Tuesday, February 20, 2018

18 Months... Wow! So Long! But here's Little Red Barn...

 Hello All!  It's been almost 18 months since I posted.  I need to get better about posting but there ya go.  Last year I had  18 finishes including a ton of ornaments.  This year I aim to have the same.

I will sit down and sort pictures and I'll post a bunch of finishes and wips soon.  For now, Here's my finish of Little House Needlework's Little Red Barn from their new series Farmhouse Holiday.

It is stitched on Whimsical Winter Opal Edinburgh by Under the Sea Fabrics.  I used the called for colors except for the white.  Bamboo Classic Colorworks is the called for threads for the white and I used Anchor Bright White.  I also used white Wisper w88 for the sheep.

My Wooley Sheepies!

I adapted Diane's border for the whole series to work for the individual pieces.  Here is my adaptation of the border:

I used the colors that Diane used in her border, I just shortened it to work for the smaller ones.  If you want to see more of my finishes, I've been posting Flosstube videos on Youtube under the name Under the Sea Fabrics and I also post on Instagram @undertheseafabrics


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Stitch Maynia, Disney World, and a Plea for Help!

Hello All!  I'm going to try to make a goal to post once a month... we'll see how that goes...

First off, I have a finish!  I finished Get Kraken!

It's stitched on Looking Glass 40 ct Opal New Castle from Under the Sea Fabrics.  I LOVE how it came out!  It's already at my framer.  Funny Story about this one.... I intended to finish it on our road trip to Disney World (14+ hours in the car each way means lots of stitching time) but I left the threads at home... so I started Sea Hag by Plum Street Samplers!

By my calculations, once I complete the stitching on the ship, I will have reached the half way point.

I'm stitching Sea Hag on Winterbrok 40 ct Opal New Castle by Under the Sea Fabrics and converting it to silks (mostly Belle Soie) in grays and blues.

I also finished the hair for Aphrodite Mermaid.  I haven't done anything past her hair because I'm to her skin and feel like I need to have a couple of days to concentrate for the over-one skin.

I love the blues and I'm subbing fuchsias for the greens.  I think her hair looks a bit like Hades's hair in the Disney Hercules movie.

And this week I finished the cross stitch on the octopus from Octopus Treasure Cave.

He's pretty handsome!  A lot of confetti though. Up next: beading and backstitch.   After that I have 3 squishies and a couple of fish and backstitching the border.  Then finis!

Here's my Ursula stuff from Disney...

The pins to the left aren't Ursula but are cross stitch.  I thought they were super cool!

I got a few things back from the framer last month.

Side Note: My framer, Joe, is AMAZING!  My Salem Remembered came out so cool!

And I also got back my Wingless Azaela Pixie:

And the Stitched Model of my Under the Sea Fabrics Logo.  This will be available eventually as a chart or kit.

And lastly, a plea for help!  I'm searching for this pattern: Mystic Sampler by Primitive Needle.  It's OOP and I have both companion pieces.

If you're willing to sell, trade or loan, please let me know!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Fun times and Stitch Maynia!

Hello All from a rainy and dreary Ohio!

I actually have a finish today!!!

Beneath the Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs stitched on Buttercup Opal Belfast from Under the Sea Fabrics

LOVE how it came out!  Here is the Color Conversion:

Original:                                              Change:
GAST Antique Rose                            Gloriana 262 Cranberry Surprise
GAST Avocado                                   Belle Soie Kiwi
GAST Chamomile                               Gloriana 268 Chocolate          
GAST Clover                                       Gloriana 245 Williamsburg Rose
WDW Pelican Gray                             Silk n'Colors 1077 Grungy Green
GAST Brandy                                      Silk n'Colors 011 Butternut Orange
GAST Tropical Ocean                         Gloriana 192 Peacock Blue
GAST Parchment                                 Gloriana 271 Sand Castles
GAST Grape Leaf                                Silk n'Colors 025 Forest of Greens
GAST Bayberry                                   Gloriana 017 Deep Blue Sea
GAST Mountian Mist                          Silk n'Colors 188 Coastal Seaweed

I promised my husband I wouldn't start anything new until I finished something.  Well, since I finished the BBD, I went ahead and started my color converison of Aphrodite Mermaid.
Here is the Floss Toss

And here is the start picture from last night.  This is my only Stitch Maynia start unless I finish another project.

