Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just in time

I finished stitching my Halloween Topiary last weekend. Yesterday, I made a trip to ACMoore for mat board and found a fat quarter fabric there that was perfect for my flatfold finish. When I got home I just had to get to it and cut the board and fabric and do all the gluing. 
Here is the almost finished Halloween Topiary just in time for Halloween.
Don't you just love it? I am so happy that I chose to make this piece.
 I have to put some sort of edging around it still, but I can't decide. I would love your comments. Below are two slightly different yarns that I thought would look great on it, but Hubby thinks they look too elementary school. I was leaning toward the one on the right.
Either one goes with the fabric that I used. Isn't that fabric perfect?! 
I could make cording out of this Ecru perle cotton that I have. The pattern called for cording made out of a bright orange perle cotton, but I don't want to have to buy something when I have so many options in my stash.
I could also make a cording out of this vintage orange rope floss that I inherited.
Or I could make cording out of a combination of flosses.
I am not sure what to do. Please comment. 

Now I want to concentrate on getting more knitting done on my sweater. 

I think I might go back to working on the Advent Calendar that has been languishing since last October.
I am not sure I will be able to work on this all that much with my arthritic thumb, but I do want to finish it. 

I may alternate that with "Jingle as ye come, jingle as ye go". I am almost one-fourth finished with it.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. She is dealing with some thumb issues herself. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. It is going to be a miserably rainy day here on Long Island, so I will be working on one of those projects that I mentioned above.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Slow Sunday Backstitching

I finally finished the cross-stitching on my Halloween Topiary. I am so glad to be done with the glow-in-the-dark floss. You have to use very short lengths of floss, because it frays as you are using it. It really does glow in the dark, but I can't get a picture of it with my point and shoot camera. You will have to take my word for it.
Here is where I am on the topiary.
I plan on finishing all the back-stitching that is left today. I have done one ghost and all three bats. There is still another ghost to back-stitch (can you find it?), the cat, tree trunk, pumpkin and a spider-web.  

I never mind back-stitching, because I think it makes a piece really come to life. It certainly allows you to see those ghosts. Wish me luck in finishing it today.

I also want to share a pretty table runner that my mother made in 2012. 
I was getting out her Fall decorations and I knew that she had some Autumn place-mats that she had made. In the same drawer I found several table runners that she had made when she was part of a church quilting group. This is all hand-pieced and quilted. The only machine sewing was done by me to attached the binding to the front of the runner before she hand-stitched it to the back. Isn't it beautiful.

I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Halloween Stitching

I was able to get a bunch of stitching completed on my four-day weekend last week. I have to stitch the ghosts and the back-stitching and of course complete the finishing. The ghost right above the pumpkin is started, but difficult to see in this picture.
I am hoping to finish the ghosts today and maybe start the back-stitching. I would like to complete the finishing on Wednesday when I have another day off for Yom Kippur.
I am so glad that I decided to finally stitch something for Halloween.

I have been adding a few rows here and there on my sweater. The color is off in this picture. It is really a dark maroon.
I really like the pattern. I am a little worried about the sizing. I seem to be okay width-wise, but I have too many rows for the gauge. I am hoping that I will be able to adjust when the pattern gives you inches for length. Otherwise, I may have to visit my yarn shop for advice. I am hesitant to do so as I didn't purchase this yarn at the shop. I am using yarn from ACMoore.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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