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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 8 of 12 - FINISH 15 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my fourteenth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl eight represents August to me and is stitched in Peacock Feathers.

So here is owl number 8:

And all the owls so far:



Keep stitching and smiling



Monday, 18 April 2016

February & March - Sand, Sea & Cross Stitch - 17.04.16

It was my original intention to stitch one of this blocks each month but I got a bit carried away and got three done this month.

As I said in my previous post the design is charted for DMC but I decided to switch out some of the colours for other threads I have in my stash.  The solid border is stitched in Pushkina from Fiberlicious, the inner dotted border is stitched in Lemon & Lime from Dinky Dyes, the month is stitched in Spring Crocus from Crafty Kitten, the red is Terracotta from Dinky Dyes and the yellow Nullabor from Dinky Dyes.   I added an additional colour in the sail of the boat for February and this was another thread from Crafty Kitten - August 2013 Limited Edition.  Everything else I have stitched in the recommended DMC.



Hoping in May I can get the next three months done but will see what happens.

Keep stitching and smiling



Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Jodyri Christmas Mystery SAL 2016 - Part 2

I was lucky enough to be asked again to stitch the model for a Joydri mystery SAL. This time the theme is Christmas.

The design is being released in three parts and this is the second part.

I am stitching it on 18 count cream aida.  The design is charted in Jodyri threads but unfortunately I didn't have the recommended thread for the star so I subbed it with another Jodyri thread St Clements.

The other threads you can see in part 1 are the recommended Jodyri threads - Emerald Forest and Ruby Slippers.  Can't wait to stitch the next part.


Keep stitching and smiling


January - Sand, Sea & Cross Stitch - 11.04.16

For Mother's Day this year my little boy bought me this book - Sand Sea & Cross Stitch.

It has so many charts in it that I would love to stitch.  I love the Sea and the Seaside so this book was perfect for me.

The first design I decided to stitch is the months of the year.  I am stitching them on one piece of fabric and will hopefully make it in to a wall hanging when it is completed.  Here is the first month I completed January.


The design is charted for DMC but I decided to switch out some of the colours for other threads I have in my stash.  The solid border is stitched in Pushkina from Fiberlicious, the inner dotted border is stitched in Lemon & Lime from Dinky Dyes, the month is stitched in Spring Crocus from Crafty Kitten, the red is Terracotta from Dinky Dyes and the yellow Nullabor from Dinky Dyes.  Everything else I have stitched in the recommended DMC.

I'm really enjoying stitching this and the fact that it was a Mother's Day present makes it that little bit more special.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 7 of 12 - FINISH 14 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my thirteenth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl seven represents July to me and is stitched in The Sunshine State.

So here is owl number 7:



And all the owls so far:


Keep stitching and smiling



Monday, 4 April 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 4 of 12 - FINISH 13 of 2016


The fourth part of the Pumpkin Passport mystery SAL was released on 1st April.  This month we travelled to Switzerland.  My fabric choice didn't work very well with this months design as the snowy mountain just blended in.  I therefore back stitched it with a pale tan colour just to help it stand out a little.  I also didn't stitch the snow in the sky as I knew it wouldn't show up at all.

I love the little sheep on the top of the mountain and the swan on the lake it's amazing how with a very few stitches you can make a recognisable animal shape.

Here's the pictures:-



I'm looking forward to see where we travel next month.

Keep stitching and smiling.


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Seaside Mystery - Chatelaine - 02.04.16

I have been working on Seaside Mystery and completed parts 1 - 3.  I have also started working on the other parts in one corner.  The over one stitching of the letters in the middle had been putting me off for so long but when I finally stuck to doing them they went really quickly.  It did make the over two crosses seem ridiculously large though after doing the over one.  Part of me regrets that I haven't stitched on this in such a long time but another part of me thinks that at least spending such a long time stitching on it justifies the cost in some way.  I think when I come back to working on this I will work each corner in it's entirety.  I cannot wait to see how it looks.

It's stitched on Crafty Kittens Sunlit Water 32 count Jobelan.





The next part of the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Pumpkin Passport came out today so I am going to rotate onto stitching that next.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 6 of 12 - FINISH 12 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my tenth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  Unfortunately the colour I had picked out for June didn't show up on my fabric so I had to switch to a different colour I chose Indian Ringneck.  I have to say this little owl caused me some real problems - first I stitched over half the outline and realised I had stitched it one column over from where it should have been so had to unpick it.  Then I started the blackwork and realised that the thread I had chosen didn't show up against the fabric so I had to unpick that - which as I couldn't really see the thread against the fabric was very difficult!  But now he's completed I love him and am thinking about doing some more blackwork as I really enjoyed it.

