I’m still enjoying doing needlepoint. It’s slow going, though.
I’ve finished the butterfly block. I think it looks pretty good. I did a green block to the left of the red block and a few stripes on the right side above the red block.
Not a very exciting update, but I’m happy to making progress.
I ran into another dry-spell. I couldn’t think of a craft or even a household project that I wanted to do. Then the other morning I woke up with a needlepoint kit on my mind. I bought the kit a few years ago because I love the design and colors and I thought it was a cross stitch kit. I planned to make it and hang it on the wall or maybe make a throw-pillow. Imagine my disappointment to find out that it’s needlepoint. I’d never tried needlepoint (as far as I could remember). I put the needlepoint kit away in a drawer and gave it a passing forlorn thought from time-to-time.
Since I’d woken up with the kit on my mind and I wasn’t inspired to do any other project, I thought I as might as well open the kit and see if it there was a chance that I might be able to learn the skill. I was relieved to read the directions and discover that it’s basically like doing plastic canvas on a smaller grid. ~happy dance~
I’ve got only the lower right hand corner block done. I think it looks good. In real life this needlepoint’s colors are very pretty. I’m happy that I’m finally making this kit after all these years.
I finally chose a fabric for the borders of my redwork block. I ordered it and it should be here in a couple weeks. The fabric company I ordered from has good prices, but they are slower with shipping than I’m used too. I hope the fabric is the right weight to work well with my blocks. The weight of fabric is one of the hardest parts about shopping online. Oh well, I’ll know soon enough.
As close as I can figure, I’ve got 2 more redwork blocks to go. I’m enjoying making them, but I’ll be glad when they’re all finished and ready to be made into a quilt top. Here’s an edited photo of the blocks I’ve finished so far since I returned to doing my redwork project.
My husband harvested 4 ears of peaches and cream corn for our supper Sunday evening. It was really good, but it wasn’t as sweet and tasty as in previous years. We wonder if might have something to do with the dry Summer we’ve had.
While harvesting squash the other day, my husband discovered that we have a light color acorn squash growing. Since we planted only dark green Early Acorn squash seeds, the light color one on a separate vine is quite a surprise. I think it may be called a golden acorn squash. I hope it gets the chance to mature before the evil squash vine borers kills the vine. Surprise veggies put an extra bit of fun in gardening.
I haven’t worked on my redwork since 2014. We had a lot going on in our lives back then and I couldn’t give it the attention it requires. So, I folded it up and put it away. Fortunately, I had the good sense to put the redwork fabric, embroidery thread and supplies all together in a bag and there they stayed in the drawer for the past 4 years. Having the supplies altogether sure made it handy for me when I decided to return to it.
I went back through my blog posts and read about my redwork. I’ve changed a couple of my plans for it. I’m not going to dye the fabric and I’ve cut the blocks apart. I plan to add a small print red fabric border on the blocks. As it turns out, planning to use a border and cutting the blocks apart was a good move for me because now I only have a few blocks to go, whereas when I had the fabric in one large piece I needed like 16 more pictures to embroider.
This morning, in an effort to try to arrange the blocks in some sort of order, I laid a sheet on the floor and began to lay out the blocks. Shelibean decided that what the blocks needed was for him to test them for comfort. He found them to be quite comfortable and napped there for about 20 minutes. I didn’t mind, he was cute sleeping peacefully and I was busy going through my coloring pictures and trying to choose some for the last few blocks.I’m glad to have my redwork as an active work-in-progress once again. My Redwork is the perfect example of my starting a project and some times needing to leave it alone until the time is right for me to finish it. It doesn’t really bother me having unfinished projects, matters-a-fact there’s a strange sense of comfort in it for me. Although, from time-to-time I need to finish my unfinished projects before starting new ones. Now that I’ve got my redwork going again, I hope I can keep up my motivation and finish it before the Summer is over, that would make me so happy.
My craft room is my Happy Place. I go in there and get lost for hours a lot sometimes. When I saw a pattern for sale for this ‘My Happy Place’ plastic canvas wall hanging, I knew I had to buy it. It’s was a lot of fun to make.
I’m happy to have it finished and hanging up. It makes me smile.
Finished size is 12″x14″
I used 7 count 13″x22″ plastic canvas sheet and cut it to size.
I chose different colors of yarn than the pattern has for some of the design.
I made the buttons out of polymer clay.
I made the hanger-thing with my Knifty Knitter cord loom.
This is a great project for using scrap yarn.
I hope you all find your Happy Place!
‘My Happy Place’ plastic canvas wall hanging pattern
is designed & sold by Strings Away
Here’s a cross stitch project I’m working on. It’s from a little kit. It’s 18 count fabric and that’s a lot of tiny for my middle-age eyes.
I put my needle in the fabric and laid ruler and a quarter on it, to try to give you a bit of an idea of how small the stitches are. Look at the size of the stitches compared to the size of some of the print on the quarter. I’m determined to finish this project this weekend. I’ve got it about half of the way done.
Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but over the years, just about every cross stitch project that I’ve made from a kit that has red or reddish shades of color in it, there never seems to be enough of that color thread. In my ‘Joy In The Journey’ cross stitch project, I had to go through my embroidery thread and find a reddish color to complete that project… and now with this little project, after I finished the bow over the bear’s head, I ran out of red. I went through my stash and found a similar color red thread to use for the decor inside of the wreath that encircles the bear. They have more of some of the colors over the amount that the pattern needs. It doesn’t take very much red color thread so I don’t understand why they didn’t add enough in.
But like I said, it’s not just this kit, I’ve ran into a shortage of the reddish colors in some of the other kits I’ve made over the years. Like this kit, the other kits added over the amount of some of the other colors that are far more than a pattern needs, but not the reddish colors. I don’t get it. I wonder what is the deal with that. Is reddish colors so expensive that the kit makers have to dole it out minimally to save a few micro-cents. I’ve never contacted a company about it. I don’t see any reason too. I always have extra thread that’s fairly close. But I do wonder what the deal is about the shortage of reddish color thread in some of the kits I’ve used.
Have you ran in to this problem of a shortage of one or more colors in any kind of a craft kit?
Wishing you all success in your crafts and hobbies.
*I apologize for the quality of my photo.
It was hard to get an okay photo of the little project.
Talk about late bloomers, my snowball bush has produced
one lovely fluffy pretty bloom.
It’s odd, I think, but pretty neat too.My herb garden has came a long way from when we first started it back in 2016.There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes!
Yep, that’s the mantra this gardener gardens by. I’ve finished my ‘Joy In The Journey’ cross stitch.
I’m thinking I may make it into a wall
hanging instead of a framed wall picture.
I’m going to leave it on the frame until I decide.
I was surfing around for movies and surfed upon a 70 episode set of ‘One Step Beyond’. I’m familiar with the series from watching a few of the episodes on a video site. I didn’t realized it was based on true stories and was even aired before ‘Twilight Zone’ came along. That impressed me and as it was reasonably priced, I bought it. I’ve not watched but a few of the episodes on the first disc. I plan to watch through the episodes in order. I really enjoy the stories. The stories do give one cause-for-pause to ponder the odd events that happen from time-to-time.