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COMPLETED CROSS STITCH







A collection of completed pieces I have done over the years.  Where I could I have added a brief description of the piece.  Most are stitched, but not framed or finished off.



A Compilation of Finishes

2016
 
Something Wicked
by La D Da
Stitched on 32 Ct. Pumpkin Linen
using Rainbow Gallery "Splendor" silks

 

"99"
by Ink Circles
Stitched on 32 ct. Cashel Solo by Silkweavers
using DMC floss
 
 
 

Eva by Mirabilia
Stitched on 32 ct. Hand Painted Lugana by Sunny dyes
using DMC, RG Petite Braid and Mill Hill beads


Halloween Ort Jar band
stitched using DMC thread plus Mill Hill beads
Laced around little apothecary jars as a gift

Tigerlily by Mirabilia
designed by Nora Corbett
stitched on 28 ct. cream linen
using DMC & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads


A Year in Chalk by Hands on Design
stitched on 30 ct. WDW "Gunmetal" using
Simply Shaker threads

"Cream of Orts"
This was a free design by Raise the Roof Designs
stitched with DMC and laced around a soup can

Ella, the Frog Princess by Mirabilia
designed by Nora Corbett
stitched on 32 ct. linen by Under the Sea Fabrics (sorry! don't know the color)
DMC & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads

her face is SO PRETTY !

What Counts
by Twisted Stitcher
design by Ruth Sparrow Gendron

stitched on "solo" hand dyed fabric by Silkweaver's
using Sampler Threads

Letters from Mermaids
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Lugana (don't remember the color) from Fabby's by Stephanie
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads

Letters from Nora - C
by Nora Corbett
stitched on 32 ct. Waterlily linen by Wilchelt
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads

AND SHE IS AN FFO!!!

 


Letters from Nora - M
by Nora Corbett
stitched on 32 ct. Waterlily lined by Wilchelt
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads


AND SHE IS AN FFO !!

 


Maleficent
conversion of The Raven Queen
by Mirabilia
original chart designed by Nora Corbett

stitched on 32 ct Lugana by Fabby's by Stephanie
using DMC, Waterlilies silk & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads
 

The Bead Fairy
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Cream Lugana
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads

The Needle Fairy
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Cream Lugana
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads




 

Ort Jar bands stitched using DMC thread plus Mill Hill beads
Laced around little apothecary jars as gifts

Pin cushion
designer ME!!
stitched with DMC thread

Stir With the Big Girls
by Waxing Moon Designs

stitched on 30 ct. Pumpkin linen
using DMC thread

The next two pictures are from my July Silver Needle trip.  Charts were sent out in March and then on Wednesday & Thursday, Mona taught finishing techniques.  

Sewing set
designed by Olde Colonial Designs
stitched on 28 ct. antique gold linen
using DMC thread

Pumpkin Stand up - Witches Shoes framed picture and Little House ornament
designed by Janette Douglas using DMC threads






2015


I usually compile a list during the year of things I would like to have and just won't buy for myself.  Sometime around early November I email this list to my Hunny Bear, Jere and he will select items from that list for Christmas gifts.  


Well the next 3 items were on my list for 2010 and have been waiting patiently for me to pull them out.  


Witches Wheel by Glendon Place
Stitched on PTP "Solar" with DMC 310 (black) and TONS of Mill Hill Beads!

Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
Stitched on PTP "Haunted" using DMC and Caron Waterlilies silk
with TONS of Mill Hill beads and MILES of backstitching!

The Book of Spells by The Goode Huswife
Stitched on 36 ct. "Carrot" Belfast Linen using Needlework Necessities silk and Weeks Dye Works

Prairie Moon "We'd Turn Back if You Was Us"
Stitched on PTP "Haunted" using Belle Soie silks
!! This is BY FAR the most expensive project I have ever stitched !!
The silk threads were $7.95/skein and it called for 22 !!! That's $174.90 for just the thread !!!!!


In November I subscribed to a bi-monthly, year long project designed by Hands on Designs titled "A Year in Chalk".  Every "even" month I was sent 2 charts along with the fabric and threads.  To date I have completed 7.  I got January "Let it Snow" done when it arrived, then got February, March & April done and suddenly it was September, so skipped the summer and have gotten through November.  

Hands on Design "A Year in Chalk"
Stitched on 30 ct. WDW "Gunmetal" using Gentle Arts "Simply Shaker" threads.
A little quilt batting, glue, felt and a velcro strip on the back and they are
attached to a cute little wooden plaque with a ribbon hanger.  (I have mine set in a picture easel).


These next 5 projects were "homework" sent out in January to be stitched for the Silver Needle Stitching Retreat I attended in July.  They are stitched on 28 ct. shell pink cashel linen with DMC 310 (black).  Day 1 of the retreat, Mona from The Silver Needle taught us how to "finish" our stitching into handy little stitching aids. 
Pin Cushion stitched & finished at Tulsa Stitch Retreat
It is amazing what a ramekin, 1/2 styrofoam ball a little ribbon, glue and pins can make!

