Monday, January 15, 2007

First 2007 Cross Stitch finish...

Well, I finished a cross stitch which is my first for 2007....

I used three strands on this and I wish I hadn't cause I really hate working with three strands of thread...I much prefer two strands. Anyway I had sent away for the threads on the cat.....Needle Necessities #147 terracotta. I think it gave kitty a nice little coat. I don't know how I'm going to finish it yet....I'm gonna investigate that. I did see where some people finished little pictures like this in a sorta tent form. I don't know the name of it or how they did it...but it wasn't in a frame and was free standing. If anyone knows, I'll listen. Last time a cross stitched I wasn't blogging or in any forums, so I'm learning all sorts of things.

I'm still working on my mastif and with the suggestions from other cross stitchers, I'm not continuing in the manner I was where I was doing ALL of one color then going to the next. I think that is what was messing me up. I'm going to work on one section at a time starting with the ear and working down.....I lose stitches the other way. Here's a pic of my progress.....




Obviously Christmas has passed so my neighbor won't get it then....but I'm sure I'll come up with some other date to give it to them.

And my JoAnn Fabrics gift card that was given to me by Santa Sweetie Man was burning a hole in my pocket so I splurged on some cross stitch stuff since that is what I've been doing more of with my crochet and knitting thrown inbetween. First I got some floss to fill in the spaces of my five boxes of floss I have now...



Then I bought some scrolls and a stand to hold my projects....I like this alot better than hoops.



With using coupons, I still have a wonderful $22.00 left over!! I think I done good!

So on this rainy rainy rainy (did I say it was raining!!!) weekend, I mostly cross stitched, played games with my son, the new gal pal, and Sweetie Man, cleaned up my cellar (aka basement to you non-Pittsburgh folks) and tonight I plan on finishing up my first crochet project for 2007....tho it isn't really that big of a project. Oh, and watching a new Wife Swap.....and tomorrow.....AMERICAN IDOL!!! WOO-HOO! The puppies are driving me a little bonkers being holed up in the house so much with all the rain....they are definately stir crazy! Hopefully things will get a little dryer in the next couple of days!

So, ladies (and gents) that's about it from Rainy Craft Central......till next time, yinz crazy guys...... (don't forget those comments for the Blogiversary surprise drawing!)

19 Comments:

stitcherw said...

Kitty's list turned out very cute. I think what you are thinking about doing as a finish is a flatfold. I haven't done one yet, but they look fun. I found this like when I was looking for instructions on how to make one, hope it helps.
http://institches.batcave.net/mystitching/flatfold/flatfold.html
Sue

sydney said...

Cute kitty to do list!. the Mastif is looking good too. I know nothing about cross stitch so I help there.

Jen said...

Great job on the kitty and Mastiff. Sorry that the kids are going a little bonkers being cooped up inside!
-Jen

Sue said...

Congrats on your first 2007 finish. Your stitching is very nice.

Madelyn said...

I love the kitty list. It is adorable. Great job.

Christy said...

You have some great projects going there!! I have no advice though, I'm just a beginner.

Sue said...

Nice looking projects! I like the frame and stand. Did they come together? I need a stand for sure. The Girl and I will be watching every crazy episode of AI!

Donna said...

I like using the stands better too whenever I cross stitch.

Isabelle said...

Oh, that's a lovely kitty piece you stitched! :) I love the rendering of the cat's fur.

Alexis said...

Very cute! Not sure exactly how to finish the kitty thing, but it would be cute to do one from the dog too and put them side by side somehow.

Cindy said...

Your stitching is looking fantastic. I love kitts list!!! That is such a cute piece!!!

Great buys too!! Congrats!

Darlene said...

ooh, I like them both! The kitty one is sooo cute.

Dipsy said...

I can't believe how gorgeous your cross stitch projects are! The kitty-to-do-list totally cracked me up, yep, that's so true for our little furry ones! ;) And what a beautiful dog project!

kansas crochet mom said...

wow amazing!

Vik said...

I LOVE Kitty´s list!!!!!

I´m spending the whole month January at the beach -summer holidays here- that´s why I´m not visiting so often as usual here, Lucy!

Mimi said...

I havent been able to comment as much as I wanted to, since blogger and google sometimes dont load here. Right now, I couldnt see the first pic on this post (just an X).
The mastif is really looking good!

Brandy said...

Beautiful Cross stitch projects Lucy! I missed American Idol. *pouts* Oh well, hopefully I will get to catch it soon again, I think. Miss you! Hugs!

Heidi said...

Great job on the kitty and when I saw that you weren't sure how to finish a flat fold popped into my head, lol. I found one that is a no sew one if you want. Heres the link: http://institches.zap3x.com/mystitching/flatfold/flatfold.html

I agree with you I like the stand much better than the hoops. :)

BeckySC said...

Hi Lucy :)
Thanks for stopping by to visit with me :) I appreciate it and enjoy all visitors :)

Very nice stitching :)