Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Long-Awaited Stitchy Update and lots of News!

Stitching News.....

Well, hello there! Firstly, I would like to thank all my long time followers for not giving up on me. I am still here although life has been very hectic of late. Now that we have all broken up for the Summer hols, I felt it was about time I gave some time to my poor neglected blog and to also look at where I am in regards to stitching etc. I had been doing incredibly well with stitching goals up until June when I decided to not set any. Well, June became July and now July is quickly becoming August and I need to go back to my regime. It worked really well and I felt like I achieved a lot in the first part of this year. It is good to keep focused!

I want to go back to May and show you what I made for my stitching sister Tracy's birthday. We decided that we would make each other's present this year and add a chart of our wishlists. It worked well. I don't think I posted what I made for Tracy so here it is:

I made her a Hardanger needlebook. I used some Swarovski butterfly crystals for the centre and also added sparkly beads around each square. It really is pretty and sparkly. This was one of my first attempts at Hardanger and I really enjoyed it. I found the Dove's Eyes quite difficult to work but eventually got them. I am really pleased with the result. 

I also wanted to update you on the next CCN ornament that I made. 

I quite liked this one. I am still struggling with these designs. The next one is the Holly Jolly one and I can't see myself stitching it at all. I might even do it as a giveaway near Christmas if I have not made it by then. The next one after that which I need to do is the Christmas Birdhouse which is a nice one. I have added this to my August goals. 

I also wanted to update you on my Gorjuss progress. I have really enjoyed stitching this design. It was quick and fun to stitch and now all I need to do is the backstitch and beads. It shouldn't take me long to finish so hopefully by the next post it will be complete. It is very sparkly which is what drew me to the design in the first place. I would love to get the one with the books as my dd is an avid lover of reading - more about that later!

Next up is Moira Blackburn's Three Things chart which is one Tracy bought me for Christmas (I think?) This goes to show that I DO get round to stitching on charts that people buy me! I do I do I really really do! Anyway, I love this design. I chose to stitch this on 18 count Vintage Country Mocha Aida and I am so glad I chose this fabric. This design is huge. It is one of the biggest designs I have stitched - sampler wise. I juts don't think my eyes could have coped with the finer count of linen. I am glad I chose this fabric as it is wonderful to work on and stitches up really quickly. To be honest, I haven't touched another design since starting it as I desperately want to get it finished. I am nearly half way through it already. The colours are fab. 

Crochet wise, I have been busy making some of these tealight holders ready for the Christmas fair at school. You can find these very easy patterns from here.  They are quick to make up and look really pretty with a tealight inside them in the evenings. 

Some other news!

My good friend Sue from Sueinstitches blog has set up an online needlecraft shop called 

This is especially good news for stitchers in the UK as Sue is growing her supply of charts from our lovely friends in the US which are sometimes hard to get hold of here. One example is the Hands On chart Stitch Every Day which I had seen on one of the blogs I follow and loved it so much but couldn't find a supplier over here. Sue came to the rescue and ordered it in for me. 

She has a good range of charts in by various designers like:

Blackbird Designs
Blue Ribbon Designs
Little House Needleworks
La D Da
Plum Street Samplers 
and such like.

Her Hand dyeds include Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works and he Gentle Art.

Sue is also planning on doing some finishing work as well in the future. I am going to get her to make up some of my CCN ornies at some point. So look out for that too. 

Please pop over and have a look at what she has in stock and more charts are going to be added. Sue has some of the best prices for hand dyed threads too and if there is anything you want, just let her know! She also has free pnp over £25 as well. 

Take a look and treat yourself!

We also have some other news.....

We have some new family members......

Meet Pepper....

And Nutmeg....

Thank you so much for all the lovely, kind messages you sent me last week when our beloved April suddenly died. I was and still am heartbroken. We felt that the best thing to do would be to get another cat straight away. We have been married for 16 years and have always had two cats at home. When Misty passed away in December and we had April left, we decided to not get another one and so when April died, there were no cats! The house felt very lonely. We got in touch with the RSPCA and went to have a look at a cat that had been there for a while but when we arrived, she had already gone! There were a lot of kittens though and so we chose these two beautiful girls. They are approx 3-4 months old - Pepper being slightly younger than Nutmeg. They are both very affectionate and playful and a delight to have around. 

I am sure there will be plenty more pics to follow. 

Thanks for being so patient with me folks. Hope you all have a good Summer. 



Vickie said...

Oh such lovely projects Hazel. I am so glad you got two new kittens to bring more joy to your lives.

lynda said...

I love your Three Things sampler. I still have to get mine in a frame, but it is one of my most favorite pieces that I have stitched.
Your kitties are adorable. before our Jack passed away last summer, our two cats looked just like yours!

Von said...

So nice to catch up with you once again, Hazel! Life really gets busy sometimes; I haven't written an update since the end of May and am starting to feel guilty for neglecting my poor blog. :D

Margaret said...

So many beautiful projects! I love them all! And your kittens!! Soooo cute! I love kittens. lol! I'm glad you have them in your life.

Irene said...

I am so happy you have a couple of new kittens. A house just isn't a home without a cat.

Lovely projects.

Christine said...

Such a lot of beautiful stitching, and your new kittens are adorable!

VeggieMummy said...

Beautiful stitching, as always, and those kittens are so cute! x

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching, really nice new project.
Cute new furbabies!

Jackie said...

Pepper and Nutmeg are precious! Your children look enthralled.

I kept enlarging and looking at your Three Things Sampler. It's one that I want to stitch too. Did you use the called for threads? the colors are lovely against the fabric you chose!

Sally said...

I was so sorry to read about April Hazel. It's always so hard when we lose a pet as they are family.

Your new kitties are so cute. I hope they bring you all much love and happiness.

Lots of lovely stitching going on. I have struggled with one or two of the CCN ornaments too.

I have saved your friends website for future reference :)

Enjoy the summer holidays.

Sheryl S. said...

Gorgeous stitching, what beautiful hardanger work, love the butterfly crystals and beads, just what I like to do. lovely kitties too.

Brigitte said...

What a nice update from you, Hazel. It's good to read that you are doing better after the loss of your little kitty and that you have two new family members. Good for the whole family.
Stitching-wise you have been reather busy, it seems. I love that little Hardanger needlebook you made for your friend. And the little ornament looks lovely. You made some wonderful progress on the Moira Blackburn sampler. I loved stitching it, too, but as far as I remember I stitched it on a 32 ct fabric and it is huge. Today I would prefer stitching it on 40 ct, I think. But it was such a lot of fun to stitch all the different motives.