Friday, October 20, 2017

Waxing Moon Designs - Fabric Choices

I saw this design modeled in a LNS.  Liked it and bought it.

Cannot remember if the buttons came with it.  Got those too.   Plan to change out the small white buttons with small shiny pearl ones.  Two holed style.

Wanted to use the suggested threads so I purchased those.  Weeks Dye Works - Union Blue, Snowflake, Romance and Icicle.

Beings it was stitched on a pretty blue with white swirls type of fabric, I wanted to use the same thing.  It complimented the quote and was wintry.  Couldn't find it.  Shopped online.  Couldn't find it.  Suggested fabric was 32ct Crystal Meditation Belfast. 

Was gifted a piece of fabric with the same name and would have used it as it had pretty sparklies and pretty hues of violet and purple BUT the white threads were swallowed up in the white of the fabric.  I shared this with the person that gifted it to me, she understood.  Was okay with it.  Will use the fabric for something Christmas themed, probably smalls.  

Went shopping again.  Found 28ct Mixed Berry Jobelan.  Blue with swirls of light mauve almost violet or purple.

28ct Cornflower Blue Jobelan.  Blue with swirls of deeper blue and almost a violet like hue.

28ct Blue Ice Lugana.  It's a periwinkle blue with white swirls.  Pretty fabric.  Am leaning towards using this piece.

I have three that would work and I don't know which one to use!  I just want my snowman button to pop on the piece.  If the truth be told, I bought the design for the snowman.  Crazy?  Maybe, but that's what I did.  He's so cute and brought a smile when I first saw him.  

I so want to start this one!  

Should be an easy decision but during this past year I've stitched a few pieces, got them framed and hung on my wall and thought, "Abbie, you missed it with the fabric choice.  Frame is good, stitching is good, threads used worked...fabric choice was not so good."  Kind of disheartening to say the least. Now I'm second guessing myself. 

Come time to frame this one, do hope I can find a frame like the one shown in the picture.  If not exactly the same, close to it.  Like it.  Would be displayed year around. 

Diane Graebner WIP

Almost done with this one. 

I started a couple of other designs at the same time with the intention of working a bit on each of them.  Hasn't happened. Would stitch an area and think, "just one more area and then I will put this up and pull another project."  Didn't work. 

Am thinking I might be able to finish this one by the end of the weekend.  Just have to finish up with the two different greens in the dress and bonnet and outline on the cross stitching frames. Plan to frame this one.  I had the bonnet stitched once, realized I was off by one stitch when I went to do one of the sleeves.  Took it all out and restitched. 

Diane Graebner is my favorite designer and I have all of her patterns but two.  Still looking for them.  Thought I had them but the shop I was working with was out of the charts.

Oh, a shout out for the designer of the needleminder.  Gina's Unique Boutique.  A etsy artisan.  I like sheep, cardinals, birds and birdhouses, teaching themed items (pencils, crayons, books, apples), cats, and the word joy.  I have some pretties on the way from Australia and Ireland.

Cross Stitchin' Friends
Diane Graebner Designs
32ct White Jobelan, DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/06/17
Progress as of 10/19/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This so Far -  13

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How I Do It - Stitching Journals

I developed a system of keeping track of what I've worked on and finished.  I can reference back to a certain project, can see how long it took me to stitch a design and have an available list should I need to order or shop for supplies such as thread or fabric.

I didn't always do this but the past couple of years I've used pocket sized calendars for recording my stitching.  When I first started making doll clothes, I used a book sized 12-month calendar and recorded my machine sewn projects.  I no longer do that.  I just record or keep track of my hand sewn work.

I don't keep track of the hours, just the days I worked on a project.  When I stitch, I record the project and number of day on the day of the month that I stitch.

For example, during the month of April I started and finished PM Happiness in the Heart, framed Rainy Day Cardinal, finished PM Happiness in the Heart and started and finished the first block in a new Stoney Creek POM series.

On April 3rd, I recorded PM Happiness in Heart and 1, circling the 1 as it was the first day I started this project.  April 4th, I recorded PM Happiness in Heart and 2, circling the 2 and so forth for the rest of the month.  On April 18th, I framed Rainy Day Cardinal.  April 23rd, I recorded that I finished PM Happiness in the Heart and put a smiley face.  April 24th I notated that I started block one of the SC POM series. April 29th I recorded SC POM block one finish, 6 and circled it and put a smiley face.

For the month of January 2017 at the beginning of the month, I carried over any information from ongoing projects.  I only had two for 2017.  My Silver Lining Designs piece - Ramblin' Rose and Dutch Treat Designs - They Followed The Star.  I notated the designer, the design and the last day I worked on it along with the number of days I had worked on the piece.  For the Silver Lining Design I notated 12-05-16 and circled the number 8.  With the Dutch Treat Designs I recorded 10-22-16 and circled the number 2. Putting it somewhere (at the top of the month) on January's page saved me having to go back through the calendars to find the info.  I had it at the start of the new year.  Easy to access.

That's my stitching journal that I keep nearby in the top bin of my stitching three bin cart that is next to my stitching chair.

Another journal that I use is my kitted projects journal or shopping list journal. By kitted projects, I mean projects that I've pulled the chart, fabric, threads and embellishments so come time I want to stitch them, I have everything ready.

Will say this.  If I know I'm going to stitch the chart within the year, I kit it up.  I select the fabric and serge the edges, pull the suggested threads and purchase the ones I don't have and need and purchase the suggested embellishments.  I've started to order the embellishments at the time I pull or get the chart because in the past I've liked a design, bought it, tucked the chart away for when I can stitch or want to stitch it and come time I do want to stitch the design, the button, bead, whatever is no longer available.  When I get the embellishment, I put it in a small ziplock bag and use painter's tape to attach it to the chart.

For each project I list if I have the fabric or not.  If not, I record design area (stitches in design) and color of fabric I would like to use.  I then list all the threads, buttons, beads and whatever else that has been suggested for the design.

Once I have that written down, I go pull everything for the project and put it in a zippered project bag.  Each project has its own bag.  If I don't have an item,  I circle it and notate NEED.  Then I make out a shopping list.

Then I go shopping and once I have the item, I file it away in the right project bag and notate that I have the item.

Items that were needed for a couple projects.  I checked my lists and found out what designs they were for and filed them away in their respective project bag.

The neat thing about this is (1) I can just grab the small journal, tuck it in my purse and shop at the LNS.  (2) When I buy or receive the needed item all I have to do is flip through the pages and find what goes where.  (3) If I'm working on a project and run out of a certain thread color or item (bead or charm or button), I can borrow from a kitted project (notating what project I'm using it with) and replace later.  (4) I can flip through the pages and see what I have waiting to be worked on.

Once a project has been finished as in all stitched and framed I tear out the page.  Don't need the information any more.

Those are my booklet sized journals.  Small journals I keep near my stitching chair.

I also keep track of what I stitch in a MS Word file.  I record my finishes and then use the information and make a label and put the label on the back of my framed piece.  I like being able to provide the name of the design, the designer, what I used to stitch it, when I completed it, number of days to stitch it and how and who framed it.

With this MS Word file, I keep track of what needs to be finished, what I'm working on, and what I've accomplished in a year month by month.  This also makes it easy come time I want to reference something I've stitched or when asked about a project.