Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Last stitches of 2016 and a new stitch for 2017

I wanted to post the last stitches and finishes of 2016.
Here they are:


 I stitched this piece called Holly Jolly Soul by With Thy Needle and Thread last January.  It was my
first stitched finish of 2016.  But I just did the final finishing in December.  I think he turned out 
quite cute.




 I stitched this piece after seeing Carolina Stitchers pieces.  This is a Sue Hillis Design called Peace 
from 2009 JCS Ornament magazine.
Started and Finished 12-18-2016


 I received this Lizzie Kate kit from one of my stitching buds last year for Christmas.  Decided 
it should be stitched and finished for this year.
Lizzie Kate - Jingle All The Way.
Started 12-2-2016
Finished 12-3-2016


 Pineberry Lane - A Sprig of Holly from Punch Needle and Prim Stitcher magazine.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 12-19-2016
Finished 12-20-2016
Sled is Shepherd's Bush - Santa Sled.
Started 12-19-2016
Finished 120-2016


 Another piece I stitched at the beginning of 2016. This is a Abby Rose - Share the Joy of Christmas.
I found this frame in my stash, a thrift shop find, just had to repaint it. 
I think this one turned out pretty good too! 


 Little House Needleworks -Blue House in Winter from the 2016 JCS Ornament magazine.
Stitched on 28 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 12-22-2016
Finished 12-24-2016


 I finished stitching this Shepherd's Bush stocking earlier this year for my son-in-law. Again
just finished it in December.  Why rush????


 The Primitive Hare - Prim Christmas from 2016 JCS Ornament magazine.
Stitched on 28 count Fabric Flair Snowflake linen with DMC.
Started 11-13-2016
Finished 11-14-2016

 This piece was stitched in 2011!!!!  Just decided that is really needed to be finished.
Not real sure of the designer.


 Another ornie from the 2016 JCS Ornament magazine.
The Little Stitcher - Blue Snowman.
Stitched on 32 count Natural linen with DMC.
Started and Finished 11-27-2016

There may have been a few more finishes for 2016 that I didn't record.  If I get myself organized I may post them also.
I did have 65 finished for the year!


Now here is my first start and finish for 2017.


Cloudsfactory - I cross stitch quote.
Stitched on 28 count white linen with DMC.
Started 1-1-2016
Finished 1-3-2016
Hope to get this framed in the next day or so.

So as I say almost every year I want to be better at posting because I use my
blog as a log for myself to keep track of what I do.  Not sure I will do that but I
will try my best.  

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope 2017 is wonderful for everyone:)


Joan 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

FlossTube Video

OK, boys and girls I have jumped on the FlossTube train!!!

Not sure if I should have.  I find it very strange to talk into a computer.  But my daughter Chaz 
talked me into trying it, in fact she sat in on it and helped me along.
She has also been my technical help.  I don't really do computer stuff well and Chaz has
been helping me along and getting me more involved in the social/technical world!!!

So if you have a few minutes and watch FlossTube go check out my video.

Also check me out on Instagram and my Facebook page- MadeByMamaJoan- a link to my Instagram is on my sidebar.  I am having a giveaway for the project bags I am selling.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great week and staying warm.
Joan:)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Instagram Giveaway!

Hey Stitchers!  I'm expanding my technology horizons and have recently branched out to Instagram.  With this big leap, I am hosting a giveaway.  It's a winter themed project bag with a clear front.  Please find and follow me on Instagram- @nammyjoan  You can click on my new Instagram badge found on the right to navigate to my page. There you can find the details about how to enter and see projects I am working on, and projects I have finished.  Speaking of... it's Finishing Friday! My daughter saw one of the ornaments I completed recently and requested one.  So here it is!

I picked up the cute little red sled from Michael's.  I may have to go back for more!  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.
Happy Stitching:)
Joan

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A few more finishes...

I had a couple of finishes this week.

 Stitched up these Santa's for the grands this year.  Sorry for the glare.  I don't take very good pictures.
I stitched these up through the year and just finished them this week.  My hubby spray painted the snowflakes and I embellished them.  As of now I have 6 grands, so I have an ornie for my tree and one extra!!!  The design is from Charland Designs called Santa Topper from Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine.  Not sure which year though.

 This is Foxwood Crossings-RFD Sledding stitched on brown 14 count perforated paper with DMC threads.
Started 11-7-2016
Finished 11-9-2016
How cute is this, I love it!

Lastly, Stacy Nash's --December 25th Merry Christmas stitched on 32 count ice dyed linen by me with DMC threads.
Started 11-5-2016
Finished 11-7-2016

That's it for today.
Hope you all are having a great weekend and HAPPY STITCHING!!!
Joan

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two More Christmas finishes

Keeping with trying to post my finishes as I do them, I have to more Christmas ornies done.


 LHN--2016 Christmas Ornament.
Stitched on 32 count French Lace with DMC threads.
Started 10-31-2016
Finished 11-3-2016

Lizzie Kate--Peppermint Sleds-Cardinal.
Stitched on 14 count Perforated Paper with DMC threads.
Started and Finished 11-3-2016



Did some dying today.  I dyed a piece of 32 count and 36 count linen.
I am going to use to 36 count for Plum Street Samplers-Olga's Autumn Stocking.
This is my version of Vintage Pearled Barley.  Tried to match it to DMC 842.
I think it will work out great.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
Happy Stitching:)
Joan


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Trying to be proactive!!!

