Saturday, April 22, 2017

Completed Cross Stitch 2009

Total Designs Stitched This Year

2 - Janlynn Kits
1 - Lizzie Kate
1 - Stoney Creek
3 - Mill Hill Kits

Didn't do alot of stitching during this year.  I was a student attending a local community college (a career change-wanted to work only to discover I could not) and my time was spent attending classes and doing required assignments.  It paid off.  I graduated with honors, having been on the dean's list several times.

I did manage to finish a few pieces though.  Mostly small projects.

This was a kit.  Not sure when I first saw a flat fold finish or who did it, but I decided to finish mine like that.  Was my first attempt at doing a flat fold.  Interesting to say the least, not crazy about doing another one.  Gave this to my sister who owns two adorable kitties - Grizzly and Klondike.  I took the picture before I added black trim around the edge on the front.



Hang in There
Janlynn Kit
Used kit fabric (14ct Light Blue Aida) and threads
Stitched 3 over 1
Completed June 2009

Witzy and her friends from Suzy's Zoo are some of my favorite characters to stitch.  My stash bears witness to that fact. I did this chart and made it into a cube.  Was my first attempt at doing a cube.  Was pretty easy to do, actually.  Styrofoam block, batting, fabric, pins, glue, ribbon.  Like how it turned out and have since used this type of finish with a few other cross stitch finishes.  I gave this piece to a friend at my church.



Day Spent With Friends
Janlynn Kit
Used kit fabric (14ct White Aida) and threads
Stitched 3 over 1
Completed June 2009

Another small piece I completed in June was a bookmark that I sent to my sister.  She loves Winnie the Pooh and his friends. I didn't take a picture of it before I sent it.  It had four headshots of the characters...pooh, eeyore, piglet and tiger.  Did a google search to see if I could find a picture to show. Had to remind myself to not do that.  It's dangerous.  Not good.  Saw other patterns to stitch.       

In July, I worked on a a small project, a bookmark.  Wanted to give it to someone I thought alot of in my church.  Again, didn't think to take a picture before giving it.  The design I used was from a bookmark booklet by Leisure Arts I have in my stash library.  I did the "I Will Trust Thee O Lord" chart.  I outlined the lettering in gold metallic thread.  Turned out very pretty.

During the month of August I completed two designs.

A small piece by a new-to-me designer.  Lizzie Kate.  It was also a piece that I learned to stitch on linen.  Not crazy about linen.  Nope.  As a result of learning how to stitch on linen, I now stitch on evenweave and really like it.  It is now my fabric of choice.  Jobelan or Lugana being my first choice.  I finished the piece and because I saw a pinkeep somewhere (not sure where or who had one), I attempted to do one myself.  I like how the stitching turned out.  Not happy with the pinkeep finish.  I redid it and posted about in a tutorial.  With my first attempt at making a pinkeep, I consider it a learning experience.  I learned how to.  Just was not crazy on how it looked. The purple fabric in the background was the fabric I used on the backside of the pinkeep.


Friendship Grows
Lizzie Kate
28ct Cashel Linen with DMC threads and embellishments (buttons and charm)
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed August 2009

The other design I completed in August is my favorite of all the stitched pieces I've done so far.  It is a design by one of my favorite designers - Stoney Creek.  This hangs in my living room..

I graduated in May 2001 from Southern Illinois University, magna cum laude.  I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  I had lost my beloved husband of 3-1/2 years to cancer January 2001.  I did a six year program in three while taking care of a dying man.  I had two step daughters and five grandchildren.  Two little girls, three little boys - one which I was in the labor and delivery room when he was born.  After their dad/grandfather died, the girls distanced themselves and I later relocated back to my birth state of Iowa.  I do think about them and wonder how they are doing.  I sub taught in grades 1-6 in Illinois before returning to Iowa and once I got settled in Iowa and got my certificate to teach here in this state, I sub taught in grades K-8 for a time.  Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003 while attending linguistic courses in graduate school.  I withdrew from college, not able to complete coursework and while I did attempt to teach in the classroom for a time, I wasn't able to.  I always wanted to teach and carried that desire with me since I was a little girl in fourth grade.  Wanted to teach reading, writing and history.  I love U.S. history especially the time during the American Civil War, the Westward Expansion and the years during the Great Depression leading up to and including WW2.

I love the country schoolhouse.  I have a picture of a country schoohouse that stood in a cornfield where my paternal great great grandparents came from Canada and settled here in Iowa.  They farmed 160 acres and had ten kids.  One daughter went to college, became a teacher, met her husband who became a preacher/minister and they did missionary work in China (1897 to mid 1940's) until the war forced them to return to the states.  I collect ceramic or porcelain country schoolhouse figurines.


Schoolhouse
Stoney Creek Book #309 Rural America
14ct Fiddler's Cloth with DMC threads
Stitched 2 over 2
Completed August 2009
Framed by Ben Franklin, Iowa City, Iowa
Hangs in my Living Room

The last three finishes of 2009 were kits.  Had a few firsts with these as well.  First time I worked on perforated paper and first time I stitched with beads.  Liked it and now have a little plastic sterilite tub filled with Mill Hill kits.  Wonderful designs.  Easy to do.  Like working with both thread and beads or buttons.  I have these grouped together with one other finish and they hang on the wall in the entryway outside my bathroom.


Jim Shore's Quilted Cats Series - Sapphire
Mill Hill
Used kit perforated paper, threads and beads
Stitched 2 over 1
Completed October 2009
Framed by - Myself
Hangs in my Kitchen Hallway

Well, I like cats and this was a series, so I did the next one...


Jim Shore's Quilted Cat Series - Petunia
Mill Hill
Used kit perforated paper, threads and beads
Stitched 2 over 1
Completed October 2009
Framed by - Myself
Hangs in my Kitchen Hallway

And the last one in the series...


Jim Shore's Quilted Cat Series - Scarlet
Mill Hill
Used kit perforated paper, threads and beads
Stitched 2 over 1


Completed December 2009
Hangs in my Kitchen Hallway