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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 7 of 12

Here's my part 7 of the Pumpkin Passport - in July we went to Egypt.  I have been working on other projects recently so am now trying to catch back up with this SAL.




Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Mystery Frog SAL - Frog 4 - KLT Charting - FINISH 25 of 2016

I was again lucky enough to be asked to model stitch the Frog mystery SAL for KLT Charting.  Being asked to model stitch means I also get to see the whole chart before the participants and I have to stitch each section before it is released to the participants.

I have permission to release my pictures of each part of the design as they are released to the participants of the SAL.

If you would like to join in with this SAL you can do so here.

I am stitching this on 18 count January's Boy dyed by KLT Charting.

Frog number 4 is filled in with Rainforest from Jodyri Designs.  As with the Owl SAL I did earlier in the year I am counting each of these frogs as a finish so this is finish number 25 of 2016.



And here's the whole frog family so far.


Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 8 August 2016

Stitching week ending 07.08.16

I worked on five projects this week as part of various stitch alongs.  One was the KLT Frog Mystery SAL.

The first project I worked on was August from the Cricket Collection.  I worked on this as part of the August Monthly Month SAL and also part of Stitch Maynia's Olympic Challenge to stitch on a piece with Blue in it.

Here is what it will look like finished

Before

After


I also worked on Needleworker from Little House Needleworks.

Here is what it will look like finished

Before

After


I am working on Celtic Autumn for the All That Glitters month long SAL .  I also used the piece for the Stitch Maynia Olympic Challenge to stitch on a piece with yellow.

Here is what it will look like finished

Before

After



For the Stitch Maynia Olympic Challenge to stitch on an International piece I chose Pumpkin Passport

Before

After

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mystery Frog SAL - Frog 3 - KLT Charting - FINISH 24 of 2016

I was again lucky enough to be asked to model stitch the Frog mystery SAL for KLT Charting.  Being asked to model stitch means I also get to see the whole chart before the participants and I have to stitch each section before it is released to the participants.

I have permission to release my pictures of each part of the design as they are released to the participants of the SAL.

If you would like to join in with this SAL you can do so here.

I am stitching this on 18 count January's Boy dyed by KLT Charting.

Frog number 3 is filled in with Poisoned Apple from Jodyri Designs.  As with the Owl SAL I did earlier in the year I am counting each of these frogs as a finish so this is finish number 24 of 2016.



And here's the whole frog family so far.


Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Stitching week ending 31.07.16

The first project I stitched on this week was C3PO from Stitch Line.  I stitched on this as part of the Back in Black SAL.

Here's what it will look like finished
Before
After

I then stitched on Six Fat Men from Lizzie Kate.  The last time I worked on this project was in 2011!  I stitched on it first for the Winter in July SAL and then also stitched on it for the Weekend Rush from Friday evening to Sunday night.  I am stitching this on 14 count opalescent aida from Crafty Kitten in Dragon's Evening Sky.

Here's what it will look like finished
Before

After

I also stitched on Frog 4 for the KLT SAL which you will see when it's released.

So only three projects stitched on this week but I'm really happy with the progress I made on Six Fat Men.

Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Halloween Mystery SAL - Jodyri Designs - Part 3

I was again lucky enough to be asked to model stitch the Halloween mystery SAL for Jodyri Designs.  Being asked to model stitch means I also get to see the whole chart before the participants and I have to stitch each section before it is released to the participants.

I have permission to release my pictures of each part of the design as they are released to the participants of the SAL.

I am stitching my design on 28 count Brittney in Toxic Potion with the letters stitched in Witches Brew and the motifs in Nevermore.  The fabric and threads are all available from Jodyri Designs.

Here is part 3 of the SAL:-


I decided to back stitch down one side of all the letters with one strand of Nevermore and I am really pleased with how it turned out.  It gives them a slight 3D effect and also stops the letters blending into the fabric.

Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 25 July 2016

Stitching - week ending 24.07.16

My focus piece at the moment is the KLT Frog SAL and I am working on this project for at least an hour a day.  You will see my progress on this piece as each frog is released.

My monthly SAL piece is Mini Beach Hut in Moonlight by Michael Powell and I hope to stitch on this for an hour a day but I was so busy last week that I didn't get anything done on this piece.

My next SAL was the last five days of the Crazy 7.

My Day 3 project was Elegant Trio from Cross Stitch Gold Magazine.


Here's my progress.

Day 4 project was Angel of Love from Lavender and Lace.
My progress.

Day 5 was Watercolour Gerberas from Riolis.  This was a kit I was sent free and I will be doing a more detailed post reviewing it.
Progress.

Day 6 was Sleeping Beauty from Mirabilia

Progress

Day 7 was actually done a day late as I unfortunately spent over 10 hours in hospital on the day I was due to start it.  I didn't actually need the operation I went in for which was a great relief.  So a day late I started Not Quite Whitework from Northern Expressions Needlework.

Progress

On Sunday 24th July it was the Back in Black SAL and I stitched on C3P0 from Stitch Line.

Before:
After:

Hope you're looking forward to seeing next weeks projects as much as I am looking forward to stitching on them.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Mystery Frog SAL - Frog 2 - KLT Charting - FINISH 23 of 2016

I was again lucky enough to be asked to model stitch the Frog mystery SAL for KLT Charting.  Being asked to model stitch means I also get to see the whole chart before the participants and I have to stitch each section before it is released to the participants.

I have permission to release my pictures of each part of the design as they are released to the participants of the SAL.

If you would like to join in with this SAL you can do so here.

I am stitching this on 18 count January's Boy dyed by KLT Charting.

Frog number 2 is filled in with Genie of the Ring from Jodyri Designs.  As with the Owl SAL I did earlier in the year I am counting each of these frogs as a finish so this is finish number 23 of 2016.  Here's frog number 2:


And here's the whole frog family so far.


Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Stitching - week ending 17.07.16

So it may not come as a surprise to anyone that I have changed my mind about how I am rotating my projects.

I am going to try a SAL orientated rotation and so far this week it seems to be working quite nicely.

The first project I worked on was part of a SAL in Stitch Maynia called It's a Sunshine Day.  For this SAL I chose a kit by Michael Powell called Mini Beach Hut in Moonlight.  I have to say I am rather obsessed with Beach Huts as when I was a child we always used to go to Boscombe and rent a Beach Hut and we basically spent all day everyday on the beach.  This is a month long SAL so I am working on this project for an hour a day most days.

Here's what it will look like when it's finished:-


And here's where I am up to after stitching on it for 3 hours over 3 days.


The next project was for the Teresa Wentzler SAL in Cross Stitch and Discuss.  I started English Cottage Sampler and I only worked on this for one day.

Here's what it will look like finished:-


And here's where I got to after one day stitching on it:-


Then on Friday I started the Weekend Rush from Cross Stitch Finish Line.  For this I stitched on Mini Bookworm Fairy by Hannah Lynn.  I managed to stitch 870 stitches over the weekend on this.

Here's what it will look like finished:-


Before the weekend:-

After the weekend:-

Then because I am completely crazy I started the Crazy 7 SAL in Cross Stitch and Discuss - 7 new starts in 7 days.

Day 1 start - H by Nora Corbett

and what I got stitched:


Day 2 of the Crazy Challenge - J by Nora Corbett

and what I got done


I've also been stitching on Frog number 4 for the KLT Mystery SAL but obviously won't be able to show pictures of that until it's released.

So coming up next week we have the rest of the Crazy 7, the ongoing It's a Sunshine Day SAL, also the Specialty Stitch SAL on 22nd July and the Back in Black SAL on 24th July.  Should be interesting and I definitely won't get bored!

Keep stitching and smiling