Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hide Tide Beach Section

The High Tide beach section is done.  It obviously needs a lot of backstitching!  It doesn't look like I'm going to make my July goal, but I only have one section left and the overall border before High Tide is complete.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Start: Harvest Moon and IHSW

This past weekend was International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) over at Joyce's Random Ramblings.

I decided it was the perfect time to treat myself to a new start with Harvest Moon.

I was able to hermit up on Saturday with a bajillion episodes of Destination Truth on Netflix and get in a lot of stitching time.

My kids were unexpectedly excited to see me stitching on dark cloth. I brought out their lacing cards and let them stitch with me.

I didn't have as much time on Sunday to stitch, but I did get to spend some time finishing the bushes and stitching in the fence and a tree.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Did you watch anything great while you stitched?  I'm apparently addicted to Destination Truth now...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Update on Harvest Moon

Fabric Update

I mentioned a month ago I ordered fabric for Harvest Moon.  It didn't go as well as I'd hoped (no stores actually have the fabric) so I'm giving up on Colonial Blue Aida.  The middle part of the sky in Harvest Moon is the aida fabric showing through.

I'm instead going to stitch the colonial blue color and make the project cover the entire fabric.  I was trying to decide last night when I could order more fabric, and it dawned on me I had a large piece of navy Aida in a kit I would probably never use!  Crisis solved!  The color shouldn't matter much now that the fabric will be covered.

I got out the navy Aida and cut it to size (with enough left over for some small projects I'm planning for my nephew!) and whip stitched all of the edges.  I started gridding the fabric and realized there is an error in the chart.  One of the columns is only 9 squares wide instead of 10!  It became obvious pretty quickly how much of a nightmare it would be trying to grid right wrong right.  I'm so glad I noticed before gridding the entire piece!

Joyce over at Random Ramblings is hosting the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) this weekend.  I've decided I'm going to treat myself to a weekend of Harvest Moon.

Floss Update

I posted about my 2 year old taking all the DMC labels off my Harvest Moon floss.  Like Rhona suggested, I found a DMC color chart at Michael's and it helped tremendously!  It truly saved me.  I want to thank Jo from Serendipitous Stitching for offering to send me snippets of DMC so I could match and renumber my threads.  What a sweet and selfless offer!

I hope to have some Harvest Moon progress to share next week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Start: Sharla (HAED)

I had a new start over the July 4th weekend!  It took me a while to take a picture so I could post about it!

This will be my first HEAD project.  Actually this will be my first BAP project of any kind.  I'm stitching Sharla.  She is a mermaid from artist Hannah Lynn Disney.  I've been a fan of Hannah Lynn's for many years.  I thought it would be really hard to select my first HAED until I saw they had charted some Hannah Lynns!

I'm stitching her one over one on 28 ct mushroom Lugana.  I've stitched on 28 ct Lugana before but never one over one.  It's so tiny!  I'm really enjoying it, though, (minus how horribly hard it is to unstitch a mistake).

I'm trying not to let her overtake High Tide as I'm hoping to finish High Tide this month. 

Sharla: started July 2nd.

Ignore the ugly waste knots.  :)  I'm using them to end my threads.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

High Tide Outlined Sailboat and Bait Shop

The sailboat and waves have been backstitched.  The sailboat was supposed to have some rope hanging over the side, but I didn't like how it looked so I made an executive to decision to leave it off.

I love how the bait shop and FISHING sign turned out after backstitching the outlines! 

I still need to backstitch the shading on the shop, roof, and pier posts, so the bait shop isn't quite finished yet.