Thursday, February 3, 2011

Miranda, Part 1

We hadn't even moved into our new house yet when I started a new big huge cross stitch project, thanks to my awesome friend Vicki :) You can see what this will look like finished if you check out Scarlet Quince, and here's what I've got done so far:

I've got 5,571 stitches done so far, which is just under 14% done. Not too bad considering I started halfway through the month and moved into a new house on top of that. Since Vicki sent me THREE awesome patterns, I'm going to work on a bunch of projects in rotation. So February's pattern will be The Quarry, which I haven't started because I haven't done the gridding yet (basting in lines every 10 stitches, which helps with counting). I'd never done it before I started Miranda, but I think it will be mega helpful on these huge projects; I just pull out the grid as I get to it. It's just *really* boring to set up in the first place! :p

Instead of stitching, I've been working on getting my craft room organized, and thinking about unmounting all of my Stampin' Up stamps. Liz is also cracking the whip on me to get me started back scrapbooking, so I need to get all my ducks in a row so I can work on some pages :)

But I do see a new SQ pattern that just boggles my mind...well, I think four huge stitching projects is plenty for now!

11 comments:

Toby E. said...

Wow! Those are massive!!! Looking forward to seeing the finish. And am more than impressed with how much you have done and how you have kept up with it through the moving.

Giffysk8s said...

Wow, I am very impressed at much you have done already! You much stitch quickly. I would love to start mine, but I will wait until after I finish at least one of the two I have going. I get too stressed out if I have too many unfinished projects! I wonder how many stitches I have done on my Monet. I should count them, though I'm not sure I want to know how many I have left to do! Can't wait to see Phase 1 of The Quarry.

I am glad you like your scarf. It made me wonder if you ever got those teal shoes from JCP. Hope there's something in the magazines you like, too!

Why are you thinking of unmounting all of your SU stamps? I thought you liked them on wood! Think of how much stitching or stamping time that would steal. :)

Christy Lynn said...

Oh Vicki, I got to where I could stitch pretty fast when I was making presents for all my bridesmaids :) All I need is really good light and I can stitch for *hours* on end (I really need a lamp for our living room though).

I'm thinking about unmounting the stamps because while I prefer wood, it's heavy and bulky and we keep moving so it would be nice if my collection was a little easier to manage. Plus the SU acrylic blocks are really nice...I would never consider converting if it wasn't for those blocks. *If* I do it, it will be a very slow process that will probably take a couple of years since it will probably be expensive to buy the EZ Mount and the DVD storage cases. Just something I'm thinking about.

Never got the shoes from JCP :(

CCsMom said...

Crazy lady. I am stitching right now, too, but something MUCH SIMPLER. It shouldn't take me too long. Then I think I'll start on Adam and Adrienne's Christmas stockings for next year -- I've already bought one Christmas present when I ran across a good sale. Just need to figure out where to put it so I don't forget about it!!! Great to talk to you today on my stolen time (snow day). Anxious for this really cold weather to leave the area, let me tell you!!! Love you!

Giffysk8s said...

I forgot to ask about Q Snaps. I used them for the 1st time with my bear, and had plenty of room so I didn't need to crimp any stitches in the frame. Have you clamped over stitches with them? Or do you always get a frame big enough for the whole working space? From the photo, it looks like you have a frame smaller than the design area. Anyway, let me know when you can.

CCsMom said...

Vicki, I use one of those Q Snaps -- took a long time for me to cross over from regular hoops, much to the chagrin of Christy and our framer. You can clamp over stitches with complete confidence. They are very nice. They are much kinder to you work than a wooden frame is.

Giffysk8s said...

I'd say "Thanks, Mom" except I that we are about the same age, I think (I'm 48)! LOL Please excuse me for actually forgetting your name~I know Christy has told me what it is. In any case, thanks for the scoop! So do you just get a size you are comfortable with?

Christy Lynn said...

Her name is Nina (first syllable sounds like number 9) but I won't divulge her age ;) Half my friends just call her Mom! Anyway, to answer your question, yes I just got a size of Q-Snap that I was comfortable with. I think mine is maybe 10 inches square? I tend to stitch with it propped up on my chest (nice to know that my chest is good for something...) and hold the top with my left hand as I haven't ever gotten the hang of stitching with one hand on top and the other on bottom. I have a scroll frame here which I may try to use with The Quarry when I get that started.

Giffysk8s said...

Thanks! LOL about propping it up on your chest! I do stitch with one hand on top and one on bottom. That sure it makes it easier for me.

I am dying to give Emma her Cherished Teddies bear! I found volume 1 of the holiday book. Too cute! So now I have ideas for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Then I am going to make random cute ones so that she can hang a different one in her room every month. So much for me not having too many projects going at once! LOL

Giffysk8s said...

Keep forgetting to tell how cool that SQ pattern is! Are you going to tackle it?

Christy Lynn said...

I went through my stitching stuff and I have *both* volumes of the CT holiday designs, so let me know if you want to borrow the second one. I think that other SQ design is totally beautiful, but I think the 4 I have floss for right now are plenty for one crazy person, don't you? ;)