Monday, April 2, 2012

Cross-stitch update!

I'm back with lots of cross-stitch pictures! So, pictures first:

Moyland Castle: The open areas in the front lawn are going to be filled with beads. It will be very sparkly!

Japanese Garden: I previously mentioned that my Mississippi Mud had the zebra stripe thing going on, and I then ordered replacement Mississippi Mud from two different places-no luck though : ( This bad thread was really disappointing me and ruining the pattern for me. Finally, I ordered Caron Waterlilies Kelp to replace Mississippi Mud, and I was quite pleased with the result. I used Kelp in the right tree. It's not a perfect match, but much better than the Mississippi Mud, and now I can't wait to get back to stitching on this one : )

I also worked on a couple of month patterns:

March by Little House Needleworks. I loved the little sheep in this pattern.

April by Lizzie Kate. I made several color substitutions using DMC variegated thread.

I also started Hillside Travelers by Little House Needleworks. I am stitching this on 32 count lambswool jobelan. Much to my chagrin, I found a dirty black spot on the fabric, slightly above the right tree in the last picture. Boo! I have not idea how it got there, but hopefully it will come out.

That was a lot of pictures!

My public defense went well last Thursday, and now I need to finish the corrections on my dissertation and tidy-up my lab notebook. Last week, I did not have time to stitch anything because of my defense, Mandy, and hubby's parents were also here visiting. Mandy is definitely better at housetraining. Now, she will go to the door when she needs to go out. Yay! This week should be much calmer, and hopefully I should be able to stitch more. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Heli said...

Welcome back, and oh what lovely pictures! I love, love, love your progress on Moyland Castle. It's so gorgeous that I might have to get the pattern for myself, too, to be started some day when Evening in the Park is completed. :)

Diane (di) said...

Oh wow Melissa, everything looks beautiful. Your needles are smokin'. :)

Japanese Garden is stunning... love your conversion.

dulcinella said...

you got so much stitching done and all the projects are so beautiful! the japanese garden looks delicious

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D You've been busy :D

Veronica said...

Beautiful stitching, Melissa. Moyland Castle looks amazing as does Japanese Garden. I'm sorry to hear about the stripy threads :( You'd think that for that price, the dyers would make sure their stocks are of the highest quality.


Karen said...

And this is what you do when you DON'T have time to stitch?!?

Everything looks great! Just recently discovered Little House myself. Beautiful!

♥ Nia said...

I love your LK!! beautiful colors :D

Kate said...

All your projects are looking great! I'm very jealous.

Joysze said...

Oh.... you've been a busy stitching bee!! Love the new pic of Moyland. JG's looking great as well.... sorry to hear about MMud. That sucks. :(

Everything else look wonderful too!!!

Valentina said...

Nice stitching on everything!Of course the Chatelaines are great, but I love the LHNs a lot too!

Ewa said...

Your projects are so cute and your Chats are beautiful! I'm glad you found a good replacement, I just can't w ait to see more!

Anne said...

Oh wow! You have been busy! I love Castle Moyland and JG. Too bad that Mmud gave you problems. Good to hear that you replaced it with another thread you can work with. It's so important in an epic piece like JG to work with threads you are happy with. Cute little Easter designs too!!