Sunday, March 18, 2018

A New Ornament, A New Start, A Nightmare, & A Surprise

Happy Sunday one & all!

Last week I worked on Chessie & Friends by Chessie & Me.  This is another ornament I had kitted up from 2014.  I didn't realize there were Symra cross stitches, round eyelet stitches, & star stitches in the design, but of course I should have known ... Chessie & Me ... lol!  I am glad I persevered.

Designer:  Chessie & Me
Design:  Chessie & Friends
from 2001 JCSCO
Fabric: 32-count Café Kona linen as suggested by designer
Floss:  WDW as suggested by designer

The only change I made was I substituted DMC Ecru for the suggested WDW Angel Hair to stitch the snowman.  My skein of Angel Hair was rather peachy/apricot looking.  Definitely not a snowman color.

Last night I began a new start ... a small primitive sampler.  More information to follow   : )
The nightmare is my ongoing dental woes.  I am still making payments on a $25,000 bill & will be doing so for at least the next year.  The dental work was done this past August.  There have been problems since the work was finished.  I have been going back to the dentist almost weekly.  She had nearly 500 positive online reviews & only one that was negative, & the negative one was simply from a woman who was upset that she was charged for a consultation.  No reviews mentioned how forgetful she is, or how she takes it as a personal insult when you try to explain that you are having problems.  Last week her husband, who is also in the practice, acted as mediator between the two of us.  When she finally calmed down I wasn't going to start her up again when she insisted I had some of these problems when I first came to see her   : (   As things stand now I need to locate another dentist for a second opinion because she & her husband both say they have ever heard of anyone having the problems I am having.  Her husband said that if another party can shed light on why I'm having these problems they will do whatever it takes to fix them.  Of course before the meeting was over the dentist had to pipe up with one last snotty remark which was "You might just have to learn to live with these things."  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

On a happier note, I thought our lease was up at the end of June, but I looked at our rental agreement last week & yo-ho!  It's up at the end of May!  Quite a surprise for me!  This is a very good thing but also a stressful one.  Finding a decent, affordable rental is like finding a needle in a haystack.  I would LOVE to get out of Kentucky but the dental issues will most likely prevent that.  We would just stay put if it wasn't for the mold & fungus issues in the Ohio River Valley.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for this as well.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In Search of a Little by Little Design Company Sampler Chart

I would like to purchase or borrow a Little by Little Design Company sampler chart. Unfortunately I do not know the name of the design or have a photo.  It features a simple floral border on the top and right and left sides but not on the bottom.  The bottom has a large two-story darker pink house with three chimneys.  To the left of the house is a tree with a bird on top. To the right of the house is a large pink flower and what looks to be a brown dog.  Straight across the top underneath the floral border there is a line of lowercase letters from A through Q.  The verse reads " If I am right oh Teach my Heart Still in the right to stay If I am wrong Thy grace impart To find that better way" ... and then there are the stitcher's initials with the words "her work in the year of Our Lord" and then the year.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  Does anyone have the chart who would be willing to sell or loan it to me so I can stitch it?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Not One, Not Two, but Three!

Three finishes last week, eight finishes since January 31st!  I'm on a roll ... lol!

Designer:  Lizzie Kate
Design:  Joy to the World
Fabric:  As suggested by designer
Floss:  As suggested by designer
Designer:  Country Cottage Needleworks
Design:  Give Joy
From 2014 JCSCO
Fabric:  As suggested by designer
Floss:  As suggested by designer
Designer:  My Big Toe
Design:  Joyous Square
from 2014 JCSCO
Fabric:  As suggested by designer
Floss:  As suggested by designer

Thanks again to everyone who helped me with my star stitches for Joy to the World.  I decided to use Robin in VA's suggestion and stitch them using one strand twice to make a stitch with two threads. Perfect!

