WIP Wednesday – Episode 32

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been mainly working on my Fabulous Women In History project, with a small deviation on Valentine’s Day. However, my stitching progress was impeded by that rascally Frog! Do you have projects that seem to attract the Frog more than others? For me it is Fabulous Women in History, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why. Anyway, here is my update.

Fabulous Women in History

Last week I switched over to Fabulous Women in History, the 2017 SAL from Cloudsfactory. The two women featured for February are Virginia Woolf and Marie Curie. Everything was stitching up fine as I started on Virginia Woolf, but as I moved further along I found mistake after mistake. I even had to frog a whole section of the top border. Also, while I love the coloring in the Weeks Dye Works floss, the Capri is giving me a tough time. No matter what I do it never looks right. All well, I keep moving forward.

Love Potions

Last Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, I celebrated by working on a Mill Hill magnet kit, Love Potions. It is from the same collection as Princess Carriage, Autumn Harvest Collection. Working with the Mill Hill kits is becoming addictive. The only issue is that I sometimes have to wait until I have an oppurtunity to sit in a “safe” zone to work on the beading. So Love Potions is all stitched and waiting for its bling.

Ex-Machina

This week I want to share my plans for my Heaven And Earth Designs project, Ex-Machina. This is my first BAP (Big Ass Project), my first full coverage piece, and the smallest count fabric I have ever worked on. With those factors in place, working on Ex-Machina, does not fit into the usual routine I have for my day to day stitching. Since this project is definitely going to be a long standing WIP, I’ve decided to attack it with a different strategy.

With agreement from my husband, once a month, I am going to dedicate an entire Sunday (We go to Church on Saturday nights.) to working on Ex-Machina. The entire day! No cooking, no cleaning, just stitching! Of course I will make sure the dogs and cat are fed and let out, but other than that I am stitching. Why am I sharing this bit on information with you now? Because this coming Sunday is my first HAED day! I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram if you want to check them out, otherwise check back next Wednesday to find out how it went.

Well that’s my cross stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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WIP Wednesday – Episode 31 – Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This past week I have been working on two projects and have a small one planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For the most part, I tend to switch projects on either Sunday or Monday, depending on how I am progressing. This week I wanted to make as much progress on Into The Jungle as I could, so I stitched through Sunday night and made my switch on Monday morning.

For Into The Jungle I finished the adorable Toucans and stitched the borders on the upper blocks as well as the top line. My plan is to work on the borders as much as I can each time I work on a new block.

Monday morning I switched to Cloudsfactory Fabulous Women in History. The women selected for February were Marie Curie and Virginia Woolf. As a science major, I know Marie Curie and her role in history, however Virginia Woolf was a fabulous woman I was not that familiar with. So far I have most of Virginia done and should finish this section by the weekend.

Also, I am definitely restitching that chandelier for Coco Chanel, using some left over beads from a Mill Hill kit.

Today being Valentine’s Day, I decided to celebrate by working on Love Potions  from the Autumn Harvest Mill Hill collection.

I already have a few stitches in so hopefully I will finish this piece today and add it to my cart with Princess Carriage.

Well, that’s my stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 27 – Another FFO

Well this has been an interesting end of the week. Thursday morning I fell out front of the house and banged myself up pretty bad. In fact my knee is still swollen and stiff, giving me a bit of difficulty. Thankfully it is responding to ice and medicine, just slowly. In the meantime, I’d like to share another Fully Finished Object (FFO).

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram feed for a while, you will have picked on the fact that I am stitching my way through Year of Celebrations published by Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine and designed by Cathy Habermas. So far I have stitched February through September. Since I am more than half way done the series I decided to start finishing them.

My plan from the first time I saw the series was always to finish each motif individually and display them interchangeably each month. Each motif, when stitched on 14 count Aida, measures 4 inches by 4 inches, which makes them the perfect size to wrap around a 4 inch canvas square. That’s exactly what I did.

Since the canvas squares come in packs of two, I finished February and March together. For the backing I used scrapbook paper in a coordinating theme. The finished pieces rest nicely in a small easel and will be displayed on my seasonal decor shelf.

Here are a few pictures of the process:

They turned out exactly how I imagined them. That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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WIP Wednesday – Episode 30

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. February is in full swing and this week we have started off strong here at the Refuge Since last week’s update, I have been working on finishing up the September pattern from the Year of Celebrations series. In fact I finished this one up on Saturday night. The backstitching of the letters was actually quite enjoyable.

