|Color Swap||2 over 1, 14 ct aida ; Pattern|
|Color Theory||Wedding theme inspired palette (maroon, blush, grey, with eucalyptus green). L&T: 732 (?), DMC: 154, 320, 905, 895, 413.|
|Design: Inspired by Color||Saturn inspired by Schursch’s colour palette, made using StitchFiddle (4” by 4” on 14ct)|
|Unique Techniques||Discovered a Tutorial for:||How to Make a Cross Stitch Paperclip Bookmark (Written by Kristina herself!)|
|Artist Studies: Durene Jones||Pattern I had to substitute one of the oranges and I made a mistake in the leaf placement for a couple branches.. but I decided to leave it as is haha. This was fun! I've never done a pattern yet that had two colours in one square, so had to do a google search on that.|
|Stitch Spot||For once it even is tidy too! This is where I binge watch Netflix while stitching up a storm! Nearby is my fiance's computer. While I stitch he is either gaming or watching guitar videos on YouTube!|
|Topsy Turvy||It took a lot of concentration! I started each stitch \ and second stitch /. There's definitely a couple in there that I accidentally switched, but I noticed them at the end and decided to just leave it rather than re-stitch them. Pattern no longer available, but was by AlitonEmbroidery|
|Stash System||Discovered organization inspiration:||Craft Closet Makeover I love the idea of pegboards. I like the system I currently have for my floss, but the problem is there simply isn't space in my house right now for a designated crafting spot. If I wasn't in a rental, I would love to turn the spare room closet into something like this!|
|Revisit a UFO||Pattern ; It was the second project when I started cross stitching a year ago. I counted part of my stitches wrong, became frustrated, and set it aside. In true barbarian fashion, I forced my way passed the mistake and got it finished (finally).|
|Take Inventory||Took inventory of their stash:||Thread Spreadsheet - I used a spreadsheet to take inventory of my DMC thread. I used a template that was available for free on google drive. Template|
|Unconventional Canvas||This was a learning experience for sure! We drilled the holes quite small, so it was very tough to get the needle through areas that already had a stitch. I ended up breaking a needle in the process, and I had to use pliers to pull the needle through the holes. I bit off more than I could chew for sure... I still have four other cute cacti to finish in the row. It is a wooden box that I plan to use for organizing my craft room.|
|Prepare to Dye||This is the second time I used Rit dye! The first time, I dyed some fabric to bright orange so I could make a Magikarp hat. This time I used "Eggplant" and I dyed the fabric in pieces to try and get a gradient going. The darkest was in the dye bath for 1 h 15 m while the lightest was in for 15 minutes. I took out a piece each 15 minutes. The 6th piece I dyed in Tim Horton's Chai Tea. It smells so pretty!|
|International Style||Traveled the world and discovered:||Since my dad's side of the family came from Norway, I decided to find some Scandinavian artists!
MrsNeilsen on Etsy stood out to me because of the traditional geometric designs that incorporate birds, deer/stags, etc.I also wanted to share NordicAndNice from Denmark. This shop has a section of vintage cross stitch calendars. I found the 1968 Zodiac calendar very interesting!
|Artist Studies: Ink Circles||Ink Circles Freebies I used this pattern from the 2006 freebies. I really enjoyed making this bookmark! It was super fun to see how it all interlocked together as I stitched it. I used the thread I received in the switch swap from Cuteteahoru and I absolutely love how it turned out!|
|Blackwork Research||Researched Blackwork and discovered:||Teresa Stephenson's Blackwork Cats I came across these lovely cat themed blackwork patterns and, as an avid cat lady, I got very excited to add these to my collection of future projects. Unfortunately, I learned of the original artist and how her patterns were stolen, eventually leading to her retirement from selling patterns. Artist is Teresa Stephenson.|
|Bewitching Blackwork||I decided to do this Squirtle Pattern by Gatchacaz. I decided to just focus on the squirtle because this month is super busy. It was a lot of fun! I enjoy the repeating patterns in blackwork and how satisfying it is to start seeing the picture come together with each stitch.|
|Petite Patterns||Found a small pattern to stitch:||I'm going to use the mini patterns that are released for the Stitchonomy Halloween 2020 Free Stitch Along.|
|Speedy Stitching||First time it took me 42 minutes for approximately 108 stitches, so around 2.5 stitches per minute. I was watching Kim's Convenience on Netflix and snuggling my cat.
Second time I finished in 27 minutes, so approximately 4 stitches per minute.This is the candy apple pattern released for the Stitchonomy 2020 Halloween Stitchalong!
|Specialty Study||Found a tutorial:||I selected the Rhodes Heart because I thought it was cute!|
|Specialty Practice||I started a biscornu for a friend that incorporates beads and French knots. My month got pretty crazy, so this is as far as I got!|
|Design: Seasons Stitching||So I guess I got really into my idea because I spent my lunch break yesterday and today working on this. This is my family lefse recipe! About 20 of us typically gather each Christmas season and have a lefse making competition. There are many roles to fill: The Roller, The Stick Man/Woman, The Runner, The Taste Tester, and The Judge. There's also a Statue of David apron that new people are required to wear. It's quite an event and it will be missed this year!
I used DMC Christmas Red and Snow WhiteI used Carrie's Creations freebie fonts as reference.
|Needle Minder Mania||Here are my needle minders! The classic tomato pin cushion, a biscornu (pattern by Siri), a Mele guild crest (from Siri's shop), and some cute kitties from Chubby Unicorn Crafts on Etsy!|
|Color Kaleidoscope||I shook things up and used earthy tones that I don't often use. I selected a pattern that uses green and brown variegated threads. Then I decided to make use of the fabric I dyed for a previous quest. It was my first time using a fabric that wasn't the standard black, white or oatmeal. When I dyed the fabric, I used the Rit Eggplant colour and I love how it turned out! Pattern can be purchased from FuzzyFoxDesigns via this link|
|Project Projection||I set up an Airtable recently for pattern organization, so this seemed like a good opportunity to extend that a bit further through the Project Projection quest!|
|Artist Studies - Dragon Dreams||I did the little Spot of Tea from the Dragon Dreams freebie website. I had fun with this little guy! It was the first time I did this kind of backstitching. I think, although a slow process, it created a nice effect that makes the subtle colour switches really pop :)|
|Stitch Spot - Away From Home||This is my office desk! Not a very exciting away from home spot, but it does the trick! I usually stitch here if I have a project with a tight timeline, working through my coffee and lunch breaks.|