Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Stitch from Stash

It seems like ages ago that I posted my February Stitch from Stash post, but it was only a month ago - I do not remember March being this long.  I am sure part of it is the weather - we are not having typical March weather here in central Virginia.  We had another snow storm Sunday into Monday (8" or so in Washington DC meant the offices were closed again) and they are predicting another chance of snow on Tuesday.  This is not at all what my previous Marchs have been like.  I do hope that we don't go from winter cold straight into summer heat this year.

 I am happy to report that  2014 Stitch from Stash  has really allowed me to focus on what I have  and what I really need how many seasonal series, etc. can one house support?.  While I am finding lots of pretty things, I am now stopping and questioning even adding them to my wish list, never mind buying them.  Mel at Epic Stitching is hosting and  even though registration for official participation is closed, you can still play along.  The button above should take you to all the rules although it is pretty easy - you get a monthly budget and you need to stick with it for 11 out of 12 months.  There are occasional splurges allowed (we recently had Market weekend) and unused funds do roll over so you can save up for that big project.  Since my last post:

Carry Over -            $50.00
March Allowance - $25.00
Purchases -              $0
Balance Forward -   $75.00

I didn't have any new starts from stash, but I did replace a project in my rotation with one of my WIPs.  Chatelaine's Serengeti was replaced by her Secret Victorian Garden

Here is where it was when I pulled it out of the WIP box:

And here it is today:

Secret Victorian Garden by Chatelaine.  Stitched on 32-count Carol's Meadow evenweave from Silkweaver Fabrics with fibers and beads as kitted from European Cross Stitch
The lower right corner is finished through part 11, the blue line is the beginning of part 12.  I am leaning towards doing part 12 on each side as I go as stitching that outside border all at once might do me in.

Here is one of my favorite parts of this entire piece:

It isn't a very good photo, but I really love this blackwork section.
This will stay on the frame through today and tomorrow Elegant Doily will be put on the frame.

Before I forget, it's!!!!  This is an easy SAL - sign up and stitch!  Yes, that's it, stitch and then show us all what you accomplished.  I love no stress SALs...


Shebafudge said...

Looks absolutely wonderful. I love seeing closeups on Chatelaine projects!

Pull the other thread said...

Wonderful stitching. Well done on sticking to your budget, you are doing really well.

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

Wow, zero spending! You really are Stitching from Stash.

I love your chatelaine. I have seen some drawings of the new London design Martine has been teasing us with and I think it is The One for me.

Like Shebafudge, I love to see the close ups of her Martine's designs.

Chris said...

Lovely progress on the Chatelaine piece! You are doing a great job stitching from stash.
Sorry to hear that you are getting more snow :(

Leonore Winterer said...

I love seeing Chatelains being stitched on, this one is looking really pretty so far...and good work on stitching from stash, I'm not holding up as well as you are haha :D

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you did great both with the no spending and the progress on your Chatelaine.

Stitching Noni said...

You're doing well with your "not spending" at the moment!!
Love your Chatelaine. It is just beautiful :)

Faith... said...

Secret Victorian Garden is beautiful!

Congrats for not spending any money! You are doing great.

Melissa said...

Great progress on Secret Victorian Garden! It is gorgeous:)