Sunday, 2 August 2015

Haul - July 2015

I've recently sold some of my stash that I know I will not stitch with mainly due to changes in my tastes and preferences.  So what does any stashaholic do with any money they get from selling stash?  Why they reinvest it in more stash!  So there's quite a lot to cover here so bear with me.

I purchased Frosty Knotgarden from Chatelaine as it is a chart I have wanted for a very long time and has just been re-released on Martina's new site.

I signed up for the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - A Very Merry Christmas Town which is a mystery SAL - part 1 has been released now and looks like this.  This will also be my first chart from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

I also bought my first chart from Eclectic Bloke Designs.  It is called Edna the Owl and is by Caroline Lord.  Unfortunately this chart has now been retired but I believe the artist may be doing her own cross stitch conversions in the future.

I also purchased a messenger bag with this design on from Zippi - it's a great bag was delivered really quickly and was a very reasonable price.

I bought my first chart from Nikki at Charting Creations.  It's called Imagination Unleashed.  I knew this chart was a must have when I lost two nights sleep thinking about how I could stitch it in different colours with speciality stitches.

I've wanted to stitch a biscornou for a long time so when I got an e-mail from Sew and So telling me they had 10% off their biscornous I took the plunge and got three!

I then bought some Needle Paints threads from a stash unload group on Facebook.  I have some of these threads but as I plan to stitch the Celtic Ladies from Lavender & Lace I thought a few extra might come in handy.

I bought myself a needleminder from Katty's Crafts.  The only thing I would say is that the magnet isn't really strong enough for my liking so I am going to add another magnet myself.

I bought myself some fabric from Chromatic Alchemy.  This is the piece I am going to stitch the Frosted Pumpkin piece on and it is absolutely stunning.  Whenever I take pictures of fabric they never come out properly so I am just going to link to the fabric so you can see the photo on there.  I bought the Opal Jazlyn in Nimbus and it is perfect.

I bought myself some threads from the Patchwork Rabbit.  There are two in here for the Frosted Pumpkin chart and the rest are for the Santa's Village charts from Country Cottage Needleworks.

I then placed another order for Sew and So.  

I also purchased a chart from Just Nan called Christmas Elegance which is another one I have wanted to stitch for a long time.  I also bought some of the threads needed for this project.

I also got Celtic Autumn from Lavender and Lace.  This is a chart that I used to have and sold a long time ago but now I want to stitch it so have bought it again!!

And last but by no means least my gorgeous monthly threads from Jodyri Designs.

I have managed to do some stitching which I haven't show on my blog yet this month so will do another post later this week with my July stitching.  

If you've managed to make it through this massive haul post thank you for indulging me.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Jodyri Mystery SAL - Part 6

The latest part of the Jodyri Mystery SAL was released today.  As I am model stitching it for Michelle I completed my part a few weeks ago.

Here is part 1:

And here is part 2:

And part 3:

And part 4:

And part 5:

And finally part 6:

I hope you are enjoying these updates as much as I enjoyed stitching them.

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hugs - Jodyri Designs - FINISHED - 24th July 2015

I have recently been stitching a model for Michelle at Jodyri Designs.  It is one of a set of three and the one I stitched was Hugs the others are Love and Kiss.  It's stitched on 28 count Wild Porcini and the thread used is called Beach Huts.  This was a lovely stitch and I can see myself stitching it again to keep for myself.

I was asked to keep a record of how long it took me to stitch this project and I was surprised that it took me 18 hours to stitch.  It's really eye opening to keep a record of the length of time it takes to stitch a project and I think I'm going to start doing this for all future projects just for my own information.

Keep stitching and smiling

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Tribal Hummingbird - KLT Charting - 9th July 2015 - FINISHED

I've had another finish - my second one in a week.  I was stitching Tribal Hummingbird as a model for KLT Charting but it was such a lovely stitch that it got completed a lot sooner than I expected it too.  I actually stitched on this on 9 days and today it's finished.

It's stitched on 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Bring Me Sunshine.  The outline is stitched with DMC 3837 and the inside is stitched with Cha Cha Cha from Jodyri Designs.

