Finished Project: Magikarp

I finished another Pokémon on plastic canvas, to keep Oddish company.

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I used a Magikarp pattern from Birdie Stitching. Magikarp & Oddish now hang out together on BMO, our laptop:

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Finished Project: Sleepy Fox

After a long hiatus of not posting because I had no finished projects to share, I finally finished something! I’ve been working on this cross stitched fox for a long time (it was supposed to be for a friend’s birthday, which was in August).

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I guess it will just be an early present for his birthday this year!

The pattern is from Daily Cross Stitch.

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Finished Project: Oddish on plastic canvas

I’m still plugging away at the Simpsons couch project, but that’s going to be a while (and is waiting on me to go to the store for more floss). In the meantime I stitched up a quick Oddish at the request of my husband.

picture of Oddish pokemon stitched on plastic canvas

The pattern is from Birdie Stitching, your one-stop resource for Pokémon cross stitch patterns. I converted the Anchor threads to DMC with this tool, then substituted a bunch of colors because I didn’t have the ones the converter suggested. I stitched Oddish on 14 count plastic canvas with two strands of floss.

Right now he is a desk companion for my husband, but maybe later he will get a magnet and join the other Pokémon on the fridge.

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Flower of the Month: February

Today I present the very last of the flowers of the month: the violet! The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

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Violets usually flower in the spring. Even though they are usually violet-colored, the flowers can also be blue, white, and yellow colored. Violet flowers are used for scent for perfumes, flavoring for liqueurs and candies, and are sometimes candied with sugar for decorations for desserts.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border, using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

This makes the last installment in the flower of the month series. Here’s how they all look together:

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All the months from the past year:

March — jonquil

April — sweet pea

May — lily of the valley

June — wild rose

July — delphinium

August — gladiolus

September — aster

October — calendula

November — chrysanthemum

December — poinsettia

January — carnation

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Flower of the Month: January

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s the second to last installment of the flower of the month series, with January’s carnation. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

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Carnations are a species of Dianthus. Here in the United States, it is often associated with Mother’s Day and with weddings, and it is the traditional flower for first anniversaries.

Carnations naturally come in white, pink, and red; but they have also been genetically engineered to be blue and purple. When I was growing up, our grocery store used to sell (and they probably still do) single carnation flowers in all different colors. I loved picking one out and getting to take it home!

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3052), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month (the last month!): the violet.

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Finished Project: Silver & Gold Hoop Art

I made some more sparkly embroidery hoop art along the lines of the Get Schwifty hoop from last year. One is inspired by the X-Files, and the other by a lyric from Twenty One Pilots’ song “Stressed Out.”

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Both of the new hoops are available in the PDX-Stitch Etsy shop, and I made another Get Schwifty hoop if you missed buying this first one. Get yours now!

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WIP Wednesday: Last update of 2015

Happy last Wednesday of 2015, gentle readers! I thought we could ring out 2015 with a round-up of my as-yet-unfinished cross stitches:

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First, more progress this week on the Simpsons on the couch.

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And an update on the flower of the month project. Just January and February to finish in the new year!

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And some older projects I’ve been working on a while, like this sleeping fox.

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And the Steotchalong, which I obviously abandoned two weeks in. The half and quarter and blended stitches just got to me too much!

My new year’s resolution is to finish all of these in 2016, and of course to start new projects, too! Do you have any resolutions for 2016, crafting or otherwise?

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Simpsons couch: Christmas Eve Update

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Happy Christmas eve, dear readers. I missed WIP Wednesday yesterday, but here is an update on the Simpsons couch project. As you can see there is a lot more
color, and the couch is nearly finished. I ran out of the thread for the couch, though, so I have to work on other parts until I get to the store.

Hope you all are having a good holiday, and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a great day!

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Flower of the Month: December

The tenth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with December’s poinsettia. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is native to Mexico and Central America. It has been associated with Christmas since the 17th century. Around this time of year in the U.S., there are poinsettias everywhere: doctors’ offices, grocery stores, banks, etc. In fact, today, December 12, is National Poinsettia Day here!

photograph of cross stitched red poinsettia flower

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 935), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the carnation.

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Flower of the Month: November

The ninth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with November’s chrysanthemum. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

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The chrysanthemum, or mum, is native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Mums were first cultivated in China in the 15th century. As well as being pretty to look at, the flowers are used to brew a sweet chrysanthemum tea, and the flowers can also be processed to make a natural insecticide.

The mum is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial family. In the United States, it is the official flower of the cities of Salinas, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3362), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the poinsettia.

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