August SAL Update

Ta Daaa!!!

SAL Update as of 8/7/2022

The goal was to just finish the cross stitching on the toe. Well, with just a bit more time, the stocking is complete! Now to sew it up. That is the goal for this next three week check up.

Please check out what others in this SAL are stitching:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindy

July SAL Update

I feel like I managed to get a fair amount done this time. This is where I was at our last update:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

And this is where I am now:

SAL update as of 7/17/2022

The goal for this update was to have finished the outlining in this section before I needed to move the hoop. Yes! I did it. I did something different for the backstitching on the ties for Santa’s bag. I wasn’t very happy with the way the outline looked on Santa’s list – it is choppy and looks strange with the long stitches and then the short ones. The outlining for the ties in the pattern call for it to be done the same way. I decided to couch down the outlining threads instead of back stitching them. I really love the way this looks and will probably go back and redo the outlining for the list so it is the same.

There is only the toe left to stitch. My goal for the next three weeks is to get the cross and half cross stitching done in this area, then do the outlining for the following check-in. Meaning that hopefully I will finish with all the stitching on this project at the September check-in. Wish me luck!!

This SAL is very unique in that the members are not stitching on the same project. We pick one thing and work on it and report back each three weeks. In this way, it motivates us to finish – this is working well for me with this project!! Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

SAL Update

It’s that time again! The time I get to share my progress on the Christmas Stocking I have been working on for a long time. This is where I was last time:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I had finished the back stitching and was ready to move the hoop to the next section to start the cross stitching there. This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

All of the cross stitching in this section is done. Yay!! The plan now is to do all the back stitching in this section and then move onto the toe portion. I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel!

This SAL (stitch-a-long) is run by Avis and is unique in that the participants choose any project they wish to work on and post on regularly. Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

EDITED to add the kit this is stitched from: Checking His List Stocking designed by Donna Race from Dimensions.

Fabric Bowl

This was a super fun and quick make:

I used cotton clothesline and ripped my fabric into one inch strips. Wrapped the fabric around the clothesline and used the zig zag stitch to sew everything together. I love doing this!! I think coasters are next!

June SAL Update

I managed to get some good work done this month!! This is where I was at the last check in:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

And now:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I finished all the backstitching on the upper portion of the stocking. I have now moved my hoop and will start working on the lower part. I always love how the back stitching makes a piece pop.

If you’d like to see what the other talented stitchers in our group are working on, please click the links below:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

SAL Update!

I’m so lucky that Avis accepted me back into the SAL (stitch-a-long)! I’m still working on the Christmas stocking for my daughter. This is where I was at the last update:

… well … I can’t find a photo of the stocking from when I started … This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

I’m going to finish the lower right side and then work on all the back stitching for this top portion of the stocking. Then I’ll move it down. I’m loving working with this sit on stand. I’ve been practicing using two hands to do my stitching and I think that is giving me a more even tension. I might be a bit faster as well.

This SAL is hosted by Avis and is different than most SALs in that each participant chooses their own project and works on it, then posts their progress. I had dropped out of the SAL because life got busy and complicated, but now I feel as if I can participate again. There are a whole group of us and each is working on something different. Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers and their work:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

More Bobbin Lace

My intro bobbin lace class has come to an end. Next week I am taking Beyond the Basics in Bobbin Lace – a two class lesson. Meanwhile this is what I have been working on in bobbin lace:

Spiders and Fans

This one we did in class with DMC #8 thread.

Spiders and Fans – Lizbeth #80 thread

It is recommended that we practice the same skills we learned in class to reinforce them in our minds.

Spiders and Fans – size 8 thread on the right and size 80 thread on the left.

It is interesting to see the difference with the two different sized threads.

Internet design

This was a fun little make from the internet. It uses only the whole stitch.

Close up.

I really enjoyed this design especially since I worked through it on my own. There was a lot of ripping back and re doing!!

Dorset Buttons

Awhile back my chapter of the EGA ran a program on dorset buttons. A friend of mine had her 60th birthday this past weekend and I thought I would dabble and make something for her.

Shawl Pin

I’ve known this friend for over 20 years. We met when our kids were 5 and in preschool together. She is an avid knitter and loves shawls so I decided to try to make her a shawl pin. Blue is her favorite color so I chose two different blues to go around the edge.

Close up.

It was so fun and easy to make. Casting the edge in two different colors was a little fiddly, but overall very fun.

Spring Flower

I took a class for the above button from the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale (over zoom). Super fun and easy to make!

Glass beads

Every Friday, a friend and I go to the local glass studio, BAGI, and make beads together. It’s a really fun way to spend the morning.

The beads here are made with two different size mandrels. I am experimenting in making super small beads that I can use in my tambour embroidery homework.

These are made with a 1/16″ mandrill. They are much smaller than the regular beads. I’ll use them for the tambour homework, but they are not small enough for traditional embroidery.

These were made on the larger mandrils. Right now I’m just experimenting with color and technique.

These two were super fun. The top one has a flower on top of encasing. The bottom one I used glass scissors to cut the hot class in order to attempt flower petals. It doesn’t really look like a flower, but it was fun to use the scissors and experiment. I’ll be using the glass scissors more often to try for different looks.

Bobbin Lace

The chapter of the EGA that I belong to sends out a monthly newsletter. There is always a link to the Lace Museum included so last month I clicked on the link. Now I have another hobby!

These are the first two. The one on the left was done “in” (zoom) class and uses size #8 DMC thread. The one on the right I did as homework with #12 DMC thread. What a big difference! I can see that I need to work more on getting the right tension on the threads as they are not straight.

This is from our second class and uses #8 DMC thread. There are two moves that we have learned: “cross” and “twist”. The different combinations of these are what makes up the pattern. Super cool.