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

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 11 of 12 - FINISH 20 of 2016 - 01.06.16

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  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 twentieth finish for 2016.

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 eleven represents November to me and is stitched in Dragon's Flame.

So here is owl number 11:

And all the owls so far:

I will be sad when the last one is finished.  I have really enjoyed this project.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - Part 7 Completed - 28.05.16

I'm ashamed to say that the last time I worked on this project was 26th September 2014.  I honestly cannot say why it has been so long since I worked on this project as I really do enjoy stitching it.  The combination of bands of speciality stitches and cross stitch means there are sections I can do easily and then the speciality stitches once I get into a rhythm with them come easily too.

Here's the picture of where I left it in September 2014.

This time I mainly worked on completing Band 7 but I like to add in stitches in other bands so that one band isn't too overwhelming.

This is a close up of the speciality stitches in Band 7.

This is the piece as it stands overall:

I've decided with my new rotation that I will set myself a goal for each piece I work on.  I will then rotate the project either when I have met the goal or if I have been stitching on a piece for 7 days.  My goal for the above project was to complete Band 7 which I achieved in 3 days.

The next project I will be working on is the Jodyri Designs mystery Halloween SAL.  As I am model stitching this piece I won't be able to share the image with you until it is released.  My goal on this project is to complete part 3.

I got some more happy mail today.  A couple of gorgeous new charts that I can't wait to kit up.

The first is Fairy Grandmother by Lavender and Lace.  This is a piece I have loved for a long time and I finally decided it was time to add it to my collection.

 The second design is one I have only seen recently but I heard it was out of print so when I saw there was only one left in stock at Sew and So I had to add it to my basket.  It's called Vintage Stars by Jeanette Douglas Designs.  It is charted in NPI silks and I cannot decide whether to stitch it as charted as I do love the cover image or whether to try and sub out other less expensive threads.

The last thing I want to share is that I have finally got round to organising my stash to the point where I have all my projects in folders and have catalogued all my threads and fabric.  Still not quite done cataloguing charts but I have done over 1,000!

So just for fun here's where I'm at:-

I currently have 41 WIPs

I have 27 projects kitted up and ready to start

Finally I have 33 projects which I am itching to start but need to buy materials for.

I think I can say I've definitely earned my blog title of Obsessive Cross Stitcher.

Keep stitching and smiling!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Happy Mail - May 2016

I've had quite a few bits of happy mail over the past couple of weeks and thought I would share them with you.

Jodyri Birthday Club

The first one was the Birthday Club from Jodyri Designs.  You sign up for it and pay £10 and then on your birthday (or as near to it as the post will allow) Michelle from Jodyri Designs will send you a surprise package with a retail value of approximately £15.  Here's what I got for my birthday:-

I received three pieces of fabric, one in a bookmark size, one in a card size and the other piece was a piece 14x17 of 25 count Silvered Lugana in Jade Dragon.  I also received five silks in some of my favourite colours and two perle threads in Tropical Bay.

It was a lovely "gift" and although I know I paid for it, the contents were a surprise and this made it feel very special.

If you are interested in signing up either for yourself or for a stitchy friend you can do so here - you need to let Michelle know your date of birth and any colour, fabric preferences you have so she can tailor the package to you.

Peakside Needleworks - Needleworker SAL

I recently found a new online store for purchasing patterns and speciality threads - Peakside Needleworks.  They sell DMC, Classic Colorworks, Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works all at a very reasonable price.  They also have a variety of charts for sale.  Something I haven't seen before from any UK supplier is a finishing service for stitched pieces into ornaments - pillow, flat fold, tag style and other finishes.  This is a service I hope to use in the future as although I love to cross stitch I have no finishing skills at all.

Upon receiving my first package from them I was delighted to discover they were in Glossop which is very close to where I live - I hoped beyond hope that they had a brick and mortar store that I could visit and could become my local needlework store but unfotunately at the time being they are only an online store but hope to expand to a brick and mortar store in the future.

