Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Bliss

Wellll... I've officially exhausted my cross stitching budget for this month already and we're only 4 days into MAY! YIKES. I may have a slight addiction forming to online shopping... But I'm not exactly asking to be saved from it haha. In particular I bought a LOAD of new fabric from Silkweaver Fabrics. They have a sale on their Facebook page twice or three times a week from what I can tell... and all of the fabrics are hand dyed unique pieces. Some of the fabrics were so divine, and of course I just couldn't let the opportunity pass me by. So I have 5, 18"x 26" pieces of fabric on the way, they are a mix of Edinburg Linen, Belfast Linen or Lugana. It'll be my first time working on many of these fabrics. But again in typical me fashion - diving in head first. We'll see what happens :)

I've also gotten plenty of stitchy things done this week. Particularily I'm learning how to create a biscornu. I've decided to use the design of the Manka's Mini Mystery SAL on this, I just love the purples!!! So very me. (Sorry for the lack of pictures... I forgot to take a pic of it!) My reasoning for learning how to make a biscornu (even if I fail miserably at it) is because I've been dying for a pin-keep for when I'm working on my cross stitch. Normally the needle ends up in the arm of the sofa just waiting for an innocent bystander to make the wrong move ANNNNND prick.... needle in the arm or other appendage. Logical conclusion to avoid any pain on my part (verbal or physical... god forbid I end up with the needle sticking out of my arm...) is to have a designated place to put my pointy things... TA DAAAAA biscornu. 

Also here's my progress on my Papillon SAL piece. Coming along a little more slowly this week due to my pre-occupation with the biscornu job. 

While I love the colours and the overall look on this heart so far I'm a little concerned with the fullness of the stitches. You can see the canvas between in all of my stitches so far. I guess if I had chosen a smaller count fabric then this wouldn't be a problem... hopefully it doesn't look too bad... That said, the backstitching on each flower certainly adds to them. I've got about half the heart backstitched so far.

Yesterday afternoon the mail man FINALLY delivered my package from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. JOY! I really haven't been waiting all that long for it but the sheer anticipation was killing me. Thankfully my boyfriend was driving after I picked up the package and I was able rip right into the contents. Frankly I'm surprised the envelope survived my anxious little fingers haha. Mr. Envelope thanks me for my kindness :) I also have to mention again the kindness and patience Nancy over at the Victorian Motto Shoppe showed me. Made my first experience with ebay simple and easy. THANKS Nancy!

Doesn't that hand dyed floss look amazing?! So rich! I know the pic of the sampler is not that great... sleepy morning picture taking abilities (or lack there of) on my part. Waiting on some fabric and then this will be my next WIP. 

I don't think I'm going to get much, if any, stitching done this weekend because I'm heading up to the cabin once again, but this time with a bunch of friends. So I'm thinking I'll be playing hostess most of the time, which really doesn't leave a whole lot of time for stitching. But my friends deserve my attention, and I deserve a little break from having my hands into a pile of floss and fabric... as much as I love it. 

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Stitching :)



  1. Lots of great new stash, Melissa! I was addicted to online shopping for a while, every day was like Christmas in my mailbox LOL It is too easy to get everything nowadays! Love how your Papillon is coming out. That thread from VMS looks real lush!

  2. Your SAL piece is looking lovely! Pretty things from Victorian Motto! Enjoy your weekend at the cabin. :)

  3. I think your heart looks lovely. Very interesting stitches! I think I'll have to order some of the thread, the colors are so rich. Have a great

  4. Love your SAL I love daisy's they are my favorite flower.
    Nice stitching.
    I have been buying from Nancy for a while now she is the greatest person to buy from.
    She always seems to have great givaways on her blog.

  5. You've been a busy and productive consumer! Love the colors of floss you chose and can't wait to see the fabrics! Hope your weekend is going well!

  6. Wonderful stitching stash! I think your stitches on the the Papillon Sal look great. I am looking forward to seeing you biscornu.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Your SAL looks great. Once you get the hang of a Biscornu you will love it they look so effective and the principle is really quite simply, honest. Your colours from Nancy look yummy, she really is a very sweet person and so generous.

  8. Some lovely new stash you got there Melissa! Online shopping is the only way I can buy my stuff LNS :( Not too many here in Canada unfortunately. You should post your biscornu photo!! I made my first one last year and about to make my third! They are fun to make!! Lovely progress on your Papillon too!

  9. Very pretty! I love your color choices for the Papillon creations. Right now I have a nice LNS but it's about 20 miles away and I have to get a lot of stuff online, too - especially fabrics. The Internet is both a blessing and a curse.


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