I have had a couple of stitching finishes and thought I would try to get them posted right away.
So not like me:)

 First up is this piece from The Trilogy called Round Robin.  This was a stitch that our retreat group decided to do as a group project for our birdhouse retreat this last August.
The tin was from Micheal's that my hubby spray painted brown.
I stitched this back in March and finally finished it the other day.  I think it turned out pretty cute.
Stitched on 32 count Clay with DMC thread.
Started and Finished the stitching 3-14-2016.

 This stocking is from The Ladies Prim Society Club.  I just received this last week.  It is designed by
Heartstring Samplery.  The piece is called Winter Snow Stocking.  Stitched on 35 count Heartstring Blend with Weeks Dye Works thread.
Started 10-28-2016
Finished 10-30-2016

Lastly is this With Thy Needle and Thread piece called Summer Saltbox.  I have had this for a bit and decided it was time to get it done.  Even though this was stitched on 32 count over one thread, it stitched up pretty quick.  I just love it--sooo cute.
Stitched on 32 count French Lace with DMC thread one over one.
Started 10-30-2016
Finished 10-31-2016

Well there you have it for today. I am off to do some more sewing and finishing today and 
stitching tonight.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Happy Stitching,
Joan

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trying to do catch up!!!

I have been busy with stitching, sewing, crocheting and finishing.  I just have not been as good at posting to my blog.  So here is a little catch up!

Since it's fall, I thought I would start out with a few fall finishes.

LHN-Pumpkin Patch out of PNPS Magazine,
Stitched on 28 count linen that I dyed with overdyed threads I choose out of my stash.
Started 9-28-2016
Finished 9-29-2016

 My stitching bud Jackie and I stitched up cauldrons.  Mine is on the left.
Drawn Thread-Full Moon, mine was stitched on 36 count Dirty linen with DMC thread.
Started 8-27-2016
Finished 8-28-2016

 Again my stitching bud and I stitched up this Jeannette Douglas-Pumpkin Pincushion.
We used a tart/quiche pan which my hubby spray painted brown.
Stitched on 36 count Antique Ivory with DMC threads.

Now I have been watching Floss Tube and see how many starts some people do/have.
With that being said, I am not criticizing how people want to stitch but it overwhelms me when 
someone has tons of starts.  I have my fair share of starts so I understand it but it has inspired me to take a look at all my starts and try to get them finished.  I have about 25-30 starts.  So here are a few that I have finished recently.
  
 First up is a birth sampler for one of my granddaughters.
Drawn Thread-Birth Sampler.
Stitched on 40 count white with NPS.
I started this back in 2009 and finished it September 2016.
I have one more birth sampler to do for our grandson and then another
one to do for a new grandbaby due in March 2017!!!

 This is my oldest WIP!!!  I am so HAPPY to have this one finished.
This is a Jean Farish Needlework piece.  It's called Down Home Christmas ABC's.
It was stitched on 14 count white with DMC threads.
Now I know this was a old piece because I don't stitch on 14 count--I am kind of a linen snob.
Also I had started this piece at the top and I don't ever start at the top, I always start my pieces at the bottom.  I think I started this piece in 1989 or 1990!!!!
Finished 9-25-2016

 This is the fabric I used on the back.

This is how far I was when I decided to finish this stocking.
So it only took me about 2 weeks to finish it.  Why did it take me so long???
Did I mention that I love this piece.  So glad I finished it:)

 One more WIP that I pulled out and finished.  
Christmas of Olde--On Giving.
Stitched on 36 count flax with DMC variations thread.
Finished 10-26-2016.
I will be finishing this into a flat ornie.

 Did the finishing on this Shepherd's Bush scissor fob.

 The Scarlett House--This is my Happy Place.
Stitched on 40 count mystery linen with DMC threads.
Started 9-16-2016
Finished 9-18-2016
I finished this in an old jewelry box.
I love how this turned out.

 Here's a look on the inside.

 Lizzie Kate-Accept What Is.
Stitched on 32 count lambswool with DMC thread.
Started on 8-24-2016
Finished 8-26-2016
Framed in a thrift shop frame.

 Yep, I jumped on the DBCS train.  Here is my progress so far.
Now I haven't worked on it for a month or so.  But I will return to it.
I am stitching it on Antique White using DMC thread 3818.

 This is an afghan I made for our daughter for her 30th birthday.
It took me 2 weeks to crochet it.  Needless to say I did not get any cross stitching done!!

 I have also done some sewing.  I made these bags.
I also make pouches and other items to sell.
Check out my FB page and Esty shop.
facebook.com/MadebyMamaJoan
MadebyMamaJoan.esty.com

 I made these two frogs for two of my friends who's daughters had little girls this September.
I think they turned out quite cute.
You can find a tutorial on these on the Fat Quarter Shop you tube channel.
You do have to buy the pattern by Me and My Sister.

Lastly here is a picture of some of my stitching buds.  we gather on October 1st at a local grocery store that has a great community room.  We had a great day together.  We hope to do this again soon.

Thanks for visiting and I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Happy Stitching,
JOAN