The May Mini Update

Published May 28, 2015 by doctordolly

Apparently I only update my blog between semesters. This is the May Mini update – the 10 days between the end of the Spring semester and the beginning of Summer I. Life as a university professor is still good.

It has been a good 10 days if you don’t mind rain, more rain, pretending you’re Harry Potter hiding in the cupboard under the stairs due to the tornado, and more rain. And as I type I have an eye to the sky for you guessed it – more rain.

On the other hand, the random rain and street flooding means I’ve been doing a lot of stitching. I have two finishes to report, both Mill Hill bead kits.

The first is Rocking Horse.


The second is the Train.



Please don’t tell Horsey, but I like the train better.


In other stitching updates, I have streamlined the rotation into three projects – Tuscany Town Mandala, QS Queen of Hearts, and UFO.  I haven’t decided what the next UFO is, but I still have three smalls left, all by Mill Hill, so one of them is a pretty safe bet.  Tuscany Town Mandala is on part 12 and should be the next finish.  QS Queen of Hearts was my 2015 start.

TTM May 28 2015QS QoH May 28 2015


See you at the end of Summer!


A Very Overdue Update

Published January 13, 2015 by doctordolly

I have been a lazy writer during the winter break, but a busy stitcher. I have lost count of finishes 4? All four are from the list and I am feeling quite accomplished.

The first two are related – they are Santa Portraits 1 and 4 from JCS Nov 2011.  They are framed and on the wall.

santa portraits 1 4

The next small is a cross stitched on New Year’s Eve.  This one will get framed in pink velvet with a white or silver frame.

small cross

The fourth is Mill Hill’s Scottie Dog ornament.  He looked very handsome on my Christmas tree.

scotty dog

Until the next finish, have a happy 2015!

A Big One, Finally

Published September 16, 2014 by doctordolly

It’s not too often I finish pieces close together, so you can understand why this is terribly exciting.  Mirabilia’s Christmas Elegance, is the next to come off the Work In Progress List with this finish.

She is worked on 28 count Loki opalescent from Fabrics by Stephanie with mild color alterations (the reds, the large red bead, and omitting the snow background).

mirabilia christmas elegance

I’m very happy with the way she came out, and I think I will splurge and send her to Jill Rensel for framing.

In other stitching news, I am still putting a string in a day on Tuscany Town Mandala.  I finally finished the first corner on Part 11, but this part is huge.  And dangerous.  I had the realization that if any little thing is off, part 12 isn’t going to line up correctly.  I’m a little intimidated, and that’s not a word I use lightly.

The rest of the stitching time is devoted to Melissa Shirley’s Christmas Candy wreathe.  This OOP canvas is one of my all time favorites and I am hoping to have it finished in time for a Christmas display.

Two and a smidgen

Published September 8, 2014 by doctordolly

I’m not sure how to count this, but I finished one of the parts to Ink Circles Roll Your Own 2013 Stitch-Along.  For those of you familiar with the RYO format, you know that each set has 5 medium charts and 3 smalls.  This is Jan in my own colorway.


 Ink Circles Jan


I am also closing in on a finish on Mirabilia’s Christmas Elegance.  I’m working on the 5th pack of beads.  I thought originally I would finish both this weekend, but a leaky roof ruined by stitching plans, but not my stitching.

The other stitching news is pretty thin.  I’ve been struggling to put in a string a day on Tuscany Town Mandala.  I also was thinking about a new start or two, since I have some room in my rotation, but find I am stuck in a rare moment of indecision.


Published July 6, 2014 by doctordolly

The next finish is this little piece from Mill Hill.  It’s supposed to be a pin, but I like ornaments, so on the tree it will go this Christmas.

Stitching has been sporadic at best, working two full time jobs will put a major cramp in your stitching.  That having been said, the Fourth of July saw some quality stitching time and there are lots of pictures for your viewing pleasure.  I should warn you that I am a serial rotator, so there are a lot of projects.  My WIP list usually has around 30 projects, with somewhere between 7 – 15 being stitched on between updates.

The first up is Melissa Shirley’s Candy Cane Wreathe on a 14 count double mono canvas.  This was a rare love at first sight canvas that I bought 5 or 6 years ago.  The plan is to turn it into a giant centerpiece for the kitchen table.

The second piece is the dastardly Mask of Colors by Heaven and Earth Designs.  I started this in July 2007 and it is the never-ending confetti something or another.  I am on page 14 of 24 and am very jealous of everyone who has finished this one!

The third piece is Ink Circles Roll Your Own 2013 Spawn (Jan) or as I like to call it, Hootie.  This is a long-distance stitch-a-long with my niece, Dolly.  My intent is to work the entire set in the same colorway.

The fourth piece is Chatelaine’s Tuscany Town Mandala.  I am working on part 11.  I finally got some tree tops in!

The fifth piece is Pirate Faery by HAED.  It’s another one of the extremely slow progress pieces.  Although the confetti in here is not nearly as awful as Mask of Colors.

The sixth (and final) piece is my current favorite, Mirabilia’s Christmas Elegance.  I am hoping to finish this one this summer.




1 down, 259 to go

Published June 3, 2014 by doctordolly

I had intended to post weekly, but my hand got caught between an Adrian Beltre batting practice home run and the walkway at Minute Maid park.  All I can say is listen to Tom Grieve and take your glove to the ball park.  I lost several days of stitching, but slowly got the use of my hand back after 10 days or so.

The first finish is a Mill Hill bead kit, Kris Mouse.  The finished picture is below.


I started Cirque des Circles by Ink Circles and Mill Hill’s Baseball Mitt.  No, I am not taking this to the ball park.  With my luck, I’d get beamed again.

I also bought threads for projects, and all 3 of the missing leaflets.  For those of you in the Tulsa area, Stitchworks sold its inventory to Get Stitching and the new shop is open.  The new owner is also honoring the old Stitchworks loyalty cards 🙂

I am also updating the project list as I realized I needed to add a new column for status.  The projects may be in a different order, but I promise they are all there.

The Second Revision

Published May 6, 2014 by doctordolly

This time I am done revising.  It’s my grandfather’s fault.  Or my Church’s fault.  Take your pick.  In anticipation of the annual birthday check, I splurged and ordered the new set of Mill Hill 2014 Christmas Santas, and a couple of other Mill Hill kit goodies as well.  Then the church I attend dangled the potential of some needlepoint kneelers or a cross stitch picture or two, so I included a line item for a church project as well.  Nothing finalized on the church front, but I love the idea of making something for the church building so I’m putting it on the bucket list anyway.  It is, after all, my bucket list.  This maxes the bucket list out at 260 and I am not adding anything to it.  Any new goodies will go on a list for another lifetime.