Saturday, June 28, 2008


I originally started this blog to keep track of my stitching projects. I'm bored with it. Not with the stitching, but with the blog itself. It feels like I'm writing about the same ol' thing every time I post. Perhaps it was a reflection of life at the time of the blogs inception. At the time, I was working a regular Monday through Friday job, doing about half of that viat telecommuting, so my days were all pretty much the same.

And then it all changed.

I quit my job, moved back to my hometown in the "country" and filled my days with things more fulfilling than work. My life changed, but my blog didn't. It's time that this blog caught up with the rest of my life. With that in mind, I'm going to make some changes. I'm not entirely sure at this point what those changes may be. There will still be stitching (of course!!), but I will also focus on some of my other interests.

In the meantime, I do have some stitching to share! First up is my Itty Bitty America by Twisted Threads. I finished the stitching ages ago, but only assembled it last week. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out. The backing fabric was already in my stash, but I really had to search to find the navy blue trim.

I also completed two LHN pieces-- Pumpkins and Peaches.

I have mixed feelings about Peaches. It's a cute design, but the colors don't show up very well on the fabric. The color of the cats doesn't show up on lighter fabric, and the brown disappears on anything darker. It would have worked better on a color (floss toss was nice on Twilight Blue), but I'm doing the entire set of these, and I want them all on neutral fabrics. I originally planned to do them all on the same color. Unfortunately, that simply isn't possible with the Crescent Colors threads. Speaking of the threads, I am unimpressed with Crescent Colors-- there simply isn't enough color variation. These kits were my first exposure to these threads, and I won't be purchasing them in the future. I much prefer GAST or Weeks for overdyed cottons.

There's lots more to report on, but I have other things to do today. Most importantly, I need to watch Wimbledon, which I have been devoted to for the past week. VAMOS RAFA!!!!


Jennifer said...

You're not the first person I've heard say they didn't care too much for the Crescent threads. (I think Kathryn at Threads of Desire might also take issue with them).

Good to know about how the threads show up on the fabrics - I've been collecting these kits to stitch up, but havent started them yet. Based on your feedback, I will probably consider changing out some of the threads if I end up stitching them all on one color fabric.

Daffycat said...

I love the Twisted Threads Itty Bitty America and your finishing is perfect! The LIttle house pieces are also darling but I agree with you on Peaches the colors seem to have dissappeared! I haven't used CC threads but love GAST and WDW.

Sharon said...

Pretty finishes-though it's a shame peaches didn't turn out as well as you would have liked.

Carol said...

You have a super blog, Juanita. I would love to hear about your other interests. I just started back up blogging myself after being away for a year and everyone will just have to bear with my little slices of life, lol, stitching or not.

Carol in Pa.

Carol said...

Well, I'm back with another comment. I started reading more of your blog and saw the you also do candles and soap. So do I!! I only make for personal use and really have done candles for awhile, but I soap all the time. I used to own Moonstruck Molds - I designed and made silicone molds for soap and candles. How cool it is to find somebody who does those things too!!!


J Rae said...

Good luck with the blog changes. Hope you get in a groove with it that you like.

Love your finishes! They turned out great. Don't you love LHN?

As for Crescent Colors...I really like them. Some of their threads have great color variation. If you ever stitch Peter's Cotton Knits by Raise the Roof, it uses Crescent Colors and the colors are beautiful and vibrant with some really good color variations.

Cross Stitch Fan said...

I think your stitching is very nice. Thanks for posting the pictures.