Taking a Break - From My Rotation
I am taking a little break from my regular rotation to work on one of my own designs. This is Gee Whiz Nine from the Connie Gee's Designs Etsy shop. I am enjoying stitching it. I like the repeating patterns in this section.
I know I usually choose variegated floss for my backstitch designs, but this time I am going with a solid DMC 807 on 14-count off-white Aida. It is turning out to be quite pretty, I think. I have a long way to go on this one though. This is about 1/3 of the first page. At least there are only 4 pages to the design though.
What a Difference Backstitch Makes
I have another finish and this time it takes me down to 23 WIPs. Three more finishes and I get to start Death by Cross Stitch - if I get the fabric I ordered by that time.
This project shows how important backstitch can be. On the left is the design with all cross-stitches done and the right shows after the backstitches have been completed. Lucie Heaton's Nativity set was originally designed as Christmas cards, but I plan to make ornaments out of them. Eventually. I have a HUGE stack of pieces that have been completed as far as the stitching goes, but they haven't been completed as in finishing them as items to display or use. I need to make a list of those and work on whittling down that list!
Up next in my rotation is Ink Circles Mother Maya. I have been looking forward to working on this project. I am using some Mo's Sales silk floss and it is fun to stitch with!
Rainbow SAL Section Two
Section Two of the Rainbow SAL is posted. You can see Chanda's version above. She stitched her version with DMC 666. My version uses DMC 947. You may, of course, use any color you like. You will find the next section on the 2017 SAL page.
Lucy Heaton's Wise Men
Here's my first finish of February. It's from a Lucie Heaton Nativity Set. The set was intended for use as Christmas cards, but I will be making ornaments or small flat folds - I haven't decided yet.
This doesn't decrease my WIPs yet - I still have to finish the angels from this set. Then, I will be able to cross another one off my list. I am going to try to finish the angels before I move on in my rotation.
Mother Maya by Ink Circles is next up on the docket. I am looking forward to working on it for a bit.
Alphabet Book Review and Giveaway
This giveaway is now closed - Janet Stanko is the winner - Congrats Janet!
Here's a brief review of Leisure Arts Sports Alphabets to Cross Stitch (Designs by Kristi Bryant). This book of sports-themed alphabets includes ten themed alphabets and one plain alphabet set. Sports represented include: Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Basketball, Hockey, and Football. Also included is a Bouncy Ball alphabet and a Football Star and a general sports-themed birth announcement to personalize. Each alphabet set includes an upper and lower case set of letters. The upper case alphabets range in height from 22 stitches tall (Golf) to several sets of 17 stitch high. Lower case alphabets range from 14 stitches tall (Football) to 20 (Golf).
There are also 2 blank pages of graph paper included as well as two pages of basic cross-stitch instructions. Some small motifs like a helmet, tennis racket, mitt and ball are included too. This book would be great for anyone who has a child involved in sports. It would also be great for sports fans who want to personalize towels, shirts or other items.
Now for the giveaway: Enter by posting which sport listed is your favorite in the comments. A winner will be selected using the random number generator on January 31, 2017 and notified on February 1, 2017.
Note: This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase the book I may receive a small portion of the proceeds.
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