WIPs and finishes

Hi my stitchy friends!

In this month of April I finished my first quarter as a business in the new year. And rounding up all the receipts, invoices and whatnots I thought about updating my stitching status.

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of WIP’s on the different Facebook cross stitch groups and I have become no stranger to having WIPs lying around either. Since I’ve started designing (really putting patterns out there), my WIP tally has been going through the roof. But I think some of you are excited to see and read the stories behind every picture.

WIPS:

1. the coffee cross stitch.

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I acquired this cross stitch as a kit on a yard sale. It went from about 50 euros to 9 euros (that’s a steal!) And since my BF and I are such coffee lovers (addicted…) I just loved the kit and brought it home (even though I had stuff lying around) In hopes of finishing it and putting it next to our coffee maker in the kitchen. Even though this piece has French Knots, I might frame it with glass because it will be in hung in the kitchen eventually.

2. The glitter pattern.

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The glitter patter, I designed it since well, I do use glitter once in a while and this quote is 100% true. (I sometimes find glitter without knowing what project I used it for….) You can find the pattern here: etsy shop 

3. Star table cloth

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I bought this piece in March/April last year (2014) and hoped to have it finished this last Christmas. But it was placed on a back burner as I got involved in other projects and started my shop on Etsy. This is with a pressed design on it.

4. Art Nouveau Winter Unicorn.

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This is a piece older than the tablecloth. I designed it almost 2 years ago. And got this far in stitching it.  It has gold metallic thread in it, in this designed I learned to use it properly.

5. The DMC color chart

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I know that you all think I’ crazy. Well maybe a little. But, designing your own patterns you can’t just go on from the cross stitch pattern giving you the colors. You actually need to see them so you know how to pick the shades (in my humble opinion). I’ve started this crazy thing and hope one day to finish it, frame it, and properly use it. But this is when I would have a lot of free time on my hands (hahahaha…..)

6. The HAED water fairy/mermaid

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I was (and still am) Head over heels with this cross stitch even though the story didn’t have a very smooth beginning. I bought the kit from a shop that gets the pattern and makes then kit to sell themselves. BUT, they used the wrong kind of fabric and I didn’t notice it until everything became very difficult to stitch so tiny. As it had 36 count linen and of course you have to stitch over 2 lines. So I had to frog (rip it, rip it….) Like a few hours and colors of work. Almost destroyed the fabric while ripping out the floss…. It was a complete nightmare scenario. So I bought myself a nice restarting gift. A big cross stitching frame from DMC, it arrived in no time from (cross stitch corner) They are soon fast and good priced. This gave me enough courage to restart the entire project and this is the result as of today. It has been in a corner though as I’ve been rather busy these months.

Finished pieces:

You’d think finished pieces? what? Cross stitchers actually finishing projects? Unicorn miracles?

Yes, these are pieces I did for my embroidery hoop pendants on my Etsy account. These patterns haven’t been put up there yet but you can have a sneak peak of what to expect! The mermaid is stitched on 25 count over 1 thread. The forest animals on green are 14 count and the fox on blue is 25 count.

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I hope you liked these updates, if you have any suggestions or questions, please do!

And if you want to see more update pictures check me out on Instagram as Song Thread.

Good stitching!

Nathalie