Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Round Up

At the end of the year I like to go through my blog and see what I have accomplished over the last 12 months.  Here are my projects be they WIPs, UFOs or finishes that I worked on at some point in 2014.

Learning Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - WIP

Shades of Orange - Northern Expressions Needlework - FINISH

Holly & Hearts Mystery Sampler - Lizzie Kate - FINISH

Seaside Mystery - Chatelaine - WIP

Valentine Peacock - KLT Charting - FINISH

Heart Tree - Jodyri Designs - FINISH

Stained Glass SAL - Love Thy Thread - WIP

Together Forever - Love Thy Thread - FINISH

Celtic Banner - Butternut Road - WIP

Chinese Symbol Love - KLT Charting

Doodle Heart - Jodyri Designs - FINISH

Twisted Band Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - WIP

That makes 7 finishes for the year!  A lot more than I thought I had had.  That's why I like this look back over the year as it reminds me what I have done.

I'm joining in again with the Stitch from Stash challenge for 2015 so I hope you will all follow my progress through 2015 and see if I can actually stick to it this year.

I wish you all a wonderful New Year and hope it brings you health and happiness.

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Twisted Band Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - 28.12.14

Another progress picture for the Twisted Band Sampler again this week.  I plan on stitching on this until next year!

I was very pleased to finish the band with the norwich stitches in as I really struggled with those.  For some reason I just couldn't find the right holes to stitch in for them.  But I got there in the end although they are far from perfect.

Stitching Plans for 2015

As this is going to be my last post for 2014 I thought I'd put down some plans for 2015, to share with you and also to be able to look back on myself and see if I managed to stick with them.

In 2015 I am going to be participating in three SALs.  The first is Stained Glass by Love Thy Thread which carries over from 2014 as I am sure most of you are aware Bev has unfortunately had to close down Love Thy Thread and she has sent out all the pages of the SAL to the members.  However I am hoping to carry on stitching one page per month until I have completed this.

The second SAL is the Alessandra Adelaide Christmas Mystery SAL for which we get the first page on 5th January (I think).  Again hoping to keep up with this one but I will only be able to stitch on it for one week a month so it depends on how big the sections are whether or not I can keep up.  However as long as I finish it by Christmas 2016 I will be pleased.

The third SAL is just between myself and Mrs Milkybar Kid.  We are both going to stitch Plum Pudding by Glendon Place.  I don't yet have the materials for this so I may not be able to start it in January but when I do start again I will spend one week a month stitching on it.

So those three stitch a longs take three weeks out of my stitching month.  To start with I will spend the fourth week stitching the Twisted Band Sampler as I would love to finish that and get it framed as soon as possible.  If there is a fifth week in the month I will stitch on Seaside Mystery by Chatelaine and once I finish Twisted Band Sampler I may put Seaside Mystery into the four week rotation.  

I am also participating in Stitch from Stash again this year and am really hoping I can stick with it for the whole year this time.  The rules have changed slightly from last year but I can't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to stick with it.

I have an order with Crafty Kitten which I paid off with my Christmas money which contains all the materials I need for Plum Pudding and I also caved in and got everything for the Lizzie Kate Mystery Things Unseen so I will probably want to start that when I see it too.  This will be my last (hopefully) big stash splurge for a while.

Anyway those are the plans for now no doubt they will change rapidly over the coming days/weeks/months.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Twisted Band Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - 20th December 2014

Been stitching on the Twisted Band Sampler this week and absolutely loving it.  I finally got my head round Norwich stitches after having to frog them more than I care to remember.  I think I'm just going to stitch on this now until the New Year when I have two new SALs to take part in.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Stained Glass SAL - Page 7 completed - 11th December 2014

Still managing to keep up with this SAL and still enjoying it.

Rotating back to Twisted Band Sampler.

Keep stitching and smiling

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Chinese Symbol Love - KLT Charting - FINISHED 6th December 2014

It's been a little while since my last post but I have been busy stitching.  Wanted to show you today my finish.  I only started this a little over a week ago so it's my fastest finish in a long time.

Kim at KLT Charting has started doing hand dyed fabrics and I couldn't resist when I saw the colour Kira's Call.  So I had to start straight away and this is what I stitched.

I love how the black symbol stands out against the colours of the fabric.  Very happy with my finish.

I'm going to stitch the next page of Stained Glass from Love Thy Thread next and hope to be back posting weekly.

Keep stitching and smiling