Friday, February 25, 2011

3rd last cupcake!

Are you sick of the sight of them yet? LOL I recently received the brown fabric for the final 2 cupcakes, so they'll be my next couple of projects. Then I'll be finished the stitching aspect of the cupcakes, just to find some time to sit down and turn them into actual cupcakes.

  • Name of the design is - who knows? In my haste to find a project to stitch on the go, I cut and pasted a freebie into ms paint and selected just this part to stitch.  Having now looked through my freebies at least twice, I can't find it anywhere. Sadly, I only started this a few days ago too :-(  UPDATE: It's funny what a fresh look can do ;-). I did find the pattern, in a folder I either didn't check, or checked with tired eyes around 11pm last night. This is an extract from the Petit sampler.
  • Chart is a freebie from this blog
  • Fabric is 32 count "Ruby Wine" lugana evenweave from 123 stitch.
  • Thread is a variegated DMC cotton, #107, with the lighter pink bits cut out.
  • Stitch count is 29 x 29. 
  • Started on February 20th.
  • Completed on February 24th. It will be another cupcake for my stand.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Karate & a cupcake

I've finished another cupcake design, only 3 more to go. I'm waiting on some brown fabric to arrive for 2 of them, so that leaves one more red one to stitch for now. 
  • Name of the design is "Persian Flower".  
  • Chart is a freebie designed by Elizabeth Almond and can be found on the blackwork journey website.
  • Fabric is a white 28 count evenweave.
  • Thread is DMC cotton, #414.
  • Stitch count is 34 x 34. 
  • Started on February 16th.
  • Completed on February 19th. It will be another cupcake for my stand.
On another note, DS # 2 had his first karate tournament of the year yesterday and took home first place for kata. In kumite he had a bye first round then lost out in overtime in the second round. It's a bit hard to tell who he will be up against in the running for state team, as the age groups were different for this tournament. A few of the kids will go up an age group, and some won't be old enough to try for kumite.  Not to mention this tournament was broken up into 2 different belt levels too. Time will tell I guess.... Here's the trophy he won for his efforts:

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another cupcake for the collection

I have another white one to go, as well as a red one and two brown ones, then the collection will be complete and I can completely fill my stand. If I ever get around to turning them into cupcakes that is, instead of a collection of finishes in a box!

  • Name of the design is "Laurie".  
  • Chart is a freebie designed by Jeanne Dansby and it can be found on her blog.
  • Fabric is a white 28 count evenweave.
  • Thread is DMC cotton, #414.
  • Stitch count is 27 x 27. 
  • Completed and started on February 15th. It will be another cupcake for my stand.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A cross stitched quilt label finish

This is for Sarah I at Quilts 4 Kids, where quilts made up of cross stitched squares are created for kids with life threatening or long term health problems. Here's my label:
Sarah's favourite colours are pink, purple and pale green so I chose those to stitch the label in. The quilt theme is butterflies, and the due date for squares is March 2011. Here's the details:

  • Name of the design - doesn't have a name.  I created the purple wording myself, the fancy "Sarah" came from a butterfly alphabet in an old issue of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, as did the butterfly itself. Of course I don't have details of which issue of the magazine it was. :-(
  • Chart is designed by myself and someone from XS Crazy!
  • Fabric is white 14 count aida.
  • Thread is DMC cotton. I used variegated purple (DMC 52) for the wording and a variegated green (perhaps sulky, or a "no-name" thread)  for "Sarah". The butterfly is assorted DMC cotton.
  • Stitch count is 61 x 100. 
  • Completed on February 13th, started on  February 5th.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Pre-Christmas Finish

This is something I whipped up in December for a fellow stitcher in the USA. I couldn't post pics until I knew she had received it, so here it is now:

  • Name of the design is "Sleepy Koala".  
  • Chart is designed by Carrol Neilson.
  • Fabric is a white 28 count evenweave.
  • Thread is DMC cotton.
  • Stitch count is 41 x 60. 
  • Completed in December 2010. 

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Monday, February 7, 2011

My 8th cross stitch finish of 2011!

Here's what I got up to while my kids and their friends played laser tag one day over the school holidays. I was in between projects and wanted something I could kit up quickly and would be good to stitch on the go. Here it is:

  • Name of the design is "Blackwork de Noel Sapin numero 4".  
  • Chart is a freebie from this blog.
  • Fabric is a white 28 count monaco evenweave.
  • Thread is a variegated red sewing thread, maybe sulky brand or a no-name brand from my local sewing shop or Spotlight. Obviously I don't keep good track of my purchases. I do recall having all three of the above mentioned threads though. :-(
  • Stitch count was 65 x 63 before I added the trunk of the tree. The design was originally just the triangle shape. 
  • Completed on February 4th. Started on February 3rd. 

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Friday, February 4, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Easter!

You know, because there are Easter eggs and hot cross buns in the shops, and Easter stitching in my q-snaps! Someone forgot to check the calendar, it's barely February and Easter isn't until late April. Oh well, at this rate, I might even have my cross stitch framed and ready to display on time!
Here's the final design, don't mind my appalling scanning skills. I padded it out a bit on the top and bottom to fill the frame:
  • Name of the design is "Happy Easter".  
  • Chart is a members freebie from San Man Originals.
  • Fabric is a hand dyed fabric called "Pot Pourri" from Polstitches Designs in the UK. It's 28 count Jobelan evenweave .
  • Thread is DMC cotton.
  • Stitch count was 58 x 68 before I added the extra bits top and bottom. 
  • Completed on February 2nd. Started on January 12th, with a 6 day break to stitch a quilt square. 
Here's the 3 designs all together. Forgive the really wonky scanning:

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