Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Once a month....

It appears my postings are rapidly becoming monthly postings which, I suppose, is better than no postings at all! Life is full and busy and I am quite content with that. I do my best to fit in stitching where I can and so I am pleased to announce two finishes this week! 

The first is My Sheep Hear My Voice by LHN stitched in the given threads on Lambswool linen. 

This was a delight to stitch and it only took me about a week to complete it. I actually enjoyed the Lambswool linen too as much as I have moaned in the past about Permin fabrics being too scratchy. I guess I will stitch on anything. 

Last night I had a very happy celebration as I finally put in the last stitch of Quaker Christmas by Bygone Stitches. This was one of my new year Crazies from 2012! I hadn't stitched on this in such a long time so I started back on it last year and it really came together quite quickly once I set my mind to it. I used Threadworx thread in Wine Castle Red and a green one which i can't remember the name of. The gold is the called for one Olde Gold I think. The fabric is 36ct Vintage Light Exampler by LL which has a gorgeous orangy hue to it. 

So what to stitch next????? I could start something new as I have kitted up a whole load of charts using fabric from my stash. Or, I could be very good and get on with some long outstanding wips. I think I would like to finish the Moira Blackburn one and the Multiplication sampler I started as another Crazy 2012. I will let you know. Happy stitching all. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all. This has been a real time of focus for me as I have been so ill recently but I do seem to be on the mend now. I have downloaded a new app on my phone called Abide which is a prayer app. I can really recommend it to those who feel burdened and unable to pray. I think it is wonderful and you can stream the prayers so that you can listen for a long time. I have been feeling out of sorts spiritually for a while and this app has really helped me refocus. Easter time is a good time  to reflect too on the goodness of God and the love of the Holy Spirit. 

I finished this Victorian Motto kit in a day or two. So quick to finish. I have a few others to do in my stash. It's not a great photo as the design is very long. I need to get a load of finishes framed!

I wanted to show you an update of Quaker Christmas as well as I am busy trying to get this old wip finished off. I am really pleased with how it is turning out. The red looks stunning against the fabric which looks slightly darker irl. The fabric is LL Vintage light exempler. Threads are Threadwork threads.

And I just can't resist taking snaps of this little cutie. 

Hope you have a very restful and blessed Easter whatever you do. 


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A Quick Update...

I have really not been very well this year at all. From the first Jan I have been hit with viral infections. No sooner as I have got over one then another comes smack, bang along and floors me. I decided to try extra vitamins and echinacea to see if this would boost my immune system. I will let you know how I get on with them. 

Well I do have another finish to share. Sorry for the crude photo. Just too tired to do any of this blogging and photography malarky. Please forgive me.

Robin's Song
Stitched on white jobelan and using called for hand dyeds.

Winter finally arrived here in our neck of the woods. With it came a snow day off school - I was off anyway due to being ill but the kid enjoyed it!

Just so pretty! It has mostly melted away now. It was a great excuse to hunker down and do some stitching. 

So, that's three of my Crazy January starts finished. I am working on a second block of Christmas at HRH but it does seem to take ages on 40ct. 

Keep warm and I will update you soon. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016

What I've been up to...

....which is not very much except lots of stitching!

First up, I finished Their Song by Blackbird Designs. This has been in my "to do" stash for far too long. I used a mix of DMC and the called for hand dyeds. I really like the way it has turned out and looking forward to getting it framed to add to my wall samplers.

I also finished the first block on Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I am using DMCs for this and stitching it on Newcastle Sand which looks good. I am quite pleased with the result so far. Now I have the first block finished on Shores and Christmas I really need to get started on the other blocks!

I caved and bought some new stash. I have been wanting this little kit for ages for my bathroom so finally bought it and some fabric which, well, you know, fabric right?

And finally, this is where I am up to on Robin's Song by LHN. I am using the called for hand dyeds on this and it is turning out quite nicely. The fabric is some white jobelan which I really do enjoy stitching on. I don't know why I don't do more on it. So I have nearly finished this first section and looking forward to the next bit. 

Just for fun, I thought I'd post a snap of some brownies I made. I got the recipe off a pupil at school who regularly makes them for the staff. It is my first time making brownies and they were not bad for a first. However, I do think hers are much, much nicer.

Lastly, here's a picture of my cute cats having a cheeky snuggle. They are so fab!

Happy stitching all. I am hoping to get a lot done this week as it is half term but you know how that story goes!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A crochety post

So I started this blanket in December and it hasn't taken me long to finish at all. The design is the Sunny Stripes blanket from Attic24 and I used the same colourway and patterning that Lucy has used - only because I just couldn't be bothered to think about it and wanted something easy to do. So here it is in its finished state. I finally did the edging today and am pretty pleased with how it came out. 

Ta -Daaaa! It's very long!

And bright....

The edging worked perfectly...

Lovely folded too!

And on a whim, I decided to buy some more wool as Stylecraft have introduced some new colours including the lovely Duck Egg blue shade. I was inspired by Annie's Place by some of her pretty blankets in pastel shades. 

