Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April News

Good morning!  I hope your Easter was blessed with family and delicious food!  Mine certainly was! I went to my son's church in Long Beach where he is the pastor... for a delightful Easter service and then on to a restaurant called Claimjumper where they are known for mega-servings.  The 12 of us who gathered together were stuffed!  Here is a picture of my son, his wife and my two lovely granddaughters.

Now on to stitchy news...if you remember from a previous post,  I said I returned to cross stitching at the beginning of this year after many years away (I was in the midst of card-making for quite a long time). It seems no matter what I do, it doesn't take long for my stash to build!  I'm going to show you what I'm recently stitching, but it is not all of it. My WIPs (works in progress) are many, some just "kitted" and waiting.

First, my finished April monthly stitch by Little House Needleworks:

Here is my Spring dough bowl ... you can't see it in this picture, but the April monthly is sitting to the right.  Toward the back of the bowl is a Mill Hill beaded egg that I finished for the bowl.  I really loved beading!

And here is the May monthly in progress...

The next stitch is unfinished but I'm hoping to add it to my Spring bowl collection soon...
It's called Hello Spring and the designer is Hands On Design. I'm not using the "called for" fabric which is black (meant to look like chalkboard). My fabric is 25 count Stormy Night Lugana.  

I'm also in the process of stitching two presents...for the granddaughters shown above..
They will be graduating from high school and middle school in June.  Here is the piece for the high school grad...by Ursula Michael for Imaginating.

And the next is for the middle school grad...hers will be a bit smaller, but I couldn't leave her out, could I?  This piece is by My Big Toe.

Each stitchy project I'm working on has its own project bag by Made by Mama Joan  (Joan Seidel)...she is on Flosstube (You Tube), has been stitching for years and makes project bags to sell.  They are so well-made and the fabric is beautiful.  What I especially like is the "window" made from a heavy plastic that she sews into the front.  I can identify my project and don't have to look into each bag before I open!

Here is the front of one of the bags...Joan has coordinating fabric on each bag...one on the front and one on the back...

Finally, here is one of my next projects...very popular among stitchers right now.  By Lila's Studio, it is called Let Freedom Ring.  I admit it is huge (for me) and I find it daunting...but, one stitch at a time!

Stitches and Blessings,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March News and Heading Toward April

Hello!  Because I am focused on getting monthly and seasonal projects done, time seems to be rushing along at breakneck speed!  Being a recent returnee to cross stitching after many years of card making, I have a lot to make up and I seem to want to stitch everything I see, which we know just isn't possible.

I will probably post on my blog once a month, but if you wish to see me more frequently please join in to Instagram here...my Instagram name is susanrlankford.  It is just easier for me to post a quick picture on Instagram with a short statement.  After all, I need time to stitch! (wink)

First is my February finish for the bread bowl I purchased after seeing several of them on Flosstube...(I'm very suggestible)! The swirly motifs on the heart have small pearl beads attached and I added a verse from Luke 10:27.

And here is the bread bowl...due to be changed for Spring...the stitched felt hearts are made from some Primitive Heart dies (Papertrey Ink)...I thought they really added to my heart pillow.

I've started stitching a monthly series by Little House Needleworks and the next picture shows my finished March...I started these later in the year, so I'll have to catch up to January and February for next year.

Here is the back...I have a lot to learn about finishing!  Have you been to Stitching Dreams?  Carol has the model blog (she just won a British award for most outstanding needlework blog) and her finishes are exquisite.  I recently won a lovely pattern on her blog....Yay!  I'll have a picture for you one of these days.

The April monthly is still a work in progress...I'm stitching my monthlies (so far) on Monaco Tea Dye Evenweave fabric.  I'm still a little afraid of Linen...slubs and all...but I'll venture into it eventually.

