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Saturday, 6 January 2018

April - Nautical Year - Sand, Sea & Cross Stitch

I finished the April block today on Nautical Year.  It was already partly done so was a very quick stitch.  I am stitching this on 18 count cream aida using some of the charted DMC and subbing out some of the colours with silks from my stash.

Here's where I picked it up at:


Here's the April block finished:


And the whole piece as it is currently:


Keep stitching and smiling


Friday, 5 January 2018

Transfiguartion - Class Schedule SAL - January Block

On 1st January I started on Hydrangea Autumn Fog by Chatelaine.  I've had this project partially kitted up for quite a while and following Martina's passing it felt like a good time to start.  Here's the progress I made:-





I'm stitching it on a 28 count Jazlyn in Sunset Sky from Crafty Kitten.  I'm using most of the charted threads but I am subbing out some of the less variegated threads with the DMC alternative.  I have to say if I hadn't reached a point where I couldn't really carry on until I got a new thread and the beads then I would have found it extremely difficult to put down.  That thread and beads did however arrive today so who knows how quickly I will be getting back to this.

I then worked on the January block in the Class Schedule SAL from Armada Designs.  This block was Transfiguration the cat representing Professor McGonagall and the rat having been partially transformed into a cup.



I stitched the outlines for all the blocks for this last year.  I am stitching it on 32 count Murano in Black Hole which was the July 2017 Year of Neutrals fabric from Jodyri Designs.  I am really enjoying seeing how others have made changes to the pattern to make it there own but at the moment I am just stitching it as charted.  I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

The next project I picked to stitch on was Nautical Year from the book Sand, Sea and Cross Stitch.  On my goals list I thought I had 7 months to complete but I found I had already completed July, August and November - so that was a quick 3 goals knocked off the list.

Here's my starting point for April.


I'm stitching it on 18 count cream aida and I am subbing out a lot of the charted colours for silks and cottons in my stash.  

Thanks for stopping by - next update should be April complete and working on another one of my goals (unless that Chatelaine drags me back to it!).

Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Three French Hens - Twelve Days of Christmas - Satsuma Street


I had a mini finish tonight and completed the first small part of my many 2018 goals. 

I am stitching on 32 count Ivory murano.  I am mainly using the charted DMC but I am subbing out some of the colours for Jodyri Designs threads I have in stash.



I'm going to start my New Year New Start now even though it's only New Year's Eve - I'm a rebel like that!

Keep stitching and smiling


New Year - New Start on the Blog!

I think the making of resolutions and setting goals for the new year has resparked my interest in blogging.  I'm hoping to use this blog to make myself accountable for my stitching goals for the year.  I hope you will help me in trying to achieve this goals.

My first goal is to work on each of my focuses pieces each month - where possible completing a part each month.  My focus pieces and the parts that need completing are:-

1.       12 Days of Christmas, Satsuma Street
a.    Three French Hens
b.    Four Calling Birds
c.     Five Gold Rings
d.    Six Geese a Laying
e.    Seven Swans a Swimming
f.     Eight Maids a Milking
g.    Nine Ladies Dancing
h.    Ten Lords a Leaping
i.      Eleven Pipers Piping
j.      Twelve Drummers Drumming
2.       Planets, Stem Stitch
a.    Earth x 2
b.    Mars x 2
c.     Jupiter x 2
d.    Saturn x 2
e.    Uranus x 2
f.     Neptune x 2
3.       I Love You to the Moon and Back
4.       Live Laugh Love, Circus Stitches
5.       Class Schedule SAL, Armada Designs
a.    January
b.    February
c.     March
d.    April
e.    May
f.     June
g.    July
h.    August
i.      September
j.      October
k.    November
l.      December
6.       Nautical Year
a.    April
b.    May
c.     June
d.    July
e.    August
f.     November
g.    December
7.       J, Nora Corbett
8.       Santa’s Village, County Cottage Needleworks
a.    Candy Cane Cottage
b.    Christmas Tree Farm
c.     Elves’ Workshop
d.    Gingerbread Emporium
e.    Hot Cocoa Cafe
f.     North Pole Post Office
g.    Poinsettia Place
h.    Reindeer Stables
i.      Santa’s House
j.      Santa’s Sleighworks
k.    Santa’s Stocking Store
9.       Darth Vader, Stitch Line
10.   Storm Trooper, Stitch Line
11.   Calendar Months, Drawn Thread
a.    January
b.    February
c.     March
d.    April
e.    May
f.     June
g.    July
h.    August
i.      September
j.      October
k.    November
l.      December

I am already a little daunted with all those seeing them all written down!!

I would also like to have a new start each month. 

My final goal is to work on each of my WIPs at least once in the year.  I would like to try and do at least 50 stitches on each WIP.  Listed below are my current WIPs - not including those in the focus pieces above.

