Revisiting Bird of Hope

It’s been over a year since I stopped to take a look at it.

This past year I have had very little motivation to cross stitch even though I have missed doing it. It is really a perfect winter activity too.

So, this is where it was left around December 2013:

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It’s will be quite nice once it’s finished. The colours are really quite pretty. When I get around to finally finishing it, anyway…

It will happen…one day… 🙂

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Has my Stitching Rut Come to an End?

I am really hoping so! I spent a couple of hours last night with one of my ongoing projects and it felt pretty great. I accomplished quite a bit on it as well, and the colours are coming together quite beautifully. Even Jay commented that the colours were pretty when I showed him my progress.

The project I pulled out of storage was the Bird of Hope 2.0. A full wing is now complete. Well, it will be with six more stitches anyway. It is looking really good on the blue-grey fabric.

I am happy about this because for months and months I have wanted too stitch, but every time I actually sit down to stitch I haven’t been able to do so for longer then about ten or fifteen minutes. So the two hours I stitched for last night was a return to “normal” for my stitching habits. Here’s hoping it continues.

Oh yes, and here is where I got to last night:

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It’s not looking like much just yet, but what is there is looking pretty great to me.

Bird of Hope… Versions 1.0 & 2.0

This is a bit of an interesting situation I have gotten myself into with this seemingly simple project. It is small, yes but simple, not so much.

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It is actually very close to being on par with the vintage colt in terms of difficulty. I made the mistake initially of trying to stitch it on black. Bad idea, especially since lighting is not exactly great in the apartment in winter. I’ve made a few mistakes. Not so many that I want to stop, but enough to significantly slow me down – which is a problem since it was supposed to be a Christmas gift! I’m taking a new approach to this one rather than giving up or getting angry over having to pull stitches over and over again. I decided this time I would start it over again on a different fabric and finish the original one in black at a much more leisurely pace. The new one is on a light blue fabric – 14ct vs 16ct and it is going much more smoothly. Hopefully it will continue to be such.

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I think it is going to be beautiful when it is finished. Both of them will be for that matter. I can’t wait to gift it.

Stitching Plans for 2014

I feel like I have big plans for stitching in 2014. I have to admit too that I am pretty excited about these plans. I hope to finish a couple of current works in progress as well as start and complete several others.

One of these, my readers will be familiar with. It has been the bane of my stitching existence since I started it over a year and a half ago. I fully intend to finally finish the vintage Colt this year. I have made countless mistakes, pulled numerous stitches and even finally restarted it from the very beginning. At this point I am further along (with no mistakes!) than I ever have been in the past. I plan to keep it that way and finally finish the darn thing! I know Jay will be happy to finally see the end result on the wall in his workshop.

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It will be quite satisfying for me as well.

The next work in progress I plan to finish is this one:

Current WIP - Pink Bird

I started it as a Christmas gift early on in December, but I just got so busy with the holidays that I was unable to finish it. I plan to finish this one in the early part of the year so I can finally send it to its intended home. I hope its intended recipient like it, even if it is a ridiculously late Christmas gift… Better late than never, right?!

Of the projects I plan to start (and hopefully finish) this year, I think this one night be the most important to me. The pattern depicts the tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A great little pattern I found online. Its recipient will be a sweet little lady in Scotland who is quite the little miracle to her mum and dad. Another one I planned to start ages ago but just haven’t found the time to do so. I hope her parents love it. They don’t know it’s coming yet, but they are all very special people to me and I wanted to do something special for their little one.

There are a couple of other projects I plan to start this year. One is a pattern I have had on hand for quite some time and have been really wanting to start. It will also be my first project stitched on linen, which is a goal I really want to achieve this year.

I Promise

The pattern is “I Promise” by Lizzie Kate. I am really anticipating being able to finally start this one.

The last stitching project I really want to get to in 2014 is my collection of Game of Thrones bookmarks. I found the patterns on DeviantArt at one point last year (probably while season 3 was airing)… with every intervention of stitching as soon as possible.

