Snowman & Friends Stocking update #3

Not too bad of progress over the last 2 months, considering we were on a road trip across the country for 3 weeks. In addition to devoting time to gardening a lot more, now that the weather is nicer.
I actually brought the project along on the trip in hopes of getting some stitching done either in the car or at our destination, but while at our destination, we had a 3 month old puppy thrust upon us and I was not about to have her get all in my thread!!! So it stayed safely in the packaging until we arrived home so I can spread it all out again on our dining room table. What better place to do such a thing :-)

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Here is the “before” photo:
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Until next time….happy stitching!
Jan

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Snowman & Friends Stocking update #2

My stocking has a name!!
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Snowman Christmas Stocking update #1

Moving right along on my stocking:stocking update 1

Sorry for the wrinkles.  I just took it out of the hoop and snapped a quick pic, so I can get it right back in the hoop and keep stitching!!

Hard to look at this fellow, cute as he is, with the nasty winter we just had.

Happy stitching…Jan

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FINAL cabin fever counted cross stitch post

Here is it.  The day has come.  My Cabin Fever Counted Cross Stitch project is matted and framed and looks absolutely beautiful; like a painting….I love it :-)
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FINALMichael’s did a wonderful job helping me select the matte coloring and sizing.  I chose the frame by myself :-)

I chose museum glass for this as well.  It gives it an amazing look.

Next post….update on my Christmas stocking and crocheted giraffe I named George!

Happy stitching.

Jan

 

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Alphabet blocks

****UPDATE****
Here is a pic of my completed project:
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This project came about because it is my Grandson’s 2nd birthday.  I was doing a Google search for alphabet puzzles and found them to be a choking hazard for his age.  Which lead to Etsy to see if I can find some wood alphabet letters.  No luck there.  Then I got the bright idea that I should sew some alphabet blocks.  Oh yes, I can do that, I said to myself!!

So off I went to the store for fabric, felt and foam.  I did not care for the lumpiness of using polyfil, as I wanted them more, well, square blocks!  I went with 3 colors for 13 of the blocks and 3 different colors for the alternating 13 blocks.
My fabric is cut into 3″ squares and the letters “A” and “B”, which I cut out of felt using THIS template, scaled down to 75%, as I am making 2″ blocks.
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For block “A”, I followed THESE DIRECTIONS for sewing the blocks together. First sewing the 4 vertical blocks together, (using a 1/2″ seams), and stitching all the way across the fabric, from end to end.

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Then the rest of the seams, sew as directed by sewing only to within a 1/2″ from end, but I was fighting with the ends that were sewed all the way and not getting crisp corners.

For block “B”, I tried THESE and it was so much easier to seam the whole “box” and my corners do look a lot better.

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I only have 24 more letters to go!

Happy stitching!
Jan

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New counted cross stitch project

I have 10 months until Christmas to get this done for my soon-to-be-born grandson:
stockingIt’s the Dimensions Gold Collection
called “Snowman & Friends Stocking”
The Aida cloth is white, 18 count and that means there are a whole lot of stitches that go into this project! There are very few white squares that are not filled in; on the ground and snowman portion only.
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I can also say regarding my Cabin Fever Counted Cross Stitch project, that it is COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Except that is for framing. I will post a pic when that is done, but for now, here are the latest updates showing some embellishments:
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It’s amazing how a few straight lines can really bring out the detail of the project….love, love, love it :-)

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Until next time…..Happy Stitching!
Jan

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Adorable little crocheted giraffe

I came across THIS and I just had to make one for my soon to be born grandson.

Oh my goodness is this little giraffe CUTE!!!giraffe 1

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I didn’t care for the way the standard SC2tog left the back of the head open, exposed, sloppy.  So I did a search on wonderful YouTube to find THIS GREAT TUTORIAL showing an invisible decrease, and it is a hidden secret to projects turning out so much better :-0

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Happy Stitching!

Jan

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Is it spring yet?


Daylight Saving Time countdown banner

Wow Indiana sure had its share of nasty, snowy, COLD temps so far this winter.  I bought some suet, a bird feeder and some seed for my feathered friends out there.  Now we wait and see how long it takes for them to discover!

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In the meantime, I have been keeping warm staying INSIDE. I made this for my daughter-in-law:
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And I am crocheting another scarf for myself….pics to come as I progress, but HERE is the pattern.

 

Happy stitching!

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Avoiding cabin fever counted cross stitch project

Yes I have done maybe 2 dozen finishing straight stitches on my forever project since the last update in September.  Really, has it been that long?!

I am avoiding it because once I finish it, it will just sit in the drawer because I don’t have the money right now to get it framed.

So instead, I have been working on other projects, like crocheting these for my grandson:
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These for my husband:
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photo(a scarf…nice warm wool for his neck) I loved the basketweave stitch!

And this for my son for his birthday:patrick blk scarf 11-2013a scarf as well, but not wool.

I have also been making some fun felt ornaments for my traditional gift giving to family members….hopefully they are not checking out my blog :-)

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Until next time, happy stitching!
Jan

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Update #24 cabin fever counted cross stitch

Whew that is a LOT of stitches!!

The “counted cross stitch” part of this project is DONE, DONE, DONE :-)  Yay!

28 cross stitching part doneI was emailing with my new pen pal about this project, as she had not seen an update lately.  I had to actually look it up to see how long I have been at this project.  So far it’s 2.5 YEARS and counting!  I hope this is encouragement to her and anyone else attempting this beautiful rendering.

Soon, I hope to be posting, with the title, FINAL update….until then….

Happy stitching!

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