Monday, January 15, 2018

Another week with some progress

Swan - January 5
This has been another week where I have been trying to find a bit of stitching time each evening. I wasn't able to stitch each evening but I was able to find some time most days to get a few stitches in on a piece.

Swan - January 14th
Swan - now this is the project that I am really trying to focus on so that I can get it done quickly.  I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make so far and now to see if it can continue.

I hope to be able to start making the progress on the left side of the design now because I have completed over to the right hand side of the design.  I have also started on the reflection of the swan so that makes me very happy to see the progress that I have been able to make on it. I am looking forward to trying to spend a bit more time on this project this week to see if I can get further over to the left of the design.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Jan 6
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - this project gets a bit of attention when I want something easy to stitch on. I still have a long way to go to complete the January section so will see if it can get a bit more attention this week. 
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - January 12

I am thinking that I am going to try and at least stitch two threads a day on the piece and will see how much I can do on it this week.  Of course two thread doesn't seem like a lot but at least it means that the piece should be worked on every day this coming week.
12 Days of Christmas - January 12

12 Days of Christmas - I decided that I was going to try and get another ornament done before the end of January so I picked up the 12 Days of Christmas again and started working on the 12th day instead of the 2nd day.  I  am not going to be stitching the days in order because the last ones seem to have the most detail so I figured I would break them up so that I can get the different ones done without getting too bored with all the detail in some of them.  The 12th day has 12 drums on it so that is why I don't want to stitch the last days all together.  Not every day has all the repeats but a lot of them do.

I picked up some new floss for this design so will be adding some more bling to the days as I stitch them.

Erasmus - now this is the last art show piece that I needed to start so this week I put the fabric onto the scroll bars and make a bit of a dent in the overall piece.

Erasmus - January 15th
Erasmus has been stitched previously by me, a couple of years ago, but this time I had added some more detail to the piece and also made the guy a little shorter.  I hope that this piece will work out as I have planned.  I didn't spend a lot of time on this piece this past week but at I was able to make a start on the project.  I hope to be able to continue to work on this project and hopefully see some more progress on it very soon.


This coming week I am going to try and spend some time on a couple of these projects and will see how much time I can find to stitch.  I hope to be able to spend a bit of time each day on Swan and will see how much progress I can get done on it.  The Mystery SAL will also get a bit of time if I can do the two threads a day on it and then I will see if any other project gets attention this week.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful time stitching and are seeing some progress on the project they are working on.  It is now time for me to get some work done so that I can maybe get some stitching time this evening.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The first week of the new year

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - December 31st
So the new year is here and now to see if I can made a bit of progress on a bunch of the projects that I have on the go. I was able to find some evenings where I could curl up and stitch and I have some progress this week.

Mystery SAL - now this is a project that I am going to try and work on a bit at a time and see how it goes.  Sure it is a project that is going to be running for the entire year but I would like to make sure that I can get each monthly section done during the month.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - January 6th
The January section is a good size and I am going to see if I can at least get it done before the February section is posted at the end of the month.  I am happy with the three colours that we selected for this design.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together over the year.  This month the section is 207 stitches wide by around 65 stitches so there is a lot of work on this piece but I will continue to work on it a bit at a time.

12 days of Christmas - January 1st
12 Days of Christmas - As these as small designs it means that they should be something that I can stitch quickly or at least I hope that they are quick.

12 days of Christmas - January 2nd
The original design was for all the designs to be basically red, green and a bit of black.  I decided that just doing those colours weren't going to work for me so I have started to add some metallic threads to each of the days.  I have now completed the first day and have 11 more to go.   I don't think I am going to be stitching them in order so now to see which ornament gets selected and stitched.  All the floss is now ready for each of the days so it is just a matter of sitting and working on each of them and seeing how they turn out.

Swan - December 31st
Swan - now this is the project that is on the top of my get finished list. I found some time to focus on this project this week and have now got a bigger section of the back swan done.  I don't have much more to stitch to reach the right hand side of the design so that is what I am going to try and focus on doing.

Swan - January 5th
This week I hope to be able to get some more time to work on swan and see if I can get to the right side of the design and then I will start working towards the left side of the design and then work down after that.


I hope to be able to spend some time this week working on a project and I am not sure which one will really get the attention.  A lot of my stitching is based on how much time I have to stitch as well as the mood I am in.  Work is busy with it being year end for us so that means besides the normal work I also have to finalize our books for another year.

