Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Friday, March 16, 2018

Three Finishes

I dug this cute birdie out of the finish box and sewed it up. This sweet pinkeep is twin to ones I've finished before. This one just never got done! It's stuffed with crushed walnut shells and backed with mattress ticking. I edged the seams with a prim cross stitch in olive.

Design ~ Tweet Hearts, Exemplar #2
Designer ~ Blackbird Designs
Fabric ~ 32 count tea-dyed Jobelan
Fiber ~ DMC
Finish ~ Pinkeep

I then ruched ribbon for what seemed like hours and hours and hours. Not my favorite thing to do.

It was the perfect edging for my Fa La La ornament so I kept at it! Eagle eyes will notice I changed the lettering from the original and added a few notes.

Design ~ Fa La La
Designer ~ Plum Pudding Needlearts
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Monaco, over one
Fiber ~ DMC
Finish ~ Christmas Ornament

Another pull from the finish box was this elephant which I popped into a greeting card and it's off to my sister-in-law for her birthday. This design is one of my freebies!

With this splurge of finishing I'm sure to come up with something interesting to do next!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Simple and Fun

When I finished Les Moutons I wasn't sure what to do next. I futzed around with my WIPs, Peacock Tapestry and Finery of Nature...blah. I considered beading Peacock Cypher since Lindsay started hers. Beading...blah. Everything was just blah! All I could come up with was creating more finishing work for myself. Christmas ornaments! 

My current stitch is  Fa La La, an old Plum Pudding Needleart freebie. I've stitched this a couple times before but always for exchanges or gifts. This one's for me. Stitching over one on Monaco that was boiled in tea so it's now like 26 count.

Already finished is Joy an old Lilybet Designs freebie. I just need the little red JABC star button and it can be finished. Which means I'll have to buy more stuff to justify shipping on a $1.40 button. LOL This is stitched on 28 count Black Jobelan. I ironed black interfacing on the back already.

I've spent hours poking though my stash, finding Christmas ornament designs I want to stitch. Some of these date back to the 1980's when all we knew for ornament finishing were those plastic snap together frames! Remember those? I think I have a bunch downstairs in a craft box. Nowadays we have Vonna Pfeiffer to show us how it's done!

Do you have trouble after finishing a long term project? Tell us!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Seven Sheep Puddles and It's A Wrap

I kept thinking these looked like puddles of sheep as I stitched them. Seven silly snoozing sheep.

With group seven done...that means it's finished! Fifty five fat fluffy sheep all counted and stitched!

Design ~ J'apprends à compter les moutons 
Designer ~ Mouton Rouge
Fabric ~ 32 count Blue Spruce
Fiber ~ Gentle Arts Sampler Threads

This was such a fun design to stitch! I started this project right around the time I started this blog in 2007. A long time ago! I am glad to have it finished even though I have no idea what I'll do with it!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Six Sheep in the Poppy Field

At least I assume these are poppy flowers! My group of six on Les Moutons is complete! I did get to work on this part during a Facebook Friday Off the Grid session a couple weeks ago. Before that, it was kind of a slog, just tough to get going! Once I got well started, they were a breeze. 

Group seven are well in hand already and I should have a finish very soon!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Mayhem Mishaps

Take one easily excitable Border Collie, add a very sturdy, and nearly invisible screen door...toss in some people playing with their dog outside and you end up with mayhem. 

Molly didn't see the screen door was closed and smashed, full speed, right into it Saturday evening. Dash and I could see she had a mouth wound and hurried her in to the emergency vet where she was admitted and given pain relief until they could get her a CT scan. Luckily, her jaw wasn't fractured but she ripped out three of her little nibbly teeth on the bottom set, which they removed and stitched closed. It was pretty scary for all of us.

She got to come home this evening. Molly is pretty doped up!

She now wants all the snuggles. She is usually too busy for cuddling. Often, one thinks one is fixing to get a cuddle but it's usually only a ruse to get one to play fetch.

We cannot tear mouth stitches as that tissue is very soft and easily damaged so this horrid cone is required for two weeks. We are also not allowed any toys for two weeks! The vet gave us tranquilizers which we hope will lessen the toy/fetching/chewing withdrawal symptoms. The poor girl has already searched the house for toys several times. (I washed all the toys and put them away.)

