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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A finish!!!


     I have a finish, whoo hoo!!!!  This is the first one since March of last year.  Almost a year, isn't that sad!!!  (That's what happens when you have twenty projects in rotation.  You hardly ever finish anything, and then you finish a bunch of things at once.  Jesus is almost finished too.  Yay!!!)  So I finished Tree of Stitches, by Abi Gurden. It was a lovely project to work on, and the last few parts just flew by.  I did two parts last week on Tuesday and two parts this week.  I love the way it turned out.  For the curious, I used DMC 125 (green variegate) on the leaves and the stems of the flowers.  I used GAST Dark Chocolate for the trunk, branch, and owl.  For the flowers, I used GAST Hibiscus for the petals and Lemon Drops for the centers (both gifts, thanks Dawn).  And the bunny is done in DMC 318.  I think it turned out beautifully, and I love it.  Thanks again, so much, Abi, for a wonderful design.
     I also worked some extra on Jesus this week.  I had this thing...   I was gonna put him aside, intending to go back to him on Sunday. 
 But then I didn't get back to him.  So I went to put it aside (I keep him next to my chair, down on the side, so he's not in my way), and the needle wasn't threaded.  That's a recipe for disaster, when I find the lost needle with my foot, so I had to thread it.  Then, so that YD didn't pull the threaded needle out of it and play with the floss, I started it so it was attached.  Then, since I was working on it anyways, I figured I'd put in some stitches on him, even though it was Monday.  So he's doing really well.  I have finished the full stitches on the bottom left, and finished all the full and half stitches on the bottom right.  I'm going to do the top left corner next, and then the half stitches between the two.  Then I have the top right corner to do and about twenty stitches in his face, and he's finished!!!  His hair is done, his neck is done, his cloak is done.  Whoo hoo!!  Oh, and I almost forgot to say, I'm not doing the aura around his face.  I don't like the color against the fabby.  The fabby is sort of an orangey brown and the color of the floss is sort of a tany brown.  Yuck!!  It just looks bad to my eye.  So I've decided not to do it, and my mom is okay with that.  Soon, and he'll be finished too.  (I'm debating if I should work on him or on In Her Garden later tonight.  If I work on him, he'll be done even sooner, whoo hoo!!)  So there his is in all his almost glory, lol.
     And I've gotten a lot done on my rotation piece for this week.  Friday I didn't get much done, but Saturday and Monday were good stitchy days. 
 I'm working on In Her Garden, and there is a LOT of the color I'm working on in this page.  Maybe one fourth of the stitches on the page?  It's a PITA though.  The floss wants to fray and break.  It's Dimensions floss, and I've never had this problem with their floss before, so IDK what's wrong with it.  A bad batch, maybe?  I've been treating it with my Thread Heaven, and that helps some.  But it still wants to leave stuff all over.  So I've had some problems, and I'm now loop starting, yay.  I'm using four strands, so I can loop start them if I'm careful about catching both strands.  The colors are black and very dark green.  At first, I was using four strands, and lariat starting.  But when I started having trouble, I decided to cut them in half.  Then, it occurred to me (before the first cut thankfully) that if I needed four strands, shorter, I could use one strand of each and loop start it.  Yes!!!  I was very happy about it.  It's working, so far.  I wasted almost one whole set of four strands before I started shortening them, but it's helping, so it's all good.
     And last but certainly not least, is a piccy of Yes Dear telling me to hurry up and take the darned piccy.  She was irritated cause I kept trying for a good shot, and couldn't get one.  So here she is!!
Hurry up Mom!!!!!!  Take the darned piccy already!

30 comments:

Margaret said...

Congratulations on your finish! It's beautiful! Your Jesus piece looks so close to being finished too.

natalyK said...

Congrats on a lovely finish!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Margaret. I really love how it turned out. Thanks Nataly!

megan_bright said...

I love your tree!! It's so pretty :D and yay for your Jesus almost being finished!

Wendy said...

Well done on the finish, the tree looks wonderful, love the little owl!

Mouse said...

ooo well done on your finish .. and almost there finish too ...lol and awwwwww that is a brill picture of yes dear ..lol love mouse xxxxx

cucki said...

well done for the lovely finish..
tree is looking so lovely and owl is super cute..
big hugs xx

Heli said...

