Monday, April 24, 2017

2013 Completed Cross Stitch

Total Designs Stitched This Year

1 - DMC Kit
2 - Lizzie Kate
1 - Annie's Attic
2 - Stoney Creek
1 - The Cricket Collection
1 - Dragonfly Stitches
1 - Mill Hill Kit
1 - JBW Designs
Embroidered Jack Dempsey Quilt Squares

I didn't pick up a needle and start sewing until April.  I had gone through a divorce that was finalized December 2012.  I moved to a new area January 2013.  My dad died February 2013.  A few changes. Thank God for the power of prayer and His healing touch.  Time does heal a heart.

I had started this design when I opened a package I had received on Christmas Eve day by DHL.  Was a total surprise.  It came from Australia.  I changed out the fabric provided in the kit to a piece of evenweave that I had.  Wanted a sky.  Enjoyed every stitch I put in this piece.

I have this hanging in my living room above a framed Paula Vaughan piece that I got in a secret sister exchange.  I treasure these two pieces.

Baby Koala
 DMC kit
 28ct Light Blue Lugana and threads provided in the kit
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 04/03/13
Framed By - Frame Shop, Monticello, Iowa
Hangs in my Living Room

04/2017 Reframed

The next piece I completed was gifted to me as a housewarming gift by a wonderful stitcher in Des Moines, Iowa.  I received the chart, fabric and threads.  Arrived as a kit complete with the embellishments.  I have this hanging in my living room above the front door.  Really like the frame my framer helped me pick out.  Feel it brings out the colors in the design.

Inspiration Boxer - As for Me and My House
 Lizzie Kate
30ct Natural Linen with DMC and specialty threads and embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 04/22/13
Framed By - Frame Shop, Monticello, Iowa
Hangs Above Front Door in my Living Room

In May I completed three pieces.  

I did a bookmark using plastic canvas.  I saw one posted as a finish on a stitching message board and shared that I liked it.  I was loaned the book that the design was in.  Once I got the book, saw a different one I liked better and did that one instead.  Was a quick stitch.  I did half stitches ///// instead of completed ones xxxxx for most of the design.  Have since found the same book of designs and purchased it for my inventory.  

 Black and White Kitty
Annie’s Attic Plastic Canvas Pretty Kitty Bookmarks
14ct clear plastic canvas with DMC threads and decorative ribbon
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 05/06/13

Next piece I completed was a Stoney Creek design and I used navy blue fabric.  Not really a fabric of choice but I felt I needed to use the navy to make the design "pop."  I'm glad I did.  I really like how it turned out.  As I was stitching it, I wanted the finished design framed in red.  I was not disappointed when I got it back from the framer.  

This hangs in my living room.  Makes a nice wall grouping with my Stoney Creek schoolhouse design.. I had it reframed because I wasn't happy with seeing the white mount board through the blue fabric.  The second framer used black mount board.  Like the end results much better.  

Christmas Cardinal
Stoney Creek
28ct Navy Lugana with DMC threads and embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 05/10/13
Framed By - Frame Shop, Monticello, Iowa

Reframed 05/16/14
Framed By - Frame Shop, Mt Vernon, Iowa
Hangs in my Living Room

Last piece I completed in May was a fun one.  Loved the design.  I shared I liked the design and was loaned the chart.  I wanted to stitch it because when I first saw it, it reminded me of my mom and a little knick knack that she had displayed on a bookcase in her living room.  She noticed that I liked it and gave it to me. It's small but it is one of my most treasured possessions. I have it in my curio cabinet.  It is a little bunny in a yellow slicker standing under a yellow daffodil flower. Adorable. This piece hangs in my living room. I used Mill Hill beads for the eyes.  Something I've started to do with my cross stitch.  I also used sparkly Mill Hill beads for the raindrops.  Every time I look at this piece, I smile.

Slicker Bunny
The Cricket Collection – Cross Eyed Cricket, Inc
28ct Light Blue Jobelan with DMC threads and embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 05/23/13
Framed By - Frame Shop, Monticello, Iowa

In July I finished two pieces.

The first was a hand towel with a design from Stoney Creek.  One of the ladies where I used to live had been so kind to me.  She would visit with me and watch Gracie (my kitty who died in 2015) Her birthday was in July and I found out her favorite bird was the cardinal.  I remembered that in one of the issues of the Stoney Creek magazines there was a cardinal design for a towel, I bought the towel, pulled the magazine and threads and completed it. I used three strands of thread because I didn't want the white to show through.  Next time I do one of these designs, will stay with two strands.

Cardinal in Holly Branch Winter
Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Collection Spring 2013 Issue
14ct aida, Madagascar towel with DMC threads, stitching 3 over 1
Completed 07/07/13

This is what I did for my exchange partner from Manitoba, Canada in a bookmark exchange.  Before I sent it to her, I wrote up a tutorial sharing what I did to make the bookmark.  I completed this in July.

Celtic Knot Bookmark
Dragonfly Stitches
28ct Bone Lugana, Sulky Threads - Candied Apple
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 07/20/13

In August I finished a Christmas ornament that I had originally planned to send in a Christmas ornament exchange.  I changed my mind and decided to do another design by JBW Designs. With this Mill Hills Design, I completed the stitching and attached all the beads.  It's in my bag of "need to finish" projects.

Star of David
Mill Hill Diamond-Shaped Ornament MH22-8306
Used kit supplied fabric, threads and beads
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 08/16/13

This is what I stitched and sent to my Christmas ornament exchange partner.

French Country Angel
JBW Designs
28ct White Glasgow Line (package said it was linen) with
Strawberry Fields GAST threads
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed 10/05/13 

Redid the Lizzie Kate design, making it into an ornament.

Friendship Grows
Lizzie Kate (freebie on her website)
28ct White Lugana with GAST and WDW threads
Stitched 2 over 2
Stitching Completed 11/06/13
Finished into Ornament 11/08/13

Not a cross stitch finish, but a handsewn finish nonetheless.  Have since completed all 15 of the quilt block squares and sewed them into a quilt.  The quilt is displayed on my bed.  The quilt is twin sized, used cotton fabric for the backing, cotton for the batting, was long arm quilted and I did the binding and hemmed it by hand.

Sunflower - Jack Dempsey 18" Quilt Blocks
Cotton fabric with DMC threads
Now have 13 of the 15 blocks done
Completed 11/12/13