Thursday, September 8, 2016

I'm back

I am back from my week in Philadelphia, but, since I have become such an erratic blogger, you probably didn't even know I was gone.  For all the time I have spent on the east coast, I had never been to Philadelphia and am very glad I had the opportunity.  I definitely want to go back to see all the things that were closed or I missed. 

In the time since my last blog post, I stitched on every piece in my rotation so lots of pictures.

Before I get to the stitching, Christmas Presence came back from the framers: 

Excuse the reflection of my head but I could not find anyplace in the house that didn't have some reflection.  I really like the way it turned out.  I would not have picked a black mat on my own, but it was the first mat the framer pulled out and I think it fits the mood of the piece well.

I started Santa and the Mouse

This is a round piece so I started in the middle and will work out from there too much counting to find the right starting place otherwise.  Practice does help with this style piece as it is going much faster than Christmas Presence ever did.

I worked some more on It's About Time and am a couple blocks closer to a page finish.

More black on Shakespearean Fantasy

I am close to a page finish on this one you've heard that before.  There may be some more green and blues added, but I think it's mostly black for the rest of this column.

I have done a terrible job of keeping up with the Smalls SAL that Heather at Stitching Lotus hosts, but I have been slowly but surely working on one.  Here's where I am  on the tiger

I decided to do this in 20x20 blocks as I made a counting error further down and will need to frog a few stitches. I am aiming to finish this for the SAL check-in this month it's good to have goals and I love the sound the deadline makes when it goes whooshing by.

I got to the names on To Have and To Hold  sooner than I thought I would, so I need to get out and get some graph paper before I can go any further.

I got into an organizing frenzy the other day and ordered enough bobbin boxes and bobbins for the thread for the HaED patterns I have stashed.  I don't anticipate stitching them anytime soon, but will be so much easier to find and use the threads if they aren't in gallon plastic bags in a basket.  I don't know when I will get around to doing it but sounds like a great winter project.


Robin in Virginia said...

Very pretty frame molding for your Santa piece, Susan! It looks like you made some good progress on your WIPs and on your new start.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great frame for Santa, it looks really good.
Nice progress on your other pieces too, soon be a Happy Dance for the page finish.
Glad you enjoyed your trip to Philidelphia too.

Pull the other thread said...

Holy prolific cross stitching batman!! You have made so much progress on everything. I adore the framing on Christmas Presence and you're right the black just works so well with the mood of the piece. Everything else is looking just amazing. Glad you had a nice time away. Can't wait to see more progress from you.

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching on all your projects!
Fantastic frame for your very handsome Santa :)

Justine said...

You've been busy! Christmas Presence looks wonderful. You made a great frame choice.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress! You really seem to be getting the hang out of these HAED designs now.

Suz said...

Great framing on Santa - I really like the black mat, too - he really pops out with it.

All of your stitching/progress looks fabulous - congrats!

Heather said...

Gorgeous framing and progress. I wouldn't have thought black either but it looks great!