Sunday, January 5, 2014

Better late than never

My TUSAL jar has lots of blue ORTS from Windswept with bit of reds and greens from Cherries nestled on the bottom. 

Some progress...

Happy Stitching!

~ Kinley Rose

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Wishes

Wishing you a joyful year full of prosperity, good health, and cheer!

What little stitch time I've eeked out this holiday season, has been spent on Windswept.

Here is my progress.

The fabric's marbling is so pretty, that I decided to forgo most of the background (sky) and jump right to the mermaid.

I'm having trouble putting her down.   Lots of confetti in this, but parking helps.  I'm using tent stitches, 2 over 1.  The fabric is 25ct. Lugana and I'm very pleased with the coverage.  The blues are more vibrant in person.

Until we meet again...

Happy Stitching!

~ Kinley

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Progress & Happy Dancing

I'm amazed to find this year winding down already.  2013 brought about major change in my life,  Some heartbreaking, some inspirational, some downright depressing, and some joyful, but all very necessary.  As I sit here watching the first snow of the season blanket my garden, I am thankful.

Here's what I've been working on:

I misplaced one of the colors needed to finish that last side of gate, and so started working the corners. Here the chart called for Petite Silk Lame Braid.  I enjoyed stitching with it.  PSL has a subtle metallic shine,  Nothing as obvious as Petite Treasure Braid, but enough shine to make the corners of your mouth lift a little.  Very nice!

I'd wanted to have Partridge framed and on the mantelpiece in time for the holiday season.  Didn't quite work out that way...

Have made good progress on Tribal Elephant.

And lastly a FINISH.  

Summer Fruit 4 - Cherries by Chatelaine Designs.  This is my first time stitching on black linen.  Even with the great tips I gleaned from the forums and friends, I still found working on black less of a challenge and more of a hassle.  It also made me less confident about the placement of those stitches which were new to me (scotch stitches in the leaves; woven stitches in the cherries, and queen stitches at the base of the cherries).  I'm satisfied with the overall outcome, but plan on staying away from black fabric in the future. I'll leave that headache for you more experienced (and patient) stitchers out there.

Happy Stitching!

~ Kinley

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Part 1? All done!

French Country has beads.  Many stitchers wait until the very end to add beads, but this piece has over 2,000 and I don't want to become overwhelmed and discouraged with endless beading at the finish line.  So I’ll bead as I go. 

I made a small start on Part 2 only to discover that I’m missing a color.  How did that happen?  Checked my stash tracker and sure enough, Thistle Patch – Gloriana #213 has a big “Need to Buy” next to it.  Well, didn't that just take the wind right out of my sail?  My LNS doesn't have the color in stock, so I had to order it online.  

Since we're halfway through 2013, I figured it was about time to pull out Partridge in a Pear Tree and put in a few stitches.  I lost all interest in this project once the holidays had passed, but I do want to have it done for Christmas this year.  The colors on this chart are vibrant and really pop on the fabric.  It's being stitched on 28 count linen in Vintage Country Mocha. 

When holding it up, it's hard to see that the design on the flower pot is a snowflake.  This picture makes me feel much better about having stitched it correctly. 

Wherever you are in the world, hope all is well, and thanks for stopping by!

~ Kinley Rose

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Slowly but surely...

French Country Kitchen Garden is coming along so slowly.   Part 7 was released earlier this month, but I’m still plugging away at Part 1.  I keep reminding myself that stitching is not a race.  Here is my labor of love.

I’m working on back stitching and beading this weekend.  The flowers on the bottom were all  charted yellow (Dinky Dyes 144), but I needed variety, so I mixed it up a little.  I used DMC 4100 for the spiky flowers and DMC 351 for the smaller Jessica stitches.  The larger Jessica stitches I kept yellow (DMC 3820).  And speaking of those dratted Jessica’s… .

By the time figured out what I was doing wrong, I was thoroughly in hate with them.  The trick is to turn the fabric to get the placement correct.  Eventually, I’ll go back and fix the funny looking ones, but for now, they will stay as stitched.

The weather has been holding and my garden has been calling me.  Sitting outdoors with a magnifier, however, is not feasible.  So my Feather Fairy has gotten a bit of attention.  

I've taken most of those sickly greens out and selected these golden yellows as replacement in her feather skirt.  

The chart calls for Krenik #4 Metallic Braid in colors #014 & #198.  I exchanged Krenik #014 with Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid #250.  PTB glides through fabric so smoothly; each stitch is like cutting through soft butter.  The Krenik, on the other hand, is rough and snags the fabric.  Threading a needle with it is an exercise in patience (three cheers for Thread Heaven).  But the effect can’t be beat.  It looks a little like crushed opals.  I wish I took better pictures. 

That's all for now. Thanks for looking. 

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

~ Kinley Rose

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March already?

Is it March already?  The last few weeks have just flown by and with "real life" being rather obnoxious, it's been hard trying to find some time for myself.  Whenever I can manage to grab a few hours, I pull out French Country Kitchen Garden.  Part 1 has been slow going with all of the confetti.  However, I am totally enamored with this piece.  Buttery browns, sweet and sticky pinks, delicate grays, bursts of blue, hardy greens; this palate is really speaking to me. With each color change, I find myself delighted and strangely at peace.  Funny how that happens.  

Finally gotten the knack of parking, and it has helped tremendously.  My little country cottage is making an appearance and that's helping to keep me motivated.

I've also managed a very small start on Windswept.  There won't be much to share for a while since the first few pages of this chart are almost exclusively 1 solid color – DMC 712.  But I’m determined to enjoy the background work.  Very little counting, no color changes, no needle swapping, no frustrated frogging.  To stave off color boredom, I picked a hand-dyed fabric to keep my senses happy.  The fabric is a 25 count Lugana called Stormy Skies.  It has this marbled grey/silvery green thing going on.  It's my first HAED and I'm hoping to have her all done by the end of this year.  Oh gosh -- is it March already?

And here is my TUSAL contribution for March 2013.  Most ORTS are from French Country. 

Happy Stitching!

~ Kinley Rose

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Peppermint Tea

We got a bit of snow dumped on us last night, so today is perfect for bundling up with peppermint tea and visiting my friends around the web.  I’d like to send a warm “thank you” to everyone who's stopped by to view my page.  I really appreciate your comments and am amazed that some of you took the time to follow little old me.  I’m making my way to your blogs and have been inspired by so many of you. 

Although I was awaiting the arrival of a custom cut piece of fabric that I’d ordered online, I couldn’t resist the temptation when I found myself less than a mile away from my LNS.  I ended up purchasing the fabric I needed to start my Chatelaine.  Mary at Ye Olde Cross Stitchery is such a dear.  She gave me some tips for cutting a yard of fabric down to fit multiple project sizes.  But I couldn’t stay to browse for long; the stitching bug was upon me. 

Once cut, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I considered whip stitching the edges, but decided to just leave them for now. 

French Country Kitchen Garden is the theme of Chatelaine Mystery XVI.  At first, I was nervous to commit to such a long-term project (12 parts over 12 months), but once I saw the colors in the materials list, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. The border colors in Part 1 really pop on Antique White.  Once this portion was all done, I just stared at it.  So pretty! 

I've started filling in the center.  Lots of confetti here, so I’m going try parking and see how that works for me.  There's still far to go on this part, but I'm enjoying the journey, and isn't that what it's really all about?  Until next time - Happy Stitching!

~ Kinley Rose