Friday, August 1, 2014

Theme-a-licious July/August

Although my main focus for Jubilee July was celebrating Christmas, I started off with something different. Around here, there is always a huge celebration when Spring arrives! So I did some work on Spring Garden Gate.

I took a couple shots of to show the cool knotted stitch (actually a knotted stitch this time!) below the bunnies in progress. There will be three layers eventually. I'll get some better closeups for my next progress picture. That first shot is of the first layer...
...and this second one is of half of the second layer done. I didn't get around to finishing it, was time to move on to celebrating Christmas!

First I worked on this lovely ornament by Milady's Needle.
It's lovely, but it's also on 40 count. FORTY! COUNT!! Therefore, I can only work on it during the day...the lighting I have isn't good enough to work on it at night. I think I started it last January and quickly had to put it away because there weren't enough daylight hours! (Remember my celebration of Spring? I desperately dislike Winter. After two weeks once I've worn all my sweaters once, what's the point??)

Then, I put in some serious work on Dancer.
He's coming along nicely; but I discovered I was missing a color of Kreinik. It's on the way, but it may be a while, since I took advantage of the Picture This Plus Christmas in July sale. I was very good and only ordered one piece of fabric for a chart I already have!

I did get some work done on a nice little squirrel ornament, but I neglected to get a picture!

On the "setting projects free"...well, I did start to go through my stash, but so far I only identified one kit that can go away. ;)

Now let's talk about THIS month, which is...

Author! Author! August
The words are speaking this month! Hunt out those WIPs with a verse or two. It's time those projects with words and sentences grew.

I've already pulled some projects for the month. I may even start one, because I'm not sure the others are "wordy" enough. ;)

So how was Jubilee July? Was your stitching a celebration or did you want to set it ALL free? What will your needle write for August? Please add your link below (to your latest Theme-a-licious post), and visit some other Themers if you can (everyone loves comments and encouragement!) Our next post will be on September 1st.


Beth said...

Spring Garden Gate is amazingly complex! And oh, I do enjoy a reindeer!

gracie said...

Very nice Dancer

Bea said...

I like them all, especially Dancer. Such a great variety!

SoCal Debbie said...

Garden Gate is so beautiful! I wouldn't even try 40 ct. Wow!

Dancer looks 3-D, like he's jumping right off the fabric!

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching x

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely celebrations this month. Dancer is amazing, especially the ribbon, I had to look twice to see if it was a real ribbon you'd draped across the stitching!

Melanie said...

I'm with you - I need REALLY good light for 40 count. It's just impossible to see sometimes. I don't think I've ever seen a knotted stitch before? It looks tricky. What a neat looking stitch though.

jocondine said...

Spring garden gate looks so delicate and Dancer grows in strenght.
TaL : great to be allowed to be talkative in stitching.

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