February also brought with it the next installment of the Into The Jungle SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, and it sure is a cute one. Three lovely Toucans kept me company during Super Bowl Sunday, they must have brought some good luck to their fellow birds. Way to go Eagles! Take a look at the stitching progress I’ve made:

There is a mistake, can you see it? I actually like it the way it is so I’m not fixing it.

Well, that’s my stitching this past week, I hope to stitch up the border from Into The Jungle before I switch of to another project.

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 26 – Fully Finished Princess Carriage

Greetings on this Super Bowl Sunday! What team are you rooting for? As a Philly girl I am required to root for the Eagles, but since I am not a football fan, I will be sitting next to my husband stitching while he watches the game. My plan is to work on the lovely Toucans that arrived in my mailbox this week, the February block of the Into The Jungle SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They are adorable, make sure to look for my weekly update on Wednesday to see how they turn out. In the mean time, I have decided to change the structure of my Sunday posts, to give myself the freedom to have some flexibility and variety to what I write about and share. So for this week, I’d like to share a FFO (Fully Finished Object)!

This year I am focusing on fully finishing my pieces. Stitching is my therapy and because of that, I stitch for myself. Which means, that every pattern and piece is something that I love and enjoy. Now I have all this joy sitting in a bin waiting to be turned into something. My goal is to set aside time each month to work on finishing up my pieces. To get things rolling, I choose a fairly easy finish, but a technique that I have not done in the past. If you recall, back in December I had finished stitching my Princess Carriage from Mill Hill’s Autumn Collection. Here are a few progress pictures:

This was the first ever Mill Hill kit that I completed and I really struggled in the beginning to get the hang of working with perforated paper. Once I figured that out, though, I really enjoyed working the pattern & loved how the carriage came together once I added the beads. The kit came with a magnet, so I finished the Princess Carriage as a magnet using scrapbook paper for the backing. I was very nervous cutting the perforated paper, so it probably took me twice as long as it should. Also, I still don’t like how the backing paper shows at the perimeter, so I may go back in with sharper scissors later. For now here it is:

Currently, my Princess Carriage is decorating my rolling cart, but I may have to start a dedicated area once I have more finished, as this piece will be remembered as the piece that spawned my addiction to Mill Hill kits.

That’s all for now I hope you have a great week

and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

WIP Thursday? – Episode 29

Hello fellow stitchers. This weekly update on my cross stitching is being brought to you one day late, thanks to the awesome migraine that came to visit me on Monday night and stayed until early this morning. Seriously, Monday evening was the start of the worst migraine I’ve had in a long time and pretty much kept me from doing anything other than sitting quietly in a dark room for two days. So that also means that there was not a lot of stitching getting done. However I did manage to finish the August motif from Year of Celebrations and get a start on September. Here are a few progress pictures from before the migraine hit:

Thankfully, I am feeling much better this morning and hope to finish up September this evening so I can get started on the February block of the Into The Jungle SAL, which should hit my inbox at 3pm today.

Also, this year I think I want to start a monthly Project Life page showing my cross stitching work from that month. Here is a look at my page for January:

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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WIP Wednesday – Episode 28

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. Welcome to another weekly update on my cross stitching.

Into The Jungle

Last week I shared two new starts, one of which is The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s 2018 stitch along, Into The Jungle. This month’s block is the adorable Sloth. This pattern looks to be just as fun to stitch as Happily Ever After. Since last Wednesday, I managed to finish the block and stitched the border for February’s block. Here’s a look at stitching my sloth, whom I’ve named Sammie:

Year Of Celebrations – August

After taking Into The Jungle off the frame, I wanted to work on a smaller piece in hopes of having a finish for January. So I decided to kit up the next two months that I need to stitch in the Year Of Celebrations series. So far in this 12 months series, I have completed six of the monthly motifs, February through July:


Making August and September the next two in the line up. As I may have stated before, I am attempting to stitch this series strictly from my stash. Each month is stitched on 14 count Aida making the finished pieces 4” by 4”, which is perfect for my intended finishing. For the floss I converted the recommended floss to DMC, and beyond that if I didn’t have the converted floss in my stash I picked from what I did have on hand. So far August is stitching up nicely:

Ex-Machina

In other exciting stitching news, the material pack for my first Heaven And Earth Design, Ex-Machina, arrived Monday. There was no way I could contain my excitement, therefore I went ahead and put the fabric on the frame and started the first page of stitching.


This is going to take me an extremely long time to stitch, so I’m glad I started with a pattern I really love.

Well that’s my stitching so far…

Thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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