First finish of the summer

Here is my first finish of the summer! I have pretty much been bedridden from surgery so I was able to finish this piece in the last 3 weeks. I usually rotate my projects after a couple days, but I have been really trying to complete one of these never ending WIPs! This is the second pillow I have finished in the Donna Vermillion Giampa series, the first being Pumpkins. This is Hydrangeas, done on 28 count evenweave, I believe the fabric color is called mushroom.

I would really like to finish Biancabella this summer, and I plan on giving pattern darning a try for a possible art/sci project.

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Lavender and Dragons

The flu and insomnia are not a good combination as it is 1am and I am still wide awake. I have been straightening up my stash because I want to enter in some Art/Sci competitions in the next year, and I am also participating in some Mirabilia stitch-a-longs that I will post when I start them in the new year! Although I have mostly done cross stitch, I am trying to branch out in some different types of embroidery. Here is a little piece I did to practice some different stitches. I might put some weights on the edges to turn it into a mug cover.

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Here is another epic piece I have been working on for a long time, just need to finish some beading! It is Celestial Dragon by Teresa Wentzler. It is the first piece I really worked with blending filament and seed beads. It is approximately 11″x14″ on 32 count linen.

I bought a couple of historical coif patterns I hope to start working on this year. I love embroidery and would really like to branch out into more fiber and textile arts as I go along! I am also working on a large long arm cross stitch void work piece, I will post pics of it soon.

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Completed projects

Here are some things I have actually completed:

Blue Belle by Hummel. Done on 14 count Aida, 10×20. This is one of my earliest completed pieces and one do my favorites. My grandparents had a Hummel piece hanging in their dining room that my aunt did, so I always wanted to do one. I’m glad I dated this one, looks like I did it in 2004. I have some more Hummel patterns, maybe one day…

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This is a piece I did for my grandfather, who I miss very much. It was also hanging in his house and it was given back to me when he died. Now it is hanging in my sister’s house with a couple of other pieces. I don’t remember where I got the pattern, probably Just Cross Stitch magazine. It is a view of Tuscany. Done on 14 count Aida (I think)

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This is one of my favorite pieces I have ever done. It is called Enchanted Alphabet by Lavender and Lace. Done on 28 count ivory evenweave. It needs a bit of ironing, I used to be very against using hoops and always used hand tension, which is probably why I have arthritis in my 30s… So needless to say now I use hoops 🙂 my sister has this one as well, I would like to make another one to put in Pickle and Piglet’s room.

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Last but most certainly not least, this is the most difficult one I have completed thus far. According to the designer, there are just about 20,000 stitches in it. I completed it for my father. It is called Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles. It is on BLACK 28 count evenweave. If you have never stitched on black fabric let me tell you, it was not easy. You have to work with a light behind the work because otherwise you can’t see the holes! I also used a variegated gold shaded silk. I’m glad I did this one, because I will probably never stitch on black linen again. Here is a link to some other people’s completed pieces : Cercles Gallery

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Pillows

I should probably preface this post by reiterating that I love cross stitch. Before I had these wonderful children of mine, I could sit and sew for hours straight. I like to joke with my husband Cairbre that the only non child memory I have is sitting on the couch watching a 15 hour Angel and Buffy marathon and just sitting and working on a cross stitch. I literally have over a thousand patterns. I have binders and binders of them from years of magazine collecting and shopping on eBay when someone’s aunt/grandma/neighbor died and left them with a similar hoarder collection they don’t want. One such collection I have worked for years to collect is the Donna Vermillion Giampa pillow series that include fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seasons. They were published in Just Cross Stitch magazine over a dozen or so years and I am proud to say I have finally collected them all, Pokemon style. My plan, upon finishing them, is to make them into pillowcases and rotate them out.

The first one is a pumpkin pattern. It is done on 28 count evenweave over 2. I have two very small sections to finish on this one:

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Next is a hydrangea pillow, also done on 28 count evenweave over 2.

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Deepest Love

Here is one of my oldest projects – Deepest Love by Mirabilia. Nora Corbett is one of my favorite designers, she has several mermaids I would like to eventually complete. This piece is on 32 count Zweigart blue linen over 2. The stitching is complete, I have a small amount of beading to do as well as some back stitch for the scales. I chose this piece first because it has been sitting in my UFO pile for some time and I would really like to finish it and get it in a frame!

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