Saturday, 21 February 2015

Stitch from Stash - February

Month: February 2015
Brought forward from January - £24.10 + February £25 = £49.10
Spent: £37.90
Earned: Nothing
Carried forward to March: £11.20

I couldn't resist treating myself to some of the gorgeous threads from Jodyri Designs and three charts from Papillon Creations.  I also bought some fabric from Willow Fabrics when they were having a sale.

The first photo shows a theme pack of threads I got from Jodyri Designs.  It's the Butterfly and Moths thread set.  The colours from left to right are:-  Purple Emperor Butterfly, Chinese Moon Moth, Emperor Moth, Millonia Paradise Moth, Atlas Moth, Blue Morpho Butterfly, Green Birdwing Butterfly, Swallowtail Butterfly, Madagascar Sunset Moth and Peacock Butterfly.

The next photo is a selection of threads that I loved the colours for and just had to have.  From left to right they are:-  Mardi Gras (Silk), Lavender Fields, Kingfisher, Jaded Amethyst and Tanzanite Nebula.

As always I was so pleased with them and can't wait to stitch with them.

My next purchase was some charts from Papillon Creations.  I have admired Around the World in 80 Stitches for a long time and I think it will be a great way to use some of my gorgeous hand dyed threads.  Unfortunately I can't find a stock photo for this chart and don't want to use someone else photo without there permission but I will link here to the gallery of completed stitches.

The second chart I got from them was Celtic Beauty.  Again I think this chart could lend itself nicely to hand dyed threads.

And last but not least I also purchased Celtic Warrior.

My final purchase this month was some fabric from Willow Fabrics as they were having a sale.  I got a full metre of 28 Count Jazlyn in Mushroom for £15 which I think is about half the price it would normally be.  It's a lovely neutral colour and will lend itself to lots of different projects.

All in all an amazingly good haul and I stayed within my budget!

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Twisted Band Sampler - Northern Expressions Needlework - 8th February 2015

Here's my latest progress picture for the Twisted Band Sampler.

The disappointing thing is I now have to frog most of the light blue cross stitch back to where the medium blue cross stitch ends as I have discovered I've done that whole section one cross to the left. The good thing is it's cross stitches I have to frog and not speciality stitches - thank goodness!

I am happy though as I have started doing the Queen Stitches which I was absolutely dreading and although they are time consuming and fiddly I can do them.  Just goes to show instead of worrying over something for ages until it comes up I should have just grabbed a spare piece of fabric and given them a try.

Anyway onto good things.  I received my layaway order this week from Crafty Kitten which I paid off just after Christmas.  Dawn was keeping hold of the order until all the threads came in and until the third part of the Lizzie Kate SAL arrived.  I'm still waiting on some beads and the fabric for the Lizzie Kate but that just means I get an extra surprise from the postie at some point.

This is the Lizzie Kate Mystery SAL Things Unseen.  I ordered the charts, threads, embellishment pack and fabric from Crafty Kitten.  Not sure when I will start this piece yet but I love the thread colours.

These are the supplies I need for the Glendon Place chart Plum Pudding.  I am doing this as a SAL with Mrs Milky Bar Kid (aka Amanda) and starting on 1st March.  Just waiting for some more of the beads for this piece but it's not a problem because I am sure it will be a while yet before I get to the beading.

I think when I've frogged the part of the Twisted Band Sampler I may stitch on something else for a while as I'm feeling a bit demoralised.  I don't think I've ever frogged a pattern so many times.  It's all my own fault as I haven't counted or read the pattern properly and because of the design I just feel I can't fudge round the problem like I would normally.  I might go back to Seaside Mystery for a while as it's been ages since I stitched on that.

Keep stitching, smiling and destashing