Humbug (a little ditty with a magnet to catch those errant needles)

Needle Book
Cardboard (actually a FedEx Priority mailer) some quilt batting, glue & ribbon.

Needle book (inside)
Added some felt and a couple of buttons.

Scissor's Fob
Left over FedEx mailer, quilt batting, glue, rickrack and small ribbon bow





The next 3 are also "homework" for the retreat.

Tiny Sampler by La-D-Da
A little cardboard, cotton fabric, quilt batting, glue and a fancy bow.


Inside lined with felt the top is stitched across to make it hinged.

Four Fat Friends designed by Drawn Thread
Stitched on 32 ct. cream linen with Weeks Dye Works thread
A little more cardboard, quilt batting, glue, felt and a cute bow!
Side view of the stand up Four Fat Friends.





Pumpkin Keeper by Drawn Thread
Stitched on 32 ct. cream linen with DMC threads
And more cardboard, glue, quilt batting, little wooden beads and "corn husk" bow
with some silk leaves added.








New Addition 1.6.2015


Something In Common "Mystic Lavender" - stitched on 32 ct. cream evenweave using DMC & Thread Gatherer Silk 'n Colors - Purple Daisy from JABC

Started .3.2015 - Completed 1.6.2015




New Addition 1.3.2015

Lagniappe

From Dictionary.com

[lan-yap, lan-yap]    

noun
1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. A small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
2. a gratuity or tip.
3. an unexpected or indirect benefit.



In this case #1.


Lagniappe from Sam Sarah "Something Wicked" Stitched on 32 ct. Peoria Purple linen by PTP with WDW threads
Started 8.29.14 Completed 1.3.201




New Addition 12.31.2014

Something Wicked by Sam Sarah Designs stitched on 32 ct Tan w/ Chocolate printed petit point linen by PTP with WDW Threads.  Started 8.21.2015.

Completed 12.31.2014





 New Additions 11.19.2014




Trick or Treat Fairy by Nora Corbett

Another Halloween finish...This pattern was featured in the September, 2008 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework.  I stitched it during September & October of last year and put it away.  After beading on the Witches Wheel I was in a beading frenzy so out she came and I had her all blinged out in 2 days! 





Next up was a really fun and CHALLENGING stitch.  It was a "Mystery" sampler offered by Abi Gurden aka Bee on her Yahoo group "The Stitch Specialists"  The charts were released in 14 parts every 2 weeks and is designed using all specialty stitches.  I used DMC threads, silk & wool hand spun/dyed threads from Liz at Dragonflylotus Designs and Mill Hill beads.






One of these days I'm going to "finish" this piece as a tin topper for a stitching accessory/notions box using this antique candy tin.






I stitched this little Dragon Dreams piece and put him into a acrylic coaster for an exchange.  He was sent to Debbie Bryant in California in 2011  for her morning 'cuppa.  (Debbie passed away this past September)




This is a favorite of mine and unfortunately, it was misplaced or stolen when the Army packed up my son's belongings on his first deployment to Iraq in 2002.  I stitched it when he was in basic training at Ft. Benning, GA. and he had it hanging in his barracks in Ft. Campbell, KY.  (I hope whoever took this is enjoying it..... I guess the fact that it is personalized with his name and graduation date from basic training doesn't matter to the thief!)  It was stitched on light blue 14 ct. Aida, and made into a banner using camo fabric & gold twisted cord.  I hope to dig the pattern out and stitch it again someday to hang in the nursery (when he and his bride get pregnant)





This piece called Bear Dreams is actually the very first counted cross stitch piece I completed.  He looks so peaceful staring out at the moon & stars.




This little cutie is called "Bunny Butts".  If I remember correctly it was a "Stitcher's Surprise" monthly kit that my LNS offered for several years.  The tails are actually looped threads, snipped and fluffed! It also has cute little Easter egg buttons.





One of my favorite designers is Jennifer Aikman-Smith, owner of Dragon Dreams.  This is the first piece I completed by Jennifer other that small free designs. 


The Friendship Collaboration was put together by 3 designers:  Shepherd's Bush, Charland Designs & Just Nan.  Each part has a sterling silver charm attached.




Another very early stitch is this piece titled "Chief's Seattle's Testimony".  It is also stitched on 14 ct. Natural Aida and is a life lesson we should all heed.





This is perhaps by far the most difficult piece (so far) I have stitched, as it is on Black Aida.  It was stitched using Carries Creation hand-dyed cotton floss in "Tropical Rainstorm"  I hand stitched wool felt inside and added felt "pages" for needles & pins, then a little yellow ribbon loop and a red button, all from my massive sewing stash.  It is by far the most used sewing accessory I have made......







.......aside from this.....


I know it looks a little medieval but I can't stitch without my scissors, threader and "frogger" pin....and the little sterling frog to keep them away from my stitching.


Another Dragon Dreams piece is called "The Wizard's Quilt"... it is stitched using a combination of cotton and silk threads.   I have the companion piece "A Dragon's Quilt" in my stash to do also.


And don't all wizards need bunny slippers ???













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