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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Together Forever - Love Thy Thread - FINISHED - 13th November 2014


Happy dancing for a finish on Together Forever I just need to add the bride and grooms names and add the date of their wedding.  Stitched on 20 count white aida 2 over 1 full crosses.  Silver balloons stitched with Petite Treasure Braid PB58, blue flower stitched with Sulky Metallic Thread and outline stitched in black silk from Thread Pickerz Silkz.





Keep stitching and smiling



Sunday, 9 November 2014

Stained Glass - Love Thy Thread SAL - Page 6 completed - 9th November 2014


I completed page 6 of the Love Thy Thread SAL today.  Still love how this one is coming along and also that I am keeping up as each page is released.  Here's the before and after pictures.

Before


After



I will be stitching on Together Forever next and hoping to maybe get a finish of the main design before I add the wording to it.

Keep stitching and smiling


A Fantastic Giveaway - Victorian Motto Sampler

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler is having an amazing giveaway here.  Please head over an enter.

The winner will be drawn on November 30th.

Keep stitching and smiling


Friday, 7 November 2014

Celtic Banner - Butternut Road - 7th November 2014

I had a new start this week with a project I have wanted to stitch for quite a long time.  So far it has not disappointed.  This is what the finished design will look like.


This is my progress so far.


I am stitching over 2 on 28 count Jazlyn from Crafty Kitten in Oatmeal.  It's a nice easy stitch but it is going to be a very long term project - the fabric I had to order was 12 inches wide by 60 inches long so probably the longest piece I've ever stitched.  I am already thinking about ways I can finish it that won't mean I have to remortgage my house to get it framed.  

Received some gorgeous new stash over the last few days.  The first was my bead storage container.  Having seen quite a few Floss Tubers having purchased these I knew I had to have one and I have to say I am really not disappointed.  It is an amazing product and has been designed by someone who really understands what crafters need.  Here's mine with my bead stash in it - I have a few empty boxes to expand into.

EDITED: This is a link to where I purchased my bead storage http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elizabeth-Wards-Container-Storage-Tray-/dp/B00DV8YERS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415507520&sr=8-1&keywords=tiny+bead+storage


I also decided it was time I rejoined the Jodyri monthly fabric and threads club because I just can't get enough of the pretties.  Unfortunately I put my threads away before I took a photo of them but this is the October Limited Edition fabric called Trick or Treat.


I also ordered some hand dyed silks from Jodyri in Brighton Beach which I am planning to use for Northern Expressions Needleworks Twisted Band Sampler.  I am still not completely decided on what fabric to use for this but I did a little test stitch on Pearl Grey - I am thinking a slightly darker fabric would look better.



The next page of the Love Thy Thread SAL came out a couple of days ago so I'm stitching on the next page of that next.

Keep stitching and smiling


Friday, 31 October 2014

Together Forever - Love Thy Thread - 31st October 2014


I've been working on Together Forever this week and have finally got all those metallic stitches done in the balloons.  I have to say though that petite treasure braid is the easiest metallic I have ever stitched with.

Here's my before and after pictures.





I'm really pleased with how much progress I've made and may even have a finish the next time I stitch on this piece.  I am also going to add the bride and grooms names and the date they got married and a verse so thinking about it I may need two more weeks on it.

I didn't do a post last week as I was stitching on a piece I designed myself and I want to wait to put the pictures up until it is complete.

The next piece I am going to stitch on is a new start.  It is a piece I have wanted to stitch ever since I saw it.  I really struggled getting hold of the chart and I was extremely lucky when a reader of my blog called Kim said she would send it to me as it was a chart she didn't think she would ever get round to stitching.  I've just gone back to the original post where she commented and unfortunately she doesn't appear to have a Blogger profile any more.  The piece is Celtic Banner by Butternut Road and I can't wait to show you some progress.  Kim if you are still reading my blog I'd love to hear from you.

Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Seaside Mystery - Chatelaine - 17th October 2014


I've worked on this for a couple of weeks as I was enjoying it so much.  I decided I wanted to try and use all the threads called for so I could get some idea of the finished piece.  Here's my before picture


And the after.


I love the colours of this piece and really can't wait to see it grow more.  I have however been disappointed with the pattern.  It was only on comparing one section from a part released to the same section in a later part released that I realised it was shown in one part to be done in cross stitch and another part to have some sections completed in rhodes stitch.  Mrs Milky Bar Kid mentioned in one of her videos that she would never stitch a Chatelaine as each part is released but would wait until all the sections are released.  I have to agree that I will also be taking this route with any further Chatelaines I may stitch.  Had I completed the section in the earlier part with the rhodes stitches I think I would have been very disappointed especially if I had to unpick them as the section is stitched in one of the most expensive silk used so any wastage would have been a real disappointment.

I've started stitching a new piece which I designed myself and I am very pleased with how it is coming on.  I will of course reveal all in my next post.

Keep stitching and smiling.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Stained Glass SAL - Love Thy Thread - Page 5 finished - 5th October 2014

Page 5 of the Love Thy Thread SAL came out on 1st October and I started stitching it on Friday night.  Here's the before and after pictures.

Before


After



It is stitched on 20 count pearl grey aida with thread from Crafty Kitten March 2014 Ltd Ed - 2 over 1 tent stitch.

