Monday, March 31, 2014

Monsterbubbles "Johnny Appleseed"

I finally finished Monsterbubbles, "Johnny Appleseed" yesterday!  

I must tell you...this pattern was a challenge for me.  Firstly, the chart comes in the form of a teeny-tiny graph.  I had to enlarge it a great deal just to make it readable.  
After that, I foolishly decided that I would do it 1 thread over 1. 

I'm not sure it would have really changed anything doing it 2 over 2, because I still would have had to stitch that horribly long meandering path and I'm still not in love with the red (apples?) scattered on it.  I think a more muted Weeks floss would have been a better choice.

The pattern was really fun in some places...
...like using the Weeks Dye Works thread in Dove to get the clouds just right.  I added 2 threads of Kreinik Blending Filament in 100 White to the rain, although you can't see it in this photo.

I also enjoyed getting the sun rays just right...although it still looks a little sunflower-ish to me, lol!

I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea.  I really do like this pattern. It's bright, cheerful and makes me feel good when I look at it.  It's bound to perk up any room it's hung in!  
No pattern is perfect...it's just me being a naysayer.  Tell me to stop.

To tie up the last loose end...here is my kit for this project...
I love using those plastic storage cases to store my stuff in.  I must have a dozen of the large ones in my craft closet stuffed full of floss, blending filaments and assorted beads for my needlework.

I'll see you when I've finished my next project.  Unless I get the urge to rant about it along the way!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Moving Day!


"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things..."

It's time for me to move my assorted needlework posts over to a new blog.  They really are in a different category from my recipes and random rantings and in need of a home of their own.

I'll put links for the older posts below and then from here on out, will post my crafty/needlework here.

I'm hoping it'll be a sort of online journal...a place I'll be able to keep track of what I've done over the year(s).

So...here goes....!

Needleworker
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2013/10/little-house-needleworks-needleworker.html 

Red Riding Hood
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-primitive-hares-red-riding-hood.html 

Enchanted
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2013/04/carriage-house-samplings-enchanted.html 

Tusal & Year End Finishes
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2012/12/december-tusal-and-year-end-finishes.html 

1814 Butterfly Collection
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2012/05/1814-butterfly-collectionfinished.html 

Savannah's Curtsy
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2011/05/savannahs-curtsyfinished.html 

Dutch Beauty Sampler, Part Deux
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2011/02/dutch-beauty-sampler-part-deux.html 

Dutch Beauty Sampler
http://riverspitter.blogspot.com/2010/07/dutch-beauty-sampler.html