Christie's Cross Stitch Creations

Sunday, September 8, 2019

2019 Year of Starts

Well Fall is upon us! Still some warm days here in Central NC, highs still in the 90's still feels like Summer here but anyway.....

                                                           
                                                        HAPPY FALL YA'LL

Been  Mid-July since I have even had a chance to post here in Blogland and I am sorry the post are few and far between. Life such as it is has been busy for me with work and home life, running errands and Dr. Appts.(husband's)


Stitching and Swedish weaving have taken over here when I can find time to actually sit and relax and pick up a needle , Not much of either has been going on. 2 large projects I hope to finish by Christmas is looking like it's NOT going to happen. Many small on-the-go projects but have little time to work on those as well.

#1 Large Project Winter Wildlife Christmas. This one I am hoping to finish by Christmas
#2 Large Project. I don't have a picture of it on the computer but it's Vintage Merry Christmas


#3 Project- Autumn Cat found in Just Cross Stitch issue October 2019

                                                             Just Cross Stitch Magazine


                                           you can purchased it here ^. I get the digital issue
                                                 

#4 Project is a bookmark by Chelsea Buns Cross Stitch called Autumn Feels For Fall. She has an website found here: Chelsea Buns Cross Stitch
                                           




Onto the Swedish Weaving...
I started working on another afghan pattern from Learn to Swedish Weave on Monk's Cloth.
This one is called Mountain Pines. I had shown my daughter-in-law Ocean Waves and showed her  the book and I had planned on starting Mountain Pines( I didn't tell her ) once I had finished Ocean Waves. I saw her reaction when she saw the yarn and the pattern she said she really liked it so I am secretly weaving this one for her and hope to have it finished by June of next year for her Birthday
I've had a little trouble with this one as far as the pattern *hint- still learning how to "read" them* but I think I have the "peaks" figured out now....

 I also found another Swedish Weave pattern , this one is for placemats but the fabric is different. It's like huck towel I am guessing ,so I am learning on this as well...
Can you see those tiny little "floats" ?
I had started a Chevron pattern(my own creation) on this but decided to do the other pattern

Solstice

Christine's Swedish Weaving
I'll be weaving this with Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn - Burgundy found at : Michaels
Paton's Classic Wool Worsted- New Denim- this one was on clearance at Michaels. I don't think they are carrying it anymore. You may be able to find it online. I haven't researched as to where at the moment.



That's all for now...xxx
Until Next Time...
Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Notice to Followers and Updates on my crafts

My apologies to all of my followers. I've had an anonymous user(s) trying to post comments to my blog that have nothing to do with what I blog about. It's nothing but spam and I keep marking them as such and have to moderate comments now and they keep coming so I have now come to the point of not knowing what else to do. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. You can also follow me by email and correspond with me that way if you don't want to comment on the post.

I do appreciate each and every one of you who visit and I hope that you will continue to visit. I do visit all that I follow even though I may not comment very often I do read the posts and enjoy what each of you have posted.

Now onto some updates.

I haven't worked on Stocking #1 lately. I've been doing some swedish weaving a little and have decided to start on another I have kitted up due to the Daughter-in-law liking the pattern, she doesn't know this but I am going to do that one for her :) I'll post pictures on my next blog post.....

Stocking #1
the ears on the 5th and final animal has been stitched


Swedish Weaving project  on Monk's Cloth- Ocean Waves- put on hold for now

I'm also stitching a Cardinal Ribbon - pattern from Better Homes and Gardens A Cross-Stitch Christmas - Gifts to Cherish ©1996

 Next project I'm working on is a Betsy Ross Flag, I am designing this as I go along
worked on 28 ct. tea-dyed linen 2 over 2


Until next Time...... Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Little Progress in cross stitching

I've been working and running too much to do much cross stitching and I haven't worked on my afghan either. I how ever did finish the Patriotic Stocking and Coffee Crazy!

 Woohoo 2 finishes since my last post.
I don't have a picture of Coffee Crazy on my camera or computer. I'll need to retake it for next time

I also been looking for Monk's cloth and still can't find it local anywhere. Any Ideas??? I've looked on Etsy which brings me to my next picture. I bought some huck material thinking I could make an afghan on it but found that it wasn't cut straight and the weave seems to be off for some reason. I had to take a few inches off each side hoping to get it straight. I have come to the conclusion that I can  make place mats with it. I feel if I tried to make an afghan it would look crooked. I cut it in half and am using half of it for placemats....