Last night I started stitching my third ornament although I wonder if the A Little Snow design by Lizzie Kate might actually be an ornament. Hmmmmm.  Last night I started stitching my third or fourth ornament which is Chessie & Friends, a Chessie & Me design from the 2001 JCSCO issue. This is one of the designs I kitted up 3+ years ago. I think I'm going to try to work on stitching these designs first.  That's the plan for now anyway   : )

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A New Start

While pondering what to do with my Joy to the World project (thank you, everyone, for your suggestions), I decided to start an ornament.  I think on Instagram, or somewhere, there is some kind of "stitch 12 ornaments in a year, one for each month" group thingie.  I haven't been able to find it ... but since Joy to the World is having a time out at the moment, I started an ornament.

Before I stopped stitching three years ago, I had kitted up several projects in individual plastic baggies ... working copies of the charts, the suggested fabrics, and the suggested threads or DMC equivalents.  I went through these baggies the day before yesterday.  Isn't it interesting how much your tastes can change in three years?  I looked at some of those designs and thought, "I wanted to stitch this???"  And then I took everything out of those baggies, tossed the working copies, and filed the fabrics & threads ... lol!

This design called to me to stitch it first.  I think it's the color palette.  I've been stitching a lot of Christmas reds and greens lately.  This design is from the JCSO 2014 issue ... Give Joy by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I'm using the suggested fabric, 32-count waterlily linen ... a pretty, pale mint green color.  I chose to use the DMC equivalents.

I Found Three!

You may remember me mentioning once upon a time that I used to be a design contributor to a cross stitch magazine many years ago.  Yesterday I opened a box marked Bobbin Lace Supplies that has been sealed for 10 years.  Literally 10 years.  I was surprised to find some old cross stitch pieces in there that were stitched back in the early 80s.  I was also happy to find three cross stitch magazine issues that contained my designs.

I will share these designs with you here.  Please remember that I was a young cross stitcher at the time, and there was no such thing as cross stitch design software back then.

Winter 1983

The Winter 1983 issue contained my first designs ... Overall Boy and Sunbonnet Sue.

Spring 1984

The Spring 1984 issue really surprised me!  I remembered having designed a Bible bookmark, but not this one ... and I had totally forgotten about the Peek-A-Boo, Happy Easter to You design!

Summer 1984

The Summer 1984 issue contained my quilt design potholders.  I was quite proud when the powers that were used them as part of a photograph display for a mailing promotion to try to get more subscribers   : )   I know I saved that mailing promotion.  It's somewhere.     

I had given the finished potholders to my mother when the magazine returned them.  Many years later she gave them back to me, and I still have them.
I have no idea what became of any of my other completed designs   : (   That little Easter bunny would have come in handy right about now!  Perhaps they will surface along with other magazines and designs, and the mailing promotion, when I open another box.  

I can't imagine what I might find in the boxes that have been sealed since 2004!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Another Suggestion Sought

I am so thankful for the pencil suggestions in response to my last request.  Little did I know I'd be in need of assistance again so soon.

I hadn't noticed that Joy to the World has star stitches.  The stitches themselves are not a problem to make, but do I make them with one strand of floss or with two?  I consulted YouTube and half the tutorials there say two strands and the other half say one.  Since I'm stitching the rest of the design with two strands I am assuming two.  However, where do I secure the ends?  I am using hand dyed floss.  I tried tying a knot with two strands, which actually results in four strands making the knot, but this is quite lumpy.  There's really not a lot of stitching on the back side of the star stitches for me to weave the ends under.  I am supposed to place a star stitch in each bottom curved portion of the gold swag and then randomly about the design.  Please see the photo.  Any suggestions?  Is there perhaps another stitch I can substitute for the star stitches?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Seeking Suggestions

I have been happily stitching away on my Joy to the World design by Lizzie Kate but alas, I have encountered a problem with my linen.  There was a large slub which I knew from the start would be in the stitching area.  I did my best to pick it out.  I'm usually successful when I do this, but this time not so much.  The slub did get smaller, but the fabric dye did not soak through all the fibers and therefore the remainder of what's left is lighter, even white, compared to the surrounding fabric.  Your eye is immediately drawn to it.

I tried to plan for part of the stitching to cover the slub.  Obviously I failed.  Can anyone suggest a way I can somehow darken this area a bit without ruining the surrounding linen and the cross stitches?