Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year New Starts

That's how it goes for you too right? New Year = New Starts!

I'm starting off the year strong. My last start of 2014 turned into my first finish of 2015! I decided to cross off one ornament on my long list (which can be found here), Peppermint Latte by Casey Buonaugurio Designs (you can find it in the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue).

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It was done on a mystery piece of pink linen. After I took the first two pictures I realized that I forgot the bottom line, so the final picture has that! I like how it turned out! I'm going to add it to my to-be-finished pile (there's only 3 pieces there right now). I would like to go find some fabric for it, I don't really have anything suitable in my stash.

I tok one final picture of my Tirasmu before putting it away for my Plum Pudding start:

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I started my Plum Pudding by Glendon Place for the SAL that Neil and I are hosting (you can still sign up here).

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I was debating back and forth on the fabric choice. My Tiramisu project is on Jazlyn and has a much thicker weave to it, while this Lugana is very open. I was thinking that they would look weird side by side, but, who knows if I'll even be displaying them side by side, so I'm going to keep on with this. It'll be the same dimensions anyway. Which is what I actually cared about. The colors are so difficult to photograph. They are totally dependent on the lighting, and it's been gray clouds here for days, and probably won't let up until March!

I have also borrowed some hardanger books from the library. I thought it would be fun to try! Here's the books I got:

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And here are my first two designs. Let's not talk about the counting mistakes I made on the kosher blocks that I didn't notice until way later (the white bits)... I think it's pretty fun and I am going to order some Caron Waterlilies threads (the ones that are equivalent to the DMC perles, I keep forgetting their names) to have fun with.

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The JoAnn's near me really didn't have any options, so I got 2 purples, one green and white to start off with, I've found a few patterns I like so I'm thinking I'll start with the non-cut work ones and then try some cutting too.

That's it for today! Anyone else starting off into new hobbies for the new year?


  1. Great Brenda, you have your first finish. A lovely design. And you have an impressive list of ornaments. BUt my lists are also always impressive, lol. Good luck with your ornaments.

    Looking forward to seeing more about your Hardanger stitching. It's looking nice so far. I will not try to start a new hobby. I already have my quilting that has taken a backseat and must come forward this year. I hope I will find the time.

  2. Congrats on the finish !! Lovely stitching!!

  3. Looking forward to watching your hardanger's quite addictive.

  4. Very nice starts, Brenda, and your first finish is very cute... I notice some CLP books in your hardanger pile--you must live nearby :)

  5. I love plum pudding, and tiramisu as well...I had SUCH a hard time not jumoing and signing up for your SAL, but I have way to many new starts for the year already. So I will continue watching yours, and maybe join later or next year or sometime :D