Samstag, 18. November 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL November

Winter truly is a bad time for me to be on time with my SALs. When I get home after work, it is already dark outside and all the pictures I take look awful. So I took some pictures this morning and they look ok.
But here is my GG SAL update for this month. You can find everybody's progress here =)

First up is my usual update on my Map of Middle Earth, another 2000 stitches added.
I went from here:
To here:
I am a bit sick of those mountains by now, they just take ages to stitch because they are very confetti heavy. This is maybe the most confetti heavy section of the chart so far. I am 42 000 stitches in by now, so I guess this is the ultimate answer to life and everything concerning Middle Earth ;-)

The second project I worked on is my Candy Cane Santa, I got a fair amount of progress in.
Last time:
To here:
As you can see, Santa has a full hand now (and looks less than one of those waving cats you can find in the Asian shops). and he has his candy cane and there is even a bis of the Christmas tree to see.

That's all I have for this month. Again, no work on my Wolf Kiss, but hopefully next month ;-)

Happy Stitching =)

Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2017

WIPocalypse - October

Considering how late I usually am for my monthly SALs, I am nearly on time when I am only two days late :D This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up for this month here.

This months question is: How did you begin stitching?
I guess there are two answers for that. I first came across stitching in elementary school, I remember that we had to stitch bookmarks, just a few simple crosses and straight stitches in two or three colors. I created a small bookmark and liked it, but my teacher insisted, that it wasn't finished and forced me to add more things to it. It messed up the "proportions" of my bookmark (in my view) and I didn't (and still don't) like when people tell me when something that I created is not done (had some trouble with some art teachers). It's a bit like "I am doing this for me and I like it and I don't want to change it the way you like it unless it's something I do" or something like that. Anyway, the lady forced me to "ruin" my bookmark, so I didn't pick up the needle again (very consequent girl - I think I was 7).
When I was 18 I was searching the internet for some knitting blogs and I found one blog that also featured some stitching. A lady did the Woodland Enchantress by Dimensions Gold and it was like the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! So I started to look up some stitchy stuff, I cam across the Dimensions kits and Haed and many many more. I found an old cross stitch kit in my mums cupboard and stitched this  (it was horrible - twisted crosses, not centered, the backstitching was awful) and then I bought my first Dimensions Gold kit (Paris Market - go big or go home) and a few months later my first Haed - and now I am here ;-)
Funny thing: I bought the Dimensions kit for Woodland Enchantress this spring and I think I will start das one next year - I just feel like I should stitch her because I owe her that because she was my introduction to this fabulous hobby ;-)


Ok, now for my progress, I really feel like I got a bunch of things done!
First up is an update on my Ride of the Yokai by Ruth Thompson. I finished the partial page I started and decided to add another row.
I went from here:
To here:
I added some 1890 stitches. The crosses are so tiny on 32ct, I always take some time to get used to it.

The next one I worked on is my Kreimhilds Revenge - as every month. I started page 29 and stitches half of it. I went from here:
To here:
So this is another 2230 stiches added to her, next month I will meet the halfway point! Yay!

The next huge project I took out is Crossing the Stream by Golden Kite. It is currently on my frame and I will share another picture next month.
I went from here:
To here:
I added some 1100 stitches so far, it's the getting used to 32ct thing again... but I am fine with it by now and will work on this for a few more days.

I also stitched a small Just Nan design . it's a cute little Halloween Mouse!
It's a bit complicated to take a picture of her, but she is really cute =) It was my first Just Nan kit and it was so much fun, I'm glad I have a few more in my stash ;-)

The last project I worked on is my Mill Hill design called Hydrangeas. I finished all the cross stitching for the blossoms and now I am stitching the leaves. I went from here:
To here:
I hope my November progress will be as good as my October progress, maybe I can finish the leaves and start beading in December, I love beading! =)

I think that's all I have for now! I am well over 5 000 stitches for this month, so I am truly happy =)

Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - October

Oh my, as every month - I am late for the GGSAL, this time I am a whole week late! And I don't even have a lot to show to make up for that. It was just a super busy month, I had a week off from work, but I spent it cleaning the house, reorganizing my bookshelves and getting my garden ready for winter and so I just didn't get a lot of stitching done. I didn't even get everything done in that week, the garden was not completely ready because we had a lot of rain (I should have known - I cleaned the windows and the next week we had a storm and my windows are dirty again...), so I spent the last weekend in the garden as well and didn't get around to posting for GG SAL.

Anyway, here is my only project for this month - my Map of Middle Earth.
I went from here:
To here:
I added another 2000 stitches, so we have a total of 40 000 stitches done now. The writings "Forodwaith" and "Hithaeglir" are now finished and Angmar now made an appearance. The last column I stitched was really confetti heavy and it took me a week to do that!

