Monday, January 30, 2017
Still doing very little crafting, but it's very satisfying when I manage to do it. I'm picking tiny charts so I have a chance of finishing them in some reasonable amount of time. I made this Valentine card from a Tra La La design. Such a sweet little cup of love. It's on 36 ct linen and I'm glad to know I can still do 18 stitches per inch!
I have been stitching a birthday card for my brother every year since as long as I can remember. I usually look for a theme that would be of interest or relevant to him. Kind of ran out of ideas this year, so I went with a generic birthday cake. Everybody loves cake, right!
This was from a World of Cross Stitching freebie you can get here. I think the fabric is 32-count. I liked it because the white showed up so well.
Two more of the Snowflower Diaries Joyful World designs are now ready for display on the fridge.
I panicked when I accidentally cut the sides without enough seam allowance. But sometimes recovery is where the fun is, and I managed to get it to work out with a little border fabric.
Took longer than I expected of course, but I still had the mojo to do March as well so I'm ahead of hte game. I must say that the grommet pliers are really working well after all these years.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Happy New Year everyone. I've been somewhat under the weather for a while and it's hard to keep up my good humor. Haven't done much crafting or even novel reading for a while. But I did manage to finish up the Snowflower Diaries Joyful World SAL. I stitched December before November because I loved that design so much and thought I needed the motivation of a design I loved. But when I went back and did November, I fell in love with that one too.
Changed enough colors in each month to make good contrast and conform more to the original stitched by Maja with hand-dyed threads. And very happy that my eyes held up for the last 2 over-one months. Part of my health problem affects the eyes and that's been an additional issue.
Over the course of the SAL I had many ideas about how to use the stitching. In the end, I decided to do a relatively simple finish of each and I will only do one a month. I had an ancient grommet tool that I bought a thousand years ago to make a shower curtain. I never figured out how to use it and was about to give it away during year-end clean-out. Then I decided to give it one more try since I understood eyelets and grommets better now after making floss tags and luggage tags. Lo and behold, it worked! So I added a coordinating fabric border and backing to January and then added the two grommets. The piece is now hanging from two magnetic hooks on my fridge. I needed the larger grommet holes so they would fit on the hooks. I liked these hooks because they keep the piece flat against the fridge unlike the usual cup hooks.
Click here to see the hooks I'm using. I couldn't get a good photo in the kitchen.