.....it all began with one thread....

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thread Rainbow

Since Needle Necessities is no longer going to be in business, I decided to buy a few skeins of floss. It helped that the threads were 25% off at my LNS ~ http://www.needlecraft-corner.com/Thread Rainbow They came in the mail today!!

Halloween Fairy

....this is one I completely forgot to post a picture of when I had made her into a Cube-it. It is a bit large, but still pretty. She's posing with a few of my "cat friends." Halloween Fairy

Bluebird Box

I pulled out my Bluebird Box from Nan and worked on it a bit yesterday. I did the panel that will eventually be the back of the box. The top was already done. Two more sides and the bottom are all that is left to do.Bluebird Box I looked at the instructions for making the bluebird from the wool felt. It doesn't look too difficult; hopefully, when I'm ready to make it, I'll still feel that way:)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Here Be Dragons!

Needle GuardianMy Needle Guardian needlecase by Teresa Wentzler. This was stitched on Lavender Wisper Belfast with just a few changes, the color of the perle cotton and the bead color. I was so lucky to find a braid that matches the colors in the Dinky Dyes Aerlie thread that is used for the border. I also tried something new for the closure. I used these really strong little magnets. I put them on the inside of the fabric and cardboard. Here's a picture of what I did with the inside...Needle Guardian (inside)There are three small pockets that can hold your packets of needles or scissors or needlethreaders or just about whatever you like, besides the wool felt needlepages at the top.

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by sttchalley Just a few of my little Pocket Dragons. :)

Monday, September 24, 2007


Shamu Belly must be nice! Doesn't that little chubber belly remind you of Shamu (the whale):)) LOL!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Spring - Summer Biscornu

Spring-Summer Biscornu I put this one together this morning after finishing the stitching on the summer side last night. Cute!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Witch Way

...and here's #5 of my group of five finishes! Witch WayThis is Just Nan's, Witch Way. A cute Halloween design; I don't know why I didn't finish it sooner.:)

Friday, September 21, 2007

....and a partridge in a pear tree....

PartridgeTerrible picture, but my camera needs some new batteries. And this is #4 of my next group of five finishes....Just Nan's Day 1 from her Twelve Days of Christmas. I really do like this set of ornaments; maybe I'll have to set a new goal after this group of five is done....finish these ornaments (maybe two or three at a time) before any more new starts....hmmm...sounds like a plan. So, there are eleven left, let's say three groups of three ornaments, and then the final two....allowing myself a new start after one group of ornaments is done. Who knows? Maybe they will be done by this Christmas.;p

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Unexpected Finish

Well, while looking through the new issue of Just Cross Stitch's Ornament issue for this year, I decided to do the one for Shepherd's Bush, Sweet Baby. Don't ask me why; I haven't done any of the others in this series (yet). It was simple enough (lot of color changes, however) and, I guess, satisfied my need for a quick finish. Here it is, done on Flax linen with none of the recommended colors~LOL! I used all Crescent Colors instead! Sweet Baby

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Happy Haunting (2)here's one that I have worked on for a little bit...and this one....Spring Face(almost finished with the Summer Face for the other side of this one)...and lastly....Acorn HillThis is Little House Needleworks, Acorn Hill, with the recommended silks - but - over one thread....It is looking so cute!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Bats, Hats and Silly Sheep

Happy Haunting WIPThat's what this is, so far. Here's Shepherd's Bush Happy Haunting. It came in the mail today, and without any hesitation, I started it. So this one counts as my second new start. No more new ones until I reach another total of five finishes.

