9.08.2012

Another First!

Hi there everyone!

I think it is time for an update!  After my last finish I decided to start another ornament... this one is from Donna Kooler's book 101 Ornaments for Christmas by Leisure Arts.  There is a whole grouping of Nativity Ornaments that I just love.  I started one on some overdyed aida and it was going very quickly... until I got sidetracked!  Here it is...

 All it needs is a little more backstitching around the outside, but I'm working on another piece I can't seem to put down, so it will have to wait a bit!

Here's another piece of a project that got left when I started "the project I can't put down".  A little Precious Moments piece for a gift...


Interested in this project I can't put down?????

You will NEVER guess.  Especially Gillie, who couldn't understand how I could give birth to a child who loves to stitch these particular patterns...

Yes.  I started a HAED pattern!!

Now don't get too excited.  A year or so ago, my dd (who has three HAED patterns on the go right now) kitted up a Tiny Treasure pattern for me for Christmas.  It's truly tiny.  About 4x6 on 18 count fabric.  But I'm doing it, and what's more I am THOROUGHLY enjoying myself.  The pattern is Cow Over the Moon - now go click on the link so you can see what it will look like!  Did you do it??  OK, here's my progress so far....


Can you see the cat's tail and paw?? It makes me smile.  : )  I'm stitching it with 2 threads over 1 (18 count is so easy to work with!)  and I am gridding down as I go.  I even watched a tutorial on parking threads, so I'm doing that, too, and just working on one block of 100 at a time.  I usually have time for about 2 blocks a day and it is so relaxing for me!  If I actually finish it I want to go a step up and get the Mini Christmas Mailbox chart next.  I might try that on 22 count, but I'm not sure.  I still want it to be fun, but I think on 22 count I might get by with 1 over 1 and save myself some $$ on floss. : )

Oh!  I found something out this past week.  Remember my strong dislike of the Dimensions kit I was doing??  I pulled it out again the other day, thinking I could just do one thread worth of stitching on it.  I did two or three stitches and had SO much trouble pulling the thread through and I was so frustrated!  I handed it to my daughter and said - "Here - you try it and see why I get so upset!".  When she tried it the needle went through like butter.  Grr.  I tried again.  The needle kept catching and slipping through my fingers.  Double Grr.  Finally I realized that our fingertips are shaped differently.  Mine are sort of tapered at the top and there isn't really any padding up there.  Hers are rounded at the top.  When I try to pull the needle through something difficult it slips right out of my fingers, but she has a better grip on it and can pull it through with no problems.  Interesting, huh??  She said that she will finish the Dimensions kit for me. : )  I am a happy camper!!

OK, I've rambled enough now, I think!  Thanks for stopping by today!!

9 comments:

Denise SA said...

I think your very brave to stitch a HAED design I have some but not started any yet.

CatsnCorgis said...

I love the kitten! However, can I borrow your daughter for a couple of years?
Sally S

Julie said...

Cute HAED design, you are steaming along with it. I love the Christmas ornament design, that's going to be so lovely made up.

Carol said...

I am always so impressed by all of you brave HAED stitchers!! That one is particularly cute :)

Lovely Christmas ornament in progress and that Precious Moments piece is adorable!

Interesting about the differently shaped fingertips--who knew?! Glad your daughter is going to help you out on the kit :)

Joy said...

I bow to you for trying a HAED pattern!! I am not there yet, although I do see patterns I like. Great progress on the ornie and Precious Moments piece...they are soo cute!

Sally said...

Love your HAED piece! I've just got back into stitching HAEDs and have started a new one and have picked up Guardian again. I love that Mini Christmas Mailbox too!

Maureen said...

Congrats on starting your first HAED - they really aren't as scary as you first think. Love the Mail Box one as well.

DJ said...

Oh, the HAED is coming along beautifully!! I can see why you love it so much. I've had trouble pulling threads through dimension kits too, but realized I had lost strength in my thumb due to carpal tunnel syndrome...you might want to get that checked? There are exercises you can do to strengthen your fingers! Love the little ornament you are doing!! *Hugs*

SoCal Debbie said...

The ornament and Precious Moments pieces are beautiful. Thanks for the link to the HAED TT. Now I'm going to look at all of those tiny designs!