I didn't get any work done on Santa, I really hope to be better next month! But there are a lot of other people out there who managed a lot of progress for this months GG SAL - just take a look over here at the link-up =)

Happy stitching =)

Montag, 2. Oktober 2017

WIPocalypse - September

Wow, I actually managed to be a whole week late with my update :D I somehow thought that Septembers WIPocalypse would be on the 29th or 30th, but it was the 25th. Well, as every month - better late then never, right? ;-)

This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up here. 
This months question is:  Which floss (or color of floss) do you absolutely adore and want to stash constantly?
Well, I normally work with DMC (due to all my Haeds) and I make sure to have plenty of that all the time :D Apart from that I stock a lot of Glissen Gloss Rainbow R000 to substitute Kreinik, I tried a few blending filaments and this is just my favorite one to use. Apart from that I don't use a lot of special threads, so I guess that's it ;-)

Well, I only have two projects to show this month, but I did manage a fair amount of progress on both!
First up as usual - my Kriemhild! I managed to finish page 28 :)
I went from here:
To here - page finish also means you get a full picture =)
Doesn't she look pretty =) And by now I am really close to the halfway mark now, I am so excited =)

The second project I worked on ist Whispers by Melanie Delon. This was my new year start for this year and I haven't worked on this since January, so I thought it was about time to pick it up again. I added another 4000 stitches and went from here:
To here:
I think the flowers look truly amazing and it is so much fun to stitch, a nice mix of confetti and and background stitching.

I picked up Supersized Ride of the Yokai last night, but I didn't get much done so far. I thought about making this month my supersized month and try to get some work into my huge projects (they will take their time to get done anyway...) ;-)

I guess that's it for this month =)
Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 17. September 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - September

Same procedure as every month - it's GGSAL time and I am two days late for it :D I planned to post this update on Saturday, so I would only have been one day late, but I was just so busy yesterday. You know summer is nearly over and all my lovely flowers in the garden are looking a bit dull by now, so I decided to pick up some autumn flowers and so I spent a lot of time in the garden yesterday.
Anyway, a late update is still better than no update and I actually do have a bit to show this month! This wonderful SAL is hosted by Jo and you can find the link-up here.

As for my progress, the first thing I have to share is bad news. I wanted to pick up In the Moonlight and work on it for a few days, but I noticed, that I made a mistake - the fabric orientation is wrong... I can't believe that I didn't notice this when I started! Now the fabric is actually to short =/ I am happy that I am "just" 3500 stitches in, but it still put me down. I already cut a new piece of fabric because I definitely want to restart this. But I just couldn't push myself to do this right now.

Sine I was super determined to stitch one of my Wolf designs and In the Moonlight was out, I decided to take out my Wolf Kiss and I made some nice progress on this - the needle just flew through this =)
I went from here:
To here:
The second wolf now has an eye and I also decided to add the back stitching to both eyes and I think it looks lovely =)

The second project I want to share is my Map of Middle Earth. I was aiming for a page finish, but there are still 800 stitches left on page 5, But I will definitely have them done by next month. I am at 38 000 stitches now - so I am past the halfway point on my first row of pages!
I went from here:
To here:
I added 6 000 stitches this year and I really hope to add a few more (at least 4 000).

The last one I have to show - as every month - is Candy Cane Santa.
I went from here:
To here:
Santa is getting a hand! Yay! But actually, it makes Santa look even more creepy... :D Perhaps it will get better once he has that candy cane :D

Ok that's it for this month, I am off to stitch now =)

Donnerstag, 31. August 2017

WIPocalypse - August

As usual - I am larte for my WIPocalypse update, but at least it is still in August!
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to show this time, I was just so busy with work and most evenings I was really done and did not spent to much time stitching. This actually fits this months question:

How do you get yourself out of a stitching drought?
Ah well, I just wait. I think, as there are days, where I can't put my needle down, there must be days where I don't want to pick it up at all. I try my best not to push myself when it comes to stitching. Sometimes I read an amazing book, so when I pick up my needle I am thinking like "ah well, I'd rather be reading" and then I just put the needle down and read a bit. 
The only big crisis I had was when I had a terrible break up a few years ago and I didn't feel like doing anything at all. After a few days of just doing nothing and being miserable (you know those "everything reminds me of him"-thoughts?) I just decided to try and start something completely new, a new pattern and a new start free from any memories and that actually did the trick. 

If you want to read how other people manage their stitching droughts or take a look at their progress for last month, you can find the link-up here.

As for this months progress, as I said, it is not to much. The first thing I want to show you is my new start, which is also my first Gecko Rouge project! It is called "Sloth" by Eya Claire Floyd. It is rather small with 134x178, so a total of 23 852 stitches. I am working this on 18ct Aida, 2 over 1 full cross.
So far, I did some 2 400 so far and it looks pretty awesome! I can't wait to get back to this one!
Here is what I have so far:
And as a reminder, here is what it is supposed to look like:
It may not look like it, but there was a lot of confetti in the actual sloth, so it took a while to stitch. I am stitching 89 stitches high, which is half of the total height, and hope to get the first quarter done this year. 

The second project I worked on was my Cliff Side Beacon by Dimensions. I took this one on vacation with me, so it got a bit of love. I am now done with the sky now, finally!
I went form here:
To here:
Not much, but every stitch counts, right? I am on a conference next week and I think I will take this one with me, so I will hopefully get some more done for next month.

