Sunday, August 15, 2010

Topiary Garden Finished!

Here's a lousy photo of a beautiful project. This was a Mysterie with the Sticklounge group - later I found out its real name: Topiary Garden by Debbie Draper. This pattern is so much fun to stitch, I may stitch it again in a bright color. I need to sort through my stuff to see if I have more Debbie Draper charts - I love the monochromes!

I think I selected my next project - The Wayward Garden by the Drawn Thread. I found the chart, fabric, and silks all packaged together, so maybe it was meant to be???? On the other hand, I also found numerous Indigo Rose projects kitted up also - decisions, decisions!

Happy stitching, everyone!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Moonstone Garden Finish

I'm delighted - I finally finished Chatelaine's Moonstone Garden. I used mostly recommended fibers, but substituted HDF silk for the DMC. I have always loved the mandalas that Chatelaine designs - I have quite a few kitted up, but have never finished a big project. This is only a small mandala - but it has a great combination of colors and specialty stitches and beads - all the things I love.

Best of all, I now have an empty project bag - so I'm off to pick a project to fill it up again.

Happy stitching! Margaret

Monday, August 02, 2010

Part 3 of Mysterie; Part 3 of Quaker Star and July Ornie

Here is an update on Quaker Star. This shows progress through Part 3.

This is Debbie Draper's Mysterie, completed through Part 3. It is gorgeous in real life - the green is so rich looking. Both of these projects are from the Sticklounge group.

Here is my July ornament. This is the newest LHN All Dolled Up pattern - Peppermint. I used the recommended fibers, except the white is HDF Premium white - I could only fight with the stiff linen and the knotty cotton floss for so long - I threw in the towel, and started using silk. If only I could have switched to Lakeside Linen also, this project would be so much better (I am soooo spoiled.) This is my first attempt at finishing a flat ornament - I think a little practice is in order.
I have not been doing much stitching, but have resumed my stamping - taking classes and collecting stash - very little real crafting going on, but it's fun anyway.
Happy stitching! Margaret