Thursday, February 2, 2012

Latest Stitching and 2011 in Review

Though I feel like I'm stitching all the time, I've had little to show for it lately. Over the holidays I managed to complete one small piece of work.

Joy and Peace
Little House Needleworks

I changed it slightly to make the garland around the tree red instead of white - I'm pretending it's a garland of cranberries. Hmmm, maybe I should have made it red and white - then it would have been cranberries and popcorn.

And Oakhaven Designs has started a new SAL for 2012. This time it's cats. Here's January's cat.

Oops  - Ernie, get out of the way so people can see it! Yes, I know real cats are more important than stitched ones, but...

I'm still working on Summer Song - I've hit a big block of brown stitches and it's tedious, especially on the black fabric, so I've slowed down on it. I'm also stitching a monochromatic design, and it's seen me through episodes of Downton Abbey (it's good to have something else to focus on when the war scenes come on).

For 2010 I had something like 19 finishes. In 2011 I had quite a few less, in part because of the two SALs I participated in. We'll see what this year brings. I finished:

Owl SAL by Oakhaven Designs 
Mystery SAL by iStitch Designs
Jenny Bean's Christmas Sampler by Shakespeare's Peddler
The North Wind by Little House Needleworks
Sew a Brown Bunny by iStitch Designs
Dandy Dreams by Silver Creek Samplers
Blue Moon by Brightneedle
Snow White by Little House Needleworks
Souvenir de France by Blackbird Designs

This year I'd like to work on my finishing skills, which are rudimentary at best. I'm tired of having piles of stitched linen piled up in a container, instead of out where I can see them. There's lots of inspiration out there, so hopefully I can bring this New Year's Resolution to fruition!


Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I love your LHN finish, this one I think is so cute...its the colors :)
And your WIP is looking good!

Lesleyanne said...

Your finish is gorgeous. Great new SAL. I hear you about finishing.

Carol said...

Oh, your kitty is so beautiful, Michelle--he reminds me so much of my old cat, Shadow who was also all black.

Your Joy and Peace is darling as is your start on the cat SAL. Hang in there with the brown threads on your Summer Song. I think brown threads are my least favorite of all to stitch with for some reason...

Nancy said...

Love your special touch on LHN finish! I just finished this one too but as charted!

Teri said...

The "Joy and Peace" finish is really pretty! I know I'm going to enjoy watching all the cute cats you stitch this year! Ernie makes a lovely model.

Chris said...

I think the garland looks like cranberries too.
Your furry assistant seems to approve of your stitching :)

Sally said...

Your LHN piece is beautiful. I love it.

Nice start on the new SAL!

Siobhán said...

Criminy! I just left a comment and it disappeared as I was clicking the window closed. Sorry if this is a double comment! Your stitching is beautiful--love the ornament! Nice start on the SAL, too.

I totally relate on the finishing. I am trying to get better at it but it's frustrating when I spend so long stitching something and my finishing skills mangle it. Ah well, as I tell the kids, keep trying! :P