So here is owl number 6:


And all the owls so far:


Keep stitching and smiling


Saturday, 19 March 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 3 of 12 - FINISH 11 of 2016

Here's my Part 3 of the Frosted Pumpkin Passport Mystery SAL for 2016.  Stitched on 28 count Opal Nimbus from Chromatic Alchemy.


Keep stitching and smiling



Friday, 18 March 2016

Christmas Tree Farm - Country Cottage Needleworks - 18.03.16 - FINISH 10 of 2016

I am stitching the Santa's Village series from Country Cottage Needleworks as individual ornaments.  I am planning to hang them like bunting over the festive season.

This is the second one I have stitched and is called Christmas Tree Farm.  I used all the recommended threads.

I am stitching them on 20 count aida in Nougat.


Keep stitching and similing


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 5 of 12 - FINISH 9 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my ninth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl five represents May to me and is stitched in Autumn Berries.  You may be a little bewildered as to why this represents May - well my birthday is in May and this is one of my favourite colours from Jodyri and contains purple and teal which are my favourite colours.

So here is owl number 5:


And all the owls so far:


Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Christmas Mystery SAL 2016 from Jodyri Designs - 01.03.16

I was lucky enough to be asked again to stitch the model for a Joydri mystery SAL. This time the theme is Christmas.

The design is being released in three parts and this is the first part.  If you're interested in joining the SAL you can find it here.

I am stitching it on 18 count cream aida.  The design is charted in Jodyri threads but unfortunately I didn't have the recommended thread for the star so I subbed it with another Jodyri thread St Clements.  I was a bit concerned that the yellow wouldn't show up against the cream aida so I worked the thread so that the orange would be surrounding the outside of the star.  I am really pleased how it turned out.

The other threads you can see in part 1 are the recommended Jodyri threads - Emerald Forest and Ruby Slippers.  Can't wait to stitch the next part.



Keep stitching and smiling


Thursday, 25 February 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 4 of 12 - FINISH 8 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my eighth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl four represents April to me and is stitched in Summer in Bloom from Jodyri Designs.

So here is owl number 4:



And all the owls so far:



Keep stitching and smiling



Friday, 12 February 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 2 of 12 - 12.02.16 - FINISH 7 for 2016

So this month we travel to Paris with the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's mystery SAL.




It took me longer than I expected to get this part stitched because I had a few days where I didn't do any stitching.  Can't wait to see where the adventure takes us next.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 3 of 12 - FINISH 6 FOR 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my sixth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl three represents March to me and is stitched in Charleston.

So here is owl number 3:


And all the owls so far:



Keep stitching and smiling



Saturday, 30 January 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 1 of 12 - 30.01.16 - FINISH 5 of 2016

I am taking part in the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's mystery SAL this year - Pumpkin Passport.

We got the first part of the design on 15.01.16 and I finished it today apart from the bottom border which I don't want to put in until I have stitched some more on the bottom part - I would hate to stitch the whole bottom border and find I was a row or two out!

As with my other SALs I am counting each part of this design as a finish so this if finish number five for 2016.

I am stitching this on 28 count opal Jazlyn in Nimbus from Chromatic Alchemy.  I am using the recommended DMC threads apart from the words in the middle which I stitched in Pushkina from Fiberlicious.



Part 2 comes out on 1st February so I will be working on this one again in the near future.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 2 of 12 - FINISH 4 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my fourth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl two represents February to me and is stitched in Love You Lots thread by Jodyri Designs.

So here is owl number 2:


And the owls so far:



Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 1 of 12 - FINISH 3 of 2016

I was lucky enough to be asked to stitch the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  The first part was released on 13th January and a new part will be released every 2 weeks.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling it's a lovely mixture of greens and browns which makes for a lovely background for the owls.

Every owl has the same basic outline:-


Then each one is completed differently.  They are also all sat on a branch which I think really adds to the design.


There are 12 owls in total and I have decided to try and stitch each one with a thread that represents a month to me.  This one is stitched using Jodyri Designs Heavenly Host - the blues, whites and yellows remind me of a cold frosty morning.


As I am counting each owl as a mini finish this is my third finish for 2016.

Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 10 January 2016

In Our House - Love Thy Thread - 10.01.16


I have been stitching on a piece for my sister over the last few days.  In Our House by Love Thy Thread.  I am stitching it on 22 count Oslo in Nebula from Crafty Kitten.  I am using a DMC Variegated floss - 4025 - three strands over 1 tent stitch.

This is how the finished piece will look:-




This is where I was at when I last stitched on it:-



Here is where I am after 10 hours stitching.  I have now used one full skein of DMC thread.


Time to rotate onto another project.

Keep stitching and smiling