Hope everyone has a good stitching week and will be able to see some good progress.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 Goal review and 2018 goals

2017 Goals
1. Blog at least 4 times a month – achieved this with posting weekly
2. Finish Bluenose Dime by Lynne Nicoletti – this project was put on hold as I got frustrated with it
3. Cross-stitch Reflections of Canada – Ink Circles in 2017 – completed in February
4. Stitch from stash for both cross-stitch and knitting/crocheting (see below for explanation) – kept my stitch from stash positive for cross-stitch and didn’t track knitting/crocheting
5. Continue to get craft items more organized and downsized - achieved
6. Finish two of my own designs in 2017 that are already kitted or started – finished two of my own designs in 2017 and will continue to try and do this.

An extra achievement
1. In 2017 I started an ETSY shop to sell grime guards, project envelopes and thread/ort catchers. DLK's Crafts became a shop that was started and I am happy that I have been getting sales on the site.

2018 Goals
1. Blog at least 4 times a month.
2. Finish Swan which is one of my own designs.
3. Stitch from Stash for cross-stitch.
4. Get two of my own designs stitched in 2018 besides Swan.
5. Start my Heaven and Earth Design – Mini Butterfly Kisses
6. Complete two projects that have already been started
7. Continue to work on the ETSY shop and products for it.

I am keeping my crafting goals to a minimum in 2018 as I am not sure how much time I will have to actually work on these projects.

Stitch from stash explained

Stitch from stash is an idea where you give yourself a budget each month for how much you can spend on a craft. You can earn more money by finishing projects but ultimately it is a means of controlling your spending on the crafts you love but you will also see how much stash you really have. This is what I am doing so that I can get my stash better organized and maybe finish some projects that have been started. I have set a $25 a month budget for both cross-stitch and knitting/crocheting. I haven’t figured out how I will earn credits for the knitting/crocheting but will figure that out as I go.

The group I am in for cross-stitch we can earn between $2 and $25 based on the size of the project we finish. A piece 40 x 40 stitches earns you $2 and a piece 160 stitches x 160 stitches or bigger earns you $25.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Progress and a couple of starts

Swan - December 22
The calendar has been flipped and it's almost time to put all the Christmas ornaments away for another year.

Over the last week I was able to find a bit of time to do some stitching and it was nice.  Work also took some of my time so stitching was something I tried to do in the evenings when work wasn't needing to be done.
Swan - December 31

Swan - here is the project that I am really trying to make some good progress on and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make in the last week. 

I am going to try and work on Swan a bit most days because I do want to get this piece done as quickly as I can.  It still doesn't look like much but I have got the edge of the first swan reached and now to continue to work on it and see how quickly the other swan will appear as well as the reflection of both of them.  It is going to be quite a bit of work as the finished design is around 14" x 10".
Linen and Threads Xmas Ornament - Dec 29

Linen and Threads Christmas Ornament - this is a pattern that was released as a freebie on Facebook by Linen and Threads.  It looked like it would be a quick finish so I picked it up and finished it within a day. I may do this ornament again but will see what I actually do.  I know that being able to even make a couple of small ornaments would be nice from this pattern. If I redo at least the snowflakes I will be adding some beads to them.

12 Days of Christmas - January 1st
12 Days of Christmas - I decided that while I was in the mood of stitching small projects that I would put together all the threads for the 12 days of Christmas ornaments.  This was a free pattern by Plum Street Samplers a couple of years ago. The pattern calls for green, red and black thread but I have decided that I will be adding other colours to each of the 12 days to add a little bling to each of them. I haven't finished the first day yet but will try and work on the days a bit at a time and hope to have them all stitched and turned into ornaments before the Christmas tree goes up again in 2018.

Each of these ornaments are about 3.5 inches squares so they shouldn't take too long to stitch once I decided on what bling is going to be added to each of the ornaments.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Dec 31st
Mystery Sampler Stitch Along 2018 - Once again Linen and Threads is doing a Mystery Sampler Stitch Along this year and I decided that I was going to try and work along with this piece. This year's sampler is going to be a medieval theme and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 

I had picked the fabric that I was going to use a while ago and then it was picking the floss colour and once I saw the first part of the pattern I changed the colour of the floss and then started stitching away on the design.  Now to work on getting some of this done but it will only be done a bit at a time when I need a break from working on Swan and the other art show pieces.


I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in 2018 with regards to my stitching.  I have projects that I want to get finished off quickly and then I have some of the projects that will get attention when I need a bit of a break from some of the larger projects.  My stitching once again will be based on when I have time in the evenings to pick up a project and work on it.

Hope everyone has a great holiday season and if you are a stitcher you found a bit of time to work on a project that you had on the go.  It's now time for me to get some work done and hopefully this evening I will have a bit of time to stitch.






Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Years

 
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2018!