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:.
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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,
Susan






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,
Susan