In anticipation of holiday-related social calls (read: people coming to our apartment), I’ve been cleaning up around the place. Last night I went through the big bookcase, finding treasures (and plenty of junk). Among the treasures: a tiny dried out gingko leaf, and these embroidered notecards I made back in 2012 or 2013.
I completely forgot that I made these until I found them in a paper bag tucked inside a book. I’d already done the hard part of embroidering through the paper; each card just needed a piece of cardstock glued on the inside to hide the messy backs of the stitches. I took care of that and now they’re ready to go!
Each card is about 4 by 6 inches, typical notecard size. The elephants, tortoise, and single sloth are my own design; the sloth with baby is a free pattern from Wild Olive.
Hooray for cleaning up!
Long time, no updates, but I can assure you all, gentle readers, that I have been stitching away. I just haven’t had the time to take nice pictures to share with you! But now that’s changed and I am proud to present one of my recent finishes, this fun pineapple cross stitch.
I wanted to use some of my large collection of variegated and metallic threads, so I made up this pattern to use them up! I love the juicy yellows and oranges!
I also used the gold metallic thread (from DMC) to make a checkerboard pattern all over the fruit part, and framed it in a gold-painted hoop. Oh so shiny!
I covered up the back with this green and white printed cotton from a fat-quarter pack I got at Joann.
Both the pattern & the finished cross stitch can be had on Etsy. Click here for the pattern, and here for the finished hoop!
It’s already August; I can hardly believe it. The summer here in Portland has been very strange — cold and rainy for so much of June and July that it almost feels as though we haven’t had a summer yet at all. Hasn’t stopped me from eating popsicles, though, or from designing and stitching this popsicle cross stitch.
This is one of my favorite ways to say “let’s go,” but I have never heard it used seriously. It is almost too ridiculous. There are also many variants: blow this pop stand, blow this hotdog stand, blow this popcorn stand. So many stands to blow!
I backed it with part of a variegated orange print that I got in a fat-quarter pack from Joann. It was the most popsicle-y fabric I had.
The pattern for this one is available on Etsy, as is the completed hoop.
I’ve been waiting to send my latest cross stitch to its new home before posting about it here — didn’t want to spoil the surprise. But it is safe and sound with its new people, so now you can enjoy it too.
I backed it with some of the sailboat fabric I used for the big nautical signal flag sampler. The flags spell out “WTF” and the border is a visual representation of Morse code that reads “SRSLY WTF.”
The pattern for this one is available free here; kits with the floss, hoop, and aida fabric are available in my Etsy shop.
Incidentally, knowing the NATO alphabet is extremely useful if you ever have to take down people’s information on the phone. No more searching for words that begin with right letter when you’re spelling things out (none of that “so that’s ‘F’ as in… ‘frankfurter’? ‘U’ as in, uh… ‘underwear’?”) It should be required in schools.
I finished my first “quilt” yesterday, from piecing to quilting to binding. I put “quilt” in quotes because it is only a tiny thing — about the size of a piece of paper. But I wanted to start small before embarking on a bigger project. Here it is!
I was thinking of using it for a mug rug or trivet, but I added little pockets in the top back corners so it could also be hung on a wall. I’m fairly pleased with the final results, though I can see places where my stitching went wonky and where my 45 degree angles are not 45 degrees.
Here are some work in progress pictures.
The half-square triangles after ironing
Laying out the patchwork squares
Folding over the binding
Binder clips make excellent alternatives to pins for securing the binding! Much cheaper than Clover’s Wonder clips, too.
I got the instructions for the pineapple patchwork block from Sassafras Lane and followed Patchwork Pottery’s excellent tutorial for adding the hanging pockets.
The yellow and green fabrics are assorted fat quarters from The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, OR, and the pindot background fabric is from Fresh Modern Fabric on Etsy (I bought a fat quarter pack, but this particular fabric is called Pindot in Graphite, from the Modern Background Ink Collection by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. You can buy it from Fresh Modern Fabrics here).
I finished another Pokémon on plastic canvas, to keep Oddish company.
I used a Magikarp pattern from Birdie Stitching. Magikarp & Oddish now hang out together on BMO, our laptop:
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).
I guess it will just be an early present for his birthday this year!
The pattern is from Daily Cross Stitch.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.