Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kit finished!

If you remember I began an SAL not so long ago to stitch one of the Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kits. A few of us joined in and a board was set up over at Needlecraft Haven. Well, here is the result of my efforts. I absolutely adore this. I really am amazed at how gorgeous this little kit was to make and finish. I have enjoyed every single stitch of it. I have tried my best to capture the sparkle and magic but the camera just doesn't do it justice. I have tried to take pictures of it from various angles so this is what I managed to snap. As you can see, I bought the frame for it and just went with the plain blue one but there are so many different frames to go with these designs.
The amount of beading was immense. I broke a beading needle and think I ripped a tiny part of the design at one point which you can't see so my big tip is that when you do the beads on this design, just thread one strand through the needle and then double the thread instead of trying to thread two strands through.
The beads were placed in all sorts of different ways; the hardest to place being the petite beads as you have to stitch through them twice. Quite tricky but doable.
I have really tried to capture the sparkle that the beads show. They are truly awesome in real life especially in the evening when you catch reflections of the lamp.
Framing it brought another little problem as there are no catches on the back of the frame to hold the design in place so my husband very kindly making taped it neatly down. Voila!
A lovely project and I would definitely do another.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I received an exchange!

Was very blessed to receive this beautiful exchange package from Michelle yesterday. Michelle moderated the spring exchange on HOE but unfortunately my partner disappeared and did not come through on her part. So I want to say a big thank you to Michelle who created this special exchange replacement for me. It is beautiful and perfectly stitched and finished and already in use! Superb extras too. Thank you so much. Xx

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back to school

Hello all! Just a quick one to say my laptop is in hospital for repairs (I'm typing this on my phone) and so won't have it for a couple of weeks. I've been busy making my giveaway gift for Cucki and will send it off at the weekend hopefully. I'll pop up some pictures once it has arrived at its destination!

I'm back at work now and summer seems such a long way away - a distant memory now. Here's a picture of my children on their first day back at school. My daughter started secondary school and she looks super smart! I'm actually teaching her now for 12 periods a week and it is working out great! So far so good.

I'll try and see if I can get my Cornwall pictures up as well in a separate post as I really want to keep a record of that holiday.

Bear with me until my laptop returns! Xxx