I really enjoyed stitching this and it looks so vibrant and colourful.  A really lovely Summer stitch.

Keep stitching and smiling

Monday, 6 July 2015

Candy Cane Cottage - Country Cottage Needleworks - 06.07.15 - FINISHED

I joined in an event in a Facebook group I am part of about stitching a Christmas ornament which began on 1st July.  I've decided to stitch the Santa's Village series from Country Cottage Needleworks as individual ornaments.  I am planning to hang them like bunting over the festive season.

I don't have a before photo to show you as I started stitching this on 1st July and finished it today 6th July.  The first one I have stitched is called Candy Cane Cottage.  I used all the recommended threads but I changed the snowflakes from being stitched in DMC white to Kreinik 032 as I wanted them to have a little sparkle.

I used the recommended Poblano Pepper from Crescent Colours and was slightly disappointed with the outcome.  It's not as variegated as it is in the picture and I think I could have got the same effect with the DMC alternative.  I suppose that's the chance you take with overdyed threads.

So here are my progress pictures:-

I've got one more day of my self-imposed stitching holiday before I get back to stitching on the models I have committed to and I think it may be a new start.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Jodyri Mystery SAL - Part 5

The latest part of the Jodyri Mystery SAL was released today.  As I am model stitching it for Michelle I completed my part a few weeks ago.

Here is part 1:

And here is part 2:

And part 3:

And part 4:

And finally part 5:

Keep stitching and smiling

Monday, 29 June 2015

Update on Stitching - 29.06.15

I haven't been updating as regularly as I wanted to so thought I would do a post rounding up where I am with everything at the moment.  I've had a few new starts over the past weeks and wanted to share them all with you.

Firstly I had some happy mail this morning.  My monthly threads from Jodyri plus a few extra silks I couldn't resist.

From top to bottom these are - Citrus Spritz, Oil & Smoke, Tropic Blooms, Raspberry Lime and Nile Princess.

From top to bottom these are Blue Juniper Silk, Hibiscus Silk, Pansy Silk and Pink Elephants on Parade the June 2015 Limited Edition.

I've been stitching on Shades of Olive which is a model for Northern Expressions Needlework.

I am also stitching a model of Tribal Hummingbird for KLT Charting.  This is stitched on 18 count aida in Bring Me Sunshine also dyed by KLT Charting.  The thread for the outline is a DMC and the centre is called Cha Cha Cha by Jodyri Designs.

I've started a photo conversion of my son which Michelle from Jodyri Designs converted for me a while ago but I've only just started.  I'm not going to post a picture of where I'm up to as I've only done about 100 stitches and it doesn't look like much but this is the photo used to create the chart.  It was taken when he was about 18 months old (he's now 5!)

I've also started a Love Thy Thread chart called In Our House.  I'm stitching it for my sister as she is getting a new house and it will be a sort of house warming present - although it may not be finished before her 1st anniversary in the house!  This is stitched on 22 count Oslo in Nebula from Crafty Kitten with a DMC variations thread for the letters.

I am also going to start stitching on the Santa's Village charts from Country Cottage Needleworks for the Cross Stitch and Discuss Christmas in July SAL.  My intention is to stitch them individually and then hang them like bunting for the festive season.  The bonus to this is that if I have one finished by Christmas I can just put it on my tree until I have all 12 completed.  I'm starting this on 1st July so will update when I've made some progress.

I'd like to encourage you all to read this blog post 

In the past before I knew about copyright infringement I will admit that I made mistakes.  I was publically outed for making those mistakes and will never forget the shame I felt at the time.  Since then I have learned from my mistakes and have built up a trust again (I hope) within the stitching community to the point that I now model stitch for a number of designers.  I am going to start adding details of my purchases to the photos I take and put on Facebook, Instagram and here on my blog.  I hope you will join me in helping fight against copyright infringement in the stitching community.  We all want to help the designers we love stay in business for a long time and we can only do that by supporting them.  I would also like to say that if someone does make a mistake I would hope we would all give them a second chance like I was given by some.  We can only learn from mistakes and move on from them.

Thanks for sticking with me and reading this extra long post.

If anyone has any questions about anything I've written here please feel free to message me.

Keep stitching and smiling