Tuesday, March 18, 2014

a new start

after the success from my previous petei finish, i decided to capitalize and immediately start my next petei kit. 


i quickly stitched through the face and moved onto the top of the hat and mittens (kalem variations in burmilana)


next came the coat. a long cross in petite very velvet was the first layer, followed by the fern stitch in burmilana. the outer layers of the coat are the knotted stitch in alternating directions. 


he's all bundled up and ready for his buttons and turkey work fur!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

a beautiful finish

remember ten million years ago when i finished this ornament?

the reason it took so long to finally get to the finisher and back to me was because it was part of the batch, along with my stocking, that we thought was stolen. i had completely forgotten about this little ornament until it came back to me recently!





i'm so glad this wasn't lost forever. i'm in love with the luxurious green silk that matches the memory thread perfectly. after the working and re-working, it's definitely worth it when it comes back from the finisher! 




Thursday, March 6, 2014

it's a finish!

pardon my absence, i've been reveling in the Mardi Gras festivities of the city, and now i'm ready to get to the gym to work all that king cake out of my ass!

i also have a petite petei finish to share, i just love it...



a 2014 finish in the books!

Monday, February 10, 2014

almost finished!

the petei santa is almost done, and i love how it's starting to look!


after the final layer of the coat was stitched, i moved onto the fur and beard


fur is a french knot/continental combination. super easy, and i love the effect!


now trying to find the motivation to continue basketweaving the background!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

stretch before blogging...

i definitely feel like i need to do some serious stretching after my not-so-short blog break. this might be rusty, but i'm flying right in!

first, and most importantly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support. this has been an incredible journey, and thank you for giving me space to find my footing so this little bird could make its way back to the nest. 

^ that made sense....right? i was going for a bird-flies-back-to-the-blogging-nest metaphor there. 


more on my personal journey later. for now, i will give you an update and photo dump for what i've been working on lately!

i had this petei santa in my stash and luckily was able to snag a stitch guide and threads from the french knot! i'm on a big kick right now trying to work through everything that i have a guide and/or threads for before i move on to any new projects.


after completing the face, gloves and boots, i was ready to move on to the coat. the first layer called for an scotch stitch in alternate directions


there were some areas that were painted off-center, so i paid more attention to my counting.


the next layer was filling in the remaining red areas with a satin stitch in neon rays. it forms a cross-like shape, but i love how the different threads and shapes play off each other!


next came the silver layer, which called for a rice stitch combination in kreinik. 



his coat is starting to look so cute! 



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

blog update and a finish


my apologies for the blog break, i know it's been a while but i have needed this time to focus. 

i have still managed to find pockets of time here and there to stitch, and was able to finally finish the thanksgiving cross stitch



i'm not entirely certain what my blogging future will be, but know that i have kept up with all of you and your beautiful work and am cheering you on every step of the way!


i am disabling the comments for this post, and i hope you will understand. be back soon! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

weekend progress

my favorite time to stitch is on the weekends. hours of uninterrupted time to stitch, to be lazy, to watch football, and maybe pepper in a few naps and meals. 

with the quick turnarounds and high demands that i encounter at my job, the weekends are my time to recharge my batteries, wash my makeup off and chill out. 

stitching has become so much more than a hobby to me, it has become an effective tool in helping me "come down" at the end of the day. it helps me be quiet, focused and calm.

this weekend i made more progress and more x's



one pumpkin down...two more to go!

what does stitching do for you?