Needle-wielding Fun

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well and had enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! :) I ended up spending some wonderful time at my quilting mentor’s house sewing and watching part of “Persuasion” with her.

Since I am waiting for fabrics to get started being swamped again with quilting projects, I had some down time to work on some needlework projects. I have been smocking away on my dotted Swiss (pictures will come later)…

But for now, I will show you the progress I have made on my “bears” cross-stitch:

This is from a couple of weeks ago:

A few stitches here, a few stitches there…

(showing you the “before the latest” picture):

Pretty soon, you will see —

1) a complete spool of fancy ribbon and some new spools of threads in the forming:

2) a growing appendage:

3) and a somewhat noticeable progress compared to the “before the latest” picture:

Compare to my goal, I have a long way to go.  And to think I had thought when I started earlier this year that I would have this completed in time for this year’s county fair (which coming up in less than two weeks)!!  Bwa-hahahahahaha!!! :)  That was pretty naive of me, wasn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by for my work-in-progress show and tell today!  I hope you have a blessed day.  And remember, if you in the middle of reaching toward a big goal — baby steps will eventually get you there! :)  I am stitching right along with you…

Now you see it…

(from last week),

Now you see it even better:

With some outline stitching:

I am never a big fan of outline stitching because it feels like I am working on an area I have already worked on. But following the design and actually doing as the design says makes a whole of difference in showing forth what’s being stitched. So, I will be doing outline stitches along with the normal cross-stitches just so that I won’t be left with miles and miles of outline stitches waited to be stitched when I am done with the cross-stitch part.

I hope you enjoy your week!


Thanks to antipersonnel for awarding me:

Are we there yet?

Well, not quite, not even close – but we are closer than before. See pictures for comparison:

As a stitcher, it is not a matter of how fast I get something finished except that if I get something completed faster, I can work on yet another new design. But I also cherish the process so that I can associate a particular piece of stitchery with different memories from different stages of my life. Okay, I think I am romanticizing this a little bit. ;)

Have a beary wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

And it is…..

… it is… a teddy bear! You may click here for flashback:

Actually, it is going to be a series of teddy bears!

This is a cross-stitch kit I had picked up at the store because it was on clearance. It’s a kit from Dimensions’ “Gold Collection” because it involves stitching with metallic gold threads. I decided that it looked fun enough to do. I am ever so very slowly trying to turn my sewing room into a sewing studio (that’s the term fancy designers call their work room!), and thought the finished product would look at home in a “sewing” environment! But as you can see, I have a looooong way to go, which is okay – because I am ever so very slowly trying to turn my sewing room into a sewing studio…

All this talk about bears, I would like to give a bear hug to my readers at the beginning of a new week – have a great week, everyone!

p.s. I have more updates this week – stay tuned!