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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

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Masquerade SK - Ching Chui Kuik - 12.07.16

Having recently sorted through all my stash and WIPs I have come across some projects that have been left untouched for far too long.

The last time I worked on Masquerade SK was 28.04.11.  This is what she looked like when I last worked on her.  When I was stitching on her previously I was going through the whole chart with each colour and completing every stitch with that colour.  When I picked the project up again there was a colour in the face which looked wrong and also in the arm.  Added to this it was extremely difficult to work out where there were stitches missing and what colour I needed to work them in.


So I made a decision to restart.  I really like this chart but was struggling to stitch on the original.  I had the perfect sized piece of DMC Magic Guide 18 count so here's how it looks now.


When it comes to the section on the face where the colour did not work I will look and see if it is the dye lot on my thread or try and substitute it out for a colour which blends better.

I am still trying to work out how to rotate between projects to give them the time I want to but also work on a wide range.  I'm trying to look at SALs in the various Facebook groups I am in and try and fit pieces into them to see how that goes.  I know have 106 projects in my XStitch App and more I want to start too!

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Mystery Frog SAL - Frog 1 - KLT Charting - FINISH 22 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 1 is filled in with Chocolate Frog 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 22 of 2016.

 
Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Needleworker - Little House Needleworks - 03.07.16

I started working on my Needleworker project on 1st July and managed to get a little over half way done.

Here's how it looked before:-


And here's where it's up to now:-


Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 27 June 2016

Things Unseen - Lizzie Kate - 27.06.16

I started this project during Stitch Maynia this is what it will look like completed.


This is where I left it after one days stitching.


I have now completed part one and this is where it's up to now.  I am stitching this on a piece of 28 count Jazlyn in Just Peachy from Crafty Kitten 2 over 2 full crosses with the charted Weeks Dye Works threads.


Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 20 June 2016

The Towpath by Gillian Mowbray - Gecko Rouge - 19.06.16

I have long admired the designs from Gecko Rouge but have always been waiting for the perfect design before purchasing one.  As soon as I saw The Towpath by Gillian Mowbray I knew it had to be mine.  The barge on the canal reminded me of family holidays from my childhood and the colours just called to me.


So in January of this year I set up a layaway over 6 months and each month paid a reasonable amount towards this amazing kit.  After sending my final payment I contacted Gecko Rouge and asked them to not send my kit out as I was due to go on holiday and my postman has a habit of putting things in our wheelie bin if there is no one home.  There was no way I wanted this kit sitting in a bin for a week while I was away.  The day before I returned I contacted them and they sent out my kit the next day and it arrived perfectly on the Saturday.


I made a start on this project as soon as I could.  I managed to complete the first column on page 1.  Bearing in mind the first column is only 3 stitches wide.  I think in this small block I used 30 of the 90 colours.


This is definitely a long long term project but I am looking forward to working on it and seeing it grow.

The next project I am working on is a new SAL from KLT Charting.  It's a Mystery Frog SAL and once again I am happy to say I am stitching the model for it.  The first part is released on 6th July and if you're interested in joining in you can do so here.

Keep stitching and smiling


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 12 of 12 - FINISH 21 of 2016

So it's time for the last part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I will admit I am very sad to have finished this design and not have these gorgeous owls to stitch any more.  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 twenty first finish for 2016.

I am pleased to say however that there is going to be a new KLT SAL this time with frogs instead of owls.  If you're interested you can sign up here.  The first part will be released on 6th July and then fortnightly after that.  Guess what - I'm stitching the model for this one as well so I will look forward to sharing my progress with you all.

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 twelve represents December to me and is stitched in Oh Christmas Tree.

So here is owl number 12:



And the whole owl family:



Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Stargazer - Mirabilia - 14.06.16

You may remember the last time I worked on Stargazer I had started stitching the hands over one.  When I was due to start the project again I really didn't want to go back to it and I realised it was due to the over one skin.

I decided to start working on the skirt instead of going back to the over one skin.  After a lot of thought I decided to unpick the over one I had done and just go with everything stitched over 2.  Well after 4 hours of unpicking it was finally done and I got back to stitching it over 2.  I feel so much more comfortable with the project now and am enjoying it once again.  Here's my before and after pictures from working on it for the last few days.



I love how this design is coming together on the fabric.  It's called Regal Peacock and it's from Jodyri Designs.

My next project to work on is the Halloween Mystery SAL from Jodyri Designs which I won't be able to show until it's released.  Not sure what's coming up after that yet.

Keep stitching and smiling


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - 10.06.16

I had a lovely week away last week with my family in Wales and managed to get quite a bit of stitchy time.

I spent some of the time working on the Halloween SAL model for Jodyri Designs which unfortunately I can't show you yet and the rest of the time I worked on the Learning Sampler.

I was working across bands 8, 9 and 10 and completed all of part 10.  I am really pleased with how this is progressing and really enjoying stitching on it.

Here's a close up of bands 8, 9 and the completed band 10.


And the whole project as it stands:


I'm going to go back to working on Stargazer next.

Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Halloween Mystery SAL - Jodyri Designs - Part 2

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 2 of the SAL:-

Ghosts, Goblins, Spooks galore.  Scary Witches at your door
Since completing this section I have gone back and outlined one side of the letters with one strand of Nevermore to make them more visible.


I've outlined the ghost and the bat and filled in the ghosts eyes and mouth with a Rainbow Gallery glow in the dark thread.  Unfortunately at the moment it doesn't show up or glow so until I can see a difference I don't think I will be adding any more of the glow in the dark thread.

Keep stitching and smiling


Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 6 of 12

In June the Pumpkin Passport travelled to Russia.  Again I did not add the snowflakes in the sky as it wouldn't show up on my fabric.


And the whole project to date.


Keep stitching and smiling



Sunday, 5 June 2016

Needleworker - Little House Needleworks - 02.06.16

I have always liked the chart Needleworker from Little House Needleworks so when I saw that one of the shops I buy cross stitch supplies from was having a stitch a long for this pattern for their one year anniversary I decided I would finally buy it.


The SAL started on 1st June and this was my progress on day 1


and day 2 progress


I am going to be adding this to my rotation and will stitch on it on the 1st and 2nd of each month.

Keep stitching and smiling