March 31, 2014

Japanese Garden Update 3/31/14

The results of last week's stitching:

Stitched by Meari

March 25, 2014

finally an intro

Hi y'all! Im Kate from the Midwest and so glad to be here, thank you Joyze! Im loving all the inspiration I find here, so many are tempting me to get started! The 3 Chats I have going now are Swan Lake, Persian Iris, and Egypt, all in various stages of progress but nowhere near finished lol. But what a beautiful journey they are, and an addicting genre of stitching. So here goes-

March 24, 2014

More Progress on JG

I pulled out JG yesterday and made a bit of progress despite having to frog.  Much to my dismay, I think I may run out of a few Eterna Mini-Twist colors.  I did a search online and I would end up paying twice as much for shipping than I would for two skeins of floss.  I emailed Stitchers Paradise for a quote, but haven't heard back yet.  Anyone know of where I can get the floss with reasonable shipping?  Or, does anyone have Eterna in their stash?  I'm looking for 4110, 290, and 2840.

Other WIP pics can be seen HERE.
Stitched by Meari

March 23, 2014

Secret Victorian Garden

I started this back in January of 2007 when this was the big mystery of the year.  I kept up with it until July or so and then moved.  It was pulled out every so often but has been relegated to the WIP box for more than a year.  As it is so close to finished, I decided, with a little persuasion, that it should go in this year's rotation, so this month Serengeti was put away and Secret Victorian Garden stepped in.  It has now finished its week in the rotation and I am really pleased with my progress.

Here is where it was when I pulled it out:

And here is where it is today:

And while a bit blurry, this is my favorite part of this piece:

Just love that blackwork bit.

March 21, 2014

"Bird Tapestries-Kingfisher" Online Class 112 (Finish)

All done =). My first finish for the SBCC.
Though it's a small design it took some time to finish it, but it's so very pretty with all the shiny silks and beads. I'm very much in love with it and can't wait to bring it to the framer.

Stitched with the recommended materials on 28 count Zweigart Belfast linen

Introducing myself

Hi everyone, I'm Deb from Australia. I was invited to join the blog by the wonderful Joysze a little while ago and thought it was high time I pop in and said hello.

I'm currently stitching my very first Chatelaine. I have admired them for a while but like many others hesitant to start one.  I finally bit the bullet so to speak and started on my Taj Mahal Garden Mandala in December last year. I love it... so beautiful and a lot easier than I thought so now I have added to my wish list many more Chatelaines to stitch.
I have the printed hard copy chart which comes in 12 pages so that is why for some my "parts" might look a little different to how the PDF was presented. I also didn't start in the middle as suggested. I like to start in the top left for all my projects so I guess I was a bit of a rebel and started it on the outside working it down and across as I go.
Here is where I am with my progress with Taj Mahal Garden Mandala as of 2nd of March.

Looking forward to getting to know you all and seeing everyone's beautiful stitching.

March 20, 2014

Hortus Viridarium Famed

I got her back yesterday and I love the way she turned out.  I used a dark red mat and chose a gold frame with red flecks on it.  When my DH gets around to hanging her, she will be on the wall across from my bed.  The first thing I will see every morning.  A reminder to try something new no matter how intimidated I feel, because the end results will be stunning.

(Sorry about the glare I couldn't get a good picture without it).


March 18, 2014


Hello everyone! 

I was invited to this blog by dear Joyce awhile ago, however, I didn't have enough time to post anything about myself until now.  I am an elementary Learning assistance teacher and work like crazy all week and weekends when it's report card time.  Thankfully, I am finished the reports and am now on Spring Break! Woohoo!! Now I have a wee more time to stitch and blog.  

Chatelaine's are just magnificent aren't they?! I have admired Martina's creations for about 4 years now when I discovered her designs.  I've only stitched two of her freebie designs and have one on the go right now, Knotgarden.  Once I am finished with Knotgarden, I hope to start with Hummingbird Garden, a SAL with Joyce, for my mom.  I stitch a lot of other designs, especially old samplers.  I've finished 2 samplers thus far and am working on another.  My aim is to stitch one a year.  I also stitch a lot of smalls and make them into all kinds of finishes and lately, I have been on a big crochet kick.  Something about crocheting in the evening works better for me while I am working.  No need for counting or looking at a pattern, just hooking!!  My blog, Doll's Musings, started 4 years ago and have met and been inspired by many wonderful people along the way.  Without further ado, here are my humble Chatelaine's I have stitched.

