Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gratitude Sheep Update 2 and More on the Baby Sampler

Hi, everyone! I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the first few days of fall. It's been raining steadily here for the last three days, and our windows are open so we can enjoy the gorgeous breeze blowing through.

My needles have been busy, busy, busy! I started my baby's sampler last week, and I've been enjoying it so much. Here's where I am now:

Maybe it's the fabric, or the vibrant colors, or the fact that it's a special piece, but I'm just loving it. I'm focusing on the lower right corner at the moment, with the lion. I've decided I'm not going to be doing the background stitching on any of the squares, it's just too much color. I'd rather focus on all the other great details in this piece.

Also, I've got an update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Gratitude at 400 stitches. This one seems to be stitching up really quickly. I've finished the garland of acorns and fall leaves along the top, and I've already started on the border.

Lots of love,

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gratitude Sheep Update 1 and Some Baby Stitching

Wow, I can't believe I've already been in the States more than two weeks! That seriously just flew by. I'm also officially six months pregnant now, which I can't believe. Only one trimester to go! The bump is steadily growing, and baby is trying to set the world record for the most active fetus in history. He's constantly tossing and turning in there, and I'm pretty sure he was learning how to tango yesterday.

To celebrate being six months along, I've decided to start stitching his baby sampler. My mother gifted me with a kit a couple of years ago (gee, you think she was hinting at something?) and I've brought it with me to stitch up. Here's my start:

This is Savannah Birth Record by Dimensions. I'm not using any of the materials it came with, though. I've changed the fabric to a piece of 32 count Ivory Belfast linen, and I'm using DMC threads instead. I found a great Dimensions-to-DMC conversion chart here. I just like the texture of DMC better, and the knowledge that if I run out of a color, I can just run out and get some more.

We've also started the next sheep of Little House Needleworks' Little Sheep Virtues. Again, these are not in any particular order at all, so this next sheep is actually Gratitude:

This is the first 200 stitches. Not a bad start, right? I love the colors on this piece, so perfect for fall. I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC threads, like I did with the other sheep.

If anyone would like to join in this SAL, to stitch one sheep or all of them, please feel free. It's the most relaxed SAL ever, so you can follow along with Lija and I and our 200 stitches a week, or you can do your own thing!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Love Sheep Update 8 (Finished!) and the September Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hello hello! How's everyone doing? I'm still settling in here, and eating my family out of house and home. Just kidding! I'm sure they love having a slowly growing pregnant woman in the house shoving Cheetos and doughnuts in her mouth all the time :D

Well, it's September 15th, so it's time for a Gifted Gorgeousness SAL update! This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month (because it's 2015).

For the last few months I've been working on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me last year in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet (you can see my last update here). This is what it looks like now:

This is one piece I brought with me to the States, because it'll keep me busy for a while and doesn't require a lot of color changes, so it was easy to pack up. I'm at 2800 stitches now. More progress being done on the hull of the ship. It's really just brown line after brown line at this point...

I've also finished-finished my latest Little Sheep Virtues, Love.

I finished this the same way I did Faith, Simplicity, Hope, and Joyfulness, as a little pillow with twine around the edging. Here's the backing fabric I used this time:

I finished this up before I left Dubai - I wanted to finish as many pieces as possible so I wouldn't have to bring all my supplies with me. So here's my flock of five all together:

I love how they look! I'm going to need to find a nice basket or something to display them in.

Happy xxx's!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Love Sheep Update 7 and Liberty Belles is Officially Done!

Hi from North Carolina! I made it halfway around the world, safe and sound. The wedding tour went well, all things considered. Every wedding has its little hiccups, right? Jordan was insanely hot and we had no AC where we were staying - not great with my pregnancy hot flashes! London was chilly and raining, which I loved, it was such a refreshing change. And now I'm in the USA with my family, enjoying the beginning of fall.

I did do some stitching before I left Dubai that I haven't shared yet. I wanted to finish as much as possible so I wouldn't have to take it all around the world with me, so here's a finish-finish on Liberty Belles:

I finished it off as a little pillow using this lovely red fabric from my stash, and added some white lace to the border. It turned out smaller than I expected! Here it is with the rest of my Americana finishes:

The other two, both quite bigger, are from Bent Creek kits, and they all happen to be gifts from the wonderful Shirlee of The Easily Influenced Stitcher. Can't wait to add more to this little collection!

And here is an update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL we've been doing:

Love is done! Isn't it sweet? I stitched the bodies of the sheep with Wisper thread, as usual, but I changed the color of the one on the right to black, just to change things up a bit. I love black sheep, and I think they look really cute like this. I attached the flower button too.

Thanks for passing by!

Lots of love,