Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Gingerbread Emporium - Santa's Village - Country Cottage Needleworks

I'm happy to share another finish for the year.  Gingerbread Emporium which is part of the Santa's Village Series by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I am stitching these with the charted threads on a 20 count aida.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Into the Jungle - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

The March block for the Into the Jungle SAL was a Red Eyed Tree Frog.  I completed this block and added another two columns to the top of the project.  I am really enjoying the colours and simplicity of this piece.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Class Schedule SAL - Herbology - Armada Designs

This months block was for the Herbology class.  We see pictured a mandrake and some fanged geraniums.

The back stitching on the geraniums is not as charted I just freestyled it and I think it looks ok.

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Monday, 5 March 2018

The Towpath - Gecko Rouge

I adore the artwork of Gillian Mowbray and was really disappointed when I found out her artwork was being retired from Gecko Rouge.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to afford to buy anymore of the kits of her work before they were retired but I was very glad to already have this one.

I love the colours in this piece and it reminds me of holidays we used to take as children on a barge on the canals.

This is the original artwork.

Here's my very small amount of progress.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

July Mini Months - The Drawn Thread - FINISH

I'm pleased to be able to share my third finish of 2018.  This is the July Mini Months from The Drawn Thread.  It is charted with an American flag and fireworks in the background but as I live in the UK I chose to leave these off.  

It's stitched on 32 count Jobelan in Pixie Dust from Crafty Kitten.  I did use the Silk n Colors threads charted but subbed the others out with threads from my stash.

I do enjoy stitching these charts as although they are quite detailed and have some speciality stitches they do come together very quickly.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Fragile Landing - KLT Charting - FINISH

I picked up Fragile Landing to work on as my next piece.  I started this during Stitch Maynia 2016 and hadn't worked on it since.  I had a piece of 28 count opal evenweave in an ice dye from Jodyri Designs and thought this design would look good on it as it lets the fabric show through all the gaps.  I stitched it with DMC 310 for the outlines and the Dragonfly was stitched with a hand dyed cotton from Crafty Kitten called Aurora.  Unfortunately this chart is no longer available.

I certainly didn't expect to finish this piece on this round of stitching but I was really enjoying it so just kept going. 

The bottom left hand corner of black lines was out somewhere, so at this point I had to unpick most of that section.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Into the Jungle - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

After setting all my New Year goals and swearing to myself that I was not going to sign up for any mystery SALs once again I broke my own rules.

I saw part one of the new Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's 2018 SAL - Into the Jungle and could not resist - that sloth was just too cute!

I purchased the chart and the Picture This Plus recommended fabric (Shale - I chose 28 count evenweave) from The Homemakery in the UK.  I've always wanted to try Picture This Plus fabric and by buying it from a UK stockist I knew at least I wasn't going to be hit with customs charges.

I joined the SAL as part 2 was released - so the parts released up to now are block 1 - Sloth, block 2 - toucans, the frames for all the other blocks and the top and bottom border.

I am using the charted DMC colours but there was one Weeks Dye Works charted which I couldn't find in stock anywhere so I subbed out two Classic Colorworks flosses I had in stash - 95 - Bejeweled and 191 - Grasshopper.

The whole piece is 131 stitches across so I decided to make the top and bottom border more manageable I could stitch a column of each border, each month.

So up to now I have completed the two released blocks and 31 stitches across of both the top and bottom border.  I have also stitched some of the borders for each block just to make sure I had the stitching right.

If you've managed to read through all that waffle you deserve to see some pictures now right!

Keep stitching and smiling