Another tiny progress I have to show is on my Mill Hill kit called Hydrangeas. I added a few stitches and went from here:
To here:

Last but not least, I currently have my Kreimhilds Revenge on my frame. I only added some 800 stitches, but I plan to continue on her for a few more days and columns.
I went from here:
To here:
Ok, I think that's it for this month. I worked on various things, but I didn't get much done on any of them, so it doesn't really feel like progress. 

Ok, I will get some stitching done now!
Happy stitching =)

Freitag, 18. August 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - August

Oh my, it's already the middle of August! The last week at work was super busy, so I am a bit late for the GG SAL and I don't have so much to show, but every stitch counts - right? Anyway, here I am! I am going on holiday tomorrow, so I will keep this short.

The SAL is hosted by Jo and you can find the link-up for this month here.

So I worked on two projects this month.
The first is my Candy Cane Santa Stocking. I am getting there!
I went from here:
And now:
I worked a bit on the green in the background and started his hand.

The second project I worked on is my Map of Middle Earth - I only added 500 stitches this month, but hope to show a page finish next time (only about 2000 stitches to go).
Last time:
And now:
Sorry for the bad picture, but it is rainy outside and I had to take this with artificial light.

Ok, that's my progress for this month, I am off to pack my things for my vacation now =)

Happy Stitching =)

Sonntag, 30. Juli 2017

WIPocalypse July

Guess what? I am in time for WIPocalypse, yay me! I can't believe it! If you want to see what everybody else has to show for July, take a look over at Measis place =)

I am really happy with this months progress. I managed to get through with my rotation (finally, it only took two months longer than expected!) and I got another page done on Kriemhild!

The first project I have to show is on Wolf Variant by Bente Schlick. It's one of the two project I was still missing in my rotation this year. So it has been a while since you saw it.
I went from here:
To here:
 I added some 2400 stitches to it, I am still working 100 stitches across and this is 200 stitches down (well started, you see the gap). I am not sure if I will continue to stitch down or move a bit more across. I guess I will decide when I pick this up again ;-)

The next one I was working on is Kreimhilds Revenge. I finished page 27, now there is something apart from sky! Yay for the rocks!
I went from here:
To here:
As you can see, we are getting closer to the actual Kriemhild, soe of her dress should appera on page 28 =) I got a bit more than 2100 stitches done on her . I have about 7000 stitches left to do until I reach the halfway point on her and I think it should not be a problem to reach that goal this year =)

The second project still missing in my rotation was QS Paddys Luck by Joanna Bromley. It has been ages since I was working on this, but it is so pretty and colorful =) Iadded two columns/ 1600 stitches and went from here:
To here:
There was an awful lot of confetti in Paddys hat, but now that it is done, it looks amazing =) Since it has not seen any love for so long, I think about finishing the rest of page 2 as well now =)

This already makes a total of 6100 stitches since my last update and this does not include 2000 stitches I did on my map of middle earth (which I am sharing for the GG SAL at the middle of the month). I really didn't notice that I stitched that much, but it makes me happy ;-)

The last project I worked on is my Mill Hill kit called Hydrangeas. I pick this up from time to time and got quite a bit done.
I went from here:
To here:
It is really nice to stitch and goes rather fast. I am doing all the cross stitch and then I'll add the beads and I think it will be amazing once the beads are in =)

I haven't answered this months question so far. It's about showing our oldest and our newest WIP.
Well, my oldest WIP is really old (I don't really know how old it is, I think from 2010?) and far from being complete. It's a Dimensions kit called Paris Market and you have seen it from time to time. It was on the edge to turning into a UFO, over the last year I picked it up more often and I would rather consider it a WIP than a UFO.
Here is what it currently looks like:
I think my newest WIP is actually the Hydrangeas above, I started them in May. But as soon as this blog post goes up, I will have a new newest WIP :D I am finally going to start my first Gecko Rouge project! I have a couple of their kits by now and I became a member of the Golf club in March, so my first gold voucher is to be done in August! And they have so many more lovely designs!

But I guess you would like to see what my newest-WIP-to-be will look like:
I think this Sloth looks amazing and I feel like working with all those wonderful colors =) So I guess I will stopp here and get my needle into this one =)

Happy stitching =)

Mittwoch, 19. Juli 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - July

Oh my, the middle of July is already gone! I am very busy with work right now since the end of the semester is in sight and this means that the exams are also in sight, so I spent a lot of time thinking about questions, but I am as good as done! Yay me!

As for stitching, I am (again) four days late for the GG SAL. But better late then never, right?
For all those who don't know about the SAL yet - this SAL is hosted by Jo and the plan is to show our work on projects that are meant to be a gift for someone or that were gifted to you. You can find the link-up (featuring every ones progress) here.

As for progress, I worked on two things this month. Well, you can't really tell that I worked on Santa this month. I added like three threads to him.
Before:
And now:
I really hope to be a better girl next month!

But to make up for my tiny progress on Santa, I am proud to show my work on my Map of Middle Earth! You have not seen this in a while and I am pleased to say that I added 2000 stitches to it!
Before:
And now:

I missed working on this one and since I think I'll go back to stitching on what I like (instead of trying to following a rotation) , I hope to work on this more regular ;-) 

That's my work for this month,
Happy stitching =)