November 2, 2015

Moss zen garden

I have just finished my Moss zen garden. I thank very much Ineke because her pictures help me quite a lot. I don't speak well english but I like to look at your pictures of Chatelaine. It's always very beautiful.
I wish every one a nice day.

October 29, 2015

It has been a while

I am not going to go back and see the last time I posted here.  Secret Victorian Garden made its way into the rotation and I finished the last part 9!

There is a little bit of part 10 done and the outside border is part of part 11.  As I am so close to a finish, I have stopped my rotation and am going OAAT on this until it is done. I do think I can finish it before the end of the year.

October 27, 2015

Chinese Garden - Part 8

Hello all,

I know it's been a long time, even longer than I realized when I looked back for my last post. August of last year!  My excuses are as follows; since posting I've been through two harvests which mean no stitching for about 6-8 weeks, we sold a house (basically completely remodeled so no work to come home to,) bought a house, (that needs a great deal of work, roof, siding, updating . . .) and that is what has occupied me for the last year.  I did get a (very) little stitching done but never posted.  That would have taken far to much time.  To catch you all up I did finish the bottom two vignettes and completed the inner border all the way around.  Last night I started the outer blue border that means I'm almost to the phoenixes!  I'm looking forward to starting them, I think they were the main reason I bought the pattern.  So without further ado a few pics.  I am thinking about going back and doing a little back stitching around the fall tree, I would like the boughs to be a bit better defined.  Thoughts?

 'Till next time, hope it will be much sooner.  E

October 17, 2015

Nymph Garden: dancing trees

An update of my Nymph Garden, after a long time of silence. My goal is to stitch all the dancing trees and the fourth section of big leafs during next week. It is vacation in the Netherlands, so I have more stitching time.

August 12, 2015

My Medieval Town Mandala

The Medieval Town Mandala came up in my rotation yesterday and I had an absolute joy of a time working on it. Here is where I stopped yesterday:

I'm doing this on 32 Lugana in Truffle from Picture This Plus and every single stitch was just a pleasure. I've decided since my pattern is all black and white and the backstitching can be difficult to see that I'm going to do it and the specialty stitches as I go along to save my sanity a bit! Ha!

Until next time!

August 3, 2015

Playing Catch-Up for the Whole Year!

Hello, everyone! I admit, I'm a slug when it comes to posting anything here - and it's been a pretty busy 8 months for Chatelaines in my house, actually.

Let me back up to January, because after spending the 2nd half of last year in FINISH IT mode, I allowed myself several new starts - and Hummingbird Lace was my January 1st new start! There's nothing like the smell of a new Chatelaine in the morning!

Now, the fabric I picked for this is a 28ct jobelan that I special ordered from a company that I don't think is in business anymore - Faery Fire Fabrics :( I can't find them anymore, so maybe they have changed names or some such - I am very happy with this fabric. I worked for just 2 weeks, I believe, and got the center and the first over-1 Hummer done:

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn this 90 degrees - but you get the idea...

I look forward to working on this again later this year when it comes back up in my rotation - gotta get those over-1 hummers done while I can still see 'em :)

I have also gotten a rotation in on my Tuscany Town Mandala, completing Part 6, and the under-bridge bargello from Part 11, since I was in the area. You know, I was wondering about that Grapefruit Kisses color used for the tiny Jessica flowers - but as soon as I started putting it in, I fell in love with it! But then, it's Jessica's, with BEADS, so what's not to love? And I am happy to report that this part was much smoother that Part 5, which took FOREVER!

I don't know if this one's going to make it into the rotation again this year or not; probably not, I've got a pretty full dance card... This is on 28ct Waterlily jobelan, using most of the called-for threads, though I also converted a few to HDF silks.

Not too long after Tuscany was put away, Secret Victorian Garden came up again (it's funny how all these Chats seemed to have made the rotation during the first half of the year - what will I do the 2nd half?). Anyway, May was a very busy month here - I graduated my last kid from high school and had family visiting in honor of that; it's a wonder I got in any stitching. But I did finally complete Part 8 of SVG, though this one took a very long time, whereas I have pretty much breezed right through the last few parts on this one. Still loving every stitch on this, though there weren't any beads this time around - but all those Swarovskis are coming!

Every time I finish a part on this one, I lay it out somewhere flat and get all the bicones out and lay on it in the middle - man I can't wait to get those on permanently! This is on 28ct Pewter jobelan, using all charted threads.

And lastly, I just finished a rotation on my Desert Mandala - Part 4 with the beaded rattlesnake!!!!!!! I have been so eager to get to this snake that it was all I could do to get through those $@%^ feathers in Part 3! LOL My MIL was visiting while I was working on this, and she has a huge fear of snakes - she couldn't even look at it while I was putting him in - her loss, because he's FABULOUS!

This part went pretty quick - I was actually kinda sad to put it away, but if I'm going to get through ALL  of my 18 WIPS in a year, I had to move on. Desert is on 28ct Desert Sky lugana from Silkweaver - it doesn't photograph well at all, but it is very pale blue & tan. I have a lot of the called-for colors converted to HDF, which I think are a tad darker than the originally charted colors - but so far, I'm liking it; it definitely reminds me of the 2 years I spent in New Mexico (where I hope to go back some day).

That's 8 months worth of updates from me. I am tentatively holding out a New Year's Start for 2016 - Deep Blue Sea is really not happy that it didn't make the cut this year. We shall see, since I am NOT going to finish ANYTHING this year, after completing a lot of big, older things last year. DBS will bring me to 19 WIPs - which is not the highest I've ever been - but that may or may not be the straw that broke this camel's back. I will try to be a more regular poster in the coming year, new start or no :)

August 2, 2015

The Heritage Sampler

One week's progress on The Heritage Sampler.

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