Game of Thrones House Bookmarks

Well, I didn’t get around to these last year either, so 2014’s going to be the year! It’s going to take me awhile though, so I’m not really expecting to finish all eight or however many there are this year… But starting them will be enough I think.

I have some exciting stitching plans this year and I hope I can find the time to stitch every last piece! I’m also going this year that I can expand my stash at least a little bit. But we will see about that one…

Happy New Year! (again)

A New Bookmark Finish

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Here it is. That great simple little bookmark I posted about earlier this month. I think it turned out absolutely fantastic and that my mom enjoys it as much as I enjoyed stitching it. She has been bugging me for months to stitch her a bookmark and now she finally has one!

This pattern is the free goddess boookmark pattern from Stitching the Night Away. Loretta creates great patterns and gives away so many of them for free. She also has a great blog too. I have been a follower for a few years now.

Although I have many, I am tempted to stitch up another one for myself in some different colours. We shall see though, as I have many other stitching projects to work on these days. Feels good to be back stitching again…

TUSAL – December 2013

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TUSAL was a bit of a fail for me this year. I haven’t posted for it since August. Anyways, here is my post for December. Like last year, I put my ORT’s for the year into an ornament. I chose a square ornament this year and I think it looks super cool. Hoping the Totally Useless Stitch-a-Long goes a little more smoothly for me next year!

New Work in Progress!

It’s been quite some time since I have posted any stitching progress of any kind. But then, I really can’t say that I had made any stitching progress of any kind until recently.

I started out again with something simpler than I have been stitching in recent past, and sometimes beauty really is in the simple things. I am living how this little project is turning out.

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I can’t wait to share the finished product. Except that will have to wait until likely after Christmas, once all gifts have been distributed. But it will be worth it!

It Has Happened

Just as I had hoped! In starting the Vintage Colt all over again from the beginning I have now passed the point of the mistakes I had made the first time around. I am so relieved I have gotten past this point and am ready to power forward with this project.

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2nd Attempt a success!

I feel now that when I started this project the first time it was just too much for me. I hadn’t been stitching for very long at that point and maybe I was just too ambitious. I didn’t have enough experience with cross-stitch at the time. Now, a year and half later, I feel like I am finally at the skill level I need to be in order to complete this. It isn’t the first time I have run into this type of situation though. I ran into it while working on the Valentine Heart awhile back as well. Again, I left that one for awhile and came back to it with a bit more experience under my belt and it ended quite well. Looking forward to seeing the colt as a finished project now.

Trying This Yet Again…

The Vintage Colt. It hasn’t been going so well from day one. Made the the stitching mistake of ALL stitching mistakes and thought of a solution to salvage it that involved pulling only the stitches that were absolutely necessary to pull. Started up again, and guess what! I made a few more mistakes. Frustrated me. So here we are today: pulling all stitches and starting from the beginning.

I am feeling good about this. Hopefully this time things will be a little less rocky. I am also wondering if I should have done this in the first place. Ah well, hindsight is 20/20 I guess. I feel like I am better prepared all around this time starting from the first stitch again. Stay turned for more colt updates…and hopefully no more mistakes.

Who Wouldn’t Love Getting This As A Birthday Gift?!

Avengers Assemble! A pattern from Wee Little Stitches.

I would think it one of the best birthday presents ever! This is my friend’s son’s first birthday gift from Jay and I. I love it so much I was seriously tempted to keep it for myself. But I wouldn’t do that and leave the little guy without such a super amazing gift as this!

I am able to post this now as his birthday party was on Saturday. I wanted his mom and dad to be surprised as well as I was sure they would both appreciate it as much as I. I wasn’t able to make it to the party, but I am sure it was a great time both for him and for everyone else.

This piece was a fun, quick stitch that I mentioned I had started a few posts ago but was unable to go into much detail for the reasons mentioned above. I am considering making up a new one of these for us to keep in the apartment. The Avengers could keep Serenity’s Crew company!