Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New SAL and Dragon progress

I've continued to work on my Dragon, and am really pleased with my progress.  There are a number of people on the HAED bulletin board that are much quicker than I am, but I'm so much further ahead on this than I had thought I would be.  While it is confetti heavy, the detail is so worth it.  Most people are stitching it over one on various counts, but I wanted something for my first HAED that wouldn't require quite as much focus for me as working over one would take, so am doing this over 2 on 28 count, as are some other first time HAED stitchers, which makes it quite easy for me to see.  For a full size HAED this would probably make the finished piece larger than I may have wanted, but since this is a smaller piece even with my doing it over two it will still be manageable.  Here's where my little dragon is now, I'm about half way done with the second page of the SAL.

In addition, I started the 40 ct. silk gauze piece that I'm doing with my DSIL as a SAL.  While we are doing two different designs, they are both on the 40 ct. silk gauze and are similar in size.  For my piece I chose Good Morning by Threads Through Time.  This will be a present for someone who loves chickens. I put the dime in for size perspective.

While there isn't quite as much progress on this as I'd like, with it being a tiny count it can only really be worked on during the weekend when I can work on it during the day and in good light, so it may take a while to get done.  However, since is done doing the tent stitch (or continental stitch, I never can remember the difference), it does move along fairly quickly when I can give it some time. This is what it will look like when it's done.

On the weather front it is still cold and damp.  It was nice to see some sun today, still not warm, but better than the snow flurries that we've had for the past two days.  Come on, it's mid-April already, spring should be here, not 35 degree weather and snow.  I feel sorry for the poor confused birds that have started coming back, they don't look particularly happy with it either.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Keeping busy

It's been awhile since I've posted, lots has been going on.  I've been keeping busy working on Literate Dragon for my SAL on the Heaven and Earth Designs Bulletin Board, and I've made some lovely progress.  I'm really enjoying this stitch, even the confetti
In addition to working on my Dragon, I wanted a quick fun finish so picked my Bugs and Hisses piece back up and got that one completely done.  Pine Mountain ones are so easy to finish with the adorable tuck pillows that come with them.

The flowers were some my daughter had, and I love how the colors worked so this piece is just hanging out in the vase with them :)

Finally, I pulled out a kit I've had for ages and never gotten around to stitching, Goblins by Shepherds Bush.  It was a kit and came with a wonderful mat.  I don't have it framed yet to show off the matting, but here is my completed stitching part.
I changed the lettering a bit from the original pattern, as I had a very hard time reading it.  Some of the lettering is still a bit difficult I think, but didn't want to change to much of it as thought I'd lose the feel if I did.  I love the soft colors in this little guy.

On a sad note, my oldest cat Bug, the big black and white one I've posted pictures of before passed away just two weeks ago.  I've not felt like doing to much, and his passing has left a big hole in the house.  It feels so empty, just me, Isis (my 8 yr old all black kitty) and the two gecko's now.  I can't believe the house has gone from the 2 dogs and 4 cats from just a couple years ago.  Guess that's what happens when you get so many animals so close together, they all start getting old at the same time too.  Bug was 18 though, and for a large, overweight male cat, that's doing pretty good.  Isis doesn't seem to know quite what to do with herself now that her snuggle buddy is gone.  She'll need lots of cuddles and playtime while she adjusts to the emptier house as well.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter, I know I did.  Visited my brother and his family for the day, and my DSIL and I are planning our next SAL, a piece on 40 ct. silk gauze :)