Stitches del Sol: Butterfly

Stitches del Sol - Butterfly startedI guess I have project ADD these days, because I started something new before finishing off my ABC sampler – oops.  : )  This is the butterfly pattern from Stitches del Sol by September House.  I did almost all of this embroidery tonight, which just goes to show what a quick little project this is turning out to be.  It was a good companion for tonight’s America’s Got Talent, which is pretty much blowing my mind at this point.  (You can tell there’s a lack of good summer TV when a show like this is capturing my full attention, haha.)

Stitches del Sol - Butterfly started - close upThe Stitches del Sol pattern contains four main designs, all with a southwestern/Mexican theme and all using only four colors.  I really like the look of it.  Perhaps one day I will actually stitch up all four patterns… but I’m not holding my breath considering my aforementioned project ADD.  : )

BTW, these photos were taken at night using my new light box.  I adjusted the exposure and temperature a bit, and the resulting colors are fairly true to life.  The color of the yellow background fabric is more true in the top photo – not sure why the close-up is so much lighter.  Still a lot to learn on this front!

Anyway, the new academic year is kicking off this week, and I’m happy to be wrapped up in all the excitement.  This will be my first semester without any classes (finally!), so I’m looking forward to it.

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Daisychain ABCs: the end is near

01 Daisychain ABCs - WXYZThis weekend I finished the stitching on my Daisychain ABC sampler.  Ahhhhh, so close to a finished project!  A frame has been purchased, and I just have to put all the pieces together and take this baby outside for a proper photo shoot.  Very excited about this.  : )

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Etsy Global Craft Party!

01 Gather Here tea towelOn Friday night I went to the Etsy Global Craft Party at Gather Here, and it was AWESOME.  Loved it!  I guess the idea is to have parties all across the globe where people come together to make something and share their creative spirit, and that is exactly what we did.  This year’s project at Gather Here was to embroider silk screened tea towels, custom made by the fabulous Gather Here staff to represent all the different flavors of “making something.”  Above you can see a close up of the tea towel design, along with my one row of red stitching that took me the entire 2 hours to complete.   This is an EPIC embroidery project – it’s huge!  The party also included a ton of free food and beer, and it was so cool to meet awesome local crafters and chat about our hobby obsessions.  What a fun night!

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New embroidery, old embroidery

My very first embroidery attempt

Oooh look what I found!  A recently-completed Daisychain ABC sampler over at One Sheepish Girl.  So pretty!  Go check it out, and say hi to Meredith while you’re over there.  : )  I just discovered her blog today while looking for photos of finished samplers, and it is such a sweet and gorgeous site.

As for my sampler, not a stitch of progress has been made since my last post!  I want to pick it up again tonight before bed, so keep your fingers crossed that I don’t fall asleep before I get to it.

In other crafty news, I was at the bookstore again today, and I stumbled across an interesting book: The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos.  Ah, the nemesis of all craft blogs – crappy photos!  I admit that I’m plagued by Crappy Photo Syndrome (CPS), which I usually blame on my cheapo camera and lack of free time during natural light hours.  However, this book got me thinking about making a light box to at least get a little bit of improvement.  Any thoughts/experience with this?  Or do I really just need a better camera?

Finally, since no blog post is complete without a photo, I present my very first attempt at embroidery – a little likeness of Maggie all curled up in blissful sleep.  (Haha, of course it would be a cat!  Did you have any doubt?)  I made this in January of this year – not bad for my first try.  I found the cat pattern online here – give it a shot to honor the sweet kitty in your life.

Have a great night and happy crafting!

Cranking this embroidery OUT

01 Daisychain ABCs - V outsideMore outdoor embroidery!  : )  The only thing missing from this situation is a cold margarita freshly made by my own personal cabana boy.  Ahem.  : )  One day, ladies!

This weekend I put a decent amount of time into cranking out this Daisychain ABC sampler.  The end is so close… I can taste it!  Just a few more measly letters to go!  I had grand plans to buy a frame for the soon-to-be-finished piece this weekend, but I forgot like 3 different times.  Haha, oh well.  Next weekend perhaps.  For now, I’ve got U and V under my belt, with W well along its way.

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Daisychain ABCs: R, S, and T

Daisychain ABCs - RMy Daisychain ABC sampler is moving right along!

Today I embroidered the R, S, and T, and although I am usually in love with each letter as I finish it, this time I’m not really feeling the love.  I’ve definitely been enjoying the process of stitching, but none of these 3 letters has really wowed me.  The R came out pretty wonky, in my opinion.  See how all the branches are different lengths and the French knots don’t line up with each other?  Even the curlicues on the bottom are a little crooked.  What was I thinking???  Haha, I guess this poor letter will never live up to its older brother, the glorious Q.

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A kick-ass “Q” and an embroidery-gasm

Daisychain ABCs - QI am in love with this Q.  I know the photo quality is a little crappy (one day when I have a real salary I’ll get a better one!), but trust me, it is a thing of beauty.  I stitched it last night and have been admiring and petting it ever since.  Yes, I pet my embroidery.  I understand this is normal behavior.  : )

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Outdoor embroidery in my urban oasis

01 Daisychain ABCs outsideI’ve been happily stitching away on my Daisychain ABC sampler, and this afternoon I took it outside for a little fresh air.  There was a time when I was too embarrassed to sew/knit/etc. in public, but I guess I don’t care anymore now that I’m older and wiser.  In fact, I would encourage crafting in public at any and all opportunities.  : )  Anyway, I found a little patch of grass at a neighboring building, and although it wasn’t exactly a park, it was big enough to spread out with my beach chair and far enough from the street that I wasn’t inhaling car exhaust the entire time.  I’d call that a success!

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Daisychain ABCs and my satin stitching method

01 Daisychain ABCs - A-KToday I picked up my Daisychain ABCs sampler for the first time in about 2 months, and I had forgotten how much I absolutely love this project!  The absolutely stunning pattern is by the fabulous Alicia Paulson, creator of many other equally stunning patterns.  Although it’s meant to be a crewelwork sampler worked in crewel wool, I opted to do it in regular old DMC embroidery floss (for the budget-conscious crafter).  The background fabric is Kona Cotton in “earth.”  I would highly recommend this sampler for both beginner and advanced embroiderers, as it’s a great way to learn/practice new stitches and also makes a gorgeous piece that anyone would be proud to display. Not to mention the fact that working on it always puts me in the most relaxed “zen” mood – a truly enjoyable experience.

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Golden wishbones: finished!

Golden wishbones 01

Behold, the finished “golden wishbone” embroidery!  : )  I really like how this came out, despite my hesitation about the color choices earlier.  This is quite a departure from the colors I usually gravitate toward – blues and purples – but I think taking a little bit of a leap worked out in the end.  As I’ve mentioned before, this piece is a total knock-off of the fabulous Merriweather Council’s embroidered hoop wall art, so although I can’t take much credit for it, I’m excited to hang this little hoop of warmth in my apartment.  Yay for more completed embroidery projects!

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