in and that made me very happy.

Growf -- here is a project that I am having some fun with and that is Growf.  This week I started to add some colour to him and I also continued with the outlining that I need to do.
Growf - June 18

This project is moving along quickly and it is great when I can see some of the areas finished quickly.  I am going to continue working on this design as I would like to see it finished soon. I still have some more outlining to do and then the filling in needs to be completed but once the outline is done it makes the filling in go quickly.

Lady - June 10
Lady -- This project got a little bit of attention this week and it was because I wanted to get some of the cloak outlined so that I know where I need to work on the one colour for a while.  I like having a couple of projects that I know where I can just fill in a colour.

Lady - June 13

The filling in on the various projects works will when I am sitting outside on the balcony or when I am sitting with a group of friends and stitching.  I hope that Lady will get a bit more attention this week as I would like to see if I could get some more of the outlining completed on her so then I can start working on her face and some of the areas that need more attention.

Project envelope - open
Project envelopes -- here is a project that quickly happened. I saw this idea on a youtube video and liked the idea of having a case for my projects.  The envelope is a great way to keep a project all organized as well as neat and tidy way of having them out.

Project envelope
The original idea was for a project envelope to hold your floss and pattern and your fabric.  I liked that idea but considering when I am not working on a project I have them in plastic envelopes I didn't need something for that stage.  I needed a case for when I was working on the project and there are on the frames that they are going to be staying on for a while. It was after watching a second video where they were talking about project envelopes that I realized that yes I needed to make some but large enough to hold the project when it on the frame.

Now the project envelopes aren't really hard to make as they are just two pieces of fabric sewn together and then folded to make an envelope.  I have made two envelopes so far and have fabric to make a few more because i would like an envelope for all of my current projects so that they are all organized and tidy.

Grime Guards
 Grime Guards -- now here is a quick project that I also did this last week.  There are grime guards and are used to cover the frame you are holding when you are stitching.  The guards that I made this last week fit my 11 x 11 inch frame and my 11 x 17 inch frame and I have fabric to make some guards for my scroll bars as well.

I have enjoyed both of my sewing projects and am looking forward to getting some more sewing done in the  not too distant future.  I just need to cut out the various projects and then I will be ready to sit and sew a bunch of things.

This last week was a fun but busy week and it looks like the next two weeks are going to be just as busy.  I hope to be able to find some time to stitch this week as I am looking forward to seeing how much more progress I can make on either Growf or Lady.  Until then I have some work that needs my attention so I am going to do that and then see what time I have left where I can curl up and stitch.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Making some progress

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - May 23
 Here it is another week and I am happy to say that I have been able to make a bit of progress on a couple of patterns.

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - now this is the piece that I started my week off with as I wanted to ensure that I had one evening to work on this piece.  It was something that I was able to see some progress on quickly and that was nice.

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - June 5
I have now finished the second colour on this piece so will see how it goes as i would like to get moving forward on this design and see how the next colours look.  These first two colours are close so it doesn't look like much of a difference but I know the next one will show some difference and then will see how they go.

Growf - here is one of the Art Show/Action pieces that I am stitching this year.  I stitched it last year and it sold so it meant that I needed to restitch it again
Growf - finished piece last year
as people were asking for it this year.  I also decided that as I wasn't too happy with the finished piece last year that I was also going to rechart the pattern.

Growf - June 10
Growf is a piece of art by an artist that I have converted to cross-stitch and am stitching it up for the show.  I hope to be able to have some good progress on this piece in the next couple of weeks because it is a fun piece to work on as I can see the differences already on the design.

Lady - finished piece last year
Lady - now this is the second Art Show/Action piece that I am going to be stitching this year.  Again this piece needed to be recharted as I wasn't happy with the piece last year.  I have made a few changes to the colours so hope it will turn out better this year.

Lady - June 10
This is a piece that I loved stitching last year so I hope that I will be able to enjoy it as much or more this year with the slight changes that I have made.  Again this is a piece that is from another artist that I converted to cross-stitch.   This artist has said that I can use any of her artwork for cross-stitch so I am looking forward to finished up the two designs of hers that I have charted and then will see if I do any more before the Art Show.

This coming week I hope to be able to find some time to sit and stitch because I would like to see some progress on a couple of the projects this week.  I know that Lady is going to take me some time to finish but at least seeing a bit of progress would be nice.  Growf, I hope to get more colour added to him this week so will see what happens.  

Work is now on the agenda for today and then I will see what happens this evening and I hope to be able to get some stitching done.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Moving things forward and a finish

Table during designing and kitting
Well this week has been a very interesting week for me as I have been trying to get some stitching done as well as figure out a few projects for an Art Show next year.  Yes, the Art Show isn't until July 2018 but figured if I was going to get all the pieces stitched by then I need to start figuring out what pieces I am going to stitch.

The mess on the dining room table is during the actual kitting part of my time.  I finished designing 2 patterns and had 3 other designs that I knew I wanted to stitch for the Art Show.  Once the designing was done it was off to figure out the fabric and floss for reach of the patterns.  Now, I was sitting at the table and figuring out all the floss that I needed and what floss I had so that is when this picture was taken.

The sewing machine is still on the table as I had two more curtains to finish before it got tucked back away for now. After taking the picture I was able to get the last two curtains finished and that made me happy because it meant that another project was now finished.

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - April 30
Mystery Stitch A Long -- so this project got a little bit of work finally in May and that was one day.  I haven't been working on this project for a while and now figure that I am going to have to try and do little bits of it each month to at least move the projects ahead a little bit.

Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long - May 29
I am currently working on the February and March sections of the design so that means that I am way behind on this piece but I know that I won't be spending a lot of time on it over the next little while so just making sure it gets a bit of attention will help.  I know that I should have finished the February section before starting the March section but I wanted something that was quick to see some results so that is why I worked on the top section of March.

Quotes to Live By - part 6 - June 4
Quotes to Live By -- of course this project got some attention this week and that is because the pattern was released on June 1st.  I quickly purchased the pattern and by the end of the day I had started working on it.

The design for part 6 didn't seem to be as complicated as the last couple of months so  I figured that if I could spend some time working on it that I would get it finished quickly.  On Sunday afternoon I was able to look at the pattern and see that I had finished the entire piece so now Quotes to Live By is put down again until July 1st when the next part of the pattern will be released.

There are three more sections of this pattern to go and I have to say that I have been loving working on this design and am looking forward to framing this piece in the fall and hanging it up at home.

Tiger Lily - May 29

Tiger Lily -- Here is another project that I decided would get a little bit of attention this week.  I finished Quotes to Live By on Sunday afternoon so figured I would see if I could get a bit done in the evening on Tiger Lily.  Just being able to sit for a couple of hours meant that I was able to make a bit of progress on this piece and I will see how much more attention it gets in the coming days.

Tiger Lily - June 4
I have been trying to get the top and the bottom attached but of course reach time I work on the pattern something else looks a little more interesting to work on so that gets the attention.

This week I am not sure which projects will be getting my attention but I know that there will be some stitching done.  Before I can get the stitching done I need to get some work out of the way so that is what i am now off to do.