On the plus side, Molly thinks it's one big dog party with canned food and peanut butter! Dash and I are relieved to have her home again. And I will be sewing some ribbons into the screen door once it's repaired!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mystery Birdie and a Dyeing Fail

I pulled a couple of finishes out of that box and started preparing them for final finishing. I got the first of those finished last night watching floss tube.

I then thought, when did I stitch this? I searched my blog the last seven years and I guess I never posted about stitching it! It's a mystery birdie!

Design - Button Up Birdie #1
Designer - Victoria Sampler
Fabric - 32 count tea dyed Lugana
Fiber - DMC

Such a handsome fellow! He turned out very sweet! I really wanted some red chenille to trim him with. 

How to clean up after the murder.
Oh wait, that's not blood! Last night I poured a little scarlet dye in the sink and tossed in salt and a yard or so of chenille. 

But when I washed out the dye and dried it the chenille was coral not red. I settled on making cording out of the 321 and trimmed Mr. Birdie with that instead. Now if I hadn't washed the dye out so thoroughly it would have been the correct red but I don't like the chance of it staining my projects.

Well, that is one down from my giant box of UFFOs. What can I come up with next?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

A Wee Sheep

Ever since I stitched the group of five "stacked" sheep on Les Moutons I kept admiring that bottom sheep. Wouldn't that make a cute ornament? He wouldn't leave me alone!

He begged to be made...

I found some Daffycat Dyed 28 count Monaco and stitched him quick. The blue star fabric is the backing but it sucked the color out of the Monaco in the photos.

The actual color is very rich, like this. I trimmed it out in Daffycat Dyed chenille and a festive red bow. Maybe not typical Christmas colors but I liked it! Vonna has an excellent video tutorial how to make this type ornament here: Pillow Christmas Ornament

Yes, yes..I know I have a box FULL of stuff waiting to be finished! I have a couple of those pieces in process already, I promise!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

In the Loop

I've written about Caroline before, and her great blog and YouTube channel. The other day she began a video series to teach another blog friend how to knit, inviting us all along. I was game! I love learning new things...a trait fostered by my Grandma Val. She visited a couple times a year when I was growing up and she always brought some new craft to teach me. I have fond memories of basket making, crochet, different Christmas ornaments...all kinds of crafty endeavors!

So learning to knit is right up my alley! In her first video, Caroline gave us a supply list and I had no problem finding the needed yarn and needles. Thanks, to Pixie at David's Yarn in Edmond, OK!

Now, I know one way to "cast on."

I also learned how to do the knit stitch! My tension is terrible but better than the first twenty times I knitted this swatch! Practise, practise. 

Ha! Just what I need, another hobby, right? I may never progress to more than dishcloths but I'm having fun learning. Want to join in?

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Totally Useless February

Shine up those ORT jars people, it's the New Moon and our Totally Useless Stitch A Long is in full swing! I have added lots of little threads (so much white!) to my stitching jar and mojo is still running strong on Les Moutons:

My sewing ORTs are interesting from sewing those bowls cozies:

I love the bright colors in this Fresh Market layer cake. There are also some trimmings from ornament finishing. Remember that big box of finishing to do?  I'll try to share that business soon.

Here's a detail of the group of four sheepies. The bottom sheep is so fluffy only his toe-tips peek out. The top sheep reminds me of a setting hen, all fluffed out to nestle chicks!  Gosh, they're too cute! Hey, this means there are only a lucky 13 sheep left to stitch! I've a tiny start on group six as you can see in the TUSAL photo.


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your February TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Easy Shopping List

I've posted before how I precut my DMC into 8 equal lengths, slip them back into their numbered band and into a bag. When I get to the end of a skein I toss that numbered band into my frog jar and save it. The little short band gets tossed into a giant jar and saved, aren't they pretty? I've always had an idea to one day put these into a clear glass lamp for my studio.

Once I get a lot of the numbered bands saved I will get them out and write down the numbers and go shopping! This way I can replace the floss I've used and I don't miss out on sales because I haven't looked to see which colors I need.

This photo is a bit dark to reduce glare. You can see I have one unopened skein of DMC 160 and one precut skein. I tuck an index card in the bag so it will stand up in my cabinet and it's easier to see the floss. The bags are "Bag-It" by Westex, not Floss-A-Way's. I don't like those because they are covered in red lettering and I like being able to see my floss.

Everyone will be curious! How you do your floss and how you keep track of replacement colors? 

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