I've made little progress on Stocking #1 and my last stocking that I'll be stitching for a while. I'll be moving on to a large project sometime in maybe July or August more than likely August since I'm not starting another large project until this stocking is done. 1 more animal to go after I finish the antlers and then finish the vine to the left...



Let me know if you come across any Monk's Cloth for a low price. I don't want to pay inflated prices on EBay or any price that looks outrageous. Send me an email with links and info. I would very much appreciate it :)

Until Next Time....
Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Apologies for not posting much.

Due to some unsavory comments(removed) left on some of my posts,I am now having to moderate comments. My deepest apologies to my followers but I have no way of blocking them when they have a blogger profile. I am working to find a way to stop these ******* ( not so nice word due to being really upset!!!)from making any comments and posting in those comments some VERY UNWELCOMED links.
Please be patient with me as I deal with all this.



Work, Life, Errands = very little stitching and time to do much of anything. Life gets in the way quite often here.

I do have another finish. This one is Stocking #2 Celtic Christmas

Yes it's actually finished. It was to be stitched this way by choice. 

Another hobby I have recently found and trying is Swedish Weaving. My Mom had given me some embroidery books and in the pile she gave me was one from  the American School of Needlework ©2000 by Marilyn T. Magly.

Titled : Learn to make Monk's Cloth Afghans
I have just enough Monk's cloth to make 2 and the first one I started on is Ocean Waves. I'm using Black and Violet with this one. I'll show the other one once I start it after finishing this current one.
3 links to the book is listed at the end of the post

I am still cross stitching but not as much as I would like and hoping to get back to it.
I've been working on a leaflet by Lizzie Kate
Coffee Crazy #128
Link(s) listed  at the end of post
I'm using all 3 patterns and modifying them on 1 piece of cotton 14 count aida
I'm using a combination of  DMC & Weeks Dye Works
A couple of more things to add before calling this finished and I am working on the last coffee cup.
I also picked up one that will hang above this 
Home Spun Elegance.LTD
Designed by Sandra Sullivan
Country Spirits Collection
Delivering  The Coffee Beans
Etsy Shop link listed at the end of the post
LINKS

That's all for now. I hope to make another post next week. 
In the meantime.....
HAPPY STITCHIN' AND MAY YOU HAVE SMOKIN' NEEDLES...XXX


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Finish! and Updates

Good evening all :) I hope that you are doing well. I had attempted to try and update my blog once a week on Sundays but life and work has got in the way.
 I hope that with the long periods between updates that you will continue to pull up  a chair and have a cup of coffee or tea with me :)

First update is a FINISH!!  Yes finally finished Week 3 rotation - Stocking #3 Christmas Eve by Jean Farish  of Jean Farish Needleworks found on Etsy

I just need to stitch up the name and cut it out. I've never stitched a stocking before let alone cut out the shape of one, so there's a first for me. Wish me luck please.



Next up this is Week 4 rotation so I am working on Vintage Merry Christmas by StitchX Cross Stitch Designs also found on Etsy

 And another update Stocking #2 I have finished the last band and have 1 motif to stitch on the heel of the stocking. It should be finished when it comes up in rotation 2 weeks from Sunday.



I am trying NOT to have any new starts but work instead on some of my wips, some are small , some are medium sizes. I have a few small on-the-go projects I am working on when I am out and about.
 I am hooked on mini stockings at the moment and have finished one which was a on-the-go project.

Mini Christmas Stocking Ornament done on 18 ct.  Designed by Ursula Michael for Kreinik found Kreink Freebies There are other patterns as well under Freebies on the website.
Is that not the cutest little thing or what? 😊


I'll be replacing Week 3 rotation with Coffee Crazy by Lizzie Kate with modifications. Planning on using stretcher bars to mount this and hang it on the wall with 2 projects from Stone Street Stitchworks called Coffee Corner. 1 is finished and working on the other



 Until next time.....Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx

                                                

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Feburary Update 2-12-2019

Hello all, I hope that everyone is doing well. The ones that are dealing with all the snow and below freezing temps, floods out west ,you are all in my thoughts and prayers  always. I hope that you are staying safe and warm and dry.

