Treasures & Trash

Treasure

My husband really pissed me off last night. I don’t know if I will ever forgive him. I still love him but right now forgiveness is not even an option.

Because of what happened, I am selling anything and everything that is mine that I no longer want or use such as books, needle work leaflets and supplies, clothing, and household decorations. I am doing it all through a Facebook group that I am setting up right now called Treasures & Trash.

Of course, nothing I’ll sell will actually be trash but you know ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’

Anyway, I hope you all stop by and check it out.

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Futurecast (a.k.a.Herald) by Teresa Wentzler

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Okay so here is the skinny on this cute little dragon. The design is called Futurecast (a.k.a. Herald) from one of my favorite designers Teresa Wentzler. If you like castles, fairies, mid evil stuff, then she is hands down the one to go to.

Now, the bad news. Her patterns are hard to find, believe me, I started collecting her ten years ago and eBay became the place to shop. I may or may not have have paid $50.00 for one of her patterns at one time or another.

Now, the good news. Wentzler is taking another look at her designs and converting them from hand drawn to computerized. She is also releasing some of the designs through Patterns Online. It’s a long process but according to her blog she is enjoying it. However, Futurecast is a freebie that can be found on her website.

You all know I buy most of my supplies through Embroidery Central. What you don’t know is they have a sense of humor and like to create some fun and challenging projects for their stitch group.  They decide to do an April Fool’s challenge with thread based on your birthday. There was three threads picked from DMC, metallic, and hand dyed. Further, the project had to be a certain size.

My mother bought my colors for me which were Ecru from DMC, PB34 from Rainbow Gallery, and Father’s Day from Weeks Dye Works. I thought what in the world was I going to with these then settled on this particular pattern. Of course, I changed the rest of the colors as well.

Dragon’s Main Color
A  159 DMC
B 161 DMC
C 311 DMC
D No number but it is a dark blue
BS 939 DMC

Secondary Color
1 826 DMC
2 825 DMC

Accent Color
+ ecru DMC
Z 738 DMC

Mettalics
Star Symbol PB34 Rainbow Gallery
Circle Symbol SK23 Rainbow Gallery

Mill Hill Beads
For the dragon 18830 size #8
For the border 03002

BS 550 for the crystal ball and border
BS 202HL #4 Krenik for the claws

Unfortunately, I started stitching him before the start date of the April Fool’s challenge so I kinda disqualified myself from the challenge with this pattern. I am still allowed in the challenge with a different pattern but I also need to get some stitching done for the silent auction at the Idaho Elks Summer Convention in Moscow, Idaho. I guess I will see what happens.

If you have any questions or concerns about stitching this little cutie, just send me a comment either here or you can find me on Facebook.  Happy stitching!

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: Winter Welcome by Country Cottage Needleworks

I know it’s Thursday not Wednesday but here is my WIP anyway. If I could stick out my tongue, I would. Sorry, I have been babysitting, doing a convention, and trying to find my lost stitch bug. If you find it, please return it to me. I have tons of projects to stitch but no ambition.

Anyway, I didn’t get to do much stitching this week. I did like ten stitches on this little cutie.

Winter Welcome

And, there is a story behind this project. I’m broke, I have no money to buy supplies; unless, I save up pennies. A few months ago, I had some extra cash left over from some lunch money. I did what all of us crafters and readers do, I went shopping.

I only had $5.00 and planned to get a book or two so I stopped by Somebody’s Attic.  I found a couple of books but decided to check out their little craft section. Low and behold, this project was in a bag with all of the threads and fabric needed to complete the stitching for $0.75.  The fabric was even in its own bag with a label from Shepherd’s Bush Ogden, Utah.

My point is this, second hand stores often have hidden treasure with in their walls. You just have to take the time to do a little searching.

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!

Intro to Hollie Dabb

Worry designed by Hollie Dabb

Worry designed by Hollie Dabb

Here is another budding designer, Hollie Dabb. Her design is a cute little project that reminds us worry is truly a waste of time.

Hollie designed this for herself and had no intentions of it being published. However, stitchers who saw it fell in love and demanded that the pattern become available.

Embroidery Central being attentive to their customers, talked to Hollie, and it became available. Currently, this is the only project that Hollie has designed. I don’t know if she plans to design any more but I will wait patiently.

Happy Stitching!

Wish List: Spirit Dancer from Butternut Road

Spirit Dancer by Butternut Road

Spirit Dancer by Butternut Road

I’ve decided to show you a few of the patterns or designers that I wish I had. Plus, this gives me the opportunity to clear out my wish list on Embroidery Central’s website.

First up is Spirit Dancer from Butternut Road. My husband’s grandmother has stitched this pattern and  it is hanging in her apartment. I salivate over it every time I go to visit her. I really want to do this pattern or at least have it in my stash.

However, I also tend to forget what is on my wish list and buy patterns that I need right now. I know that I am not the only stitcher who does this.

This pattern will have to be on my wish list a little longer as the funds just aren’t there to support my habit. I know someday I will own it and someday I will stitch, it is just a matter of time and patience.