Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 20, 2016

I May Have a Problem, Part 2

Cross stitch.  I'm addicted.  That's all I wanted to do last year and it's all I want to do this year.  I've already featured some projects I got completed this year, with the baby announcement being the largest.  I do, however, take solace in the fact that I'm not as addicted as some of the people in the Stitch Maynia Facebook group I belong to.  They amaze me with the Heaven And Earth Designs that they tackle.  They are beautiful but sooooo detailed and using hundreds of colours.  I'm very intimidated by HAEDs so I don't see myself ordering one.  They have a beautiful Ravenclaw-themed one but it has 88 colours, all in blue, bronze & grey.  I'll just have to admire that on the internet cause I'm not ordering it.  

This is my longest work in progress (WIP).  It's so old that my dad was still alive when my parents bought it for me for Christmas in 2002.  I worked on it all that following spring but the frustration level with all the colour changes forced me to put it down by May 2003.  I picked it up again in 2005 and stitched the whole sky, then I did the bottom border so that at least I could see how much left I had to do.  I'd really like to finish it though.  Now that I don't live in Washington anymore, I'd like to have a reminder of the mountain I so desperately miss.


I just started this one for my friend Fernanda.  I made the other Hummel design for her last summer and she asked me if I would do this one for her.  

I haven't made much progress on the dragon because I've messed up the count so bad that I got frustrated and put it away about 3 years ago.  I'm not even sure where I messed up anymore. 

Just started this one too and I've messed this one up somehow, where the thread is trailing from.  I put it away to start the baby announcement before I figured out where I miscounted.

Four beaded cross stitch kits to do.  One Halloween themed and 2 winter themed.  These shouldn't take too long to do.

The hippie pattern won't take long either.  I want to make one for me and one for my friend Miki.  I am also eager to start the orcas.  I have all the floss for it but I need a larger piece of Aida cloth than any I have in my stash.

I can't remember where or how I scored the Butchart Gardens pattern but there is more than just that inside that little booklet.  There are at least 3 Victoria designs and I want to do them all.  I also couldn't resist that nature pattern on the right.

Two more Victoria BC pattern books with 3-4 inside each one.

And of course I had to buy patterns of all the states I've lived in (Maine was for my first two years of college).

I want to do all four pretty much as they are laid out in the two pictures, but it's going to require some math calculations that I'm not sure I can do without a lot of mulling, a calculator, pencil and paper.

Here's another one I bought about 10 years ago and forgot about.  I was surprised to see it surface in my needlework box as I dug for Mt. Rainier.  



These are embroidery patterns.  I got the small one in a thrift shop.  It was started and has all the yarn in it but I'd like to finish it.  Marsha found the bottom runner (it's longer than shown) in her mom's stuff and asked if I wanted it.  I'd need to get all the yarn but I bet it will be pretty.

So many kits, so little time!

18 comments:

  1. I bought one of these, it's a blue baby booty. I want to make it for a scrapbook. I hope it's easy and who knows...I may become addicted. :)
    Enjoy your day!
    Marie

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    1. I'm sure it will be a very quick workup! Cross stitch is pretty fun...to see a design come together. Don't be intimidated by it.

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  2. You're going to give me Rainier when it's done, right? Because you love me, right?

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    1. I do love you Ducky but sorry, that one stays with me. I'll leave it to you in my Will.

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  3. You might have a problem, but what a great one to have.

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    1. It's just so time consuming. I feel like I'll never get any of them stitched and I'm in a real rush to do them for some reason.

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  4. Phew, you have a lot of work ahead of you.

    How is Pepper doing now?

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    1. A lot of work for sure. I've slacked off the past few days. I need to get back at it though. I hate it when real life intrudes on my crafting. The nerve! :) Pepper is doing better, thanks for asking! Hoping for a few more weeks with her...maybe a couple precious months....

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  5. Don't feel bad about starting and stopping needlework, I have a couple I started too and one wedding announcement I must have bought in the late nineties. . .I want to finish a memory quilt for younger daughter and it requires embroidery on the memory side. I put everything on hold when hubs had his heart attack and haven't yet had time to work on anything but the quilt which requires sewing as well.I like several of your patterns that you show and I am pleased that you miss the Pacific Northwest, it is a beautiful place but I think Baker is the only mountain on the US side of the border that we see from where I am in the Lower Mainland.

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    1. Thank you! I need to put the computer down and start working on colouring and needlework. Seriously. I used to get so much more done b/f Facebook! And I do miss the PNW a lot. I've seen Baker from Grouse Mountain and also the ferry between Sydney and Anacortes (and of course while in WA too). It's a beautiful mountain too. So is Shuksan.

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  6. Hahahaha! You DO have a problem! Hahaha. I thought I was bad with my fabric.. We should start our own hoarding blog of craft stuff and sewing stuff!

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    1. I know right? lol I just can't seem to stop....there are more kits on the way from Amazon right now too. hahaha

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  7. I have one completed straight-stitch tapestry and two unfinished cross-stitch. Maybe when I retire in July I might get around to it. After sleeping for several weeks, then having surgery. Then recovering from surgery (which will leave my right arm out of action for 8 weeks!

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    1. When is your surgery scheduled? I hope it goes well!!!!

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  8. Is there a groovy cross-stitch pattern with Goths in it? 'Cause I'd totally buy one off you, if you made it. :-)

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    1. I'm sure there are....I've never searched for one, but I'd be willing to bet there is something on the Heaven & Earth Designs site but I'm too intimidated to do one of their designs.

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  9. The Butchart Gardens package looks almost like the real thing. Whatever you spend your time on, the end result is always fun and pretty. =)

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I am eager to get to the Victoria designs. Sadly I'm running out of wall space to display my creations.

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