So far, that's her hair.  Looks a bit like Marge Simpson or Hades from Disney's Hercules, I think.

Well, TTFN!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

So much to do... So little time!

Hey All!  It's been OCTOBER since I posted!  That's crazy!  Since I also haven't posted a Floss Tube video since October, I have a lot to say and so I'll be doing a bit of it here.

First off, Finishes!  Yes!  I have three finishes since October!  (sad isn't it?!?!?)

I finished Salem Remembered by the Primitive Needle on Autumn Edinbugh by Under the Sea Fabrics.

This one is stitched in mostly the called for Silk 'n Colors, one strand over two linen threads.  It is currently at my Framers and we've come up with a super cool frame idea so I'll post that when she comes home.

I also finished Han and Leia by Geekstitches on Etsy.  Stitched this for The Husband and he has it on his desk at work.  This is stitched on Witching Hour Opal Cashel by Under the Sea Fabrics with called for threads.

I framed it myself in a 6 inch Mill Hill Frame.

And Lastly, I finished Always by Lahlah Stitches on Etsy.  I was pretty shook up when Alan Rickman passed away earlier this year and I wanted to honor him...  Not sure yet how I'lll finish this.

It's stitched on Double Dipped Witching Hour Opalescent Edinbugh by Under the Sea Fabrics.

Now for WIPS!  I have 4 projects going right now.  All in various stages of doneness.  I am hoping to finish all 4 of these before the end of summer.  Honestly, If I took a full weekend on each of these first three, they'd be done.

First, Beneath The Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs.  This chart was a gift from my Secret Stitcher last year and I started it a few weeks ago.  It is stitched with silks on Buttercup Opalescent Belfast from Under the Sea Fabrics.

The fabric is actually much brighter than shown.  I'll be posting the conversion along with the small mermaid I added when I finish her,

This one is Get Kraken by Ink Circles on Looking Glass Opalescent New Castle By Under the Sea Fabrics,  LOVE this piece!  And SO CLOSE to a finish!

I used the called for Glorianas except for Blue Heron.  That is actually a dead match for my fabric so I subbed Fading Ink by Silk 'n Colors.

This is Chatelaine's Octopus Treasure Cave on Hamlet by Under the Sea Fabrics.  Honestly, all thats left is the Octopus and the Squishies at the top.

I'm leaving off the blackwork in the border and the coral above the palm-like trees.  I might add some fish in there instead.

And Finally, of course I have a Mirabilia Mermaid going.  This one is Waiting For Ships and she's on Seawitch Opalescent Belfast by Under the Sea Fabrics.

All of the pale blue threads you see are silk lame and she will be VERY sparkly when done.

So now for some future plans...  Stitch Maynia starts May First and while I don't plan to take the Mayniac to the extreme, I do plan to start 4 new projects.  I'm thinking I will do a new start each week.  The ones I've chose are:
Aprodite Mermaid by Mirabilia Designs
The Sea Hag by Plum Street Samplers
Summer Snapperland by Bent Creek
and the fourth is still an unknown.  I'm hoping something jumps out at me...

This month was the fourth annual Mirabilia Minions Retreat!  We had 166 Mirabilias on display.  Here are a few of the pics I took....

Sorry the pictures are so big but there is so much amazing finishes to see!

A group photo of everyone there.  We had a blast!

I was blessed at the retreat to receive this AMAZING quilt!  I already have a place I plan to put it on the wall!  Huge thank you to all the people who worked on it!  I Love it so much!

Close ups of each block:

And last, but not least, Nora Corbett designed a special pattern for the retreat.  I'm so pleased with her.  She's stitched on As You Wish by Under the Sea Fabrics and framed by Keepsakes Cross Stitch and Framing in Cincinatti, Ohio.

And that's all for now!  TTFN!

P.S. Here is a link to my Youtube/Flosstube channel.  I plan to add another video tonight...