Weekend update

Lots of pictures to share with you again this weekend, so apologies for the long post. I really must try harder to find some time to blog during the week but that’s far easier to say than actually do!

One thing I haven’t got any progress pictures of this week is my craft room. Phill has been very busy at work, and is also suffering with man flu at the moment so my room looks exactly the same this weekend as it did last weekend. But, his work has been rather quiet in the last few months, so I really don’t mind one bit, I would much rather him be working somewhere else and getting paid LOL.

From Tuesday evening, Carriage House Samplings SAL night. I am really loving this design, so much so that once I have stitched Molly I intend on stitching the other girls in the series.

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From Wednesday evening, The Sampler Girl SAL night. Again, loving this design and it was very hard not to carry on stitching for the rest of the week. The first thing I will do next Wednesday is stitch some legs on that poor sheep!

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The rest of the week has been spent stitching on the February Challenge from Needlecraft Haven forum, which I can’t share with you until reveal day at the end of the month, and working on Ribbon Sampler. This picture really shows up the colours well

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My lunchtime ornament is coming along nicely, but silly me left it at work so I can’t share a picture with you at the moment.

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Pictures!

As promised yesterday here are the latest progress pictures for Bramble and the Rose, Ribbon Sampler and Eiffel Quaker.

Firstly, Brambles.  Two pages completed.

Secondly, Ribbon Sampler.  One page completed, started on the second page.

And lastly, Eiffel Quaker.  Stitched on 32 count fabric called Bisque from Lakeside Linens.  I’m really enjoying stitching this design!

A productive Sunday

At the start of the year I decided that 2010 was going to be the year that I tried to conquer my fear of finishing and also my fear of my sewing machine.   I bought the sewing machine about four years ago, just a very basic one, and up until now it has only had two or three outings.  Even though I love stitching larger designs, there are so many stitches who stitch only small designs and I love looking around people’s blogs and seeing what seems like hundreds of different finishing techniques, and I often think that “maybe next year” will be my year for stitching smalls.  Unfortunately I’ve had this thought quite a few times and so far it hasn’t happened, but maybe next year LOL!

Today I decided to dust off the sewing machine and have a go at finishing off a couple of the designs I had finished years ago and which have been in my finishes drawer crying out for some attention.  First of all I tried my hand at a flat fold.  I had a Christmas design from one of the Just Cross Stitch ornament editions already stitched up so decided to use that.  It’s not perfect by any means, but for a first attempt I am feeling very pleased with myself.  Next was a simple pin cushion, using a design by Margaret Sherry.  Finally is a floss tag, using a one of my favourite Lizzie Kate designs.  The floss tag was made using Vonna’s tutorial, which worked like a charm!

Here’s some close up photos, including shots of the backing fabrics used on the pin cushion and floss tag

I also tried my hand at framing this weekend.  I saw a lovely frame when I was out shopping on Saturday that I thought would be perfect for LHN’s School of Needlework.  It is just a teeny bit wonky, but I know that I will get better with a bit of practice and I have quite a few designs waiting to be framed so by the time I’ve finished I should be an expert LOL.  I think the distressed look of the frame looks great with this design and plan on buying a few more of these frames for my other LHN finishes.

I don’t have many stitching updates for you this week, no progress at all on L’Automne – work has been absolutely hectic and I’ve barely had time to eat my sandwiches this week, so L’Automne hasn’t even been taken out of it’s bag this week.

At home I’ve been stitching on Ribbon Sampler by Sampler Cove.  This is stitched on 40 count linen so it’s a bit slow going but I’m really enjoying it.

This is quite possibly the worst photograph I have EVER taken!  I have no idea what went wrong there.  This close up picture is more accurate colour wise.

I’ve been waiting for my chart to arrive for the Pin Pillow exchange but am very disappointed in the online store I ordered from.  The payment is still showing as pending in my Paypal account and even though the item was showing as in stock when I ordered there’s no sign of movement, and also no reply to my chaser emails.  The chart is now showing as “shipping in 5-7 days” so I’m guessing that there is a supply problem, but it would have been nice to have been told so I could order it from somewhere else as I really want to get that finished before starting the Bramble and the Rose SAL on 1st March.

If you’re still reading – THANK YOU!  I’m sorry for posting such a long post, I really will try and get my act together next week and post through the week instead of leaving it all until the weekend.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for visiting, I really do appreciate all your comments!

Pictures!

In my last post I promised some pictures, but it took me a couple of days to find the memory card from my camera – thanks to Phill for “borrowing” it and not putting it back LOL

First a couple of catch up photos on a couple of WIPs.  South Seas Lace is a SAL with Claire and Vikki, but lately it’s been a bit more of a Non SAL for me.  At the moment I’m just about halfway through the design.

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Sampler Cove’s Ribbon Sampler is next, I managed to get a few hours stitching in on this recently, but it is stitched on 40 count fabric so the progress isn’t very obvious!

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Next up, a couple of new starts.  Firstly, Travelling Stitcher by Little House Needleworks.   I have finished the needlekeep part of the design and yesterday started on the main part.

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Lastly, another SAL, this time with my sister Sheila – Celtic Welcome by Polstitches Designs.  There will be a slight difference in our finishes, Sheila is stitching the Welsh version so hers will say Croeso instead of Welcome.   We thought it would be interesting if we each started with a different dragon, so she is starting on the red dragon and I am starting on the white dragon.  She has posted her first pic on her blog and it looks great so far, unfortunately I had trouble taking a good photo as the light coloured stitching doesn’t show up too well on the fabric.