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry - probably because I have enlarged them but hopefully you can see the shades. I have included the new mustard shade to pop every now and then and the Boysenberry one which is the dark purply pink shade. 

I wanted to shout a huge THANK YOU to my dear blogger friend Vonna for sending me a lovely big piece of Weaver's Cloth to do some punchneedle on. It is very difficult to find this fabric over here in the UK and the last punchneedle I did was a little kit that came with the fabric inside. What with the new release of Punchneedle and Primitive Stitcher magazine which my lovely friend Sue over at Peakside Needleworks has managed to get in her online shop, I have been seriously drooling over all the lovely designs I want to punch. Now I can! Thanks Vonna so much. You are so very kind. Now, where is my punchneedle??
All the best to you all. Hope you are having a peaceful January. I have been hit with a little ill health but am okay. 
Stay warm. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy 7 update....

How are you all stitchers and crafters? Well my Crazy 7 challenge actually became Crazy 8! No - not the Crazy 8 card game but actually 8 Crazy New Starts! I enjoyed every single one and developed a case of startitis!

So without further ado, here are my starts.... and would you believe I actually have a finish too. Thank you to the girlies on our group Skype chat that continually encourage and enable. Thanks to Lesley, Sue, Tracy and Tina (no blog).

Day 4

Their Song
Blackbird Designs

I really didn't get a lot done on this as wasn't feeling great that day but it is a start!

Day 5

Mill Hill
Joy to the World Button and Bead kit

Fun to work on this! Enjoyed the cheerful primary colours. 

Day 6

Ink Circles

This is using Olde Willow Stitchery threads and they are lovely to work with. Very subtle pastel variations. 

Day 7

Kathy Barrick
And Heaven and Nature Sing

The fabric arrived just in time yay!!!! It is Polstitches Heirloom using DMCs. Love it. 

And Day 8!

Carriage House Samplings
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.

I couldn't resist this. My fabric came (40ct Newcastle Sand) and I had the threads and just had to start it. Love it. Love the colours and the design. Everything. 

And I have a finish.... 

Can you guess which one of my Crazies I finished?

Ta... Daaaaa....

Yes it is the Sampler Girl Moon Shell Sampler! Did you guess correctly? It is not a great pic as it is so large but you get the idea. 

So who actually did the Crazy 7 challenge? Did you manage to start all of them? Did you resist starting more? Well I am a little stitched out after last week so I am returning to crochet for a little bit just till I get this stripe blanket complete. Pics to come soon. 

Okay, happy stitching or crocheting or crafting to you this week and I will see you all soon.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year! 2016!

Happy New Year everyone. Unfortunately, ours was spoiled by neighbours partying till 5am and so we didn't get very much sleep and I ended up being quite ill - painful throat; feels like it has razor blades in it. You know what I'm talking about.

But, not allowing that to put me off my Crazy 7 new starts, I thought I'd show you where I am up to. 

Day 1

Robin's Song
Little House Needleworks

Very pleased with my progress here and loving the jobelan fabric I am working on. Thank you to Tracy for the fabric.

Day 2
The Moon Shell
The Sampler Girl

Super excited by the progress on this one. I have almost completed one page and it is only two pages long so a definite finish is in the bag already. I am stitching it using DMC and some lovely blue mottled fabric 28 count but not sure what it is. 

Day 3
Morning Glory
The Drawn Thread

Pah! I am not happy with this at all. The design is way too fussy for me - chock full of backstitch and other stitches and the fabric count seems quite small 34 count legacy - which I have stitched on before so go figure.

So that's it from me for now. 
I've been into work then home again due to this horrid sore throat so Day 4 is coming up. 

Ciao x

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Crazy 7 challenge anyone?

As I was browsing through some of my older posts, I came across this one from 2012 which details the charts I chose for the Crazy 7 challenge. Now for those that don't know, there was a challenge going around to start a new cross stitch project for each and every day in January - that's 31 new starts- with the aim of finishing them within the year. There was absolutely no way I could have met this challenge so I came up with the idea of a Crazy 7 challenge, just having 7 new starts in the first week of January. Out of those 7 I began in 2012, I actually completed 4 of them. 3 are still ongoing but I still think it is progress. 

So I am thinking I might do the Crazy 7 again next year........

I have had a look through my stash and these are the first 6 I am going to start. I still need to think about a 7th one and also I need to make sure I am all kitted up for starting. 

1. Ink Circles "Quackworth"
Image of Quackworth

I am going with the grey fabric and pastel colours. 

2. Blackbird Designs "Their Song"

3.The Drawn Thread "Morning Glory"

4. The Sampler Girl "The Moon Shell"

5. Mill Hill "Joy to the World"

6. Kathy Barrick "Heaven and Nature Sing"

And Heaven and Nature Sing  Pattern

I need the fabric and threads for this one and I am thinking Polstitches Victorian or Egyptian or Heirloom. What would be your vote?

7. Yet to be decided.....

So will anyone join me? No real rules. Just have and enjoy 7 new starts and try and finish them within the year but it doesn't matter if you don't! And yes, you can have other starts in the year. Anyone?? Anyone???