Another Happy Dance!


Masquerade by Ink Circles
Stitched on 32 count tarnished silver Lakeside Linen
Using recommended GAST threads
Started 20th February 2011
Finished 6th June 2011


Sampler Girl finish & TUSAL

Today I actually have a stitching finish to share with you (once you have all recovered from the shock lol)

It’s taken a little longer than anticipated, but I have just finished Northanger Abbey by The Sampler Girl

I also have some WIPs to share with you.  Firstly Masquerade, I was going great guns on this design until I ran out of the Onyx thread.  Luckily Sheila sent me some that she had left over from this design to tide me over until the skein I ordered arrives.

And finally I’ve worked a little this weekend on Jardin Prive’s Sampler Aux Bouquet.  I’m stitching this over 2 on 40 count linen, using one thread of DMC. Apologies for the stray thread lol

I’ve done more stitching this last week or so than I have for the last month or so 😉 and as a result I have added quite a lot to my TUSAL container.

SAL update

I’ve been extremely slack in updating my blog this week, things have been extremely busy and I’ve not had much spare time. This week I only managed to stitch on two out of three SALs. Tuesday’s Carriage House SAL just didn’t get a look in lol – maybe next week.

I did manage to work on Masquerade, even though quite a lot of that work was unpicking stitches I had put in because evidently I’ve forgotten how to count lol. Here’s a pic, albeit slightly lopsided, of where I am. Sheila is taking a different route on hers, check it out on her blog.


Wednesday was once again Sampler Girl SAL night. I worked on the border and got loads done, easy stitching, no need to even look at the chart.


Next week’s stitching plans are to once again work on my SAL’s and also to start another lol. The Jardin Prive SAL starts on 15th March over on Needlecrat Haven.


Both Sheila and I made a good start on our new SAL on Sunday evening. We’re both more or less in the same place at the end of the first day. Sheila was going to try and blog on Monday but haven’t seen anything yet 😉


The good news is that the frame used in the cover picture is available online, and if I’d just taken a minute to actually read the chart properly I’d have seen that for myself lol. I’m definitely going to start saving my pennies through this SAL and treat myself to the frame as it looks perfect with this design. The only problem is that it will be ordered from the US so I will almost certainly get stung by a customs charge, but if I save up a little extra that will be fine.

I spent yesterday evening putting together my February Challenge for the Needlecraft Haven forum, but can’t share that with you until the reveal date which is next Sunday. I am very pleased with the way the finishing went on this one, even though it’s nothing very complicated it all went so smoothly, I can’t wait to share! I don’t want to tempt fate, but I think I am slowly getting to hang of using the sewing machine lol.