Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Update From Wrinkledy McWrinklerson and Froggy McFroggerson

Other wise known as my February WIPocalypse Update:

First up Wrinkledy McWrinklerson a.k.a. Sarah Elizabeth Brooke:

Sarah Elizabeth Brooke

The Scarlett House

36ct light examplar linen

DMC, Crescent Colours

You can find out more about Sarah Elizabeth at: The Scarlett House

Tanya has some exciting things in the works. So check her blog out often!

If you know me you know that I obsess over finding samplers with family names and Sarah fit my criteria, Sarah Elizabeth was my sainted great grandmother's name and Brooke, without the "e" and add an "s" for Brooks is my other great grandmother's maiden name so I thought it was pretty cool that both great grandmothers were represented in the name of this sampler. I also love the red house and the verse and it's just an all around perfect sampler.

I thought I would be showing you a finished SEB today but that so did not happen as you can see. I think the only thing I accomplished was completing some of the grass. I'm a sad panda. But there's always February and of course my March update so stay tuned!

Now Froggy McFroggerson a.k.a. Prairie Schooler's February:


Prairie Schooler

32ct lambswool


I had to frog the roof of this house not once but twice because I stitched the same exact mistake twice. I don't know what was going on with me at the time but focus and that counting thing were definitely issues. All is frogged and will be restitched in the next couple of days. I hope to finish this before the end of the month, but we'll just have to see about that.

Which brings us to Berthe DuPont. Berthe is pretty darn beautiful in my very humble opinion. She is a free chart, there are 23 parts and she can be found here:

I believe the chart is available to purchase from her boutique if you don't want to search the site looking for all the parts. I converted the DMC to Vikki Clayton Silks. I love her silks.

Berthe DuPont


40ct Creme Brulee linen from Hand Dyed Fibers
HDF silk

Now to my very slow WIP, it's a triptyche from Heaven and Earth Designs the part that you see is Dark Waters with the top most part being a teeny tiny bit of the center panel(just water and sky). The design can be viewed here:

and if you really have to see the center panel just do a search for Dark Waters and the center panel will pop up, it's just more water and sky. I have loved this since I first saw the artwork. It's going to be pretty freakin' awesome when I finish it when I'm, oh, 89.

Bright Skies, Dark Waters

22ct antique white hardanger

DMC, 2x1, full cross

And I have another Heaven and Earth Design started, this is Red Silk Mermaid. I had been planning on doing my bedroom over with a red and white color palette, I started this back in 2007. My bedroom is still not red and white, it's still modern American clutter covered in cat and dog hair. But one day it will be a room de romance. Maybe.

You can see the completed piece here:

When I started this piece my fellow HAED stitchers were just starting to embrace the tent stitch for these insanely large projects in that hopes that they might actually move from slow works in progress to finished projects. So I thought Red here would be a good test stitch for me to see how I feel about tenting. At first, way back when, I didn't really care for the tenting. It felt wrong. Now, after picking this piece back up and working on her here and there for the last week or so, I kind of like working over 1 on the 28ct fabric. I know, it's insane, right? I keep having dreams where my beloved little X comes and flogs me with floss because it feels I have betrayed it. But I have to say I never thought I'd ever be a person that looked forward to working over 1 on 28ct. And I do. I'm loving this process, I'm getting more and more comfortable with it as each stitching session passes. I will still do some of my HAED in full crosses but I think the ones without so much detail will definitely be tented.

I get asked all the time why do you want to stitch HAED, why not just buy the art, and really, what drew me to cross stitch all those many years ago was the fact that my dad could draw anything and my poor hangman didn't even make it to the noose my drawing is so bad. I saw cross stitch as a way to create art on fabric. Sure it's someone else's art that I'm recreating but I still love that process.

And at the same time I discovered cross stitch as art, I also was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder and in The Long Winter she writes about Laura cross stitching. Laura Ingalls Wilder cross stitched! How very cool that information was for this 11 year old. So stitching art is something I'm not going to give up and I do believe that a HAED and reproduction sampler can happily reside in the same house. Like my hero Tim Gunn says, "Make it work!" and I plan to!

Red Silk Mermaid

Heaven and Earth Designs

28ct tea dyed Monaco

DMC, 2x1, tent

For more information about the WIPocalypse check it out here:

This next project is sad yet joyful. Last year I lost a sweet stitching friend named Chelsea. Chelsea was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She had waited a long time for a heart and double lung transplant and eventually it was her turn. She thrived, she married her long time love, she taught kids how to swim, she crammed as much life into every single day of her life that she could. In July, due to complications, she died. It was unexpected as she had been doing so well and every single day I miss my sweet friend. When I get down, when I start feeling sorry for myself I ask myself what would Chelsea do and you know what? Chelsea would grab life by the horns and make it good! So I am trying very hard to live by that. Life is short, cram as much life into every single day that you can.

Some friends got together to make Chelsea's mom a memorial quilt. The artwork is from Hannah Disney and is titled Chelsea's Gift.

