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WIP Wednesday: A Suffusion of WIPs

I’m getting a bit carried away with projects I’ve got in the works this week. I have three started-but-not-finished cross stitches and my first attempt at needle felt.

work in progress cross stitch signal flag sampler June 24 2015 — from pdxstitch

First there is the ongoing signal flags sampler. I’ve done at least one flag in every row & column of the main alphabet, and so far I haven’t had any more major mistakes that required me to rip out parts. I also started the Morse code border up at the top right. And I put this pattern in my Crafsty shop, so you can stitch it, too!

in progress photograph of cross stitched wild rose

I had to take a break from the signal flags to work on June’s flower of the month. This month is the wild rose. The pattern is a free one from Ellen Maurer-Stroh. This is the fourth flower of hers I am doing and I like how it is so far requiring not very much parking. I stitched this while watching a few episodes of Continuum and Angel last night.

The third cross stitch I’m working on is Steotch’s Steotchalong; the pattern for Week 2 was released Monday but I haven’t gotten around to stitching it yet, so a progress photo wouldn’t look any different from the post from Week 1.

adventure time snow golem needle felting work in progress photo

Last but not least there is this, my first attempt at needle felting. It is supposed to be the snow golem from Adventure Time. Eventually this will be sewn into a bag that can hold crafting supplies for when I’m out and about. The ground fabric is some wool suiting fabric from Joann Fabrics. I had a terrible time marking the fabric for a guide on where to do the felting; the fabric pen shows up OK in the photo but is almost impossible to see in real life. So I’ve been guessing and going with what looks good. Eventually there will be a fire wolf pup to keep him company.

Whew, I’ve got a lot on my crafting plate. What are you working on this week?

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Flower of the Month: May

I’ve finished another flower of the month (just in time) which means we’re a quarter of the way through a year! The patterns are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns, including this series of flowers.

This is the third flower I’ve done:

fotm-may

May’s flower is the lily of the valley, a very pretty but highly poisonous plant. The flower’s scientific name, Convallaria majalis, reflects its status as a symbol of spring, majalis meaning “of or belong to May.” Wikipedia lists the flower as also being a symbol of humility (in a religious context) and as a symbol of the “return of happiness.”

Like the previous squares, I altered the pattern and added the month name in the border in a single strand of DMC 890, using the month names chart I posted. The cross stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the wild rose.

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Flower of the Month: April

I’ve finished another flower of the month square, which makes two down and ten to go. The patterns are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns, including this series of flowers.

I have finished the second flower, for April, and unlike March I actually finished it before the last moment:

fotm-april

 

April’s flower is the sweet pea, a flower that I constantly want to misspell as “sweat pea.” The sweet pea is native to Italy and the Mediterranean and was “the floral sensation of the late Victorian era.” They are related to the edible pea, but are not edible themselves.

I don’t know why this is April’s flower, since according to Wikipedia the sweet pea does not flower until midsummer. Though this past week was quite summery in Portland, it is nowhere near midsummer.

Like March’s square, I altered the pattern and added the month name in the border in DMC 319, using the chart I posted. The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth. I’m still not sure what to do with the finished piece, and now I’ve only 10 months to figure it out. Suggestions are welcomed.

Next month: lily of the valley.

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WIP Wednesday: Old and New

Today for Work in Progress Wednesday I have an old project and a new one:

X-Files I Want to Believe work in progress

First the old — but with new, beautiful text!

April flower of the month work in progress

And the new project, April’s Flower of the Month.

This flower of the month is much harder than March’s, the pinks look too similar and it gives me a headache. It doesn’t help that it’s been rather dark and cloudy recently. But today it is sunny, and so is the forecast through the weekend, so there should be plenty of light for stitching!

What are you working on today?

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Flower of the Month: March

I’ve started a new cross stitching project: the flower of the month. The patterns are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns. They’re more traditional than the cross stitch I usually do, but more traditional is good sometimes.

Anyhow, I have finished the first flower, for March, just in time:

fotm-march

March’s flower is the jonquil, a kind of daffodil that is native to Europe. The daffodils around here start coming up early in March, after the crocuses, so this is a very fitting flower for the month. There are still daffodils blooming around town, as well as other bulb flowers, like tulips.

I altered the pattern ever so slightly, omitting the backstitching that it called for because I tried doing it and it didn’t look good. I also added the month name in the border in DMC 3345, using the chart I posted last week. The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth. All the months are going in their own blocks on a single piece of aida. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with it when I’m done. Pillow? Hang it on the wall? I have eleven months to figure it out, I guess.

Next month: the sweet pea.

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