I got distracted…

I was going to stitch on the train to Melbourne but we were put on coaches instead as the air conditioning on the train broke… Which was problematic on a 28 degree day. It was very warm. And coming back I was waaayyyyy too tired to stitch anything… so I still have another 5 motifs to go on the advent calendar:

advent calendar

An angel close up:
advent calendar

And because it was next to me when I sat down when I got home and recovered a bit, here is Misty Morning Vineyard:

misty morning vineyard

It is awaiting leaves and flowers in each corner:

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I think my Algerian Eyelets are getting neater with each corner. Good practice. Must pull out my Papillon Creations MSAL soon.

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Misty Morning Vineyard update

I am not sure about my satin stitches, but I attempted them. Hopefully they look okay – well I think they do at the moment. This was quite a bit of specialty stitching today. Took a bit to get this much done. It is fun to try these things though.

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Close ups – Kloster squares, Algerian Eyelets and daisy stitches… as well as the regular cross stitch…

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And the border – sparkles included:
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Thank you everyone for all your comments!!

Now what should I stitch on tomorrow?? Maybe some Egyptian Guarden? Or one the Mirabilias??? Recommendations? Thoughts?

Photos…

The silk in this layer is done… now just awaiting the metallics and beads…

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misty morning vineyard

I don’t know why…

But Passione Ricamo designs seem to stitch soooo slowly! If I sit down with a Joan Elliott design or a Mirabilia, they seem to almost want to stitch themselves, but PR designs, which have fantastic colours and look great seem to be slow… Not sure why that is. But this one, I think, is because of all the sparklies…

fairy of dreams,passione ricamo

Now I had a question about Chatelaine Misty Morning Vineyard – I am stitching it on white linen – but it is a French linen, so finer than Zweigert and more a creamy white than a bright white. I have converted 90% off it into HDF silks, which I like to stitch with, and am contemplating changing the silk in the border I am currently stitching for a different colour that is closer to the Caron waterlily colour called for… however, I am not sure that I will. It will look fine with either, but the darker colour varigate is probably closer to the original than the one I am stitching with currently. Anyway, if anyone wants the conversion, I can post it. HDF is a lot cheaper than Caron silks.

Thanks everyone for all your comments!!

It never rains but it pours!!

So I have been rather impatiently waiting for my packets to arrive from the USA and I am so glad I ordered them before the dollar started to take its swan dive… and they arrived today 😀

So I bought another 7 spools from the spool forum at HDF – all custom colour- 2 each of 2467/2441/2425, 2465/2155/2319, 2469/2413/1371 and one of 1431/1413/2113. – these are in reverse order – sorry!

spools

Some stitched samples of them all:
stitched sample alternate lighting

2465/2155/2319

sample 2469/2413/1371 and 1431/1413/2113

2467/2441/2425

My first 10 skeins for Chatelaine’s Watergarden:

watergarden skeins

And my order from Froggy stitcher – a heap of kreiniks that I didn’t photo and Chatelaine Egyptian Garden and 3 of the dinky dye’s silks that go with it:
egyptian garden

Shakespeare’s Fairies, Mediterranean Mermaid, and from the UK the Cross Stitch Collection that I backordered.
patterns

Just a little more on Misty Morning Vineyard:
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Misty morning vineyard…

We have had a few misty mornings, so it is the right time of the year to be stitching this one:
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Same two again…

Misty Morning Vineyard is up to where I want it to be… Next time will be another layer in the border, but it can go away for a little bit. Everything but the beading in the centre is now done! Backstitch and all…
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Basket Weave stitch
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It might be a little brighter than other versions of it, simply because of my conversion of it. That said, I like it so far.
Also, as it is a symmetrical piece it can be difficult to keep track of top and bottom so this is what I have done:
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And Waiting for Ships – A bit of backstitch and a bit more hair.

may 8th close up 2

may 8th overall

Two WiP updates

She has hair now 😀 Still quite a bit to go though!
waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And Misty Morning Vineyard:
misty morning vineyard

More playing with dyes – Sunset:
dyeing

Marine:
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I did a few others but need to fix them. They didn’t work out quite as planned 😀

Random photos…

So firstly, Misty Morning Vineyard, HDF conversion, with the RG petite braids:
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Close up of the Eyelet
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Language of the Flowers:
language of the flowers

And… a Butterfly! This is the competition Sampler
competition sampler

Finally an update…

I have had a busy few days, but here is Waiting for Ships tail minus the final bit of number 8 braid… then I am onto skin 😀 Not bad for a months stitching I think….

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And a bit more Chatelaine’s Misty morning Vineyard:
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I am missing the metallics and beads so can’t actually finish the stitching in the centre at this stage.

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