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Theme-tas-stitch: Opulent October

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I'm only a day late this month too, so that might be a record lately. :) 

Check out Kerry's fantastic blog for more details and join in! 

This month I didn't get as much stitching on bling-related projects as planned, but I have a few to show. 

I had a new start on Covered Bridge:
and got to here so far:
Dragon in a circle on 14 pt sparkly gold aida - still trying to find the source of this one :)

I'm shoe-horning in the Lakeside Needlecraft Specialty Stitches SAL because I managed to finish part 3:
and part 4!

I'm stitching this 1 over 1 with Chromatic Alchemy threads on 28ct Realgar. Part 3 took a while because of the woven fan stitch, and I really enjoyed part 4. I'm not sure what part 5 will bring, whether it will be a central stitch or the 4 corners. I'm looking forward to Friday to find out. 

I hope you all had a very opulent October!

Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch

Gifted Gorgeousness - October Edition

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It's that time again, and I'm only a day late this month. :) Time to show off the projects we've been gifted or are making as gifts, or using as gifts, or whatever possible way you can find to shoehorn in your projects! 

Head over to the wonderful Jo's blog to learn all about it and find the links for everyone else who's joining in this month. 

I've posted some of this recently, but I did have a little progress on one project compared to my last post. 

Fishing

I still plan on letting the sky stay as is since the fabric should work well, but we'll see how it goes once I get it all filled in. I think I'll be able to start some of the back stitch soon instead of having to wait until the end. 

Covered Bridge started here:
got to here:

And you can tell it looks more like a bridge now. I think I'll be good to finish this by next month. 

I have been a little distracted by the next installment of the specialty stitches SAL and have completed 1/4 of the parts. Once …

Busy Week!

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I hope you've all had a good week! Apparently last week was an aberration and not the start of a new more frequent posting trend. :) However, I will continue to try and get at least one post up a week. 

There has been a fair bit of stitching over the weekend and the start of the week, although it's been busy these last couple nights. Here's a rundown of where I'm at so far. 

Part 2 of the Lakeside Needlecraft Specialty Stitches SAL
stitched with one thread on 28 count Realgar with Rainbow threads by Chromatic Alchemy
Part 3 of the SAL came out today and I hope to have some time to work on it Sunday. I don't think I'll have any time tomorrow, but maybe at the end of the day. 
October by Palko-lap
 stitched 2 over 1 on 14 ct? mystery grey fabric by Chromatic Alchemy with a Halloween thread by Jodyri I think. It was a special edition I purchased from Mrs. Milkybar Kid. :)
I even managed to mail this one early, so it should arrive well before the month is over for a cha…

Zodiac SAL - Libra

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Today is the first post of the Zodiac SAL hosted by the amazing and extremely well-organized Jo! Hop over to her blog to read her excellent Libra post. Libra is usually represented by scales (justice). As usual, it's a great idea to try and shoe-horn anything related to scales or air, since Libra is an Air sign. :)

I'm not a Libra myself and I didn't stitch anything related to scales, but I think I can add this to the "air" section as the phrase "music is in the air" :)
 WDW Caribbean on 28 ct white Monaco
And what makes you think of air blowing more than leaves in autumn?
 Jodyri threads - Greed on Chromatic Alchemy Nimbus
 Brooke's Books freebie leaves with WDW Ivy, Autumn Leaves and a brown I can't remember the name of

And the airy look of hardanger :)

I'll see what I can stitch this month that might fit the theme more next time. :)

Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch

Friday for Finishing (sort of)

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I managed to complete the 1st step of the Lakeside Needlecraft specialty stitches SAL this week, just in time for the 2nd step to come out today! 
stitched on 28 ct Realgar with ltd edition threads by Chromatic Alchemy
I think this was a good project to work on this week with the bright, happy colours. Plus the specialty stitches meant I couldn't accidentally overwork my shoulder and everything seems mostly back to normal at this point. 
I'm really happy with how the thread joined up. No frogging to make it work, although there were certainly spots I had to fix while stitching it. I think the colours flow pretty well, although you can definitely tell where the join is if you follow the rest of the pattern. 
Step 2 came out today and it's much smaller, only a small group of stitches in the 4 central locations of each side. I think I might even have it done in a day or two. The files are here if you're interested!
I had a little extra time last night and pulled out a couple …

TBT - Oldest WIP

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Wow, what's going on? So many posts! I'm feeling much more full of energy with my med changes and iron supplement, so let's hope it lasts. 

I had an idea to see if I could find a photo of my oldest WIP. 

Here it is:

This is one I purchased from ebay way back in 2009 I think. It may even have been earlier. I'd like to get back to this one and see if I still like it, however, finding it might be the issue. It's definitely the one I haven't touched in the longest time. My recent WIPs are in an expandable file, but this one must be somewhere. :)

Also, I think I've shared this one before, but it's one of my favourite cross stitches I've ever completed. It was hanging in our old house for years and years, but I think we forgot it when we moved...


This was from a cross stitch calendar where there was a pattern a day. A lot of them didn't appeal, but this one definitely did. I wish I had known about other designers back then too, since so many have stopped d…

Almost... Almost!

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I'm still enjoying the specialty stitches SAL and have another 2 nights work into it. I'm not quite done, but maybe tonight?

Clearly the left corner isn't going to match up perfectly, but I think having it at the corner will at least make it less noticeable. I should be able to finish this tonight and maybe pull out something else, depending on time. 

It's October Opulence for Theme-tas-Stitch and since it's Wednesday I should be getting out my Letter H from Letters from Nora. We'll see how the night goes! 

I've somewhat stopped my rotation for now since this is sort of the Christmas stretch and I'd like to work on a few different things. I also recently picked up this Dimensions kit:

and plan to stitch it for DD for Xmas. She loves trains and Xmas, so I think she'll get a kick out of it. 

I hope you're all doing well. I'm much more on the mend and hope to be 100% soon. 

Happy Stitching and thank you for all your wonderful comments!

Tiffstitch