Congrats on the finish, it's beautiful! Jesus is looking pretty good, too. :)

Sally said...

Hi

Congratulations on your finish it's lovely.

Sweet kitty too!

Patches said...

Lovely finish.

Anne said...

Congrats on your finish!! It looks fantastic on the fabby :D Yes Dear looks less enthused though, lol!!

Patricia Cecilia said...

It is lovely--congratulations! And it looks like a fun stitch as well. I'm looking forward to seeing Jesus finished and to progress on "In the Garden"

Lesley said...

Your Tree of Stitches is gorgeous. Congratulations on your finish :)

Nancy said...

Beautiful finish! You have made so much progress on Jesus...looking forward to your finish on him! In her Garden is coming along too!

Sandy In Montana said...

Beautiful stitching, Julie.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

jcat0629 said...

Beautiful finish of TOS! I love the trees in greens.

Your Jesus stitching looks amazing too!

nikkin said...

Congrats, your finish is beautiful! Jesus is looking great, I am sure your mom is going to love it!

/hugs,
Nikki

Sandy said...

Congrats on your finish! Jesus is looking real good.

Topcho said...

Congrats on finishing the tree, it's beautful! And all of your pther wips are looking great!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, y'all came out of the woodwork with that finish, lol. Thanks to all of you for all the comments. They mean the world to me!!! Thanks Megan, for both. Thanks Wendy. I actually didn't do the specialty stitch called for on the owl. I tried it, but you could see white between the rows, and I wanted a solid look. So I just did teeny little straight stitches instead. Thanks Mouse, for all three, lol. She loves to pose for the camera!!! Thanks Cucki. I love how it turned out. Thanks Heli. I can hardly wait to be finished with him!! Thanks Sally. She's being a butt today, lol. She keeps wanting to stand on the keyboard. Thanks Sierra! Much appreciated. LOL, Anne, she normally doesn't mind her piccy being taken, but that was about the fifth attempt to get a good piccy, so... It does look great on that fabby, and thanks again. I love it!! Aww, thanks Patricia. It was a fun stitch. I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much Lesley. (It's nice to hear gorgeous in some relation to me, lol.) Thanks so much Nancy. I'm looking forward to my finish on him too!! Aww, thanks Sandy. I appreciate the comment more than you know!! Thanks Jcat. I just went to your blog (looking for your real name, lol) and left a comment on the great stories you posted. Fab!! Thanks Nikki. She was thrilled to know I'm working on him again. Thanks Sandy. (I'm special, I have two Sandies commenting on my blog, lol.) Thanks Topcho. And grats again to you on yours!

Claudette497 said...

Happy dancing with you - TOS looks great! I know just how YD feels - I make that same face at my kids sometimes, LOL.

Deborah said...

Great progress!!

Love and Hugs!!
Deborah

SoCal Debbie said...

Great progress on Jesus! He will be done soon. Yes Dear looks just like my cat, Billy. What a great expression!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Claudette. BTW, I happened to bring up Jesus and his bad spray on tan the other day, and it cracked her up. It gets my vote for best comment on my blog, ever!! Thanks Deborah. Yeah, she's a stinker. I think she was tired of me taking her piccy, lol.

Tama said...

Your tree looks wonderful!!! I want to work on mine, but I lost the papers telling me which stitch was which, and I didn't save them, like a twit XD
Jesus looks great! So close to a finish! Love it when Happy Dances are so close together!
Your garden project is looking lovely, and so is Yes, Dear - and what lovely teeth she has, lol!!!

mdgtjulie said...

If you look back through my piccys, Tama, I usually talked about which stitch was which. I'm pretty sure between the piccys and the text you can figure out which stitch goes where. She does have lovely teeth, lol. The vet is always impressed with her dental health. It's because everything she eats is crunchy!! keeps the tartar away! Thanks for the comments on Jesus and the tree. I loved doing the tree, it was a great project to work on. Jesus will be the next finish, and then I have an ornie that's almost done too. Whoo hoo!! Hope you're having a great night.

Kaisievic said...

Fantastic finish - I really love your Tree of Stitches. You must be chuffed to have such a lovely finish.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Kaye. And I am.

Vickie said...

Congrats on the finish!!! At least Yes Dear will look at you...Bert and Jag turn their heads!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Vickie. Nah, she has to be called and cajoled to look at me, lol. Otherwise she refuses.