Here's a link to the art on HAED website:

I'm pretty sure my square is the very bottom right corner. This is my project so far and it's not as much as I would like but I'm getting more comfortable with tenting and feel less like I'm going to make a mess of my square.

Chelsea's Gift

Heaven and Earth Designs

25ct lugana

DMC, 2x1, tent

Me and the spousal unit at the beach a month or so ago.

A Kitten Darkly(Yep, I'm lame, named her Darkly from A Scanner Darkly)

This was taken in back in the autumn as you can tell.

My attempt at bokeh. The lights are supposed to be heart shaped. I need to get a 50mm lens. It's on my list!

Anyone loving Project Runway All Stars like me? I want Austin Scarlet to win. I've loved him since season 1 and thought he was robbed.

I don't enjoy 24 Hour Catwalk. I can take it or leave it.

Revenge(ABC Wednesday nights)! My favorite show. Downton Abbey(PBS Sunday Nights)! Also my favorite show!

Also enjoying Grimm(Fridays on NBC) and Once Upon a Time(Sundays on ABC).

And people, new episodes of The Walking Dead start this Sunday(on AMC) check it out on Netflix if you haven't watched it and then we discuss all the zombie craziness!

Please Game of Thrones start back soon! I think it returns in April. (HBO Sunday Nights).

I just started listening to The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1. The book starts out, the evil overlord has won. I thought that sounded interesting and so far I'm enjoying the first hour of the 25 hours. I have several friends that love this series.

I'm reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley(hope I got the author's name correct). It's a nice cozy mystery and exactly what I needed after wrapping up Stephen King's 11-22-63. I loved that book. I will be honest, I do believe Mr. King got caught up in his world building. I think he loved late 50s early 60s and certain parts of the America that used to be. I felt like I was there, but I really, really wanted him to get to Oswald and take care of business, and there's this feeling of impending doom and I wanted it to get it over with already! I was pretty tense listening to this story. It dragged but that dragging was so very important. I didn't give up on my characters. Over all it sucked me in, maybe for ten hours too many but never the less, the ending, that final scene was worth every dragging moment of the story. Really and truly it was.

So that's my life and stitching update for the moment.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings!


Laurie in Iowa said...

You've got a lot going on in your WIP basket. All your projects look wonderful

Deb said...

My goodness you have a lot going on in your stitching basket. I admire someone that likes samplers AND HAED's. Sarah Brooke looks great as do the other ones. I have a few HAEDs stashed away but haven't been able to build up the nerve to start one.

Katrina said...

Lots of fun projects in your basket :-). Looking forward to watching your progress on them.

Kim said...

You've got a busy needle! ;o) I LOVE Berthe Dupont!! That RED! Oh thanks alot Missy...yeah..thanks a LOT. I'm going to have to bookmark that and print out charts. But I can't start anything new until things are finished on my end. But I can get ready to start something new. ;o) I was watching Revenge faithfully but missed the last two.

Michelle said...

Your WIPs all look fantastic! I love the Dark Waters triptych. I've had those charts in my stash forever but have never started them. And I too am loving Grimm and Once Upon a Time.

Siobhán said...

All of your projects are gorgeous, Melissa! That Berthe is Oh. My. Gosh--amazing! I love the colors on it.

Yep, Game of Thrones starts back on April 1--Mairead is counting down the hours. She's asking me now if you've read the books, I said yes, I thought you had read a few, and she's shocked you haven't continued with it. So there. LOL Meanwhile, Deirdre is trying to convince me that Two Broke Girls is good because "Lissy" likes it. LOL We can't wait for The Walking Dead to come back! Grimm starts here next Monday, and Prime Suspect starts Sunday. Woot!

Dona said...

Melissa, you're making great progress on SEB. It's so cool that both of your grandmothers are represented! I love the colors of the sampler. I love the Berthe colors, too!

You have a lot of stitching projects!

Downton Abbey is one of my favorites, too.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I can so relate about seeing a name on a sampler and thinking that is close to. . . I do this with almost all samplers now.

Am just getting into Downton Abby, but liking each and every episode more.

Have you read The Hunger Games?

charley said...

I love having a lot of stitching projects at the same time. It makes things more interesting!

Nicole said...

Beautiful wips Melissa! I love the picture of you and your hubby - too cute! :)

Ziggyeor said...

oh wow those are a lot of great projects. I love the explanation of why you stitch the HEAD pieces. I have a print (somewhere in here) of Wheat Field with Crows but I really want to stitch it too.
I'm sorry to hear about your friend Chelsea.

Karen said...

You've been busy! Great progress! Love the Prairie Schooler designs. I plan to stitch all the months eventually (probably by the time pigs start to fly). I also love Revenge, Walking Dead, and Once Upon a Time. All fabulous shows!

Sandy said...

I am in awe of the HAED, my friend has been swayed to the dark side and purchased her first one. Will enjoy watching your progress. Also love the samplers, I've not done any reproduction yet, but I have several in my stash. I'm so happy to find a community of x-stitchers again :)