Jettsmom, I didn't get either of my quilts done, either. I cleaned up yesterday, put some more scarves and a couple dresses away, and the suitcase that's been sitting out since the beginning of November. At least DH's gifts aren't in there hidden under fabric any more. I think the roll of foam needs to find a new home, it's just in the way. Going to be a relaxed day, hoping to sew this afternoon.
12-24-2019, 11:40 AM
I got the last coat of paint on the shelf extension. I hope to get that installed this afternoon so I can get the paint stuff put away. I really should use up the paint and paint the desk that's holding up my embroidery machine. It's a hideously ugly brown with some staining on the top and would look better dark blue. The paint is old and if it's not used soon, it won't be any good. It would probably be just about the right amount for 2 coats on the desk. Not my first choice of color, but it's a work table so I'm not that picky. It's way better than the brown.
Got Mom's presents all wrapped and ready to go. Still have to deal with some food, but I'll probably do that in the morning.
12-24-2019, 03:37 PM
I’m slowly plugging away on the house today. I’m supposed to be Christmasing this afternoon and evening, but I begged off. For a too much information moment, I’ve developed a uti, lucky me, and Sharon picked up a prescription for me on the on way out so it’s publicly legitimate. I could soldier through it, of course, but if you’re unlucky like me, you know how uncomfortable it is. I’m just not eager for socializing, which is always a little taxing for this old introverted hermit. If I feel better, I’ll go over this evening. But since tomorrow all day and all evening, I think that will be enough.
I’ve decided for the WIP in my winter rotation instead of the north wind piece, I’ll get the antique Christmas car kit back out. It has floss that is fuller than DMC, so probably a lot like the CXC will be. It is full coverage, and I had only done a tiny bit on it, so I am going to restart it on 25 and see how that goes. I think all I have in 25 is white and (probably) pale gray. I need to look at it. If I like working on it with the half stitch, I want to get a few more pieces, a neutral warm tone or two and a light green that should look good with a lot of my patterns. The rush is that I want to everything cross stitch ordered by the end of the year, and then next year see how long I can go buying nothing but floss as needed. That’s the plan anyway.
I think I’m going to move all the yarn to the attic. I’m just not crocheting at all right now or for the foreseeable future. That will clear out a lot of space and I can regroup on some storage. I want to make a small closet a broom closet, since I’ve never had a good place to keep brooms, mops, and buckets. Moving the yarn would give me a good place to put the supplies in there now. That’s another end of the year project.
12-24-2019, 05:02 PM
I tend to just do relatively quick things for holidays. The necklaces I made took about 90 minutes each. Even that was a little much this year with all I had going on. I did not get them mailed till the 20th. So it is iffy they will get there on time.
In some non holiday news, I did some successful thread painting. I tried two skeins of thread with the Jacquard fabric paints and a little water. The color seemed to stick with them. The coverage was uneven but it makes for some nice subtle coloration.
The purple is all one batch, but I had to cut it because of thread tangles.
I tried another skein with alcohol markers and rubbing alcohol. I have got some bleeding in the wash. It is not as bad as my previous dye attempts. It may still be usable.
I think I may try more with the paints later.
12-24-2019, 05:15 PM
DC, hope you are feeling better soon. You have a right to a quiet christmas eve. Enjoy your stitching. I worked on mine some today. Got tired of the green and chose a medium brown and did a few branches.
Kathy, glad your thread project is a success. I like that blue color.
I found a stack of triangles and was able to assemble 5 blocks. I need another 8, which is 32 dark and light triangles each. I have a random handful, but not nearly that many. Looking at my remaining fabric choices.
The pillow cases are on their way.
12-24-2019, 06:23 PM
Thanks CH. The antibiotic should knock it out in a couple of days. I don’t know when I have last taken an antibiotic. It’s been years, so I didn’t hesitate to ask for it or the doctor to prescribe it, taking my word for it. This just isn’t the time to deal with it.
I got out the car kit and cut a piece of 25 ct white for it. Moving from 16 to 25 is a huge change. Now it’s 6x8. If I framed things on full coverage it wouldn’t matter what color it was done on, but since I don’t it will still be bordered by the fabric color. Unfortunately the gray is darker than I remember, but is the only one available unless there are dyed ones.
Kathy, your thread turned out ready great. I had never heard of the paint, but I’m glad it works so well. I’ll try to remember if I ever want to go adventuring with dying my own.
12-24-2019, 06:42 PM
Hope you feel better soon, D. Sounds like a quiet evening is just what the doctor ordered. Merry Stitchmas!
Cool threads, Kathy.
Sounds like progress for you, CH.
I tried working on my cross stitch, but it was one mistake after another.
We shoved stuff around in the cabin and got the short scaffolds freed up so I can set the desk on them for painting. I probably won't start that till Friday.
Got the shelf extension installed, and the bag fits just right. Glad that's over. It gives me a little more space for thread, too.
12-24-2019, 06:47 PM
D, you could add a broadcloth frame around your car when it's done, or mat board. Then the color of the embroidery fabric wouldn't matter.
12-24-2019, 07:30 PM
I don’t sew well enough to keep a border straight on this tiny count. A mat board without frame or glass would warp, and would require flat storage I don’t have since it could not be folded up, at least when I get to the larger ones. I would rather just stitch on a larger piece of fabric. Until, if ever, I get to the largest ones it won’t take big pieces of fabric. You squeeze a lot into a small space at 25 to the inch.
I’m posting to say the verdict is in. Stitching on the 25 ct lugana with two strands is much easier than 18 ct with three. The holes on the 25 count are easier to see than on the 18 too. The Lugana weave has larger holes than Aida. So no full coverage on 18. I’ll do it all on 25. I’m glad that’s settled. Jungle Buddha will get a restart too. I’ve onky done about 1/5 of one page, so better to switch to the easier way.
12-24-2019, 08:31 PM
You could stitch by hand and follow the rows in the embroidery cloth to keep straight, same as for the cross stitching.
Too bad we don't live closer. I'd be happy to sew around your work for you.
12-25-2019, 10:57 AM
Merry Christmas, my crafty peeps! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.
12-25-2019, 11:48 AM
Thanks SD. And Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, if you celebrate a different festival.
And if there are any Discworld fans out there - Happy Hogswatch!
12-25-2019, 01:04 PM
Happy happy everyone! DH and I gave each other crafty stuff, so we're going to go play together. He loves his new flannel shirts, too.
12-25-2019, 01:37 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! lovely thread kathy! good idea w closet dcompton. hopefully the uti gets knocked out fast. my mil suffered from them bad finally was one permanent antibiotics. got spoiled..dh isn't very good of thinking of gifts so I tell him here buy me this and that lol plus did amazon list this year. he did get me this mug and yarn without prompts lol everyone is happy here and it is sunny for a change! so all good Attachment 50005
12-25-2019, 05:14 PM
M- I love your mug!
I bailed early on the Christmas party, just got home. It will probably go on until 8-9 but I just wasn’t feeling up to. Up too late last night, up too early this morning, and the last straw was that between last night and this morning the toilet went out over there, so a trip to the bathroom was literally a trip. Out to my car, drive over to the house, then drive back. But I had fun, saw friends I only see on the big holidays, and ate well. I had partied enough though, and now I’m stretched out my recliner, cozy with s quilt on my lap, with books to listen to and cross stitch calling out to me.