Saturday Stitching: An FO, a Small and the MSAL

I have one finished small project. I started it a week before my vacation started, while I was waiting for my car to be worked on. I finished it this past Thursday,

The above is what it’s supposed to look like. It’s a DMC Cross Stitch Starter Kit design. The kit came with 7 skeins of floss, each a different color, 2 pieces of 14 ct white Aida, a tapestry needle. a hoop and a book with 6 designs in it. The supplies were enough to make two of the designs.

Now me, I made some changes to the shoe. The pattern is simply named Shoe…

The original pattern was only stitched, nothing special on it. I added some bling to it. The red beads are upside down hearts. I didn’t like the hearts of the tongue of the shoe so, I left them off. I think my shoe looks more fun than the original.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish it completely yet. I’ll need something like a shadow box if I decide to frame it. I could give it away as is as well. I just made it because it was small, quick and fun.

What do you think?? Suggestions/comments welcome!

Then, there’s my other small which I shared with you all last month. It’s the Mill Hill beaded ornament I started.

This is what it looked like last time I talked about it. It’s being worked on 28 ct lavender even weave. I have never done so much frogging in my life!! It’s hard to see it unless I really focus, even with my magnifiers on.

I’ve discovered I don’t like working with beads this small. It’s time consuming, fiddly and annoying – to me. A friend of mine has graciously consented to take this project off my hands and finish it for herself.

I like working on even weave fabric, but I’m not a huge fan of beading something that small. I don’t see myself doing another one in the future though they are quite pretty.

I’m behind on the MSAL, but I’m working to catch up. I’ve done half of September’s design so far, and I’m trying to figure out what colors to use for October’s.

Pomegranates and pumpkins oh my! 🙂

I also wanted to show you two things I discovered on my visit to Fort Worth Texas on Thursday. We went to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall where we discovered a lovely little cafe called The Secret Garden Restaurant.

We both had the Secret Sampler and shared an order of Bread Pudding for desert.

Anyway, while in the antique store, I found these very interesting looking wall art pieces, and I took a picture of one of them:

I just noticed the price tag. OMG!!! I could make something like this for way less, even framed!

I bought a tapestry kit as well, but I don’t have a picture of it to show yet. Surprisingly, the kit is fully intact with plastic over the bottom of the box where the yarn it. It has gone into my To Do pile for next year.

That’s it for this week. I start work on Monday so, I’ll be back to having limited time for my projects. My main focus is going to be the MSAL, but I’ll also be working on some other small projects as I get the time. I haven’t forgotten the dollhouse either. I hope you like the progress I’ve made on it thus far. I’ll be writing about it soon.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!


2 thoughts on “Saturday Stitching: An FO, a Small and the MSAL

  1. I love your beading on the shoe! If you decide to go for a shadowbox for it, I imagine it would look wonderful.

    Your MSAL is looking really autumny. ❤️ Like a few times before, my September colors seem to be similar to yours but differently placed–it’ll be fun to check out the similarities and differences when we’re done. 🙂

    Working with tiny beads is hard even otherwise, and embroidering with them amongst stitched motifs has got to be harder. Good job on the project so far, and good job deciding to pass the baton to someone more willing to work with them. 🙂

    Is it just me or does the wall art piece look like it’s flipped back-to-front? 😉


  2. I do believe the wall art is back to front which is quite different. I guess if you can make nice backs you should flaunt it? It’s an interesting look but still not worth $350 USD imho.

    I haven’t figured out the colors for the little October block, but I think some blue will be involved. The motifs almost look like snowflakes to me but on a white background, I don’t think white thread will show up very well. I can’t wait to see what lovely color combinations you’ve come up with!

    A shadow box does seem to be the thing for the shoe at this point. 🙂 I might be able to add some little bits to make it look a lot more interesting. I just need to see what’s out there.

    My friend is thrilled to be trying out a Mill Hill kit as she’s never done one before. Between the two of us, this one will get done. 🙂

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