 Just a few updates for the start of Feb.

*Week 1 Stocking #1 Winter Wildlife Christmas. I have finished animal #3 of 5. " Gentle Ben"the big black bear has made a complete appearance and the 4th is starting to make an appearance right in front of him. Not named yet animal #4 already has 8 different shades of brown in him.

*Week 2 Stocking #2 Celtic Christmas. I've completed all the bands but the last one and this one is heavy on the quarter stitches. I'm working this on 18 ct. Aida and it's a bit stiff so I am using a sharp needle to pierce the center of the squares before stitching the quarter stitches, a little slow moving on the last band and there's a motif I will be stitching on the heel of the stocking.






*Week 3 Next week starting Sunday2-17-2019 , I will bring out Stocking #3 Christmas Eve, Looking at a finish on that one hopefully as I am in the last room.

* Week 4 Vintage Merry Christmas. Since my last post I have completed page 2 of 4 and started on page 3.   StitchX Cross Stitch Designs - Etsy Shop
The Holly leaves were pretty easy to stitch and the rest is easy to stitch as well.

 That's all for the rotation pieces
I have also a small finish- one of my on-the-go projects. Stitched on 14 ct. White Aida using DMC threads. This one is Snow Bird by Lizzie Kate.

I have also found some nice little freebie mini stockings from Tokens and Trifles
This link  is for all the shapes and patterns they have , some are I have found not working but most were - Tokens and Trifles- All patterns
Unfortunately the company closed in 2015 and these patterns were for the sewing cards they made.
I don't have the sewing cards but you can stitch them on just about anything so I am using a 7 Mesh plastic canvas and yarn to do one called Quaker Stocking, this one will be a wall hanging as it will be quite large. The others I have found I am planning on stitching them on Aida and Evenweave and possibly perforated paper and some 10Mesh plastic canvas.
 I also started one on 18 ct. Charles Craft Oatmeal Aida -  Kreinik -Mini Stocking -  Mini Stocking - Kreinik.
Both have a few cute little freebies you can stitch up


Thank you for stopping by and visiting for a little while... Until Next Time...........
Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx



Sunday, January 27, 2019

January 2019

 Hello everyone, I am back for an update. 
2nd finish of the year!!
I just sat for 2 hours and have a finish! Patriotic Home by Homespun Elegance. 2 changes 1 to the bird on the roof, had to have it red and the other was a color change from 739 to 3866 still too light for the stars but I'll leave it for now. I've also told myself ONLY 4 projects in rotation, Let's see if I can hold myself to that. lol May not last long though. I still have some smalls laying around. Went thru all my fabric and couldn't find anymore Charles Craft 28 count Monaco Tea dyed but did find a piece attached to another small that I hope is going to be big enough to do 1 more of Michaela Learner 12 Days of Christmas , I have just 2 more to do but must find the linen again. I've looked in Michaels and Hobby Lobby and neither have it in stock. I am wondering if they( Charles Craft) has discontinued it? I've found it on several websites but I'm going to hold off on buying it till another day for now.

The 4 Projects are
Stocking #1 Winter Wildlife Christmas
Stocking #2 Celtic Christmas
Stocking #3 Christmas Eve
Vintage Merry Christmas.

If I do manage to get one of those done I may also start on LHN Hometown Holiday series. 3 more I want to do of those.

Also may start Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas since it didn't seem to take me so long in 2017 to stitch up Days 1-10, unbelievable how a year passes so quickly!
 
                                            Patriotic Home by Homespun Elegance

Stocking #1 Winter Wildlife Christmas- Stoney Creek Collection Book 387 Best of Stoney Creek Stockings 1
                         Stocking #2 Celtic Christmas - Rosewood Manor - designed by Karen Kluba
                         Stocking #3 Christmas Eve by Jean Farrish
                               Vintage Merry Christmas by StitchX Cross Stitch Designs
 
 
I hope that everyone is doing well, staying safe and warm . Thank you for stopping by for a visit. :)
 
Happy Stitching and May you have smokin' needles...xxx