This will be a very loosely organized SAL.
--Participants may work at their own pace and choose charts in any order that suits their fancy.
--Participants may post photos at any stage in the process: WIP, Cross Stitch finish, Final finish.
--Since only retailers who attended the 2006 Indy market are authorized to distribute or kit these charts, all participants are asked to refrain from copying and/or sharing the charts with others. Those wishing to acquire the charts should inquire at their favorite LNS. I do know they are available [with an additonal purchase] as a CD-rom of all 41 charts from The Silver Needle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
--Let's all have fun with this very generous gift from the participating designers.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

the wedding shop

by Keslyns?

Does anyone have the key for it? Whereever I got my set from didn't include the key for that shop.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Crescent Colors' Village Saloon

This was a very enjoyable project. I enjoy using Crescent Colors fibers and the colors in this piece are just luscious.
Sharon of Crescent Colors shared a bit about the inspiration for this piece in a post on the 123stitch message board. As a child, she always wanted to be Miss Kitty [Gunsmoke] wearing those pretty dresses and feathers in her hair. It was only when her mother gently broke the sad news that Miss Kitty did a bit more than pour whiskey and play cards in her saloon that Sharon abandoned her dream.
This was stitched on a Silweaver cashel linen, 28 ct., called Starquest.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Finally Finished: Monsterbubble's JAIL

I am so glad to be done with all this grey ... especially since art has been imitating life ... several days in a row of overcast and/or drizzly weather ending in night time thunderstorms. My container vegetable garden has been benefiting but all this humidity and dreariness hasn't been doing much for my mood. I shall be glad to turn my attention next month to Crescent Colors Saloon ... much more colorful.
I don't know what the deal with my photos is lately ... that wavy effect doesn't show up when you click on and enlarge the photo ... you can see all the long-stitched outlines of the granite blocks quite clearly ... I think my camera is just showing its age. I'll have to ask for a new digital for my birthday or for Christmas.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Monsterbubble's Jail Progress

I have made a little progress since my last posting ... but, to be frank, this piece was put aside for most of the last two months. Mainly this was because late April and early May are my busiest times professionally: registration mailings for 2010, Confirmations, First Communions, End of Term Exams and Progress Reports, etc., etc. But I am also involved in a RR that has had some difficulties with one of the participants. As luck would have it, the problem child is immediately before me in the rotation. When the first piece was "lost in the mail", I felt nothing but concern and even though three of the four weeks for that rotation had already elapsed ... I recreated the lost piece for her: buying new fabric, stitching borders and dividers as well as my own panel. Now that the second piece has gone missing, neither I nor the organizer are nearly as sympathetic ... believing that nothing has ever been or will be mailed. The problem child has been dropped from the rotation entirely. So between stitching my own very ambitious piece for said RR and re-creating the piece for the stitcher who shall remain nameless, what little stitching time I have had in the past eight weeks has been consumed by the RR.

But three days ago, I got back to my Jail. I think this design is a hoot and I will love the finished product but at the moment I am a little weary of grey. I need to finish filling in the arch and the taller tower with WDW Dolphin and then will have to outline the granite blocks that make up the whole building with WDW Charcoal. Since the upcoming weekend is supposed to be just as grey and grim, I expect I'll have a lot of indoor stitching time over the next two days. Who knows, I might even finish the piece! The next piece I plan to stitch in this series is Sharon's [of Crescent Colors] Saloon ... a cheerful and very colorful piece. It will be a most welcome change. I'll use the same Silkweaver 28ct Starquest linen but I expect it will look like an entirely different fabric with the bright palette of Sharon's overdyed cottons.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Finally! My first finish

I've had the stitching done on the Candy Shop for a while but had to wait to order a button. Once it arrived, I wasn't sure where it was to go (the pattern said there was an outline for it but it seemed to be missing. I emailed LK about it but maybe they didn't understand what I was asking because I never got a response.)

The button may be a little too big (I stitched on 32 ct. instead of 28 ct.) but here it is anyway.