Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stash Updated - 14th September 2014

EDITED: I've edited this post to add the photos Michelle took of the fabric in daylight which give a much better idea of the colours than my pictures did.

I received a gorgeous parcel from Michelle at Jodyri Designs yesterday so thought I would share my new stash with you all.  I had ordered three pieces of hand dyed fabric all for specific projects and some hand dyed threads.

First the threads - from left to right they are 2 x Bahama's Seas, 2 x Shades of Sunlight, 2 x Lavender Clouds,1 x Dragon's Eye, 2 x Out of Orbit - Saelveh Orb, 2 x Minion Madness, 2 x Scattychick, 2 x Copacabana and 2 x Gothic Chick.  The first three pairs are for a specific project and the rest just because I love the colours.

This fabric is called Surf's Up and is on 18 count silvered aida.  Michelle has designed this fabric to be used with a chart from KLT Charting called Advice from the Ocean.  Kim has designed the chart either with or without a background but by buying this fabric from Michelle it should save me a lot of time stitching.
My photo

Michelle's Photo

The next piece of fabric is called Frosted Pine and again it is 18 count silvered aida.  This is the fabric I have chosen to stitch the Alessandra Adelaide Mystery Christmas SAL on.  I have to apologise to Michelle as this photo does the fabric no justice whatsoever it is a stunning green colour.

My photo

Michelle's Photo

My last piece of fabric is called Nevermore and (can you see a pattern here) again is on 18 count silvered aida.  This is possibly the sparkliest piece of fabric I have ever seen and is just stunning.  I have ordered it to stitch a design of my own on.  I'm not giving anything away just yet but of course I will put pictures on here when I start.  This is also the project that the three threads in the first picture are for.  Again the photo does not do the fabric justice.

My Photo

Michelle's Photo

Now lastly for this post as my previous post was a little too abstract to guess which chart it is I have started stitching I will show you another progress picture and give you a clue.  The clue is that the chart is listed on my Future Projects page and here is the current progress.  Another piece of information is that I have changed one of the colours.

Keep stitching, smiling and guessing!

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Start - 12th September 2014

As I had a finish last week I've had a new start this week.  It's not a completely fickle new start as it is a gift for someone.  I'm not telling what it is yet as I want to see if anyone can guess.  If anyone does get it right I will send them a gift - if more than one person gets it right I will do a draw for the gift.  It will be a selection of threads and maybe some fabric from my stash.

So here we go - guess away I will reveal what the project is and the winner next Friday 19th September.

Happy guessing!

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Stained Glass SAL - Love Thy Thread - 7th September 2014

I've finished page 4 of the Stained Glass SAL today from Love Thy Thread.  I've not posted on the blog about it before but for the first time I am actually keeping up with a SAL and loving it.  It is stitched on 20 count pearl grey aida with thread from Crafty Kitten March 2014 Ltd Ed - 2 over 1 tent stitch.  The pictures below show the first four pages.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Each page is released on the 1st of the month so I can't wait until 1st October to get the next page stitched.  Page 4 completes the width of the design so I will be on the row down next month.

Keep stitching and smiling

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Northern Expressions Needlework Model - finished 4th September 2014

Northern Expressions Needlework - Shades of Orange

I am so proud to say I have finished the model I've been stitching for Nicole at Northern Expressions Needlework.  It's part of a series of charts in "Shades" of colours.  I stitched Shades of Orange.

It's stitched over 2 on 40 count linen.  This was a first for me stitching on linen and stitching on 40 count.  I did learn that stitching in daylight was best when stitching on such a small count.  I have loved every stitch of this project and am now sending it on it's way back to Nicole.


I mentioned in my previous blog post that I had received some gorgeous new threads from the Silk Mill.  Mrs Milkybar Kid asked in the comments if they were for a particular project.

The ones in the photo below I am going to use to stitch Peacock from Alessandra Adelaide.  I have used the Silk Mill conversion to convert the DMC colours charted.

The other pack I bought is a themed set from the Silk Mill called Wordsworth Country.  I have no idea yet what I am going to stitch with this but I just love the muted tones of this set and had to have it.

So two updates in one day!  Not sure I can keep that pace up.

Keep stitching and smiling


Hi everyone

I cannot believe my last blog post was in April.  Time flies so quickly.  I am going to try and get back on track posting each week on the blog to keep you all (and myself) updated on my stitching and my stashing.  Here's a sneak peek at some threads that arrived this morning from The Silk Mill - the colours are just delicious.

Look out for a finish post coming very soon.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Stash Enhancement

I posted recently that I was pulling out of the Stitch from Stash Challenge as I had exceeded my budget for two months.

Jo asked if I would share photos of my purchases so here they are:-

A whole bunch of gorgeous hand dyed threads from Jodyri Designs.

A piece of hand dyed opalescent fabric called Jade Dragon again from Jodyri Designs.

The absolutely stunning April Ltd Ed Speckled Eggs again in opalescent from Jodyri Designs.  I'm trying to convince Michelle that this should be a permanent addition to her catalogue. 

 This was the March Ltd Ed fabric from Jodyri Designs called Irish Brilliance which I don't think I ever showed you.

Hand dyed threads from Crafty Kitten.

Two Lizzie Kate charts

Hope that didn't tempt all you stitch from stashers too much :-)

Keep stitching and smiling

Friday, 4 April 2014

Seaside Mystery Chatelaine as of 04.04.14

Very pleased with my progress this week.  The shells are not right and I am sure by the time I complete the other three sides I will have mastered them and will unpick these and try again but for now they are staying as they are.

Now for my confession - once again I have over spent my budget so I am backing down from the Stitch from Stash challenge.  It's just not something I can do expanding my stash makes me happy and I can't seem to stop myself!

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Heart Tree - Jodyri Designs as of 29.03.14

I've not had a lot of time to stitch this week but here's my new start on Heart Tree by Jodyri Designs.  I'm using Jodyri hand dyed threads in Bitter Chocolate, Witches Brew, Cha Cha Cha, Glinda the Good and Bellbottomed Blues

In answer to Jo's comment about posting pictures of the stash I bought in March when I skipped the stitch from stash budget I will post pictures when I get my goodies.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Friday, 21 March 2014

Northern Expressions Needlework Model as of 21.03.14

Very pleased with the progress I've made over the past couple of weeks.  Finished pages 1 and 2 and very close to finishing pages 3 and 4 - getting so close to the centre.  Here's the before and after pics.

Not the best picture but I hope you can see progress being made.

I've also decided to use March as my skip month for the stitch from stash challenge.  Needless to say I had a little splurge this month.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Valentine Peacock - KLT Charting - FINISHED 09.03.14

Very happy to be posting my second finish of 2014.  Valentine Peacock from KLT Charting stitched on 20 count nougat aida with Peacock Feathers hand dyed thread from Jodyri Designs - started 26.02.14 finished 09.03.14.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Friday, 7 March 2014

Seaside Mystery - Chatelaine as of 07.03.14

I didn't get as much stitching done this week as I would have liked but here's my before and after pictures for the Chatelaine Seaside Mystery.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Valentine Peacock - KLT Charting as of 02.03.14

I am loving stitching this design and thought it deserved a post of it's own.  The colours in the thread are so vibrant it's a joy watching each stitch appear.

Here's my before and after pictures.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing