Friday, 21 April 2017

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone has had a good April so far and the weather is treating you well. It has been feeling very spring-like here, although we still had snow early this week. I am excited to start gardening and seeing everything turn green. 

Everything has been going well here. I have finished up the course requirement for my Master's degree and now will be focusing on my research and thesis. My partner's job has been going well and he has been busy with that. We are planning on getting a new-to-us vehicle and am looking forward to a bigger vehicle for hauling the canoe this summer. With the courses done I will also be having more of my evenings off and will be able to do more stitching! I have also been watching a lot of sports as baseball ramps up and the nhl playoffs have started (and finished for some). This first round is always fun, even though my team is out. 

Now on to stitching:

Go and see the other GG posts on Jo's blog to see the other projects that the group has worked on. A quick reminder that my two gift projects are the Kingfisher and the Coastal View. 

I have done a fair amount of work this last month, but I have not finished the Kingfisher yet. I am planning to have it done by the end of the month but I am not sure I am going to make it. I am also not sure how I feel about the backstitching on the bird. The model did not stitch it and the painting also did not have the black lines. I think that it looks alright but I am not sold and might pull it out and use a dark-ish blue instead. Any thoughts? How does it look to someone who has not stared at the piece for hours?

Here is the total piece at the end of page 2. I had not backstitched the bird yet:


And a  up-close of page 2 before and after the backstitching:











You can see how stark the black and white the backstitching is on the bird and I prefer a quieter backstitching for a nature piece. I will decide how it looks when the whole piece is done and I haven't looked at it for a couple of days. 


The other work that I have done is the Coastal view. I am almost done the path (on this page) and then I will do the backstitching and start on the buildings.  



This is a great travel projects and as the days get longer I get to do more stitching as we drive so it is getting more hours and is growing quickly. 

See everyone in a couple of weeks,

Bekah


Monday, 27 March 2017

March Gifted Gorgeousness and Wipocalypse

Hello Everyone,

The first day of Spring has come and gone here and it is starting to warm up a bit. Pretty grey out today but it is so much nicer than last week. Definitely spring is in the air, I am excited for when the trees start budding and turning green.

I am going to do a combined post for both GG and Wipocalypse because I am so late (looks like you aren't the last one checked-in Alicia). Check out Jo's blog Serendipitous Stitching for everyone else's gifted projects. All my updates this month are gifts to family and the Coastal View is both a gift from Lulu and will be a gift to my sister.

As I mentioned in my last post, work has been keeping me away from stitching. Once the semester ends half way through April I should be able to get on a more consistent stitching schedule (and posting schedule)

I did have a new start and finish on a smaller design however and this will be a gift to my partner. This was my own design that I had originally started in cross stitch (twice) and then I decided to use a variety of specialty stitches. I am really happy with how it came out and will definitely be making a set of these. Below is two pictures of the started cross stitch version and the final version.

Stopped in December 2015
14 count Aida
DMC theads
Original design

Stopped in April 2016
32 count white linen
DMC threads
Original design

Started: March 2017
Finished: March 2017
Grey cotton
DMC threads
Original design


I also worked on the Kingfisher which will be a gift to my parents. I have finished most of the colours in the bird and am done about half of the background. I still need to do some of the backstitching in the bird and a bit more in the branches. I am still really enjoying this piece and am aiming to finish it up very soon. The white background is difficult to show well in the picture, I am hoping when the darker threads are added it will show up better.

Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen
Started: July 7, 2016


I have also done some more on the Coastal View and this will continue to be my travel piece. I have gotten to the far bottom of the piece and am working towards the left corner.


The question for this month's Wipocalypse is "What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?"
So I follow many blogs (see the side bar) and some flosstube vlogs. I am not present on facebook so do not belong to any groups. I follow both the blogs and the flosstube videos to stay current with the stitching community and to support others who enjoy my hobby. 

Check out Measi's blog for everyone's update on their WIPs. 

Be back soon!

xxoo Bekah



Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February WIPocalypse

Hello Everyone,

The month has just flown by here and I have not had as much time to stitch as I would like. Isn't it always that way though!

Here are my quick updates:

Coastal View
Dimensions Gold Collection Kit
18 count ivory Aida

The backstitching really adds detail to this piece and brings out the shapes. I am really excited for this scene to come together, the cafe area looks so quaint and refreshing surrounded by the greenery. Haven't hit the edge in any direction yet though, maybe for the next check in.

Kingfisher

Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen


Am now completely in the sky and back to doing full crosses with two strands  (bird and branch). I have finished the darker colours in the Kingfisher and just need to add the oranges and whites. I also need to fill in a lot of the sky (see the faint white patch above the bird?). I am planning for another page finish before next check in.

The Dryad has only had a couple more blocks put in so I will show it next month.

The question this month is: What is you favorite stitch (other than cross)?
My favorite is the stem stitch or the leaf stitch as I can really see the effect. I do not have a lot of experience with specialty stitches and am planning on doing more projects that incorporate them in. The effect of backstitching is very clear in many of my pieces (Coastal View) but I find it difficult to make the thread lie flat and stay where it belongs consistently so it does not make the favorite list.

Head over to Measi's blog to see everyone else's favorite stitch!

Xoxo,
Bekah

Monday, 20 February 2017

Kingfisher Page Finish

Hello,

Back one day later with a page finish. I had a relaxing day at home and was able to finish up the 3rd page in the Kingfisher design. So I am more than half way done and will be starting on the bird and the sky for the next two pages. I would still like to have this done by the end of March and so will be focusing on it before going back to the Dryad.

Here is a picture of the piece to date:

And here is a picture of the final design. I am excited to get into the bright oranges and yellows on the kingfisher in this next page. 


Have a good week everyone!
Bekah


Sunday, 19 February 2017

February Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello Everyone,

A couple of days late for this one, but I have a fair amount to show. I have been very busy with work so I have not had as much time to stitch as I would like.

Coastal View:
Dimensions Gold Collection Kit
18 count ivory Aida

This is coming along fairly well and I am enjoying this, particularly when driving. I am going to start doing some more of the backstitching which will define the shapes. The little cafe sign looks great though and I like the umbrellas.

Kingfisher:
Stitching Studio Design
32 count white linen

I am almost done this page! I will post when I am done, which should be a couple of days and will show the whole design. Still mostly on track for this piece if I give it some more time during March.

Check out Jo and see who else had gift-related stitching.

See everyone in a couple of days,

Bekah

Sunday, 29 January 2017

January WIPocalypse Check-in

Hello Eveyone,

I have not done a ton of stitching lately as work has been extremely busy. I am hoping to be reaching a steady state point soon and making room for stitching. The question this month is what SALs do you belong to this year. I only belong to two; WIPocalypse and Gifted Gorgeousness. I am interested in some of the monthly update ones but have not gotten involved in any yet.

This month I worked on my HAED and the Kingfisher piece. I put in a couple of stitches in the Coastal view but not enough to show.

Dryad:


Kingfisher:




I have about 4 more columns on the Dryad before the page is finished and I would like to have that done by GG in February. And I want another page done on the Kingfisher. It is a reachable goal if I have a couple of days of stitching. 

Head over to Measi's blog and see everyone else's update.

Have a good stitchy week everyone,

Bekah

Sunday, 15 January 2017

January 2017 GG

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first check-in of the year for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness. Pop over to her blog to see the other gift-related projects worked on this month. I have two projects to show today; one is a gift from Lucy and the other is a gift for my parents.

The Coastal view is a dimensions kit and has been my travel piece for the last month. I have managed to finish two of the umbrellas and part of the pink building, but have not done any of the backstitching. I am not sure if I am going to leave it till the end of each page or when I finish a section as it really adds to the piece.



I started the Kingfisher piece last year  and have completed the first of five pages. This page is mostly water, with a little bit of reeds in the bottom right (not stitched yet) and the beak of the native symbol. I am really enjoying the colours in this one and will finish the page in the next week.


Hope everyone has had a good start to the year and is getting lots of stitching done.

Bekah