Archive | January 2012

TUSAL 29 Jan 2012

So, a little later than I should be with this, but here’s my TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch A Long) post:

For those who don’t know what the TUSAL is all about, here’s a link: http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2011/11/totally-useless-stitch-long.html.  TUSAL is where you post a picture of your ORTs (old raggy threads) to date.

As you can see, unlike almost everyone else, I don’t use a jar, I use a froggy bit bag.  He was a Polstitches kit: http://www.polstitchesdesigns.co.uk/polspetitedesigns.htm.

I emptied him out at the start of January, so he’s not very full yet.  There’s a lot of blue, red and sparkly thread from my Christmas Tree, of which more in a moment.  What you can’t see is the oodles of invisible thread ends left over from attaching beads to the same Christmas Tree!

Happy dance, because the Christmas Tree is finished! Yay!

This is a design by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia, stitched with all the recommended Crescent Colors Silks and Mill Hill beads and treasures on 32 count Permin linen.

Here’s a close-up of the beading; I’ve stitched the small beads on diagonally with a half cross stitch, because I find it’s the only way to get the long strings of them (that Nora seems to like) to lie properly, but the big beads are attached with a whole cross stitch so that they lie horizontally.

So, in the interests of reducing my works in progress, I’ve picked up this, DMC’s Blackwork map:

This is how it is now.  I’ve not worked on this one for a long time, I seem to remember getting bored with doing the long line of little ships.

I may start another new one from the extensive stash when I’ve done this one, we’ll see.

Tiger Reflection is going well.  I’m doing this one exclusively at work, during my lunchtime.  I only get half an hour for lunch, so it’s usually only two or three threads, but it seems to be coming along.

At least now you can see the tiger!  I discovered a hideous counting error, but it’s far enough back that I’m not going to frog it, and I think I’ve managed to cover it up.

My cold didn’t last very long, which was good, although I was enjoying the lemon and honey tea.   Thanks to everyone who wished me well.

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8 Jan 2012, WIPocalypse

Well, more good news.  I finished Sunset – A Gracious Era on Thursday night:

I’m taking Dimensions Gold Petites – Tiger Reflection to work to work on during lunchtimes, this is how it was when I picked it up:

And, since I’ve had such a roll with finishing WIPs (7 since just before Christmas), I treated myself to a new start on Thursday night.  Nora Corbett’s Christmas Tree 2008 (part of the epic stash).  This is how it stands as of tonight:

It’s going really quickly, partly because while I was fighting a really nasty eye problem recently, I discovered the value of enlarging charts and using a highlighter pen to mark off what’s done.  Twenty years of cross stitch, and I only discover this now!  I haven’t made a mistake since I discovered this (obviously I will now…)

In other news, I have a stinky sore throat, courtesy of the other half, so now I’m off to see what honey throat treatments I can find (we have sooo much honey in the house, I might as well use some.)