1.       Advice from the Ocean
2.       Angel of Love
3.       At the Met
4.       August
5.       Bauble Cushion
6.       Bookworm Fairy Mini
7.       Butterfly Lace
8.       Candy Canes and Wreaths
9.       Celtic Autumn
10.   Celtic Banner
11.   Christmas Elegance
12.   Christmas Owl SAL
13.   Dear House
14.   Dragon Dance
15.   Elegant Trio
16.   English Cottage Sampler
17.   Fire Goddess
18.   Flowers of the Holy Night
19.   Fragile Landing
20.   Froth and Bubble I
21.   Hanging Loose
22.   Hardcore Gamer
23.   Harry Potter Pillow Sampler
24.   I Am a Stitcher
25.   In This House
26.   Knotted Garden Biscornou
27.   Learning Sampler
28.   Love Heart Tapestry
29.   Masquerade
30.   Mini Beach Hut in Moonlight
31.   Nativity
32.   Not Quite Whitework
33.   One Hundred Years
34.   Peacock Band Sampler
35.   Perpetual Calendar
36.   Pumpkin Passport
37.   Quotes to Live By
38.   Renaissance Mermaid
39.   Research Project
40.   Revenge of RYO
41.   Save the Stitches
42.   Seaside Mystery
43.   Sleeping Beauty
44.   Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
45.   Spring Mandala
46.   Stained Glass
47.   Stargazer
48.   The Towpath
49.   Venetian Opulence
50.   Watercolour Gerbera

51.   Year at Hawk Run Hollow

How practical these goals are remains to be seen. 

If you're still reading my blog after my hiatus I would like to thank you for sticking around.  Happy New Year to you all - I would like to wish you health and happiness and plenty of stitching time!

Keep stitching and smiling


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hiatus

It's been a little while now since I last updated here and I think for the foreseeable future I'm going to be taking a break from blogging.

I currently post daily pictures of my stitching on Instagram and these also post over to my Facebook page.

Coming back to my blog and repeating them feels like a bit too much at the moment.

Thank you all for following my blog for so long and I hope you will stay subscribed to the feed in case I post again.

But in the meantime if you want to see my stitching progress please follow me on either:


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Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 12 June 2017

Overview - May/Early June 2017

I have had three finishes since I last posted - one of them was a model for the Jodyri Designs Indian Elephant Mystery SAL so I will be able to show you each part of the design as they are released.  For now I can show you part 1 - there are two versions of the chart one in DMC and one in hand dyed threads - I stitched the DMC version.  If you want to sign up for the SAL all the details are here - http://jodyridesigns.com/products/2017-summer-mystery-sal

DMC colour palette for Elephant SAL

Part 1 of the Indian Elephant Mystery SAL from Jodyri Designs

On May 4th for Star Wars day I picked up C3P0 from Stitch Line.  This was a project I had started on 4th May 2016.  I stitched on it for 5 days and finished it.

Before

After

I then moved on to Sleeping Beauty's Castle from Chatelaine.  I had been intending to bead the entire project at the end but after my success beading as I was stitching with Venetian Opulence I decided to start beading this project as well.  I beaded on part 2 of the chart.






I then switched to H by Nora Corbett and after 9 days stitching I finished it!

Before

After

I then stitched on Angel of Love for one day before starting the Elephant SAL.


I spent the rest of the month and the beginning of June stitching the model for the Indian Elephant SAL for Jodyri Designs.  I will be able to show you the pictures of these parts as they are released.

Keep stitching and smiling


Monday, 1 May 2017

Overview - April 2017

I only worked on two projects this month.  I continued working on Venetian Opulence from Mirabilia and got almost to the halfway point.  I've been beading this project as I go and really enjoyed it.   I am stitching her on a 32 count Murano in Limestone from Zweigart as charted.


Then later in the month I had a new start Froth and Bubble from Long Dog Samplers.  I am stitching this on a 32 count Murano from Jodyri Designs in Woollen Mittens.  I have switched out the thread for the border and I am using a hand dyed thread from Jodyri Designs in Whale Song.  I am using the thread slightly differently than I have done previously.  I am using the loop method and not stitching one stitch at a time to give a tweeded effect.  Instead of using the tweeded thread for the wording I am using a variegated DMC 4240.  I have also subbed out the Gentle Arts Raven for regular DMC 310.  All the other threads are the charted Gentle Arts Colours.



Keep stitching and smiling


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Overview - March 2017

Here's the projects I worked on this month.

The first project I worked on was Stargazer by Mirabilia.  I am stitching this on 28 count Brittney in Regal Peacock from Jodyri Designs.

Before

After
 

I then had a new start Revenge of RYO by Ink Circles.  I am stitching this on 18 count cream aida.


Then another new start Venetian Opulence by Mirabilia.  I am stitching this on 32 count Murano in Limestone.  I stitched on this for the rest of the month.  For the first time I am beading this project as I go and up to now I am loving it.  I've got some batting to put between the stitching and the scroll rod as I roll it to protect the beads.  If this works out I think I will stitch all my projects this way.  Also at this point I have no intention of switching out to another project.



I've once again fallen off the stitch from stash wagon.  I don't know if I even mentioned here that I was participating.

Keep stitching and smiling


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Overview - February 2017


I've worked on a few projects this month.  I'm really enjoying just picking a project and then stitching on it for as long (or short) as I want to.

Bookworm Fairy Mini - Hannah Lynn
Before

After

Perpetual Calendar - Samsarah Designs
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After

J - Nora Corbett
Before

After

Save the Stitches
Before

After

Stargazer
Before

After

I Am A Stitcher - I decided I wasn't happy with the colours I originally started this project with so I unpicked it and started again.

Before

After

Dear House - this was a new start this month

Celtic Banner
Before

After
Keep stitching and smiling