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My first finish of 2012!

on January 18, 2012

Well I haven’t got any progress to show on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I haven’t added a stitch in the past week, but I’ve finished and photographed the cosmetic case that I was stitching as a cover for my Kindle.  I love it!  It was more difficult than I anticipated, but I am quite pleased with my handiwork.  I can definitely see where I could have done better, but it turned out pretty good for a first attempt at needlepoint.  I’ll certainly try this again.  In fact, I think I have another needlepoint project somewhere around my house that also uses DMC floss and not yarn.  I don’t really like the feel of yarn between my fingers, but I am perfectly comfortable with floss.

One the television front, I’ve been watching a lot of “Bones” on Netflix.  Other than the fairly real-looking decomposing bodies (say it with me – eeew!), it’s a great show.  My hubby and I have watched it before, but we both enjoy re-visiting shows that we like.  Not that they’ll give me a discount for plugging them, but I love the commercial-free viewing of shows on Netflix.  It allows me to watch shows that I can’t possibly stay up late enough to watch while they are on regular broadcast television stations.

This last week, I also watched a series called Kingdom.  It starred Stephen Fry and was a really short-run but very enjoyable series from BBC, I think.  In it, Fry is a lawyer and each show centered on a legal case or two and each one was settled with a healthy dose of good will towards ones’ fellow man.  It reminded me of a cross between “Murder, She Wrote” and “Matlock” in a beautiful looking village.  I really like Stephen Fry.  He’s quite an enjoyable person to watch and listen to!  Unfortunately, I finished the 18 episodes available on Netflix and now need to find another show to watch.  I’m leaning towards “How It’s Made”.  It’s fast paced, shows the making of some household-y thing or another, and still gives me some tidbit of knowledge that I don’t need, but will certainly fascinate me and will possibly come in use at some point in the future, even if just for trivia games!  Plus it has an available 100 episodes and I certainly like the longer-run shows so I don’t have to keep searching for something new to watch all the time.  I know it seems like I watch a lot of tv, but really I don’t watch that much.  During the winter months, I watch more because it’s so darn cold that I only want to sit under a blanket and stay warm!  Once summer rolls around, I am lucky to watch 1 show a day!

Starting today, I am again working on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I needed a break and the cosmetic cover provided that break quite nicely!  I also plan on beginning the Monopoly Game Board this weekend.  I had to find a way to stretch this 28 inch square piece of material.  I found scroll bars in a 30 inch length and they should arrive via Fedex tomorrow afternoon.  I wanted something light-weight enough to hold, but I still needed to keep the tension and I HATE hoops.  They leave the worst wrinkles on fabric and no matter how hard I try, they always distort the finished portions as I move the the hoop around.  I only ever use scroll bars now.  Anyway, I’ll post pictures of that project as it progresses, too.

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4 responses to “My first finish of 2012!

  1. quirky says:

    I’m not liking hoops either! The indents are nigh on impossible to iron out.

    • Julie says:

      I agree! That’s why I gave them up. I love using scroll bars because I don’t have to “stretch” my projects prior to framing. I bought the EZ-Stitch Deluxe starter kit. It came with about 9 or 10 different length “rods” and 3 or so different extender bar sets. Between all the sizes I have, I can do almost any size project up to 18 inches. I bought a new set of 30 inch “rods” so that I can do my Monopoly Game Board. It’s finished size is going to 24 by 24, so I needed a really long set. Now, however, I’m thinking I need longer extender bars so that I’m not scrolling so much material. I just can’t stand the idea of paying so much for tools that I won’t use more than once!

  2. cross(stitch)yourheart says:

    I love this finished project, it’s a fantastic kindle case and the colors are just perfect.

    I like scroll bars, but I have a hard time getting them in a position where i can work on them comfortable unless i use my large stand (which is impossible to travel with), so I usually just use hoops since I travel around with my stitching. Do you keep your stitching in one place or carry it with you? Because I’d love to find away to make my scroll bars transportable!

    • Julie says:

      Most projects can be “portable” even with scroll bars. I’m one of those people who loooovvvve bags. I bring my projects (most aren’t bigger than 16 inches long, and usually no more than 8″ by 12″) in a large-sized bag. I currently have a bag that I got for free from Bath & Body Works. In this bag, I carry my project, my floss & my scissors. I take it with me almost everywhere. If I have a spare moment, or if I’m waiting for something where I can sit down, I pull it out and stitch away! I won’t be able to take my Monopoly Game Board with me anywhere. It’s finished size is 24″ square. That one will have to stay home, but I can tote around almost any other project that I might want to do!

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