Debbie's Roses finished as a biscornu

Tiny Rose Garden Mandala - framed

Knotgarden - WIP for my husband
Looking forward to watching everyone's Chatelaine's grow and become magnificent creations, a feast for the senses!!

Take care!


March 12, 2014

A finished corner

In between our worries about and visits to mom I managed to finish a corner of the Moss Garden.
The long grasses on the left side are forgotten, but will be added later.
Mom is feeling sick because of the side effects of her new medicines we presume. Blood tests will give an explanation soon we hope.

March 8, 2014

Some Progress

Yesterday was the end of my Chatelaine rotation.  I have been working on Flower Panels - Cattleya.  I didn't get what I wanted to do done.  I wanted to get the blackwork finished but after a couple of visits from the frog and a huge knot I decided I should work on a different part.  So this is where I left off.  I hope to finish the flower next time it comes up.

March 7, 2014

Japanese Garden, finished in 2011

After looking back through the blog today I realized I never posted a picture of my finished Japanese Garden in 2011! Here it is:

Seaside Mystery update as of 07.03.14

Nic here also known as the Obsessive Cross Stitcher.  Here's my before and after pictures of my progress for this week.  Not as much as I would have liked but progress just the same.

March 5, 2014

It's been awhile...

I don't remember how long it has been since I've posted here (let's just say it was non-trivial to get back in to my account...) but I am finally stitching again and have something to show for it! To start, I finished Medieval Town Mandala in February, my first finish (big or small) in over a year! This isn't the best picture, but it's the only one I have taken so far:
I've also been working on my other Chatelaine projects (six others currently in progress at the moment, SO many others kitted and waiting). Here are my current projects with their most recent progress. Waterlily Pond Quilt, square B1 (finished the first 4 already):
Taj Mahal:
Misty Morning Vineyard:
Hawaiian Garden:
And, finally, Mermaid Treasure Box:
My hands have been VERY full the past couple years with non-stitching stuff (new position at work, two small children at home, plus a teenager, moved to a new house, etc) but I am finally getting back to having a little time for myself, which of course means stitching whenever I can. It's good to be "back" and I'm excited to participate in the SBCC!

Hortus Viridarium Happy Dance

My first Chatelaine is finished!!!!  I finished Hortus Viridarium yesterday afternoon and took it to the framer this morning.  I will share pictures of it on the wall soon.

There are a few more pictures on my blog if you would like to see them.

Since I have a few more days on my Chatelaine rotation I picked up Flower Panels - Cattleya.  This is where I was when I left it last.

I hope to get a lot done over the next two days.  See you then.

March 3, 2014

Yet another Introduction!

Hi Everyone!

Loads of Intros!

I'm Jacqui! I'm from Scotland and I will be taking part in the SBCC! I've collected many a Chatelaine but always been a little scared by them. I have started a couple but never finished one!

So my plan is to start a mini, in this case Mini Mystery 3. I have all the materials and fabric!

Fabric is from Jodyri (a new find for me) and is Green Eyed Monster. Can't wait to get started and when I eventually finish I have this pretty package to open!

Thanks for looking! Jx

March 2, 2014

Reintroducing Myself

I joined this blog back in February of 2012 and have been posting off and on since then, but with the start of the SBCC, I thought I should reintroduce myself.  My name is Susan and I live in central Virginia with The Hubs and three cats who would gladly move in with any of you if you would agree to worship the ground they walk on be at their constant beck and call treat them like Gods keep them in a manner that they feel they should be.  Instead of redoing my first post, here's the link to it:  I haven't finished a Chatelaine since that post, but have been working on several of them.  I am currently working on Serengeti but with a  little coaxing from others, I think I will replace it with Secret Victorian Garden in the rotation in an attempt to change the no finish statement.  I did post what I thought was the most current photo of my progress a week or so ago, but I found a newer one it is really nice to see that I am further along than I thought I was:

I am stitching this on Silkweaver's Carol's Meadow with the recommended materialsUnlike now, I did not bead this as I went along so lots and lots of beading is in my future.
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