Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My First 2010 Finish!!!

Hello Stitching Friends!!!

So on my last post I told you about about the bead situation for the angel. And let me just say that I am SO happy that I drove the distance to the LNS and got the Mill Hill beads rather than just using the ones that I thought would be ok that I bought at Joanns. The ones I bought at Joanns would have been way too big and were also the wrong color gold. There is a really big difference between just seed beads and petite seed beads.

I am extremely happy to be finished with this angel, but more importantly to be finished with this RR all together. I know the other ladies in the RR will be so happy that their pieces are moving along and will soon be back in their possession. So just to recap ... my piece was the one that I stitched with my own design and said Kelli's Room on it. Once I get my piece back, I will be framing it and hanging it in my daughter's room. The next piece was the angel, however due to the issues that I had with this pattern, as well as some personal things going on, I received the next piece and still had the angel. So I stitched the next piece which was the EMS Geranium Fairy. I am really happy with how that piece turned out and I love the effects of the sparkly blending floss that I used on parts of it. The next piece was the trumpet playing frog. That one I think is pretty cute. And after looking back at the piece I think the whole set of designs look really cute together. And then it was back to the angel. And now she is FINISHED!!! (doin the happy dance!)

So without further a due (don't know if I have that spelled right for that phrase), HERE SHE IS!!!


The above is the picture that was taken using my scanner. Below is a picture I took with my camera in order to be able to show how she sparkles with all the metallic floss and the beads.


The colors just look better under the "natural light" lamp then they do from the scanner. But with the scanner you can see more detail. If you look closely at the white part of her dress, that is the Wisper floss by Rainbow Gallery. There are 2 different colors. Let me just tell you, that is some interesting floss to work with. It's easier to see the Wisper floss in the second photo.

So starting tomorrow (really today since it is now nearly 4am) I will get back to working on Henry. I am looking forward to doing that. This not sleeping at night thing is getting old real quick however. I have so much to do "today". We have a couple of different appointments we must go to that are almost back to back. So there will be no opportunity for a nap. Once we are home from the second appointment, I am sure I will just drop for at least a couple of hours. Thankfully my husband is off so he will be home to help with the kids while I crash for a lil bit lol.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday & I'm sure I'll be posting another update of Henry really soon! :~)

Happy Stitching!

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Angel Almost Finished & Update on Henry

Hello Everyone!

So I wanted to post an update on where I am with this angel. I am not quite finished yet. I had some issues with the beads. I thought I had the Mill Hill beads for this design, but as it turns out, I didn't. So I went to Joanns only to find out that they no longer carry Mill HIll beads. Also checked at Michaels and they no longer carry them either. How disappointing! And since the local LNS that I have been using for a couple years now is no longer in business, the closest LNS for me to go to is about 30-35 miles away. By the time I ran a couple errands with my brother's girlfriend and went to the other 2 stores, both of the LNS's that are a distance away from where I live were closed. In fact, now that I think about it at least one of them isn't even open on Mondays. Anyways, so I bought some gold seed beads at Joanns. However, I really think the Mill Hill beads that the pattern calls for are actually petite seed beads. So I am going to try the ones that I bought. I'll attach a couple and see how they look and if they look alright, then I'll just continue on and by tomorrow afternoon, this RR will be in the mail and fully complete. If they don't, well then I will be driving across town to get the Mill Hill beads. And maybe with any stroke of luck I will still get it in the mail by tomorrow afternoon. Otherwise it will have to wait until Wednesday morning. I have finished all of the metallic stitches. And am about halfway through the Wisper floss stitches. That Wisper floss is certainly not easy to work with. And since I have never used it before, I'm not entirely sure that I'm doing it correctly. I hope the recipient likes it when she receives it. I don't want to post an updated picture of the angel until I have completely finished it. So that is why you won't see a new picture just yet. :~)

However, I would like to show you how far along I am on Henry. That way you'll know where I'm starting from after I've finished the angel. I really like this pattern. It's so fun and bright and cheerful! :~) All of the snow in the design I am going to add a sparkly blending filament to give some pretty sparkle to the design. And where the pattern calls for french knots, although I really don't mind french knots at all, I am instead going to add yellow & orange iridescent beads. I think that will look so pretty.

So here is my progress of Henry ...


This pattern is really fun to stitch. Once the angel is finished & in the mail, I will begin stitching the snow and of course Henry himself! There is quite a bit of backstitching on this piece, but with this fun design, I don't think it will take me too long to get him finished.

After I finish Henry and he is safely off in the mail to his recipient, then I have decided that I will work on my Elemental Cosmos WIP with the goal of having it finished in time to enter it into the Pima County Fair this year. :~) That piece is so pretty with all the bright and vibrant colors in it. And to further highlight those colors, I am stitching the piece on black evenweave. Not an easy task, but I'm sure I'll do ok. Entries don't have to be turned in to the fair until April 9th. So that gives me almost two months to complete it.

With my stitching bug back into overdrive, it'll be full speed ahead with lots of positive thoughts of some real stitching progress!!!

Happy Stitching to you all!

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Sunday, February 7, 2010

YAY! Finally Some Progress on the Angel! :~)

Hello My Stitching Friends!!!

I am so excited! I am very happy to report that I have made some great progress on the angel RR piece! I have all of the cross stitching with regular floss completely finished. All I have left is the stitching with the metallic floss which is Rainbow Gallery's PB01 & PB02 Treasure Braid. And the stitching with the fuzzy floss which is Rainbow Gallery's W88 & W89 Wisper. Then I have a couple dozen Mill Hill 42011 beads that I need to add and a very small amount of backstitching around her face then she will be FINISHED!!! :~) I am so thrilled to finally be so close to getting this piece finished.

So here she is with all the new progress ...


This is the most excited I have felt about this piece since I started it. And now that I am so close to finishing this piece, I am very happy with how pretty the design actually is. :~) No more lagging on this piece. I am truly excited about it! I can see the finish line & I just want to put the petal to the metal and get this angel finished. :~)

Once the angel is finished, then it's on to the very last RR piece that I will ever work on. Remember Snowman and Robin ... aka Henry??? Yes that is the last RR piece. I had made some more progress on Henry since the last picture that I posted. Once I get ready to work on him again, then I will post a photo so you can see where I am. And of course updates along the way! :~)

So here's to us all, my dear stitching friends! May we each have a more productive stitching year than we did last year! :~)

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