Stitching Wednesday: 09/06/2017

I've been working mainly on 2 projects over the last week.  I finished up a 6-day rotation on my Star Weaver, and needed to move my frame, so I took the opportunity to grab a current picture of it completely off the bars.

I'm planning on working on this after I finish up my current rotation project, which is my Under the Sea SAL - September clue.  This month we've finally reached the bottom of the piece.  The motif is a super cute sea turtle but also includes some of the sandy bottom of the image.

This is my day 1 progress, and again, I'll be working on this for 6 days and plan to get this clue finished up completely.

For the first 6 days of September, I worked on my Desert Mandala Chatelaine.  I've done all the cross stitching in the center section.  I have a bit of backstitching to do for the coyote and hawk, but otherwise the center piece is done.  I plan to work on the remainder of the floral border in the hope I can get that finished up when this comes back up…

Reading Challenge: September 5, 2017

I finished Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adams for week #24 - a book with at least 2 authors. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in the time period (late 18th into the early 19th century) in terms of social history.  Some bits and bobs about the wars on the Continent and in Europe with an eye to how they influences certain aspects of society - unemployment, fashion, taxes - but not a military history focus particularly.

I grabbed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe to read for week #5 - a historical fiction.  It is probably some indication of how much I loved this book that I finished it in 3 days.  All the things I like - early Colonial American history, with a contemporary tie-in, lots of history tidbits, a bit of the supernatural, good characters, great plot - I'm highly recommending this one for any of you who might have an interest in the genre.  Also some excellent information about the Salem witchcraft trials tucked into the fict…

Stitching Wednesday - August 30, 2017

Whew!  Life has intervened in the last couple of weeks and I missed last Wednesday entirely!  I've been quietly working on some stitching projects tho, so let me catch you up on things.

I put in 6 days' worth of work on my Chatelaine, the Desert Mandala pattern.  I'm still working on the first section, which is the center of the design.

I'm stitching this with the called-for threads, DMC and various hand-dyed silks, as well as some Petite Treasure Braid.  It's stitched on a 28-count Jobelan from Picture This Plus in the colorway Calypso.  I added in the trunk of the tree, another one of the sunset colors and extended the lightning bolt down.  I also finished the interior (magenta-colored) border, and the 1 over 1 coyote howling at the moon.  I'm really enjoying this project and it'll be coming back out for another 6 days over the first week of September.

Next up, I finished the second in a pair of holiday ornaments from Hands On Design.  This is Serenity an…

2017 Reading Challenge: August 21, 2017

I finished reading A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor for week 21 and loved it as much as I did book #1.  I'm restraining myself from starting the third book in this series, but I know that'll be on the "must read" list for sometime in early 2018 - or if I get the 2017 challenge finished up early.

I zipped through week #13's topic - a book recommended by one of your favorite authors: The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Durrseon. Author Gail Carriger, who wrote the Parasol Protectorate series, does a blog post usually once a month about some of her favorites and this was one she recommended.  A nicely written fantasy epic-type book, albeit a short read, but a caveat that there are some fairly intense sex scenes that are probably not to everyone's personal tastes.

I'm currently reading two books:
First up, Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adams for week #24 - a book with at least 2 authors. This nonfiction compilation of all sorts of social history tidbi…

Stitching Wednesday - August 9, 2017

Good progress on Shoot The Moon (mini) this rotation.  I am almost finished page 5, and this means I started the ribbons in the fairy's hair. I have perhaps 50 or so stitches left to finish up page 7, and I'm through pages 1-3 completely, so I can move my scroll frame up a bit before I work on this next time - which will be September.  Pattern is charted by Heaven and Earth Designs with artwork by Lee Ann Seed.  Stitched 1/1 on 28-count evenweave I hand-dyed in a gradient colorway called Dusk.

I then worked on my Under the Sea SAL from Lakside Needlecrafts, with artwork by Durene Jones. The clue was actually pretty quick to stitch this time - and added a manta ray to the group. I had budgeted 6 days to work on this, but I finished it up in only 3.

This is being stitched on a 25-count evenweave from Lakeside Needlecrafts.  It's a printed ombre'd fabric in watery colors that was an exclusive for this pattern/SAL.  Four more blocks to go!

Since I have a couple of extra da…

2017 Reading Challenge: August 7, 2017

Still reading A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor for week 21.  (Not a lot of reading time this week obviously!)  I'm hoping to finish this one up in the next couple of days, and move on to either week 3 or week 5.

For those of you keeping score, I've added in my choices for a few weeks below in green which are ones I haven't read yet, but as a memory jog so I don't have to go looking for things I've picked. Several are ones my dad sent me, so I'm expecting to enjoy those quite a bit!

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel.
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view): Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce.
3. A book you meant to read in 2016:Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adams.
4. A title that doesn't contain the letter "E":  Longbourn by Jo Baker.
5. A historical fiction:The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.
6. A book being released …

Stitching Wednesday - August 2, 2017

I spent a solid 6 days working on the Desert Mandala from Chatelaine and was really happy with my progress on this piece.

This is about a quarter of the center medallion finished.  The center is worked with DMC and Petite Treasure Braid, and the outside flower motifs are worked in various hand-dyed silks.  There will be the addition of beads once I finish all of the cross-stitching itself, but I want to wait to add those so they don't get snagged or moved around too much.

For the first 6 days of August, I'll be working on my Shoot The Moon project, charted by Heaven and Earth Designs, mini size with no background.  Artwork by Lee Ann Seed.

I'm stitching this on a hand-dyed 28-count evenweave in a gradient colorway (light to darker purples), using DMC Black (310).  I've gotten the top 3 pages done - page 3 in the top right hand corner actually has no stitching in it, so that was fast, and I'm halfway through page 4 and have worked a bit on page 5.  Hoping to get to …