June 29, 2014

Japanese Garden Stitching Finished

I finally did it! 5 years later, the stitching on Japanese Garden is finished! I am so very excited.  I have all my beading things ready to start tomorrow.  I started this on April 22, 2009.  It is stitched on 28 ct. Mississippi Blue Cashel Linen by Silkweavers.  
It's not perfect and know what? That's okay with me. It shows my progression I think as I learned. Image


Taj Mahal 2 sides complete still heaps to go.

It has been a while since I posted an update on my Taj Mahal Mandala Garden WIP.

I've spent most of June stitching on Taj and made a heap of progress, with both the top and left sides of the outer border, and flower borders all but complete. 1 Taj building almost complete and gradually working my way into the middle as I start on the right side borders at the top.

Here is where I was on my last update.

And here is where I am now

Happy stitching everyone

June 19, 2014

Speaking of Coming Home.....

a week or so ago we picked up my latest framed piece.....    Serengeti Mandala is home....    my framer did a wonderful job, as usual and it now hangs in our bedroom.....    thot you'd like to take a look --  before.....

 and after.....

Happy Stitching,   Claire

3300 Beads Attached!!

I have finished beading White Nights in St. Petersburg.....     this one is just covered in beads and crystals....     I've attached a picture, but it doesn't do it justice.....    can't really see the beads, but they're there.....

next week we will be taking a trip to the framer.....     I'll post a picture when it gets home.....
happy stitching.....    Claire

June 18, 2014

Chinese Garden - Parts 4&5 done

Greetings All,

I have been stitching but not posting.  The East and South moon gates went quickly as well and I am now working on the West moon gate.  Part 6 should take a little longer as it also includes the first corner vignette as well as starting the inside border.  And now pictures, same progression as usual.

I'm not a fan of the blue in the hills around the Great Wall.  On the left side it seems like the shade of blue is just off, it should be smokier or more green gray and on the right side of the wall I can't decide if it is the sky, then the back stitching shouldn't be continuing past the last tower into the sky or it is more of the hazy distance and then again it is too blue.  Then again maybe they are snow dusted hills on the right.  I probably won't rip it out but it is tempting.  I'll watch it a little longer as I fill in around it, especially the left blue patch.

 Fortunately the canyon view hasn't caused me any angst.  Except maybe the yellow gold back stitching in the water at the bottom . . .

June 10, 2014

Beaded Dragonfly Tile Update

I have finally gotten Beaded Dragonfly Tile out again; I was waiting for summer to get here, so I have actual daylight to work the black fabric with. When I signed up for this and got going on it as soon as my supplies all arrived, I got the middle darn close to done by the middle of April, 2013:
Beaded Dragonfly Tile as of 4/16/13 - fibers & beads as charted, on 28ct black jobelan

And then I didn't touch it again all last year, because I got into a serious FINISH IT mode, and worked on other things, as well as spending time on my bigger Chats. But finally, after taking a sampler break after finishing the massive part 3 of Desert, I decided it was time to get the Dragonfly back out last Thursday, and worked on getting the inner border in, so I KNOW it's in the right place, before I go add the other 2 dragonfly outlines. Here is where it was as of Sunday night (I got the right side inner border beaded last night):
As of 6/8/14
And a bead detail:

I am keeping this out for the time being - this is on my To Finish list for this year, so hopefully I'll meet my goal; so many things are hollering at me, it's kind of hard to concentrate :)

And just a question for everyone: as you are going along, do any of you constantly wonder if you are going to have enough beads? I keep putting more out on my Tacky BOB, and I keep going through them, and I'm not even half done, and until I get the very last one on, I keep worrying over having enough! LOL 

June 9, 2014


I've been working on Knotgarden this week.

Here is where I was

And this is where I left off.

I will be working on Cattleya for a while.  Until next time!


June 4, 2014

Another milestone...

I have finished all the stitching on my White Nights in St. Petersburg!!!     I stitched it on 28 count 'Summer Sky' jobelan with Martina's suggested threads....    I am thrilled to be this far.....
next come the beads!!

will upload another picture when the beads are done.....
Happy Stitching,   Claire

June 3, 2014

Finished: Japanese Moss Garden

The Japanese Moss Garden mandala is finished!!
I did substitute the bugle beads around the sandy center for little delica's because I was not content about the way the bugles did fit in their space.
Stitched on antique white linen with all the recommended threads.

June 2, 2014

Hortus Viridarium - Part 2

Here is my update for May on Hortus, only a small part so not much to see!  I'm only stitching one part a month as I know what I am like with Chatelaines, I have no discipline and it will be finished in the blink of an eye and these designs really need to be savoured IMHO!

Love seeing everyone's updates - keep them coming!

June 1, 2014

Moyland Castle Update

I finally made some progress on Moyland Castle last month. I finished the top right triangle, and I started putting in some of the border around the triangles.
Top left:

Top right:
I am quite pleased with how this one is turning out. Hopefully this month I will get the rest of the border finished on the top. It has a lot of 3/4 stitches, so it will probably slow me down some.

Secret Victorian Garden

I have finished part 11 on two corners and started part 12 on one side of Secret Victorian Garden.

I was feeling so good about how far I was on this one and actually thinking I might have a finish soon but then, I unrolled it from the frame and saw this:

That top section is so EMPTY!!!
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