Saturday, November 11, 2017

Waxing Moon Designs Stitching Mends the Soul

It does.

Prayer does too.

Stitching when it's quiet, peaceful with no distractions is very therapeutic.   I think about things and organize them in my thoughts when I stitch.  I reflect on prayer requests and do converse with the Lord while stitching.  There's just something to working with needle and thread.

Speaking of thoughts...reflecting on it being Veteran's Day and remembering those who served or are currently serving in the armed forces.  Remembering my dad who served in the navy for 38+ years, in the Seabees, was a welder and was proud of his service and his uniform.  Many of my maternal uncles, two maternal aunts, many maternal cousins who served in all branches.  Served both stateside or overseas.  WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm.  I served as an army nurse in post hospitals and troop medical clinics.  Many of my patients had served in Vietnam.  Thank you for your service.  Saluting your dedication and commitment and what it meant/means to wear the uniform.

Managed to put in a few stitches on this piece.  Needle minder was from an etsy artisan - Sweet Autumn Stitch.  Nice strong magnets.  Lighthouses remind me of my trips taken to Northern Minnesota and Michigan along the shores of the Great Lakes.  Beautiful area.  Kind of wish I lived there but those thoughts don't stay long when I think about the very bitter cold winter weather and the isolation that is in much of the northern part of Minnesota or Michigan.  Iowa is okay.

Stitching Mends the Soul
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Light Mocha Quaker, GAST and DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Progress as of 11/10/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design so Far -  4

I started in the middle and worked to the top and then right.  I stitch from left to right, top to bottom.  I am not sure about the suggested color with the lace at the top of the design.  Suggested color is oatmeal, a GAST thread.  It does give an aged look to the lace but sections of the thread are blending in with the fabric and it's hard to see.   Don't want to go with a solid white, cream or ecru.  This is repeated in the design along the bottom edge.  I really don't want to take out what I've stitched.  I will think on this more and in the meantime focus my attention on stitching the woman stitching in a chair.

Update later in the evening  - 

I took all the stitching at the top out.  Went to my thread cabinet twice pulling several different DMC colors that I thought would give me the look I wanted with this piece.  Out of the seven colors I pulled, I chose two and will blend DMC 3865 and 3866 together.  I put in a few stitches and like it.  Feel this will work.  It's not stark white, ecru, cream and it gives an antiqued, vintage look to the lace.   That took most of the afternoon.  While I got that all figured out, now have a cause for concern.  Noticed I lost one of my needles!! I stitch using more than one needle.  I change out thread colors and rotate areas when doing a design.  Helps to keep me motivated and working on the piece.  When I found out I lost the needle (must of lost it when I was adjusting and moving my fabric in and out of the Q-snap frame), I used my magnetic wand and did my chair, floor around the chair, my stitching cart. No needle.  I moved furniture and did another sweep.  No needle.  Got the vacuum cleaner out and vacuumed thinking I would hear the a click when the needle was sucked up into the vaccum cleaner.  No noise.  No sound.  No needle.  Needless to say, I'm concerned about Leah finding it before me.  That. Would. Not. Be. Good!!

I have the thread replacement for the GAST oatmeal colored thread.  That's good.  But I am missing one needle.  That's not good. 

Was pulling in the driveway after doing errands to find the mailman parking his truck and getting ready to deliver mail on my street.  I told him, "You know mail persons are my favorite people."  We laughed.  Got some goodies.  A couple new needle minders, a chart by The Silver Lining (a yellow iris and lily of the valley flowers) and the buttons I had ordered for my last Waxing Moon Designs finish.

The buttons on the left are what I had in my inventory and needed one more.  The buttons on the right are ones I received in the mail.  They are smaller but I liked how they look on the stitched piece.  Just right.  Not too big and not too small.  Plus I have more for future projects.

The Best Things
Waxing Moon Designs
28ct Antique White Monaco (really liked this fabric!!) Evenweave,
GAST and WDW Threads With Embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Completed 11/06/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design - 10

Speaking of items coming by mail, received the latest issue of Stoney Creek Magazine.  Liked a couple of the designs and placed an order for 16ct banding and some overdyed threads.  Like this magazine.  Once that comes in the mail, will start on a snowman.

In other news...

It's a gray day here.  Overcast.  Rain predicted with snow later this afternoon.  Plan to stitch and view floss tube videos.  I cannot watch them for very long though.  Lots of goodies shared, very tempting.

Leah jumped up and wanted to help me stitch for a bit too.  Silly kitty.  Although, at this time of the year, it's getting cold here.  As in winter winds and lower temperatures.  Her body heat on my lap feels good.