WIP Wednesday: Curiosity by Heaven and Earth and Amy

Curiosity

I know I missed posting for WIP on my blog. However, I did post an update on Facebook so I didn’t totally skip out.  I took a me day and then I watched one of the grand babies while his mommy did some photo editing for a client. I got some stitching done Curiosity both Wednesday and Friday. I also plan on getting some done today as well.

For those of you who don’t know, Heaven and Earth (HEAD) patterns are generally huge. They are usually stitched with one thread such as DMC over 1 fabric thread. The starting point for these designs is supposed to be the top left hand corner. Most people will use a white linen or aida to stitch these designs because most of the time the fabric doesn’t show.

Unless, you are the crazy one in the group who decides to do everything differently just because you can.

I am using a hand dyed fabric from Polstitches Designs called Dusk through Embroidery Central. I can’t remember the thread count but I can find out if you are interested. I am using two DMC threads over 1 fabric thread which is why its a pain in the ass and taking me a little longer to complete. You know, this wasn’t enough of a challenge so I started in the middle which happens to around the dragons nose.

I have the legs of the fairy completed and part of the belly which equals about three pages of a HEAD designs. Three pages out of like 60 pages with so many more to go. The part I stitched this week is the blue right above the needle but only about 2o squares so two inches worth of stitching in about five hours. Yeah me!  Anyway, that’s my update, Happy Stitching!

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WIP: The Musician by Joan Elliott

I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything but I had to deal with some health issues. Thankfully, I have found a doctor willing to listen to his patients. I am on medication and a diet to control blood pressure, tremors, and to kickstart my thyroid. Plus, my husband has been working over in Bear Lake so we’ve been on several mini-vacations.  Currently, my health is improving. However, I just found out that my father was admitted to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and might go in for heart surgery within a week. My fingers are crossed.

Anyway, let me show you what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. It is called The Musician and it is by Joan Elliott. It is in a series of three with The Reader which I have already done and The Gardner which is in my stitch stash waiting patiently.

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That was last week’s picture and this is this week’s picture:

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As you can see, I have accomplished quite a bit.  That’s it for now, Happy Stitching!

WIP: Letters From Mermaids by Nora Corbett

Image from Embroidery Central

Image from Embroidery Central

My WIP today, is the letter J in this absolutely cutesy series of letters with mermaids. However, I am changing it quite a bit. Above, is an image of the original.

I am stitching this for a friend who is having a baby girl as her first child. The friend happens to like mermaids and has chosen the following colors for her nursery – coral, teal, and silver.

Letter J

Okay, so the picture of the fabric sucks but it is called Aphrodite. It is a pink purplish color that is an oplescent.  As you can see, I lightened the tail for a more pastel coral while I darkened the J to a teal.

Here are the color changes for anyone who is interested.  I switched Ora’s Iris for Ocean, Jelly Roll for Peacock, Cerise for Blue Topaz, Lobster Claw for Tangerine, and Candy Corn for Goldfish. I will provide a more detailed color conversion once I am finished.

Don’t forget it is Sit N’ Stitch night at Embroidery Central at 6 pm. Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday: Thanksgiving Blessing designed by Heart in Hand

Thanksgiving Blessing by Heart in Hand

Thanksgiving Blessing by Heart in Hand

Yesterday, I decided to start ‘Thanksgiving Blessing’ designed by Heart in Hand. Normally, this isn’t a project I would pick to do but Embroidery Central has Projects of the Month (POM). Last year, they decided that anyone who spent over $50 on a double punch day would be put in a drawing. The winners would be able to pick out the POM’s for 2015.

My name was chosen and I decided to do the POM for October. Keep in mind that the POM’s are discounted during that specific month only. Felicea, an employee of Embroidery Central, suggested I do a thanksgiving project. We narrowed it down to two patterns but we both liked this one.  Of course, being the creative people that we are, we changed a few things.

The start of my project

The start of my project

First, we choose a different fabric called Mummies Curse by Pol Stitches. The fabric looks like falling leaves and matches the required hand dyed threads. Second, there is going to be four bronze tinted charms added in place of some of the stitching – two leaves and two medallions. I’m not stitching the turkey after follow or the bright orange floral between filled and with. The medallions will be place in those locations. One of the leaves will be by the pumpkin and the other will be at the bottom where the flower and heart are.

Anyway that’s my WIP for today. Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday: Winter Into Spring by Cross ‘N Patch

Winter Into Spring designed by Cross 'N Patch

Winter Into Spring designed by Cross ‘N Patch

If you are a stitcher, you know that WIP stands for Work In Progress and is usually done on Wednesdays. This is one of my current WIP’s that I actually started yesterday.  It is also appropriate considering that Embroidery Central (EC) is hosting a trunk show highlighting this designer and their patterns are on sale this month.

Now, for some details.  This pattern, Winter Into Spring, is one of four from a leaflet titled ‘Heart of My Heart’ and it is a hardanger pattern. It has two hand dyes threads from Caron that are the same color, Parfait, but are from different collections – Watercolors and Wildflowers. One is a hand dyed silk and one is a heavier hand dyed cotton thread.  There is also ribbon embroidery on this heart which I just can’t wait to do. This is probably the reason why I started this project instead of working on a project I need to finish.

Happy Stitching!

WIP Wednesday: The Musician by Joan Elliott

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Yesterday was WIP Wednesday for almost every stitcher around the world and I missed it. I spent Wednesday night trying to find my dog that had escaped out of a fenced in back yard. My body decided it needed sleep and slept through Wednesday.

Anyway, here is my progress picture. I started it awhile ago and this is as far as I have gotten. It is a Joan Elliott design called The Musician. You can Google it to see what it will look like.

It is an a hand dyed orange fabric that I purchased from Embroidery Central but I am not sure what it is called. If I find out or remember, I will let you know.

Now, I just have to decide if I want to clean, stitch, or write.