I am so pleased that I am managing to keep up with this SAL it's the first time I ever have.

As this piece was scheduled to be on my rotation for the week I have been thinking about what to stitch on until Friday.  I have swayed between starting something new, picking up a UFO or carrying on with a WIP.  In the last half hour I have decided to spend the next few days stitching on my Chatelaine Seaside Mystery.

Keep stitching and smiling.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Together Forever - Love Thy Thread - 3rd October 2014

Here's my before and after photos for Together Forever this week.

Before


After


I had hoped to get more than this done but didn't get as much time to stitch this week as I would have liked.

The next page of the Love Thy Thread SAL came out on 1st October so that is what I am rotating to next.

Keep stitching and similing



Friday, 26 September 2014

Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - 26 September 2014


I am so pleased with the progress I have made with the Learning Sampler this week.  I have managed to complete parts 4, 5 and 6.  They were all part done but still feels great to get some parts finished.  Here's a picture of where I had got up to when I picked this up again.


The next photo is where I'm up to now and then there are a few close up pictures.


Part 4 - cross stitches and diamond eyelets


Part 5 - Smyrna Crosses and Double Leviathons


Part 6 - Letters F,G,H,I,J and K - cross stitches only



I received some new stash this week.  The first package that arrived was from European Cross Stitch and contained the beads for the Chatelaine Seaside Mystery.


I can't wait to get to the point where I can start stitching them on.  I'm very undecided at the moment as to whether to stitch them on as I go or to wait until the end.  I've chatted about this with a couple of experienced Chatelaine stitchers and they both wait until the end so I think I will do the same but I can't wait to see what a difference they will make.

I am also saving up for a bead storage container after seeing Mrs Milkybar Kid talk about it on one of her floss tube videos.

I've purchased a couple of charts from KLT Charting.  





I also received a delivery from Sew and So with some more floss away bags and some DMC threads.  I ordered the threads I am going to need for the Alessandra Adelaide Christmas Mystery SAL so I'm all ready to go in the New Year now.  I have to say I cannot fault the customer service from Sew an So.  I placed my order on Wednesday and received it on Friday.

Rotating back to Together Forever by Love Thy Thread now I going to stitch on it every other week until it's finished as I want to get it done as quickly as I can.

Keep stitching and smiling.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Together Forever - Love Thy Thread - 19th September 2014


So here's the big reveal on my new start it's a chart from Bev at Love Thy Thread called Together Forever.  I'm stitching this for a friend who recently got married.  She has asked that it be kept as neutral as possible so no matter what the room is decorated like it will fit in.  So I've changed the red in the balloons to silver and I'm using Petite Treasure Braid PB58.  I also decided to use black silk for the outline rather than DMC so I am using thread dyed by Eileen at Thread Pickerz Silkz.  I am stitching on a plain white fabric which I think is either 20 or 22 count aida.  I am using one strand of the silver Petite Treasure Braid and two strands of the Thread Pickerz Silkz.


Now with regards to my little giveaway there were only two people who guessed which chart it was so I've decided to send them both something.  Now don't get too excited it will only be a little gift.  So Mrs Milkybar Kid and Pull the Other Thread - Congratulations.

I'm going to rotate onto the Learning Sampler next week and try and make some good progress with that.

Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stash Updated - 14th September 2014 - GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

EDITED: I've edited this post to add the photos Michelle took of the fabric in daylight which give a much better idea of the colours than my pictures did.

I received a gorgeous parcel from Michelle at Jodyri Designs yesterday so thought I would share my new stash with you all.  I had ordered three pieces of hand dyed fabric all for specific projects and some hand dyed threads.

First the threads - from left to right they are 2 x Bahama's Seas, 2 x Shades of Sunlight, 2 x Lavender Clouds,1 x Dragon's Eye, 2 x Out of Orbit - Saelveh Orb, 2 x Minion Madness, 2 x Scattychick, 2 x Copacabana and 2 x Gothic Chick.  The first three pairs are for a specific project and the rest just because I love the colours.


This fabric is called Surf's Up and is on 18 count silvered aida.  Michelle has designed this fabric to be used with a chart from KLT Charting called Advice from the Ocean.  Kim has designed the chart either with or without a background but by buying this fabric from Michelle it should save me a lot of time stitching.
My photo


Michelle's Photo





The next piece of fabric is called Frosted Pine and again it is 18 count silvered aida.  This is the fabric I have chosen to stitch the Alessandra Adelaide Mystery Christmas SAL on.  I have to apologise to Michelle as this photo does the fabric no justice whatsoever it is a stunning green colour.

My photo


Michelle's Photo



My last piece of fabric is called Nevermore and (can you see a pattern here) again is on 18 count silvered aida.  This is possibly the sparkliest piece of fabric I have ever seen and is just stunning.  I have ordered it to stitch a design of my own on.  I'm not giving anything away just yet but of course I will put pictures on here when I start.  This is also the project that the three threads in the first picture are for.  Again the photo does not do the fabric justice.

My Photo

Michelle's Photo


Now lastly for this post as my previous post was a little too abstract to guess which chart it is I have started stitching I will show you another progress picture and give you a clue.  The clue is that the chart is listed on my Future Projects page and here is the current progress.  Another piece of information is that I have changed one of the colours.


Keep stitching, smiling and guessing!