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And finally, one last photo – a very rare photo LOL.  Last week there were signs that Mia was calming down a little, unfortunately she was just teasing and since then she has been absolutely crazy.  She is teething and is biting anything and everything at the moment.  At the weekends, if the weather is dry, she gets to go outside while we potter around in the garden – our back garden is totally enclosed so she can’t get out, but she has had a couple of scary moments when she climbed up a conifer tree and couldn’t work out how to get down LOL.  Her kitty instincts soon kicked in though and now she runs up and down the trees with no problem at all.  The best part of her getting some exercise comes later on in the day when we sit down to relax……

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She stayed in this position for over an hour, and would probably have stayed there a lot longer, but Phill had to get up and move around LOL

News Flash!

I have actually done some stitching!

Even though I have managed the odd hour here and there since the arrival of Mia the kitten, there have been periods of days, even weeks, where I haven’t managed to get a stitch into fabric.  The longer I didn’t stitch, the less I felt like stitching for some reason.  So this weekend I decided that now that Mia is growing up and is giving me a little more time to myself the best way to overcome my stitching slump is to have a new start LOL.

I had bought The Travelling Stitcher by LHN months ago, and it came with all the Crescent Colours threads needed, so I decided to make a start to see if it brought back my stitching mojo.  The good news is it worked!    I stitched the needle keep part of the design over the weekend.

I will put the rest of the design in with the many many other things I have on the go at the moment and will work on it as part of my new rotation which I am in the process of finalising.

Another thing that helped me out of the slump even more was another visit to Polstitches.  I didn’t really need to buy anything this time, but my sister Sheila wanted to get some fabric for some designs she has in mind and to pick out some colours for The Bramble and The Rose (in readiness for when we eventually stitch it).  Of course I did end up picking up a couple of things – Sampler Cove’s Rhapsody in Red part 2 (towards the bottom of the page in this link)   and LHN’s Sunflower Inn (the first design on the page in this link – click it to make it bigger for a much better picture).    I also bought something else which I can’t show you at the moment as it is a little gift for someone.

Inspired by all the lovely models Jo has on display I came home and immediately picked up Rhapsody in Red Ribbon Sampler and have worked on that for the last couple of evenings.

While we were at Polstitches Sheila picked up the fabric needed for Celtic Welcome, and we decided to start this as a SAL yesterday evening!    I am stitching the English version which says “Welcome”, Sheila is stitching the Welsh version which says “Croeso” as her partner is a welsh speaker and she lives in a part of Wales where Welsh is spoken far more frequently than where I live.  Unfortunately Mia was not very stitcher friendly yesterday evening so I didn’t get as much stitching time in as I would have liked, but did make a start eventually.

I tried to take some pictures this morning but it’s very gloomy here and they weren’t very good at all, so I’ll have another try when I get home from work this evening.

Ribbon Sampler

Thank you to all who left comments to my last post.  I am really pleased with the way Cirque des Triangles turned out, and even more pleased that I managed to finish it relatively quickly, considering how many other things I have also been stitching on.

As a little treat to myself last night I started Ribbon Sampler by Sampler Cove Designs while watching Andy Murray at Wimbledon.    This is stitched on 40 count fabric, over two threads, using one strand of floss.  This is the smallest fabric I have stitched on so far and I have to say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I can see me using 40 count a lot more in the future. I’m sure that when I pick something up that is 28 count it’s going to look huge 🙂

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Sorry it’s quite a dark picture, but hopefully the next one will show the colours of the threads better.

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Finally, my sister Sheila had a bad stitching experience at the weekend – pop over to her blog and share her pain!

Is That All?

This is the SAL that Claire and I are working on, but it could also relate to the amount of stitching I’ve done in the last couple of weeks!  Like most stitchers, I always get less done in the summer months, especially when the weather is fine, as there’s just lots of other things around the house/garden that need doing.

I did actually manage to make a little progress on our SAL this week though, and here’s a pic of the fat cat…

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I bought a chart quite a few weeks ago called Ribbon Sampler by Sampler Cove, it’s part of the Rhapsody in Red series.   The series includes the Ribbon Sampler and lots of stitching accessories.

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The design is stitched on 40ct Newcastle linen with one thread and is a large design, being just over 17 inches x 17 inches when finished.  I ordered the fabric and threads this week, I have chosen some Hand Dyed Fibers.  Fabric and threads arrived yesterday and they look gorgeous!

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The pics are a bit gloomy as they were taken early this morning when it was still quite dark in the house but the threads are a gorgeous reddy/dark terracotta sort of colour that will look amazing in my lounge.  I’ve made working copies of the chart, enlarged onto A3 size paper LOL.    I really want to start this now but I am being very patient and have decided that this will replace Cirque des Triangles as my Saturday project once I have finished that.

I’m off to get the housework done now as I am working five day weeks for the next three weeks, instead of having Monday off each week, so instead of having a three day weekend to get everything done I’ll have to squeeze it into two.   BUT, I am extremely happy to be working the extra days because the reason behind the overtime is the fact that my boss is going away on holiday – yipppeeeeee!   Also, I get three days more pay this month 😉

Have a great weekend everybody!