This one is just too cute, but then I say that about each new Shepherd's Bush:))

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

....in a Pear Tree

Well, this was one of my new starts. Finished and started it today! Yeah!! This is Little House Needleworks Pear Tree from the Just Cross Stitch magazine (2006, I think). Pear Tree Christmas Ornament

(this one counts as number two toward my next group of five finishes.)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Looong forgotten WIP :((

I did take her out occasionally and admire her. There is just sooo much more work to be done on her, that just thinking about it, I would get discouraged and put her away.
I actually saw the model picture of this one prior to its release on Teresa's laptop when she was at CATS the year this one came out. Which is why, of course, I had to have her! WIP Overall, there is quite a bit done. But, there is still plenty left to do. I worked on the upper right hand corner today for about an hour and a half just for the corner flower and two smaller flowers. WIP (4)

With my newfound penchant for finishing old projects, I pulled this one out and worked on it. This one will definitely be awhile before it's finished. Who knows how long I'll keep her out to play?:))

Here's a few more pictures...WIP (2)WIP (3)

It Counts!

it does, yes, it really does! Even though it's really little, it counts toward another finish! This is from The Stitcher's Hand; it was a freebie:

Edited to add: I stitched it with Crescent Colors, Auntie Dee on the new Lavender Wisper fabric.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Finished - Finishes

Did the actual "finishing" on a couple of my stitched pieces. Here's Don't Bug Me....
Don't Bug Me and the Little House Needleworks Bee Pinkeep from The Gift of Stitching Magazine...Bee Pinkeep

Friday, September 7, 2007

Dinky Dyes Scisor Case

I finished my Dinky Dyes freebie into a scissor case. Gives the design a totally different look.Scissor Case

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Halloween Fairy

Well, filling in those wings and doing all the backstitch took a bit longer than I had anticipated. Halloween Fairy (2)
And this makes finish Number 5!! Woohoo! Another new start!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Here's my Tuscany Garden, Part 3, in progress. WIP - Part 3
Still have a few more colors to stitch before I fill in the three colors for the background.

I think I will work on my Secret Victorian Garden for a bit....

(The more I look at it, the more I don't like my lazy daisy stitches; I think they will be coming out and be redone soon.)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Needle Guardian

Here he is:Needle Guardian I changed a few things on him. He is stitched on the new Lilac Wisper fabric. I used a lavender perle cotton instead of the suggested white and changed the beads to a green/blue Magnifica.

(He is number four of my finishes! Only one more to go for a new start...)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Needle Guardian

No, sorry, no picture yet. I don't have very much more to do; just the braid around the dragon's head and his belly. I am not going to stitch the nun's stitch edge around the design, since I am not going to cut it. I will probably finish it off with a sewn edge rather than the nun stitch edge. The actual stitching will more than likely be finished tonight. Once he's done, that's four finishes. One more....

Setting these little goals is definitely help keep me on track a little better. After the dragon, I may pull out my Halloween Fairy from Mirablia. She only needs her wings to be filled in to be finished.
Plus, I still have the rest of the fairies to do. I did complete the Christmas and Easter ones.

Sunday, September 2, 2007


Sometimes it takes a picture to make you realize you missed something.....(one little motif...)Freebie I'll have to go fix that now, before I forget!!

This was a Dinky Dyes freebie from one of the needlework shows that my LNS attended a while back. It came with the chart and thread to stitch it. I thought I would try and see if I can make a triangular- shaped scissor pocket with it.

Closet Cleaning

Look what I found when I cleaned out the bottom of my closet where all my "future" projects are....Christmas HouseI made this several years ago as a banner/wallhanging. There are tabs on the top for a rod or dowel to go through to hang it. I decided to add a few extra buttons today. This is the top panel. Here's the second one....Christmas House (2), the third and fourth. Christmas House (3)
I only did four out of the six panels that were originally designed for this piece. Excuse the wonkiness of the hanging, as it has been rolled up in the bottom of my closet for a while. It really does hang straight. I will probably leave it hanging for a few days to get the bumpiness out. If that doesn't work, it may have to be pressed....

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Bee Charmer

Another finish!! This is one that I started as soon as I bought it....but sadly, put it away right after only stitching a tiny portion. But as part of my new goal, it's another one from the WIP pile.

This is an Indigo Rose design called Bee Charmer.

***Forgot to add: if anyone is interested in just the chart for this design, send me a note in the comments section. I'll send it to the first person who would like it.***