I had a lovely "chat" with Sue on Facebook and after signing up to there Facebook page discovered they were about to have a SAL for there 1 year anniversary.  The chart for the SAL was Needleworker from Little House Needleworks.  As this is a chart I have contemplated buying for a long time I felt it was serendipitous that I had found them just as they were about to have their SAL.  I therefore signed up and received everything for the project literally the day after I paid for it.  The service they provide is excellent and I am sure that if they don't have a chart available that you are interested in they will do everything they can to get it for you.

This is the materials for the Needleworker from Little House Needleworks.


The third piece of happy mail I received was very exciting.  I recently received an e-mail from Riolis asking if I had heard of their cross stitching kits and whether I would be happy to receive one gratis from them.  I of course was delighted to be offered such an opportunity and spent a long time browsing through their catalogue which you can see here.  

There were so many beautiful kits I couldn't decide on one so I sent them a shortlist of four kits and asked them to choose one and send it to me so it would be a nice surprise!

I was delighted to receive Watercolour Gerberas in the mail within 3 days of them telling me it had been sent out.  Here's a picture of the kit.  I will do a more in depth review in due course.

Disclaimer - I received the Watercolour Gerberas chart from Riolis free of charge on the basis that I will do a review of their kit and post update pictures to my blog and share them with the company so they may use the information.  I paid in full for the materials from Jodyri Designs and Peakside Needlecrafts and was under no obligation to post about their products.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Keep stitching and smiling

Stargazer - Mirabilia - 25.05.16

I finally started Stargazer by Mirabilia which is a chart I have wanted to stitch for a long long time.

I am stitching it on 28 count Britney from Jodyri Designs in Regal Peacock 2 over 2 full crosses with the charted DMC threads.

I worked on this project for three days and could almost see myself working on it until I finished it.  But then I started the skin 1 over 1 full crosses.  I have never done skin 1 over 1 before but decided for this piece as there is a very small amount of skin it would be a good one to try.  This really did burn me out for this project.  It took me two days to do all the stitching you can see here and then one day just to do the one over one.  I really do not know how people stitch large amounts of skin one over one it really is a labour of love.

So here are my pictures:-

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Close up of one over one

Full piece - this is the best photo of the colours in the fabric

I am so glad I started this project and I think that Maynia really did make me wonder why I don't start pieces I long to stitch.  Having thought about this for a while I think I've decided on how my rotation will work now.

Bear with me - I hope this makes sense.

Firstly I will work on a focus piece which currently is the Jodyri Halloween mystery SAL which I am model stitching.  My focus piece will either be a model or a project I am stitching for someone or one that is close to completion.

I will then have a new start - which this time was Stargazer - call this Start 1.

I will then go to a WIP which this time is Learning Sampler from Northern Expressions Needlework - call this Start 2.

Then I will do:-

Focus - Halloween SAL
Start 1 - Stargazer
WIP 1 - Learning Sampler
Focus - Halloween SAL
Start 2 - To be determined
WIP 2 - To be determined
Start 1
Start 2
Start 3

and so on.  This means that my Focus pieces get regularly worked on and my Starts and WIPs get regular attention but I also get regular new starts.

How long this will last I don't know as I always make plans and then don't stick to them but we will see.

Keep stitching and smiling

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Jodyri Christmas Mystery SAL 2016 - Part 3 - FINISH 19 of 2016

I was lucky enough to be asked again to stitch the model for a Joydri mystery SAL. This time the theme is Christmas.

The design is being released in three parts and this is the third and final part.

I am stitching it on 18 count cream aida.  The design is charted in Jodyri threads but unfortunately I didn't have the recommended thread for the star so I subbed it with another Jodyri thread St Clements.

The other threads you can see are the recommended Jodyri threads - Emerald Forest, Ruby Slippers and Sapphire.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 5 of 12 - Finish 18 of 2016

As I spent the first 16 days of May on my Maynia projects and then worked on the next part of the model I am stitching the Frosted Pumpkin SAL got put on the back burner.

So this month was Greece and I finished the part today.

And here's the whole thing:

So what does a Mayniac do after 16 new starts in the first 16 days?  I'm starting another new one!  I couldn't resist The Stargazer from Mirabilia.  I have had this chart for so long and haven't started it but today is the day!

I have also had some happy mail today but I'm going to do a separate post for that.

Hope you are all getting some good stitchy time.

Keep stitching and smiling