He is Risen by Little House Needleworks is another WIP....Of course, this one is specific to Easter, so I really need to push a bit...isn't it sweet?  I'm not sure why I decided to use this Dusty Green Jobelan 28 count, except that green is my favorite color!  I just hope the greens in the pattern show well!

And finally, this next one is kind of an extra (I am already accumulating lots of "extra" stash)...that I work on less than the others because there is no time pressure.  The pattern is called The Pedigree of Honey (Leisure Arts Samplers) and I actually started it for a SAL on Stitch Maynia (something historical).  This pattern has a line from a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and will be my first sampler.  I really do like a lot of the Bee patterns that I see!

Gotta love the hive needle minder! I'm stitching this one on 32 count Lambswool Jobelan...smooth as silk!

That ends it for this month...Much happy stitching to you!

Stitched Blessings...


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine Heart

Hi!  I'm back to show you my finished, but not completely finished, heart from the February issue of Just CrossStitch magazine.  If you remember, I have recently returned to cross stitching and have never fully finished a piece (ex: pillow finish or other types of finishes).  So out comes the sewing machine and the next task is to familiarize myself with how to actually complete the task.

Here is the finished front with an added verse from Luke:.

I'll post a picture as soon as I finish the back.

After watching a Flosstube video by Night Owl Stitcher, I really had to have a dough bowl...when it arrives, I plan to decorate with "smalls" as other stitchers do!  Love that idea!

Here are a couple of my planned projects to be started very soon:

He is Risen by Little House Needleworks will be started in one of my SALs on Facebook...called Year of Starts...a new project can be started on the 17th of every month. 

The next one needs to be started ASAP .... it is a monthly series by Little House Needleworks ...the first one I'm stitching is March...I'll have to do January and February for 2018 since those months have passed.

I just ordered a lap stand with connections for Q-Snaps and Roller Frames by Needlework System 4! So excited to get this system....the floor stand may come later *wink*.

Must rush on.  Hope all of you have a stitchy day

Stitchy Blessings,

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Stitching Post

Hi!  This is my first stitching post!  (Excuse the extreme simplicity of my blog's appearance...I have some work to do!).  I am also a stamper and have another blog...Stamp and Create With Susan...it showcases my stamping and cards that I have made, but recently my love for cross stitching has re-surfaced!  And so the obsession begins!

The first stitching I completed in January 2017 is from an idea I had that I would like to cross stitch some quart jar tops ...Meal in a Jar...as gifts for next Christmas.  I already had a booklet,  Jar Toppers by Leisure Arts, so I was off and running...little did I know how this would plunge me into the world of cross stitching, re-organizing everything to do with stitching, and occupy a great deal of my time (Happily!).

My first jar topper is stitched on 14 count, white Aida, as all the toppers will be (not sure how many there I will need).  Hmm...look at those hoop marks, even though I removed the hoop every evening!  I know they can be removed, but I switched over to Q-Snaps.

Next is my first WIP (new cross-stitching language has emerged since I last cross-stitched)...I'm not far from being done and these toppers go very quickly.

Next is an idea I came up with since Valentines Day is around the corner...Oh! I'll just whip together a little valentine ornament!  Sure!  Did I ever underestimate my stitching speed!

I'm learning so much from some very experienced stitchers on Floss Tube  and several Facebook groups like Stamp Maynia, Cross Stitch and Discuss, and The World of Cross Stitching.

Here is the heart pattern I'm following.  I found it in the January 2017 issue of Just Cross-stitch Magazine, page 35 (digital version)...

Looks easy, huh?  Well, it is, however I had no idea it would take me so long!  I'm stitching on 18 count, off white Aida.  I've only been cross stitching a month and I already have two WIPs!

I have no idea how often I will post....I do want to give a shout-out to two blogs I follow...a couple of incredibly experienced stitchers!  The first is Carol of Stitching Dreams and Vonna of Twisted Stitcher.  I so enjoy these two...I'm sure there will be many more as time goes by.

Stitched Blessings,