I wasn’t sure I was ever going to post another update, as my last update created too much opportunity for harassment from the thought police, since being a conservative in America is to be persecuted openly and loudly at every opportunity. Just to be clear, you can shout at me all you want, call me names, tell me how ignorant I am – that tack is definitely NOT going to change my way of thinking. If that really is all the interaction you choose to have, just save us both the trouble and don’t bother, delete this notification and cancel your subscription. If, on the other hand, you want to take personal responsibility for how you react to feelings that mere words can provoke, and can ignore that I may not check all of your social or identity criteria boxes, then please read on for 9 months of stitching updates, and Welcome to my stitchy corner 🙂
On a side note, this blog, and others I had before it, is not really a forum for social debate; this blog is a TOOL used to chronicle events in MY life, through my chosen medium of needlework. It’s not really here to agree or disagree with; it’s to read or disregard as the individual sees fit. There can be no right or wrong for the reader; if you feel otherwise, you may need to seek professional help.
So, DRAGONS (not in chronologically-worked order):
Well, that ol’ Tracy Horner of Ink Circles definitely knows my number; she has released a series of Elemental Dragons, which I of course had to have before they were even released to the wild. I have taken a somewhat literal interpretation of them.
First, we have Elemental Dragon: Earth, which I did on earthy-colored fabric, using organic colored floss – meet Earth on Oh My Moose from Fiberlicious, using Green Tea Waterlilies from Caron:
Next we have Elemental Dragon: Water, done on Calypso’s Cay from Under the Sea, using Gloriana Deep Blue Sea (one of my favorite colors):
Then we have Elemental Dragon: Air, done on Vintage Stormy Clouds, using Thread Gatherer Wild Blue Yonder:
Elemental Dragon: Fire is pending; I thought I had colors picked (PTP Phoenix and a Thread Gatherer silk), but rethought it a couple of times, and am now awaiting the arrival of a different fabric (was going to be WDW Banana Popsicle, which, apparently, is not a popular color, so I gave up waiting for it to be dyed, and have opted for a different yellow). Hopefully it will be started/completed not too far into the new year.
But that’s not all! I then got on a kick to try to locate some of the TW dragon charts that I missed, when I wrongly assumed they would always be around; I scoured ebay and my dragon-collecting friends, and managed to fill in a number of holes. I even found a copy of the Best Of Fantasy Collection #1 book for a decent price, even though I’ve done many of the charts, or owned the leaflets, already – I just wanted to have the book, too. Forget the 2nd one – it’s made of unobtainium, aka $2-400. Nope. So anyway, my friend Paula has loaned me her leaflet for Fortunate Traveler, which I have put a decent dent in:
This is on a piece of 28ct fabric that I got from a friend’s de-stash; unfortunately, I didn’t look at it closely, and the left side is not cut straight, so I am going to have a very narrow margin when I get to the bottom of this. It’ll work for framing, but I’ll have to add fabric to it to stretch it to stitch it. Damn it, I’ve never had an issue with that before, even when I knew I had fabric that wasn’t cut straight (crazy bird lady’s shop, anyone?). Meh, I’ll work through it, eventually.
And that’s still not all! There is a serious dragon theme to this year, as you can see. So of course, my Dragon Quaker had to come out for a spin, in which 2 dragons and a few other motifs made their appearance:
Not a great photo, sorry; you can’t see the sparkle on the dragons at all here, but trust me, they are sparkly 🙂
That’s a lot of dragons for one year!
Next up: PATRIOTS:
Some of you may remember that I had stitched Bent Creek’s Glory several years ago; well, when DH left his long-time job, he forgot to grab that framed piece (it was over his cube wall), and by the time he went back to get it the next day, it had been taken by one of his former co-workers. I hope they enjoy it in good health, freaking thieves…. So I re-stitched it, using different materials. I think the first one was on 28ct monaco, and the threads were all cotton from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe; this time (after I re-bought the chart), I did it on 36ct linen from Vikki Clayton, and used silks from Vikki Clayton and Thread Gatherer. I haven’t gotten it re-framed yet – the To Be Framed pile is mountainous at the moment 🙁
I also saw a small freebie online, 1776, and started it while I was waiting for one of my dragon orders to arrive, so I haven’t finished it yet:
And then, one of the Mill Hill kits in my travel bag begged to be started – Home of the Brave, which is on really stiff aida, which I kept because I didn’t have any other suitable white fabric on hand, and I wasn’t going to wait to order any.
Also from the Travel Bag, as my local group has been meeting online via Webex:
started last year when we were still meeting in person, By the Bay’s Meadow Hills, on Star Sapphire jobelan:
Also from the travel bag, though it hadn’t been out for a few years until I started the 3rd piece last year, Long Dog’s Foursome Reel; I am working on the multi-color piece, though am using the same colors I used for the other two pieces, Gloriana Elizabethan Green, Red Clay and Antique Gold on Shadowbrook from Silkweaver in various counts; I’m placing the colors randomly rather than as the chart suggests.
As many know, Long Dog released a freebie on the world this summer, aptly re-titled Pandemic, and of course, I jumped onto that bandwagon with everyone else 🙂 I went back and forth on fabric, first choosing a plain white to go with black silk from Silks4U, but then decided white was too boring, and I really wanted the reddest red I could find. Enter Fall Flame from Fiberlicious:
This is probably one of the prettiest pieces of fabric I have ever stitched on 🙂
Of course, Halloween being my favorite holiday, saw some stitching, even though my walls are jam packed in October; one of the things was an ornament, which actually made it onto the Halloween tree before the end of October:
That tiny ornament didn’t quite satisfy my need for Halloween stitches, so Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow came out, and I finished the center Witch panel, and got the Sinking Ship panel at least halfway done (so much water! These blocks are deceptive!):
When I updated last, I was working, finally, on Lady & Unicorn, with plans to finish a page; I did that, and got a good bit of the next page done, too. This row is not too far from done! Of course, my “not too far” can still be measured in years when it comes to this project, but I am just glad that I can enjoy working on this again 1) when my neuropathy isn’t too bad and 2) the Scarlet Quince stitch app makes this pattern that much easier to manage (I’m not planning to convert to all-device stitching – I work on multiple screens 10-11 hours a day, staring at a screen more is not my idea of a good time).
I had also posted my finish of Chatelaine’s Secret Victorian Garden; I needed to put all the leftovers from the kit away, but included with the original class files was a small “tryout” design that Martina sometimes included with the older files, which used all of the fibers and delicas used in the bigger mandala. I had it sitting here kitted for some time, so did it in between other projects, so I could finally put all the bits away. On 28ct Sapphire from Silkweaver – not sure what I will do with it yet – box top? Pincushion or ornament? Dunno…
To close out this god-awful year, I broke out another long-kitted Chatelaine “freebie”, from the 2006 Advent gifts Martina released to the support group – the Snowflake! I have dithered over fabric for this for a long time, and despite trying literally every color in my stash, I couldn’t come up with anything better, so here is the snowflake, right at the beginning of the miles of silver PTB, on 28ct Snowstorm from Silkweaver:
I will be adding more beads than charted – because that’s what I do 🙂
And that is what I have been doing when not working all through this horrible year. I don’t think I am alone in saying that I am not going to miss 2020. I don’t know what the coming year will bring, but the horizon looks dark to me – I hope I am wrong, but it feels like we’ve maybe reached the end of … something. Anyway, here’s to the new year, whatever it may bring – may we all have the strength to persevere….