Friday, 31 January 2014

Model for Northern Expressions Needlework as of 31.01.14

Here's my progress on the model for Northern Expressions Needlework.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Friday, 24 January 2014

Seaside Mystery - Chatelaine as of 24.01.14

I have had a new start this week with Chatelaine's Seaside Mystery.  I am stitching it on Crafty Kitten's Sunlit Water 32 count Jobelan.  I'm using the recommended threads but I'm going to substitute the DMC threads with conversions from Silk Mill.

As only five parts of this design have been released so far I have no idea what it's going to look like when it's finished but at the moment I am loving the design and the colours.  The letters are done over one and the rest of the design is over two.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Christmas Mystery Sampler 2013 - Lizzie Kate - as of 18.01.14

I've been working on the Christmas Mystery Sampler this week and am really close to a finish but I'm putting it down because I'm treating myself to a new start, but more about that later.

Here's my progress picture.

I decided to do satin stitch for the windows instead of cross stitch and I am also going to do this for the door.  I've also decided to change the colour of the door as I love the maroon/red colour and am going to use this.

Now call me stupid but do you see all those letters in light green in the background.  It took me until I stitched x, y and z before I realised they were letters - I thought they were just supposed to represent snow and were odd shapes!  Looking at the picture now it is so obvious they are letters I really don't know how I didn't see it.

So my new start is the Chatelaine Seaside Mystery - I've already received parts 1-3 of the pattern but have been waiting until I paid off my layaway for my fabric and threads to arrive.  Well my parcel came this morning and the hand dyed fabric and speciality threads are absolutely stunning - I just cannot wait to get started.  

With regards to the stitch from stash I have now spent my budget for January of £15.19.  I decided to buy silks from the Silk Mill for my Chatelaine to substitute for the DMC threads - they cost me just over £25 but luckily I still had some Christmas money left.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Friday, 10 January 2014

Model for Northern Expressions Needlework as of 10.01.14

Here's my latest progress on the model I am stitching for Northern Expressions Needlework.

I'm rotating onto the Lizzie Kate Christmas 2013 Mystery Sampler next.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing

Friday, 3 January 2014

Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework as of 03.01.14

This week I've been working on the Learning Sampler from Northern Expressions Needlework.  I've now completed part 3 and have started on parts 4 and 5 - part 6 has just been released so I'm trying to catch up.  I was keeping up to date as each part was released but then I decided to change the colours I was stitching with.  I am also slowly unpicking what I previously stitched so I could use the same piece of fabric I just started again at the opposite end.

I'm currently rotating three projects the Learning Sampler, the model I'm stitching and Lizzie Kate's Christmas Mystery.  I'm picking up the model next.

So far this month (I know it's only 3rd January!) I haven't spent any of my stitching budget.

Keep stitching and smiling