Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

On to the fun stuff!

I finished all of the rest of the Smrynas!  I am now starting to fill in the wings.  I have done Jessicas in three different colors of Kreinik #8 with a few more of those to do on each wing.

Monday, March 26, 2018


So the stem is in place, the leaf on the right is done and I have started step one of the oranges in the pumpkin!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I am working the top cross by following the paths of the previous cross stitches.  Just meandering back and forth to cover all the white.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Starting the crosses

All of the cross stitches are in place and I am now going over the Smynras with the + portion in Kreinik #8 093.  The pattern says to use the thread of your choice.  This one will complement the rest of the colors I have chosen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two more

The next two pattern rows are done!  I have started the next set which is going
to be a series of darning patterns.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I am adding the inside cross stitches that create the designs in the wings.

Monday, March 12, 2018

More beads

I am working on the face in the black beads.  This is going to take a while!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Filling in

I am adding the cross stitches in the wings.  Remember when all the cross stitches are in place, I will be going over the top of them to change them to Smyrna crosses.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Final border and beads

I have the gold border in place and have started beading the cut outs on the face.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The next bands

I have added two more bands.  One with the Threadworx floss and the bottom one is Soie Perlee Blanc.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Around the outside

I had started to fill in the right wing and decided it might be a good idea to go all the way around the left side first.  If the wings did not meet, I wanted to be able to find any mistakes before I was too far along!  I did find one mistake and had to redo a couple of stitches, but now I can fill it in!   Note to self:  count and double count!

Monday, March 5, 2018


The black background is finished!  Hope you can see it as it is all sparkly!

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I changed to white Congress cloth instead of tan that is called for.  I also switched to Threadworx floss in 1133 and Perle 81133.  The top two patterns are complete and I have started the third pattern.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Antique Thread Winder Sampler

I have also framed up Antique Thread winder Sampler by Loretta Spears.  I am changing colors on this one too so stay tuned.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Part of the wing.

I have started on Madam Butterfly.  The chart on the right shows I have worked around the outside outline, marking off each set of stitches as I go.  She recommends doing the cross stitch portion of the Smyrna cross stitch all the way around the entire chart and then coming back and doing the + over the top of the base stitches after they are all in place.  I am doing the cross stitch portion with the recommended #5 Perle Cotton.  This is some serious counting!

The chart called for black canvas but as you can see I chose to use gray instead.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Madam Butterfly

I have also put this piece on stretcher bars.  Madam Butterfly is a counted design by Jean Hilton.  I am going to work the design on a light blue canvas but keep the colors the same, at least that is the plan for now.