Thursday, 31 May 2012

Small Motif Mood

Recently I have felt like working on smaller, quick projects. Its a nice feeling to get once you have stitched the last stitch in your project and you can sit and admire for a while. Here are my two latest stitches:

Pretty Pink Ballerina from my stash

There are 11 other designs to go with the ballerina so I am contemplating stitching two more and then using some of that pretty pink floral and paisley fabric to turn them into a little tote bag for a girl and her dancing gear.

Oriental Dragonflies by Joan Elliott
I was going to turn this one into a pincushion but silly me forgot to make sure I had enough of the fabric of the same shade of white to do a different smaller pattern on the other side. I was then going to make four small tassels and put them on all four corners. Now I think I am going to have to frame it with some fabric and make a small wall hanging with it.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Another Finish! Well Kind of!

I came across this cross stitch kit in the storage room yesterday. My nan had originally given it to me about 8 years ago since she was never going to get around to doing it. Well I plan on surprising her again with another finished cross stitching to hang in her house. The kit is called "Vintage Shoes" and it is a Bucilla cross stitch kit.

For those of you who don't know my nan or have never been in her house you would find that this cross stitching would fit right in with her style. She has cabinets full of gorgeous beaded purses and little shoes and so many other things that sparkle and glitter. It never ceases to amaze me every time I go to visit her, I am constantly noticing new things every time I go and look. I now realize where I get my obsession with sparkles and girly stuff from!

Anywho this is how far I have gotten:

The shoe is completely finished. It is done on 28 count off white I think and done 2x2. Took me just under a day to do it. It probably would have taken less time if I didn't have to go and hunt in my DMC stashes to make sure I sorted the threads into the right colors for the pattern. I eventually ditched about half of the threads in the kit because I couldn't be bothered anymore trying to figure out what was what and just used this handy tool: Floss Conversion Chart to help me figure out the right floss colors from my personal stash for my project.

I am thinking of stitching up these three shoes as individual pieces as well to either give one each to my aunties or just have three I can hang up in a room together. But we shall see if I lose interest in the idea once this one is completed.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

New Christmas Cross Stitching Designs

I have been playing around on my cross stitch Pattern Maker tonight and I designed this new Noel pattern for Christmas. Since its Christmas in July soon I thought I should get a head start on my patterns. Here is a little preview of it:

"Noel" Designed by Alluring Cross Stitch Cost: $5

My inspiration for this design came from the story "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr.Seuss. Its a fun and whimsical stitch that would look wonderful in any room either framed, made into an ornament or placed into a card for that special someone. In it is Mill Hill Beads in red and green with Krienik #4 very fine braid in gold that adorn the present, wreath, ornament, heart and Christmas tree. The letters of Noel are back stitched in gold too, but if you feel that is too much you can always opt for using a gold colored thread. The stitch count is 106 stitches wide and 52 stitches high and it is full cross stitches, no fractional stitches.

Another one I have recently finished is this one:

"Tall Snowman" Designed by Alluring Cross Stitch Cost: $4

I have two more I am working on to go along with this snowman. I was actually thinking of making a back side that is cross stitched as well and you then sew the two sides together to make an ornament for the tree. Just an idea, would have to play around with it a bit more. This does not have any special threads or beads in it, however if you wanted to you could use black beads for the eyes and mouth. The design measures 28 stitches wide and 49 stitches high.

And one last one for this post:

"Quilted Snowman" By Alluring Cross Stitch Cost: $5

Another happy little snowman! He looks as if he has been hand-stitched together so he doesn't fall apart. He was my original snowman I first designed and still has to be my favorite. I stitched him up the day I designed him but I gave away that stitching to my grandma for Christmas last year. Only took one day of stitching to complete him. He measures 42 stitches wide and 56 stitches tall.

If you're interested in purchasing these patterns please refer to the "Alluring Cross Stitch" tab at the top of the page to find out how to do so.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Winter Fairy Update

I have been working on my Josephine Wall's Winter fairy cross stitching recently. I had lost my stitching bug there for a few weeks but finally forced myself to pick it up again and start working on her some more. I am almost 3/4 done the first page, then after there there is only one other full page left to do and the rest is partial pages! The wings are starting to show more and the photo does not do it justice for all the colors in this cross stitching.

I am going to work a little more on it tonight I think. Won't have much time to work on it the next few days with my birthday on Thursday and my brother and auntie are coming to visit on the weekend, which means a lot of late nights playing cards and being loud lol.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

New Project Continued

I was playing around with the idea of making a Christmas Ornament so to be fit I used some Christmas colors, red, green, gold and a crystal colors were used. As with the other previous one I did I included some Swarovski crystals into the bead embroidery to add the extra sparkle.

I went on and did this snowflake. It measures 25 stitches by 25 stitches done on 32 count linen. I went with sparkle silver colored beads and paired it with light blue Swarovski crystal beads. I think it looks very delicate and pretty. Only took me about an hour and a half to do this one: I am most likely going to stitch up a few more of this one and turn them into ornaments for Christmas in July in my Etsy store. I will experiment using golds and different colors of beads to achieve different effects.

If you're interested in purchasing any of these projects as is to do your own project with please don't hesitate to contact me. I am open to reasonable offers.