Bring out the Dancing Shoes!

There is a party going on here tonight!

All done! Woot! Unfortunately I can’t get the colour correct on the photo – the fabric is supposed to be a light blue. You would think that as a former layout artist I would figure out basic Photoshop, but there you have it.

Next I pick up Gifts by the Sea and try to finish that up.

I completely missed the first of the month (where did that go?), and so I will give you my May goals now.

In April, my goals were:

For April, I wanted to:
1) Finish at least one of my current large WIPs. i.e. Either Gifts by the Sea or Sister’s Tribute. Both are near completion, and ideally I would like to finish them both, but realistically I don’t think that will happen. Soooo close! I plan to finish Tribute today.
2) Stitch my Broaden Horizon piece. This month the draw was Fantasy – shouldn’t have any issues there! I think I will stitch “Tempest in a Tea Cup”, but I may change the colouring. I am not too fond of the red, so I may make him green or blue. Nope, not even started. One day.
3) Pick out and prep RR stuff for an upcoming RR. Yep. It is going to be fun!
4) Catalogue my stash. Grand undertaking, that. Yep! All done. I even got a couple of magazines done.

For May:

1) Finish Tribute (should be easy)
2) Stitch my RR piece
3) Stitch Friendship exchange piece
4) Stitch recipe exchange piece
5) Catalogue 5 magazines
6) Finish two ornaments
7) Get 2 shells done in GBS
8) Create 3 Artist Trading Cards for an exchange on the Wagon.

Well I have already finished one of those things! This month is a focus on smalls since I have so many exchanges and what not going out soon.
On to the Stitching Blogger’s Question:

Do you or have you stitched with over-dyed threads? (Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Six Strand Sweets, etc.) If so, what is your opinion concerning them? If not, why not?

I have stitched with them, and have no problem doing so. I don’t use them very much because they can get very pricy, and I only like using them for special projects. I will confess I have never bought any for myself – everything I have has come as a gift in one form or another. I am far too cheap to buy them myself. They do create a lovely effect, and if it came right down to it, I could substitute plain old DMC if I had to.

Which brings me to an irritation of mine. So many little ornaments or small designs are calling for this type of floss. Why? Why would I spend any where from three to eight dollars a skein for three stitches? No thanks – it just puts me off from that designer. If the entire design called for one skein as a bit of a monochromatic effect (like the M-Designs patterns), I can see that. But not for a tiny little area. It just creates waste, and it is money out the window. No thanks.

*end rant. Back to your regularily scheduled program*

One of the exchanges I am doing is a recipie exchange as hosted on the Robin’s Nest. We are doing a recipie exchange with a stitched piece for the kitchen and the recipies should show off our country of residence or our ethic roots. It is going to be a hoot – I can’t wait!

The other exchange is the Friendship Exchange hosted on the SBEBB. Christine sent out the names tonight and I will be stitching for Tessa. Very cool! I have been following her blog for a while and it will be fun to find something good for her.

I think that is enough for now. My finishes are in the double digits! Woot!


17 thoughts on “Bring out the Dancing Shoes!

  1. Renee

    Your finish looks great Christine! πŸ™‚ When I read this I remembered that I was going to “broaden my horizon” too, but completely forgot. Ooops!

  2. Outi

    Congratulations! Looks great! πŸ™‚

    And when it comes to Recipe Exchange, neither can I! Wait, that is. πŸ˜‰

  3. Jenneke

    It’s a lovely finish Christine! After such hard work you deserve a happy dance. As for the overdyed thread, I agree that some designers forget that normal stitchers like us don’t have a closet full of those pricy overdyed threads. (In Holland they’re even more expensive) I never buy that ornament issue for that reason.

  4. Connie

    Christine, I totally agree with you regarding overdyes in very small amounts in a design…It doesn’t make much sense to me, except to remember that designers get all their threads free from the big thread companies, who are hoping that said designers will use their threads in the designs, thereby generating greater sales for the thread companies. It is perfectly acceptable to change, and I have often looked up an exchange chart for an overdye I didn’t want to buy, or try to substitute one I already had. I LOVE overdyes…and spend a lot of time using them, especially the silk. UHMMM! Yummy!

  5. Jenna

    Tappity-tap, tappity-tap, tappity-tappity-tap! That’s my happy dance for you. Your tribute piece turned out beautifully! Congratulations on the finish. I can’t wait to see it framed. πŸ™‚

  6. Carol

    Oh Christine! That is truly a work of art – you must be so proud! I know I am proud of you πŸ™‚


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